Its been a while since i’ve done any reviews, and i’ve watched way more movies than this. But i managed to write some reviews, and i figured it was better to post some then none at all.

Prisoners-I really enjoyed this one. The avenging father thing isn’t exactly new, but this i think gave it a fresh feeling. It made you think about what you would do in a situation like that,how far one can go and still be the “good” guy,etc. The movie also does a good job of keeping you guessing as to who the main villain is.

The acting here is top notch, and really helps you become immersed in the characters.

Cracks-I really liked the character dynamics in this one. The backdrop of the school provides gives this one some nice visual flair, and i found the themes of idolization,obsession and lust well executed.

Eva Green is superb in this one, radiating a sense of charisma that makes you understand how she has gotten the girls to idolize her the way they do. And Temple does a great job of showing her characters single minded devotion to Mss G.

The Wolverine-A good,but not great blockbuster. I think for me what brought it down was the plot,which i felt was too dense for this type of movie. I appreciate the character-focused feel they were going for, but i think the plot got a bit too convoluted. It got a bit hard to follow when i felt it shouldn’t have been. Still, i did enjoy this for the most part.

The Grandmaster(Original cut)-The visuals here are highly stylized and beautiful to look at. But unfortunately this is where my praise ends. The film moves at a slow pace, which by itself is NOT a flaw in my book. However, here you barely learn anything about the characters, which makes said slow pace a chore to sit through.

The film also divides its screentime between Ip man Gong Er which just makes that issue even worse. Near the end Gong Er starts to show some character, but even then i felt like i wanted to know more about her than was in the film. Ip man fares even worse, coming off bland for basically the entire movie.

There is a political backdrop to the film, but that doesn’t get explored well enough to really draw you into them. Now i realize as a American viewer i may not always completely understand the political/historical context in a foreign film, but i feel like other foreign films have managed to get across a historical context better than this.

It also runs into the biopic cliche of feeling like the script is just checking off important events rather than making you invested in them. And so when those events happen to the characters they have basically no impact. Its just like “oh that happened.”

The Butler-I was reluctant to see this at first,thinking it would be another Oscar bait biopic. And while I’m not sure it ever completely dispells that notion it is definetly one of the better examples of it.

It doesn’t shy away from exploring the ugliness of racism Eugene and his family experienced,which helps gives the film some impact. The family dynamic is well written,giving the film a emotional core. It also develops its main cast well,and for the most part doesn’t rush to from one important event to another.

One minor flaw imo was Cusacks prosthetic nose. Cusack gives a good performance,but I found the nose a bit distracting. But overall this is a well done biopic,even if its Oscar dreams are a bit obvious

Batman beyond-This one left me a bit disappointed. Its a good series, but for me it never became “great”. This is mainly because it doesn’t really develop anything for more than a episode.

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2 Responses to Reviews

  1. ruth says:

    Nice mini reviews Julian! A friend of mine is going to be lending me The Grandmaster (Original cut) so I’m looking forward to that! Agree that The Wolverine’s plot is too convoluted for its own good, that’s one of the major disappointments for me this year.

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