Monthly Archives: March 2010

Alice in Wonderland Review

Another review I’ve been meaning to write for a while. I saw Alice in Wonderland when it premiered earlier this month. As I’m pretty busy and under the weather I again will be forgoing any real depth to my reactions. Here is a bullet list run down of my feelings on this new Tim Burton vehicle:

  • Entertained me throughout. Johnny Depp makes a great Mad Hatter. I don’t understand the hate he’s gotten due to the varying accents he uses in the film. In my opinion, it creates a better view of the Hatter as a truly fractured personality.
  • So Wonderland is really Underland? Don’t know if Lewis Caroll would approve of that
  • The effects work was generally solid with some inconsistent colors here and there. If I had seen this in 3D I think the effects work would have not been as impressive. The Jabberwocky is really pretty frightening for children. The film pushed the boundaries of its seemingly innocent PG rating.
  • Newcomer Mia Wasikowska is cute but doesn’t really bring too much aside from looks to the proceedings. Anne Hathaway is beautiful at the White Queen but is an afterthought. And I was seriously annoyed by her having to have her arms in a weird “dainty pose” in every scene she was in
  • Chesire Cat is always incredible
  • Tim Burton is still a good director but should branch out to work with actors other than Depp and his sort of wife Bonham-Carter.

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The Wolfman film review

The Wolfman is one of Universal Studios’ most celebrated horror franchises. After an embattled production, release delays, and script rewrites we now have Joe Johnston’s remake of the 1941 classic. In nearly all human cultures there are stories of men turned into beasts via a curse. All cultures have ideas of what is means to be human and the threat of losing that identity to malevolence or violence. This is an idea that no longer is original so how does one even hope to make it engaging? If you’re living in 2010, you take out most of this identity crisis and sprinkle it with insane amounts of violence and generalizations about lycanthropy.

Benecio del Toro turns in an admirable performance as the titular Wolfman. He is apparently an American actor born of British parents who has essentially self-exiled himself after a traumatic experience. His character, Lawerence Talbot, returns to Victorian England after the death of his estranged brother at the claws of some “creature”. After some investigation he finds that the creature is the mythical werewolf. He is of course attacked and the fun ensues.

Anthony Hopkins stars as the distant father, who spouts line of dialogue so obtuse even my head was scratched. There is a twist involved which I won’t spoil but you will see coming a mile away.

Emily Blunt is the beautiful widow of Lawerence’s brother. She of course falls in love with Lawerence too somehow. Perhaps because he is one of three males we ever see her interact with? Her acting is actually better than most of her peers.

The movie is pretty forgettable. If you don’t like violent films you’ll want to steer away. One thing the film really got right was the atmosphere. When the wolfman tears shit up, he tears shit up and people are absolutely affected and Victorian England definitely says, “my word”. All in all I was entertained but not floored. Yeah, my reviews are getting lazy and I don’t really care.

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Youth in Revolt film review

This is going to be a short and not very well-written review of a movie I’ve meant to review a long time ago. Youth in Revolt left no truly lasting impression on me so I’ll just review it in bullet points:

  • The film is entertaining and I did let out a few guffaws
  • Michael Cera stretched himself just ever so slightly to play a “bad boy”. Really I felt like like it was another way for him to use curse words and sport a ridiculous mustache. Note to Cera, you will always look 13. Lift some weights some time.
  • Jean Smart has aged terribly
  • The movie had some really funny and vulgar lines
  • Nothing was special about the story or direction
  • Other people in the theater laughed
  • Here is a poster from IMDB. The lack of real thought on the tagline kind of sums up my opinion on the movie. A forgettable comedy that at least entertains but doesn’t really stick with you.

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Busy Busy

I’ve been neglecting the blog recently. I’ve had a shift change at work and some life events that have taken my focus away from reviewing the movies I’ve seen recently. I’m going to have some reviews up later today.

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