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The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
Great Soundtrack - Awful Film
The musical is ideal for a screen adaptation - unfortunately this film did not hit the mark.
The cast was not strong enough to reach the vocal requirements of the score (apart from Emmey Rossum). However this was not the biggest problem with the film there were too many breaks between songs with added in dramatic scenes which added nothing to the story and actually broke the mood of the film. This movie was not helped by the unbelievable scenery (for example the candles which come out from under water in the Phantoms den).
Schumacher has got the character of the Phantom completely wrong - portraying him as a somewhat magical figure in the film. However, this is never suggested in either the musical or any previous film adaptations of the films. The Phantom has always been displayed as a crafty and a devious character but there has been no reason to suggest that he had any magical powers.
Sets - F Adaptation - F Flashback Sequences - F Soundtrack - A+
Fortunately the film only had to rely on the good soundtrack and the success of the musical to draw crowds and it still lost money.
Great CGI. Terrible Mess of a Film
I wish to start out by saying the only reason I have given it a 2 is because of the CGI in the movie and the fact that one is the worst.
You would have to have very poor taste to like this mess. Seriously the worst direction I've ever seen. If the film makers had of recognised how pathetic the story they were presenting was they would have come to the conclusion that they should have just done the whole movie as one lame battle scene.
This film continually went back to the story of his wife back in Sparta, who you can't be bothered to care about, and who is always displayed at the stupidest points through out the movie. This just proves the dreadful state of the plot, not to mention it's inaccuracies. I am aware that the filmmakers have said they did it sensationalized it so it can be as the Greek story tellers would have remembered it. So why not put a warning like that in the actual film so the audience who are not braindead, who would be able to tell how inaccurate it is with no knowledge of Spartan life at all, could see what the film makers were trying to do.
Maybe I'm expecting too much from this film. However to me it's nothing more then an example of good CGI. Even though it was good what a waste of a movie. OOOOO they've put fighting in super slow-mo! SO?
The Deer Hunter (1978)
A Rare Masterpiece
If I were asked for the greatest movie I've seen I would have to say "the Deer Hunter". Easily one of the greatest films of the 20th century. It's a masterpiece in every sense of the word. For anyone who hasn't seen this film it may be difficult to understand why I am so lost for any other form of judgement. This is a film which will leave your mind throbbing with thought for at least the next 6 hours after viewing. This film will change your life.
Michael Cimino has done a terrific job with "The Deer Hunter". It's hard to draw fault to any aspects of the film. The character development was stunning, so when the film reaches the climax you actually care about how the characters have been effected by the event.
There isn't much more then you can say than ... Beautiful (and even that doesn't do justice).
Donnie Darko (2001)
A Poor Film Falsely Hailed As A Classic
The fact that this film is in the top 250 is laughable. I can think of several Disney cartoons which had a greater effect on my life. The reason this movie has become so popular is because it has cashed in on todays confused adolescence, who find empowerment through interpretting movies such as these.
Not only is this a film which is receiving far more attention then it deserves based off it's (idiotic) philosophy, the story alone is mindless and unenjoyable. This film may have had potential if the main character was likable.
A waste of time masquarading as a masterpiece.