The Dark Knight Rises

This will be a very brief review.  There’s very little I can say about this film without giving away spoilers.  All I can say is that THIS FILM WAS EPIC!!!!!!!!!

It ended well, for the viewer and the characters.  We got closure, the characters got closure.  The way they ended Batman, if they wanted to, and if done right, they could easily carry on Batman without Christian Bale and his character Bruce Wayne.  Poor Bruce, they really tortured him in these three movies.  The way his story ends, it’s bittersweet, and you don’t want him to come back as Batman.  He has done enough, suffered enough.

When I asked my friend what she thought of Batman, her answer was:  ‘It was long!’ Yes Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy is LONG!  But you’re never bored and you’re always kept guessing.  Especially in The Dark Knight Rises, woof so many twists!  Personally, if you haven’t loved the previous two films, invested time in dissecting them and a fan of the comics you won’t really enjoy the third.

So, my opinion on Bane.  Awesome villain, ridiculous accent. I’m sorry, but if you create a character with such a menacing look, that whole face gear, huge hulk look, muscles everywhere, you can’t have this high pitched weird Irish accent. It just doesn’t work. It has to be low, rumbling and deep. Like Darth Vader. I enjoyed the evilness of Bane and his intelligence, and his insanity, it was terrifying.  But ye gads the accent.

I was surprised by Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character.  I thought he was going to be a villain!  Well he isn’t, he’s a cop, and a very likable character.

Here’s a little trivia, Christopher Nolan managed to assemble the majority of the Inception cast in this film!  We have Michael Cain, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Miranda Tate, Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy.  Also, for Stargate fans, you might spot an evil henchman played by Christopher Judge aka Teal’c.  YAY he finally figured out that he looks better bald!  I loved Teal’c it’s a pity he didn’t get more screen time, even if he just pitched up behind Bane in a couple of scenes looking menacing.  Also if you’re a Criminal Minds fan you may have noticed JJ’s husband, Detective William LaMontagne Jr., aka Josh Stewart as Banes right hand man. >< He is so yummy, pity he didn’t get more dialogue.

Oh my gosh, I haven’t spoken about Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/ Catwoman yet! 0_o wow, she was AMAZING!!!  She made the role her own, and was fantastic in it!  I especially loved her shoes!  A very clever accessory. I wanted her to have a whip, the fighting style they gave her was gorgeous, and the movements she made would have been complimented very nicely with a whip!  I liked her chemistry with Batman, I liked her saucy hardboiled attitude, and you could see that very, very, very deep down she had a slightly gooey centre.

I didn’t have much issue with this film, it was a fantastic watch, but there was one piece of logic that really, really irritated me because it was so unrealistic.  It’s the whole situation with Gotham PD.  And that’s all I can say, it’s a clever idea, but a bit unrealistic.

In conclusion: poor Bruce, he went through the ringer.  Bruce Wayne can’t be happy and be Batman, he can’t retire and be happy, he just can’t be happy ever!  I wouldd like to think of The Dark Knight Rises as the Batman ending and closure which the comic series will never have, because a comic series like Batman can never end.  A fantastic ending to an amazing trilogy.

I’M BACK!!! and i watched the A-Team :)

Hellooo hellooo it’s been a while. Well, to tell you the truth, I did go away, BUT i came back 2 weeks ago, or a little more, I’m not entirely sure? I went to America for two weeks and had an awesome time, unfortunately I missed the first week of lectures so pretty much was dumped into the deep end – with jetlag, I have 3 essays due in the next week and a bit, and a telephone book worth of reading to do. I wanted to save my first post back to talk about my awesome trip and my day at Comic Con. (YES I WENT TO COMI CON WHO WANTs TO TOUCH ME??????) Sadly I don’t have the time to spend uploading all my photos, and who wants to read a Comic Con post without pics? So please be patient.

But, i do have time to write a quickie movie review, or two.

So i went and saw Inception with my buds…… last week. TOTALLY FRIKKEN AWESOME!!!!! It had a The Matrix vibe going for it. Was totally blown away by the effects, totally loved the characters, entertained by the storyline, and totally stumped by the ending!!!!! So unfair!!!!

And now to the real reason for my post: I FINALLY SAW THE A-TEAM MOVIE!!! WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.

Now i am a HUGE A-Team fan. I used to watch it when i was little and when the Series channel (on DSTV) started replaying it again i was thrilled. My mother and sister cannot understand why this ancient campy old series should appeal so much too me, and quite truthfully i can’t explain it either. All i can say is that the tv series is campy AWESOMENESS. There’s this marvellous innocence to the series which nowadays tv totally lacks. There is no swearing, there is practically no blood, people very seldom die, and the good guy ALWAYS WINS. (so far, i’m only on season 3 or 4) i loved Hannibal and his theatrics, Face and his philandering, B.A and his badass softy routine and Murdock and his madness. Totally awesome characters, who are a tight knit unit that are innovative, creative, and bat shit crazy!!!!

So when i heard they were going to make a movie, i was ecstatic. I was never really worried about who they were going to cast, but then truthfully i forgot and didn’t really monitor the movies progress until they released the first images for the movie. Liam Neeson as Hannibal was a fantastic choice, the similarities between him and George Peppard are astounding, i was quite pleasantly surprised. Now Bradley Cooper as Face was just inspired (and yummy). i missed Mr T, but Quinton “Rampage” Jackson made a wonderful BA, although i wish he had worn bling……. NOOOO I TAKE THAT BACK then he would have looked gangsta, and you don’t get ‘gangsta’ army rangers. And then there was Sharlto Copley as Howlin Mad Murdock. Firstly, Murdock is my favourite character from the series, secondly, i was so psyched that a salt of the earth South African (not some fakie South African like Charlize Theron, who hadn’t lived in SA for like 20 yrs when she got her Oscar) got a major role in an American block buster, and its made all the more sweeter because he only has one other movie to his name, the awesome South African Sci-fi District 9. (i loved the effects in that movie, and the way people blew up… so funny) ahem – yes i have quite a dark side. Sharlto Copley brought such a wonderful flavour to Murdock, i had been quite worried how anyone could possibly portray Murdock, he’s my second favourite crazy character after River from Firefly (now she’s just bug nuts crazy, and she can kill you with her brain!!!) i had such fun listening to his South African accent and hearing the occasional quip that was so totally local ‘n lekker 🙂 best parts of the movie, Murdock defibrillating an ambulance, and Murdock speaking Swahili (holy shit i spelt that right!!!)

And i haven’t even gotten to the action!! Words fail me, its just pure awesomeness, it’s exactly what the show would look like on the big screen. BIG AND EXPLOSIVE!!!!! AND BIG!  And best of all, i didn’t see any trailers that gave away the climactic battle scenes.

So, i had an awesome evening, which i’d only been waiting for an extra month!!! Yes, for some unknown reason all the awesome July movie releases are only just coming out now in South Africa!!!!! SOMETIMES LIVING HERE TOTALLY SUCKS!!! (it’s only one reason really) so still to come, the Karate Kid, The Last Airbender, Sorcerer’s Apprentice…

So for any of you who want to diss the A-Team, don’t, you’ll meet a mysterious and grizzly fate.

Oh and stay till after the credits!!!!

Clash of the Titans

So on Saturday my movie group and I went to go watch Clash of the Titans. And although we enjoyed the movie, we ultimately agreed that this movie is flawed. Now I haven’t watched the original, I started to watch it, and I plan to finish it, but right off the bat when watching the remake I could tell they weren’t going to be religious to the original.

When I was younger I loved Greek mythology, I don’t remember much of it now, but I have a vague sense and am able to sense when something is disregarding the original lore. I knew it with Troy (woof stunning men in that movie, but I could feel that they were taking liberties with the myths), if people had issues with Troy, they’re going to scream in agony with Clash, even the Percy Jackson series is more faithful to Greek mythology than those two movies. Please don’t ask me to identify the story changes, I can’t. Just know that they are there.

Other than the glaring liberties they took with the original movie and the mythology, Clash was a fun movie. I’m so grateful my cinema played it in 2D and 3D; we could see that Clash in 3D would have been a waste of money. Yes I could see where they could have used 3D to their advantage but in total it would have been a waste because a lot of their action scenes are filmed in the hand held camera style, so a lot of the effects and action is lost because the camera is moving so much. And that wouldn’t have translated well into 3D.

I hate the hand held camera technique in action movies. One of the first movies I can remember that heavily adopting this technique was the second Bourne Supremacy movie. Lord, I could barely follow what was happening in that movie, the camera jerked so much, totally put me off the Bourne movies, that and they killed his girlfriend off in the first 15 minutes of the movie, and I liked her!

I’m really getting sick of the whole 3D gimmick, especially since my cinema doesn’t give you a 2D option like some cinemas do. And considering you’re paying an extra R30 to see a 3D movie, when all the latest blockbusters are in 3D, it gets pricey. I have something like 8 pairs of 3D glasses, I don’t see why the cinema’s can’t allow people to bring our own pairs of glasses and let us pay the normal amount. Every time we are paying for a pair of glasses that we don’t necessarily need to buy. This whole 3D thing is not cost effective for the movie goer. Well in South Arica anyway, in other countries watching movies is cheaper, here it’s cheaper just to download the bloody movie than to go see it at the cinemas. I remember a time when I used to pay R26 for a movie! Lord I feel old.

In conclusion, I had a fun day with my friends. Clash of the Titans, is a flawed story totally manipulating Greek mythology to suit the American blockbuster making machine, but when watching, it is a fun awesome action adventure. I’m totally becoming a Sam Worthington fan girl. Plus Liam Neeson as a god is just awesome.