Saturday, December 29, 2007

Movie Review: Atonement


Featuring: Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Vanessa Redgrave

Genre: drama, romance

Plot: little girl ruins two people’s lives

Acting: very good

Drama: people torn apart, love lost, war

Action: not much, it’s a slow paced movie

Funny: not much

Visuals: beautiful British country side scenery

Soundtrack: lovely… especially the violin

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Comments: It really is a nice movie, beautifully shot and with great music. The back and forward scene movement is a bit annoying. The little girl is dull, I don’t know if she was supposed to be this way but she is. Keira Knightley is too thin. But she does one of the most sensual sex scenes without nudity being involved. I couldn’t help feeling cheated towards the end of the movie, when the reality is revealed. Sure, happy ending wasn’t really expected given the time period, but why make the audience believe some and then turn it all upside down. Really disappointing and the shot at the very end doesn’t help at all.

Rating: 3/5

Friday, December 28, 2007

Movie Review: Alvin and the Chipmunks


Featuring: Jason Lee, Justin Long, David Cross

Genre: comedy, animation

Plot: looser gets to raise a family of chipmunks rock stars

Acting: the chipmunks are a hoot

Drama: celebrity, money and fame… ah…

Action: making toast in the kitchen… hell, anything to do with the kitchen

Funny: first half is hilarious

Visuals: the chipmunks are so cute… they must have borrowed the prints, I mean virtual models, from Enchanted

Soundtrack: laughable

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Comments: It started promising but then it just went… bleah… so common and predictable. I gotta say Jason Lee was funnier in Heartbreakers. Here he’s just… lame… The chipmunks are funny and there are some gags well done but the human ruins it all… the guys from Joe’s Apartment handled the situation much better.

Rating: 3/5

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Movie Review: National Treasure - Book of Secrets


Featuring: Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Jon Voight, Helen Mirren, Ed Harris, Harvey Keitel

Genre: action, adventure

Plot: Ben Gates goes on another treasure hunt

Acting: too much action to leave time for acting

Drama: err… just look at all that gold

Action: imagine Indiana Jones merged with Thomas Crown Affair

Funny: the dialogue is

Visuals: nothing outstanding though we did get to see the oval office

Soundtrack: don’t remember

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Comments: Come to think of it I don’t remember much of the first one… I do remember I didn’t think much of it thought. Regarding the sequel… I guess it was alright for a Saturday action movie night. Had a bit of laugh in places, but I found it too rushed and schematically explained. Missed Sean Bean, Ed Harris tried to do his best with what he had to work with… so did Jon Voight and Helen Mirren who made an entertaining couple together. I was expecting Lara Croft to show up at the end and save the day declaring she was Ben’s half long lost sister…

Rating: 3/5

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Movie Review: I Am Legend


Featuring: Will Smith

Genre: action, sci fi

Plot: human kind turned into monsters by virus, only one man fights to find a cure

Acting: for a one man show Will Smith does it pretty well

Drama: monsters are taking over the world

Action: not so much though there are some fights/chases with the monsters

Funny: oh yeah… like in the video store when he talks to the dummies

Visuals: New York deserted

Soundtrack: don’t remember even having one

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Comments: I don’t know what I was expecting, but there was a lot of hype about this movie before coming out. Well… Let’s not bad mouth it too much. Or let’s. There’s little dialogue in this movie and while this isn’t a problem really I would have liked it to have a little more explaining done… at least for those of us who haven’t read the book. There’s tons of discrepancies given the time and circumstances, not sure whether it was the screenplay writer or the director’s fault but I wonder how come the other 100+ people involved in the production didn’t notice any of them. The first three quarters of the movie it’s a rather decent one and not really bad but then things just got all wrong and with no reason. The ending was a big let down, even I could have come up with a better one. Come to think of it I don’t have to tire my brain at all cause he could have escape the same way the woman and the kid did. And did the dog really have to die? I know it was expected from the start but still…

Rating: 3/5

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Movie Review: Fred Claus


Featuring: Vince Vaughn, Paul Giamatti, Miranda Richardson, Rachel Weisz, Kathy Bates

Genre: comedy, fantasy

Plot: sorry, unable to see the plot because of the holes

Acting: hats off to Paul Giamatti and Rachel Weisz for putting up with such crappy movie

Drama: two hours of my life are forever gone

Action: flying with the sledge… looking fake as ever

Funny: pathetically

Visuals: thank God we had Rachel Weisz to rest our eye on

Soundtrack: don’t remember

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Comments: It’s total crap. Vince Vaughan should either retire or totally change direction from these disgustingly retarded characters he’d played lately. He should try a gay or disabled part, anything but not that again.

Rating: 2/5

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Movie Review: The Golden Compass


Featuring: Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Dakota Blue Richards, Ben Walker, Freddie Highmore, Ian McKellen, Eva Green

Genre: fantasy, adventure

Plot: girls goes north guides by a compass

Acting: so so

Drama: Nicole Kidman is the evil one

Action: bear fight

Funny: the deamons

Visuals: fake looking bears and snow… but Nicole’s golden dress is gorgeous

Soundtrack: don’t remember

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Comments: I haven’t read the books. As far as the movie goes though the plot is an one liner there’s no development from there as if they’re expecting to fill in the rest with beautiful cinematics. Maybe if we’ve been brainwashed before. I really think I should have read the books to understand all the missing points they haven’t even bothered to mention about. Given the simplicity of the movie it seemed to be aimed at preschooler kids but then again it is too violent in places for this target audience. One in all it’s a big mess which leaves us with the feeling that it could have been something and we didn’t get it. It was as if we ordered steak and got a hamburger instead. Compared with the other fantasy movies released this year I’d place Enchanted on first, Stardust on second and The Golden Compass somewhere further down the list.

Rating: 3/5

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Movie Review: August Rush


Featuring: Freddie Highmore, Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Terrence Howard, Robin Williams

Genre: drama

Plot: musically gifted orphan looks for his parents

Acting: the kid is brilliant

Drama: young lovers separated by a drastic father and child given for adoption while considered dead

Action: not much, the movie has a slow somehow out of this world pace

Funny: some, but not comically

Visuals: pretty… Keri Russell still looks good and Jonathan Rhys Meyers is not too bad on the eye

Soundtrack: mixture of all types of music… very enjoyable

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Comments: A modern Oliver Twist story with Robin Williams as the bad guy and Freddie Highmore the runaway who only care about music and finding his parents. And in all this there are also two young adults who had lost their way for a while. Slightly hard to believe for a story anything is possible in the imaginary world. It’s a movie for the heart with a plot that could have used more development and more details explained perhaps. Of course, their timing is perfect just in time for the happy-end.

Rating: 3/5