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I didn't know if it was possible for Edgar Wright to make a funnier, more entertaining film that Shawn of the Dead, but the truth is they succeeded. Hot Fuzz is simply brilliant as a comedy.
Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) is an ambitious and hard working London police officer, a real superstar in his precinct. He's so good that makes all others look like idiots and they soon plot to get rid of him and send him to a small rural village away from London. Needless to say that nothing remotely dangerous or interesting happens in the lost village. Nicholas has to join local policeman Danny Butterman (Nick Frost), a drunk tyke that has no idea how to take his work seriously. However, Nicholas soon notices strange incidents and starts to suspect that something really serious and dangerous threatens the village, but is it real or just the imagination of a super cop trying to fight boredom?
Hot Fuzz is an incredible parody of the typical cop and action films. We very frequently see references to films of the genre but obviously in a comical sense. The characters were brilliantly built and the actors giving life to them successfully embody all that the characters have to offer. The argument is, by itself, brilliant, with intelligent and hilarious dialogues, even when they are simply silly. Edgar Wright was also behind the argument and succeeds to perfectly combine a good story with visual jokes. The film is also coherent, not like many that start one way, end another way and we are left clueless about how one led to the other. Hot Fuzz offers a well structured screenplay that supplies the viewer with small detailed that are useful for understanding the story. For example, the village cops only eat sweets and the special effects are always exaggerated.
Among the cast, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost were both very well, contributing with a unique comic interpretation that owes nothing to other great names of British comedy.
In conclusion, this film was an enormous surprise; it gathers all the essential ingredients of an excellent comedy and the final result could not be less than excellent.
I just bough and watched this DVD. I have to agree that one of the largest problems of our capitalist society is the exacerbated consumerism of certain individuals that do not have the financial means to cover their enormous spending. This serious and somewhat complicated problematic is portrayed with some ambiguity in the literary series "Shopaholic", a set of books that report, with a mixture of romance and comedy, on the adventures of an addict on shopping. "Confessions of a Shopaholic is the first adaptation of this literary product to the big screen that in has recently reached an enormous commercial success with the female audience.
The story of the film is focused on Rebecca Bloomwood (Isla Fisher), an addict on shopping and mad about fashion that dreams to work in a fashion magazine. However, her uncontrollable desire for shopping forces her to find a less interesting job to sustain her addiction. Through an irony of fate she ends up working for an economy magazine that attacks all her financial principles and uncontrollable habits.
By taking a superfluous and commercial approach, the film never deals concretely with the problem of debts and shopping addiction and these seem to serve as a background for a typical romantic comedy that conjugates a vapid romance to an irritating humour. By turning potentially dramatic and problematic situations into simple jokes "Confessions of a Shopaholic" becomes itself a rather tasteless joke when set against the serious economical recession the world is experiencing. The film turns Becky into a victim of capitalism and almost forces the audience to feel compassion for this envious and superficial character that spends a fortune (of money she doesn't own) buying clothes she doesn't need and that escapes her creditors while making them the villains of the story. This clear decriminalization of the consequences of exacerbated consumerism removes any sense and credibility to a story that never seemed very interested to portray this issue with detail and seriousness, preferring to focus on a basic and sloppy romance.
The soundtrack presents some captivating sonorities of some great contemporary artists that will certainly please the younger audience. However, this technical quality is not enough to save the whole work. The cast presents, in general, a mediocre performance that was irremediably harmed by the fragility of character construction. I just thought that the film was essentially ridiculous, becoming a comedy of pathetic proportions...
My girlfriend loved it, though...
"A History of Violence" was one of the great film works of 2005 and was acclaimed with positive reviews by the cinema critics. It is the creation of the famous Canadian film maker David Cronenberg, also known for films like "The Fly", "Dead Ringers" and Eastern Promises. Cronenberg is generally characterized by a cinematographic style to which the general public tends to have very mixed reactions but he is, in essence a maker of cult movies. With ths work Cronenberg gained more respect from the critics and the film was even nominated for two Oscars.
As the title implies, it deals with a story of violence that is consistently supported by an amazingly solid argument and a great cast. The plot directly approaches psychologically complex themes like the strength of one's subconscious and how one's personality can be created by by their mental strength they impose. It also shows how the long hard work to acquire such personality can be flushed down the drain in a short period of time. It is therefore a film about human transformation.
The film begins by presenting Tom Stahl (Vigo Mortensen), the quiet owner of a café living a quiet family life directed by a common and honest simplicity. One day two bandits enter his establishment and, between the death threats, Tom manages to escape the situation with amazing cold blood and not without consequences for the outlaws. The event reaches the press and will make Tom a known hero. The sudden fame, however, will also dig out the ghosts of his past with the appearance of some Philadelphia murderers led by Carl Fogarty (Ed Harris) and cast doubts about him and his past, even with his wife Edie Stall (Maria Bello).
The film is, in fact, almost perfect, characterized by an amazing argument, the coldness and cruelty of violence scenes and a wonderful cast performance. Vigo Mortensen is amazing in the way he shifts his personality along the film, leading us to question if we are still looking at the same character that it began with. Maria Bello also deserves focus by the way she suffers and transmits the insecurity of the character when she begins to doubt the past of her husband and also by the way she changes her personality with the passing of time. Ed Harris assumes well the skin of a cold, cynical character and William Hurt also performs wonderfully, but I'll leave the details for you to watch for yourself.
In 2000 Dreamworks presented us with a film called "Chicken Run". It is a stimulating computer animation produced during 3 years of long hard work and that was, many often increased at the pace of a few second a day! The film was made using puppets of each character and adaptable faces for the different expressions. Each movement on the screen results from an intense computer work and of an unthinkable number of captions of the different positions the puppets were placed in. Also extremely important is the enormous work of the actors giving voice and soul to the characters. This achievement is, without a doubt, one of the strong points in this animation. The final product is a lively animation film that manages to put together fun entertainment and a positive message for (but not only) the young.
The setting of the film was inspired by by some horrors of our recent past. It takes place in a chicken farm that is very similar to a Nazi concentration camp where the chickens, Mobilized by Ginger (Julia Sawalha), try to escape to the outside fields. Numerous plans are ill succeeded, from the classical tunnel escape to getting out disguised, all had been attempted. The cruel truth was, however, that everyday the chickens that could not lay any more eggs were brutally executed by Mrs. Tweedy (Miranda Richardson). All seemed lost until one day help comes from the sky in the form of kind, but blusterer, Rocky Rooster (Mel Gibson). This "rooster that knew how to fly" will, in a relaxed way, train the chicken, increasing his self esteem without really helping them out. We soon discover that his courage was far smaller than his mouth (or beak, in his particular case) and he ends up running away, afraid to be caught and taken back to the circus he had escaped from. However, the persistence of the chicken leads them to built, with the materials smuggled by two rats, a flying machine that will take them to the other side of the fence and to freedom. Before they go they must, however, save Ginger that fell into Mrs. Tweedy new acquisition to increase the farm's profit: a chicken pie making machine. This is a clear reminiscence of Sweeny Todd's famous human pies, a traditional London myth recently adapted to the big screen. The rescue is made by Rooster himself that not only saves Ginger but also demonstrates his true courage and love for her.
The idea that life is difficult and full of obstacles but that these can be overcome with courage, determination and persistence and that liberty is the greater possession one can have is the main message that this film tries to transmit to the young ones and remind the grown ups.
Bee Movie is yet another good bet from Dreamworks studios which start to gain terrain on Pixar and Disney when it comes to animation films. The idea came about when Steven Spielberg and Jerry Seinfelg got together for dinner 4 years before the movie became a reality. The argument was written by Spike Ferresten, Andy Robin and Seinfeld himself.
The story is as funny as it is fantastic; imagine a fully automated bee hive, as if it was a car factory, complete with all kinds of machines and complicated gizmos that produce the best quality honey. In this hive, that is nothing short of a bee mega city, live thousands of insects, each with a specific function. Barry (given voice by Seinfeld) is a young bee starting in the honey production work but dislikes all boring jobs available inside the hive: he wants to go out and explore the world isde by side the ones that collect the nectar from flowers. He finally gets his dream job but, in his exploration of the outside world, gets lost from the rest of the bees only to meet the human Vanessa (Renée Zellweger). He develops a special affection by this human which leads Barry to break the main bee rule: never talk to humans. Living alongside humans Barry learns, among other things, that the honey his kind works so hard to produce is stolen by these and sold to make money. Revolted by this he decides to sue mankind.
This is the first incursion of Seinfeld into the genre and the protagonist of the 90s series has his hands supporting this adventure, lending his voice to Barry and producing the film and argument.
The film is quite successful and the animation well achieved. The way Barry looks even reminds us of Seinfeld himself, with his big blue eyes, pointy nose and wearing sports shoes, the comedian's favourite. I ever dare to say that Barry is the Seinfeld of bees. The scenes where Barry and his fellow bees fly over the mega city of New York are incredibly fluid and also the whole construction of the hive is al interconnected and united as is the complex work and society of the bees. The text is funny with fast dialogues word games.
In conclusion, Bee Movie is an excellent comedy that will please the spectator and provide good moments of fun both for the young and the less young and marks the return of Seinfeld.
21 Grams is not an easy film nor one of general liking. I have personally developed a certain resistance to it since I first saw it in the theatre. The argument is really worth more for the technique it employs than by the story it tells. Between constant flashbacks and prolepsis connected by the characters' motivations and not by a linear chronological relation, "21 Grams" tells the story of a hit and run, a heart donation, the falling in love of the man receiving the heart by the widow of the donor, of a frustrated revenge and a final redemption.
The moral setting is particularly dear to a certain type of American cinema, as are the depressing scenarios of a hospital waiting room or a decrepit motel. The depression, the drugs, the sex and love are also conjugated in the good American way. What is perhaps new is the development of this tragedy in a climate of constant tension that demands great attention for the viewer to be able connect the several narrative times into a logical sequence and understand the reasons that move the characters to act the way they do and also how much a life weighs.
The film was nominated for Oscars for best actor and actress, but the quality of it must be ascertained by each individual. If this review didn't put you off you should get the DVD and make up your own opinion.
50 years ago Ross Bagdsarian gave life on paper to three funny little squirrels that made a huge success all over the world and that now had their shot at a real motion picture in "Alvin and the Chipmuncks" the three main characters of the movie are fluffier and cutter than ever.
The movie mixes 3D animation and live action to tell the tale of how the three little singing squirrels came out of the forest to completely mess with Dave's (Jason Lee) already messy life. With a job in publicity and dreaming about a career in music, Dave is about to throw the towel but gains new hope when he meets the friendly but mischievous trio, Alvin, timid Simon and Theodore. From the on a series of events makes Dave rethink his values, especially concerning family and friendship.
The movie is clearly aimed at the younger ones but also to those that were once fans of the cartoon. The movie is simply fun and even if you are not a fan of the original cartoon you will still be amused by the mischievous trio and with the musical moments. It will certainly keep the younger very entertained! The characters are very well made, very cute and funny and faithful to Bagdasarian's original drawings, owing that to the hands of Rhythm and Hues, who were also responsible for the insertion of Garfield in two recent live action movies. The biggest criticism is that the movie loses pace towards the end and cannot grasp the spectator's attention throughout the 90 min, but that's also understandable since the movie is meant for kids...
If you like the genre, if are fans of the series or if you have "little people" in the family I strongly recommend that you watch this movie, which may not please all adults but, hey, think of the kids!
The Shawshank Redemption is, without a doubt, one one the best movies in the history of cinema. Not surprisingly, it tops the Internet Movie DataBase (imdb.com) with a whopping rating of 9.1/10, right next to The Godfather. This big screen adaptation of a book by the great Stephen King places itself as one of the most powerful dramas of the seventh art. It did lose the Oscar to Forrest Gump in 1995 but you really shouldn't measure the quality of a movie by the prizes it doesn't win.
The movie tells the story of Andy Dufresne, a banker wrongfully accused of murdering his wife and wife's lover and sentenced to life in the prison of Shawshank in 1947. Quiet and mysterious, Andy attracts the attention of many inmates, including Ellis Boyd Redding, AKA Red (Morgan Freeman), with whom he becomes friends as time passes. However, because of his financial knowledge, Andy becomes the victim of even more injustice and get's explored by the guards for easy money. His case is legally complicated but he never gives up the idea of regaining freedom and get rid of the Shawshank torment.
One of the things that makes this movie so good is its argument, very elaborate and perfectly portraying the hard reality of life behind bars. The relations between inmates, most sentenced to life in prison, are often quite tense and full of rivalry since most know they will never leave anyway. It reveals the day by day life of a prison, the fights, the relations, racial tensions and, most of all, the corruption that goes from the simplest guard all the way up to the director. It shows the prison as a world apart from the world, a place where laws and rights of the rest of the world do not apply and there are only the laws of Shawshank.
Among the characters there are great dialogs, well written and interpreted, that succeed in transmitting the dramatic life of a prisoner such as Andy. He believes, and says it often, that one day justice will be made and he will be set free. Red, on the other hand, assumes a posture of conformation, of someone who knows he will never leave, and becomes a guide for the newcomers but also a smuggler of small things into the prison walls. The friendship that binds the two characters is very strong and often put to the test. On the technical side the movie is without flaws, with an adequate soundtrack and good photography despite the restriction of the scenarios.
"The Shawshank Redemption" is, in the end, the story of an honest man convicted for a crime he never committed because of someone's mistake and who is now doomed to a life of misery in prison. This is a story that, unfortunately, is not only part of the fiction world and which the movie wonderfully portrays. It is an emotional masterpiece demonstrating how a man that had his life unjustly destroyed never ceases to try to prove his innocence and live a life of freedom and peace.
"Get Smart" became the most recent TV series to be adapted to the big screen and marks the return of Maxwell Smart, now interpreted by Steve Carrel. Smart has the mission to defeat the latest attempt of world domination by the terrorist organization KAOS. When the headquarters of CONTROL, Maxwell's secret agency, is attacked and the identity of its agents compromised, the Chief (Alan Arkin) has no other choice but to promote Maxwell Smart, who has always dreamed of working with famous secret agent 23 (Dwayne Johnson). However, Smart will become partner of the only agent whose identity has remained safe: the beautiful but deadly veteran agent 99 (Anne Hathaway). With his little field experience and tendency for disaster, armed only with a few gadgets and wild enthusiasm, he will have to defeat KAOS in order to save the day... and the world.
The whole movie is quite funny and, like the original TV show, it builds up a well steered satire towards espionage agencies and to other movies dealing with espionage, such as the James Bond saga. The argument and story development is close to the "Austin Powers" saga; in both we are before spies that don't really know much about what they are doing but that, in the end, save the day in an improbable but comic way. Well, I can't really say that the argument is very logical, but then again the only true objective is to amuse the public while trying to stay faithful to the original series. I believe it succeeds in both. The jokes are good and the situations funny without being exaggerated or overly stupid.
As for the cast, most credit has to be given to Steven Carrel that shines again with a great comical performance. Anne Hathaway also plays a very good role in the skin of beautiful agent 99 (did you notice I say beautiful twice? I'm so in love....). This movie promises many laughs and good mood and, just for the acting of Steve Carrel, is well worth the price of the DVD.
The success this movie had was, without a doubt, quite impressive, especially in the USA: "Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" is politically incorrect from the first to the last scene. Made in a "mocumentary" format (a fake documentary used for comedy purposes) the movie deals, with heavy irony, with some of the most delicate themes in modern society, such as racism, antisemitism and the exacerbated nationalism of North Americans. Its success gave rise to large box office earnings and won Sacha Baron Cohen the Golden Globe award for best comedy actor. Could the North American market actually have become more liberal and open minded to explicitly infamous jokes?
The mocumentary is conducted by Borat Sagdiyev (Cohen), the second best reporter of Kazakhstan. In the first moments of the movie he presents the village where he lives, an extremely poor place with little signs of modern civilization. It is right there that the character shows the public his lack of concern with incest, lack of hygiene or having a cow as a pet inside the house. Everything is hilariously miserable and one realizes that humor has no limits here and it is best to just go with the flow.
The journalist is recruited by the government of Kazakhstan to make a documentary about the USA to learn with "the most glorious nation in the World" and improve the situation for the people in Kazakhstan. When arriving in the USA with his innocence, precarious culture and unfunded prejudice, Borat literally spreads terror among Americans, either by trying to kiss strangers, chocking feminists by saying women have brains the same size as squirrel's or making sexual jokes about his mentally handicapped brother to someone that was supposed to teach him jokes.
Through his innocent posture Cohen finds a brilliant way to use humor to expose prejudice and make the public consider their own prejudices. I have to admit that some scenes are very dispensable, being used only to cause shock and discomfort among the viewers. Still, the movie is intelligently cynic to comically criticize not only North American culture but inter-racial relations as a whole.
The whole concept of using a documentary to discover American society works rather well; more than making people laugh, Borat tries to show the petty side of their culture and the funniest moment in the movie are the ones joking about the nationalism of Americans. Some are so surreal that one even doubts the honesty of the production... could the interviewees know what was happening?
The best thing about the movie is the performance of the English actor. He uses a hilarious accent and has an innocent but bizarre vision of the world. His prejudices are so absurd that nobody can take them seriously, or can they?
British film maker Danny Boyle, who also directed this year's big Oscar winner Slumdog Millionaire, directed in 1996 what can probably be considered his mos acclaimed work. I haven't yet seen Slumdog Millionaire but the story really doesn't catch my attention... Anyway, in certain ways this movie kinda reminds me of Stanley Kubricks "Clockwork Orange", although not dealing with the same theme, but it is definitely worth watching.
The main theme of this film is drug abuse, particularly heroin, which a group of youngsters depends on to escape a society full of prejudice, hypocrisy and without a clear path to follow. Depression, delusion and anguish. these youngsters are the intelligent Renton (Ewan McGregor), the violent Begbie (Robert Carlyle), clumsy Spud (Ewen Bremmer) and selfish Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller). Begbie is actually only addicted to alcohol.
The movie also portrays the friendship between the characters and analyzes whether they are as close friends as they seem, since there is a progressive degradation of their relationship with the increasing unsustainability of their situations.
The stronger features of this psychedelic movie include a luxurious sound track that includes, among others, Primal Scream, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed and Underworld, the satire scenes (such as the one with the toilet, the baby in the ceiling and the joke on Scottish people) and the great performances of McGregor and Carlyle.
On the weak side I would mention a certain repetition of some scenes, the fact that, in reality, heroin dependence is not as easy to "cure" as they make it seem and the argument which does not seem fully original (Clockwork Orange keeps popping to mind), although it was nominated for best an Oscar...
In any case, this movie presents the viewer with generally good quality that will leave you thinking about it for some time and also shows off Danny Boyle's talented directing skills.
This DVD puts us before a very original cult movie starring Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal), a creative and imaginative 16 year old living with his middle class family in a small American town. Despite looking like a normal teenager, Donnie lives tormented by mental disturbances that only get worse when he miraculously escapes certain death on a freakish accident. From here on, and after a few contacts with Frank, a giant bunny that only he can see, he realizes that the would is about to end and that only him, and him alone, has to execute a quite particular mission.
This work, that initiated Richard Kelly as a movie director, was one of the great sensations of independent movies in 2001. Donnie Darko can present itself as quite a surprise, with its inspired and interesting screenplay, excellent soundtrack, a capable cast playing complex and interesting characters, good camera work and articulated dialogues.
Also playing in its favor is the fact that this movie is quite unpredictable and generates multiple opinions about its closure. In my own opinion, Donnie Darko represents the typical teenager struggling with his (in)adaptation to a society full of hypocrisy, prejudice and false moral, where a teacher trying to promote thought has no place to be and a person loved by society has a past shadowed by pedophilia. Darko is willing to give his life for the ones he loves, hence is smile in the end; others said its because he saved the world.
It is, in my opinion, indispensable for all that like a good intellectual movie whose ending is subject to individual interpretations based on how they experience the movie themselves. It may require two or more viewings (I watched it 3 times...) before one can make up their minds about what "really" happened, but it will definitely be worth the time.
More cheerful and interesting than the first movie, "Madagascar : Escape 2 Africa" assumes a plot and visual style of great quality that is able to please both younger and older audiences. In this new adventure we meet again with Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe, Gloria the hippo and the crazy military penguins, lost together in the shores of distant Madagascar where they enjoy the company and fun of the lemurs. Tired of their stay in the paradise island, the New York quartet attempt to return to their home and, with the help of the penguins, they devise a mad plan: they repair an old plain that they will slingshot off a tree top for take off. This is also one of the first really funny scenes when the airplane just gets thrown spinning in what seemed an uncontrollable fall. The fragile aircraft does get airborne just to crash moments later in the wild planes of Africa where the New Yorkers meet for the first time animals of their own kind living in the wild and discover the differences between this new jungle and their old concrete jungle.
This new saga inevitably leads to side by side comparisons with the first movie. The argument of this sequel has more elaborate and intelligent jokes that will just have you gasping for air. The plot is also more solid and deep and to the recurrent theme of friendships this one adds a family theme that gives a somewhat more dramatic view of the saga. Among the main plot lines we can also find the platonic romance between Melman and Gloria, Alex's adaptation to a long forgotten environment and the clash of realities between city and jungle life. There is also a host of old and new characters that intervene in quite funny moments and contribute to animate the virtual scenarios of Africa but also to symbolize the best virtues and worst defects of humans.
Visually, "Madagascar: escape 2 Africa" kept the same generic guidelines of the first movie but the quality of the details improved substantially. The characters and scenarios are more detailed and their movements more realistic, an obvious outcome of the unstoppable technological evolution in computer animation that is revolutionized every year in Hollywood.
Several Hollywood super stars lend their voices to the main characters, among which one can mention Ben Stiller, David Schwimmer, Chris Rock, and Jada Pinkett Smith that convincingly and funnily reincarnate our shipwrecked friends.
To sum up, "Madagascar: escape 2 Africa" is a funnier and more complete movie than its predecessor. Both the storyline and computer animation are top notch, maybe only surpassed by Wall-E. However, I myself found this one much funnier. If you haven't seen it yet why are you still reading this review instead of going on your way to rent/buy it???
***** HIGHLY RECOMMENDED *****
Since its creation Batman was seen as an unconventional super-hero; he did not have super powers or a great joy in defending justice. He was a hero who took refuge in the shadows, like the bats who prefer to operate at night. This darker vision has been lost since the hero was put on television, but Tim Burton used his obscure genius to restore Batman its original identity, though only the two projects "Batman" (1989) and "Batman Returns" (1992) followed a road that respected the true nature of the Black Knight since the following two films return to the mistake of color-dressing Batman. 2005 marked the return of a large human-Bat by the hands of Christopher Nolan, who presented us with a movie that measures up to the beginning of Batman, not to mention the contribution made by Burton. The franchise around this super-hero was reborn, catapulting it back to the list of profitable films of fiction characters.
In "Batman Begins" we explore the origins of the legendary Knight of Darkness. After the murder of his parents, young heir Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) leaves a life of luxury and privilege and leaves on a journey around the world in search of means to fight injustice and turn fear into a weapon against predators that use it against the innocent. With the help of his faithful butler Alfred (Michael Caine), policeman Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and his ally Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman), Wayne returns to Gotham and releases his alter-ego: Batman, the masked avenger that uses its intelligence, physical prowess and a high-tech arsenal to fight the sinister forces that threaten to take possession of the city.
Christopher Nolan once again portrays Batman as the super hero that fights crime in the darkness, away from inquisitive eyes and away from the spotlight of fame. Bruce Wayne is portrayed as a young rebel shaped by the brutal loss of his parents at the hands of a criminal. In "Batman Begins" we understand better the pain and frustration of a character that could have everything but who chose to fight crime at night, while wearing the mask of a billionaire snob by day. In this adventure we understand better the mind of Batman and how he got where he is. Sure, early in the film one can become a little bored because the action scenes are very scarce and the argument revolves around the childhood and history of young Wayne, a deja-vu of a dramatic introspection necessary to build a decent saga. It is also curious to know how the Batcave came to be or the design of the suit, among other small curiosities that reveal very attractive and interesting for those who never read the comics or seen the cartoon.
In visual terms the film is very successful; the mysterious and intense visual aspect of the comics and Burton's films are recreated and are subject to technological improvements that only the twenty-first century could provide. Nolan was wise to keep the darkness of the movie from beginning to end and most key moments are now at night as is the case for most of the scenes of action and the most crucial developments in the story.
One aspect where Nolan has surpassed Tim Burton was in the action sequences that were major "defects" in the films of 89 and 92 since Burton focused too much on the characters and less in the action scenes. Nolan did not neglect in any of these respects, nor in a skilful and complete construction and development of characters together with night scenes filled with adrenaline and filmed from angles that mostly worked well."Batman Begins" shows us a new player in the skin of Batman; after Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer and George Clooney, it is time for Christian Bale to interpret the mythical hero and does so in a convincing and exceptional way. I'd even venture to say that his interpretation of Batman is the best ever. Bale has the charisma, the talent and personality to embody a hero of difficult approach such as Batman.
The film is supported by other major actors such as Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman to complement the performance of the main character. Katie Holmes, however, is a bit of a disappointment... her character provides the film's romantic moments but unfortunately Holmes and Bale don't seem to show great chemistry so this may be one of the few angles where the movie succeeded less well. The movie's main villain is Ra's Al Ghul, interpreted by experienced Liam Neeson who, despite not having the same charisma and psychopathic evil of other mythic Batman villains, is a fair opponent. There are two other villains, the mobster Carmine Falcone (Tom Wilkinson) and Scarecrow (Cillian Murphy) who complete and the role of evil characters in the movie and do a pretty good job at it.
In short "Batman Begins" is a good action movie that returns to the lost Batman glory of the past. It is a good beginning for a saga that that just leaves me saying "bring on The Dark Knight."
And to finish, the DVD can be currently found for less than nothing, so why don't you go out and get it(or order it on the net for cheaper!) and see fisrt had what I mean!
This was bought as a 30th birthday gift for my girlfriend and, quite franquly, it was the most expensive laptop I ever bought at about £900. It is thin and light-ish with an excellent 14.1" screen that is very bright and sharp. It has a very simple and elegant design with a pearl-like top cover and keyboard frame and the shiny chrome VAIO logo on top. The keyboard is confortable although the keys have a very low stroke but they still keep a nice feel. It comes with no bells and wistles: 3 USB ports, a VGA out, modem and ethernet connections PCMCIA card slot, and an oddly chosen TV output via a headphone-like jack for wich the brand suplies the cables and, to sum up, a magicgate slot for multimedia cards. Wifi can be turned on and off via a small button on the front. The incorporated camera in the screen bezel does the job but the mic tens to generate a lot of echo...
Performance wise its pentium M processor is franckly outdated but when running Win XP still does the job, especially since the RAM was upgraded to 1 GB. When it was first used the computer was dead silent but with time it became annoyingly noisy for some unknown reason. Even though the CPU usage can be close to zero the computer fan keeps blowing away hot air, and I mean HOT! The left side can be unconfortably hot to the point that you cannot keep the computer in your lap. And worst, the fan seems to produce some electronic noise that is picked up by the mic, so when talking to someone (skype for example) they will constantly hear an annoying sound in the background... And speaking of sound, although not as bad as I've seen on other computers, the sound is still pretty awfull...
Battery life is lower than average and the power meter will show ridiculous values of 6:45 then 4:30 but, in reality, if you get more than 1:40 you're lucky.
She loves the computer but I'm guessing mostly because it looks good... and she does nothing demanding on it aside from some internet browsing, woking with office programs and skype calls