"Django Unchained" is Quentin Taratino's version of a spaghetti western. Leonardo DiCaprio & Samuel L. Jackson has the most memorable performances, as they portrayed characters that are very different from their previous roles in their filmography. Christoph Waltz plays the most likable character, as if it was Taratino's gift to repay him, after Waltz played the evil villian from his Oscar winning perfromance as a Nazi from "Inglorious Basterds".
Overall it's a good movie, but it pales in comparison to his 1994 film "Pulp Fiction" & 2009's "Inglorious Basterds". There are definitely a few brilliant scenes in this movie, but not as many as Taratino's better films, as it also drags with a running time of just under 3 hours.
It's easily my favorite movie of the 2012 year. This film reminded me a lot like the 2006 movie "United 93"; where it seems more like a documentary without the commentary, and where the audience is living & witnessing all the scenes with the actors. "Zero Dark Thirty" chronologies the events leading up to the location & death of Osama Bin Laden; a movie that very few people could've made, where it really shows the directing talents of Kathryn Bigelow. This is a much better film than "The Hurt Locker", which won he Academy Award for Best Picture of 2009. "Zero Dark Thirty" also showcase the incredible acting talents of Jessica Chastain, whereas the entire movie has excellent dialogs & amazing acting from the entire cast. "Zero Dark Thirty" is an intense, realistic, uncomfortable, intelligent, emotional, suspenseful, dramatic & spectacular piece of work. This isn't a gung-ho or a political film..; but instead, it shows the talents & intelligence it took for the men & women behind the CIA & military had to take, in order to catch the most wanted man in the world.
I've been keeping my expectations low for this film and I'm glad that I did. I was a big fan of the 60's television show, but I didn't watch any episodes until the mid 90's; so I've been waiting for almost 15 years for a film adaptation on the Green Hornet.
The film is campy, the story is corny, the villain is wasted and Seth Rogen wrote the script. Based on the plot and the dialogs, it's not a well made movie; but it doesn't try to be. This movie could have been written more seriously and be on the same map as a Christopher Nolan's Batman film; but instead, it went on the road to be a comedic film with a lot of explosions. Some stuff didn't work, other stuff was clever & visually entertaining.
The stuff that I admire the most are the homage to the original television show. There were some criticism to the 60's show about how the Kato character was just a sidekick, butler, manservant, an aid or a chauffeur to the Green Hornet. Bruce Lee didn't have much dialogs and he didn't have much screen time. It was during the 60's and just having an Asian-American to be an everyday character on a show was a big deal, so I never saw that as an insult. In this movie, they make a HUGE deal about that subject. Seth Rogen & Jay Chou are constantly arguing about Kato's role throughout the whole film; where at the end, they both agree that they are partners.
Other homage to the television show is a drawn image of Bruce Lee, Al Hirt's theme "Flight of the Bumblebee" tune, and there's even a scenario from my favorite episode that has been written into the movie. The Black Beauty is also a very awesome car! The funny thing is that in the show, the Black Beauty was a brand new & very recent 1966 Imperial Crown sedan. In the movie, it's the exact same vehicle; but it's now a classical vintage car.
I saw the 3D version and there were very few sequences where the 3D effects was worth the extra price of admission. I recommend saving your money and watch the 2D version instead.
To finally sum everything up; the movie isn't good, but it brought back my love for the characters inside the Green Hornet world. The film is visually entertaining for what it is. I hope there's a sequel, but that somebody else will write its screenplay.
This movie is your typical story about American family values, but it's NOT about your typical American family. This movie is unique and original in every single way because it concentrates on a family lifestyle that is rarely ever depicted on film.
This movie is a comedy, so there are a lot of funny scenarios and awkward situations between the characters; although the last half an hour does become a serious drama. This is a hard "R" rated film, so there are a lot of swearing and a handful of short visual sex scenes that contains nudity.
All the characters are likable and there are no villains, but every character goes through their dramatic emotions to the chain of events that occurs between their loved ones. The film never goes in a predictable manner, because this isn't a typical America family. The scenarios that occurs between the characters are situations that the audience are not familiar with, which makes the movie fresh and original. You don't know how the film is going and the ending is satisfying. I wouldn't say it's a happy ending, but it concludes the way it does in defining what's best for this American family. In other words, the American family values are upheld in this film, even though the parents are a lesbian couple. At the end of all things, the kids are going to be alright. As for the adults, not so much, but they have to work hard to sustain their relationships with everyone.
Surprisingly...; a very entertaining Christmas movie, but probably the most raunchy Holiday film you'll ever see. This Harold & Kumar film is much better than Guantanamo Bay. It's very enjoyable & preferable to watch in 3D, so you'll definitely will get your money's worth. The best 3D effects are actually when they're smoking weed, so the smoke coming out of their mouths & noses looks pretty trippy! After watching this movie, I realized how much I really enjoy these characters. I hope there's a 4th film!