With such a stellar cast this should have been so much better. However… MoreWith such a stellar cast this should have been so much better. However it's not a terrible film and I enjoyed it whilst watching it. It's only afterwards that I thought there was a lot more potential for comedy here. The film doesn't seem to know who its target audience is. The humour isn't strong enough for either adults or children and Vaughn has a hard job making his character likable. The best thing about the film is Giamatti (isn't it always!) and his scenes with Spacey are funny and (towards the end) moving. Overall and decent christmas film but it's never going to be a classic.
This film needs to be watched back to back with 'The Three Musketeers'… MoreThis film needs to be watched back to back with 'The Three Musketeers' as they were both shot at the same time and then the film was split in two so that the producers could get more money for two features. Despite this both films still work as separate stories that continue the character arcs and lead to a dramatic conclusion. This film ends up being slightly darker which is hardly surprising as it was subtitled 'The Revenge of Milady'. To that end Dunaway is given much more to do here as she is ravishing as the villainess of the piece. Unlike other screen incarnations of the role she is evil through and seems to revel in this. Reed also gets to flex his acting muscles this time with Athos' backstory coming to the fore and in the scenes where he is reminded of his past you are reminded of what an amazing actor Reed was when he put the effort in. The film follows the book pretty faithfully and don't expect happy ending for everyone by the end. However DO expect excellent swordplay (even better than the first film), great comic moments, intense drama and brilliant performances from an amazing ensemble. I'd be interested to see if they ever do a 'Directors Cut' of the two films and actually combine them to produce the epic film this story deserves. In the meantime enjoy a great sequel.
In my opinion this (and the other half of the film that was released… MoreIn my opinion this (and the other half of the film that was released the following year as 'The Four Musketeers') is the best screen adaptation of the classic Dumas story, partly because of the stellar cast but also because it takes itself seriously for the main plot of the story. That's not to say there isn't humour here. Lester had previously directed The Goons and The Beatles and he brings the former's type of humour into this film too with whispered asides fro supporting characters throughout and slapstick thrown into the mix. The fact that it works so well means that there is something for everyone. The swordfighting isn't flashy but has an edge of realism that is missing from most films and the set design supports this by being dirty and slightly seedy. The performances from the four leads are spot on and you'd have a hard time visualising other actors playing the parts after seeing this. The only weak link is Welch's Constance, who is presented as nothing but a bit of totty and her acting is awkward and stilted. Aside from that the film is a classic and a great swashbuckler.
As cheesy as you'd expect from a Christmas film about a man who is… MoreAs cheesy as you'd expect from a Christmas film about a man who is reborn as a snowman! The whole thing would be a disaster if it wasn't for Keaton, who manages to be 'cool' in everything he does (geddit?). This film could only be appreciated at xmas and even then there are much better xmas films but although it didn't melt my heart it was nowhere near as bad as I was expecting. Keaton deserves better though..
A tight, tense disaster film that is one of the most visually stunning… MoreA tight, tense disaster film that is one of the most visually stunning films I've ever seen. Credit to Cuaron for keeping the whole things contained within a short running time, hardly giving the audience any let up for the entire film. Special mention to Bullock too for an amazing performance that isn't overshadowed by the effects around her. A film that was made to be seen on the big screen (I'm not sure if it will produce the same effect on TV) and good use of 3D to enhance the thrills rather than to show off.