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Not a bad film at all
This movie has gotten a huge amount of bad PR(no thanks to Mr. Cruise's activity of late), but it is actually a very good film. The supporting cast including such veterans as Bill Nighy and Tom Kenneth Branagh amongst others, is exceptional in the way they really humanize a group of people all universally regarded as 'all bad' by much of the American public. This film will grab you and make you think a little differently on some of the men in Hitler's high command. Their actions regardless of the outcome put Hitler's command in disarray and as a result made Hitler less trusting and weakened his government likely saving many more lives. Catholics, monarchists, and republicans all worked together for the true good of their country to fight Hitler. This film has flaws, but Cruise was not one of them.
A very good movie.
Succeeds less than it fails sadly...
Well I'll confess I was 17 when this movie first came out and was gearing up to see Jennifer Garner in the hot red outfit. I did however also expect to see a fun beat em' up in the vein of Daredevil but more darker than the former. I wanted to see this ruthless assassin of Marvel myth. What I got was something made for a cash on Garner's looks. You can all read a number of synopsis' here so I won't tell the story. So I'll break down the good, bad, and ugly.
The Good: Garner is fantastic as a tortured soul who's not quite sure why she's still alive, and hates her job. Garner embodies the character very well and she is very fun to watch. Some of the fight scenes are very nicely done and Garner lights up the screen with her sais. Terrence Stamp is an interesting choice for Stick. Stick was Daredevil's mentor not Elektra's making this an almost odd fit. Stamp does well and is great. As are Hand. Very interesting. The visuals are also nice.
The Bad: The above is hampered by a horrendous script which makes no sense. We learn Elektra has OCD and chants numbers with the child fighting prodigy while running away from an explosion. The fight scenes are too short.
The Ugly: Elektra also suffers because of the annoying added character of the child prodigy fighter. This movie was good up until this kid's true nature was revealed. She has a set of magic Mardi Gras beads that he fights crime with as well. Apparently Elektra and this girl's father also have some sort of love story that consists of two kisses. There is no character development or really any explanation as to why the two organizations started fighting in the first place. The climax is especially disappointing as the main villain Kirgi wraps Elektra up in sheets, chases her outside, beats up on her, then gets stabbed in a fluke. All the other villains are easily disposed of as well.
Bottom Line: Garner's performance can't save a movie hurt by a bad script and even worse editing.
Avoid this one at all costs.
Conan: The Adventurer (1992)
One of the best cartoons of the early 90's
This was by far a great cartoon. It got so deep into the characters and there was never a dull episode. I hope they put this on DVD someday and by Crom let it be soon! It's seldom found on tv anymore and should be the one of the first cartoons put on DVD. From the first episode where the star metal fell to the last episode and it's climactic ending, this was a masterpiece.