Posted on 7/24/12 03:05 PM
Rating : ★★★★★
"You only adopted the dark. I was born in it"
Well Nolan's Batman trilogy has come to a close and I must say, the last addition to the saga was in short, outstanding. Performances were delivered on a professionally even in supporting to minimal roles, Nolan had mastered his action sequences with very little shaky cam involved, plot twists and surprised hid around every corner and all at the same time Zimmer's score thundered on in the background to deliver a true blockbuster experience.
The performances in the TDKR were truly excellent with the introduction of new characters executed well and delivering enough depth to understand, interact, sympathise and even dislike their characters as well as you would with already established members of the series. Anne Hathaway's performance as the famous catburgler was particularly excellent with her delivering her best performance to date. Levitt's John Blake was one of the best new characters introduced and probably got more screen time than Christian Bale. Cotillard played the role of Tate excellently but my personal favourite performance was delivered by Tom Hardy and as the brutal and terrifying Bane. With most of his face covered up, he delivered a solid performance with just his eyes, a hard job and instantly one me over in one particular scene in the sewers that anyone who has seen the movie will know what I mean. All the other cast delivered their roles excellently with the only wasted role I found was the part given to Juno Temple, a role so minuscule it was almost pointless.
Zimmer's traditional pounding score was delivered excellently and in IMAX blew me off my seat (not literally) and combined with standout IMAX shots it was a true cinema experience. Personal standout moments include the sewer sequence, the stock market, bike chase, Bat/Cat team up and the entire final 45 minutes. Oh and the BAT is a gadget that I need in my arsenal as well as Catwoman in entirety.
To sum up TDKR, I would put it on its own platform. I don't want to compare and contrast with BB and TDK as all three films stand apart and deliver their own part of the story. Batman Begins brought us realism and a new view to the batman universe. The Dark Knight delivered us with one of the best on screen villains ever and a truly powerful blockbuster to watch. The Dark Knight Rises takes a different approach and delivers us the rise of batman fallen from grace, plenty of new characters to root for, incredible fight sequences and a wonderfully fitting ending that left me extremely happy and satisfied with the closure of the series and it leaves me with a sad feeling knowing this is the end.
Nolan, I do believe you delivered on of the best trilogy's of all time that stands strong next to the likes of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and I wish all the luck to the next person who takes the reins of the batman series, you will probably feel the pressure of trying to live up to a bar set so high due to brilliant casting, choreography, realism and terrific writing.
Bravo Nolan (brothers) and bravo David S. Goyer on your wonderful writing.
Posted on 4/25/12 01:56 PM
Twilight is certainly 100% better than this shit. Absolute failure of a movie.
Posted on 4/18/12 12:20 PM
Rating : ★★★★★
After the success of Shaun of the Dead it was interesting to see where Edgar Wright would go next with his Blood and Ice Cream trilogy. What we got was a brilliant PC movie that combined thriller, horror, comedy, action, drama and a classic over the top third act to excellent effect that lead us on a story of twists and turns that kept me hooked throughout.
The plot focus on PC Nicholas Angel, London's best policeman. He's so good that his superiors 'promote' him to a sleepy village where he can't make them look bad. But as the locals start getting bumped off, it seems the village is not so sleepy after all.
It is without a doubt one of the funniest movies I have ever watched, from the brain freeze scene to the fence scene (one moment that had me in tears). The action in the movie was excellent with the final act taking mockery of pretty much any cop movie to date, point break, and pretty much anything directed by Michael Bay. But the best aspect of it was the whole drama thriller side as the movie is essentially a murder mystery and the end results are extremely satisfying.
The performances are great all around and the movie comes with a stellar cast of british actors including Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Timothy Dalton, Jim Broadbent and with cameo appearances from faces such as Bill Nighy, Martin Freeman and Steve Coogan. All of them do good jobs in their role with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost being the notable stand outs as the lead characters.
I can't really think of my problems I had with this movie. If I had to name one then it would that I found it a little long for a comedy movie and it just didn't seem to want to end but really it didn't bother me that much. The last 30 minutes is just over the top gunfight that brought about some of the best laughs in the film. The end result left me totally satisfied and I cannot wait for Edgar Wright's final instalment in this great series.
Posted on 4/14/12 01:37 PM
The film is essentially the love child of Top Gun, Pearl Harbour, Transformers and Independence Day. Whilst a little slow for the first 30 minutes and a little preachy on the America are the greatest country in the world front, when the action kicks in, it does not disappoint.
Outstanding visual effects and some convincing performances work well and whilst it isn't the greatest film in the world it is a true hollywood popcorn blockbuster. With a solid score and good soundtrack mixed with base destroying sounds, it is truly an experience only worth watching on the big screen. At a huge cost of $200 million the budget was not squandered on crap, it is put to good use having visuals on par with that of the transformers franchise.
It script might not be great and if anything a bit too cheesy but this is an action film of huge proportion. Go in with an open mind not expecting to take any of it serious and you will leave happy. I sure did.
Posted on 4/13/12 02:47 AM
Not your usual romantic comedy but quite the offbeat one. An outstanding film with believable characters with an honest background and a heavy sense of realism. Charming at times whilst at others touching. A recommendation for all.
Posted on 2/28/12 03:58 AM
Rating : ★★★★
This film was great and touched on a personal level which I imagine it would do to many people. This documentary I have yet to work out whether it was real or not. With most documentary or cam films you are able to work out that they are fake e.g. Cannibal Holocaust, Paranormal Activity. But this film made it so believable I think that is what makes it brilliant.
This goes to make the film hard to review on a character basis because either the people involved are genuine or acted brilliantly.
The documentary chronicles New York photographer Nev Schulman's online friendship with Abby, an eight-year-old Michigan artist, her mother, and the burgeoning relationship with Abby's older half-sister, Megan. As the relationship between Nev and Megan becomes more serious and intimate, Nev (with his director brother Ariel Schulman and director friend Henry Joost) begins to have doubts. As the trio starts doing investigation (all involving YouTube, Google, GoogleMap searches on MacBooks and iPhones), questions arise around Megan's true identity.
The overall result is a terrific film that is touching, and at certain points extremely tense. It is sad and sympathetic but at the same time unnerving. The fact that it touches on real world matters and a social network that over 500 million people are involved in, it's very easy to come to the conclusion that stories similar to the one in this film are very common and for that matter I recommend this film to all as it is brilliant and am sure most will think highly and positive of it.
Posted on 1/13/12 07:48 AM
Rating : ★★★★★
Who knew the history of facebook was so rich and thrilling.
In this adaption of the law suit against Mark Zuckerburg creator of Facebook, It sure well allows the viewer to connect with all characters embroiled in this battle of rights in different ways.
Whilst the film plays a part past, part present effect with it switching back and forth between various times, it is done well enough for the viewer to be able to understand what is happening on the screen.
The acting standard is excellent with all characters being portrayed very well and allowing you to believe each one as the person they are playing.
The storyline also allows anyone to sit down and enjoy the film rather than those who are just interested in the facts or those who believed that if you work for a large clever industry you have to be a nerd. Its just being smart but also shows us how harsh the real world is.
Facebook is one of the most popular things on the planet at the moment and anyone interested in the slightest of web development, history, law or Facebook in general should take their time to watch this movie, they will not be disappointed.
The final product of this film is brilliant and after viewing the film makes you want to go out in to the world and just have an idea. One day your idea might be one of the most used things in the world. The smallest things can make a big difference.
Personal drama of the year award 2010.
Posted on 1/13/12 07:46 AM
Rating : ★★
You occasionally get moments in which a film trailer is better than the actual film itself. This is one of those moments.
This film is no more a set of around four television episode stuck together in order to promote the film and making it essentially a pilot but charging the viewers to see it. Now nothing against the television series, it is excellent, but this film does not give the audience the credit the show deserves. They have basically took one good episode and three average ones.
The opening 10 minutes of the film are promising at first. The battle of Christophsis is excellent showing some excellent battle scenes. After this is where the film goes down a steep slope.
I had many problems with the film and will state them as followed. Firstly, the battle droids. What happened in the few months(in the star wars timeline) following Attack of the Clones that caused the droids to become total morons and have speech capability. It really does play down the film almost into embarrassing comedy levels. I know that they spoke a little in Phantom Menace but their IQ must have depleted pretty fast since then. Secondly the relationship between Anakin and Ahsoka. It is just too childish, both acting like young teenagers doing stupid mistakes but knowing that they are in no real danger as the film is annoyingly been aimed towards a child audience rather than giving balance to the veteran Star Wars fans. Finally need I say no more than Jabba the Hutt' uncle. Never have I encountered a character in a film that I loathed so much. His character was extremely embarrassing and made me cringe every time he was on screen.
Whilst the battle scenes in the film were enjoyable the storyline was very week and it felt as if all the characters had taken their feet off the gas as if all the events were a stroll in the park. There was lack of explanations also for viewers on the origins of certain characters such as Asajj Ventress. The film basically tells the audience to accept her presence which did not sit comfortably with myself. But the character we get, she is pretty cool.
The score was pretty solid and adds many new and enjoyable tracks to the already brilliant score from John Williams original. The animation style I found a little bizarre. Instead of going for just manga style or just plain animation, he decided to merge the both. The result is essentially every character who has a beard looking like they could stab someone to death with it.
The voice actors doing a terrific job in re creating the voices of the original actors and it is probably one of the few highlights of the film. But the dialogue they are delivered is just plain awful. I understand it is aimed at a new generation but did they have to turn Star Wars in to something totally shit. I bet I could get better dialogue for the characters from a four year old who has never seen a single episode of the saga.
My final verdict is that whilst the trailer made this film look a promising addition to the star wars franchise, the film was ultimately a let down where the Separatist forces were no more than comedy troop, Ziro the Hutt a horrible addition to the Star Wars universe, dreadful dialogue and the lack of strength in the films story.
Posted on 1/13/12 07:46 AM
Rating : ★★★★
After the brilliance of Empire Strikes Back I knew that it was impossible for George Lucas to make a sequel that was superior. I was right but that is not to say the movie wasn't any good. It is excellent. It might not be as good as the other two instalments but it is still a very enjoyable sci-fi that fits greatly in to the saga whilst maintaining the humour, action, great space battles and excitement over it's prequels.
The movie is set approximately one year after The Empire Strikes Back. The Galactic Empire, with the help of Darth Vader, is building a second Death Star in order to crush the Rebel Alliance. Since Emperor Palpatine plans to personally oversee the final stages of its construction, the Rebel Fleet launches a full-scale attack on the Death Star in order to prevent its completion and kill Palpatine, effectively bringing an end to the Empire. Meanwhile, Luke Skywalker, a Rebel leader and Jedi Knight, struggles to bring his father, Darth Vader, himself a fallen Jedi, back from the Dark Side of the Force.
Now the entire plot of the movie works well enough with it, just like Empire Strikes Back, kicking straight in to the film with no big introduction. My biggest complaint about this episode compared to the previous is the feeling of the lack of substance. In this movie everything seems to fit in to place far too neatly. But then again this is Star Wars and not a realism movie. It is the battle of good versus evil and it delivers excellently on that.
The visual effects of the movie are stunning and definitely one of the improvements on its predecessors. The audio delivered in THX is also a leap forward. The space battle between the Rebellion and the Empire looks as beautiful and detailed as ever and was one of the many highlights of the movie. The vast range of new species was wonderful to see in Jabba's palace as was the array of new creatures such as the Sarlak and the Rancor. Personally I liked the addition of the Ewoks. Please put down your spears and guns, it's just a personal opinion, they were lovable creatures who packed a punch and were not annoying at all unlike a certain character in a later film who I shall refrain from saying.
The lightsaber duel between Vader and Luke was brilliant. By far one of my favourite as there is so much anger within it and goes to show that Luke is falling in to the Emperors hands a little too easily through the Dark side method. This sequence is also accompanied by a brilliant score by John Williams. In fact his score for this film takes all the previous and adds many new brilliant themes. The final song on Endor was a particularly jolly yet beautiful piece. Many scenes were handled greatly in this film such as a certain characters death mid way in to the film that had great emotion and pretty much every scene involving the Emperor. On the other hand many moments I found to be rather annoying. The character of Boba Fett was handled totally wrong with a totally unjustified ending. Another moment that annoyed me was Luke's revelation to his Leia of a certain fact. In short the deliverance was total crap and could have been delivered far better.
The performances as usual were excellent with Mark Hamill actually delivering a brilliant performance as Luke in this one. Harrison Ford does a great job as Han Solo and the new additions of the characters Admiral Ackbar, Mon Mothma and Wicket were are great. Whilst the character of Darth Vader was great in this movie the stand out performance of this movie was Ian McDiarmid as Emperor Palpatine. It was perfect and I truly believed his character. His entire deliverance was excellent and he made it believable that he was the one person who was able to control Vader and the one person Vader looked up to.
Whilst this was not on par with the previous two movies it was none the less an enjoyable movie and a nice closure to the franchise. It had it's highs and lows but this is still a a sci-fi movie that stands taller than many others and completed a trilogy that is possibly one of the greatest of all time.
Posted on 1/13/12 07:46 AM
Rating : ★★★★★
The opening credits role introducing you to the basic plot outline of the movie you are about to view accompanied by a brilliant score. It is then followed by a brief shot of space. A spaceship zooms over firing lasers. It looks magnificent. But then you see it. A spaceship a hundred times it's size is in pursuit firing back. This is the moment you know you are in for something special.
Without a doubt the best science fiction saga ever created, Star Wars truly stands the test of time to be a magnificent space opera that is funny, action packed, original, touching, entertaining and creates the perfect package of what every movie should be.
The plot focuses on a galaxy far far away. Princess Leia is held hostage by the evil Imperial forces in their effort to take over the Galactic Empire. Venturesome Luke Skywalker, dashing Captain Han Solo and his sidekick Chewbacca team together with the lovable robotic duo, R2-D2 and C-3PO, to rescue the princess and restore justice in the Empire.
The story is your usual battle of good versus evil but not one as you know it. The film literally pushes the boundaries of special effects for its time. The film is visually stunning with the final act sequence in space looking particularly amazing. Everything looks unbelievably realistic. For its time as well the entire universe is just vast. From the countless numbers of alien species to the different space crafts, this film is littered with sci-fi detail and is essentially a geeks wet dream. The set pieces are wonderful with fully believable worlds from Yavin 4 to Tatooine. The costumes are brilliant with Chewbacca looking particularly amazing.
Lets discuss he characters. Luke Skywalker, whilst having a slightly shaky performance by Mark Hamill is an excellent main protagonist and a very likeable character. Harrison Ford is excellent as Han Solo, probably my favourite performance and is extremely funny and witty. The characters of Obi Wan, Princess Leia and Chewbacca are all great and R2-D2 and C-3P0 work great as the comedy duo 'married couple' roles if the movie. The best character of the film is by far Darth Vader, a solid villain with a magnificent appearance, brilliant voice yet at the same time shrouded in mystery.
The score by John Williams is simply brilliant with excellent themes and beautiful sounds to create timeless music. It is a grand symphonic score that has influenced many films since by using a variety of music styles some of which had not been used in a long time whilst giving obvious nods to such composers as Gustav Holst, Igor Stravinsky and William Walton. This movie without a doubt changed the world of sci-fi cinema and has paved way for hundreds of films since. George Lucas kicked started a franchise that is still alive and kicking today.
My final verdict is that it may not be perfect but this opera is on such a grand scale that it is almost impossible not to enjoy. Still to this very day it is one of the greatest science fiction movies of all time and a true classic that has unlimited replay value.