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A highly original tale that perfectly blends old Asian culture into the modern-day crime scene. It is interesting to see the run-down city that the film takes place in having no defined name. Forest Whitaker is quite brilliant in one of his earliest roles, before becoming well-known. It is neat to see a hit man with morals, for once. The soundtrack is one of the best that I've ever heard for its particular film. This can be credited to RZA, who makes a cameo himself. Also, RZA has a well-documented love for Asian culture, being a notable member of the widely popular hip-hop group, the Wu-Tang Clan. The philosophical passages that are presented to the audience are fairly deep and intellectual. One of the film's greatest strengths is the deeper meaning behind everything that is going on, making it more than just a crime film. It also blends that with rather hilarious and almost mocking depictions of the Italian mafia. The scenes with Ghost Dog and his friend, the ice cream vendor, are heartwarming and sentimental, due to their strange method of communication. Audiences should love how two best friends can't even really understand each other, with no common language among them. The methodical approach of Ghost Dog's lifestyle is almost surreal and gives us a better understanding of how happiness can be found in the simplest of pleasures. The film may seem low-budget and tacky, but it has an unspoken charm and a wondrous style that makes it an underground classic.
Disney seems to love offering their own take on classic tales of action and adventure with a friendly twist. "Hercules" is no exception to that notion. It is a story about Greek mythology in a way that younger viewers can comprehend. It also has a unique style, characterized by the gospel choir and plenty of pop culture references. The romance aspect is rather lackluster, making it seem rushed and in no way, genuine. Meg has plenty of sass, but lacks the class and style of other Disney girls. The teacher-student relationship is done fairly competently, highlighted by Danny DeVito's voice acting. Comparably, the film is not nearly as good as the other Disney classics that came out in the same time period. This is mainly due to the inherent lack of depth among the characters or any more mature themes being present in the plot. You'd be better off watching "Tarzan" or "Mulan", but this film still keeps you entertained with fast-paced songs, cool animation, and bright visuals.
A significant improvement over the previous film starring the cast from "Saved By The Bell". It continues the story that began at the conclusion of their freshman year of college, which, of course, involves Zack and Kelly's upcoming nuptials. It is great for fans to see Lisa Turtle back in action with the rest of them from the original show, as well as character cameos from Jessie Spano, Mr. Belding, and Mr. Rogers. The guys take part in crazy shenanigans, like you'd expect, but they always find a way out. It was a great idea to finish the show in this fashion, rather than a simple television episode. Fans of the series will thoroughly enjoy this film and it is legitimately heart-warming to finally see Zack and Kelly get married after everything that has happened between them.
You can't really judge this film based on anything but being a television special. In that regard, its decent enough to please its core audience. It is clearly directly aimed at the fans of the ever popular "Saved By The Bell" television series. It is unusual, at first, to see the gang act like they do without audience laughter interjecting their jokes. The plot is in tune with what you would expect from the group's adventures in the show, but nothing special. It isn't up to par with anything from the series, but it will satisfy fans well enough.
You can't really say it's a bad film, but it seriously underachieves as Guy Ritchie tries to revive the classic tales of Detective Sherlock Holmes. Robert Downey Jr. gives a solid performance, but the poor writing makes him seem out of character. Jude Law and Rachel McAdams are superb supporting characters that give the film a more gentle side. The largest flaw with the film is the lack of excitement and mystery. Unfortunately, that is supposed to be the whole point of the legendary detective. The plot doesn't seem to be gripping enough to make the viewers truly anxious to see the resolution to the conflict. The explanations are overly elaborate, taking away the ability of the audience to even try and guess how these events are taking place. It just doesn't cut it as a mystery film, which is what is should have intended to be. It relies too heavily on action and silly dialogue in an effort to entertain the viewers. The action scenes, however unique, just weren't too great, turning them into poorly choreographed slapstick routines. It's worth watching for most people, but falls below expectations in the big picture.