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Perfect tone, perfect balance, terrific film that deserves to be seen series that deserves to continue
This film was terrific. A little family friendly for me in some places but well acted and exciting none the less. The tone is perfect; it gets the chemistry and camaraderie of its characters in many ways better than the previous two movies while building on what has already been established. It introduces new characters perfectly particularly Eustace. Some things are changed in the adaptation but they all work well and are in keeping of the spirit of the novel. The allegory is gentle but quite obviously there and neither is it obnoxiously rammed down your throat nor watered down and gutted. There are some cheesy lines but they are so well delivered you hardly notice. The dialogue is a bit thin in some places; that area of the script needed more attention and a little more crackle. The characters are finally really the characters from the book and Reepicheep, Lucy and Eustace are so perfect you would be ready to forgive if even should the film go horribly awry. Fortunately it does not although it is not necessarily perfect. All in all this is an excellent continuation of the Narnia series ( a little short though; i suspect there is a longer better cut out there somewhere) with beautiful cinematography, none of the awful cheap pop out gimmicks that plague 3d features. i saw it in 2d and it flowed wonderfully. It would really be a shame should this be the last Chronicle of Narnia adapted in this series, I suspect that The Silver Chair may be the one where the series hits its stride. Don't believe all the reviews that say lackluster or out of gas, it just isn't true. This series deserves to be seen through to the end, not just on the strength of its source material but on what it has achieved for itself.
Lotsa potential, lotsa ideas, needs a bit more sparkle and wit, will grow into something really special
This show has a lot of potential. I's not quite fully formed, it doesn't have quite the same spark as other whedon stuff not yet anyway. its still definitely better and more interesting than most of what's on TV. You can tell its going to have enormous ideas about our world, the branding of self, people wanting to do and be everything, big soul-less corporations pretending or maybe even thinking that they're helping people plus nicely making a living and then some(and whats whats really wrong with that?) but all the time actually preying on people, and society at large. i think dollhouse will end up dealing with identity and morality and put its finger on things about our culture that no one is really talking about. once again Whedon's ideas are ahead of the curve and certainly scary to some people. I don't think its really firing on all thrusters yet, which I'm kind of alright with. Shows that find their identity and footing too early often leave no room to grow or ability to go anywhere.The best thing about television is the possibility of far-reaching gigantic sprawling stories with the small intimate moments the create true drama. Dollhouse isn't outta the park yet, but it will be.
has a lotta charm but suffers from some stupid dialogue and plotting
Eragon is a very uneven film, some parts are very well done and manage to have an amazing amount of subtly and heart. Eragon, Saphira, and Brohm, (sp?) are very likable and one wishes more of the film was built around them, but most of the other characters are barely sketched out. If the studio that made this film cared enough to actually go all out and make something of real quality rather than cut corners to get a film out quickly this could have been a real classic. you can almost see where they were taking their time and building up a good movie and then someone came along and rushed them to the next thing. the entire film feels very rushed. Some of the dialogue is great and some of it is the worst possible rubbish. This film is worth seeing at a matinée or for a dragon fanatic. For compelling characters and storyline it is an interesting, charming coulda been. I haven't read the book but seeing all the great ideas in this film I definitely am going to read it.
The Incredibles (2004)
Smart, Funny, but inconsistent tone and morality
This is a very enjoyable movie, with a lot of smart and interesting twists to the superhero genre. however it feels like two separate movies. The first half is more serious and is like a cross between a superhero spoof and the idea of a superhero taken as reality. The problem comes when the movie switches from being something that questioned the genre and made it more real to something that no longer takes its characters seriously. By the end this is just a ride movie, not an action movie with consistent character development and a point that people could walk away with. now, i'm not talking about a sound-byte "Message" that was missing, because something like that actually was there, it was just betrayed by the ending. The family of the incredibles became people with extraordinary powers rather than truly special or extraordinary people. *Spoiler* The lack of responsibility towards the villain that Mr. "incredible" showed disproves that he is anything other than a man with superhuman strength. He is not a hero. His ego had a part in creating the villain. syndrome had free will and choice to do what he did and it couldn't be called Mr incredible's fault, but Mr. incredible does kill him in a very cavalier manner with no attempt to capture or rehabilitate him, as a hero, incredible is supposed to be better in character than regular people. The film also treated the killing of syndrome as a joke, with that cape thing. on the one hand something like that can be considered funny in a cartoonish comic book setting but not in a world that is supposed to be taken seriously as the world of the incredibles had been set up to be. This movie had great potential and is still excellent in many respects, but it is not the great film that many critics and audiences seem to think it is.