I watched quite a variety this past two weeks. I managed to watch 6 movies but I only reviewed 4 movies here because the other two are being be reviewed separately. All these 4 movies are from 2011, quite a rarity as I often watched movies from different years.
Within 2 weeks, I have watched an animated movie of one of my favorite graphic novels I used to read when I was younger; a comic-like action movie; a drama I didn’t quite understand but still enjoy it; and another action that received good review everywhere.
Let’s just cut the introduction and moves to the mini review straight away:)
The Adventure of Tintin
Story: The adventure of Tintin was based on The Crab With Golden Claws, The Secret of Unicorn and The Treasure of Red Rackham. The story was changed quite a lot. Tintin met Captain Haddock for the first time whereas in the book, they have been friend for quite sometimes. The basic story is still the same. Tintin bought a model ship called Unicorn. Buying that ship made Tintin trapped in a revenge that had passed through generations. Ivan Sakharine tried everything to get the paper inside the ship so that he could find his ancestor’s treasure and had his revenge toward Sir Francis Haddock descendent. The adventure led them to Morocco. They continued their adventure in Europe.
There isn’t much to tell about the story, it was basically a chasing game between Tintin-Haddock and Sakharine. It was a really fun movie, I had a lot of laugh and enjoy it a lot. It won’t be one of my favorite animations but I truly enjoy it. They way they changed the story is really good, I hate a lot of changes in book adaptation, but Moffat, Wright and Cornish have proved that they are amazing writers because I have no objection at all to how they changed the story.
I am glad Spielberg didn’t do a live action as in using human actors for this movie. I have read in some blogs and articles that there are some who don’t like the motion-capture techniques used in this movie, I stand on the other side. Looking forward to see the 2nd and 3rd movie 🙂
Story: In the world where guns were no longer allowed, people were still fighting using their fist and sword. The story took place in the East of The Atlantic where a man named Nicola acted as the ruler of that place. Many people came to challenge him but none succeed. 2 strangers showed up, one was a cowboy without gun while the other was a samurai without sword. Both wanted to avenge their father’s death. A bartender united them to fight together.
I am not Gackt’s fan, but I do like some of his songs (in fact, I am listening to his songs while writing this.). At that time, I was curious to see him act in an English speaking movie. For a singer, he is quite good in acting. I am not gonna say he is an amazing actor but I admit he was good in Bunraku.
From the moment the movie started, I felt like seeing another version of Scott Pilgrim…not the story but the set. It wasn’t the same like Scott Pilgrim but the feeling was the same. I felt a bit bored here and there, especially when Harnett was on screen. His character was a macho cowboy thing that I never like…hence came the boredom. The fight scenes are often lingered too long. I am not gonna say that the movie was bad, it wasn’t bad but it wasn’t good either. I enjoy Gackt and Harrelson’s performance, their characters were more real than Harnett’s character.
Bunraku was shot in 2008, showed at TIFF in 2010 and finally released in US in 2011 (still hasn’t been released here in Indonesia, lots of Gackt’s fans are waiting for this).
Story: It’s a bit difficult to write about the story as I don’t know much about broker. It’s a one day kind of movie. A firm was laying off some of their employees, one of them was The head of Risk management, Eric Dale. Eric was in the middle of calculating something important. He passed down his job to Peter Sullivan. He finished the calculation and found out that the firm was on the brink of bankruptcy. Peter reported it to Will whom later set a chain of phone call to the highest authority of that firm. They must take a drastic step in order to save the company.
Honestly…it took 2 viewings for me to understand the story because I am blind to this kind of work. What the hell are they talking about was my first reaction. I still haven’t fully understood it yet…but at least I know the whole picture after that 2nd viewing. Despite the fact that I was a bit lost in the whole broker thing, but I really enjoy the acting performance of all the casts. It was an amazing ensemble. I enjoyed all the expressions and the dialogues they were having. The thrill of the movie came from that expressions and dialogues.
I have to admit that Paul Bettany was the main reason for me to watch this movie as he is one of my favorite actors. Jeremy Irons was my second reason. I am glad that I ended up enjoying Margin Call as a whole movie. Nice to see Paul has an interesting character here.
Story: I think it’s better for you to read the review in Flixchatter because that review is the reason I watch this movie. I’ll to summarize it here. Hanna is an action movie about a girl who was genetically changed. Hanna lived with her father deep in the forest. Her father trained her to be a strong woman and good assassin in order to kill Marissa Wiegler (played by the amazing Cate Blanchett). The plan didn’t work well and the cat and mouse game began. Hanna then found the truth about her existence
Hanna is a quick pace movie. I like how fast it moves. One moment Hanna was trained in a forest full of snow and the next minute she was killing everyone in CIA basement. The script is really good in keeping everything in pace without wasting time. However, there’s nothing special about the story. Although I like it, I don’t think I will remember about it next year.
I really like Cate Blanchett and Saoirse Ronan’s performances. They are the main attraction of this movie. 2 great actresses.
That’s all I watched this past 2 weeks. What have you watched lately?
Caroline from All About War Movie is hosting a War Movie Watchalong, if you are interested…come and join by visiting her blog.I think it’s a great idea. I often see book readalong (which is a fun reading activity), this is my first movie watchalong.