A great film, definitely one of David Fincher's best. I've only seen it twice, but each time, it's been a rush. I love the characters and the actors who do such a great job with their roles, especially Brad Pitt. I love how visceral it is and how ahead of its time it was back in 1999. I love the plot and how twisted and smart it is. However, my favorite thing about it are the small details. For example, this movie has one of my all-time favorite scenes from any film, and it isn't even a major scene. Right before the "rules of Fight Club speech" as Tyler and the Narrator are walking into the bar, we get the long tracking shot of them making their way down to the club. As this is going on, Tom Waits' "Goin' Out West" is blaring in the bar. Not many people know this song, but it makes this scene absolutely badass and takes it to a whole other level.
Anyways, I'm done rambling. Bottom line, if you haven't seen "Fight Club", fix that. It's definitely worth it.
Here it is, the biggest movie of the year. The movie I've been excited about for four years now. The one everybody is talking about, "The Dark Knight Rises". Short version: better than "Batman Begins", not as good as "The Dark Knight", great ending to the trilogy, really awesome. Long version...
So yeah, I've been pumped for this forever. "The Dark Knight" is one of my favorite movies ever and I actually re-watched the first two entries in the series before going to see this one. This one felt huge. Everything is on such a massive scale, from the drama, to the plot, to the action, to the stakes, to the villain. I guess I should break this all down.
The plot and story were very good. It drags a little in the beginning, but it picks up and raises the stakes by the end. Lots of serious issues being discussed, especially the whole idea of "class warfare", which is very topical in the world we live in today.
The action was off the charts. This is by far the most action-focused movie of the three with lots of fighting, chases, explosions and destruction. It's fitting that such a huge series like this gets a giant climactic finale.
As for the new characters, they were hit-or-miss. John Blake is a very cool character that adds a lot to the story, but I felt a bit underwhelmed by how Miranda Tate was handled. Selina Kyle turned out alright. She's interesting and cool and all, but I felt a bit disappointed. I don't really know why, it's just a feeling I get.
The stand-out, besides the always incredible Christian Bale as Batman, is Tom Hardy as Bane. While not as iconic or electric as the Joker, I still found Bane to be a great villain. I actually found him just as scary as the Joker, because the plans Bane is carrying out look and feel like events taking place right now. To top it off, he sounds awesome and his hand-to-hand fight scenes with Batman are the highlight of the movie for me, besides the incredible ending.
When I got done watching "Batman Begins", I thought it was a good superhero movie and wanted to see more. After "The Dark Knight", I was completely speechless and felt something I've only felt in a handful of my favorite movies. "The Dark Knight Rises" left me somewhere in-between the two. It isn't as revolutionary or defining as "The Dark Knight", but it offers a lot more than most other action or superhero movies. This film gets an extremely strong recommendation from me and I implore you to watch this whole series if you haven't already. I'm glad that this is the way it ended.
Here's the thing, I can't critique this movie over it's acting or lack of acting because the characters are all played by active duty Navy SEALs. Of course they're not going to be able to act like Christian Bale and Tom Hanks, they defend our country for a living. However, I will critique it on how it is filmed, because that was the director's decision. I wasn't a fan of all of the first-person scenes, it kind of took me out of the experience. The plot seemed lifted out of a dozen other movies or television shows, but that's OK for this kind of movie.
The one thing everyone remembers is the action. Shooting with live ammunition really brings a new dimension to the film and adds a layer of authenticity to it. The first rescue mission in particular is memorable. My biggest complaint however, is how forgettable this movie is. I watched some of the promo materials after the film where they showed clips from the movie, and besides the rescue scenes, it all kind of ran together. That's not a bad thing, but it doesn't make a memorable movie-going experience. I do appreciate it for what it is, but for me, it acts best as a poster for the military and an eye-opening look into how things work, not as a stand-alone action movie.
I was genuinely surprised by this thriller. I went in expecting a generic slasher film, only this time taking place on a tropical paradise. But after going through it, I could see how wrong I was. The story keeps you guessing until the end which is what I like in a suspense-thriller. I actually became emotionally invested in the characters too, which hasn't happened for me in a while when it comes to this kind of film. It's a shame that this flew under most people's radars, because it is a really good movie. I would recommend this one if you haven't seen it before.
I have seen every Pixar movie so far and I can honestly that I enjoyed all of them. When I look at Pixar movies, I generally divide them into two categories: the first is the "Wow, this movie is incredible" category, like "Toy Story", Wall-E", "Up" and "The Incredibles". The second category is the "That was a pretty good, funny movie category", like "A Bug's Life", "Cars" and "Ratatouille". Neither group is bad, but the first group contains the movies that I consider to be Pixar's best. "Brave" falls into the second category, but it is still a very solid film. Pixar keeps making these movies look better and better and I was blown away by the look of this film. The story is a pretty generic fantasy tale, and I was kind of disappointed by the "twist", but it tells a safe story that kids can relate to. The characters are all enjoyable, and occasionally hilarious, and I am very happy that Pixar nailed having a female lead. Merida isn't just your average Disney princess, she's resourceful, smart, and sure-handed with a bow. At the end of the day, "Brave" is a good movie, surely one of the best animated movies of the year, but doesn't quite reach the lofty heights of some of Pixar's best.