Monsoon Wedding (2001)

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Monsoon Wedding Movie Review

Monsoon Wedding is a 2001 Indian film directed by Mira Nair. It is a pretty good, but still flawed movie that could have been much better.

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These are my children,

and I will protect them from myself even if I have to

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We follow an Indian wedding in New Delhi and all its traditions as the cousins from all around the world come to attend it. I liked that the film realistically portrayed one Indian wedding and everything that comes with it. It was well executed and the film works as a strong, sometimes even emotional drama. There are some discussions and conversations that are so good here.

However, what I didn’t like is the film’s lack of focus. Having in mind that it has such a large number of characters in it, I guess I should forgive them for that. But still I wished for a clearer and more focused narrative. For example, the sexual abuse that happened in this family came out of nowhere and although it does have its tragic effect, it was still thoroughly underutilized and needed much more screen time just for itself.

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As for the characters, they are mostly really well developed for the short time that they received. I loved the parents, they are the most memorable and well realized of the bunch and the scenes between the two were very strong. Of course everything surrounding the marriage with the daughter was also well executed. But everything with the wedding planner was frustrating to me as he is such an annoying, pointless character and I disliked that part quite a bit.

Monsoon Wedding isn’t an Indian film, but it is a coproduction between different countries and that is evident in its execution and tone. The film is certainly very Indian in the wedding scenes and especially in the music as it utilized on their traditional music and dances, but it is quite American in its characterization and especially in the dialogue which contains more curse words than you would expect from India and its erotic sequences and talk about sex and abuse.

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It is very well directed by Mira Nair and is so well acted. The acting is strong across the board with each and every performance being satisfactory. The script is also pretty strong and I liked that it dealt with a lot of different things such as arranged marriage, the costs of a traditional marriage, the future of the children as well as sexual abuse. The film works as a pretty solid and sophisticated examination of its subject matter and I guess that it is immensely relatable to Indians in particular. But it still feels universal enough in its themes and emotion that everyone from all around the world should enjoy it like I did. Some scenes were even touching and romantic. Overall, I really liked Monsoon Wedding, but I just wished that it was less convoluted, more focused and it would have been much better. Some scenes were also too laidback owing to its slow pace.

Monsoon Wedding executes its subject matter really well with a strong script filled with many interesting themes. The performances are very good across the board and most of the characters are well realized. The film definitely lacks focus and is filled with too many characters and subplots, but it mostly managed to make use of them all with some scenes being quite emotional and powerful and the overall film being very dramatic and ultimately satisfactory.

My Rating – 4

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A Serious Man (2009)

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A Serious Man Movie Review

A Serious Man is a 2009 black comedy film directed by the Coen Brothers and starring Michael Stuhlbarg. It is an incredibly frustrating, weak film.

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The Uncertainty Principle.

It proves we can’t ever really know… what’s going on.

So it shouldn’t bother you.

Not being able to figure anything out.

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It follows a Jewish man whose life crumbles both personally and professionally leading him to questions about faith. The film definitely had a great deal of potential as the premise is actually stupendous. I loved its themes and it was interesting seeing the man reevaluate and question his religion. That theme and conflict is always fascinating to me.

However, the execution is quite poor and thus successfully diminishing the movie’s impact. I have never liked the Coen Brothers and their style is very annoying to me. They are definitely not my cup of tea. And I am saying that because they are the ones who are responsible for this movie’s problems as they usually are. The direction is weak and annoying with a lack of any focus and with no point to it whatsoever. It just sort of starts and ends with no message and yet it is also not thought-provoking. They wasted such a great premise on a terrible execution.

The characters are solid. They are memorable and they are realistic. But these actors are obviously of lower caliber and Michael Stuhlbarg was never great and all of the others gave quite weak, passable performances in a movie that needed better acting.

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The film is well made, it is definitely slow, but it isn’t really boring as it benefits from solid dialogue and a couple of really effective, emotional sequences. I liked the conversational scenes the most and I wish the entire movie was more theatrical in its approach instead of slower and with some scenes that do not feature any dialogue and those were my least favorite. I found the film’s prologue to be exceptional and riveting. It instantly hooked me in the story, but they never really connected it well with the other parts of the film and the ending was just so stupid. The film was basically an excuse to torture the protagonist with no point or message whatsoever. It did not deserve its Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay nominations at all and it is another overly acclaimed work from two of the most overrated directors.

A Serious Man is another very overrated work from two very overrated directors. It has its intriguing moments, the prologue is very interesting and the premise is actually quite fascinating, but the Coen brothers wasted such a great premise on such a poor execution with far from great performances and an unfortunate lack of focus plus there is no point to it whatsoever.

My Rating – 3

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The Golden Compass (2007)

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The Golden Compass Movie Review

The Golden Compass is a 2007 fantasy film directed by Chris Weitz and starring Nicole Kidman, Eva Green, Daniel Craig and Dakota Blue Richards. It is a solid, underrated film adaptation.

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“One thing I do know, Lyra, you mustn’t grasp at the answer.

Hold the question in your mind, but lightly, like it was something alive.”

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Now this was an interesting film for me as I departed largely from the general opinion of it, both from audiences and critics. It is based on ‘Northern Lights’ which is the first novel in His Dark Materials trilogy. And even though it is obviously a very problematic adaptation, it is still a very solid one and it didn’t deserve the mediocre reviews at all. It isn’t great, but it is somewhat satisfying.

In terms of storytelling, it mostly succeeds. The entire first and second acts are just phenomenal and very faithful to the source material which I did not see coming and it made me happy. The entire movie is actually quite faithful and some scenes are even directly taken from the book both in scenery and in dialogue. But of course that third act is just so troublesome in every way. They basically decided to cut off the last couple of chapters and intended to feature it in the second film as they had already filmed those scenes. But because the film failed both at the box office and with the critics, they never made the sequels and thus we’ve never seen those scenes which is so unfortunate. And the ending where she was going to Lord Asriel thus felt disappointing, abrupt and did not provide the necessary closure.

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But that is the only problem I’ve had in terms of the story as otherwise it was really well crafted and adapted and the action was great and not excessive thankfully. But the character development is definitely quite weak and the characters are just never as memorable as their book counterparts. Lyra is very disappointing and she got more of a passive role in the movie and was overall not as complex. Pan was solidly utilized. Mrs. Coulter is excellent and Nicole Kidman did such a great job in her role, very menacing and she stole every scene she was in. Lord Asriel is disappointing. I didn’t imagine Daniel Craig in this role, but he was solid. The problem with him is that they cut off too many of his scenes. Serafina Pekkala is actually quite solid and Eva Green was perfectly cast for the role. Lee Scoresby is likable as he was in the novel and Iorek Byrnison is very good and looked great. But I agree with the critics in that the heart is missing and the film is just never heartwarming and is too cold like its glacial setting.

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There is no denying the film’s visuals as it truly is technically accomplished, absolutely gorgeous to behold. The special effects are splendid, fantastic and they aged really well. It is in fact one of the best looking movies of the 2000s decade. It thoroughly deserved its Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.

But the film’s scenery is just as good and the cinematography is amazing. I loved the scenes with Oxford and England looked wonderful and some of the scenes were jaw-droppingly gorgeous to witness. But of course I loved the icy scenes later on and the bears were well designed and both the film’s exteriors and interiors were quite inspired. The costumes were also top-notch as was the film’s score and sound effects. It was obvious that they poured the last penny on the production values and it paid off as the visuals are the film’s strongest asset.

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The action is also pretty good and The Golden Compass is actually pretty well edited and paced if you naturally discount that awful third act. Now obviously it wasn’t as clever as the book was, but that wasn’t the problem to me as the film is meant to be more of a visual and kinetic experience. And it did deliver on both fronts as the action is quite good and memorable and some scenes were just as I imagined them. The dialogue, although not great, is mostly solid and passable. Overall, I think it was undeservedly judged and although far from great, it is better than most book-to-film adaptations.

The Golden Compass is an undeservedly judged movie that is actually quite solid and never as mediocre as critics made it out to be. Yes, the third act is just awful as they basically cut off the last couple of chapters from the book and thus left no closure to it plus the characters are never as memorable as they were in the written form, but the film is still satisfying because in terms of the plot it was actually very faithful and great before that third act and it is a visual feast for the eyes with absolutely gorgeous scenery, exquisite costumes and brilliant special effects that rightfully won the film its Oscar.

My Rating – 3.5

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An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

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An Inconvenient Truth Movie Review

An Inconvenient Truth is a 2006 documentary film directed by Davis Guggenheim and starring and written by Al Gore. It is one of the most overrated documentaries.

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What we take for granted might not be here for our children.

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I really disliked this film and for many obvious reasons, at least they were obvious to me. It is obviously good meaning with a good message and a respectable goal, but I just couldn’t get into it mainly because it felt overly aggressive in tone. It was made to scare people more than to help every one of us and this entire subject matter has been proven time and time again to be exaggerated for hysteria. Some statements here were just false or repetitive or definitely overly emphasized for dramatic effect.

Al Gore is another reason why to me An Inconvenient Truth fell apart. I just could not accept this choice for him to be the center of the movie at all. I do not blame the director as maybe Davis Guggenheim would have done a better job with someone else, but with Al Gore it proved to be disastrous. For one, he talks about polluting Earth and blames everyone and is a self-proclaimed environmental activist and yet he drives expensive cars and planes and does contribute to polluting himself.

Another problem is that he just isn’t a scientist. The movie would have been much better had it focused on real science and spoken by a real scientist who knows what he’s talking about and not some environmentally conscious politician. And I’ve also had a feeling that he wasn’t particularly honest and something felt off in his speeches. Maybe this was his carefully choreographed step for a major political goal, I don’t know. But he just seemed dishonest here.

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And the final and biggest problem the film has is its awful technicalities. It is basically one giant slideshow of pictures, there isn’t any direction, or cinematography or good editing to be had here whatsoever. Certainly nothing artistic or cinematic and that is my major gripe with it and why I think it thoroughly did not deserve its Oscar for Best Documentary.

An Inconvenient Truth means well and presents a good goal, but that is all I can say that is good about it. It is otherwise an immensely overrated, frustrating movie that put Al Gore at the center of it which is a choice that is bad for many reasons and it is just a technically awful movie (consisting of basically one giant slideshow) that did not deserve its Oscar at all.

My Rating – 2.5

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Mean Girls (2004)

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Mean Girls Movie Review

Mean Girls is a 2004 teen comedy film starring Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams and Tina Fey among others. It is such an entertaining flick.

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I’m sorry that people are so jealous of me…

but I can’t help it that I’m popular.

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The story here is very predictable and clichéd. There isn’t anything new here whatsoever. True, it does explore girl high school cliques and it does have a great message, showing you how damaging those can be for girls. But the overall plot was very simple, very familiar and I guessed correctly what would happen almost every time.

But the characters make Mean Girls so memorable. Cady is truly fantastic and I loved her progression from a good girl to a mean one to just being a human being. I thought she was the most realistic and relatable person here. Regina George is your typical over-the-top villain, but she was as good as this character can be. Gretchen was the weakest among them, although funny at times. But Karen is very funny and she is also very likable.

The film is very diverse and it features both black and Asian students, but none of them play a major part and as for the gay character, I found Damian to be awfully stereotypical, but I guess you would find such a person in this group and in that way it was realistic plus he had some funny scenes.

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Janis is very sympathetic and I really liked all of the teachers as well with Norbury naturally being the highlight. I found the principal quite typical, but he had some memorable sequences. That is great about this movie – most of the characters have their moments and most delivery in terms of the humor.

The acting is excellent and is actually its strongest suit. Amanda Seyfried made her debut in this movie and she instantly made it count, delivering with a performance that features both heart and humor. Tina Fey is expectedly good, but Rachel McAdams is excellent in one of her earliest roles as well. It’s great watching this movie and seeing all of these actresses at the start of their careers and all did a great job. Lindsay Lohan is easily the highlight, so good here and actually quite stupendous at times, delivering a genuinely strong performance in such a good role.

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The humor is, as I said, really good. To me this film isn’t as funny or as good overall as ‘Clueless’ and it is rarely genuinely hilarious, but it is more often than not very funny and of course most of the characters deliver with some great snappy lines of dialogue. It’s a shame that the ending is so typically emotional and dramatic, but most of the movie was lightweight and funny instead of dramatic and I liked that. The dialogue is of course very good here and the movie is quite quotable. Again, not as quotable as ‘Clueless’ is, but still pretty good in its own right with a couple of very recognizable and amusing lines. The film is also well paced and entertaining from start to finish. Thanks to all of its strong technical aspects and humor, it manages to transcend its very predictable and familiar storyline. But I’ve just had a lot of fun watching this flick and I laughed more than a couple of times and found it to be overall very realistic, if a bit too over-the-top in a typical genre manner.

Mean Girls is such an entertaining teen comedy that transcends its familiar and predictable storyline and sometimes over-the-top approach with genuinely strong humor, excellent performances from Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams in particular and mostly realistic characters of whom almost all had their moment to shine.

My Rating – 4

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Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004)

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Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason Movie Review

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason is a 2004 romantic comedy film starring once again Renee Zellweger, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth. It is the weakest entry in the series.

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I truly believe that happiness is possible…

even when you’re thirty-three and have a bottom the size of two bowling balls.

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I really didn’t like this sequel. ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’ is such a good film that this comes as a huge disappointment. It is such a scene by scene rehash of the original with a plot that is basically repeated over and over again. However, most of the charm has gone and the silliness is overabundant.

Bridget Jones herself still could make you laugh here from time to time and is somewhat likable, but even she is a shell of her former self as this version of the character is too cartoony and over-the-top. Zellweger once again gives an excellent performance, but the characterization and the script are both quite silly.

The romance is also gone as I didn’t root for them to get back together as I did the previous time. It just all felt very uninspired and lackluster. Of course Grant’s character is the same as he was before and the story between the two is just repeated which is ridiculous as you think she would have learned by now what to expect from him. Mark is also not as charming as he was in the original and some of their scenes are heartwarming, but most of them felt very typical and they just extended the running time unnecessarily.

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Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason is admittedly very funny at times with some of the humor being pretty solid and it made me laugh, but most of it is too aggressive and immensely theatrical. The running time is overlong and the film is not only clichéd from beginning to end, but as I said, a pointless remake of sorts. They could have gone in some different, more interesting directions, but they chose the most basic and lazy one and this ended up being such a regular romantic comedy and I mean that in the worst way possible.

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason is sometimes funny, but is mostly too over-the-top with both its characterization and its plot. It is such a regular romantic comedy and such an incredibly lazy sequel that is basically a scene by scene rehash of the original, but done in a very mediocre and sometimes even annoying manner.

My Rating – 2.5

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Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)

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Bridget Jones’s Diary Movie Review

Bridget Jones’s Diary is a 2001 romantic comedy film starring Renee Zellweger, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth. It is a surprisingly good romantic comedy flick.

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It is a truth universally acknowledged

that when one part of your life starts going okay,

another falls spectacularly to pieces.

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This is the kind of film that is a classic romantic comedy meaning that it is entirely predictable from start to finish. She starts dating her boss, but he cheats on her and eventually she ends up with a good man for her who is Hugh Grant’s rival. Even the chase at the end is thoroughly archetypal.

But the film succeeds despite ifs familiarity because it is just so incredibly well executed. Not only are the characters very memorable and the protagonist extremely likable, but the film is both romantic and funny and that is what this genre is supposed to be.

I really liked Bridget Jones as she has such an endearing personality. Renee Zellweger carried the entire movie on her shoulders, delivering a performance that was Oscar-nominated, but she should have won in my opinion. She is simply put wonderful here and the performance and the characterization is so good that you feel like you’ve really met her.

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Both Daniel and Mark are typical characters, but they are well developed and I liked the feud that forms between the two. Hugh Grant is absolutely insufferable as he always is, but I shouldn’t blame that on the movie as that’s actually the point here. But Colin Firth is so likable and you root for the two to end up together as they’re such a charming couple.

I really liked the subplot with Jones’s parents. The two are having difficulties, but in the end, she comes back to him in a sequence that is both funny and very heartwarming. Another highlight in terms of the scenes is the last one. It is a cliché for sure, but watching the two hug and kiss on a snowy street is a memorable image to end the movie on. The film takes its time to get there owing to a somewhat less interesting first act, but the rest of it is great.

Bridget Jones’s Diary is very romantic and some sequences are really touching, but never overly emotional. It is done in the best way possible and if all of romantic comedies were this well made, the familiarity of their stories would be forgiven. The humor is terrific and is, along with Zellweger’s performance, the film’s highlight. The central character is very funny, but so are her parents. The film made me laugh a lot of the times and it made me smile almost throughout the whole running time which is why I liked it so much and I really didn’t expect that. It is one of the most stupendous films I’ve seen recently.

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It is well directed and mostly well paced as the film is never boring or rushed. Most of the plot points worked and even though I knew everything that was going to happen, it was so well made that I enjoyed the experience nevertheless. I also have to mention the score. It is the kind of film that uses pop songs and it does that really well as most of the songs are perfectly utilized in the movie and they accompany their scenes fittingly.

It is an entirely predictable movie, but Bridget Jones’s Diary succeeds because it is just so well made. The acting is terrific, the romance is great and the highlights are Zellweger’s performance which is fantastic and should have brought her an Oscar and the humor which is really good and it made me laugh a lot. I knew how it would end, but it was still an enjoyable experience as it was so charming and endearing.

My Rating – 4.5

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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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The White Ribbon (2009)

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The White Ribbon Movie Review

The White Ribbon is a 2009 German drama film directed by Michael Haneke. It is such a disappointing movie that let me down a lot.

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I gave God a chance to kill me.

He didn’t do it, so he’s pleased with me

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Because I’ve had high expectations form it, I was immensely disappointed at finally seeing the actual movie as it is so incredibly boring. This is the movie that has a powerful story that is important and tragic and instead of utilizing it in the best way possible, it uses a weak approach and thus ruining it tragically.

I guess Michael Haneke is to blame here as he as the director needed to make this film more accessible to audiences. The glacial pacing here is so off-putting that it is even difficult to sit through its entirety. Couple that with its incredibly long running time and you’ve got one overlong, tedious experience.

The White Ribbon, as I said, has a heartbreaking and important plot and some plot points and dialogue scenes are very powerful here. I also liked the ending and I liked most of the film’s conversations. I just wish that the transitions were smoother and that the film was quicker in pacing and better directed.

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But it is well acted and is otherwise well made with a pretty good cinematography. I really liked its black and white imagery and I found both the scenery and the camera movements to be quite polished. The emotion is definitely there and the characters are very well developed, but the film is a perfect example of a movie that is too much like a book/reading experience. A film should be swifter in pacing and more simplistic in plot and characters, but here it has way too many characters in it thus reducing some of their impact and it is too long, too episodic in nature and too slow to be enjoyed more as an actual film. In the end, The White Ribbon is a solid film, but the one from which I expected much greater things.

The White Ribbon is a disappointing film. Its story is important and tragic, the characters are well developed, some scenes are heartbreaking and the movie is well shot, but it is so frustratingly directed by Michael Haneke featuring such off-putting glacial pacing that it ended up being an overlong, tedious experience.

My Rating – 3.5

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Duma (2005)

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Duma Movie Review

Duma is a 2005 family adventure film directed by Carroll Ballard. It is a traditional and mostly very pleasant family flick.

It is about a South African boy who befriends a cheetah. This is a movie that feels so old-fashioned as it came from the nineties instead of 2000s as everything about it reminded me from the movies of my childhood – a grand adventure and a film about ecology and animals. Here we have a cheetah which is an interesting and rare choice and I loved that authenticity in it. But otherwise the movie is pretty typical and sometimes unfortunately more familiar than pleasantly old-fashioned.

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People go when they are ready to go, not when you are.

We are all just travelers on the same river, grandparents, parents, sons and daughters.

We all have our time on the river.

We do what we can before we disappear

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The film is very heartwarming and mostly quite wonderful. The cheetah is first cute, then elegant and dignified. The boy is typical, yet mostly likable. And I liked Ripkuna quite a bit and their relationship was great. But of course the relationship between boy and cheetah is the standout one and although the film is clichéd and the beginning and ending are highly familiar, I still really enjoyed that ending where they separated as it was done in the best way possible – moving, yet powerful and with a great message for kids.

What I found odd is the film’s structure. It basically rushed its plot to the protagonist’s losing his father to cheetah’s adulthood in the matter of minutes which was way too abrupt and then it kind of slowed down too much and the desert scenes took too much screen time. I liked them and most of the scenes there were great, but some were typical and prolonged.

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Duma is wonderful to look at, well acted and well directed. The African scenery is stunning and the film is beautifully shot. But the score is just splendid with the use of African songs being appropriate and those songs were catchy and very beautiful. The film is well made and emotional and I really liked it despite its many flaws. It is even a bit underrated as not a lot of people talk about it which is a real shame.

Duma is definitely familiar in its storyline and it has an odd structure for sure, but the film is so wonderfully old-fashioned and charming that its flaws are easily forgotten. It has beautiful scenery and a great use of African music, it is moving in its ending and it has such an adventurous spirit that it thoroughly succeeds as a family adventure flick.

My Rating – 4

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