I like Kristen Wiig. I think she's funny. This movie, however, falls way short of expectations. The so called comic acts were nothing but a series of crass and vulgar situations.
I'm quite surprised why this is so highly rated. There must be something wrong.
There is another idiot on the horizon, and his name is Janardan aka Jordan. I say 'another' because not so long ago there was Shahrukh in Ra-One playing a character so dumb that it was shocking to accept him as a Software Engineer. What is wrong with these stories? Why one feels the need to put all logic and common sense aside? On discovering that pain is essential in creating a great artist Janardan shamelessly (read idiotically) tries to get rejected from a girl he doesn't even know. Only a top-class moron would think in those terms that somehow magically he would feel depressed after being rejected by a stranger and hence inspired to create more passionate work. There is always passion in music and if you know music you know pain. Show me a person who doesn't know what pain is and I will show you a liar.
Another baffling point in the story is that Heer's condition miraculously improves whenever she is in Jordan's touch. Her 'mysterious' (don't know whether it was physical or mental) illness begins to fade. Now the ultimate solution to overcome and successfully handle this crisis would be for her to get a divorce and stay with Jordan. But for some unknown reason nobody, and I mean nobody, not even the two passionate lovers, Heer's husband, her sister or parents mention it. The surprising part was that her husband is shown to be a reasonable man and instead of her being dead from a 'mysterious' illness he should have suggested her to be with Jordan. I guess they didn't want to be together, for there seems to be no other logical reason for this blunder. The truth, however, is that this blunder is created by the writers.
This is the only Ranbir Kapoor movie that I have seen and to be honest I am impressed. He seemed to have worked hard on his character and it shows clearly on the screen. Nargis Fakhri wasn't as bad as others are saying. As a new comer she acts a little tense and mechanical at times but still acceptable. She should improve with experience.
The music has to be the stand-out point of the movie. A.R. Rahman has created magic for ears. The movie falls short of high expectations from a director who made 'Jab We Met.' Don't be disappointed once you are inside the theater because it is still watchable. And even if you hate everything about it, there is always Rahman.
By far Shahrukh's worst performance till date with him being just acceptable as G-One and almost unbearable as Shekhar- an improbable annoying idiot. Always remember that any amount of special effects won't do if you don't have a sensible story to tell. Shun it if you can and try to forget it if you have seen it already (would be an impossible task though). My condolences with you.
I'm giving it one out of ten points because of Akon's song. The problem with Ra-One is that in publicity they foolishly targeted the audience that has already been exposed to the great Superhero movies made by great directors. I mean you can't live up to the expectations of Sam Raimi and Christopher Nolan. Especially Christopher Nolan, who has to be one of the best writer-directors this generation has seen. Ra-One should appeal only to children (its real audience).
The image of Pakistani actors in my mind is of people hamming their way to an overly-dramatic scene. This is something I get from coming across an occasional clip of random Pakistani TV Channels accidentally while watching TV.
Bol is a movie that I was made to watch, and I must say I am not, in the least bit, disappointed. This movie has generated so much word-of-mouth publicity in India that I couldn't say no to all those rave reviews. Now my appreciation for the movie has nothing to do with my religious inclinations or the lack of it actually. Bol is an extremely difficult movie to watch for many reasons. It is pitiable and condemnable what women go through in the name of religion. What they succumb to in their everyday life. A shocking truth that takes place in today's modern world unabashedly. Moving parallel with the change there is another world that exists because no one dares to speak against it. Hats off to Shoaib mansoor for this reason alone - other than bringing out a never seen quality out of Pakistan. , and shattering all pre-conceieved notions. He has dared to question taboos. A well-made movie adorned with Humaima Malick's breathtaking performance. A must watch whether you are religious or not because it raises more basic issues about life and the people who are doomed to survive it.
Oh! Yes! There is Sean Penn too. He, however, just wakes up and roams around watching nature and experiencing something profound and meaningful. It is known that Brad Pitt plays Terrance Malick's father when he was growing up. This feels like more of a story that he has told in order to solve his own issues or at least to discuss them within his soul. This feels something too personal to be on the screen for others to watch.
The tree is life is not for everyone. I found it quite boring, with Brad Pitt standing out as an actor. Don't be surprised if he gets an Oscar nomination for this one.
Depression is a topic that needs to be handled with discretion. I didn't have many expectations with this movie but it surprised me. The beginning was enough to suggest that it would not be disappointing.
I love Zach Galifianakis's comedy style with his straight face and funny one-liners. It doesn't go hardcore on this terrible disease or pretend to suggest a solution for it. I'd say it is kind of a funny story. Watch it.
This movie stays true to the traits of a vampire and thrills successfully every bit of you as you watch hopefully in the darkness. I'd say go for it for sure.
The hallmark of a great director is to use music as a tool for their suited method of story-telling. Michael Mann always does that beautifully, just like Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood and Steven Spielberg. 'God moving over the face of the waters' by Moby just simply and silently crawls under your skin at the end sequence.
Two great actors never share the screen together too often to spoil the anticipation. In the only scene (shot masterfully) when they truly interact, they acknowledge each others' stand and strength. But things always are, just the way they are.
Neil McCauley walks away from the life that he desired for, after a long tenure of restless and lonesome squandering, but never too far. Vincent Hanna manages to get a better deal.
Robert De Niro and Al Pacino don't need to rehearse or prepare much for a role at this stage; they could just read the script and be ready to deliver the best. Both are riveting as always.
As for the supporting cast, Val Kilmer, Ashley Judd, Natalie Portman, Jon Voight, Hank Azaria, Ted Levine, Diane Venora and Amy Brenneman, you can't get any better than this. Michael Mann comfortably manages to provide each of them a shine, even under the deep perpetuating shadows of such legends.
Great cinema, fast paced, grows on you all the way.