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The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Nolan tried to make the best of it
- First of all, i'm a big fan of Nolan's work as well i'm a big fan of the Batman franchise.
When i first saw Begins i was really shocked at how good it was. Brilliant directing, good pacing, well acted and a mind-blowing Christian Bale, who really took the roll with depth, precision and attention to detail. Great movie, sequel needed.
Then we had TDK, i don't think i could say another word about that one because it has been reviewed quite a lot and pretty much all being said about it. TDK was the ultimate superhero film brought very realistic, "realistic in a Hollywood sort of way". actually i don't think Nolan ever, ever wanted to release a sequel without The Joker and never really wanted to make a trilogy.
OK so here we go:
As we've all read about the different plot holes... all i can say is. it's Hollywood and it's a blockbuster film. in fact name one film where there isn't a plot hole.
The film opens with a very spectacular scene that introduces Bane. my concerns over his voice were immediately wiped away. Bane proves to be as cunning as the Joker, intelligent more powerful. Bane is a far more a physical character then any other Batman villains could be, he proves a real threat and we get to see Batman kicked his ass in what probably is for me the best scene of the whole film, now the audience really gets the feeling that batman could be beaten. while in the previous films you never really got kind of scared that he wouldn't succeed. That's the brilliance of this last chapter. Hence saying to millions of fans this is the last Batman you are not quite sure that he's gonna go the distance against Bane.
Catwoman then: For me Michelle Pfeiffer gave the perfect cat woman and Anne just didn't pull it off since she was not really playing Catwoman, but a character set loosely in Gotham, just like Levitt's character John Blake who later turns out to be...
It all seems a bit forced. If you were planning to create a trilogy do it with the same characters you start making and not for your last installment add various characters who the audience have no sympathy or bond with.
plus : - The uncertainty of how things could go during the whole film -Bane (top notch performance and a big big applause for Tom Hardy for putting down a character who the audience never really cared who it was. very unselfish of Tom who has gained my respect. Bane steals the show, not Catwoman. - Michael Caine for getting the audience on an emotional roller coaster (alongside Bane, the best role in the film) -Hans Zimmer's score flawless (although some about using a particular score multiple times during the film "rise")
- Catwoman: doesn't create a bond with the audience, stand-alone character who turns out to be useful for 2 things throughout the whole film (the bringing of the batman to bane for the first time not included!)
- John Blake ( forced character and not really needed, seems like Nolan want every film to be made with his buddies) - The ending: i would've preferred that Batman died, i mean why not since he saved the place and not really needed anymore they could have a solid ending, and not have fans bitch about a sequel for years to come.
- The not mentioning of the Joker: i mean c'mon completely ignore him? OK Heath's death was a tragedy and all. But, not mentioning him out of respect for his family and him in this third installment but depicting him in a body bag in TDK??? Hmm have my thoughts about that. - Batman cop chase scene; probably the most stupid scene i have ever seen. you'll figure it out. - Christian Bale just seems so uninterested. I'm glad this was his last performance. he seemed to have lost his touch he got during BB
Beats Batman Begins with ease but couldn't get the same atmosphere going that made TDK perfect. Seems forced and really not the original idea for a third installment. I think the best way was just quit it with TDK or have another actor to portray the Joker, OK it would've been a huge challenge to top Heath but... James Bond is played by different actors and they all have their opinions on the portrayals of Bond but that's just what makes this character legend.
anyway i gave it an 8: it's a good film nothing more nothing less
kind of disappointing for me but still i can live with this
The Dark Knight (2008)
The problem with a lot of superhero films is that they are almost all glorified kid-movies are. That's not the case with TDK who is a sequel to the 2005 smash-hit Batman Begins where Christopher Nolan (Memento, Insomnia) revived Batman, who was thanks to Joel Schumacher turned into a childish stupid Batman. Nolan cutted the crap, introduced Christian Bale, a serious tormented superhero, and now takes it one step further, that's why TDK is not just a superhero movie but also a serious action-thriller is. The show is stolen by of course Heath Ledger (RIP), who as the insane chaotic Joker, the best performance in his life, definitely a posthumous Oscar deserves. The Joker is an insane psychopath who terrorizes Gotham, steals Money from mob bosses, and treats us with excellent one liner "To them you're just a freak, like me!" with that creepy voice and a snake likely tongue he says that to Batman, to who Gotham is completely turned. The movie is about the battle between good and evil, but also over mass hysteria and the fact that the public is easy to manipulate. Maybe does Nolan to much stories put in the film, that's the reason for the long length and that the horrible head of two-face looks a bit too much CGI. On the other hand, every character in the film is played by a top class actor who makes it 100 percent quality. TDK is not only the best superhero film i saw in years, it's a good solid thriller. with an Unforgettable Heath Ledger. Too bad he couldn't see that he was so good in it Jens Naeyaert
1408 = good
Ruining precisely how things go bump would be spoiling most of the fun of 1408. The usual slamming shut and sudden disquieting aside, 1408 is more creepy than outright scary and much of its success is due to John Cusack's performance. Praise is long overdue on Cusack as one of our best everyman actors who can convey just enough cynicism and yet still allow an audience to root for him. This is never more evident in the pre-room scenes, particularly those with Jackson, sparring wits with another master of matter-of-fact delivery, but Cusack also sails through the film's more questionable turns with a command of the situation. For all the additions made to Stephen King's short story, it's a shame the screenwriters missed the obvious allegorical connotations to the final decision Enslin is presented with. A stronger metaphor for life in the face of death there could not have been, but I'm satisfied enough with 1408 being a stronger horror film in the face of garbage like Hostel Part II.
4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)
Fantastic 2 , not so fantastic
The movie opens with ominous tendrils of smoke and debris causing the slow destruction of an unnamed planet. Then a silver streak in seen leaving the floating remains and entering earth's atmosphere, serving as a dark omen for all. This moody set-up quickly dissolves as we are then thrown into the trials and tribulations of being public superheroes stuck in an airport. Which only leaves an air of confusion as we wonder, "they can afford their own building but can't afford their own jet?" But that soon passes as we are burdened with the frustrations of Reed Richards and Susan Storm as they try to become Mr. and Mrs. Fantastic, in a 30 minute sub-plot that seems to serve only as a means to kill time until something more exciting can happen. From that point on the movie trudges along as a by-the-numbers, save the world movie that has the Four pitted against a world-eating monster (reminiscent of Star Trek's VIGR) and his "herald", the Silver Surfer. In who's "board" allows him to channel cosmic power, which he uses to make the planet ready for his masters' arrival. Dr. Doom also returns in a most convenient and coincidental fashion. From that point the film moves along to its inevitable and predictable conclusion with a battle between the Fantastic Four and Dr. Doom, and another one between The Silver Surfer and his master, Galactus. Both of these battles, which occupy a total of maybe 10 minutes, seem written in only as an after thought. It's amazing to see how the screen writers spent all this time on useless plot elements and gave no attention to the parts of the movie that would have served well to improve it.
While everything looks very pretty, unfortunately the characters have to speak and when that happens the illusion of an exciting and creative comic book movie quickly begins to fade away. While amusing in the first film, Chris Evans' cocky and self-absorbed Johnny Storm is now a little boring and (forgive the pun) burnt out. Ioan Gruffudd and Jessica Alba seem to have lost what little chemistry they had from the first film and look bored as they "phone-in" their story of angst as public super heroes. Michael Chiklis' Ben Grimm seems to be the only character who has grown up from the previous film as he gets over his unfortunate transformation and begins to settle into his new life as a gentle orange giant.
What is most unfortunate is that the films most interesting characters (Dr. Doom, the Silver Surfer, and the much anticipated yet disappointing Galactus) get the least amount of screen time. Julian McMahon returns as his diabolical alter ego (not Christian Troy silly, the other one) Victor Von Doom as he searches for a new way to defeat his nemeses. McMahon plays his over the top villain brilliantly and steals the screen every time he's on it. Along with Von Doom the only other reason to stay seated is to get another glimpse of the Silver Surfer, who presence has more to say than his character. Doug Jones' physicality gives the Surfer great strength even while being tied down and tortured. But what Surfer fans are certainly looking forward to is a screen full of Galactus. Unfortunately members of the silver surfer fan-elite will be disappointed. This all leaves one wondering why some much time was wasted on the Fantastic Four when any one of these characters could be given two or three times the attention and could make for a more interesting movie.
Batman Begins (2005)
He's back , and how !
"At last" , those are the words i said when i entered the the theater 2 years ago . Some years ago a well known director by the name of Joel Schumacher directed Batman Forever , not well received by critics , and most of all Val Kilmer wasn't Batman nor Bruce . Then a few years later , Joel Schumacher wanted to do another Batman film , entitled Batman&Robin , with George Clooney in the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne , i thought i was watching Winx Club ... a foolish film with total lack of inspiration and freshness , not to discuss the horrific acting performances , the franchise was dead , the dark knight was no more . In the fall of 2003 , director Christopher Nolan heard about the rumors of doing yet another batman film , and said that's mine , the result was absolutely fascinating , a cast of incredible actors such as Chrstian Bale , Micheal Caine , Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman . Bale is Batman , great external , creepy voice ( while he was batman ) , a great storyline , with a fantastic plot . A well recommended film by the people of IMDb and all over the world .
Advanced viewing of 300 !!!
Recently i went to Paris where they showed a preview of the upcoming film 300 , like the other comment the film was 99% off and it looked stunning , the storyline is exactly like in the comics except for the Queen .I have to say : it looked absolutely incredible , really cool surroundings , solid action scenes , an amazing soundtrack the movie had it all !! 300 is partially a remake of the 300 spartans ( 1962 ) as from the book of Frank Miller " 300 " The story goes about the 300 spartans , that defended the pass of Thermopylae of an invading Persian army , they stood fast for a week and then they were all slaughtered ( True story ) That courage of the 300 spartans united all of Greece to unite and fight against the Persian army .
The Departed (2006)
Scorsese did it again !
I just came home from the cinema and i watched " The departed " i knew that Scorsese did a splendid job with all his maffia movies , but this one is the best he ever did ! Dicaprio is wel cast in this picture , so is Matt Damon and last but not least Jack Nicholson with the funny , sick crime - boss . The storyline is good but you'll have to be a very attendfull viewer because every second of the film is important , Dicaprio's acting performance is top of the charts , it's his best picture since "Gangs of New York".
Not the forget the producer Brad Pitt.
Superman Returns (2006)
For the comic readers a big YES ! to the others a big NO
As a devoted superman fan i liked this movie like no other Brandon Routh makes us forget Chris but he will always be the real superman .
If you read the prequel comics to the film then you change you're whole thought's of this movie then all the pieces are together in one spot , if you did no read them then this movie is very confusing with the whole return to Krypton story , Bryan Singer did a splendid job for the superman fans , but not for the average movie watcher , with all do respect .
ps : read the comics you'll understand the movie better !!!
Lazenby is a big liar !!!
This waas the worst Bond-film ever !!! the acting was horrible and the directional guidelines was even worser . George Lazenby puts the name Bond with the retards , that man can't act !!! Besides the man lied to the studios he said he played various roles in blockbuster films and was a black belt karate and that he was a stunt double for many karate stars !!! None are true , the filmmakers saw that while shooting the film , but they could not fire Lazenby because the movie was shooting ! But in a way , it was the studios fault they never asked his contract or films , all Lazenby had to do was talk and lie .
and that fellow IMDb'ers is the work of one coward named George Lazenby , they should sue him for that !!! Jens Naeyaert .
Rocky V (1990)
Stallone's directional guidelines missed the movie
John G. Avildsen did a splendid job with Rocky I and i think that his idea with rocky V was to create more of a drama movie instead of a boxing movie , Rocky I was also more of a drama well all the films of rocky anyway but Rocky V had to be the ultimate drama movie with money problems , problems in the family etc. and then Tommy Gunn came in the life of Rocky with the same ambitions as Rocky and then we have a sympathy movie , with rocky training Tommy and the director wanted that the movie wasn't all about boxing and that was the big mistake , when you hear the name Rocky , you think about Apollo Creed , Clubber Lang , Ivan Drago , Mason " the line " Dixon and not about Adrian and Paulie or Butkuss but i have to say Rocky V is a heck of a drama movie ! Cheers Jens Naeyaert.