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Details the life of Nelson Mandela, who fought to end apartheid, spent 27 years in prison for doing so, and became the first democratically-elected President of South Africa. Shows his early days, when his aspirations were different, his change of focus, his incarceration, his negotiations with the government, his release, the transition period and his inauguration.
It's not just a simple blow-by-blow cold fact biopic. It shows the humility and grace of the man. Without his level-headedness South Africa's transition to democracy and history thereafter would not have been a peaceful one. It would have gone the way of many African countries in post-colonial/white rule and descended into anarchy and civil war.
The relationship with his wife, Winnie, is a prominent theme. Initially it starts out as a love story, and an interesting aside, but it later develops into a "what is and what could have been" comparison. Him representing the path that South Africa took, thanks to him, and her the path to destruction.
Superb performance by Idris Elba in the lead role. He got the voice and accent down pat too.
Good support from Naomie Harris as Winnie Mandela.
Sergio Leone's best film, in my opinion. That doesn't say much, though to some it might. In my opinion the four movies he is most famous for - Once Upon a Time in the West, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, A Fistful of Dollars and For a Few Dollars More - are okay but are vastly over-rated. Slow, badly produced, with holey plots, ridiculous dialogue and hammy acting, especially by the supporting cast. The only things preventing those from being total failures was the action scenes and, in three of them, the acting of Clint Eastwood.
A Fistful of Dynamite is better in all those respects, without compromising on the action. Decent plot, though not entirely watertight. There's even a few nice themes running through it. Themes of patriotism, family, loyalty and camaraderie.
Dialogue is OK. Has some silly moments but mostly fine.
Performances are fine. Rod Steiger and James Coburn put in solid performances in the lead roles and the supporting cast don't embarrass themeselves.
Production is still reasonably cheap though. You get the usual effect of it appearing as if the actors voices have been dubbed in, rather than being recorded live.
This is also shorter than those four, which is a blessing. There are still some pointless and/or drawn out scenes but these are more limited in number than the other four. Helps the pacing of the movie too.
The main issue with this one is the fact that the soundtrack consists of one song and that seems to be on an infinite loop...
Ultimately a very engaging and entertaining western.
I'm generally not a fan of zombie movies. They're generally quite unoriginal, predictable and one-dimensional. The central plots hardly vary, the actions scenes could just be cut-and-pasted from one movie to the next.
Evil Dead II isn't an exception in those regards. What's worse, its special effects and production values are incredibly bad: obvious dolls as zombies, toy bridge and car for the early bridge scene, special effects which hardly look real for a moment.
Add in some pretty bad acting and you should have an horrendously bad movie. However, it almost works.
The amateurish nature of the production gives the movie a lightness and unintentional humour that keep you entertained. Plus there are some intentional funny moments. The movie could just as well be labeled a comedy as a zombie movie.
Unfortunately, the humour doesn't quite negate the pitiful other aspects of the movie. The last few scenes involve the usual zombie vs human and supernatural crap and the movie ends in chaotic fashion.
The fact that Irvine Welsh, who wrote Trainspotting, wrote the book for this movie should let you know what you're in for. Like Trainspotting, Filth is a surreal experience that picks up pace and gets more bizarre as it goes on.
Starts off rather sedately, intriguingly and comically, as it seems to be about the politics of getting a promotion in the police force. Some of the machinations are hilariously funny.
However, as it goes on it turns out to be much more than that. It gets a lot darker, and more abstract.
It does lose coherence at times, which is a downside to it being so bizarre, and there are a few plot holes and implausibilities. Plus the big twist isn't that original (Fight Club and American Psycho sprang to mind). However, it is very entertaining.
Superb performance by James McAvoy in the lead role. I never really had much regard for him before as he seemed to act in such dull or conventional sorts of roles. Here he is brilliant, with a performance that requires him to be debonair, scheming, wise- cracking and funny, and over-the-top insane. He pulls it off with ease and goes a long way to making the movie as good as it is.
The true story of Robyn Davidson who trekked across the Australian desert, from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean, in 1977. A journey of about 3,000 kms, accompanied by four camels and a dog.
Great scenery and cinematography. Some interesting moments and tales of survival.
However, just feels dull and pointless. Maybe it is because the trek is voluntary - there is no overarching survival story (her plane didn't crash, she's not trying to escape from a gulag). Also you get the feeling that help is always nearby (due to the National Geographic photographer). So it really doesn't feel like a life-or-death thing.
Maybe it is because survival movies have been done to death over the last few years.
Solid performance by Mia Wasikowska in the lead role. However, I found Adam Driver extremely irritating as the photographer. Or maybe that is how he was meant to be. I found it hard to believe that she would have any romantic feelings for a prat like him.
Good, but not great, start to the series. Some interesting stories and insights into US politics but overly idealistic, preachy, folksy and smug. Production values are not great either: colours are always drab and the people seem to be perpetually working in dim light.