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Patience Phillips (Halle Berry) is a pathetically meek graphic designer at a cosmetics firm who's also so utterly f*cking thick she does such idiotic things as risking her life by climbing onto a building to rescue a cat!However,one day she inadvertently learns that her bosses are planning to release an addictive anti-ageing cream (?!?) onto the shelves,and finds her life coming to a premature end.Or,is that beginning,as she finds herself turning into Catwoman,heroic defender of law and bringer of justice.
There is a distinctly cruel irony whereby a film can end up receiving so many bad reviews (which are meant to deter people from watching the film!) people end up watching it anyway...just to see how bad it is.I suppose on the basis of that,I should seek out 1998's The Avengers sometime.I'd like to give Showgirls a go sometime too (I missed it when they showed it on Channel 4 recently.) Yep,in terms of 2004's most major cinematic disaster,Catwoman was,well,not to put too fine a pun on it,the cat that got the cream.Opening to abominable reviews,from everyone from Empire to Zoo magazine,it was ushered out of cinemas during the 'summer blockbuster' period almost as quickly as it was released.It then placed it's lead star in the embarrassing position of accepting a razzie award having earned an Oscar for her devastating turn in Monster's Ball only a few years earlier.
It is a pretty dreadful film,but there are arguably a lot worse.It's main problem is the story,which is so uninteresting,but the same could be said of the action on display.Also,this is a film that's managed a pretty notorious achievement.It makes Halle Berry look unsexy.The first suit we see her strutting around in is okay and fairly pleasing to the eye,but the main one (the one she's in on the poster) is really unsexy and unflattering.
If you want to engage your curiosity value,go right ahead,but I hope you know what you're letting yourself in for.**
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Maybe not quite on par with the original 'Superman', 'Batman' or the
two newest editions to each of these franchises, but certainly much
better than it's made out to be by the Big Bad World of the World Wide
Web. Better than 'Fantastic Four', for sure...
The dialog is full of those witty little one liners you expect from a film such as this, and Halle Berry is suitably brilliant as Patience Phillips a.k.a. Catwoman. But not just any Catwoman, oh no. A 21st century catwoman, complete with the sort of skimpy outfit that would make Stripperella green with envy and a bad-ass attitude that not even Elektra can match. And Sharon Stone...
Well, she's Sharon Stone :P. All in all, a good cast and enough story to keep you awake, if not more. The SFX are fantastic. Sprawling cityscapes and Catwoman's aerial antics are quite literally brought to life. Set design and fight choreography were also top-notch, and it was beautifully filmed. This film's met a lot of criticism from both fans and critics alike, but if you take it as a stand-alone construct you're sure to enjoy it. Certainly not thought-provoking entertainment, but entertainment just the same. Certainly one of the most-overlooked films of 2004.
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What a load of Rubbish. Now i know there's sci fi movies out there that are obviously fictional, but this has to be the worst fictional movie i have ever encountered. I watched the whole film just on the off chance that it would get better. Low and behold it just kept getting worse. Don't get me wrong i like Halle Berry but for her even to take a script like this it was obviously the money talking. OK the start of the movie where she happens to save a cats life that was hanging off a balcony and the man whom happens to turn up every second of the movie happened to bear witness to this and thought halle was gonna jump off the balcony, and turns out to fall in love with her straight away. Then a few minutes later halle goes to work and somehow ends up in a totally private and confidential area of her workplace where she witnesses her evil boss conjuring up some "addictive" make-up (how corny is that), then she gets shot at by some goons that couldn't shoot at an "open goal" from point blank range. Well i suppose halle did do some incredible matrix style dodging of bullets. Then to cut a long story short she ends up on the edge of a cliff where she plunges to her doom, all to be washed ashore where the cat she saved from the balcony gives her mouth to mouth resuscitation. Then low and behold, she turns into catwoman. And yes you guessed it she is now a "super hero." Now shes on a mission to avenge her death. Oh yeah the man who thought she was gonna kill herself turns up everywhere she goes, surprise surprise and cant even use his thick head to understand they are the same person, even though there is no difference in looks except a silly black thing covering her eyes. Well the only advise i can give someone intent on watching this is Don't WATCH IT, you'll get stressed and end up killing the nearest cat you see.
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First of all although I think it was incredibly Policicly Correct to create a African American Catwoman, at least they created a new character. This would have gotten the noose so fast if Halle Berry was suppose to be Selina Kyle. But this works, she's almost like the Ertha Kitt from Season 3 of the original Batman series. That's what I like. The script is good, the story is good, the cast is good. Everything is pretty descent. Except, the Police chasing after her, what is this "Black Scorpion" when the Police always trying to catch the vigilante? Also, what city is this, I don't remember if they ever said. But all and all a pretty good movie worthy of 8 STARS.
You should not sit down to watch a movie as fun as Catwoman and expect
to see a masterpiece such as The Godfather or Casablanca played out on
screen. It is a full-throttle and entertaining leisure view with a far
from perfect, but interesting story and Halle Berry is simply amazing
as Catwoman, in my honest opinion. One mistake I have actually seen a
few ignorant people make though is that Patience Phillips is not the
Catwoman that has been played out in the Batman phenomenon, she is a
version of the essence/character that is Catwoman, and in any matter
she is a damn fine one at that. She might not be the best portrayal of
the character in Catwoman history, since so many think that is so, and
she might be the worst, but that doesn't mean she is bad and she is
unable to be found enjoyable.
I don't care if this film stuck to the original characterizations of Catwoman or not anyway. It does not make the character of Catwoman out to be the villain or the superhero, just the figure that is Catwoman who strives for what she desires and in the end it's what I really enjoy about it. It seems like working hard for what she wants is what Catwoman is all about anyway, so doesn't that stay true to what people have been familiar with from Catwomen in the past in some way? The plot is the worst aspect, but what kind of plot were people really expecting from a film called "Catwoman" and there had been no confirmations that it had anything to do with Batman? It really doesn't matter, because when the cast played out the scenes all the problems it has fade away, in my opinion, for how delightful and exciting they manage to be.
Some final thoughts are that it had excellent action, great outfits and was overall a hell of a fun ride from the very beginning to the very end. It's entertainment value and flair makes up for what it lacks in solidity and depth, but most don't believe it has any value whatsoever. In any matter, I enjoy it every time I watch it. The performances are fantastic for what it set out to do regardless of what Halle Berry said at the Razzies. Why would an actor/actress try to boast themselves when excepting a Razzie anyway? Her catsuit was sexy, which I think they tried to lure in most of the mens' minor interest there, and I wish I owned it! I love this movie, as do other people, it is just that the hate shadows the required appreciation it receives from the minority of viewers.
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This movie has been loaded with terrible reviews; however, I disagree with a lot of the critics. This movie, yes, does need much work on the story, and some of the special effects can be a little sloppy. The wonderful thing about this film is the camera angles, the style, art, and the unique way that it was filmed. In the opening scene with the camera angle panning over the cityscape is absolutely amazing looking! And when Catwoman jumps out of a window, the camera angles and choreography/movements are jaw-dropping. I have watched this movie like fifteen times just for the visuals and interesting music. Pitof's artistic sense is very very exceptional, but the writing should have been done by someone else. I know 7/10 is very generous, but I want to give Pitof some credit for putting in some new and original ideas, that really turned out wonderful on screen. Halle Berry's acting is a bit forced, although she plays Catwoman better than she does Patience Philips. Sharon Stone does an excellent job on screen, and still looks hot even in her late forties. Watch this movie for the visual and special effects, and tie it together with the music. This is more of an emotional film, and many people do not appreciate the artistic sides of movies. This film has very wonderful color and defined views. It is cleancut, and overall, and enjoyable movie to watch.
I loved the movie and it has potential to go farther. True it is not the DC catwoman everyone knows and loves. But it is one of the modern age that tells us that we can do things if we put our minds to it. If you can accept this or take it as an alternate reality then you have a better chance at enjoying the movie. Lets not forget the research and training that went into the film. Most of the cats are real and some of the proceeds that Halle Berry made went to charity. Not many famous people do that from earnings on a movie. So before you judge this movie go in open minded and you will come out enjoying it better then if you had set expectations.
I have read so much about this movie, and as i sat down to watch it, i didn't expect much, but as i watched it, it was just like any other comic book movie, lots of colour and over the top acting, but this film had a bonus which is Halle Berry , i mean whats not to like, there was nothing wrong with her acting, with anyones acting really i mean its not Hamlet after all, and i got to see Halle in a cool leather outfit purring like a cat, i mean mmmmmmmmmm. I really enjoyed this film, i mean compared to the batman movies ( batman begins not included) Cat Woman was a master piece, good FX and as good as most super hero story lines. When i sit down to watch a comic book movie , i expect action and lots of fun, which is what i got, so all you nah sayers out there, get a grip.
I just viewed my birthday present last evening and in a word, this was
loads of fun!!!!! Halle is as luscious as ever.
First of all, this is basic comic book fare. Therefore those of you expecting a Masterpiece Theatre production should get a grip.
Of course the plot may not have been overwhelming. But neither was it in Superman, Spider Man, Hellboy, Hulk, or Spider Man II for that matter.
And why would Halle attach herself to a project such as this? There are infinitely more important intangibles here at work.
How many young girls of color ever get to have such a beautiful, award-winning actress, of color, personify the empowerment of women? I submit that Catwoman is a wonderful exercise in showing how pivotal one's blossoming can be - the movie also addresses the dilemma of accepting responsibility for one's own actions as well an interesting foray into choosing good over evil (or vice-versa).
Of course I have seen movies with better plots, tighter screenplays, more intricate direction, more elaborate sets, blah, blah, blah.
One thing is certain: NONE of them have Halle Berry slinking up and down the street as Catwoman, the LAST Dominatrix, so sexy and fetching and just plain WORKIN' NERVES!!!!!! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, it just doesn't get much better than THAT!!!!! The movie was fun. Did it need (or purport to be) more than that? I daresay any of the other recent comic book adaptations provided much more either and yet critics were infinitely kinder. No matter. The nature of the beast.
Halle and company made a fun, entertaining movie that teaches basic life lessons in a familiar milieu. Additionally, a priceless special feature of the DVD was the "Face of Catwoman", a featurette chronicling Catwoman's many incarnations narrated by none other than Eartha Kitt!!!!!!!
Really, Halle Berry is not as bad as people think. Compared to movies
like Spiderman and X-men, no of course not, Catwoman would not be on
that list. But, compared to horrible comic book films like Daredevil
and The Hulk, Catwoman is OK. The many behind the scenes specials that
was aired to promote the movie, you see that Halle is doing most of her
own stunts in this film.In the film, it is put together very well with
over the top CGI effect so Halle did have the whole Eartha
Kitt/Michelle Pfeiffer vibe, if not better because Michelle nor Eartha
did their own stunts, sorry, but they were just pretty faces but great
actors.Batman Returns is the only good movie coming out of the Batman
series.So Michelle is one of the best infamous catwomans. So Halle
becoming a fighting machine is applauded.
The CGI effect could have been a lot less in the film and Sharon Stone performance in this film is overrated, but not as bad as Demi Moore's comeback.(Sharon Stone is trying to make a comeback right?) Benjamin Bratt is a great leading man, but we all know a leading man, or what Hollywood like to call it "love interest" ,had to be in the film.Superheroes are best defined by the qualities of the villains they must overcome. Some action sequences are really good, then some are mediocre, and then some are just plain boring.
Halle one liners are hilarious and of course she is great to look at. She did an "ok" performance in this movie and the many people that was in the private screening, it was too many people in there I might add and there were even more outside trying to get in, seem to enjoyed it. This movie is not to be taken that seriously, compared to Spiderman and X-men, it is not on its level. Even though Spiderman and Catwoman, both had overrated CGI effects, like the poorly I, Robot,please skip that movie, not worth your money, its an enjoyable movie with likable and non-likable characters with added great performances from Frances Conroy, Lambert Wilson and even the animated Alex Borstein.I also might add it is not as terrible as Batman& Robin, Daredevil, or The Hulk!!!!!!! 7/10
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