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The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Very Very Very average and too many things didn't make sense.
The Dark Knight Rises is the third instalment in the very successful Christopher Nolan adaptation of the beloved DC Comics Hero.
I wish I could have given the film a high rating. I didn't have huge expectations, since The Dark Knight a few years back was a great film to experience initially, but started declining once you watched it more than once. At least for me. This time around though, the film didn't deliver the first time round.
The plot is convoluted and several things in the film make no sense if you think about it for just a minute. And if you have to go through various lengths of explaining something away when it doesn't make sense, then it wasn't thought through properly by the filmmakers. It gets a little hard to sympathise with the main hero. The main villain doesn't have enough menace and isn't iconic enough. And most of the jokes aren't funny. But the good thing is, Catwoman is pretty good and some of the fight scenes are not bad either. Overall though, very average at best.
just saw it again.... it is absolutely amazing!
I watched The Curious Case of Benjamin Button the first time in the cinema. As a big David Fincher fan, I had high hopes for the film and it didn't disappoint me. In fact it far exceeded my expectations. But I don't want to soley judge the film as a work by David Fincher, but as a film in its own right.
I loved it the first time, but my biggest worry was that it wouldn't hold up upon a second viewing. All of my top favourite films only get better the more often I watch them, so the second viewing to me is even more important than the first one. And this film does just that. It gets better the second time around and I'm already looking forward for my third viewing.
It is hard to pinpoint a single reason why this film is great. The performances are stunning. Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett have great chemistry and were perfectly cast opposite each other. All the other actors fit perfectly to the characters they play.
The story is a simple one, but a very emotional one. And it is told at a pace which I've noticed is not easy for some to handle. It is slow, but the last thing I'd call it is boring. And it is tragic. Very tragic. And if tragedy is not your cup of tea, then this film is definitely one to avoid.
I'm the kind of person who needs the right setting to watch a film. I cant just watch it on a laptop or on an iphone. I need the darkened room with a nice big TV. And watching this film on Bluray engulfs you even more.
You will have heard about similarities with Forrest Gump, but those similarities are superficial and irrelevant. They are the kind of similarities which are common in movies. Like the ones shared by Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile. Or The Terminator and The Matrix. Or Sunshine and Event Horizon. You can find a million films which have tons of similarities between each other. But all that matters is if the characters are believable and if you can suspend your disbelief enough to enjoy watching them for the duration of the film.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button does that immaculately. I will recommend this film to anyone. Of course not everyone will like it, but in my case, I was deeply touched by that movie. Twice over. It is definitely one of the best films I have ever seen.
I cant wait to see it again!
Goya's Ghosts (2006)
a film worth appreciating
GOYA'S GHOSTS Goya's Ghosts is Director Milos Forman's first film since 1999s Man on the Moon. It is set in 18th century Madrid, where Inez (Natalie Portman), muse to the Spanish painter Francisco Goya (Stellan Skarsgard), is imprisoned by the Spanish Inquisition for heresy. He tries to use his influence in the royal family and the Catholic church to free her only to be opposed by Brother Lorenzo (Javier Bardem) the cleric in charge of the inquisition.
It is hard to say what makes this film great. The Goya inspired visuals are mesmerising and the performances by all the actors involved do not disappoint either. The period detail leaves a remarkable impression. All the characters on screen are fascinating to watch, and as per usual of a Milos Forman film, they are the driving force of the narrative. But the film does have its flaws. One being that the story just seems to roll along and doesn't seem to change pace much at all, leaving what would be a good ending, hanging in the air. Also the screen is shared almost equally by all the characters involved, which gives different impressions as to who this film is supposed to be about. But both of these flaws are only minor distractions within an overall very successful achievement.
It is not a film for everyone, but if you enjoyed 'Frida' and 'Girl with a Pearl Earring' this film is definitely a film to watch. By the way, stay for the entire end credits. Its worth it!