Snow White and the Huntsman

Friday, 14 September 12

Kristen Stewart
Chris Hemsworth
Charlize Theron
Sam Clafin
Sam Spruell
Ian McShane
Bob Hoskins
Ray Winston
Nick Frost
Eddie Marsan
Toby Jones
Johnny Harris
Brian Gleeson

PG13           132 min           2012

Snow White, imprisoned daughter of the late king, escapes just as the Magic Mirror declares her the source of the Evil Queen’s immortality. The Queen sends her men, led by a local huntsman to bring her back. But upon her capture, the huntsman finds he’s being played and turns against the Queens men, saving Snow White in the process. Meanwhile, Snow’s childhood friend, William, learns that she is alive and sets off to save her. Written by G.C. Bendixen

First it’s surreal that Thor and the Huntsman are played by the same guy who sacrificed himself on the USS Kelvin. He’s barely recognizable from the other two roles. I wasn’t too stressed about seeing this film until I found out that this was Bob Hoskin’s last film. Been a fan since Who Framed Roger Rabbit? [One of the first childhood movie that I watched as an adult and wondered: Is this really for kids?]

Snow White and the Huntsman on Blu-Ray is sensory overload. There is too much going on to grasp it in one sitting. Some of the imaginary I still don’t get. It may just come from my ignorance of the character. There’s no Disney’s Snow White to be found here.

The extended edition is advertised as ‘the version you couldn’t see in theatres.’ After watching it, I can’t tell what couldn’t be shouldn’t theatres unless scenes were blatantly cut for time reasons. Coming in just under two and half hours, I would have had to drive out of town to see this movie. Anything over two hours and my local theatre adds a ten minute break. If go to theatres to see a movie I want to SEE THE MOVIE, if I want breaks I’ll watch it at home.

I’ve never taken hallucinogens but whatever Snow White came into contact with seemed like a fun trip and she was no worse for wear. I’m a little ambivalent to miffed that the dwarves were relegated to secondary parts in this tale, not to mention they weren’t played by little people. But that aside the story was an interesting interpretation but I think I like Cameron Jace’s interpretation in Snow White Blood Red better.

Charlize Theron’s maniac crazy ‘evil’ stepmother perfect, unlike some calling it over the top, she was coming apart mentally at the seams. I imagine suckling the life essence from people will eventual rip your psyche. Kristen Stewart’s breathing from the mouth must have been aside an effect of that hallucinogen. Chris Hemsworth’s Hunstman and Sam Claflin’s William are perfect counterpoints to each other, two side of the same coin.

Although they left it open for a sequel, typical in today Hollywood, my imagination can’t conceive a plot to carry a second film. That’s the reason I feel I’m ignorant in the original Grimms’ take of Snow White.

I give Snow White and the Huntsman 3 out 5 Gs.


Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Friday, 26 June 09

Transformers (RotF)Shia LaBeouf
Megan Fox
Josh Duhamel
Tyrese Gibson
John Turturro
Ramon Rodriguez
Kevin White
Julie White
Isabel Lucas

PG13           150min           2009

Decepticon forces return to Earth on a mission to take Sam Witwicky prisoner, after the young hero learns the truth about the ancient origins of the Transformers. Joining the mission to protect humankind is Optimus Prime, who forms an alliance with international armies for a second epic battle. | – from imdb

If you were around during the heyday of Transformers then you know the story of ROTF. Most parts are taken from the original cartoon movie. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is modernized and simplified for the commercial marketing

“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” definitely does what a good sequel is supposed to. More robots, more hot bodies, and it moves the trilogy arc along. With over 20 different robots represented in the movie, it doubles the number and also most quadruple the screen time from the previous. Jessica Lucas comes to the screen bringing another hot body with a surprise. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen brings more story showing how our civilizations histories are intertwinned.

All those crying out that the twins are racists lighten the frak up. They are comic relief and fictional robots as much as I wish they were real. Its the absurdity of the characters that makes them funny.

Transformer: Revenge of the Fallen is what it is… a great summer movie. It’s directed by a director at the best of his game. Go, relax, buy some popcorn and soda, and enjoy one of this summer’s best film. Coming next week “Public Enemies” starring Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, in his second outing this summer, and Marion Cotillard.

I give Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 5 out of 5.


Friday, 21 November 08

twilightmovieKristen Stewart
Robert Pattinson
Cam Gigandet
Billy Burke
Ashley Greene
Nikki Reed
Jackson Rathbone
Kellan Lutz
Peter Facinelli
Elizabeth Reaser
Taylor Lautner

PG13           120min           2008

Based on the international bestseller by Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight is about a teenage girl moving to a small town in Washington and falling in love with a vampire.

A couple of years ago I came across this web site that named books that were being turned into movies. It had a description of the book and information on the film. Two of the films that happened to be on it were Jumper and Twilight. I read there description and thought they would be interesting reads and they have not disappointed.

This is a faithful adaptation of the book and is one giant shout-out to the fans of the book without leaving out the uninitiated. The angst and drama is all there. The changes made by Melissa Rosenberg and Catherine Hardwicke really make Twilight fresh and new for fans of the book. This going to be a global phenomenon.

There many little things that the fans will recognize from the book. Its these little details that will make fans of the series see it again. But it also a film that girlfriends will take their boyfriends and they can enjoy. There is more action and less of the introspective dialog from Bella that will make most men uncomfortable. Most who are new to the series will not be disappointed.

The angst and drama from the books is there. Pattinson plays Edwards as a younger version of Angel without the curse. Stewart plays Bella unabashed love for Edward rivaling Juliet’s love for Romeo. Just as in the book the movie romance scream for a sequel.

The changes made to the screen whether it was in the adaptation of the screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg or the ideas that Catherine Hardwicke made, Twilight is familiar but totally fresh unlike the first two Harry Potter that were almost direct adaptation from the book. It follows the overall plot of the book but makes changes to the story that makes it more accessible for live action. Being a fan and knowing the story I can wait for the next ones to come out.

If you have not be introduce to the Twilight Universe here are the books for purchase:

Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1)

New Moon (The Twilight Saga, Book 2)

Eclipse (The Twilight Saga, Book 3)

Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga, Book 4)

Trailers at the beginning of my screening was Knowing, Push, and 7 Pounds

I give Twilight 4 out of 5.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Tuesday, 14 October 08

Harrison Ford
Cate Blanchett
Karen Allen
Shia LaBeouf
Ray Winstone
John Hurt
Jim Broadbent
Igor Jiyikine

PG13           122min           2008

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull finds Indy trying to outrace a brilliant and beautiful agent for the mystical, all-powerful crystal skull of Akator. Teaming up with a rebellious young biker and his spirited original love Marion, Indy takes you on an action-packed adventure in the exciting tradition of the classic Indiana Jones movies!

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is my first complete adventure into the films. Having only seen parts of the films; I was left unimpressed. I like the story until the end when it went a little too outlandish and believable even for me. Many people wanted to see the return of Indy and for them I hope they enjoyed the ride.

I felt that Indiana Jones just a good action adventure and that it does have a classic 80s feel to it. But the over the top stunts of the eighties just don’t work. Their was too many obvious computer generated images that take me out of the film. I good movie can entertain and suspend belief but it has to be believable. The ants and monkeys took me out of the film and I could never get back into the film.

If Spielberg and Lucas make another Indiana Jones film trying making the character fill his age. In Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull he ran around like his was a 35 year old make. The punches and falls that he gave and took had no effect on him which made him seem invincible. It’s a character out of place in the times of the land. Eighties hokey doesn’t work as successful in the post 9/11 world. He’s a character we look through with beer goggles.

I give Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 3 out of 5.

“I Am Legend”

Tuesday, 18 March 08

iamlegend.jpgWill Smith
Alice Braga
Dash Mihok
Charlie Tahan
Salli Richardson
Willow Smith

PG13           100min           2007

Somehow immune to an unstoppable, incurable virus, military virologist Robert Neville (Smith) is now the last human survivor in New York City and maybe the world. But he is not alone. Mutant plague victims lurk in the shadows… watching Neville’s every move… waiting for him to make a fatal mistake. Perhaps mankind’s last, best hope, Neville is driven by only one remaining mission: to find a antidote using his own immune blood. But he knows he is outnumbered… and quickly running out of time.

Many people find this film a little off putting and do not like it. The quiet and stillness throws people. This is a film about the human condition that a straight up drama. It provides thoughts in our minds that we would rather not have.

It shows just how fragile the mind is. “I Am Legend” shows that for all the magnificence of the mind its still need contact and interaction to function. After three years of isolation, Robert Neville is still brilliant yet lost without the mundane connection that we take for granted.

There are moments in the film that are comical not because they are meant to be but because of the absurdity of the situation. Out of his mind grasping for a semblance of normalcy he has developed some serious coping issues. His coping is something that could make people not like the film; yet it was one of the things that made this film so much better.

I have watched both versions of “I Am Legend”. I say buy the two disc special edition. The alternate ending is so much better than the original theatrical and falls more in line with the movie instead of the name of the film and the plot line in the book. The theatrical cheats the fans out of many major plot points of the film.

There are four animated comics on the disc. They are ‘Death as a Gift’, ‘Isolation’, ‘Sacrificing the few for the Many’, and ‘Shelter’. There are movie previews for “Lost Boys: The Tribe”, “The Dark Knight”, “Speed Racer”, “Appleseed ExMachina”, and “JLA: The New Frontier”.

I give it 4/5.

“The Seeker: The Dark is Rising”

Tuesday, 18 March 08

theseekerdarkisrising.jpgAlexander Ludwig
Christopher Eccleston
Frances Conroy
Ian McShane
Wendy Crewson
John Benjamin Hickey
Gregory Smith
James Cosmo
Jim Piddock
Drew Tyler Bell
Amelia Warner
Edmund Entin
Gary Entin
Emma Lockhart

PG           99min           2007

During Christmas break from school, a seemingly typical teenager discovers he’s anything but ordinary. As the seventh son of a seventh son, Will Staton is The Seeker – a chosen warrior destined to restore the delicate earthly balance between Light and Dark. Guided by ancient protectors of the Light, young Will must travel throught time to gather the hidden signs that hold the ultimate power to protect the world.

Based on the novel by Susan Cooper and publish nearly twenty years before J.K. Rowlings’ Harry Potter series; “The Seeker: The Dark is Rising” plays like an cheap imitation of that series. It’s Harry Potter meets Quantum Leap.

First off there is no cohesion to the story. He jumps from one badly dressed time period set to another. It has to many storylines running that do not payoff in the end. It left me as a viewer feeling cheated that I watched this film.

Having never read the book, the author was said to have been displeased at the way the film turned out. Many fans of the books were disappointed. From what I gathered it it was raped along the lines of how Eragon was raped by Hollywood. It Hollywood cannot be faithful to the material leave it alone.

I give it 2/5.


Tuesday, 18 December 07

stardust.jpgClaire Danes
Charlie Cox
Sienna Miller
Robert de Niro
Michelle Pfeiffer
Kate Magowan
Ricky Gervais
Jason Flemying
Rupert Everett
Peter O’Toole
Mark Strong
Sarah Alexander
Melanie Hill
Joanna Scanlan

PG13           127min           2007

In hopes of wooing a beautiful girl (Sienna Miller), Tristan (Charlie Cox) promises to bring her a failing star. But he’s in for the adventure of his life when he discovers the star is actually a celestial beauty named Yvaine (Claire Danes).

When an old witch (Michelle Pfeiffer) attempts to steal Yvaine’s youth, Tristan must protect her at all costs. This magical fairytale like no other will make you laugh out lout and believe in love again.

“Stardust” is based on a novel by Neil Gaiman. This is a better film than I anticipated. It was truly and epic adventure film bringing to the screen a lot of story in just a little over two hours. The film flowed and the story made sense and stay with in the rule of boundary.

The characters are arc types that you find in the most famous fairy tales and the actors do a great job of inhabiting the characters. This is a story that the children and parents alike will enjoy. This is a happy magical enjoyable live action tale on par with any Disney film.

“Stardust” shows that truly love will win out and that it can be found in the most unexpected places. The same message that is portrayed in the best fairy tales and stories. The actors make the story believable. This will make a nice addition to any collection.

There are a few special features. There is making of featurette, deleted scenes, a blooper reel, and the theatrical trailer. It has movie previews for “Spiderwick Chronicles”, “Arctic Tale”, “Transformers”, “Shrek the Third”, and “It’s a Wonderful Life”.

I give it 4/5 Gs.