Posts Tagged ‘Gary Oldman’

The Incredible Hulk – Minute Movie Review

Donnerstag, November 19th, 2009

Review:

Made only five years after Ang Lee’s Hulk flopped, this reboot tried to please the fans of the comic book about the scientist who turns into a green monster whenever he gets angry. And please the fans it did, which speaks volumes about them. The film starts promising enough with the by now usual superhero movie trope of investigating what it means to be “special” and some nice scenes set in South America, before it becomes an action spectacle that is beyond silly, marred additionally by some of the worst CGI seen in recent mainstream productions. Ang Lee’s Hulk may not have been very good, but compared to this film, it’s a masterpiece.

Random Observations:

The Incredible Hulk at the IMDb

Edward Norton took over from Eric Bana for the lead role. In some scenes, he is wearing glasses. With glasses, he has an absolutely striking resemblance to Gary Oldman. Scary.

Liv Tyler as the love interest is about as miscast as is possible. Her damsel in distress persona is annoying at best, in the supposed to be emotionally jarring scenes of the film it’s beyond bad.

The film is part of Marvel’s attempt to turn all their most popular comic books into money-spinners, if at all possible connected. That means that it alludes to, among other Marvel properties, the infinitely better Iron Man by having a small Robert Downey Jr. cameo. As the linked review will tell you, however, I didn’t really like Iron Man all that much either. But it still is much better than this film.

The Ten Best Movies of 2008

Mittwoch, Januar 7th, 2009

Everybody loves Top Ten Lists, right? You can never get enough of them, correct? If you read one to the end, you want nothing more than start looking at the next one, or am I wrong? In any case, I like Top Ten (or basically any other number) Lists. I know they are silly and arbitrary and highly subjective, but they are still fun – even if one just reads them to poke fun at the author(s). So to start my own habitual list-making off, I hereby offer you the TEN BEST MOVIES OF 2008!

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Minute Movie Review – Batman Begins

Donnerstag, März 20th, 2008

Review:

After 1997′s “Batman & Robin“, a successful comic book movie franchise was dead – and rightfully so. But in 2005, Christopher Nolan, the acclaimed director of “Memento” and “The Prestige“, revived it. Deciding to start all over, he tells the story of how Bruce Wayne, a billionaire, became Batman, the darkest of popular comic book superheroes. A brooding tale of revenge, Batman Begins actually focuses on story-telling and character development – and it does so extremely well. With a stellar cast (Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Cillian Murphy…) and a brilliant director, those parts work extremely well. The action sequence, who here are supposed to be the icing on the cake instead of being the entire cake as is usual for blockbuster movies, don’t work quite so well. Nevertheless, as far as popular comic book adaptations go, there is none better.

Random Observations:

Batman Begins at imdb.com

The obligatory sequel, The Dark Knight, will be released this summer. And it certainly looks as if it could really get the whole franchise running again. Katie Holmes has been replaced with Maggie Gyllenhaal (who can actually act) and Heath Ledger will star in his second-to-last performance and the one he himself said he was most proud of as the Joker.

Compared to other movies in this genre (the earlier Batman films, Spiderman and so on), this one sets a new standard for gritty realism. Batman is not a superhero because of special powers, but because he wants to revenge his parents’ murder and do something good in the world. His opponents aren’t caricatures with “magical” weapons, but instead very real humans with very real ways of hurting people. Sure, you sometimes have to suspend your disbelief in this movie, but not to the same extent usually necessary.

Minute Movie Review – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Donnerstag, November 15th, 2007

Review:

After the disaster that was “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” my expectations for “Order of the Phoenix” weren’t high. But even though the longest book was turned into the shortest (just over two hours) movie so far, the change in screenwriter and director made the fifth installment in the Harry Potter franchise very enjoyable. Of course many things were cut or changed from the novel, but the overall message of the book was conveyed. Harry Potter faces his worst enemy yet – not a resurrected Lord Voldemort or the people in charge who deny it, but adolescence, love and romance. With Order of the Phoenix the war in the wizard world begins and Harry is just about ready.

Random Observations:

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix at imdb.com

I’ve seen this movie on opening night, so the details in the review are sketchy. It was written more in anticipation of the DVD release, which is tomorrow in Germany, December 11th in the US and already in the past in the UK.

Amazon is selling the German DVD for €9,95, a ridiculously low price for a new blockbuster release. Is this a fluke or an actual trend for DVDs to be cheaper?