The Chosen Reviews
Strong performances from Robby Benson and Barry Miller are showcased in this thoughful and indepth drama set in Brooklyn in the 1940's.
The story follows two friends, one a son of a Zionist professor, and the other the son of a Hasidic leader. Rod Steiger and Maximillian Schell are also excellent in supporting roles.
The Kite Runner is about two boys, one from the upper class and one from the lower class, in Afghanistan. They form a very close friendship as boys, but it is odd, because the poorer boy's role is questionably one of mere servitude. Anyway, the friendship goes wrong in one very disturbing scene, and the rich boy spends the rest of his life trying to deal with this event. Its pretty interesting I suppose, but slow, and not exactly my type of film.
The Chosen is about two Jewish teenagers in New York during World War II, one a normal Jew and the other a Hasid (the guys in black and white with the hats and long sideburn curls). They form an unlikely friendship, and struggle against the differences in the way they approach religion, and against their father's stances on the war and the establishment of a Jewish nation. I watched this because the book was pretty good, and it was interesting to see certain scenes acted out, but overall this movie was quite dull and not really worth my time.
Rescue Dawn is about a pilot (Christian Bale) who crashes in Vietnam at the beginning of the Vietnam War, and is taken prisoner. There, he meets some other American prisoners, who he tries to convince that they can escape. It moves kind of slowly, but seems to keep up a level of intensity throughout the whole movie. Bale's acting is top notch, as always. I don't even like war movies, but found this one to be excellent. Its all very well done.
On their second adventure, Harold and Kumar get on a plane for Amsterdam, but are mistaken for terrorists and sent to Guantanamo Bay. This has to be one of the worst movies I've seen in a while. Not only is the script completely unoriginal (again, we get Doogie Houser, the daydream with the giant-bag-of-pot-as-a-wife, and various reoccuring themes and jokes that are old the second time around), but the level of humor has dipped down to a completely idiotic level (one of the first "hilarious" scenes is Kumar taking a giant dump). When the writers can't seem to think of what to write that would be funny, their stand-by idea in this one is "just make the character do the opposite of what you might think they would do," so we see rednecks with a trailer full of technology (flatscreen, hi-speed internet, etc.), KKK members throwing an awesome party, giant buff soldiers are all gay, and George Bush getting high, and on and on. Its just, none of it is funny. This would get an even lower score, except Kumar's math poem is actually pretty awesome.
[i]i would do anything to own this movie...:fresh: :D [/i]