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Man of Steel (2013)
Man of Steel? Man was that disappointing.....
I walked into Man of Steel chomping at the bit for the film to begin. The moment it started, it just started wrong and never got much better. Let me praise its few positives first. Wonderful fight scenes and special effects. That's it. The pacing was all wrong of the film. It jumped around too much from different time periods in Clark Kent's life, and before it could answer questions about what I had just seen, it moved on to something else and didn't explain that scene at all. Some of the scenes were just confusing and unexplained. the character performances were all boring with not one bit of character development. Superman was almost a silent film star as the ghost of Russell Crowe you wish would just evaporate already had more lines than Superman it seemed. It was so dark and dry, not in the delicious way that made The Dark Knight an excellent film. it seemed to want to ride on Nolan's trilogy too much. To compare this film to any of Christopher Nolan Batman movies is blasphemy. I would compare it more to a Michael Bay Transformers film that just is a reason to show off what special effects can do without telling any kind of a real story. If this is a start to Justice League, God save that poor DC Universe.
Casablanca is a film that never loses one bit of any emotion or wit that it was originally written with. This classic tale of romance contains the timeless theme of the nearly hopeless struggle of getting over that one ex that still captivates you, even though you ended poorly. Bogart gives the performance of a lifetime as Richard Blaine. There's a real sense of bitterness and dismay that no other actor could come close to capturing. Ingrid Bergman becomes one of the most beautiful creatures to ever grace the screen as the breathtaking Ilsa Lund. you can really see her heart breaking throughout the movie in the way her eyes move as she tries to pick between her husband, Victor Lazlo (Paul Henreid who gives a great performance as the well respected war hero), and her former lover, who now has become a crotchety old drunk. Claude Raines steals every scene he is in, and offers some of the snappiest dialogue ever seen in film. This is by far one of the greatest films ever made.
Life of Pi (2012)
Did I miss something?
This movie was heralded as a feel good movie, but I left the movie feeling very flat. No doubt were the visuals incredible, but the story left me feeling confused and disappointed. The ending is far too ambiguous and open to interpretation. It left me feeling somewhat depressed that everything I had watched for the past hour and a half was simply a coping mechanism invented by a very traumatized individual. Much darker than the trailers or marketing campaigns made it to be. I don't get the hype whatsoever. I agree that it deserved Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects at The Oscars, but how in the world did Ang Lee win Best Director over Steven Spielberg? Much of the work was done for him be effects crews. The effects alone make this movie an 8 or a 9, but the story being a 4 or a 5 out of 10 just bring it down. Very disappointed.