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King Lear (1983)
Good, but not the best
Me and my English Lit class watched this as part of our course and everyone thought it was fantastic, but me. It was an enjoyable film to watch, Sir Olivier gives a stunning performance as King Lear as does Dinana Rigg as Regan. But the whole programme seemed too much like a stage production for my liking. The storm in the middle of the programme is supposed to be the most dramatic sequences in the story, however when you are expected to believe that he is in the middle of a storm when not even a leaf moves, the sequence becomes almost laughable. On the other hand, there are some very powerful sequences such as the one where Glouester is blinded. If you take away all the bad scenery, you are left with great performances from everyone. This really made the programme worth watching, well that and the presents of Diana Rigg who is a legend!
Jaws 3-D (1983)
What Is Wrong With You People?
I don't get why people don't like this. People moan when sequels just re-invent the original, and they moan when they do something original! Film makers can't win! Most people said "I can't believe i sat through this". Then why the hell did you? If you are one of those people who sit there and say, "This wouldn't happen" "That wouldn't happen". Just turn the damn thing off and watch something else! This film works in so many ways, it distances it's self from the original further than the second one did. However, this is the worst of the quadrilology, only because it lacks the original characters, Chief Brody and his wife Ellen. This now focuses on the children, Mike and Sean. This is part of the problem though, if they had left the Brody family alone for this one, it would be a lot more successful.
Don't forget.....IT'S ONLY A MOVIE!
What a good sequel!
This film ranks up there with Psycho II as being one of the greatest sequel ever made! Irwin Allen returns to the setting of his first major picture to create one of his last. Irwin Allen ignored all the aspects of the novel that was written for him, and comes up with a storyline that far surpasses the novel. Watching an all-American film from a British Citizen's point of view is always exiting, normally i would laugh at a character like Tex but in this, it works surprisingly well! Micheal Caine is an inspired choice as a salvage captain. I was a bit unsure of Sally Field's character at first but as the film went on her character added so mush to the story. Telly Savalas, what can i say? This man is a legend! Ever since i first saw him as Blofeld in On Her Majesty's Secret Service he was the ultimate villain and in this he doesn't disappoint. A lot of the supporting cast are quite memorable too..Slim Pickens as Tex, Peter Boyle who i did get a bit bored of all we seemed to hear was "where's my daughter?" which got a bit annoying after a while.
This film does have it's faults, why is still afloat with a hole in the bottom, and most of all WHY THE HELL DOES THE DAMN BOAT EXPLODE AT THE END?? Overall Fantastic effort, no way would this ever surpass the original but it's racing in at its heels.
Why did they do this?
I'm confused about this. If you do a re-make, thats what you do, re-make it, make changes, make the film your own, does Gus Van Sant do this? Nope. How did he get permission to do this? i'll tell you, because good will hunting made a lot of money. Anne Heche, who? In the original it was someone everyone knew. and Vince Vaughn as Norman Bates? sorry, it just doesn't cut it. And whats with the birds in the basement at the end? even Mrs. Bates looks stupid, Hitchcocks "Mother" Corpse was scary, Van Sant's is funny, long blond hair a spider on the face? please, this film is one that should be locked away and shut underground...for a long long time, the only two reasons to watch this is because Julianne Moore is in it, and why she decided to drag her credibility down with this film nobody will ever know, and the other reason is because you can laugh at Viggo Mortensen's funny accent.
Jaws: The Revenge (1987)
Whats Wrong with this?
I actually quite like this film, OK its not as good as 1 or 2 but its much better than 3D. There are lots of things people can pick faults with, The shark balancing on the water, but if you watch it as a film and put all the "it couldn't happen" out of your mind, you will see this film is quite good. People always say "Oh, that wouldn't happen in real life", thats because ITS A MOVIE! That is the whole point of films, to do things can you can't do in reality.
Anyway, back to the film, The fact that this film ignores the events of Jaws 3-D, is a bad idea but, the film survives well with what you are given. A shark related to one of the other sharks, attacking the remainders of the Broady family for revenge. Farfeched? OK maybe a little but overall this film, by reverting back to the originals formula, is very good. 9/10