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The Great Gatsby (2013)
Story is the best part - and that's great
Not a lot of movies can leave a long impression on the viewer, but luckily this one will. I have to admit, I didn't read the book, nor did I see previous movies. But in terms of the story I was completely absorbed from start to finish. Who is this Gatsby and why is he doing what he does?
The filmmakers did a great job bringing the roaring twenties onto the screen, the atmosphere, the costumes (watch the costumes closely, I'm a man but I have to admit, they're really beautiful), New York, cars, booze, dancing, pomposity. I'm not sure if mixing modern music with old was the best choice, I don't think it was, but it was certainly 'brave', and something different.
I was disappointed by special effects, they look quite cheap in some scenes, and were distracting. The acting was truly good and although I found Leonardo really great in the role of Gatsby I couldn't shake the feeling off, that I could imagine someone else, slightly better, in his place.
Overall I think the story is by far the best part of the movie, and I think you won't be disappointed by watching it. Now off to read the book:)
Having read the book first (took me actually couple weeks:) I couldn't wait to see this movie. In short - I couldn't have been more satisfied. It follows the book closely, reflecting the actual events that happened during the last months of Civil war as precisely as they could be described.
Already the beginning will wet your eyes with the Gettysburg address smartly inputted to the movie and of course ends with Stanton's famous quote after AL dies. I'm very happy Daniel Day Lewis accepted the offer and portrayed AL with such great intensity and power as AL rightly deserves. I replayed some scenes (his talk with Mr. Stevens, argument with his wife) countless times, and always find them fascinating. He walks and talks exactly as AL did (according to the book) so this movie is not just a great achievement in cinematography but a brilliant depiction of actual events and an amazing achievement in acting.
The only downside is you have to know a little bit of history as you will be thrown into the action, and might find it confusing. If you are into books I really recommend to read the original book first, and then enjoy watching this movie.
Im sorry, but Im disappointed
I went to see this movie at London Fright Fest 2013. I was really looking forward to see it as I love Scandinavian movies such as Deadsnow or Trollhunter. Many reviewers compared it to Evil Dead, so obviously my expectations were high - and that was the problem. Don't compare it to the cult classic, they have very little in common. Unfortunately I did not find Wither funny, nor scary, a little gory yes (but I'm sure you've seen it all before), and have to admit I was leaving the cinema quite disappointed. The plot isn't anything special, takes off slowly, and characters aren't helping either (I actually found two main characters really annoying).
I hope you'll going to like the movie more than I did, but please refrain from comparing it to Evil Dead.
House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
Oh my god....
Oh my god.... This is my first review on IMDb, but I have to write this to warn other people. Just finished that movie, and...well, I'm more than disappointed. I expected more: more story, more gore, more good written characters, more mystery, more acting, more directing....etc. This movie is as boring as 30 Days Of Night. No, sorry, more boring. If it wasn't directed by Rob Zombie I'd probably give this movie rating 2/10:) If you want a good B horror movie go for Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn or Planet Terror. Don't waste your time with this one. Really. It's not worth it! But, on the other hand (I just can't be that critical), Captain Spaulding is worth seeing, so you can watch first 20 minutes, and than you can just turn off this movie. You won't loose anything you haven't seen before. Believe me!