Change Your Image
Upload An Image
Crop And Save
A film of absolutes
I think it's impossible to view this film without mentioning Kill Bill as they both have something very much in common. Both seem to believe that simply fighting, blood and severed limbs are enough to fill the frame with. Let us not ignore, however, the moments of pure genius and ultimate cinematic form inserted into both as well. With reference to Zatoichi these would include the symbiosis of music, images and sound in a purely fun style, the beautiful traditional Japanese dancing and some wonderful characterisation. That said the fighting sequences seemed to set aside choreography for pure violence, fine if this is done well but I feel in this film it was not. Put quite simply, CGI blood and severed limbs are not acceptable, where's the crunch and ouch factor if what your seeing barely appears real? Think of the executions in Brother, comedic to the last because they had power!
Again I'd like to emphasise the truly brilliant moments throughout this film including the end. My feeling is that is suffers from Kill Bill syndrome, that is along the way the decision was made that violence would be enough, it is for the first five minutes but not for the rest. It all boils down to one question, was the scene of the dead men in the rain a beautiful image or a plain boring violence overload with no meaning or at least very little? I vouch for the latter those of the former I don't think theres much point arguing with
I really do sympathise with the people who thought and wrote that they thought the ending got too over the top. I agreed but luckily my friend revealed the twist before I could embrarass myself. This is the first time this has happened to me and I think it raises questions about the lengths the creators went to in order to keep the twist secret from the audience. So although I enjoyed the film its now tainted by the fact that I left unfulfilled and the reason for this, I didn't get it. Everything else about this film is highly enjoyable but the question marks are there.
Die Another Day (2002)
Bond Fan's Disappointment
There has not been a proper Bond film since Goldeneye, thats a pretty sweeping statement (TND's opening is the only good bit in it). Now I love Bond films but there seems to be a total lack of real criticism in the mainstream media of these films due to the Bond "brand". We accept that certin older Bonds are rubbish (For Your Eyes Only) so whats wrong with us now? 1st: I'm big on this whole personal opinion thing, I know that what I thought was the uninventive action sequence that I saw probably thrilled other viewers and thats all good. But as a Bond fanatic I have to take issue with the total lack of ingenuity in this film. Bond films have always had a certain charm about them and they are not ground-breaking (nor meant to be), they always had some saving grace, an interesting baddie, a specific action sequence which was unique to that particular film. Die Another Day has nothing. Everything is robbed, lifted or copied from the past, there is no saving grace in this film, every sequence is hackneyed. Personal opinion, personal opinion, thats my mantra. But oh God this film lacks any imagination.
Donnie Darko (2001)
The problem with all these comments is just basic difference of opinion but there are some things that need clearing up. The Philosophy of Time Travel as written by "Roberta Sparrow" doesn't exist and no such titled book does according to Amazon. Some people have said "I don't want to have to read this book" to understand the ending, I thinks its pretty clear from the film that its not real. All other critiques of this film come down to personal opinion. I personally loved the number of characters the story focused on, the way it was shot etc. I wish people wouldn't criticise it if they didn't understand the ending there is no "intellectual bias" in this film the clues to the ending are dotted throughout and even summarised in voice over at the end. I saw this film two days after seeing Die Another Day and maybe thats why everything this film does right was highlighted. Its imaginative, satirical, well written and never drags. After seeing Bond it seemed like everything every film should be. Special.