Posted on 7/29/13 03:26 AM
V for Vendetta- 4/5
The Idea of someone like the Protagonist ''V'' itself is quite influencial, so it's not much of a surprise that '' V for Vendetta'' ends up being a very thought-provoking yet inspiring movie which is bound to be beloved by many due to its influencial nature. James McTeigue's ''V for Vendetta' is like a revolutionary act inside a film which attaches you to it with its entertaining and clever manner of display which is aided by some solid performances, an amazing and bold script which is thought-provoking yet inspiring and a solid presentation of this script by James McTeigue who with his own way of direction has made an inspiring tale of a rebellious character who will remain close to the heart's of many -a lovers of this amazing film.
The story which is based on a DC Comics created comic by David Lloyd named ''V''(Hugo Weaving), a rebellious mysterious man who saves Evey( Natalie Portman) from some ''fingermen' and then creates havocs around the political side of London by destroying a building symbolizing the rule of Chancellor(John Hurt) and then presenting himself to the public in live television and stating that if in exact 1 year they help him, he will put an end to this oppression. This makes the police and every federal officer look for his arrest and he now has to save Evey from them, by which he takes her to his home and takes care of her for a few days until she escapes back to London, and she goes through some gruelsome time in which she is no longer with any fear. Now as the day comes closer, Evey must make her decision on what to do with this mysterious ''V''. The Wachowski brothers have written the screenplay for this movie, and I must say that they have in turn created a really thought-provoking yet interesting script and some irresistible and clever dialogues which in turn resulted into this inspiring movie, so all credits goes to them for making it easier for the director to present this to its maximum.
The Protagonist of this movie ''V'' is presented by Hugo Weaving who had a tough job ahead of him because he has to maintain the same costume throughout the film, but with his charm he presented the mysterious yet stylish V superbly and delivered his dialogues perfectly which was one of the best things about the film. Natalie Portmans character Evey in this film for me was of two different halves, the first one being a scared yet inquisitive one and the latter one being a woman who has no fear whatsoever, and I liked the latter much better, and on an overall basis she really did a great job supporting Weaving in the film. The Chemistry between Weaving and Portman's characters in this film is really well shown by both and the way they build together really fits into well with the film. But the actor I loved the most in this film was the evil and oppression-hungry Chancellor portrayed by the ever-brilliant John Hurt who by only talking through a TV screen throughout the film sends out his impression to the audience in the most menacing and evil manners. Stephen Fry also contributed quitewell to this movie by bringing in the witty comedic relief to this movie and doing what he does best, which is making the audience laugh with his witty charm. The whole cast consisted mostly of British actors have done a really good job in portraying their roles in this.
Director James McTeigue took on a really unique yet promising script from the Wachowski brothers and in turn he utilized that script to its maximum by creating this piece of work which is bound to be beloved by all kinds of audience because of its inspiring nature of presentation. He puts the lime-light on V right from the first scene and almost absorbs the audience more into the world of V as the movie progresses and his rebellious acts and stylish assassinations only make it better. His presentation of Evey is really clever as well and the chemistry between Evey and V in this film is shown really well and how they develop together, and all this is done without any melo-drama into it. And then there is the thought-provoking manner which he added to the film in how the polticians develop and react to the ''Terrorist'' V and his presentation of how V changes the aspects of the people in the city and inspires them to become free is almost inspiration as well as quite thought-provoking. The Visual and technical aspects of the film were really superb as well especially the former one which was really cleverly detailed during the times where some of the past is shown as well as V's fights with innumerous officials throughout the film and by adding classical music in sequences where monumental buildings blow up in pieces was a touch of real genius. James McTeigue has really done a sublime job handling this film and in turn has made a really inspiring and entertaining movie which is bound to be beloved by many.
The Cinematography of this movie was really superb in probably every aspect of the film. Some of the sequences showed London in a breath-taking kind of manner and the sequences where V was fighting and showing his style of fighting was covered really well, and the ending sequence especially was really superbly done by Cinematographer Adrian Biddle who's exceptional work has really helped the visual effects part of the film. The Visual effects team also has done a really impressive job with the visual effects of the film, and some of the sequences are visually stunning which keep this movie entertaining and exciting to watch and helps with its thought-provoking and inspiring manner. The Costume design for ''V'' was really impressive as well and it has now become very popular amongst fans of the film and the costume design team did a really great job with that.
The Background Music of this movie was very influencial on the sequences, especially the sequences In which the London crowd and V rebelled against the dictatorial government, Music Director Dario Marianelli created an atmosphere of revolution with his hard-hitting music of drums, and his usage of other master-pieces such as western classical music during the destruction of monumental buildings was really impressive and ingenious stuff, so he does deserve a lot of credit for creating an atmosphere of influence in the film.
With this James McTeigue has made a film which can be very infleuncial for the audience of this generation and with its lime-light being on an unique yet stylish protagonist trying to achieve something which is quite rebellious and inspirational, V For Vendetta is bound to be beloved by many due to its influencial nature and a mysterious yet charmful protagonist who is almost realistic and trying to achieve a cause in which many a people can relate to.
Posted on 7/11/13 10:09 AM
Fast & Furious 6- 3.5/5
Justin Lin's sixth installment of the ''Fast and the Furious'' franchise returns in an exhilarating, fast-paced and action packed presentation of Dom Toretto and his gang returning with there flashy cars and high technology equipments to take down some new bad guys on the street. Fast 6 boasts with a really good ensemble performance from the action starred cast who have done there roles very well, a really great and engaging script which is build up really well and it contains some parts of the previous parts in it which really helps with the unique and entertaining manner to it which is really nice apart from some ridiculous and over the top sequences in it, and some really great and fast-paced direction by Justin Lin who has made a really successful and action packed return to the fast and the furious franchise and in turn has made a film which is entertaining for fans of the franchise as well as people looking for 2 hours of entertainment.
The Story is written by Chris Morgan and it starts off right where it left off in the 5th part, where they all stole a lot of money and became millionaires and went into there own ways. It starts off with showing them with there families, until Dom Toretto( Vin Diesel) gets a visit one day from Cop Hobbs( Dwayne Johnson) where Hobbs explains that if Toretto and his crew helps him catch the dangerous criminal gang lead by Shaw( Luke Evans), then they get pardon for there crimes and are free forever. Now trying to catch this dangerous gang of members who are a level above Dom's gang, they discover that Letty( Michelle Rodriguez) who had supposedly died in the previous parts, is alive and is working with Shaw. Now they must make the difficult and dangerous decision of taking out Shaw and his members, while also saving Letty from getting arrested with them, which turns out to be a dangerous encounter.
The Acting Cast is quite the same from the previous encounters, as most of the previous movies revolves around these set of characters only, and the actors in this movie are mostly action-hero's of sorts, which is quite perfect for this kind of a movie and Lin made sure that the actors returned the same way they left off in the last part. Vin Diesel returns as the main protagonist Dom Toretto, and he returns in that same intense attitude seen in the previous parts with some really exciting action-sequences and nice dialogues. Dwayne Johnson for me was the star of the show in this one as the loud-mouth egostical cop Hobbs and while he was mostly all muscle, his dialogues and attitude was really nicely shown. Luke Evans also did a really nice job as the highly intelligent villain Shaw, who is the leader of a dangerous criminal group and he did his job quite well and made sure that he brought that 'villain factor' to himself. The Actors in this movie may not be the most technically gifted, but they fit in really well with the characters and hence present them perfectly.
Justin Lin returns with another installment to this entertaining ''Fast and the Furious'' series with Fast & Furious 6, and he picked up right from where he left off in the previous part, and continued this in a fast and entertaining manner which is extremely pleasing for fans of the franchise and really entertaining for movie lovers. He again managed his actors really well with there acting, dialogues and stunt sequences also which he showed in an exhilarating fashion and made sure that the stunts looked as convincing and real as possible. He utilized the script really well, showing glimpses of earlier parts as well and bringing in old and familiar characters and made the film in a fast-paced manner in which the audience cant get off the seat until the final minute and are guaranteed for entertainment and action-packed sequences throughout the film which is really what is expected of this, and even though some of the scenes are a bit over the top and preposterous and the film is a bit predictable, the technical and visual effects along with the action- sequences and building up of the film makes sure that audience will come more for latter parts and Fast & Furious 6 is a successful return for Lin which makes it one of the better movies of this summer.
The Story and Screenplay written by Chris Morgan is really well shaped and the way he has written the script for the movie makes it easier for the Director to create the action-sequences in the manner he wants to, and the way Morgan has tried to put parts of all the previous parts in this movie is really well presented. The Screenplay is really good too with some really nice dialogues by the cast which is delivered superbly and the story and screenplay in this movie is actually quite good which prevents it from being a lackluster, all-action type of a film which relies on only action and no story.
The Cinematography in this movie is really dazzling and breath-taking at times, the action-sequences captured through the camera-work of cinematographer Stephen F.Windon is really amazing and the cinematography in this movie really helped the director to show-case the bombastic action sequences with such ease and in such an exhilarating way. The Visual and technical effects in this movie is really amazing as well, the action-sequences in the movie are really complimented well with these visual and technical effects and the technical team has done a really good job in making sure that the movie is entertaining and technical sound as well. The Action-sequences in this film were really the hero of this film and a crucial part which kept the film fast and entertaining throughout the course of the film, so the stunt-men should be appreciated for attempting and perfecting such dangerous action-sequences so that the audience can really enjoy the movie to the fullest.
The Background Music in this film mostly consists of modern rap/hip-hop songs which are quite suitable for the scenes and really bring a bit more to the sequences with those flashy cars. Even the intense and fast-paced music used throughout the action-sequences or the chase sequences are really well synchronized with the scenes and really creates the tone for the exhilarating atmosphere and music director Lucas Vidal has really given some entertaining music to compliment well with the fast-paced sequences.
Fast & Furious 6 is a successful return for the ''Fast And The Furious'' franchise with its fast-paced and entertaining manner which is guaranteed to be a delight for the fans of the franchise and a really entertaining movie filled with great action-sequences for movie lovers, and Justin Lin has made sure that people are still interested in this long franchise and continue to want for more films from the ''Fast and the Furious'' franchise.
Posted on 7/08/13 05:42 AM
The Departed - 4.5/5
Martin Scorsese's Oscar Winning Masterpiece ''The Departed'' is an enthralling, engaging and unpredictable showing the lives of two undercover ''rats'' and how they grow into entirely different human beings by working with evil and good, and ''The Departed'' boasts of a really amazing ensemble cast who have presented their respective characters to the best regardless of how high/low importance it is to the film, a really hard-hitting and powerful story which has the influence of realism and unpredictability to it and it really keeps you gripped and tensed throughout the course of the film , and some really perfect direction by Martin Scorsese, who by perfecting his choosing of the cast and crew and quite perfectly presenting the story in an intense and gripping manner has made a film which is vintage Scorsese written all over it and is quite surely one of his best works as well as one of the bests of the decade.
The Story written by William Monahan is showing the modern- day Boston mean street's, and starts off with two young police-trainee's Billy( Leo DiCaprio) and Colin( Matt Damon) trying to get into the police department and how Colin who's almost a god-son of wanted Mafia boss Frank Costello( Jack Nicholson) gets into the department whereas Billy with a notorious background doesn't, but manages to get a job as an undercover agent for them. As The story unravels, Billy gets into the gang of Costello and spy's on him and sends undercover intelligence to his boss Captain Queenen( Martin Sheen), while Colin saves Costello from getting caught by helping him out of tough situations. Now after the death of Captain Queenen, Billy decides to finally find out who the undercover ''rat'' is, while Colin has other plans on his mind.
The Cast in ''The Departed'' is a really star-studded one filled with multi-talented stars, both consisting of inexperienced and highly experienced actors and the way Scorsese picked and managed this acting cast and pushed them to deliver their best is really amazing, which shows as the actors have perfected nearly each role in the movie. Leonardo Di Caprio as many know, is a favourite actor for Scorsese and is given many lead roles in his films, and he doesn't disappoint in ''The Departed'' either, as he portrays his mentally distraught and undercover cop Billy Costigan superbly and his style of acting in the film with some really nice dialogues makes this another successful film for him in terms of his acting. Matt Damon probably wasn't as good as his counter-part but did a successful job nonetheless as the ambitious and foxy undercover ''rat'' for Costello and although he is a bit repetitive and poker-faced at times, his personality and style of acting is quite perfect for the role. With no disrespect to these actors, but Jack Nicholson quite simply steals the show in the film as the dirty savage Frank Costello who is that kind of a mafia who thinks he can never get caught regardless of what he does and Nicholson is known well for his presentation of villains, and he maintained that sky high standard in the film by perfectly presenting the dirty Costello and he adapted so well, that you almost find the urge to kill him right there . Mark Wahlberg wasn't exactly in a lead or even supporting role of sorts, and had very little screen time, but his presentation of a foul mouthed ''bad cop'' looking to arrest Costello is almost perfect for his character, it's almost that he's made for this kind of a role and he duely delivered by giving a really vicious performance of a bad cop everybody loves. Everybody in the film did there respective roles quite perfectly and special mentions to Alec Baldwin, Vera Farmiga for supporting these leads brilliantly.
Before watching this one, I had recently fallen in love with Paul Thomas Anderson so much that I in a guilty manner was doubting why Scorsese was my favourite director, but my faith to him was restored by this masterpiece and everything I love about him was presented superbly in the movie. The way Scorsese managed his whole crew in the movie and presented the movie in such a vicious yet subtle way with a nature of unpredictability and realism to it are the exact things I love about Scorsese and his films. His choosing of the cast for such a movie with complex and different characters is really amazing, as because he chose experienced as well as a bit inexperienced actors and made them present their characters perfectly, and even the supporting characters in the movie really gain your attention and the job he's done with these actors is really remarkable. He made sure that the technical aspects of the movie were spot on as well( although for this kind of a movie, visual effects and such aren't really needed), and his brilliant choice and taste of music is shown yet again in the movie as he uses some classic songs as well as some modern one's and he keeps the audience glued to the screen throughout the film. He used the script really well to create an unpredictable and dark nature to it, and the way he unravels the script and grows the characters perfectly is really remarkable, he really used all his experience of making crime related movies to this and in turn made one of his bests. Although I thought he was criminally under-appreciated before ''The Departed's'' release, he finally got the Oscar he deserved and cemented his place as one of the best directors of all time.
The story written by William Monahan is a quite perfect yet realistic presentation of the lives of these two young trainee's and how they develop to something much more than that and ''The Departed'' has shown the mafia scene in such a realistic and vicious manner with the characters almost feeling like real-live characters. The Dialogues are quite great as well, as it mostly consists of the perfect way of how the Cop's and mafia men would've talked and the dialogues of especially Jack Nicholson and Mark Wahlberg were the most appealing and entertaining for me and these characters are build very well through the dialogues in the movie as the dialogues almost present what the character is. Monahan deserves a lot of appreciation for writing both the story and dialogues and in return making one of the best crime/drama scripts which has been duely perfected by Scorsese.
The Cinematography in the movie is quite spot on as well and the city of Boston is really shown well, showing the mean streets as well as the clean office of the police, and the cinematography throughout the film and especially during the action of face/off scenes were really good and kept the audience thrilled and glued to the tv screen, so cinematographer Michael Ballhaus also deserves a lot of credit for his work in the film. The Technical aspects of the film such as Art Direction and Costume Design was spot on as well, and Scorsese made sure that these so called ''little things'' are perfect as well and chose the best for them as well. The Film editing is really top notch as well because the film never seems to get slow of sorts and the editing was brilliant by Thelma Schoonmaker, because regardless of the film being more than 2 hours, it still keeps the audience wanting for more.
The Background music in the film is sometimes quite loud and bombastic but they perfectly set in with the intense of the sequences and they are smoothing at the same time, and the different type of music and songs used in the film really keeps up the pacy momentum of the film and the songs really add to the brilliance of the sequences and every song which is played in the sequences has some symbolism with the whats going on in the sequences and Scorsese has picked a Music Director who resembles his taste for fine music and music director Howard Shore has delivered some sublime music as well as some really addictive songs in the movie which excels it even more.
Martin Scorsese has once again proved why he is so reknowned for his brilliant presentation of crime movies and in ''The Departed'' he has made an enthralling and powerful film about the dirty side of Boston with a nature of realism and uniqueness to it and he has made his cast and crew give it there all and in turn he has given us what is one of his personal bests and one of the bests of the last decade and he once again proves why he is one of the best directors of his generation and why he'll always remain so beloved by his fans.
Posted on 7/04/13 07:03 AM
Paul Thomas Anderson's latest work '' The Master'' is an interesting, subtle yet hard-hitting presentation of some really unpredictable and ever-changing characters which led to an ever-changing nature of emotions in the film and it's a simple but mind-boggling film perfected by some amazing performances(namely from Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman) from the cast, a brilliant screenplay and dialogues which have presented these complex characters to the fullest and some admirable work from writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson, who after making a film 5 years after his master-piece ''There Will be Blood'' has made a powerful presentation of the evil and different complexities of the human mind which is another jewel to his throne of amazing and realistic movies.
The Story of the movie which is written by Paul Thomas Anderson himself, starts off by showing a mentally disturbed ex soldier Freddie Quell trying to find a suitable job for himself, but in the path to it he rages out of a job as a photographer, then after some running and days without any home or money, he lands up in a ship owned by Lancaster Dodd(Philip Seymour Hoffman) who offers to keep him and offers him to make some kind of special alcohol for Dodd. But After discovering this mean-streak and the mental condition of Quell, he decides to use his infamous ''processing'' on Quell, an attempt to make him a sane man. During this time he tries a lot of different things of Quell, also getting help from his wife Peggy( Amy Adams) and also his son-in law Clark( Rami Malek) at some points. But after long periods of treatment, that rage streak in Quell is shown a lot of times and Quell even goes away for a while to return to his long-lost love Doris.
The Acting Cast chosen for ''The Master'' is quite a clever one, as it boasts of some brilliant and experienced actors, as well as giving chances to inexperience actors to fill in for the cameo's. Joaquin Phoenix mostly gets the supporting roles in the movie's I've seen of him, and although he sometimes excels at his roles more than the leading actors, he isn't appreciated for his lack of Lead roles. His character in ''The Master'' is definitely the lead of the film, and he truly excels in this bold and difficult role, presenting the character to perfection. His unpredictable behavior in this movie is brilliantly presented and Phoenix again shows his ability to portray sick and mentally disturbed characters to perfection. I think Phoenix deserved some awards for his role in the movie, as it is a bold and difficult one to portray and he has done it with such ease and viciousness. Philip Seymour Hoffman made it difficult for the viewer on whom to appreciate more in his presentation of Master or Lancaster Dodd who is a know-it all and makes Quell his latest experiment at greatness, while also treating him very well, and his glamour of a rich, intelligent man with times of rage is shown amazingly, and Hoffman yet again mesmerizes with his amazing ability to act. The Chemistry of Hoffman and Phoenix as well as the sequences of them facing off with each other are really brilliantly shown, both Hoffman and Phoenix made an amazing chemistry which made the film so realistic. Amy Adams is the female support in this film, and she presents an ambitious and power hungry wife of Lancaster as good as it could have been and really gave good support and competition to the lead actors. The Rest of the cast have also done there supporting roles and cameo's brilliantly and Anderson has made sure that his cast once again shines in his films.
There Will Be Blood for me still remains as one of the best movies of the last decade, and every time I watch it I am mesmerized by how good it is in all parts. So I was anticipating a good return for Anderson through ''The Master'' and I wasn't disappointed, as The Master amazed me with its simple yet hard-hitting nature, and the unpredictability of both the movie and the characters is really a high point of this movie. The way Anderson presents his characters so admirably that you find it difficult to call him a protagonist or an antagonist, his characters usually aren't what one would say a ''hero'' nor are they a complete ''villain'', for me they are presentation of the common man and his addition of realism to his movies are the reason why they are so good for movie-lovers. The way he shapes his characters and builds them is really admirable, and he keeps his audience glued to the screen with the unpredictability and ever-changing atmosphere in ''The Master'' and his handling of his actors also resulted in brilliant performances from them. Paul Thomas Anderson has yet again added a jewel to his crown of amazing movies and his presentation of the Drama ''The Master'' is simple yet hard-hitting and boasts of some amazing performences and a brilliant and realistic screenplay and another success for Paul Thomas Anderson.
The Speciality and innumerous talent of Paul Thomas Anderson is yet again shown here, as he also wrote the script and screenplay for ''The Master'' which hugely helped him in making the movie perfectly and presenting it in the perfect way. The Screenplay is brilliant, as it boasts of some really witty dialogues, especially from Hoffman and the way he wrote the dialogues depending on the and emotion of the characters is brilliant and the characters are build up and presented in a perfect way as well, as you can almost relate it to someone real and the way he has written the script and dialogues makes the movie quite realistic as well. The Unpredictability of the characters is also really well written in the script and that was a high point for the movie.
The Technical aspects of the film is quite perfect for the era shown, which is the 1950's. The Cinematography in the movie is of top class, and especially the lighting maintained throughout the movie was really impressive, and the sequences are really well covered and perfectly captured as well and he showed the post-war America perfectly, so cinematographer Mihai Malaimare Jr did a brilliant job with the camera-work of ''The Master'' and all credits goes to him for his contribution in ''The Master''. The Art Direction of the movie is also as good as It can get, as the post-war America, namely New York and Philadelphia are shown superbly and the art direction team has done a really good job as well. The Costume Design is also perfect for the year shown and the technical aspects of ''The Master'' is definitely as good as it can get and Paul Thomas Anderson ensured that even the little aspects of his films remained admirable.
The Background Music of ''The Master'' is yet another mesmerizing part of the movie, as the background music maintained throughout the course of the music really sets the tone for the intense sequences, as well as for the entertaining one's. The different kinds of music used in the movie is really admirable and really pleasing for the ear's, and especially that music in the starting of the film was really amazing for me, and music director Johnny Greenwood does yet another amazing job for giving music for an Anderson film and he shows why Anderson put his faith in him.
Paul Thomas Anderson's '' The Master'' may have been a bit confusing at times, and it may not be suitable for people, and many may not even like it, but for an Anderson fan like me, it was yet another brilliant, simple and realistic Paul Thomas Anderson movie with yet another set of brilliant characters hard to deem as hero or a villain, and in ''The Master'' Paul Thomas Anderson makes one of the best movies of 2012 and returns with yet another jewel to his crown of brilliant movies.
Posted on 7/01/13 03:26 AM
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest- 10/10
Now I've seen some really dangerous on-screen battles in movies, but the one in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's nest between Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher is absolutely amazing, iconic, lethal and you keep on wondering what is going to happen to happen next, and both of them do their acting in such a subtle but affective way that the audience is everwanting to know whats gonna happen next. Cuckoo's nest is thought-provoking, absorbing, disturbing and heart-breaking at the same and consists of scenes which are so good and wonderful that you are kept awed throughout the movie, regardless of it being mostly inside 1 prison. Cuckoo's Nest boasts of some amazing performences from a formidable cast(specially Nicholson and Fletcher) of which each and every one has done a memorable job, a really unique and realistic script which is basically of a good vs evil nature of how rebellion can either go right or wrong and some perfect presentation by Milos Forman who has handled his cast and staff perfectly and implemented a difficult story perfectly to make what may be one of the all time great dramatic movies which has a hint of black comedy at times, and which keeps you awed throughout the movie because of its overall brilliance.
The Story which is based upon the novel written by Ken Kesey is about an eccentric, careless rebellion R.P McMurphy( Jack Nicholson) who is admitted in a mental institution run by a dictatorial Nurse Ratchet(Louise Fletcher) due to some mental sickness reported by his office. Upon admitttance to it, he finds out the real state of the insitution where everyone in it is extremely eccentric in their own different ways and tries to make them stand up to their feet and not withstand the dictatorial rule of Ratchet. In Doing so he makes a lot of friends namely in an eccentric guy named Martini( Danny DeVito) who still acts likes a kid, Cheswick( Sydney Lassick) who has a habit of getting hyperexcited in many situations, Billy( Brad Dourif) who is stuttering young man with a mental sickness and Chief( Will Sampson) who is a deaf and dumb red-indian who later turns out to be his partner in crime. After doing his best in trying to make themselves stand up for each other, he tries to break out of jail one day with Chief and things go from good to bad in no time. The Ending of the movie is extremely anti-climax( one of the rarest anti-climax's i've ever seen) and really hits you like a pipebomb.
Cuckoo's nest probably has one of the best ensemble cast i've ever seen in movies, and although the lead actor may be Nicholson and the actress may be Fletcher, the others have done their side-roles to a superb extent as well and this each and every lunatic in this movie will be memorable for their performence in Cuckoo's nest. Well, Nicholson again shows us why he is considered as one of the best actors of all time by giving what may be his best performence ever and one of the greatest portrayels of a fictional character in the history of movies. He Portrays R.P McMurphy who is careless, eccentric and rebellious and right from entering the institution he makes a mark,he's there in every scene and has done every scene perfectly, starting from Self-Radio to The final scene, in every one his dialogues are delivered perfectly and his laugh and face expression are one of the most eccentric and unique ever. He Definitely deserves his Oscar for this one, he's portrayed a difficult character flawlessly and he became the character to make him look easy to portray. Louise Fisher is the only female in this movie with a subsequent ''lead role'' in Nurse Mildred Ratchet, who is the head nurse of the mental institution and is almost like a dictator towards the mental patients. She plays the villain here and through some single expressions and a soft evil voice she does it so brilliantly that you want her to die or get killed by McMurphy. Her and Nicholson's on-screen battle is one of the most iconic battles between good and evil and with these two facing off with each other and the supporting cast doing their absolute best, you almost wonder whom to follow. The rest of the supporting cast which mainly consist of mental patients have done their jobs perfectly, although i thought Danny DeVito portraying the eccentric,kid-like Martini did a great job and the role suited him, and same goes with Sydney Lassick for portraying the hyper-excited and mentally unstable Cheswick did their jobs especially well to make a name for themselves in the movie business. All in all, each and everyone in the cast did their roles to the maximum and you cant choose out a bad one, in the scene's its confusing on whom to concentrate on.
Now One Flew Over the Cuckoo's nest may be entertaining and even funny at times, but in no way is the story either entertaining nor funny, it is one of the most difficult, harshly realstic, thought-provoking story to succesfully portray in a movie, and considering the scene's, one has to remain in awe of how hard Milos Forman had to work in order to make a movie such of the brilliance of One Flew over the Cuckoo's nest. He has taken an extremely difficult story and presented it with such ease that you just wonder how he did it. He chose his cast which was extremely vital to the movie absolutely perfectly, and made each and everyone of them act according to what his expectations were. Some of the Scene's are so loud and disturbing at times, but at the same time keeps you awestruck because of its overall brilliance and involves so many actors giving it their all at one go, Forman had to manage each and everyone to do their own jobs perfectly in order for the sequences to be absolutely perfect. And his presentation of the subtle yet dangerous on-screen battle of McMurphy and Ratchet is one of the best on-screen battles presented in a movie and on top of that an unexpected anti-climax which rattles the audience and this battle is the key for this movie becoming so amazing is done perfectly. On Top of the brilliant acting and great dialogues, the background music and cinematography is spot on as well and Forman made sure he chose the absolute best for all the deparments for this movie which was the stepping stone of his glorious career. Forman has made one of the most disturbing, absorbing, harshly realistic dramatic movies of all time in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's nest and he himself also deserved his Oscar for making one of the real gems of all time which keeps you awestruck at every moment.
The Screenplay which is written by Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman is very well derived from the story and some of the dialogues are splendid and all these brilliant dialogues which are delivered together perfectly by the actors keep you awestruck throughout the movie, and its especially good because the dialogues are harshly realistic and keeps you wondering about them even after you've finished watching the movie, about how realistic the story really was, the screenplay really backed up the super story brilliantly and the screenwriters also have adapted the story superbly from the novel, and Cuckoo's nest probably deserves the first 5 mainstream Oscar's it won.
The Cinematography is superb mainly because most of the scene's are inside 1 institution only and the scene's which are outside are so beautiful that you cant resist the beauty of the nature area's which are shown in the movie. The Sequences which are shown inside the institution are also capture superbly through some great camera-work and lighting and cinematographer Haskell Wexler also deserves the appreciation of the audience due to his great contribution in making this movie perfect. Even The Art Direction is quite great, because the institution shown is quite unique from other institutions or prisons shown in other movies and the art direction team also deserves their share of appreciation.
The Background Music is almost like magical at parts in this movie and some of the red-indian music which are in the movie are so beautifully synchronised with the sequences that you are bound to get awed by the amazing presentation of the movie and the background music specially in the last parts is particularly emotional and the music along with the ending scene's are bound to make you emotional. The Classical music which was played in the movie was quite beautiful too although it annoyed the characters in the movie. The Music director deserves his credit as well for giving such beautiful music throughout this tense movie.
One Flew Over The Cukoo's nest remains as the best thought-provoking, iconic and harshly realistic drama movie i've seen and Cuckoo's nest is in a league of its own, because a movie like it wont ever be made again. Cuckoo's nest also boasts of an on-screen battle which is extremely subtle and lethal at the same time and due to the flawless acting by Nicholson and super villlain role of Fletcher, Cuckoo's nest proves that it deserves all the accolades it got and director Milos Forman has made one of the real gems of all times which is bound to stay in the history books forever in the world of movies.
Posted on 6/25/13 08:49 AM
The Place Beyond The Pines- 3.5/5
The Thing about The Place Beyond The Pines which was quite disappointing is that it started off well in an exciting fashion and was going through very well until it started to derail itself and the film itself is the perpetrator of its own downfall, as it deteriorated towards the end parts of the movie. The Place Beyond The Pines is almost like a tale of two halves, the first one which is quite entertaining, exciting and shaped off in a very good manner with a brilliant performance from Ryan Gosling, and a second half which in my opinion wasn't needed to be shown like that and although it is shown decently from a great effort from the young actors , it still disappoints me that if the 2nd half was made in a better manner, this movie could've become much better and Derek Cianfrance's The Place Beyond The Pines is a nice drama film with great individual performances and it was quite nicely shown as well until the point where it deteriorated and that denied it from becoming a great film rather than a good one it has become.
The Story which is written by Derek Cianfrance and Ben Coccio starts off by showing a stuntman professional motorcycle rider Luke( Ryan Gosling) who makes his living by doing stunts for a circus and moves around town, and after coming back to a town after a year where he had an affair with Romina(Eva Mendes), he discovers that he has a son with her. Realizing his duties as father, he decides to stick to the town and make a living by robbing banks and making a happy life for his family, until he gets caught and killed by an up and coming cop Avery Cross( Bradley Cooper) who becomes a hero after his act. After recovering from an injury during that encounter with Luke, he comes back to the police department and discovers some corrupt police officers and decides to take the case to the DA and arrest them. Now the story shifts to 15 years later, where he has become a successful man and is running for Attorney General. He decides to send his son AJ( Emory Cohen) to the town where he grew up and make him do his schooling there. AJ meets with Jason( Dane DeHaan) who is the son of Luke, and together they get arrested for taking drugs, and after sometime Jason gets to know about his real father and how Avery Cross killed him.
The Acting cast in this movie was selected superbly and the presentation of the characters and the ''acting'' in the movie is one of the shining points of the movie, spearheaded by the brilliant Ryan Gosling who portrays the outlaw Luke Glanton in the movie and his presentation Is superb, specially his almost ever-present poker face in the movie, his dedication to look almost like the character and he yet again keeps on showing how good and how versatile he is, and for me he is one of the finest actors in his generation. Bradley Cooper also does a really great job as the up-and coming cop Avery Cross and his presentation of a ambitious good and anti-corrupt cop is as good as it can get, and for me his acting has really improved in the past few years or so, he is really developing into a fine actor. Eva Mendes also does a really good job being the only female lead character in the movie, and I really loved Ray Liotta as the corrupt officer and he can really do these kind of bad-cop roles superbly. Even The Young actors in Emory Cohen and Dane DeHaan did a super job portraying there roles and especially DeHaan Shined in his moments as the son of Luke who is wanting answers for his dad's death. All in all the whole cast did a great job in the roles in this movie and that is one of the shining parts of the movie.
Credit has to be given to Director Derek CianFrance for making The Place Beyond the Pines and the way he changed the emotion and atmosphere of the movie from an exciting one, to a emotional one to a really dark one is really impressive and his cast and crew selection was also quite brilliant, but as he did a great job portraying the first half of the movie where his presentation of Gosling's outlaw-rebellious character was superb and introduction of Cooper's character was quite good as well, but the second half where he decides to jump forward 15 years was a disappointing one, and even though one can see what he's trying to show by jumping forward, it did'nt impress me that much and the movie almost detiorated to an emotional, predictable and even oversteched movie in the 2nd half and although the young actors did quite brilliantly, the 2nd half should've been presented in a different way as it is the reason why The Place Beyond the pines is'nt a great movie. Nevertheless his selection of his crew is superb, and he helped his actors do well as well, and by doing most of the things right he made a good and engaging drama film in The Place Beyond The Pines.
The Story of this movie started our quite well focusing on Luke and his actions trying to be a good father and trying to provide for his family, his time in the movie was mostly entertaining and the acting by Gosling also helped a lot and after that Cooper's character was introduced well enough as well and the development of his character was good enough as well, but the 2nd half which mostly consisted of things 15years later was a bit unnecessary and it could've been changed, as it was the reason why the film deteriorated so much. The Story as a whole was quite good, especially the first half, but the 2nd half was a letdown. The screenplay written by Derek Cianfrance, Ben Ciccio and Darius Marder was quite well written as the characters were detailed and presented well. The 2nd half of this story is the main letdown of the film as it deteriorates from what could've been a much better film to a good one supported hugely by the performences and presentation.
The Technical aspects of the movie are quite sound as it wasn't that visually flashy or something like that, but I really liked the cinematography in the movie, especially the chase scenes or the robbery scenes, all we're shown very well and the camerawork throughout the film was top notch and credit goes to cinematographer Sean Bobbitt for his contributions to the film. The editing part of the movie wasn't quite bad, as I felt the movie was a bit over-streched towards the end and the 2nd half itself was over-streched and predictable.
The Background music in the movie was absolutely amazing for me, the different kinds of music used in the film and even the songs played during the course of the movie was top class in my opinion, it really set the pace for those engaging chases and also set the atmosphere for a tense sequences, the variations of music and songs used in the movie was really amazing for me and music director Mike Patton deserves a lot of credit for delivering some beautiful music which was a real high point for the film.
The Place Beyond the Pines is an entertaining and engaging drama for the first half, and a deteriorating and predictable one in the 2nd half, but as a whole the movie is probably worth watching and it can please all audiences who like to watch drama films as this also has that bit of pacy nature to it at times, The Place Beyond The Pines is presented very well by director Derek Cianfrance who with the help of some brilliant individual performences and a story in which the 1st half shines, has made a nice drama film which is intense yet engaging but the 2nd half deteriorated the film which could've been much better.
Posted on 6/21/13 02:23 AM
The Untouchables- 4.5/5
Brian De Palma's The Untouchables is unlike any other suspense thriller movie I've ever seen, and having the story based upon a dangerous Mafia head it also adds the extra bit of excitement to it which makes it one of the most realistic yet entertaining suspense movie's I've seen which keeps the audience glued to there seats throughout the course of the movie. The Untouchables is pacy, enthralling, entertaining and full of suspense which keeps you at the edge of you're seat and constently wondering about what the next sequence will be and the brilliance from all around, especially the cast who have all done a sublime job especially the superb Connery who was the best supporting actor one could ever wish for, a unique yet realistic story about how good prevails over evil and some amazing presentation by Director Brian De Palma who has detailed the movie perfectly and made it in a subtle yet entertaining manner which ensures that The Untouchables remains as one of the best suspense-thriller's ever made.
The Story is based upon the novel written by Oscar Fraley and Eliot Ness is showing the year 1930 Chicago where dangerous mafia leader Al Capone(Robert De Niro) has made Chicago almost like his own city and dominates the drug/ illegal products dealing scene and Treasury Officer Eliot Ness takes it on his own to bring him down and send him to jail for his innumerous crimes. But after finding out that most of his allies are all corrupted by Capone, he decides to make a team of his own in his accountant-friend Agent Oscar Wallace(Charles Smith Martin Smith), an anti-corrupt officer who turns out to be his greatest asset named Jim Malone( Sean Connery) and a young up-and coming officer George Stone( Andy Garcia) and makes it his task to put Capone in jail, but his journey towards it is a very difficult one as he finds out how much corrupted the people he knows can get.
The Acting Cast in the movie was chosen very wisely and perfectly by Brian De Palma, because all the actor's who portray there character's are almost like made for these kind of characters. Kevin Costner was the main protagonist in the movie as the Treasury Officer Elliot Ness who is adamant on putting Al Capone behind bars, and he did the role quite perfectly and he is a quite perfect choice for a good cop, because he excels in these kinds of roles and he imperfected the role of Ness. Sean Connery was possible more influencial in the movie than Costner portraying the anti-corruptible Jim Malone, and he portrays the character of an old justical policeman so well that he is more of a protagonist than Costner and with sublime dialogues with a bit of sarcasm at times, he almosts guides Costner in the movie. He was a brilliant support for Costner in the movie and excelled Costner's performance as well as perfected his, and he probably deserved his Oscar that year. Robert De Niro is almost meant for roles such of the mafia head, and he again excels so easily portraying the ruthless Al Capone, and his ability to dish out brilliant and sarcastic dialogues at one point and then kill a man on another is so marvelous that you think that he really is Al Capone and he again shows why he is given so many roles of Mafia Leaders in numerous movies. The Rest of the cast also did a great job in portraying there respective characters and I especially loved the acting of Andy Garcia and Billy Drago, one who is a brash young-cop and another who is ruthless right hand man of Capone.
Now Brian De Palma really deserves A Lot Of credit for his presentation of The Untouchables, because not only has he made a brilliant suspense-thriller which shows the victory of the good guys against the corrupted one's( a thing which Is shown in a subtle yet entertaining way), it is also very influencial for film-makers deciding to make movies in this type of genre in the future because The Untouchables is not only brilliant in the acting and story aspect but the technical aspects of it are also very sound and quite futuristic. He showed the dark side of Chicago at that time brilliantly and some of the action scene including a slow-motion action scene really mesmerized me by thinking how much devotion he gave to create such brilliant action scenes. He made sure that the technical aspects of the movie we're also spot on and chose a brilliant crew which in turn repaid with an amazing movie.
The Story which I presume is about the events which happened in 1930, Chicago in which the real Eliott Ness took down Al Capone is written by Eliott Ness and Oscar Fraley is a brilliant look at the level of domination and power Al Capone had at the time and how he corrupted any one he wanted except for the Untouchables. The Screenplay is also a brilliant one, containing some really amazing and sarcastic dialogues which are quite pleasing to hear and the dialogues throughout the movies were brilliant, and the screenplay was very well scripted and shown which was duely delivered by the cast. Credit goes to David Marmet for writing the screenplay and dialogues for the movie which really well showed the brilliant and realistic story written by Ness and Fraley.
The Cinematography in this movie is quite brilliant and the camerawork throughout the course of the movie was superbly handled. Some of the camerawork in the movie are really well shown in an almost futuristic way with some of those action scenes and the credit goes to Cinematographer Stephen H.Burum for presenting some really good camerawork in the movie. Although there isn't much special effects shown in this film, some of the scenes(specially the action scenes) are really well detailed with some special effects such as slow-motion which really took me aback seeing it in a movie which was made in the 1980's! Even the costume design and makeup in this movie is so spot on and its visible that De Palma has used the best of what was available, because of the costume's my rating went from 8.5 to 9. Even the Art direction team has done an amazing job in showing the 1930 Chicago and it's surrounding in a dark time, so credit goes to them too. Credit goes to the visual effects team and costume design team who have contributed a lot to the movie and made sure that it's a hit on the technical aspects as well.
The Background Music throughout the course of the movie was quite fantastic as the different type's of music used such as classical music as well as music from other genre's was really well synchronized with the sequences and it really brought that right kind of tone to the atmosphere of each scene, and the music used in the action sequences was really good. Credit goes to music director Ennio Morricone for delivering such sublime different types of music throughout the course of the movie which really up-ed the level of the sequences.
The Untouchables was a real delight to watch because of the way it was presented, that kind of subtle yet entertaining and enthralling presentation of this suspense-thriller regarding the downfall of one of the most dangerous mafia criminals of all time was presented superbly by Director Brian De Palma who was supported superbly by his acting cast and remaining staff and in turn made one of the best suspense-thrillers of all time which has that realism and uniqueness to it and The Untouchables is definitely a movie which can be entertaining for all kind of public.
Posted on 6/17/13 01:27 AM
Man Of Steel- 3/5
So after so much anticipation and after getting some totally mixed reviews about this, I finally saw Zack Snyder's Man of Steel today and having going in with minimal expectations, I thought of it as an average film guided and saved by the amazing visual effects and a flawed but decent storyline filled with some really Action-packed sequences and after the hype it had created through those hair-raising trailer, Snyder could've done much better on presenting this epic and universally beloved superhero. Engaging, Visually Enthralling, Action-Packed and saved by some brilliant cameo's, A great villain presented brilliantly by Michael Shannon and some amazing background music, Man Of Steel should've been much better on the story and presentation part considering the hype surrounding it before it's release, as the brilliant visual and 3d effects save it from becoming a disaster, and although Director Zack Snyder presented it with brilliant visual skills and with exciting action-packed stuff, the feel of the epic Superman evades me in this movie and the story is a bit flawed as well which prevents Man Of Steel from becoming the inspiring superhero movie it could've been.
The Story which is based upon the comic written by Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster is internationally reknowned as Superman is one of the most popular Superhero's of all time, and in Man of Steel the story kicks off right from the beginning from where Clark Kent/Kal-El or Superman(Henry Cavill) was born and then sent to Earth for protection, while his home Krypton is destroyed to dust. After that the movie shows how he grows up and become's an adult and goes on a journey on how he became this superhuman and ends up discovering a kryptonian ship along with Lois Lane(Amy Adams) and finally discovers who he truly is. After coming back to his earth home, he is in serious trouble as long lost enemy of his father Jor-El( Russell Crowe), General Zod(Michael Shannon) comes to earth and wants the cortex back to bring back Krypton, and now Superman must defeat General Zod and his powerful allies and must make the decision on which planet to save.
The Cast chosen in this movie is quite cleverly picked, as it boasts of some really experienced and talented actors as well as inexperienced actors which restores the balance between both the young and elder stars. Now I can totally understand how difficult it is for an inexperienced actor like Henry Cavill to portray a world-wide popular character like Superman, and although his body shape and looks we're quite perfect for the character, his acting in the movie remains quite mediocre at best. I was really disappointed by him in this movie, and his poker face expression's throughout the course of the movie really did'nt do any good, and I really hope he improves for the next parts and Snyder helps him in the next movies. Amy Adams in this movie is decent as the female counter-part to Cavill and Superman's love interest, and her acting as a fearless journalist was quite perfect presentation of the type of journalist Snyder wanted to show. The best actor in this movie was Michael Shannon portraying the evil and obsessed General Zod who is obsessed on saving Krypton and bringing it back, and his acting in the movie is quite great along with the action sequences, his dialogues we're quite good for me also. The Cameo's by Russell Crowe and Kevin Costner we're also some of the saving factors in the movie as both did a splendid job in portraying Superman's real father and earth father.
Making something of the caliber of Superman is a monstrous task without any doubt, but Zack Snyder has shown that he can make movies in the caliber of superman before as well. But Zack Has'nt been able to convince audience with his rendition of Superman in Man Of Steel, as it is quite mediocre mostly because of too much action, some mediocre acting where it mattered, and a story which is flawed and although the latter is not a fault of Snyder, he really should've done better with presenting the movie and specially with presenting Superman in a better way, instead of that he relied a lot of the action and eye-catchy stuff instead of making it in a more subtle yet exciting way. He did do quite well with the cameo characters and the villain and his choosing of his visual effects and 3d effects team was amazing, as the visual effects are the one of the important factors on why this movie is quite decent and watchable. The expectations levels of the audience rocketed up after he released some really amazing and hair-tingling trailers, but the movie sadly did not live up to that level. He has 2 more movies to make to complete this trilogy, and I'm hoping that he makes the next movies in a better way than he made this.
The Story which is adapted from the comic is written by David S.Goyer and Christopher Nolan and in the 1st part of the trilogy, they've shown how Superman became what he is and the villain in the movie was quite powerful and convincing. The Story was flawed although in my opinion, as some of the sequences are a bit illogical and flawed which I wont spoil, but nevertheless it was a decent and convincing story which is quite decent for starting of the series. The Screenplay in my opinion could've contained better dialogues from Superman, as most of the epic dialogues come from his dad's. It could've also contained a bit of comedy relief at times, and although I know Superman is a very serious kind of a superhero, a bit of comedy could not have done any bad to the movie. Overall, the story was decent and the screenplay could've been better, and these factor's didn't make it any easy for Snyder.
The Cinematography in this movie is quite top notch stuff, as the camera-work and lighting maintained throughout the movie is quite mesmerizing, and the camera-work especially in the fighting sequences and the action-packed 2nd half of the movie was really a treat for the eye and the detail at which the action sequences are shown is quite amazing, cinematographer Amir Mokri did a real splendid job with the cinematography of the movie which really helped the movie. The Visual effects and 3d of the movie are really the strongest points of the movie and the amazing visual effects maintained throughout the movie really make Man of Steel a real visually enthralling which with its pacy nature will surely entertain you and for me Man of Steel can be enjoyed most when seen in 3D in the movie theatres. The Art Direction also were top notch as Krypton shown in the movie as well as the parts of earth which we're shown are brilliant and realistic and totally convince the audience on what Snyder was trying to portray. The visual effects and art direction team deserve heaps of praise for there amazing job in the technical department of the movie which is creates a real wow factor and saves the film from becoming bad. Snyder has to be credited for picking an amazing visual effects team and deserves his praise for making the movie visually amazing and entertaining atleast.
Another real wow factor and strong part of the film is the background music which is delivered by the legendary Hans Zimmer and he again shows his true genius by delivering the background music for yet another superhero movie. The way in which he adapts the music on the basis on what the sequence is about is quite amazing, be it an action-packed sequence or an emotional sequence, the background music really sets the tone for each sequence and really brings out the hair-tingling nature. That unique music for the movie is also amazing and it's quite certain that the next Superman movies will have amazing background music. The Background music was another one of those saving factors of the movie and is a delight for any music-lover, credit again goes to the amazingly consistent Zimmer for continuously delivering amazing music for movies.
It is quite assured that Christopher Nolan has decided to Produce the right movies by producing the Superman Trilogy, and be it bad or good these movies will continue to generate humongous sums of money. Man of Steel was an entertaining and visually enthralling experience, but in the end it still remains quite mediocre due to the lackluster acting by Henry Cavill, a screenplay and story which could've been better, and some mediocre presentation by Snyder who relied on action and eye-catch stuff a bit too much, and therefore Man of Steel remains a movie which could've been much better.
Posted on 6/15/13 06:42 AM
Co-Director's Marjene Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud's Persepolis was my first experience of a foreign language animated film, and I must reveal how amazed I felt after watching Persepolis which is a dark portrayal of how a rebellious and outspoken girl deals with the continuous problems with her narrow-minded society and all the components of the story are really wonderfully presented by the Director's. Dark, Beautiful and filled with examples of the distraught state of Iran in the period shown( especially dealing with Women), Persepolis is a really subtle and beautiful portrayal of how a rebellious and outspoken Iranian Girl deals with the continuous social and personal problems faced by herself, it has superbly shown the Post-War Iran and the limitations and humiliation that Women have to face there and in Persepolis Co-Director's Marjene Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud have made a really beautiful yet Dark Animated movie which is filled with funny and sad elements and with some really brilliant visuals, some great voice-acting and a harsh but realistic story, Persepolis has to be one of the most unique Animated Feature Films ever made which will keep you devoted to the film from the beginning to the end.
The Story of the Movie is based on the comic written by Marjene Satrapi and it revolves around the world of Marjene Satrapi(Chiara Mastroianni) growing in Iran, and the story starts when Iran is at war with Iraq. This results in changes in the life of Satrapi and her family, where she meets her Uncle Anouche(Francis Jerosme) who is a huge inspiration for her, she realizes how women are oppressed in her city, and after the war ends she is sent to Vienna due to the distraught state of Iran. She lands at Vienna as a child and grows up there developing an outspoken attitude and learning about the disadvantages and humiliation of being an Iranian and she meets some friends, and after she reaches the age of 18, some personal adultery problems such as drugs and smoking causes a real problem for her and she decides to return to her family at Iran, only to see that the state of Iran is worse than what she had experienced leaving some years and her rebellious and outspoken attitude leads to some problems and finally she realizes that whatever she may do, women like her will always stay in an oppressed state.
Persopolis contains some really dazzling visual effects and some brilliant animation. The Animation may not be as realisitic and wow-like as nowadays but as it is it's quite brilliant and the black and white animation maintained throughout the flashback parts of the movie are really well detailed and some of the shape shifting and reactions of the character's are really well shown in the movie and the animation team really deserves a lot of credit for such brilliant spectacles. The Voice-acting in the movie is quite spot on as well, as the whole cast has portrayed and voiced there respective characters convincingly. Chiara Mastroianni has done a splendid job in voicing and narrating the story of our Protagonist Marjene Satrapi and her distressed voice in presenting the grown up Marjene was quite brilliant, also she did a splendid job in voicing the Teenager Marjene.
Co-Directors Marjene Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud took a bold decision in making an animation film with a controversial and harsh script such as this, but they made the film in such a beautiful way that even though it focuses the oppression of women in Iran and how they're underlooked outside Iran. Even though it deals with some harshly realistic social problems, the moments of comedy and fun along with the brash moments of the Outspoken and rebellious Marjene give the public a piece are so wonderfully presented that it prevents this movie to become a distressing drama which would've been horrible for an animated film. They picked a brilliant crew and some really good actor's for voicing the character's and they picked a super visual effects and animation team which ensured that this movie will not fail on the visual parts. All In All in Persopolis they've made a unique animated film which in a beautiful way presents the social problems faced by the narrator during her life at Iran and also outside it.
One can only assume that the comic written by Marjene Satrapi is on her own life and growing up at Iran, so it is quite bold to make such a comic on such a controversial topic so all credits to her for creating a comic which was brilliantly adapted into a script by co-director Vincent Paronnaud in a way which will keep the audience interested and with moments of sarcastic comedy and fun moments, he makes sure to keep the magic of an animated feature ticking in the film. He created a really good script with suitable dialogues which all we're delivered superbly by the actor's and all credit goes to both Satrapi and Paronnaud to create such a script of Persopolis.
Background music is quite vital for any animated feature film in my opinion, and the music in Persepolis is quite superb throughout the course of the movie. The Variations of music used in this movie is quite marvelous, many type's of different music are presented in Persepolis and the variations of the music on the different sequences are quite outstanding. Be it a comedy scene, a depressing one of a scene shown the outspoken attitude of the protagonist, the music throughout the movie is quite superb and really helps the audience and the movie both alike. Olivier Bernet deserves a lot of praise for delivering such beautiful music in this film. The editing of the film was quite well done as the movie was quite perfect for an animated movie and the editor also Stéphane Roche deserves praise for her contribution to this film.
Persepolis is a different kind of an animated film which might not be liked by everyone and its quite a unique animated film, with a story explaining the difficulties faced by the narrator during the course of her teenage and adult life, and although moments of fun and comedy do make the movie entertaining and fun, the point which Co Directors have wanted to show are shown quite superbly and there hard work in making a beautiful yet dark movie as Persepolis results it in becoming one of the most unique and best animated film I've ever seen and a really good start to foreign language animated films.
Posted on 6/13/13 09:27 PM
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb- 9.5/10
'' It Should be noted that none of the characters portrayed in this movie are meant to represent any real persons living or dead'' - These are the starting ''warning'' quotes of Dr Strangelove, but after witnessing a haunting and thought-provoking movie such as Dr Strangelove filled with some really eccentric but almost realistic characters , you can't help but wonder whether these quotes are completely true or not. Dr Strangelove is haunting, gripping, mind-boggling right from the starting sequences and benefits from a really multi-talented star-cast superbly portraying some really eccentric and indifferent characters which are quite mind-boggling too, a really controversial and hard-hitting story which is quite gripping and makes you wonder whether the movie is really based on fiction or facts and which benefits from really eccentric characters and some cheeky Dark Humour, Dr Strangelove is a movie which stays with you for many a long time after watching it and makes you continuously wonder about it and is presented perfectly by the astounding Stanley Kubrick who makes yet another controversial and mind-boggling movie, this time about the dark-side of War and what the desperation and greediness of people surrounding this war can do, he makes another real gem in Dr Stangelove which is quite easily one of the most unique and perfect movies drama-war movies shown about how the effects of it can get to people.
The Story which is based on the novel ''Red Alert'' written by Peter George is revolving around the time of the Cold War, and it starts by showing an insane and sadistic Brig. Gen. Jack Ripper ( Sterling Hayden) who tries to start a nuclear holocaust by ordering his air-force troops to go and bomb U.S.A's rivals and in Jack's opinion communist rivals Russia, and after finding out about this insane act a room( called the War Room) full of politicians and other army generals try to stop that air force and call them back as soon as possible. But that is'nt possible as Gen. Jack has locked himself in a room with Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake( Peter Sellers) and is determined on not giving up the code to call the air-force back and makes it difficult for the officials to stop this preposterous act. But the President of the United States( Peter Sellers Again) tries to make peace with the Russian President and tells him to gun down the air-force sent to destroy them, but after being happy that everything will be alright, he discovers about this world-destroying bomb made by the Russian Intelligence which is automatic and will go off if the nuclear bombs strike Russia, and he along with his co-team of another mad Gen. Buck Turgidson, Russian Ambassador( Peter Bulll) and a Dr Strangelove( AND its Sellers again) are now absolutely madly trying to somehow stop this complete world-threatening disaster from happening.
Now I've seen many a movie where there are many influencial and attention-demanding characters but there are so many of them in this movie that it's almost impossible to look from one to another. Dr Strangelove does'nt have a lead-hero of sorts most simply because it's not that kind-of a movie, but one of the most unique and astounding parts of this movie is that Peter Sellers has 3 different roles in the same movie! He comes into the fray right at the start of the film as the country-devotee, hyper-excited and full of tension Group Capt Lionel Mandrake who after realizing what a terrible mistake he had done, tries to make things right by demanding the code which could call of the air-force but gets himself locked in the same room as the insane Gen.Jack Ripper and things get really tensed and difficult for him then. The 2nd character he portrays is the tensed and frantic President of the U.S.A who is extremely tensed about the insane thing done by Jack Ripper and tries to keep calm and somehow call of this air-force whose acts could lead to world-destruction. The final character is the mysterious and eccentric Dr Strangelove who is the constructor of most weapons of the U.S.A and he helps the President in dealing with the situation. Now first of all its quite unbelievable for one man to portray 3 characters in the SAME movie, and Sellers has to change his acting, his outlook and his voice for all these 3 characters and does it so well that sometimes it's difficult to figure out that it's the same guy portraying 3 completely different men whom each have a personality of there own, so full credits to Sellers for perfectly portraying these 3 difficult characters ever so well. It would be a bit disrespectful to call the remaining cast as ''supportive'' because some of them have done as good as Sellers, specially starting with George C.Scott who portrays the loud-mouth, eccentric and country-loving General Buck Turgidson and he portrays this indifferent and eccentric character ever so perfectly with the superbly timed dialogues and great face-expression with tinges of dark humour, I really loved his acting and his character is another of many-a characters in this movie which will be remembered for a long time! Sterling Hayden also did a sublime job as the insane and sadistic Brig. Gen Jack Ripper( name suits the character perfectly) who wants to watch the world burn and his acting with a cigar on his mouth through-out the movie with his same expression and rebellious and out-spoken manner was extremely well-portrayed and his sequences with Sellers are quite astounding and they both do so well that it's impossible to concentrate on one person. Now All these characters are some of the most unique, eccentric and indifferent characters I've ever seen in movies and as many of them are mainly based on Army official/politicians, you can't help but wonder the realistic nature in them and also wonder whether they're were anyone such as them during the gruesome wars. All in all the ensemble cast have done a magnificent job which is quite certain in a Kubrick movie and he again shows his immense talent by choosing a considerably inexperienced cast apart from a few and has made all of them portray their characters to the fullest.
Stanley Kubrick is reknown to make controversial movies and he really did'nt care of what people think of him or his movies as well. He made many of his movies on social-evil and the evil in our society which are ignored by the general mass and wants to put to light some controversial stories and characters which other director's/ filmmakers would'nt dare to even try to portray. He Is hated by some and beloved by many for that kind of attitude and his tremendous film-making skills are again shown in another unique and thought-provoking drama-war movie in Dr Strangelove. He has used his dark humour in the movie quite cheekily which can be understood if one watches it really carefully and although they are funny, it almost leaves you a bit ashamed at laughing at the humour. Now As I mentioned above, his usage of inexperienced and relatively un-known actors are again shown superbly in this movie as each and every one of the cast has done a splendid job in portraying each roles, and most of the characters are really difficult to portray because of their unique and indifferent manner, and credit to Kubrick for making his actors act these characters so very wonderfully, but his usage of Peter Sellers in 3 different roles is absolutely outstanding in which the way he perfectly used him to perfectly portray 3 absolutely different characters ever so well . Now this story which he has chosen to make a movie from is also controversial and is quite bold of him to make this movie, as well as direct it and write the screen-play for it as well. The Story does'nt have any action sequence or sort of things like that but that enthralling atmosphere of what's going to happen to those bombs are ever so gripping and absorbs you into the movie. The Movie is'nt dragged at any point either and is quite short and built up very well, superbly presented and explained, and it's also a little difficult to completely understand in the first viewing because of this fast-paced manner. I can now see why Kubrick is this popular and beloved by many film lovers, he makes his movies with such ease and grace by taking active part in every department of the film, and in turns makes movies which are beloved by mostly all audiences with inner-meanings which keep you wondering for a long time after watching it. Dr Strangelove is another one of the all time best war based drama movies which is presented so easily, without any war scenes or nothing of that sort but only a room filled with some men, but only with that Kubrick has earned my love for him and his movies and is quite easily one of my all-time favourite directors.
Now The Screen-play which is written by the multi-talented Kubrick himself has some really cheeky and superbly written conversations presented in a movie and the dialogues specially delivered from Sellers, Hayden and Scott are quite eccentric and out- of the ordinary but these dialogues by these characters really make you wonder about whether all of the movie is fiction or not. The Movie Might be in black and white but that does'nt deny the really great and convincing Cinematography in the movie and cinematographer Gilbert Taylor has done a really great job with the tricky cinematography in the movie. The Art Direction and Costume Design in the movie are top class in the movie, especially the costume design of Peter Sellers in the different roles really came to my attention and the art Direction and costume design team also deserve their credits for such lovely work as well.
The Music is quite exemplary as the background score in the tensed and thrilling sequences are really well delivered with the beating of the drums and music which really compliment well with any kind-of war movie of that kind and music director Laurie Johnson also deserves a lot of applause for delivering such fitting and excellent background music which never tend to disappoint one in any Kubrick Movie.
Dr Strangelove may be controversial in many ways but even with a controversial manner, it still amazes me with its thought-provoking and haunting background and although it is fully based on fiction, at the end you really wonder if there was something like the things shown in the movie in the real world, and I think Dr Strangelove should be seen by a-many because it is enthralling, gripping and really thought-provoking manner with some sublime acting and unique characters and Kubrick has made another gem in his collection of movies which will be remembered for a long long time and Dr Strangelove is one of the best war-drama movies of all time with an inner meaning which leaves you wondering.