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King Ralph (1991)
Predictable but Hilarious
I confess that "King Ralph" is one of my favorite movies. Yes, the basic plot concept of the film has been done in MANY stories, both written and filmed, but the superb acting coupled with the not-so-subtle jabs at British Royalty push the plot right over the top. Never mind that John Goodman is brilliant (as usual), but the well-done and loosely-serious role of Peter O'Toole adds a much needed anchor to Mr. Goodman's highly-anticipated antics. The filming locations of the film as well provide a truly beautiful backdrop to the production, steeped strongly in tradition and British heritage. Two thumbs up for this light-hearted comedy that dares to poke at some of the more serious issues of royal responsibility and pressure.
Highly recommended for fun entertainment, I give "King Ralph" a 9 out of 10.
The Body (2001)
Thought-provoking . . .
Certainly in light of recent world events, this film finds itself addressing issues at the forefront of our consciences. The issue of Jerusalem in Middle East peace, the role of modern politicians in achieving (or denying) that peace, and the influence of history on our future are all addressed, albeit sometimes with shallowness. The title character played by Mr. Banderas, very much instead of "losing his faith" (to quote the prior commenter)has his faith in God deeply strengthened by the time the movie concludes. The conclusion, by the way, has a profound twist that will remain etched on one's mind for a long time. Overall, the film presented pertinent issues in an enjoyable format, and addressed deep questions which all of us, at one time or another, must grapple with. I would recommend this film to others.
The Haunting of Sarah Hardy (1989)
Initially interesting movie with a plot that held promise. Sela Ward's performance was better than what audiences have come to expect in television movies. The build up of suspense started with increasing expectancy. I felt that the ending was anti-climatic and sputtered into confusion. I give 3 stars out of 10.