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What is it really? Each person has his / her own. What is true in the stories we tell about our lives and feelings? This excellent film tells us about that in an astonishingly good way. The several intervenients whose lives intersect with each other, very intensely in some cases (most of them belong to the same family) are telling us their versions of what they know (or think they know) about a woman already dead and who is the mother of some of them. And they do it in a very natural and spontaneous way. Who and what was her after all? This movie has much to do with human nature and human relations mainly in the family and conjugal fields. Why reading fiction books if in our normal lives it may happen such interesting and important situations as the ones told in the best novels? A movie that must be indeed be seen.
A totally absurd story without rhyme or reason developing itself in a series of not well explained, incredible or even implausible details. A CIA agent (performed by Angelina Jolie) is indicated during his interrogatory at CIA headquarters by a supposed deserter Russian spy as being herself a Russian agent and spy within USA. This leads her to run away and to a series of events full of goofs such as anachronisms, errors in geography, factual errors, plot holes and revealing mistakes. It's rather incredible the physical way how Salt (the CIA woman Russian agent) gets rid of several agents and policemen with whom she involves in physical struggle. The supposed Russian deserter is fake and he is working along with Salt from the beginning so we don't understand why he comes to expose her to CIA as the agent who has the task of killing the Russian Vice-president while in USA when in fact after evading himself violently from CIA custody we see that they are collaborating with each other. We can hardly understand who is with or against whom and why since sometimes some characters' behaviours are contradictory. And why is Salt's husband in danger of being killed by Russian agents since he is just only a scientist who has nothing to do with the film plot? The only positive feature of this movie is the technically well filmed some fights and chasings
Little orphan girl Sophie secluded at an orphanage in London decides to be awake at 3 am to watch what happens at the hour when the boogeyman and the witches use to show up. A giant comes through the window and kidnaps her and takes her to the Giants' country where he is just one small giant being harassed and humiliated by the other giants much bigger than him. While he is gentle the others are mean, wicked and man-eaters. Between him and Sophie a very friendly relationship develops itself and she soon reveals herself much smarter than him and starts to conceive and put in practice a plan to fight and get rid of the evil giants. That's from there that story goes on in surprising scenes till the final outcome. The performance of Ruby Barnhill as Sophie is excellent indeed. Besides that we can also refer the appalling sceneries at the Giant's country and the extremely well made impersonation of the giant evil monsters. A story of great imagination to be followed with pleasure.
Love above all. That seems to be the theme, the leit-motiv of this movie. However although this theme could deliver the necessary ingredients to make a good movie, it becomes too strange to be good. A young naive girl falls in love with a man a bit older than her but who corresponds deeply to her love. Their mutual love is physically and spiritually overwhelming. All this takes place in a remote place of northern Scotland where a puritanical and fundamentalist religious community dominates and morally rules. The husband works at sea in an oil rig and suffers a serious accident there which breaks his neck making him totally disabled. This fact unchains a series of actions and reactions also in psychological and affective terms, some of them very odd, uncommon and perverted, namely in the sexual field that reveal that they both have neurotic personalities which makes those events a bit difficult to be accepted in terms of reality or to have an aesthetic value in terms of cinema or literature. This movie is of some value only for its good direction and excellent performance of all actors and actresses.
Yes in terms of animation, puppet characters and face expressions it is very good indeed. However this is serving a rather silly story of a supposed new baby that arrives in a taxi, wearing a suit and carrying a briefcase to the home of a couple who has already a seven year old son. We soon see that the newcomer is no ordinary baby (he thinks and talks like an adult). He is a spy involved in a struggle between babies' and puppies' organizations. The relationship between the boss baby and his "brother" begins to be very quarrelsome but as time passes it improves a lot more friendly with the both working together in the fight for babies and against puppies. The action hasn't got anything specially original and it's somewhat tiresome to follow.
The action takes place at an epoch where people of high society didn't work at all and lived on rents of their estates and property. They had therefore plenty of time to engage themselves in amorous intrigues, seduction attempts and flirtations to pass time leading a pleasant life. This movies shows that kind of atmosphere in an admirable way in terms of sceneries, situations, costumes, rich dialogues and the actors' and actresses' performances. The story in itself is quite trivial but can be pleasantly viewed by the onlooker since it is visually very agreeable. To sum it up the story tells us about a charming young widow who is trying to get a suitable rich husband for her daughter and finishes herself also entangled in some love courtship vicissitudes. There is a brilliant reconstitution and presentation of life and society of the upper classes at that time and that's all.
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And nothing more. Too superficial story and plot in terms of events and psychological actions and reactions. A romantic comedy of the kind of cinema (chiefly from Hollywood) used to show in the fifties of last century and that is maybe why the plot takes place in the end of that decade. A girl who lived in a village in Normandy, France aspires not to stay there as a bourgeois married housewife and wants to become a secretary. After being hired by an insurance businessman she astonishes him by her extraordinary typing speed and being himself a competitive person he intends to make her a champion and leads her to take part in typewriting championships first in France and finally in New York. She got first place in all of them and becomes World Typewriting Champion in the end. However a troubled love relationship starts between them because his love for competition conflicts often with his love for her. All this is shown in a very simple way with no special dramatic scenes.
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Is there any just war? A question that can be present in this movie. A war fought 20,000 kms away from one's country might be patriotic? A war fought only for political, economic or ideological reasons can be just? An American young man is deeply patriotic and imbued with all the conventional values concerning war, joins voluntarily the Marine Force and goes to Vietnam as a sergeant. After being wounded in combat he becomes quadriplegic and returns home on a wheelchair after having spent some time in a hospital for veterans where conditions are appallingly bad even with rats running freely around. Anyway he is still defending those patriotic conventional values for what he thinks he had fought in war. However after meeting a girl whom he knew in their youth and whom he loved and seeing her being a member of an activist group against American fighting in Vietnam and seeing the police charging them violently he begins to take conscience of the real injustice of that war. After several vicissitudes of moral degradation that include a familiar conflict at home, alcoholism and an exile to a home for veterans in Mexico by a village where there is an atmosphere of alcohol, gambling and prostitution, he abandons all this and returns to USA where he joins the activist movement against war and publishes a book with his autobiography. Everything is narrated with great image and dialogue realism. The only flaw in my opinion is the not so good performance of Tom Cruise whom I never considered a very good actor and seems not very authentic, abusing some times of histrionic hysterism. Anyway a movie that can be considered a strong libel not only against the Vietnam war but against all wars.
Yes very modern in terms of society and experience. You must have seen Trainspotting one to understand this movie. I haven't seen it (yet) but I know the story. Mark Renton, after being cured of drug addiction emigrated to Amsterdam where he got a normal job and led a honest life. He returns now to Edimburgh and outskirts after many years and meets there again his old friends of drugs and delinquency. Their welcome is however a mixture of cordiality and hostility sometimes very violent with hard aggressions because he had run away with all the money obtained through a robbery by the four of them and that should have been divided among them. This story is formally and technically well told by a series of images and sequences in a overwhelming succession with sudden cuts and frequent flashbacks intermingled with the current story that sometimes are not quite explained or understood and mostly with the intention of introducing a bit of sentiment in that violent universe. In fact most scenes are characterized by extreme physical violence and hard core language. The main virtue of this movie dwells in its technical and formal expression extremely efficient in terms of communication of the plot contents.
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It looks like that if you don't read this film synopsis before watching it you will understand very little. It looks like it is the story of an alien being who comes to Earth (how and why and what for?) and disguises himself under the skin of a dead woman and begins to ride a van to and fro seducing lonely man and when they are naked the men sink into the floor or the ground disappearing or turning to liquid. All this in motionless slow scenes and stupid dialogues almost meaningless. Why is the alien woman doing this to the seduced men? It is not exactly explained. Besides that she has got an undramatic inexpressive face and keeps moving around here and there until by the end of the movie she looks like being depressed like any human being and ends up in a forest by taking off the woman skin she had put on and thus frightening a forest worker who pours petrol upon her and sets fire on her. This movie has no dramatic tension, no rhythm and no interest at all.
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