The last part of my review series. The movie title now links to the movies imdb page. I decided to do that because i sometimes have difficulty explaining the premise of a movie, and allows me to get into my opinion of the movie quicker.
Brothers – What makes these movie worth a watch is the characters, imo. WHile at first they may seem cliche(Especially Jake’s character) i feel they all develop through the course of the story.
The acting in this one is great. Natalie Portman gives a great performance as the wife, although with the hype surrounding her performance in Black Swan(WHich i still unfortunately haven’t been able to see) that is to be expected. Jake perfectly captures his character transformation from the black sheep of the family to a supportive father figure for Grace’s kids. And while Tobey probably isn’t a actor that would come to most peoples mind for a traumatized war vet, he handles the material with ease. This gets a recommendation from me.
Malice in Wonderland – I had high hopes for this one, as i feel a modern take on ALice in Wonderland has great potential. Unfortunately it didn’t live up to its promise. Its main problem imo is that you never really get attached to the main character.
The main character is amnesiac for most of the movie. Now, there have been plenty of movies about amnesiac characters who you gravitate to, but in this one it feels like its stifles her character development. The only true character development comes at the end, and by then its too late.
Another problem is that the movie has trouble maintaining tension. While i won’t say it completely fails in this department, i definitely felt during certain points in the movie there seemed to be a lack of tension.
The one element of the movie that works throughout the movie is the main romance, between WHite and ALice. Overall, while i think the premise of a modern take on Alice in Wonderland has a lot of potential there just isn’t enough in this movie to recommend. The main romance isn’t enough to redeem this movie imo.
Session 9 – A creepy and well done horror-mystery movie. For those who aren’t a big fan of graphic violence, there isn’t a lot of gore in this one. Definitely worth a look
Valhalla Rising -The plot and title seems to imply a action movie, but the move is something else entirely. It is a slow moving picture that takes its time to build up a sense of atmosphere and mystery. There are a few brutal action sequences at various points in the movie.
Unfortunately, in the second half of the movie the movie didn’t hold my attention throughout. At certain points i would sort of drift away, and then something exciting would happen. Even with that said, i still recommend this one.
Mad Detective – This is probably one of the more original detective movies out there right now. With a tone that is both dark and wacky, this one is highly recommended for anyone looking for some truly original cinema.
Chaser -From the premise, the main character sounds rather unlikable, and in the beginning while he is not exactly a hero the script does in a nuanced way make him come off better than he might otherwise.
The character development is well written in this one, and through the course of the movie the main character becomes heroic. While there is one plot device in the movie that isn’t totally original, i think it is well done. Overall, i think if you can get the whole pimp thing its worth watching.