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remakes = lack of new ideas?
I couldn't even watch to the end and had to stop in the middle - which I usually never do for a movie or a book. Everything seemed dull.
- Julia Ormond: is sad and ugly, even when she is supposedly that new fashionable woman back from Paris. She doesn't have the playfulness and liveliness or even half of the class and sense of style and fashion of the original (and she is supposed to have worked at Vogue). Her evening dress at the Larabee's party? blah... Her haircut makes her look too mature and in her late 30's (The girl playing E. Tyson was much more attractive and young) and I wasn't impressed with her character transformation. The way that transformation occurs isn't even that detailed or deep, as the assistant photographer. In the original, it is not deep or detailed either, but at least it is done in a fun, lighthearted way at the cooking school.
- the dialogs:they were painful, dull and the self-awareness with which the lines were delivered made my skin crawl. The scene where Sabrina talks about her feelings to a hidden Linus before going to Paris was delivered with lackluster and a sadness that were painful to watch. I felt ashamed for Ormond. I missed the way Audrey Hepburn inhales with delight the deadly fumes of the cars, or even the simple goodbye letter she writes to her father.
- I felt sad for Harrison Ford, because I usually like him very much and think he was not exactly miscast, but lost with all these sad characters to deal with in the first place.
- I didn't feel any chemistry with the characters. That young man in Paris who falls in love with Sabrina doesn't even make sense. Why fall for such a clumsy ugly girl who can't say a word straight? What is their link, except for their jobs? What do they share in common? What is to be seen in her that makes her endearing? - In the old times, they knew how to suggest an atmosphere and a character in one shot. Today, we over explain. An example. In the old version, when we are first introduced to the Larabees, we see a painting of the family on the wall, then the family pausing for professional photographers. We know right there the pride, the arrogance of a rich family, the annoyed expression of Bogart, the delighted smile of his brother, the haughtiness of the mother etc.In the new version, we have a painfully long explanation of who is who, showing every character in turn. Another example? The ending, where Linus gets on the boat, asks for his hat to be arranged and sticks his umbrella on someone's coat belt, and we are meant to understand that he is at least on the same page as Sabrina. We don't need the again painful explanatory dialog of 10 minutes between the two leads.
I could go on and on, scene by scene, from the chauffeur, to that round window showing the Eiffel tower and the french cook, to the beautiful ball dress Audrey is wearing and the witty short dialogs, the old version was a winner. The new version lacks subtlety and charm.
The Fourth Kind (2009)
This movie was a good surprise. Whether it tells you the truth about some past events or whether all is fake, it doesn't matter, it works. It works so well, in fact, that my husband, who loves horror movies so much and is therefore not the jumpy kind, got really scared in the end. This is saying something as the last movie that scared him was the exorcist...
I found the story well paced, believable, and made me very curious about the whole phenomena of alien abduction. It is actually an important subculture, I had no idea. The best of all is that you don't see much. You don't see the aliens, you imagine them, and that's all the more scary I think. There was an awkward moment when at the beginning Milla Jovovich talks about the true events. But it actually succeeds in rising your curiosity. The recordings of people having witnessed UFOs at the end is a great conclusion to this movie.
The actress/true footage archive with her terrorized face is gripping, and I loved the way the "actual" footage get mixed with the movie, screen split in two parts.
It is surprising, it is original, it is scary, it is entertaining. I still don't know what is true and what is not, but I don't care, as far as I am concerned, this movie is a success in its genre. And Milla Jovovitch is very good.
And seeing my husband scared, that's a first in our lives together.