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I can't give it a full 10 stars. There is just too much in-your-face moralizing and the story is just too predictable.
Subtlety just isn't Cameron's strong point, he uses big, broad, strokes to get his points across and shove them down the viewer's throat.
The references to Pocahontas, Little Big Horn and other iconic parts of American history are pretty hard to miss.
The closest thing to subtlety you'll find are the references to Aliens several times throughout the movie.
But other than that it is a stunning movie.
The 3D effects worked pretty well, even if there were a few visual glitches along the way.
Whether they are worth all the hype and the extra expense is hard to say. The CGI was stunning, but I think they would have been even if it had been shown in normal 2D.
I guess I'll have to see it again in another theatre, to make a comparison. But that's OK, I want to see it again anyway.
4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)
'Days of Our Lives - Now with Superheroes'
I thought this was supposed be about the Surfer. Not a feature length episode of a day time soap.
A cool character like the Silver Surfer deserves more than to just fill in the breaks in a movie about at wedding that should never have happened in the first place.
The only saving grace could have been seeing Jessica Alba dressed to the nines but even that was screwed up. Whomever did miss Alba's makeup, yes Evelyne Noraz I'm talking about you, should die a slow tortuous death. Making someone so beautiful look that bad ought to be a capital crime.
One of the worst.
Sequels are often awful.
But this one is so bad that it actually manages to ruin the original.
That's quite a feat since Highlander is one of the best movies ever.
The original's concept was mystic and original.
The sequel tries to change that to a simplistic space movie.
Whomever came up with it ought to be shot with warm s**t at daybreak.
Of course H3 is even worse.
Black Hawk Down (2001)
Brilliantly directed and technically perfect illustration of American arrogance.
Going in to battle in the middle of enemy held territory without at least 50% reserve is phenomenally stupid.
In an operation like that, for every 2 men on the ground they should have had at least 1 waiting in choppers in the air above to be inserted when and where they became needed.
That General Garrison accepted responsibility for the outcome only confirms that he was fully aware of this.
Great adaptation of a great story
But 3 hours without intermission is too much. My bladder ruined the last 50 minutes of the film.
But other than that I really enjoyed the experience.
Although I thought it was a shame that Gimli was reduced to a comic relief character.