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Mamma Mia! (2008)
45 minute story drawn to almost two hours
The film covers a woman's wedding at her mother's modest resort on a Greek island (the movie has nothing to do with Italy, as the title suggests. "Mamma Mia" is merely an Abba song) She's never known her father so she read a journal written by her mother and figured her father was one of three men. So, she invited all three men in the hope of ultimately being given away by her father. (a DNA test would have been conclusive, but it was never considered.
Presumably the film is to represent the present (2008, but there is no indication by cars, etc.) But her three possible fathers are each pictured with long hair. If that was the case, they lived in the sixties and are now over sixty years old, but none of them has gray hair or baldness or looks that age.
Numerous Abba songs occurred throughout the film and each presentation was an irritating interruption. However, the characters were not "Hollywood gorgeous" so I enjoyed watching even though I realized I would never again see the film.
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
the basis of this movie is the subject of euthanasia
When I first heard the title of this film, "Million Dollar Baby," I supposed it was a teen-age film. It's not. We knew, without question, that Hillary Swank would convince Clint Eastwood to manage her boxing career and we saw that her first fights were won almost instantly. At this point it was clear that there'd either be a sharp reversal of her good fortune, or in teen-age movie fashion this film would have everything fall into place and nothing significant would occur.
But, as she rapidly rose to the champion position she was mistreated by an opponent and everything changed. Eastwood, Swank and Freeman did an excellent acting job but the script was far too positive the first half of the film and far too negative the second half. Her decline was so lengthy and gory that the movie becomes boring and demands a conclusion. Eastwood should have shortened it by cutting Swank's house-buying scene and all the scenes that included her relatives. Also, although the make-up was excellent, both during the fights and during Swanks hospitalization, all of these gory scenes should have been reduced in length.
This film is worth watching but who's going to watch it again?
The Ladykillers (2004)
i laughed out loud but there are some real flaws
The "Ladykillers" story doesn't start right away. During the first 10 minutes we have to see how each of the "ladykillers" lives.
As always the Coen Brothers attempt to have non-standard characters. Some of them are really good such as Irma P Hall, Tom Hanks and J K Simmons. However, several characters are ridiculous. Marlon Wayans is a good actor but he overplays the stereotype of a black man who uses at least two curse words in each sentence and seems to be unable to do anything right. Also, one of the ladykillers is a tall, muscular, man who is, of course, very stupid, and for some reason, unable to talk clearly. What he did and what he said remains a mystery to me.
This film is worth seeing although there are some real flaws. The gospel music is excellent.
Something's Gotta Give (2003)
far too long. poor story. nicholson broke up with his young girlfiend early in the movie, then we had to wait what seemed like hours as nicholson predictably, slowly developed enthusiasm for keaton. and then at the end the physician abruptly removed himself from the scene in paris.
Open Range (2003)
"open range" is very slow-moving - almost boring. its excellent photography and acting is further negated by the absurd action scene that shows two men shooting dozens of others and a very slow, but inevitable, romantic development
Old School (2003)
better than a teen-age film, but barely
There's nothing in this film worth watching if the viewer is over age 30. But will young people enjoy the film? I doubt it, but there were no teen-agers in the audience.
I laughed out loud several times. But that doesn't make it a decent film.
Road to Perdition (2002)
An abrubt, unbelievable transistion
We are offered a story of a middle-class kid (who is over 10)who doesn't realize his father is a gunman until his father, while changing his clothes, pulls out his gun. Then, shortly after, his mother and younger brother are killed and the boy joins his father on a six week road-tour of violence.
We're supposed to accept this transition?