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Posted on 2/04/11 02:54 PM
I am very pleased to give Tangled more than a very positive review because I really enjoyed it and I haven't laughed so hard over a movie from Disney (Pixar not included - because Pixar are in a class of their own) since they began producing films to tell you the truth. I remember the last good movie to come from Disney and that was The Emperor's New Groove but she didn't come close to Tangled even though she had me laughing all the way through thanks to overdriven moronic jokes which somehow never felt forced. In Tangled, the charisma is overpowering and makes the film nearly irresistibly entertaining. The characters are all fantastic, the script smart and inventive and the story captivating and entertaining.
I believe the reason why this movie caught me so off guard with its quality was the fact that the films that Disney produces are often so similar; I am referring to the time when they were all drawn in that classical style before the computer animation became the craze. They were most of the time so alike and seemed to be made by pretty much the same recipe and even as a kid I somehow saw it. Tangled does seem to be somewhat in pair with the classical "princess tales" but at the same time she's also making fun of them and the funny bone is never too far away here. I am pretty sure all my fellow movie goers were pretty irritated with me because I was laughing all the way through.......rather loudly. I have always been very vary about Disney character suddenly breaking into song in the middle of a film but here I thought it clicked pretty well and it didn't hurt that the songs were all rather funny. In the later parts of the movie the heart takes the main stage and the movie becomes quite sweet and even sad at a point but I felt it was the best work Disney has done with emotions other the happiness for a long while.
The voice work was very good and the voices completely clicked with the characters. Every character is memorable and surprising, that is saying something because we have a bunch of cliché characters (the princess with dreams, the brave male hero, the evil women and funny animals) but they all come out great and I think it was a part of the joke just how cliché they seem in the beginning.
Tangled is very close to being an instant classic and I recommend it to everyone from the age of 4-88 to check this one out.
90/100 - Zachary Levi rules!
Posted on 11/27/10 02:09 PM
Fantastic start to the series!
I had not read any of the Harry Potter-books when this came out but like most people in the world i easily knew who Harry Potter was before I heard they were going to make the book into a movie. After i saw the first film, i could see why people loved the story. The story is very fresh but that isn't something you see lately in other fantasy stories. It also brings in a lot of knew things into the genre that have stayed with us until now. The characters are colourful to say the least and very memorable but that is the main thing when you are writing a series of books, to make the characters likable and memorable. This world J.K Rowling has made is quite charming and beautiful.
Fantasy movies are often very badly done but here Harry Potter is a step in the right direction. The movie looks fantastic and good acting is found in every corner.
Richard Harris, Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman, Robbie Coltrane and John Hurt all do great and really gave them self's all into their roles, not only being seen like to often happens when stars like these are casted. The movie is all about the three little kids Harry Potter, Ron Weasly and Hermione Granger, who are delivered to you by the talented Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emmu Watson. Grint was the man to look at, he was funny and just right for the part or so I have been told, he didn't fail in any scene and that is amazing for a kid at his age. Radcliff looks the part alright and does a solid job in his role but at times he overacts for no reason like for example the scene where Hagrid tels Harry "You're a wizard Harry!" but still for a kid at his age, he does an amazing job. Watson is wonderful as the self-involved Hermione and makes a very colorful character.
One of the most positive things about this movie is how quikly the movie went by, even being more then two hours. It's either because of the script-writer Steve Kloves who wrote the great Wonder Boys or the director himself but either way it's quite wonderful to be so intrigued and entertained at the same time that two and a half hours goes by like nothing. I don't know the book but the story seems to work alright and I felt nothing really needed to be added. There is enough of action to see like with the Quidditch-game or the obstacles. The main mystery is also quite strangely exiting and it really dragged me into the movie. Chris Colombus does a wonderful job introducing the world and letting the viewer get sucked in.
The movie could have been a lot darker but knowing now it will get darker and darker with every movie, it's not something I can really complain about. I am not talking about any Tim Burton style, I just know that the book was quite darker.
8/10 -- There's a lot of charm in this movie and it was probably my favorite movie that has ever come out at Christmas.
Posted on 10/29/10 06:52 PM
It's been awhile but let's give it a try.....
I think many of you, like me hate when you get things wrong but in this case I'm not going to be hard in myself about it because here it paid off big time. I really enjoyed the original and because of the history of American remakes of foreign films isn't great I didn't expect to be amazed. The story is great and probably one of the best vampire based plot we've seen in a while although there were some holes in it but it didn't bother me. The Swedish gave us a good film but not great and I'm probably in a minority with that opinion. The greatest thing about this story is the acting and the relationship between the main characters which is the heart and soul of the film. I can certainly say that I never expected an American remake to be this good and I'm happy to be wrong on this occasion.
Yes, there are many fine remakes, including American ones but you have to admit that when you hear that someone is going to make a remake of a well respected film, the feeling isn't that it's going to work because at the best of times we maybe get two good remakes and then a flow of bad ones. When I first heard about the remake I thought to myself that some money grapping producers just wanted to use the fame this movie had and make a quick payday but to my surprise we see great ambition in the cast and staff and I'm so pleased it all came together so nicely. Matt Reeves deserves so much credit because he doesn't only do the original justice, he also improves the story. Maybe I'm also in a minority here but I feel like the American version surpasses the Swedish original.
Reeves does not do a complete copy paste like we see so many directors do when it comes to remakes, he rather takes the same story, changes it a bit here and there and gives it a different tone without ruining the material or disrespecting the original. The core is the same but the mood around the film is different and that's why I didn't feel like I was watching the same movie again.
Let Me In is just as well acted as the original, as skillfully done and as strong and even stronger at times. She's also a little darker and nastier when it comes to the violence. The main reason I felt this one was a bit better than the original is that this one cuts all the unnecessary fat that was in the other one and because of that becomes more clearer and straight to the point.
The young actors are fantastic and Chloe Moretz who is probably the most capable young actress today does this role justice and gives us another great performance. Kodi Smit-McPhee who you may remember from The Road was also great and it shows that these kids were not trying to mimic the Swedish actors but they weren't allowed to watch the original while in production.
8.5/10 - Wonderful remake that will not leave you wondering what if.....
Posted on 8/03/10 09:04 AM
I think it?s safe to say that after you watch The Runaways, you will not think Dakota Fanning is still the cute child star who fell in the jackpot acting alongside great actors like Sean Penn, Robert De Niro, Denzel Washington and Tom Cruise, and by the way....all that happened before she turned eleven! Here she?s takes her innocent reputation and buries it by not only taking a tough role where she is taking drugs, kissing girls and walking around in barely nothing, she also does a great job. Kristen Stewart (who is my least favorite actress of all time) tries to distance her self as much as she can from her Twilight character and isn?t half bad when push comes to shove. I did thing she had some talent when I saw her in Adventureland and this proves she isn?t a complete lost cause.
Although the film is fairly acted, The Runaways is still nothing to yell hurray for and the reason for that is simple; it?s way too generic and familiar. If you have seen movies like That Thing You Do and Rock Star, you should be pretty familiar with the story and the layout. And even if the story is built on real events, that is no reason for the movie to be so typical and common. There are many ways to tell a story, a true one or a false one. Because of that the movie is way to ?safe? and doesn?t really go out of its way to be any more interesting then the source material is and by that I mean; she doesn?t take any chances. She should have been wilder and more surprising, just like the band.
This typical building and story telling bugs me a lot because it?s like they missed there chance to tell an intriguing story about great characters. I would have loved more depth to the characters but the movie is much more interested in the stuff that comes with fame, how many times have we seen that before? Specially in a movie about an up and coming rock band. Like I said before, Fanning and Stewart do a great job playing Cherie Currie and Joan Jett but had the film gone a little deeper into their lives and the other members of the band, then they would have been fantastic. Michael Shannon who kicked ass in Revolutionary Road does a great job here as Kim Fowley. All the best scenes are with him.
So many things could have been done with the material they had and as a fan of these people and this time period of music I have to say I?m quite disappointed with the overall result. The acting is good, the music great and the movie never becomes boring so that?s why I give them a fresh review?.
Posted on 8/01/10 01:49 PM
Torture is an appropriate word.
Like most people I had no idea after the first Saw movie came out I would be watching the fourth, fifth and sixth installment of this rather disgusting series. I have said many times that the first movie can easily stand on it's own and is a very well set up thriller. In many ways the first one had some good points to offer about ethics and the value of life. Unfortunately it's predecessors are if anything just bad copies of the first one, and the more they make the worse it gets except they finally did something right with the newest instalment. I also must say that the first one was the only one that had an ounce of humor in it because the others certainly don't have any.
Just like Saw II, III and IV, the fifth isn't able to stand as an Independent movie and flow as a whole. The movie relies way too much on information from the previous films and it gets rather confusing for people who don't watch this series with a magnifying glass. I was able to follow it but that's just because I watched all the previous films before I saw this one.
I remember how the first Saw movie was able to surprise you with new facts, plot-twists and different directions but now we most often can see that there are going to be some twists and turns from the first frame. Do I now what they are? no, do I care? God no. That's the problem, it's gotten so serious that people just don't care and don't get surprised when something is discovered to be something totally different then you expected.
The events in Saw 5 are pretty much the standard of the series and are just a worse copy of the previous one. People find them selfs in horrible situation, many scream and fight, Flashback scenes worth about 25 minutes and many more. Director David Hackle does nothing fresh or new with the material that he has but you are used to that when a new director takes on a movie series. He just copies the style and feeling of Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III, IV) who originally stole them from James Wan. Ambition right? The torture scenes are obviously made to shock you but now we are getting sick of them and rather then being shocked, we laugh. And that's not a good thing when you are talking about a torture porn movie.
If you are a die hard Saw fan and is waiting strongly to now what happens next, then this will not disappoint. But if you are a movie enthusiast, you will not enjoy this at all so please just stay away. Maybe if you are a really dedicated movie fan, you can watch the first five just to be able to watch the sixth which was pretty good actually.
3/10 -- (Sigh!)
Posted on 8/01/10 08:44 AM
The underworld-movies have never been known for their originality or a tight script (I know! What a shock!) but the entertainment value has always been there and just strangely powerful, specially in the first movie, number two was a bit lazy but I still mildly enjoyed it although it's was as pointless as a vodka bottle is to a baby..
You have heard people talk about how pointless some sequels are, or like here prequels and they have a point. In fact I have said that many times my self. Most sequels are pointless but I am pretty sure that this one is most pointless of all movies that have been made in the universe. Why? I ask why!. Because we haven't seen this story before? NO!
The people who saw this movie new from the start were this predictable story was going and another thing that bugged me, there is nothing to fill in the empty parts or give you a little side story to enjoy or simply something to surprise you while you go through this long and pointless film. We know the war between Wolfs and vampires won't end here, We now that both Viktor (Bill Nighy) and Lucian (Michael Sheen) survive, We know Sonja dies and how!!. Is there something left? Even the Star Wars prequels weren't this predictable.
Underworld 3 (let's just call her that) has a couple of things going for her. She looks good, the visuals are very cool. Bill Nighly is also one of the things that make it more tolerable too watch. He seems to enjoy playing Victor and does it quite nicely, even though you could call him on overacting sometimes. Michael Sheen has become much better actor in my eyes over the last years specially after seeing him in Frost/Nixon, were he did a fantastic job. Here he does pretty well also, even though he doesn't have a lot to work with he keeps the character lively. Doomsday-girl Rhona Mitra does her best to keep the same expression on the whole way through, and I have nothing too complain about her performance.
The movie is directed by Patrick Tatopoulos, who worked on the other two as a monster designer. Tatopoulos does nothing new with the material and he mostly just copy's the atmosphere from the first one. The cinematography is also pretty much the same.
If Nighly wasn't in the basics of this movie, this would have gone straight on DVD were it belongs. It's the most cheapest of the series and far from being the most ambitious.
4/10 -- Better then Twilight -- Is that an insult?
Posted on 8/01/10 08:43 AM
It's always special when one performance makes a movie worth while and more then that especially when the movie isn't anything special. I would gladly give up another 95 minutes of my life just too see Carey Mulligan's performance again which was nothing short from brilliant. I have too say that I nearly fell in love with her during the movie and personally I put her right beside the two Audrey's (Hepburn and Tautou) as the most wonderful and charming actress that has carried a whole movie on her own.
We are not talking about a serious drama part here, rather a much low-key but not any less important. Her character Jenny, is one of the most unforgettable and best written character I have seen for a long while. She's interesting, smart but mostly she's funny and sincere. You can't but enjoy following her around in this movie and you will like her from the first minute you see her. So you can imagine when I say I am very disappointed that the movie is not as memorable as her characters are.
An Education is still a pretty good movie. She's sincere, upbeat at times and most of all very well acted. Mulligan isn't the only one that does a great job here but the whole cast is pretty fantastic, obviously some actors just don't have a lot to work with but still come out of it pretty good. It's a big flaw in the movie how the movie comes out so simple and predictable.
When I first heard about this movie was coming out, i couldn't be more exited because I heard Nic Hornby wrote the script. Hornby is one of my favorite writers but one of the thing I love about him is how he builds up relationship and knows exactly how to get a perfect mix of humor and drama. That's why it bothered me how unoriginal it really was but Hornby does get a big plus for the great character development Jenny goes through.
The movie was pretty good although it needed a bit more to reach my heart; there could also have been a little bit more of humor and even a more memorable ending. Overall I recommend this movie because of one reason and I have too say I am a bit disappointed she didn't win an Oscar for her great performance but at least she got a nomination.
Posted on 8/01/10 08:42 AM
Incredible is the word for it.
The Incredibles is really close to getting a perfect score from me. I think we will call my rating 9 and three quarters. The Incredibles is an amazing family film that who else then Pixar brings to the table and is well in the running in being the best Pixar film ever.
You won't find a flaw or a dead spot in this story. The movie is groundbreakingly entertaining, hilarious, full of action, fantastic style and look, and last but not least the movie takes flight in the beginning and never lands until the end, and that is impressive considering the movie is more then two hours. The whole package is a complete success and delivers on every aspect a movie like this should deliver on and much more. The movie is also such a technological wonder, that it wouldn't even matter If the story sucked. But the story line and the plot are fantastic and have everything you want, entertainment and filled with humor and action. This movie isn't trying to do anything new, she's just showing how hard family life can be, granted in a weirder way then usual. Kids will scream their heads off because of all the action and entertainment while the parents appreciate the great script and aspects to reality that they can relate to.
All the action and chasing are fantastic and the graphics just makes it better. The strongest thing in this movie is in it's characters, and how memorable they can be. The script let's you connect to the character and sympathy's with them and everyone will be able to relate to some character here because we have so many different and original characters. The voices are solid but I never wonder about that really, Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee and Samuel L. Jackson do a great job as to the less famous kids who voiced the children.
The Incredibles doesn't need any more words. She is easily one of the best animated films of the decade and is in the running to be the best Pixar film all together. In 2004 we had Shrek 2, Shark Tale and The Polar Express come out so we can safely say that The Incredibles was the best animated film of the year 2004, if not the best movie of the year.
9/10 -- Just another Pixar masterpiece!