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Getting into the spirit of Halloween I was in the mood for something thriller-ish/horror-y tonight. And so, looking through Netflix, for some reason "The Car" stood out to me. Wow. It has been a very long time since a movie has had me on the edge of my seat for almost the full length. In totally honesty, my heart rate went up several times, my palms were sweating, and I actually did bite my nails during multiple sequences. I really was not actually expecting that from this movie. I mean, c'mon.... a horror movie about a "killer car"? At best it would be one of those horror films that is so bad it's good. But as soon as the opening credits faded and we have our classic horror/creature feature opening sequence of the "first victims"... like, *the moment* the Car is introduced, accompanied by Leonard Rosenman's very tense, dangerous, and monstrous score... I started to realize "Holy cow.... this might actually work." And it did, which, again, just surprises me sooo much. For some reason there is just something frighteningly disturbing about the story line (like, the good kind of disturbing that draws you in). There weren't really any moments where I jumpedâ"though the editors tried to create that effect in at least two sequencesâ"so it failed a little in *that* arena. The movie succeeded more in the thrilling build-ups. Seeing the Car from a distance... coming in for the kill. And they especially pulled off real well a couple sequences where your eye just catches something and you're just sitting there wide-eyed wondering "....Did I just see what I think I saw...??"
So this was probably one of the better new Thrillers that I've watched in a long while.
[Vague Spoilers ahead]
The reason why it does not get a full five-star rating... is because I felt it went too far with the killings... specifically *who* gets killed....specifically one person in particular...and I just felt that this was absolutely unnecessary.
[End of Vague Spoiler]
Overall the movie truly succeeded in "thrilling" me and pulling me to the edge of my seat. REALLY surprising, but a pleasant surprise.
Without a doubt my favorite Walt Disney animated musical. I still remember seeing this in the theater so clearly. I'll be honest and say that it is very possible that the fact that it is scored by Jerry Goldsmith may play a big part in my liking it as much as I doÃ¢"it's among my Top 5 favorite Goldsmith scoresÃ¢"but, even aside from the masterpiece of a score, the movie itself is just a lot of fun; a perfect balance of drama, action/adventure, and humor. At times, Mushu (Eddie Murphy) as well as the Ancestors sequence can feel a LITTLE out of place but, at least as far as Mushu is concerned, within time he just becomes a natural part of the story and you forget how out of place Eddie Murphy playing a Chinese dragon is :D If there is one quibble I have with it it's that I feel like Shan-Yu (the villain of the piece) doesn't get enough screen time. He and the Huns, even though they are a huge part in the overall story, just seem like BACKGROUND characters a lot of the time. You almost forget about them. But that's not a big enough problem to detract from my very very VERY high opinion of this movie.
Of course, at times "Mulan" also makes me a little depressed because it came out when audiences were starting to get tired of Disney's animated musicals :( Which then launched us into a long age of darkness and CGI-only movies. "Mulan" was (at the time) the end of an era. But of course, I am hopeful that we are indeed seeing its return (in "The Princess and the Frog", and even "Tangled", even though it wasn't hand-drawn, really captured the spirit of the 90's Disney animated musicals!) in new and exciting ways!
Very interesting movie, I pretty much enjoyed it and it was very neat to see how they portrayed God working in his life. Plus, I mean... Randy Travis... And he's just pure awesome. I think if there was anything I had to "complain" about (and "complain" is too harsh a word) it's that it suffered from the same semi-"disease" that the previous PureFlix movies I watched suffer from ("Christmas With a Capital C", "Marriage Retreat", specifically): throughout the movie there is a build-up to a "climactic" ending, whether it's a bad guy who turns good, a failing marriage that's saved, or someone who's having trouble and seeking God's guidance. But for some reason the ending is never quite "climactic" enough. In these specific three movies (which I really like a LOT, don't get me wrong) it's like the movie is building up, building up, building up... and then the writers were like "...Oops! We've reached our story-limit, gotta wrap this up now!", so it feels like the "I escape, somehow" complex (see "Thumb Wars" :D)... in this case it's "Everything is RESOLVED! ...Somehow". You almost feel like you skipped a couple chapters of the DVD or something. Again, I really like these PureFlix movies a lot. It's just, this is a "trend" I'm noticing with them, unfortunately. They do a great job of building up, but it always seems like they realized they were running out of time so they had to just suddenly end the movie and sacrifice a real "climax".
Again, that said, I still found the movie very engaging and definitely caused me some inward examination. So, 4 stars out of 5!!
For some reason I have this feeling that I really should logically be thinking "I want my life back".... But.... I really DON'T feel that way. I don't know. This certainly was not the best Musical I've ever watched, but there was just something very "charming" about it, if I can use that word. I think what made me really like the movie were the concept (a play being put on in a prison, and whenever they do so, the film-makers throw us into the play as if it were real life) and the character of Don Quixote is just extremely likeable. Admittedly, while I was familiar with the character before, this is the first time I really found out who exactly he is/was. He's just such a fascinating, fun character that, to some degree, I almost find myself wishing that I could be like. It's funny because BEFORE when I had heard about Quixote, I thought he sounded like a really obnoxiously dumb character. But I don't feel that way anymore :) And Peter O'Toole is largely to thank for that, because his performence as Quixote is perfect. Just, yeah... fun character, fun concept. And while the songs weren't the BEST I've ever heard, there really were only one or two that I didn't like. The rest were pretty good, fun, or "charming" :) Such as "Dream the Impossible Dream" and "Man of La Mancha (I, Don Quixote)". Those were my two favorites.
So, overall... again, I feel like I should be saying "I will never watch this again"... But... I think I WILL sometime.