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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (2017)
Follows the story and is a great education tool
First, let me just say I love this novella. I am a huge fan of movies and literature. In fact, I am a teacher and I have always been disappointed that I didn't have a watchable version of this movie that followed the story. They always make it into a monster movie or horror story and it's not either of those.
Without giving anything away, the entire book is basically in this movie. There are some extras but they make sense. There is nothing gratuitous in this movie that doesn't fit in context with the story.
Guillermo Del Toro may get around to adapting the musical but that isn't the story Stevenson wrote at all - this is. I bought the teacher's edition of this on Blu-Ray which had a study guide and screenplay with it.
I have shown this to my middle school students and they really enjoyed it after reading the novella.
Sure the movie is a little low-budget but it's ten times better than any of the educational movies I watched as a kid.
Music and Lyrics (2007)
Guilty pleasure -- far from great.
This is not a great movie ... but damn if I didn't like it.
I am not a huge fan of Hugh Grant or Drew Barrymore or anyone in this movie for that matter, but I did, for some reason, enjoy this movie.
I thought it was heartwarming when it needed to be and it gave a laugh when it needed to break the mood.
The grand finally, with Hugh singing, was especially touching, which was sort of the final decision in making me say, yes, I enjoyed this one.
The two leads, Grant and Barrymore, are adequate at their best, found their stride hear and very much hit the mark.
Reign Over Me (2007)
Did everyone miss the point?
I don't make movies, but I like them, and, oh, I think this was a near great one.
Sandler gives his best performance, but had a better actor been there, this could have been one for the ages. Sandler shows that he can act, but he's just not a generation changer. Had a high caliber pro been here, this would have been a movie worthy of RAGING BULL discussions.
I do not know what writer/director Mike Binder's intentions were, but I am sure that he loves what he sees on these boards.
I look at it one of two ways. Split personality drama or friendship drama. Except, I think most people on the message boards are not seeing what was intended by the psychological drama. This movie is not Charlie's story.
This movie, no matter how you see it, is Alan's story.
THEORY 1: Alan is the one with the loss. He is the one with the insurance claim. That's how he paid for his practice. Everyone is aware of his split personality disorder, but they are growing impatient with it. He has invented (or revived Charlie) to help him cope.
The family that Alan imagines, does not exist, but that's how he sees them -- daily -- as they were- everywhere -- but this explains his distance, since they are dead. The others, the shrinks, the lawyers, the parent-in laws are all real, trying to help Alan cope.
Ultimately, Charlie begins to take over and that is why they must go to court. It is a last ditch effort to save Alan before becoming Charlie. That's why, at many times, we see Charlie rather than Alan (It's the FIGHT CLUB effect). However, in the end, it is Alan riding away on the scooter, not Alan as in the opening credits. He is far from healed, but headed in the right direction.
THEORY 2: This is a movie about two friends helping each other through difficult times.
I like Theory 1 better.
Bad Boy Bubby (1993)
Even better the second time around ...
This is a movie that MUST be seen more than once. On a first viewing, I was appalled, nearly turning off the DVD player, but still, I kept watching. Eventually, I found myself totally engulfed with the story. It's not really a movie you can classify and the closest comparison I could make would be ... image A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, but even more twisted. It makes a social commentary similar to that of Kubrick's film, and at the same time it offends. However, BAD BOY BUBBY not only offends, it takes you to the brink, probably much like ORANGE did to original viewers. I came back and changed my vote for this movie after a second and third viewing. The first time around, I gave it a seven. I watched twice more and realized what a hidden gem this really is. By no means, is it for everybody, but if you are a film fan, a film watcher or a filmmaker, you have to see BAD BOY BUBBY. It's incredible.