I remember the show on Broadway was overly long and sadly too this foray on film. The large musical numbers are still sensational, but I'm sorry, I prefer Susan Boyle to Anne Hathaway. Tom Hooper's direction is outstanding as he manages to open up the often suffocating non stop lyrical score by interspersing it with stellar shots as the camera moves away from action and over the landscapes surrounding a convent and Paris the 19th Century City. Has anyone else noticed that the roles that used to be performed by Carol Kane are now always performed by Helen Bonham Carter?!
Jane Campion visuals, only Jane does it so much better; "Two Women" derivative, although there is little to compare, why did this story have to make it to the screen? It is an affront to show these healthy and robust survivors, besmudged with some grime to show the passing of time, when there was little left for any one. Rubbish!
What extraordinary performances, especially by Daniel Day Lewis and the surprisingly good Sally Field! Watching this right after the elections gives it the additional poignancy of the topics covered, the abolition of slavery and who should have the right to vote. It took six years to come up with this script and it shows. Masterful on all counts!
"Life of Pi" is no "Crouching Tiger"... This way-too-long-I-get-it-already film begs the question: Is 3D a must for every director to use these days? Does it enhance or detract? Seriously, if you like the premise of the story, you will like the film. But if you like your fantasy pure and to make your own decision as to whether its a 'true' account or allegorical (a la Bible), the ending makes it way too 'on the nose' - which hardly makes it a religious experience, but rather dogma. The 3D is adequate but often creates images that are not the right size as far as the perspective goes. Overall very disappointing.