what a great film this was. if im honest, the apes movies do not… Morewhat a great film this was. if im honest, the apes movies do not appeal to me. it's just not a story i can really get into. but it has to be admitted that this is an excellent film, much better than its predecessor. the characterizations, script, and acting are all spot on.
not quite dull, but certainly not good. stripping away the mythology… Morenot quite dull, but certainly not good. stripping away the mythology was a really bad move. the opening sequence would have made a much better film than what we got. brett ratner strikes again.
a fantastic film. great action, humor, and perfect art direction and… Morea fantastic film. great action, humor, and perfect art direction and effects. the characters were all intriguing and well designed, the heroes were all likable. the only thing holding this film back for me was the lack of narrative development. this is understandable because so much needed to be done with so many characters in so little time, but nearly everything we know about the characters we know because someone stated a fact about them out loud, sometimes in passing, not because we were shown this in the narrative structure of the film. overall, i loved this film, a perfect introduction of the cosmic element to the marvel cinema world.
i have a hard time grading this film. for the most part, it's on par… Morei have a hard time grading this film. for the most part, it's on par with the first two, although i am grading this one a bit lower. gibson was fantastic as the villain, really the best of the series. every time he was on screen it was easy to see the quality of his acting in comparison his co-starsl they all looked a bit pedestrian. however, although the addition of the younger stars added an interesting element of change to method, i think it was a bad decision. so much time was spent recruiting the new team that the actual story was essentially non-existent. so much more could have been done with the characters that fans of the series care about, but they were all relegated to more simple tropes than even earlier in the series (which is a bad sign considering the films have never been good at creating characters anyway) that the film had a very generic feel. you could have substituted everyone for little green army men with no persona and no one would have noticed. the worst of the script problems was the handling of li's character. i get that he is busy and can't be that involved, but the way they handled his limited involvement was probably the biggest mistake they've made in the entire franchise. overall, watching gibson was great and the film was a lot of fun. however, although i'm a fan of the series, they're trying too hard to do something different, and it actually made the film even more stale. it may be time to stop with this one.
this was a decent film. near the bottom of my list for bergman films,… Morethis was a decent film. near the bottom of my list for bergman films, really the whole trilogy is not among my favorites of his work. the acting was great and bergman got some wonderful shots. this movie was very slow however, and you really sort of miss the point until the last 30 minutes or so. a very simple film taking place on a single set, this film was made to convey a very simple point about hope and faith. the final scene is really great, and the move towards a more theater feel in bergmans work is interesting, but overall not among his best.
i really loved this film. too often, films create a false sense of… Morei really loved this film. too often, films create a false sense of drama and dilemma to establish tension, they force plot elements through zaney mishaps or unrealistic misunderstandings, and put relationships on edge in order to build towards a climax. this film falls into none of those traps. there is conflict, and the characters are real and flawed, but only in ways one might naturally expect. the performances were great, the script very well written, and in the end, the movie is just a lot of fun. it feels more like watching real people in the defining moment of their lives than it does watching something force fed to us through a list of hollywood cliches. very good.
these violent "B" films have a solid tradition going back into the… Morethese violent "B" films have a solid tradition going back into the 70's, and they always get made because there is a certain segment of movie watchers that loves them. theyre all similar in tone, an this one is no different. taking place in the 80's, it feels very much like an 80's crime film in the vein of "blood simple." the story was light but interesting, and the actors were all good enough to make the film work. many of the actions of the main character were unexplained and the film suffered from too many leaps in internal logic, but it was a solid watch.
when one gets past the opportunist and pointless 30 minute long soft… Morewhen one gets past the opportunist and pointless 30 minute long soft core porn sequence at the start of the film, the story picks up greatly and becomes slightly engaging. the problem was that this sort of film has a chance to truly inspire and only being slightly engaging isnt really good enough. its a good film without doubt, with solid acting and an interesting story line, but this film faces harsher judgement because of its acclaim and it doesnt hold up. easily the least deserving oscar nom of 2008, it is also not winslets best performance of this year as she was more involved in revolutionary road. she was still very good as she always is, but despite the fact that i really enjoyed this film i was disappointed following its press.
the movie was a lot of fun, but entertainment and a bit of nostalgia… Morethe movie was a lot of fun, but entertainment and a bit of nostalgia were the only things this film really accomplished. this film doesnt downgrade the franchise because it was a very solid movie, but it was a mere shadow of indiana jones glory. ultimately, the real problem was sheer silliness. the entire film i thought multiple times, "that was really silly."
karen allens character was so silly she seemed drunk the whole film, and most of the action sequences were so silly that they felt like they belonged in a national lampoons spoof version of indiana jones. i didnt mind the absurdity of the plot that ive heard many complain about because temple of doom was equally absurd and i enjoyed that film, but the other indy films maintained semblences of realism within the adventure, this one did not. this might be nitpicking, but the lighting in this film was also really bad, it sort of felt too bright, like the characters were glowing. indiana jones is supposed to be a dark film. in all a good watch, but disappointing as an indy jones film.
the film was extremely jumbled and the love story was contrived, but… Morethe film was extremely jumbled and the love story was contrived, but everything else about this film was above average. smith puts in a characteristically solid performance, and the film was powerful despite being extremely predictable from the outset. i would have liked a bit more of the side stories, but i do see the point in drawing emotion from the story between dawson and smith's characters so the desire to see the other stories fleshed out is lessened. overall, good film.