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How to train your dragon is an amazing piece of animation. For me this is Dreamworksâ(TM)s best animation, it is visually stunning. Then there is the story, which I was emotionally invested in. The chemistry between Hiccup and Toothless is really touching. This movie came out when the 3D craze was happening and I think this is one of the most best uses of 3D
This adaptation of The Great Gatsby is a visual headache of a movie. It seems that there is not a moment where the camera is whizzing from one place to another, the parties are as extreme as you could imagine and even the acting is almost too over the top apart from Leonardo Dicaprio. He plays Jay Gatsby at just the right level of warmth so that he is likeable but at the same time there is a hint that there is something he is keeping from us. Iï¿ 1/2 1/2(TM)m wonï¿ 1/2 1/2(TM)t say too much about the movieï¿ 1/2 1/2(TM)s story apart from I much prefer the second half to the first half. I also like how they recreated 1920ï¿ 1/2 1/2(TM)s New York. It reminds me of 2005ï¿ 1/2 1/2(TM)s King Kong for the feel of old Manhattan.
Quentin Tarantino is without a doubt one of the most iconic directors in modern cinema. Even if you do not particuarly fond of his work you cannot deny the impact he has made on cinema. There are scenes in his movies that after you have seen them stay in your mind. It could be the ear cutting scene in Reservoir Dogs or it could be Samuel L Jackson's exquisite and hilarious speech before he shoots dead Brett in Pulp Fiction.
Tarantino's latest "Django Unchained" is about a slave, Django (Jamie Foxx), who gets freed from a bounty hunter, Dr King Schultz (Christoph Waltz). In return for his freedom Schultz asks Django to help him track down the Brittle Brothers. During their journey Django tells how his wife was taken from him and they find out that a slave owner named Calvin Candie who owns a plantation funnily called Candyland.
First of all, as with all other Tarantino pictures, the dialogue in this movie is truly spot on and is so witty that you sometimes mistake the grim history of slavery and think you are watching a comedy. You may or may not have already about the Ku Klux Klan moment which has nothing to do with the story but is possibly the funniest two minutes you will see in cinemas this year all because of what bthey are saying.
It must also be mentioned that what also makes this movie so good is the acting by all of the cast. Really everybody from the main cast to the extras make their mark and really help with the setting of the South during slave times. It might be fair to say that Jamie Foxx as Django is going to be overlooked and is somewhat dissapointing as the main character, but that is only due to the fact the other characters have real character and wit about them. We don't really see Django as much of a talker at the beginning but by the end he has got so much confidence that he just reaks of coolness. It's thanks to Foxx's great acting abilities here that I think that he goes unfairly noticed in Django.
Christoph Waltz is fantastic as the amusing Dr King Schultz. Like in "Inglorious Basterds" he comes across as a really charming individual but with a dark side that can turn the charm off easily like he isn't all that he seems. Waltz's characters in Django Unchained and Inglorious Basterds are always cunning and have a Plan B. For instance near the beginning of the film he shoots the local sheriff and amazingly gets out of the town alive by simple negotiation.
This film has two villains of sorts in the form of Samuel L Jackson's Stephen, Calvin Candie's slave and Calvin himself. Samuel L Jackson plays a character who has ditched his own race so much so that Calvin treats him more highly than you would ever think a slave would be treated. I wouldn't say he has the same respect as white people do but he and Calvin are almost like brothers with how they treat each others. Which leads to the films thrilling shoot out courtesy of Stephen. My favourite character is Di Caprio's Candie. Like Schultz he can be charming one minute and a dangerous man the next. And as you see in this film he turns very dangerous indeed! When he is charming you get the feeling that he has someting else going on inside.
It has to be said that there are some gruesome scenes involving dogs and mandingo fighting. However these are only used to make us aware of how horrific the times were. There are some standard Tarantino violence but this is done in a spaghetti western almost cartoon style that you don't think twice about it.
The other thing that is common in Tarantino films is the great use of music and he dosen't disappoint with the selection in this movie. Who knew that uses of hip hop music would work so well in a Western. ( I remember feeling so pumped up when I saw the first trailer with James Brown's Payback).
For some people this won't be up there with Pulf Fiction or reservoir Dogs but it most certainly is the best since those two and a return to form for Quentin. Personally I have seen this movie twice and I put it up there as the greatest Tarantino film. I plan to see it a few more times yet.