Becoming Jane anne hathaway bored me, being supposedly the heroine, and representing jane austen. she’s pretty, sure, but her accent was unconvincing, and she just didn’t seem to transcend to the story’s time. i also thought a lot of the story tried TOO hard to embody Jane’s Pride and Prejudice, but failing horribly and became a mere boring shadow of austen’s novel. it just failed to portray what jane austen wrote about…the romance between the two just didn’t seem to deliver the restraint, and passion. the direction wasn’t convincing, and anne hathaway just didn’t convey it well. she lacked the complexity of her character and probably the maturity. i really wanted to like this movie…but it was a disappointment. go see Jane Austen Book Club instead- or the other movies based on austen’s novels. This one lacked the bite.
The Jane Austen Book Club i honestly recommend this movie to those who’ve read 4/6 of jane austen’s books, because you’ll recognize the witticism of the writing and subtle plot lines with your familiarity w/ jane novels. but if you haven’t, you should still give the movie a try because the dramas of different love stories try to be representations of the austen themes, giving you a good explanation that austen-ism isn’t completely dead after all. the complications of love transcends time and culture. what i liked about this movie was the dialogue of austen’s novels between different perspectives and experiences, and not just a historic scholarly perspective, but more relatable and personal. it was fun to hear the dialogue about austen’s brilliant characters, and guessing which woman represented each of austen’s heroines. The movie was subtle, but dynamic. It worked because of all the subplots culminating into one commonality- jane austen.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street over the dark and gruesome backdrop of blues, grays, and blacks, was the juxtaposition of beauty from the pales, greens, reds, and whites. this movie was visually beautiful and unsurprisingly delightful, as what you would expect from a tim burton film. … there was life within death, beauty within the grotesque, hope within the desolate, and love within the hate. that’s what i loved about the movie- that despite the seemingly dross calloused murders, there was still great beauty, still great color, and purpose. i don’t really want to spoil the ending, but todd said it well during the middle of the movie- there is always something about humanity that deserves death. that’s what was missing you know- grace and a hero. but morals aside, great singing. great story. superb acting. such beautiful costuming. the one thing i would have done differently is to cut some of the songs…or make them a little shorter…
i’ve seen two versions of this movie, the one by ben kingsley and the current one by johnny depp. I must admit that the latter one has a more compelling story and they did a pretty good job setting up the characters. this version who happens to be an adaptation of a spanish operatic screenplay actually had a better plot, awesome cinematography and way better acting. my problem with this movie was how easy for the writers to debase murder as a convenient means to justify an end. the scene where todd was trying to find a way to dispose of signor pirelli’s body after an intended blackmailing gone bad and mrs. lovett was explaining to him how they could have a partnership of convenience. she needs to sell meat pies and he needs to get rid of some bodies. there is a fine line between killing and murder and its because of the jump from one side to the other that left me nauseated.
Resident Evil: Extinction 1 minute ago i’m such a fan on this series, but this one made me feel a bit tricked into watching some sort of retro western but in nevada. and there were some really stupid parts that seemed a bit overstretched like the zombie crows…the next addition to the zombie killing dogs. i’m surprised they didn’t send in the zombie bollweevils. and the whole idea of domesticating zombies? who’s brilliant idea was that? that’s all the world needs, rotting flesh in armanis and coach. i miss part 1 and 2 when there were real down to earth good old fashion zombies…when there was the good ol’ head twisting and hack & slash fight scenes, not matrix meetings and Heroes-like telepathic powers.
My Super Ex-Girlfriend uma can really play any part and has really expanded her roles from comedy to action, so this was probably a good comedic film for her, a bit easy going and probably fun to play. who wouldn’t want to play the nerd-turn-sexy superhero blonde slash vengeful ex girlfriend who could throw a live shark at the guy who dumped her? tell me… i think that’s what made the story work: things like anna farris, uma thurman, superpowers, relationships, and a huge shark being tossed around… i bet even superman would have enjoyed this film.
Hairspray (2007) i’m not much into adaptations or remakes, but i’ve been surprised before, so this is included in the exceptions, mainly because of the great cast…and i’m not talking about zach efron or amanda bynes. i really enjoyed john travolta (who was disturbing yet endearing), michelle pfeiffer (who can still pull off a size 2 and still look like the sexy catwoman on the prowl), queen latifah (who really pulled off a great mable), and of course christopher walken. you always have to admire a christopher walken film. anyways, the music wasn’t that bad either; it was actually quite comical and not so much highschool musical-ish. and the overhyped zach efron was ok- but typecasted. he performed just as he would in highschool musical- but with tighter pants. allison janney didn’t do so bad either, considering you can’t really replace lovable ricky lake. it was funny in its right…had great random moments that resulted in some chuckles, so i’d watch it again.