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Robin Hood
Robin Hood (2010)
6 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Ridley Scott brings another new version of Robin Hood to the table with previous series and films. This I found was meant to be a much darker version of Hood and a new take. I was really looking forward to this and thought it would be as truly epic like Scott's other film with Crowe's Gladiator, but it falls short somewhat. The difficulty in doing this I thought particularly with Russel Crowe playing Robin was the fact that the character is British and Crowe was American. He tried to pull off the British accent and he did at the start quite well, but shortly and for the remainder of the film, he just fell back to his Amercian one. It's only a small gripe but it does take away a small part of the authenticity of the myth of Robin Hood. Saying that Crowe's performance is good and he settles into the roles gracefully with composure. Cate Blanchett as Maid Marion was okay. She had a good inner fiestiness but I found her to be a bit cold to be honest. I envisioned her to have more warmth, but that's just my interpretation.

The others actors in this film and I'm surprised to say that Crowe wasn't the best actor in this but I found Mark Strong's acting as Godfrey to be very good. He was a menacing villain, but the person who stole the show for me was the unknown actor who I haven't heard of as Oscar Issac who played King John. His acting was excellent and he perfectly portrayed the King John I've seen in previous versions. He has a great future ahead of him.

As to far as the romantic element in the film between Robin and Marion. There is little chemistry between Blanchett and Crowe. However I can't blame Ridley Scott too much as he never has been a director with a strength for the romantic elements. The script and dialogue was decent enough for an action film with some good laughs of comedy, but the script felt a bit dry and rusty and could have had more wit and inventiveness.

The biggest strength I would say for Scott is the action sequences, which were co-ordinated well with plenty of excitement though I did think the action climax was a bit abrupt. What he has done perfectly is capture the essence of the story surrounding Hood, as there is plenty of exploration surrounding the story and the scenery and costumes of 13th century England is encapsulated beautifully. Overall this isn't the true epic it should have been and I was slightly disappointed even though all parts of film departments performed well in terms of acting and action etc. It could have been bigger as I was expecting more. However I'm not going to put this down too much as this is a terrific achievement by Scott and is still a very entertaining film to watch that hasn't made the story of Robin Hood tiresome. The way it ends suggests the possibility of a sequel. I look forward to it if they're is one and I recommend going to see this on the big screen. Ridley Scott's vision of Robin is different and refreshing in a way and worthy of viewing.

District 9
District 9 (2009)
6 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Aliens are not new to movies. We have seen them countless time either invading, killing, or enslaving humanity. That there is still room for an original story about an alien "invasion" shows that creative thought still exists within the movie world. District 9 is a reminder that even the most ordinary of sounding plots can still deliver. One will not see a major star or large budget. Peter Jackson is the only real known name with District 9 but even his presence is forgotten as the plot moves forward. The 2nd best movie of the year, District 9 is easily the standout movie of the summer.

South Africa becomes host to almost one million alien survivors of a ship that suddenly appears in the skies above Johannesburg. The United Nations and South Africa hand control over the aliens directly to a corporation known as MNU which, along with caring for the aliens, is also interested in their weaponry. It is discovered that that alien technology can only work with their DNA so humans are unable to use them. Placed into District 9, a slum that separates the aliens from the human population which fears them, the aliens are subjected to a life not too different from those who also suffer such poverty.

Wikus Van De Merwe(Sharlto Copley) is an uninteresting cubicle worker for MNU who is also the son-in-law of one of the major corporate owners of the company. When he is promoted to lead an eviction of the aliens from from District 9 where they were placed, he sees a chance at having a better future and a real career. The Prawns, as the aliens are known, earn no sympathy from him. Humans see them mostly as a problem that sucks away resource and breed crime. Wikus has the same mentality and has little ethical concerns about cheating the Prawns out of what little they already own.

That changes the day he arrives to serve the evictions. Suddenly sprayed by an strange alien chemical, Wikus finds himself transforming into one of the Prawns. Not only this is distributing to one who was as bigoted as himself, but it also drives MNU to hold him captive. His arm, which was the first to transform, is able to use the Prawn weaponry which makes him suddenly the most valuable man in the world. If MNU can discover how to transfer this biotechnology into humans then that will make them one of the most powerful corporations in the world.

Wikus, escaping and finding a place of hiding within District 9 itself, discover the chemical he found was the necessary fuel for Prawn shuttle which has remained hidden for years. Realizing how oppressive he had once been, Wikus joins with the Prawn who developed the fuel in not only an assault on MNU's headquarters but also a final stand in District 9 itself. It is the final scenes that make District 9 the most powerful because we see one of the most touching conversions seen in a story. From seeing the Prawns as simple creatures that can be ignored, Wikus sees their oppression as a cause worth fighting for even if it means losing his own life.

If there is a small complaint then it is that we never really learn more about the Prawns and why they were made so sick in the first place. Then there is the matter of leaving aliens in the hands of a private corporation. Would the United Nations leave such a duty to a group of businessmen? It seems unlikely, but this does not subtract from the movie too much.

District 9 is easily a commentary on the affairs of humans. That the Prawns would land in a country such as South Africa is evidence that the writers were attempting to say something about society as a whole. The barbarity of MNU and humans against those who are different compares to human prejudice against other humans. South Africa, once more, has experienced this throughout its history of being a colony and since independence. One cannot but feel a sense of the injustice delivered to the Prawns without thinking back up the injustices that humans continue to deliver to each other.

The question District 9 asks is how would aliens change humanity. Would humans be better or worse? Unlike other invasion movies, District 9 shows that human reaction may be one that is not so different in terms of dealing with those who are not the same. Prejudice, that human emotion so common in all nations, may still be very well alive when it comes to those from a different world. That, it seems, is the real tragedy of District 9.


The Godfather
The Godfather (1972)
6 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

"The Godfather" is a movie that tops many list as the greatest movie ever made. It also tops some list concerning the greatest and most memorable movie lines and the movie it's characters and performances from its actors have also received lots of acclaim throughout the years. And yes, the movie is truly deserving all of the praise that is receiving from everywhere and everyone.

Without this movie there of course would had never been a second one and this movie beautifully laid down the foundations for the even great masterpiece that part II was, even though it's missing the presence of the great Marlon Brando in it.

The movie is a greatly epic one, not in the least due to it's amazing running time of 175 minutes. But despite it's very long running time it really is not a movie that ever bores, even not at moments when not a lot is happening in the story. There always is something great or intriguing happening.

But the movie is also really epic in many more different ways. It's like an operatic drama about a large Italian mafia family, located in New York. The movie features really a lot of characters in it and therefore also some different plot lines and dramatic developments but the movie does an amazing job with its story and the diversity of it. It binds it all beautifully together and even though the movie does take some big leaps in time and gets located at different locations throughout the world, throughout the entire movie, the movie always keeps flowing very well with a real steady pace.

The family and basically all of the character have to go through some great ordeals. This means that characters keep developing throughout the entire, which is most notable with the Al Pacino character. His character goes through a great transformation, from being a polite, quite and perhaps also soft guy, to a tough and commanding crime boss, who doesn't back off for violence or any killings.

In its essence it's a movie about tight bond of a family and what it means to stay loyal and stick together through tough times. Even though you know that all of these people are big criminals and even killers, the movie at all times keeps giving them a very human face by showing what makes them tick and it also isn't afraid to show the character emotions.

It's of course also thanks to the many great characters of the movie that the characters develop so well and work out on basically every level. It features a still quite young Al Pacino in his break through role and the already more experienced and better known actors James Caan and James Caan, among many others, in important supporting roles. But it is of course Marlon Brando who gives the movie its most body. He plays one of the most memorable movie characters of all time and it was also basically this movie that made him immortal as an actor. The movie only won 3 Oscars but it's no big surprise that one of those 3 went to Brando, who himself of course refused to accept it and instead let faked Indian Sacheen Littlefeather pick it up, as a sign of protest against the treatment of native Americans. The other two Oscar's that the movie won were for best motion picture and best writing.

It deserved to win way more of course and the movie was also nominated for 7 more (not counting in the withdrawn nomination for best music). But one of the Oscar's the movie really deserved to win was for a category it wasn't even nominated in. I was surprised how great the cinematography of the movie was and it truly deserves some more credit. The movie often picks some long shots, in which it isn't always showing a lot. The movie often chooses to show a minimum of things and only chooses to show what the characters also see, so we get more close to the characters and their feelings and thoughts. Truly some effective cinematography throughout, though Francis Ford Coppola directing also needs to take lots of credit for that.

Simply THE crime epic of the 20th century.