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When I saw the first Johhny English movie, it quickly became one of my all-time favourite films. This one wasn't 'bad' but was very forgettable. There were several amusing parts but none of the laugh out loud moments that filled the original. I saw it in a cinema and you normally expect people to laugh loudly more often in a cinema with so many others around. Well the audience didn't seem to dislike it, but there was none of the loud laughs you'd normally expect when a truly good comedy is screened to a large crowd. From listening to the crowd you might not have even guessed that what they were watching was in fact a comedy since you'd get just as many laughs from a typical action film where humour is secondary. My first thought when the film started was that it seemed to be ripping off the second Ace Ventura movie (which while also not as good as its original, was probably a better sequel than this one). Those elements that seemed so similar to ace ventura continued through the rest of the film. In the interests of avoiding spoilers I won't be specific. Many of the jokes were very predictable and cliché. The storyline and ending were also very predictable. You could guess what was going to happen often enough that it took a great deal of shine off the humour. If you're going to see this film, make sure you at least sit through the credits. Those who don't will miss what is probably the one truly funny scene of the film.
This is a movie for fans of the original Doctor Who series. I don't mean people who grew up watching Tom Baker or who have only seen the recent series. When I see criticism of this movie it usually amounts to people not liking it because it's not like the doctor who they're used to. This movie was made when the TV series hadn't been around very long and was still on the first doctor (William Hartnell). In fact Peter Cushing's portrayal of the doctor is very much like the elderly William Hartnell's portrayal. The story an almost exact retelling of the second doctor who episode where the Daleks first appear in the series. Many scenes including dialog are almost identical to that episode. The beginning is different from the TV show but that's to be expected since the TV series had a whole story before this one to introduce the characters. There are some differences in the relationships between the main characters which only fans of the early episodes would pick up on. A few minor differences in special effects - for instance the familiar tardis sound is missing but back then, the TV show wasn't established enough for it to really be 'familiar'. The makers of the film would have had no idea that the TV series would endure for so long and gain such a huge following. What they have come up with in this movie is a good job of bringing a (then) little known TV show to the big screen. They were bringing a little known black and white TV show to a wider audience - in colour no less!
I was a huge fan of Asterix comics when I was a kid and watched every one. I never heard about this movie when it was released but I watched it with my kids last night. I remembered the comic well enough to know that a lot was added to the story for the film. Some of the changes I thought were a bit corny (like the nephew's 'modern' dancing, and the viking chief's daughter - almost everything about her), but I found most it amusing enough. Most importantly, seeing the reactions as my kids watched it, confirmed that the film pleased its target audience. As a family film it works better than other Asterix titles I've seen. Many of the names that weren't in the book I found had the same appeal as ones that were. Overall, an enjoyable family film, regardless of whether you're an asterix fan or not.
This is a rare case of a film where I thought the movie version was better than the book. Generally I hate films based on books that modify the story but in this case I didn't mind. I thought the novel was not a bad read but I also thought the novel was hugely overrated and in many regards was a big of a rip off of Tolkien, Feist and other authors (at least more so than the 90% of other unoriginal fantasy novels). While I didn't think the movie was one of the best I've seen I did find it pretty enjoyable and less cliché than the book. If what I've heard is true there won't be any further movies which would be difficult anyway since the movie kinda contradicts things in the later books. For anyone who hasn't read the books it's a decent film. For people who are fans of the book, it departs from the book enough that it might not satisfy. For the people like me (admitedly rare most likely) who thought the book wasn't all it's cracked up to be, give the movie a shot.
I quite liked this film thought I thought some elements of it would be lost on people who haven't read the book since there's only so much exposition you can fit in a film. One of my pet hates is when one of my favourite books gets turned in to a film where the director just can't resist changing every second character and adding entirely new scenes. This kept faithful to the books while still being enjoyable for those who haven't read the books. The version I got on DVD actually comes in two parts with the first part covering the first book - The colour of magic. The second part covers the second book in the series - The light fantastic. Not sure if that's the standard version everyone gets or if some only get part one.
I'm not a big horror film buff so unlike some people who comment I can't really compare it to the 'classics'. That is probably a good thing since it meant that my enjoyment of the film wasn't hampered by seeing how well it measured up to standards set years ago. I watched it for what I think it was trying to be - a film that makes you jump in some scenes and make your adrenalin pump in others between the odd gross out. For me it did that. My only real criticism is that the ending seemed rather abrupt and anti climactic. While I won't spoil the ending it just didn't seem a satisfying conclusion to such a fast paced movie. I was waiting for the twist of the 'it's not really over' moment which was only really done in a token way.
This game could have, should have been a classic. The first one certainly was. The second one though was so obviously incomplete that it detracted from what would have been a very interesting and engaging story. Sort of like a movie with a great script, but didn't come across too well because they didn't have time to film some crucial scenes. The developers were so hell bent on getting it out in time for the Christmas sales rush that the final game had big chunks removed from the story and it shows (especially playing the sith storyline), not to mention the game being chock full of bugs. In some parts of the game, there are discussions and other references to parts of the story that didn't make the final cut. It's hard to enjoy the storyline when you're having to trawl through mountains of discussions about bugs in online forums, just to find the awkward solution to a problem that's preventing you from playing a certain level properly. Overall as a game its 'not quite finished' status is painfully obvious and what should have been a great game became a chore.
What a refreshing change to see a movie based on an established story (comic, book, whatever) that actually caters to existing fans rather than dumbing down the story and filling it with the standard chiches for the general Hollywood audience. This is a movie for fans of the Phantom comic. Billy Zane is spot on as the Ghost Who Walks and the movie plot is largely taken from Lee Falk's earliest stories, including early villains such as the Sing Brotherhood and the Sky Pirates. The Phantom comic was never big in the US which would be a large part of the reason for the movie never being a box office hit (and getting such an undeservedly low rating on here). Sure the makers of the film could have made it a bigger success by following many of the other comic adaptations and ignoring the fans to make a blockbuster. On the one hand I'm glad they didn't do that since it resulted in a film that fans of the comic can see, satisfied that they'll see the phantom they know. On the other hand, it meant that the film will most likely never have a sequel despite how much I'd love to see one. To summarise, if you're a fan of the comic, you probably already have this movie and if you don't you should. If you're not a fan of the comic, well, I still think it's a good films but it's not made so much with you folks in mind. Get familiar with the comics first.
This movie is sort of a dramatised documentary, told largely from the point of view of the historical figure W W Phelps, famous for writing many LDS hymns. It shares a lot of footage with the film Joseph Smith: Prophet of the Restoration and includes a lot of additional footage, covering different aspects of Joseph Smith's life. Believers in the divine calling of Joseph Smith will enjoy this overview of the major points in his life while others will gain an insight in to the founding days of the Church of Jesus Chris of Latter-day Saints. Those who are hostile to the LDS church and anything connected with it might as well skip this one though. It's a movie aimed primarily at members of the faith and those interested in learning more about Mormon's beliefs and origins.
My friends & I went to the video library once in the hopes of getting a blood & guts action film. We were thinking something along the lines of Conan or one of it's many 80s clones. What we got was this film. At first we were groaning over how bad it was. Then we ended up laughing at how bad it was. There was one part we rewound and watched at least half a dozen times because we were rolling on the floor laughing at the bad special effects when a zombie was run through with a sword. Since then I've got it out from the video library many time to show other people for a laugh. Not many films are good because they're bad but this one is. An absolute must for drunken parties!
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