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The Village (2004)
What would you do to protect your children from the violence of the world?
Many of the previous reviews have given away most of the twists and have stated, for the most part fairly, the plot. But those who disliked the movie perhaps did so because they 'saw the twists coming', 'didn't find it scary', 'saw it as lame', etc. The scariness of the movie was not
what was in or not in the forest but why The Village exists in the first place. This is a movie that deserves to be spoken about, to be debated about. It should cause us to wonder what lengths we would go to to
protect our children from all of the 'bad' in the world. Nothing is scarier then that which can't be seen.
The House of the Spirits (1993)
There are no spirits in this house!
This movie is a good example of how to ruin a book in 109 minutes. Except for the names of the characters the movie bears very little resemblance to the book. A book full of strong Latino characters and they are represent, for the most part, by non-Latinos. There is no character development in the movie and we have no reason to love or hate the characters. And to delete a complete generation is inexcusable. Isabel Allende has written a powerful book and the book is what should be read!
White Oleander (2002)
Save your money and buy the book!
A powerful book about the relationship between a mother and daughter and a scathing indictment of the California foster care system was ruined by a weak, tragedy-of-the-week movie. The movie gave you no real insights into why the characters acted the way they did. And to ruin the powerful ending by changing it 180 degrees was unforgivable. The actors did well with what they had to work with. BUT they should have been given a better screen play. Save your money and buy the book.
Never got off the drawing board!
I love Toby McGuire, and as Peter Parker he was perfect. But I just never was able to believe he was in the Spider-man costume. Kirsten Dunst seemed very stiff and flat in the role of Mary Jane. The special effects were good, but I don't go to a movie to see special effects. Also, far too often it was very easy to tell where the live action ended the animation began. All in all I was very disappointed in the movie.
The Cat's Meow (2001)
A sleeper not to be missed.
I saw this movie the day after seeing Spider-man and Kirsten Dunst was much better in this movie. I had a hard time picturing her as Mary Jane but she was a perfect Marion Davies/flappergirl. The cast worked well together and it was a great depiction of the era.