This movie is like a clever high school boy imagining what adult… MoreThis movie is like a clever high school boy imagining what adult relationships are like. While it is nice to see Woody Allen leave his usual New York City setting (and by extension, Europe) it is clear that he knows very little about San Francisco, its residents, history and culture. Setting aside, this is a cruel portrait of an upper class woman fallen on hard times, which is of course a nod to A Streetcar Named Desire. However, the depiction of the working class couple in this story is EXTREMELY condescending. Cate Blanchett's performance nearly saves this, as she really makes us sympathize with her character, but I just couldn't like this. Woody Allen's outdated views on relationships are no longer relevant to me.
The final instalment of the Hobbit trilogy begins where the last movie… MoreThe final instalment of the Hobbit trilogy begins where the last movie left off. An angry dragon is destroying the town. After this problem is solved, the townspeople want to reclaim the dragon's treasure to rebuild. However, dwarves, elves and orcs also want the dragon's gold. This conflict leads to an hour-long battle sequence with more near deaths than I could count. Around the edges of the battle of course there is a hobbit Bilbo Baggins but he doesn't have much of a role in this. There is also a lot of foreshadowing of the Lord of the Rings, with a mention of Strider even. The Hobbit should have just been one movie. The Battle of the Five Armies movie is much too long but it has all of the spectacle and battles with orcs you could ever want.
At first I didn't think I was going to make it through the whole… MoreAt first I didn't think I was going to make it through the whole thing. The characters just aren't that likeable. Maybe that's why romantic comedies always end with marriage. What happens AFTER doesn't make a good story. I mean, how entertaining is it to watch a couple bicker? But if you can stick it out until the last third of this movie, you may find a reward in it.
Is this a movie just for English majors? I really love all of its… MoreIs this a movie just for English majors? I really love all of its details. First of all it was written by Tom Stoppard (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead). It is textured and complicated with court intrigues, disguises and comedy as well as romance. It is amazing how much power Shakespeare's lines still have. especially with the layers of meaning here. I've seen this a few times now. This time my favourite line was Paltrow's -- "I gave up the prize for a sonnet" which will resonate with anyone who has ever fallen in love with a struggling talented artist. I also love Fiennes's depiction of Shakespeare owing words to his bosses and dealing with deadlines and scouting for ideas. Judi Dench is so fun to watch as the old Elizabeth.
Even the likeability of Sarah Jessica Parker and Hugh Grant can't save… MoreEven the likeability of Sarah Jessica Parker and Hugh Grant can't save this. They don't have any chemistry and there is nothing funny in the script. Do yourself a favour and just skip it.