Happy Together (1997)

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Happy Together Movie Review

Happy Together is a 1997 Chinese romance film directed by Wong Kar-wai and starring Leslie Cheung and Tony Leung. It is a very good, poignant film.

It follows a Hong Kong couple who visit Argentina hoping to renew their ailing relationship. The two share a very tumultuous relationship full of abuse and breakups. Now frankly this plot is nothing remarkable nor is it original. And we’ve seen relationships and characters like this before in a number of movies. But the film is still very good as it makes the most use of its situations and characters and, thanks to Wong Kar-wai’s direction, it becomes an understated, elegant work.

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Turns out that lonely people are all the same.

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If I have to be honest, ‘In the Mood for Love’ is to me a much better crafted movie. I know this is the first movie to be released, but the aforementioned movie has a much more memorable ending which is very similar here, but never as epic. The score is the reason why this movie is inferior as it is never as beautiful as it was there.

But that ending is still strong and this is the first time we see the director tackle with his signature style of mixing romance and moving human drama with powerful landscapes, good music and an otherworldly atmosphere. And he did once again mostly a great job here and did elevate this familiar material in the process. In the hands of a different director, this would have been a standard romance. But in the hands of Wong Kar-wai, it becomes something much more than that.

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I loved Happy Together’s theme of loneliness. It beautifully showcases romantic yearning, but also a yearning for home country and both are the strongest forms of loneliness, both very well utilized here. As for the characters, both are typical, yet very well developed and you really feel like you met them. The relationship between the two is so strong and I like that it ended on a sad note as a happy ending here would have been out of place.

The subplot with Chang definitely feels like it is tacked on suddenly as that literally happened because the director had to fill in space because Leslie Cheung was away and couldn’t film during that time. But even though it does feel far from obligatory, it is still very beautiful and this character is so tragic and I just loved the scenes with him and Lai.

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Happy Together is exceptionally well filmed and well paced as well. It is another slow, but deliberately slow paced movie from the director, but it is still very involving and never boring to watch which I admired. But even though the cinematography is strong and I loved its use of black and white and found it to be polished and esthetically pleasing, I still had trouble with its presentation of Argentina as it was portrayed as too poor and dirty. The acting is one of the strongest aspects here with everyone doing a great job, but of course Tony Leung steals the show and delivers another great performance. He truly is a great actor. And I liked that the film was very erotic, but never too much and it was more sensual in quality. It isn’t a great movie, but it most certainly is very good and quite respectable at times.

Happy Together does have a familiar story and characters, but Wong Kar-wai lifted this material with an expectedly terrific direction, the film is emotional and very sensual, I really liked its subplot, the ending was satisfying and it deals with tumultuous relationships and loneliness in a very realistic and heartfelt manner. 

My Rating – 4

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Ghost (1990)

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Ghost Movie Review

Ghost is a 1990 romantic fantasy thriller film directed by Jerry Zucker and starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg. It is a pleasant, authentic blockbuster film.

It follows the woman in jeopardy, the ghost of her murdered lover and a reluctant psychic who assists him in saving her. The plot here is incredibly original and never have I seen something like this in a movie before. Basically it is a romance, it has a chick flick gene to it, but it is also a thriller in most of its parts while being a fantasy and even a comedy and horror in the process. Needless to say, the film’s very diverse genre mix makes it very unique.

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I love you. I really love you.

Ditto.

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Now of course it doesn’t always work and it is stronger in some genres than in others. For example, not every fantasy element here worked and truly the object moving could have been better utilized with the Subway Ghost becoming ridiculous whereas he was before pleasantly creepy in the only horror scene in the movie. As for its thriller elements, they are solid and are definitely well executed, but that is the element that reveals its age the most.

The romance here is strong, not as strong as it needed to be because they couldn’t quite develop their relationship with the little time they got. But it was still pretty moving and epic. What I didn’t like was its ending, the previous scenes leading to it were pleasant and romantic, but the ending itself I found to be overly emotional in a typical romantic comedy manner.

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Ghost surprisingly enough succeeds as a laugh riot the most as it is just so funny and so inherently amusing in many of its scenes. Whoopi Goldberg and her Oda Mae Brown are the reason why this movie is so good and so incredibly entertaining. She is absolutely fantastic and deservedly got an Oscar for this wonderful role. She is much better than both Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze and much more memorable. The relationship between her and Sam Wheat is excellent and I just loved their scenes and her character who is so funny while still being caring.

Ghost has solid effects for its time, but now some of them are admittedly cheesy. The mythology here is solid. It is never as explained as I wished them to have been, but still for a blockbuster like this, the plot is actually really well crafted. The editing I found to be exceptional as the movie is never rushed and never boring. It is actually the most purely entertaining film I have seen in a long time. Its screenplay isn’t as sophisticated and some of the physical humor and action was over-the-top, but most of it was fun and charming instead of obnoxious.

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The characters are strong. The villain reveal was expected, but he was still a solid villain. And I found the tone to be really good as the film is definitely very lightweight and humorous, but never too much and it knows when to be serious and sad. The score is absolutely fantastic and that theme that was repeated throughout was really beautiful. The dialogue is solid, but in the romance department, it can be too maudlin. And the romance between the two is definitely solid, but never as great as the script demanded it to be. But the film is so good in so many areas that I’ve had a great time watching it.

Ghost is overly emotional in its ending and sometimes a bit silly, but the film is such a terrific, one of a kind, hugely entertaining experience with such an intriguing mix of thriller, fantasy and romance, but its humor is also very strong and that is actually the best part here with Whoopi Goldberg being amazing and she easily steals every scene she’s in. 

My Rating – 4

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Clannad (2007)

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Clannad  Review

Clannad is a 2007 drama anime show directed by Tatsuya Ishihara. It is the most disappointing anime I’ve seen so far.

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Everyday people keep hurting each other.

It’s no wonder why you doubt what other people in the world tell you.

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The story follows the life of Tomoya Okazaki, a high school delinquent who meets many people during his last year of school and helps them resolve their individual problems. Now this is famous for being one of the most heartbreaking anime shows and because I didn’t connect with the characters, I naturally didn’t feel anything myself. Both the characters and the story left me cold.

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The premise is excellent, but the execution of said premise is very weak. Instead of being a drama, Clannad is too lightweight and sometimes verging too much into comedy territory. It was just your typical silly anime that is sometimes way too tween-like in its approach.

Now of course the characters are okay, some of them are actually quote solid as the characterization is pretty good here. However, the overwhelming presence of moe really annoyed me and that is the major reason why I disliked the series. The girls looked too cute, too young and too silly. Not to mention that their hair color is almost exclusively blue which was definitely ridiculous despite the fact that it fits well into the whole Japanese idea of hair colors being defining personality traits, in this example blue means hidden talents as is the case for all of these girls. But that whole concept is silly and here it was more silly than usual.

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The voice acting is good and the main character is solid. Some of the girls are also pretty sweet, but most are too similar to each other and way too moe to my taste. But I really liked the main comic relief here as it was hilarious watching him get beaten up constantly by a girl.

Speaking of hilarity, Clannad is much more a comedy than a drama. However, it is rarely really funny with just a couple of scenes being funny and most of the characters and the dialogue were trying too hard. The drama here is solid and it may be relatable to some, but to me it wasn’t and I found it to be a typical high school drama for teenagers. In the end, I was thoroughly disappointed in Clannad and it is the anime show that is the most overrated of those I’ve seen thus far. It has its moments and the first half is solid, but the second half is weaker and the entire series is dull, uninvolving with the most unfortunate comedic and silly tone to it thus successfully rendering its emotion ineffective and its true drama mild and not as relatable as it could have been had it had a different, more serious approach to it. It is the definition of lost potential as it is disappointing on the all grounds you could think of.

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Worst Episodes: Stuck Problem, 3 on 3 and A Room Without Anyone.

Best Episodes: Once Again After Crying, The Girl Genius’ Challenge and The After School Rhapsody.

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My Rating – 3.2

 

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Jellyfish (2007)

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Jellyfish Movie Review

Jellyfish is a 2007 Israeli drama film directed by Etgar Keret and starring Sarah Adler. It is a very good, moving drama.

Jellyfish follows the lives of three women in Tel Aviv. As is the case with any anthology movie, some characters and stories are more interesting than the others, but more often than not, the film succeeds as such a solid, emotional and at times even poetic work.

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“A ship inside a bottle cannot sink or collect dust.

It’s nice to look at and floats on glass. No one is small enough to board it.

It doesn’t know where it’s heading. The wind outside won’t blow its sails.

It has no sails, only a slip, a dress, and beneath them, jellyfish.”

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Batya is a wedding waitress who finds a seemingly mute child at the sea. Now to me this story is the most poetic and mysterious of the three. I guess that its meaning is ambiguous and left to everyone to find his/her own interpretation, but in my opinion the child is just a manifestation of her long lost childhood for which she yearns for. Maybe I am wrong (and I guess definitely is the better word here), but to me that is the perfect interpretation as it would most satisfyingly explain that wonderful ending where she reaches to save her from drowning, but the child only further drifts apart.

Keren is a bride whose wedding Batya worked at. She breaks her leg and ruins her honeymoon in the process. Her new husband is also seemingly having an affair with another woman he met at the hotel. Now this is the only story that I really didn’t care for and sometimes even genuinely disliked. Why is that? Well, it is mostly because it’s such a tired melodrama about cheating and that I have never enjoyed. I guess it is powerful at showing how once your are on your honeymoon, the relationship can really worsen, but to me it didn’t work as the cheating is left too ambiguous and that other woman is really annoying.

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And in the third story, Joy is a Filipina domestic who attends to her employer and she struggles to communicate with her as she doesn’t speak Hebrew and the old woman doesn’t speak English. The woman has a problem with emotion and is cold and calculated thus ruining her relationship with her daughter who is a theatre actress. But the two find comfort in each other as Joy is nostalgic for her home and her child and unfortunately misses to buy him a boat toy he wanted.

Now this is obviously the finest part of Jellyfish because it is easily the most relatable and the most emotional of the three. It is a typical story about people working far from home and about cold people and yes, these characters we’ve seen countless times before. But the execution is so good and their characterization is excellent that it ended up being great and it painted to us their relationship particularly strongly. The last moment with the two crying together and hugging was just priceless to me and the finest scene in the movie.

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Jellyfish is, according to its director, named after the eponymous Cnidaria because those animals live unorganized lives and they can’t influence their direction. And that is an excellent metaphor for the aimless lives of these three women. The film is definitely well written, but also very well filmed, stupendously acted and very well directed. It is such a good Israeli drama that was a rewarding experience.

Jellyfish is definitely familiar in its characters and one of its three stories doesn’t work, but the other two are excellent with the first one being such a mysterious, wonderfully ambiguous story and the second one being such a moving, powerful human tale. It is also well filmed and acted, the metaphor is great and it is more often than not a satisfying, even fascinating experience.

My Rating – 4

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Topper (1937)

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Topper Movie Review

Topper is a 1937 fantasy screwball comedy film directed by Norman Z. McLeod and starring Constance Bennett, Cary Grant and Roland Young. It is a disappointing comedy.

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I’ll be out before you can say Jack Robinson – only don’t say it for a few minutes.

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It follows a stuffy man who is haunted by the ghosts a fun-loving married couple who want to help him loosen up in order to get to heaven. The premise itself is marvelous and it really had potential for greatness, but the execution is weak and sometimes quite problematic leading to a disappointing movie that is just solid and never as great as it easily could have been.

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The acting is easily Topper’s biggest achievement. Everyone here did such a great job in excellent roles as the characters themselves are easy to define, but memorable and likable. Roland Young is the best and his Oscar nomination is very much deserved. Constance Bennett is also very good and quite charming and she steals every scene she’s in. But Cary Grant disappointed me. Not his performance as he is always great and is the same in this movie, but I expected his role to bigger as I am a big fan of his, but he is the least utilized of this threesome unfortunately.

Topper is well directed by Norman Z. McLeod and mostly really well paced and shot. I really liked its use of nature as that is always hard to come by in a 30s movie, but here it was all the more memorable for it. And I really liked the driving sequences which were of the most entertaining here. All of the characters are great and the wife of Cosmo is also really memorable and sometimes even quite funny.

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So what is the problem here? Well, that is the humor. Screwball comedies are my favorite subgenre of comedy as they are always charming and hilarious. But Topper is never hilarious and is in fact rarely genuinely funny which was so disappointing to witness. I don’t know why they didn’t utilize on this awesome premise, but somehow only the first act was quite funny at times and, as I said, those nature and driving sequences were excellent. But the second half is repetitive in its plot and humor and some of the humor as well as the supernatural aspects are very dated to be honest. Most of its supernatural aspects is solidly put together and the special effects are most definitely terrific for its time, but the rules here aren’t as well governed and the physical humor gets pretty repetitive and for a movie with ghosts in it, it is never inventive which was a real shame to see. Those are the reasons why the film left me unsatisfied in the end.

Topper is very well acted with Constance Bennett being very memorable in her role and Roland Young being deservedly nominated for an Oscar, the premise is terrific and some sequences here are charming and funny, but most of it isn’t as funny as it should have been and it is never as inventive or as entertaining as the premise demanded it leading to a disappointing screwball comedy.

My Rating – 3.5

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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010)

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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Movie Review

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is a 2010 fantasy adventure film which is the third installment in the Narnia franchise and undoubtedly the weakest one.

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You know, extraordinary things happen to extraordinary people.

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I was immensely disappointed in this adaptation. I adore ‘The Voyage of the Dawn Treader’ and it is one of my favorite Narnia novels. But this movie adaptation fails on many levels and rarely succeeds at bringing this wonderful source material to the big screen. Now, the book is so wonderfully adventurous, but the movie isn’t. It is much more boring and slower than the novel and despite a couple of great sequences, most of it is uninspired and ruined.

The movie fails in terms of the character development. By bringing this ridiculous green mist, they sacrificed the true drama of the novel in favor of some stupid fantasy exposition. In the novel, all of the characters are on an ordeal and they have to conquer their worst tendencies and become better people in the progress. But here some of it is only present, but most of it is done in a supernatural manner which leads me to believe that the filmmakers didn’t even understand Lewis’s work.

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It was absolutely ridiculous to me that Edmund of all people gets to battle his inner demons the most when he should be the calmest and most sane person of the group as he had already conquered those doubts and fears in the first book and movie. Lucy is better developed, but even she isn’t as great as she was in the book. Caspian has his moments, but is boring. The only ones who weren’t destroyed here were Eustace and Reepicheep who are both terrific. Eustace is excellent and, though most of the actors were weak, Will Poulter was pretty good and was brilliantly cast. All of the drama surrounding him was very well put to use and he remained a dragon much more in this movie and that is the only change that is done even for the better as it strengthened his relationship with the mouse who was here as memorable as in the book.

The ending was emotional as in the novel and I loved Aslan’s role and how everything ended. The movie also starts well, but everything in the middle is very unfortunate as it tended to focus on action instead of adventure. Yes, the sea serpent is memorable, but that action sequence is awfully prolonged and boring and to me they ruined this material and presented it is in the worst blockbuster fashion. Almost none of it is as magical as it should have been and even Coriakin and Dufflepuds were too me weakly put to use.

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Now frankly, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader does look good. I imagined it even better as the descriptions were so vivid, but they mostly managed to make it right with good special effects and some pretty solid scenery. The ending and the boat in particular looked fine. I liked that the running time wasn’t as extended this time around and although somewhat slow, the film isn’t boring and is even more engaging than sometimes pretty dull ‘Prince Caspian’. But having in mind how the book was simply magical, the charm was lost in this very disappointing adaptation.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader does look good, Eustace and Reepicheep are very well utilized and some scenes are moving and great, but this is mostly a very disappointing and weak adaptation that is more likely to please those not familiar with the source material, but to me it was such a problematic adaptation of a great novel with a poor focus, very badly interpreted message and a tendency to focus more on action instead of adventure. It is okay as it has its moments, but it is never as magical as it should have been.

My Rating – 3

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Girls Season 2 (2013)

 Girls Season 2 Review………………………………………………………………

Girls Season 2 Review

The second season of Girls is a very troublesome, yet at times very interesting and even admirable season.

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You are the most self-involved,

presumptuous person I’ve ever met

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It again consists of ten episodes, but the reason why it is weaker than the first season lies in its uneven nature. It is a very weird season that is at times much better than anything in season one, but at times much worse. The first season was consistent, but this one isn’t. This season has a couple of truly great episodes and a couple of truly mediocre ones whereas the first one had neither of those two which makes them much different. But even though this season deals with some much darker, admirable themes, it still has many episodes that almost serve as boring filler which troubled me.

Jessa is the only one in the main cast here that is really bad. I just never got her character and that hasn’t changed during this second season. Because the actress was pregnant during the season’s production, they left her out for the majority of the season, but in those episodes that she’s in, she is again very underutilized and I never get her motivations or her goals.

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Jessa and Thomas John break up here and of course divorce. That was incredibly clichéd and expected to happen which again points to how stupid this entire plot point was. The only thing I liked about Jessa here is that she was paired with Hannah in all her episodes which was refreshing and the two got some great moments (the bathtub sequence is really sweet while also being realistic). But that episode where the two went to Jessa’s dad’s house was pointless in my opinion. Nothing of substance happened there and again we don’t learn anything about Jessa. She remains an enigma, but an enigma in a bad way.

Marnie is interesting, yet odd. Her sex scene with Elijah was ridiculous and I found that plot point as well as the whole Elijah’s part in this season mediocre, but her involvement with Booth Jonathan was solid. He’s everything Charlie wasn’t and that is why she for one moment found him interesting. Speaking of Charlie, I thought that his new relationship was well handled and the earlier moments between him and Marnie were all great, but unfortunately them getting back together was somewhat shoehorn into the storyline and it definitely felt too cheesy and abrupt. And her singing talent came out of nowhere and I don’t know what they’re going to do with that. I am looking forward to her potential singing career, but only if it’s done right.

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The rest of the characters, unlike those explained above, are all excellent during this season. Let’s start with Shoshanna. She was the weakest and most underutilized link before, but she’s now very strong and she continues to be likable, but thankfully less of a caricature this time around. She’s dating Ray and their relationship was excellent. I loved everything about it and that she eventually left him as that was very much grounded in reality.

She is young and doesn’t want to get stuck with a boyfriend, and an older and un ambitious one, where she could be having fun and dating and having sex and experimenting like everyone else in their twenties. That wasn’t fair to Ray, but it’s an understandable choice. Speaking of Ray, I really like him. He is a very relatable character as there are many people like him, those who aren’t ambitious and lead boring lives and are already in their thirties. Of course these two weren’t going to have a future together and I liked that they broke up, though it was tragic.

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And now for Hannah. This season is interesting for not revolving largely around her as she is much less present than before and that led to a better characterization for the others on the show. But she is still fantastic and still the best developed of the bunch. Her relationship with her parents continues to be strong, I liked that incredibly romantic ending and it would be interesting to see whether she and Adam could have a future together.

That episode with her and Patrick Wilson’s character spending two days together was an interesting, but odd experiment. And her episode with Jessa wasn’t good for her, but I liked again her struggles with writing and her major OCD problems were introduced here and in a great way. This is where the series went really dark which was unexpected for a mostly light and even at times comedic show that it had been before. But it was very well handled and it is a testament to some great writing and emotional tone that I felt sorry for her despite me not liking her at all as she’s usually a horrible person. But watching her in pain was heartbreaking and a very mature development for Girls.

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Season two is interesting for featuring Adam alongside these four which was very intriguing as we haven’t really seen male characters focused on before. But here he has a new girlfriend and this relationship is so well explored. The two are vastly different and it was evident that it couldn’t last, but that sex scene between the two, although too graphic for my taste, was excellent for portraying everything that is wrong with Adam and what is going on in his head. This season really had some clever writing, at least when it involved some characters.

Overall, Girls Season 2 isn’t as good as the previous season owing to its uneven nature and too many mediocre and forgettable episodes plus Jessa continues to be underutilized, but Hannah is excellent once again as is Adam and also Shoshanna. It was very dark, but interesting and it dealt with some really intriguing themes leading to an odd, yet very solid season of television.

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Worst Episodes: It’s About Time and Bad Friend.

Best Episodes: It’s a Shame About Ray and Together.

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My Rating – 3.7

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Children of Heaven (1997)

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Children of Heaven Movie Review

Children of Heaven is a 1997 Iranian family drama film directed by Majid Majidi. It is a flawed, but moving picture.

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Don’t cry. I’ll go after your shoes right away. I’ll find them

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It follows a brother and sister and their adventures over a pair of lost shoes. I really liked the story here. Yes, it is evidently very simplistic, but it is still effective and this kind of a film can always melt your heart. It was so heartwarming and just beautiful watching these two innocent souls and it is one of the best family films of its time.

I really liked the characters and I wished that the film focused even more on the children than it did. They are wonderful together and I felt as if I was watching real children and not just characters owing to a good script, excellent characterization and two very good performances from two talented child actors.

The film is very well directed by Majid Majidi and solidly edited. Its heart is in the right place and some scenes are just immensely powerful and memorable. The highlights were the quest for lost shoes and that moment where the girl longingly watched another schoolgirl eat her lunch is a small moment, but nonetheless an effective and heartbreaking one.

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So Children of Heaven is very well made, incredibly moving and mostly effective. Then why did it still disappoint me? Well, the answer is twofold. One reason is that the film is just never as engaging as I wish it would have been. And another reason is its supporting characters. The adults are good, but not particularly well defined and the film’s structure is odd and it meanders a bit when it doesn’t focus on the children themselves. And some scenes, particularly that race in the third act, were just way too extended and frankly boring, reducing the impact of the overall movie. But this Iranian drama is still a very good one and it can emotionally affect even the most hardened of souls.

Children of Heaven is flawed in structure and pacing, but the film is so effective in its simple storytelling and very good characterization that it becomes such a moving tale that can really affect you emotionally. Watching the two children was so heartwarming and at times heartbreaking, the child actors gave very good performances, the film is mostly very well made and it succeeds as such an emotional family drama with a couple of truly powerful sequences.

My Rating – 4

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It’s the Girl in the Red Truck, Charlie Brown (1988)

It's the Girl in the Red Truck, Charlie Brown ReviewIt’s the Girl in the Red Truck, Charlie Brown Review

It’s the Girl in the Red Truck, Charlie Brown is a 1988 animated television special and the 32nd entry in the Peanuts series. It is by far the worst one so far.

Yes, this one is even worse than ‘Snoopy!!! The Musical‘ and I didn’t think that was even possible. This is such an odd, ridiculous special that I was just surprised that Charles Shultz would even consider it, let alone make it. We follow Spike as he befriends a human girl in the desert and we follow their adventures.

Nothing ever of substance happens here, absolutely nothing. I have to say that I like Spike and he is the only bright spot in this dismal affair. And although the mix of live-action and animation is interesting and sometimes fun, it isn’t particularly well conveyed. Those human characters were so flat and the acting was just mediocre. The plot is basic and the third act is so silly. Again, I am surprised at this oddity’s very existence.

In the end, It’s the Girl in the Red Truck, Charlie Brown is such an odd mixture of live-action and animation with flat characters and a silly plot leading to one of the worst Peanuts specials for sure.

 My Rating – 2.5

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Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom (1953)

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 Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom is a 1953 educational animated short made by Disney that received an Oscar. It is a typical, just solid film.

The reason why I didn’t love this flick lies in my apathy for the educational format. They do their best here to make it entertaining, but it unfortunately still ended up being dull, overlong and forgettable. The film is solid as it definitely has its strengths, but it is far from great and it did not deserve its Oscar at all.

What I liked here is the animation which was pretty solid, albeit not great. But I liked the character designs and of course the sound effects are terrific. The beginning and ending are also good and memorable and the score is excellent with some really good, classic singing of the time. It is confidently made, but I was still bored by it immensely.

Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom has pretty good animation and score, but its educational format led to a dull viewing experience.

 My Rating – 3.5

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