June 16, 2005

Beaver, movie critic at your service !

One of my big time hobbies has always been going to the movies. As a good Trekkie and Marvel/DC Comics fan, some summer flicks just can't be missed... so here are my comments on my recent venues (no spoilers, I promise...)

Star wars 3 : Revenge of the Sith
Defenitely the best movie of the prequel trilogy ! Hayden as Anakin Skywalker is intense, tragic, human. Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan) is now grown-up but still kixass ! Beautiful visuals, amazing fights, beautiful soundtrack ! Lucas completely redefines the concept of tragedy and provides die-hard fans like me with all the answers. A must-see...

Kingdom of Heaven
I went in to see this one with barely any expectations. Turns out, it was actually very acceptable. Orlando Bloom (Balian d'Ibelin) is actually for once credible and not completely innocent looking. Historically, the level of artistic licence that Ridley Scott allows himself is very acceptable. Contrary to my fears, Saladin, played by Ghassan Massoud, is portrayed as a chevaleresque, honorable warrior. This turned out pretty good, if you accept that the characters will be a bit unidimensionnal. Good entertainment, anyways...

A funny little animation movie about a bunch of not-so-wild animals who somehow (you have to see the movie to find out) end up in THE WILD (on the beautiful island of Madagascar). Voices are done by an all-star cast with Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith and Ben Stiller. A very good rental, lots of good laughs.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Yet another divorce/murderous couple movie. Pitt and Jolie are of course delicious to watch (come on, they are beautifull people). But the movie is a bit slow to take off, the humor quite doesn't hit the spot, there is no intensity, despite the fact that the cast works very hard at making a bland story acceptable. A good rental, no more, no less.

Batman Begins
Definitely the best Batman movie ever made so far (and God knows there were a lot made). They got it right this time : the atmosphere is dark and somber as it should be, Batman is no angel, the villains are more nuts and less comedy-ish. At last, a director that understands Batman ! A must-see, for all real Comic Fans ! (Not recommended for kids, though).

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