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Director: Pitof / Actors: Halle Berry, Sharon Stone ... / DVD released 17 January, 2005 at Warner Home Video / Features of the DVD: Dubbed, PAL

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      24.05.2010 10:33
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      Cats come when they feel like it. Not when they're told.

      Catwoman was created in 2005 as a big screen vehicle for Halle Berry at the time one of the most glamorous and influential and sexiest actresses in Hollywood, the character of Catwoman is the villain from plenty of Batman adventures.

      Unfortunately the film really stank the place out and was a total turkey, we bought the film because my partner is a comic book geek and wants these films whether they are good or not, this is not good and definitely not worth the £7.99 we paid from HMV a few years ago, it is now available for £3.93 on Amazon and I saw part of it on television last night also.

      Plot:

      Basically the film follows Patience Phillips (Halle Berry) a graphic design artist working for Hedare beauty, a company on the verge of creating a cream that defies the ageing process (at a cost!!), Patience is nervous, apologetic and a real sack of neurosis, one day she stumbles upon a plot within her organisation that explains how the anti-aging serum works, she is discovered but an inadvertent advert causes her to turn into Catwoman, an agile purrrrfect (sorry) woman with agility, speed and the kind of cattish attitude that means she can go from rubbing your leg to scratching your eyes out in an instant.

      Catwoman decides to seek revenge on the Hedare organisation and its owner (Sharon Stone), whilst Patience romances the cop on the case Tom Lone (Benjamin Bratt).

      Cast:

      Halle Berry ... Patience Phillips / Catwoman
      Benjamin Bratt ... Tom Lone
      Sharon Stone ... Laurel Hedare
      Lambert Wilson ... George Hedare
      Frances Conroy ... Ophelia
      Alex Borstein ... Sally
      Michael Massee ... Armando
      Byron Mann ... Wesley
      Kim Smith ... Drina
      Christopher Heyerdahl ... Rocker
      Peter Wingfield ... Dr. Ivan Slavicky
      Berend McKenzie ... Lance

      Whats Good:

      I didn't think the music was too bad at points, it was also good to see Alex Borstein (Lois from Family Guy on the Big Screen), the film itself does really have very few good points, Berry looks good as catwoman if thats what you want but that seems little point for a film.

      Whats not so good:

      Ok, starting with the plot, it just doesn't make a whole lot of sense or really go anywhere, the way Berry becomes Catwoman is tenuous and doesn't make a jot of sense, the way nobody can spot that Catwoman is her with an eyemask is silly (Ok I know it works for Superman too, but that is also silly!).

      The premise of magical cats is stupid and I just didn't buy into this in anyway, it doesn't have the camp stupidity to make you laugh if the plot fails as it doesn't have any humour, it just felt like a long pointless exercise in how to blow millions of pounds.

      My partner was disappointed that this wasn't the story of Serena Kyle (Catwoman as played by Eartha Kitt, brilliantly and Michelle Pfeiffer, very well, in batman franchises).

      The fact that the hero is trying to stop a face cream damaging beautiful girls faces sums this film up, its facile and doesn't really have a point. Berry looks bored at times, Stone would look bored if she hadn't botoxed her face to high heavens and Benjamin Bratt just looks grateful to be in a film.

      The fact the cop Tom Lone (Silly, silly name) can sleep with Patience and not realise who she really is made me chuckle as did many other points.

      The story doesn't go anywhere and you end up watching through morbid fascination rather than because your gripped.

      The acting is pretty shambolic, Berry as Patience is meek and timid, which is fine, but there is a fine line, Benjamin Bratt doesn't have much to do and is pretty dull as the love interest while Sharon Stone phones in her performance through a face that appears to have been frozen sometime in 1999, she shows no emotion, no facial expressions and seems fairly pointless as a woman who feels no pain, but has no fighting skills so basically takes the form of a human punchbag without feeling or emotion in her face.

      The action sequences are also a bit rubbish as the CGI catwoman scampers up walls quickly and does some funky fighting moves, but it is all a bit dull and looks rubbish like the Incredible Hulk.

      One thing that really annoyed me was that everytime Catwoman strutts about its with a model walk and backing track and it just made me think she was the most ineffectual superhero/heroine/villain since the Mystery Men or Robin.

      The film is the kind you watch through morbid curiosity, it is pretty rubbish and looks like a lot of money was spent on probably the wages for Berry and Stone but not much on writing, plot or action.

      It is laughably bad and hopefully its performance has stopped any hopes of a sequel, its terrible in every sense.

      Special Features:

      I watched this once, but couldn't again as I felt embarrassed for people talking worthily about how much time, effort and soul they had put into this piece of tosh, I like Halle Berry and think she is a good actress, but this was a big budget film that thought it could trade off her popularity and the character popularity without any thought for the viewers.

      Additional scenes
      Behind the scenes documentary
      'The Many Faces Of Catwoman' featurette
      Theatrical trailer

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        03.12.2009 22:22

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        Shoddy beyond words

        note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room

        Catwoman is almost universally regarded as possibly the worst comic book film ever made, and in fact, one of the worst films ever to be adapted from anything, ever. Despite Oscar-winner Halle Berry in the lead role, and some decent supporting actors, this is a film dreadful from virtually every perspective, even winning Berry a Razzie award, making her one of the few actors to be distinguished by both an Oscar and a Razzie.

        The film revolves around the shy and retiring Patience Phillips (Halle Berry), who is murdered after getting wind of a corporate cosmetics scandal (yes, cosmetics...), yet is brought back to life by a black cat who saw her act to save the cat earlier as noble. She comes back to life more confident, and in one cringe-worthy scene, orders a White Russian while asking that it have no Vodka in it...She then dons the persona of Catwoman, fighting crime and trying to clean up the city, although this comes with its fair share of risks.

        The main problem with the film is how carelessly executed it is: the direction is sloppy, the CGI looks unrealistic and silly, and Berry's central performance is pretty naff too. This has no right to hang alongside the Batman mythos. It's universally established that Catwoman wasn't a good film, but it wasn't the complete mess that many dismissed it as if you view it as an unintentional comedy instead of a serious superhero flick. Whilst it contains awful CG, cheesy dialogue and boring action, there's some decent cinematography, and the death of the antagonist is one of the funniest things I've ever seen.

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        06.09.2009 16:28
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        Terrible film

        Catwoman has become a by word for any poor film, along with such films as showgirls and tank girl feature in the worst films ever made.

        Adaptions of comic strip characters sometimes work well as in the Superman series or can be amongst the worst films ever made - remember the Mario film with Bob Hoskins? For me they should be high on graphics, be a little bit cheesy without going over the top and have a strong believable main character lead. This film has none of these things, I'm guessing the production chat for this film went something like this -

        "Lets make a film about Catwoman, you know hot girl, leathers, feline, sexy, super cool,"

        "yeah a great idea, who shall we get to play the part?"

        "Do you think Halle Berry would do it?"

        "No way, she's an oscar winner"

        "But maybe she'd like to show her comic timing after such a serious film?

        "Well we can only ask"

        So back to the film, its got absolutely no redeeming features, you know your in trouble when a red blooded male can't be bothered to continue watching a film in which Halle Berry strolls around in hot pants and a crop top. Halle stumbles through her lines, they are weak and insipid, she sort of tries to move like a cat but its more like a shambling walk of a man whose pulled a hamstring. Halle looks amazing but clearly shows she's not interested in the film so has no energy or drive in her performance.

        The others in the film, Sharon Stone once again shows her inability to act once you get away from having to take your clothes off. Increasingly it has become obvious that her acting begins and ends with showng everyone her bits in that chair.

        Theres a lame storyline about a dodgy face cream and an attempt to make the fashion/beauty industry as, a dodgy facile world but its a poor attempt after watching ugly betty.

        So a poor film, the special effects look incredible..... just like a computer based image in fact but without any link to the scene they are supposed to enhance and the ending is well unintentionally hilarious.


        Thankfully there has never been a sequel.

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        27.12.2008 12:43
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        The worst superhero movie so far

        When put-upon employee Patience Phillips accidentally overhears something at work, she realises that her multi-billion dollar corporate employers are not as wholesome as she had been led to believe. Fleeing the scene, her boss's security advisors catch up with her and consign her to drown in a torrent of chemical waste. But whilst Patience may have died that night, someone new was born to take her place and avenge those who would see her die. Resurrected by strange feline powers, Patience Phillips is transformed into the purrfect adversary.....

        Based loosely on a 1960s comic-book character that first appeared against Batman, Catwoman had the dubious honour of being nominated for seven Razzie awards. It fairly swept the board, picking up the award for worst actress (sportingly accepted at the ceremony by Halle Berry), worst director, worst picture and worst screenplay. It's not difficult to see why the film drew such relentless negative attention. It feels amateurish from start to finish; Halle Berry is truly awful and the whole project has neither point nor purpose, other than a thinly-veiled attempt to cash in on a franchise that was about to be reinvented and become the biggest thing the box office had to offer.

        It's not entirely clear what Halle Berry is all about in Catwoman. As a showcase for her body, it's an unprecedented success, with the slinky actress just about squeezing into a kinky little leather number, complete with high-heeled boots and faux-bondage facemask. It's almost completely wasted on the target audience, however, who are too young to appreciate the delights of the human form and instead want to see some butt-kicking action. And this is where it all goes horribly wrong. Berry's take on the role is to keep things as slinky as possible; swaggering along the roof tops brandishing a whip like some kind of Madame, and clearly not believing a second of it. The character's origin is clumsily handled; there's some old bobbins about a mystical cat that somehow brings Patience back to life for reasons that may or may not become clearer as the film progresses. It all just feels so childish and tiresome. In contrast to the dark, brooding lifelessness of Batman Begins or the authentic comic-book feel of Spiderman 1 and 2, Catwoman feels like a silly children's drama, toned down wherever necessary and brightened up at intervals to keep the young ones happy. There really is nothing here for even a reasonably mature audience, who, when subjected to it, will quickly peel away the superficial gloss and find little underneath.

        The script is as corny as possible, with endless feline puns and kitty jokes. It's sort of like Will and Grace, with superheroes and magical cats thrown in. Along with the ubiquitous office desperado (a wise-cracking sidekick named Sally) and the essential gay best friend (a camp designer named Lance), Patience is unlucky in love, until a chance meeting with a handsome police officer named Tom (Italian, has six-pack, you get the rest). Together they form a new relationship, but Patience has a secret identity (even though Catwoman is just Patience in a kitty mask) and everyone is too stupid to realise it. If it all sounds totally stupid, that's because it is - and we haven't even got to the ridiculous villains yet, an embittered couple of beauticians intent on marketing a new aging cream, even though they know it can cause lethal damage to the users. It's all so full of cliché, ridiculous coincidences and implausible plot twists that the audience quickly realises there is absolutely no need for a brain here.

        Catwoman's action scenes are a combination of live actions stunts and computer-generated wizardry, the latter working far better than the former. When Halle Berry (or stand-in) does the fighting, it's all terribly choreographed and as wooden as you like. This isn't really very surprising, given that the actress is trying to face-off in a skin-tight leather outfit and killer heels, and so, limited by the character's costume it all has to be a little tame. The computer-generated stuff is much better with Catwoman springing and leaping around sort of in a cat-like fashion (fancy that?) It's never really very convincing though. You never really got the impression that anyone had studied feline movement in any detail and as such, the only realistic things are the less obvious things that Patience does (eating tins of fish, drinking milk, sleeping in strange places.) This makes for one of the film's most wasted opportunities. There really is nothing very cat-like about Catwoman.

        Not surprisingly, the supporting cast are all pretty dreadful too. Love interest Tom Lone sees Benjamin Bratt doing what he does best; looking buff and saying very little. He's just about the most one-dimensional character imaginable and the perfect partnering for Berry's drippy alter-ego Patience Phillips. Best friend Sally (Alex Borstein) at least has a bit of zip about her, but is almost a complete rip-off of a handful of well-trodden sit-com characters. GBF Lance is even more one-dimensional than Tom and it's a telling sign that actor Berend McKenzie hasn't worked since. The villains are even camper than Lance, however, with Sharon Stone putting in a career-killing performance as villainess Laurel Hedare, closely followed by Lambert Wilson's desperate attempts to out-nasty her. Individually, they're bad, collectively they're a joke.

        It's hard to see what French director Pitof had in mind with Catwoman. This wasn't a franchise that needed re-inventing (such as Superman or Batman) and the director pretty much had a clean slate here (the only other notable Catwoman in movies was Michelle Pfeiffer's turn in Tim Burton's Batman Returns). The writers have kept the film almost entirely away from the comic-book character (even changing the civilian name) and there is no atmosphere to the film at all. At times, there is an occasional whiff of fun; as though the whole project was made with tongue firmly planted in cheek, but the regularity with which the film then takes itself seriously largely undoes this get-out clause.

        Catwoman is pretty much as bad as the critics lead you to believe. Despite a multi-million budget and an imaginative, potentially interesting central character, the finished product is unforgivable. Halle Berry recently stated that for the right script and the right director, she'd definitely do a sequel, but I don't imagine the offers will come flooding in and if Catwoman ever does return to our screens, I suspect that someone else will be filling out the leather boots.

        The region 2 DVD is easily ordered online for about £6, but I really couldn't recommend buying this disc.

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          05.10.2008 17:51
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          A must Not watch film.

          This is an hour and some odd minutes of my life I spent watching this movie that I will never get back. I like most of the Marvel comic book character based movies- but I hated this one. Halle Berry is a great actress but she really could do no justice to this horribly boring storyline. I would not recommend watching this movie if it was the only thing on basic cable!

          The Story:
          Patience is a shy graphic designer for a popular cosmetics company. By strange circumstances she finds out a dark secret about her company. A secret someone would kill to keep quiet. While suppose to be dead Patience awakes with catlike intuition and reflexes. She becomes a wildcat walking the very fine line of good and bad. She strikes up a romance with a local cop obsessed with Catwoman.

          My Opinion:
          Ok so reading the Storyline the movie does not seem all that bad- wrong. It was horribly slow and boring. The special effects were even poorly done. Michelle Pfeiffer was a way better catwoman in Batman Returns than Halle Berry. It seems they were just rushing to make a movie, and did not care how good the final product even turned out. Also Halle's catwoman suit was okay but could have been way better. The chemistry between Halle Berry and Benjamin Bratt (the cop) seemed kind of awkward and was just not working. Some one should have written a better script and begged Michelle to take the role! I say if you want to see a better movie involving Catwoman, rent Batman Returns.

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            14.04.2008 14:07
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            Catwoman (2004)

            Catwoman is the 2004 film based on the character associated with Batman. In the 1992 film Batman Returns, Michelle Pfeiffer played Catwoman. In this 2004 film, the role is taken on by Halle Berry.

            The Plot

            Patience Phillips works for a large cosmetics company. She stumbles on the dangerous secret behind a new anti-ageing cream, and the company attempts to murder her, but she is revived by cats and with feline abilities. Takeing on the alterego of Catwoman, Patience sets about exacting her revenge and bringing justice to the company and the powers behind it.

            The Cast and Performances

            I would like to say that there is a good performance here, but everyone seems to not care. Halle Berry looks fantastuc but doesn't ooze secuality onto the screen with her performance. There is a lack of charisma in her performance, as is the case with Sharon Stone's playing of Laurel Hedare, the ex-model behind the conspiracy. Benjamin Bratt gives a typical performance as cop Tom Lone who is investigating the whole thing, but he slips into the two female leads' anti-charisma camaign. The support cast do a standard job.

            My Opinion

            The plot is a decent one on first look, but director Pitof has not managed to create a good comic book film from it. The idea of Catwoman actually having feline abilities is a good one, but the camera seems determined to focus more on how skimpy Halle Berry's costume is rather than anything else. Sharon Stone just looks like she's lost it and has had no direction from anyone, and the special effects are below standard. Scenes involving superhuman stunts look fake and contrived, which spoiled a lot of it for me.

            Behind the bad there is some good. The film does entertain from time to time, and I di watch it all the way through. I like comic book films, and was looking forward to this one, but I think big errors were made in choosing a director and the cast. They needed someone with a bit of flamboyance to get the job done.

            Conclusion

            A disappointingly flat performance all round.

            I rate this film at 1 star out of 5.

            The DVD is available from amazon.co.uk for £5.98.

            This review may also be posted on ciao.co.uk.

            Thanks for reading.

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              13.02.2008 18:05
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              A really enjoyable superhero film!

              What is it ?:
              This film is one of the best Ive seen, featuring one of the most sexy super heroes. The one and only Catwoman, this film beats everything even the likes of the mighty Spiderman 2.
              History:

              Catwoman first appeared in the Batman comics and was an instant sucess, neither good nor evil Catwoman made the comic more colourful. There have been many Catwomen throught time, Eartha Kitt and Lee Meriweather to name a couple. Halle carrys on the Catwoman tradition with style and this film is nothing short of excellent.

              Plot outline:
              Patience Phillips an ordinary girl living an ordinary life working for as a advertisment designer for beauty cream company Hedare for the new cream Beau-line. She has a softspot for cats as she climbs out onto an airconditioner to save one lucky for her she is saved by cop Tom Lone, after a hasty thanks she leaves for work dropping her purse on the way. At work she meets Tom Lone again and he returns her purse and promises her a drink later, she thanks him again and he leaves. Later that day her boss George Hedare asks to see her and tells her that the designs she has come up with have been rejected and she is given a deadline to come up with all new ads by the following midnight or walk the plank. After a hard day and working into the early hours of the morning she manages to complete the ads but the courier company is unavailable so late. Rather than risking her job she decides to pay a visit to her boss to deliver the ads in person. The doors are all locked and there is no answer on the intercom, she searches around frantically and finally locating an open door, she enters and stumbles across Beau-lines dark secret. In shock she accidently knocks something over and finds herself fleeing for her life ..........

              Characters:
              Patience Phillips ( Halle Berry ): Patience is your run of the mill girl, not able to fufill her dream of becoming an artist she takes a job with the Hedare company working on there ad campain.

              Catwoman ( Halle Berry ): Patiences sexy leather clad secret identity, armed with her amazing catlike powers she can do just about anything, scale buildings with ease, perform amazing acrobatics, sneak up on people not that she needs to because in combat she is no walkover she is perfectly capable of knocking a few heads with her amazing reflexes and hand to hand combat skill, also armed with her whip she can take the weapons out of peoples hands in an instant she also has a lethal scratch with her diamond claws. This girl always lands on her feet.

              George Hedare ( Lambert Wilson ): President of the Beauline company, George is not a nice guy, he likes to cut corners he will do anything to make money. Fed up with his wife he enters a relationship with the new face of Hedare, Drina.

              Laurel Hedare ( Sharon Stone ): The 40 year old ex face of the Hedare company, she comes across nice enough but seems to be very jelous of new face Drina and all other women. Her husband pays little attention to her but he should have kept a close eye because his nice sexy wife has a darkside.

              Tom Lone ( Benjamin Bratt ): The copper and Patiences boyfriend as his name suggests he works alone. He saves Patience from falling from trying to rescue a cat, he is fasinated by Patience and her sexy alter ego Catwoman.

              Peformances:
              The on screen performance was well done by all the actors each and every one bringing something great to the film.

              Halle Berry was excellent she brought a new side to catwoman, she fits the role perfectly and wears the leather suit with flair. The fight scenes were brilliant with Halle herself doing most of the action herself. Her cat personality was truly astounding every little detail was there from landing on her feet, playing with cat nip and of course her purr and hiss. The whip work was exceptional too all done by Berry.

              Ben Bratt was great too. As the film progresses the film he slowly discovers who Patience is though at first he doesnt want to believe it, he was exceptional throughout especially in the scene where he fights with catwoman. A good performance.
              Sharon Stone was brilliant, by now we know what to expect from Sharon and in this film she lets us know how good she is, she gives out hints right from the start that she is angy with her husband and during the film her darkside becomes more and more apparent leading up to the dramitic climax.

              Lambert Wilson is really the guy you love to hate, during the film he acts brilliantly. From being cruel to Patience at the start to ignoring his wife you just dont like him. His body language was best of all he walks so smugly he crushes everyone else around him with his cruel personality and thats before he says anything. He speaks like hes better than you and you know it. Marvellous stuff.

              Special Effects:
              The special effects are great in this film, everything looks marvellous, the fight scenes where great with the camera moving all around capturing all aspects, in my opinion the fighting was just as good as the matrix not as spectacular till the end but definately something special. The cats-eye vision Catwoman has is done well too, it is similar to Spider sense and is done very well with the camera zooming in to see whats going to happen then catwoman saving the day. There are also great stunts with Falling from windows to kicking down doors Catwoman has it all.

              Story
              The story is gripping from start to finish, it is basically a discovery of who Patience Phillips and the Hedare company really are also with Catwoman as our guide we unlock the mysteries that lie buried in the films excellent and gripping storyline. The story is also really rather clever as well as getting to know Catwoman and Patience through her we also see her through the eyes of Tom Lone and the police. Very good story.

              Extras:
              This film is jammed full of extras with the usual behind the scenes look at the film, 6 minutes of unseen footage a theatrical trailer, but what really does it for me is a short 30 minute documentry entitiled "The Many Faces Of Catwoman" hosted by Eartha Kitt, it delves deep into the history of Catwoman and uncovers everything you ever wanted to know about catwoman, it also features the previous Catwomens opinions about Catwoman from the movies to the comics.

              So is it good ?:
              Yes its good, its damn good, one of the best films Ive seen in a while, overshadowed by Spiderman most people gave this film a miss. A brilliant high octane action packed super hero thriller. Top marks im afraid :D

              Information:
              A WARNER HOME VIDEO
              Halle Berry ... Patience Phillips/Catwoman

              Benjamin Bratt ... Tom Lone
              Sharon Stone ... Laurel Hedare

              Lambert Wilson ... George Hedare
              Frances Conroy ... Ophelia

              Alex Borstein ... Sally
              Michael Massee ... Armando

              Byron Mann ... Wesley
              Kim Smith ... Drina

              DIRECTED BY... PITOF
              Rated: 12A
              Price: £9.99 to £14.99
              Languages: English, German (dubbed)
              Subtitles: English, German ( both for the hard of hearing too )
              Sound: 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound


              Shall I buy it ?:
              In my opinion, Yes ! If you cant part with the cash it is at least worth a rent, if you like Super hero movies then you will absolutely love this. Just buy it!

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                27.05.2006 14:32
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                Critical Backlash Put Aside, I Enjoyed It

                Patience Philips is a shy advertising executive who lacks the confidence and courage to quit her secure job and become an artist. She allows people to walk all over her and is finding it hard to find a voice in the hectic world of her city, but when se meets a policeman, it looks as if her love life will at least perk up a bit. On a deadline, she finds out that the beauty cream she is advertising causes peoples skin to deteriorate, but she cannot keep the secret and is assassinated. Fortunately she comes back with all the strength, agility and prowess of a cat and attempts to take on the cause of stopping the beauty line. Can she keep her identity secret, even when the police are one her tale?

                Catwoman is a brave attempt at urban action movie making; it has a pleasing sheen, some successful plot strands, a contemporary soundtrack and a rather nice –barely there- leather cat-suit. Sadly all these things don’t come together necessarily well; the film feels confused and busy with an emphasise on style rather than substance and more than a hint of mediocrity. But still, it has a kitsch guilt pleasure sense about it and does not deserve the critical backlash that has been lavished upon it. I feel that it’s been punished simply for its existence, and because it doesn’t take it itself as tiresomely serious as the recent Spiderman films. Yes, it’s true that Catwoman isn’t about responsibility and it doesn’t concentrate on making its hero depressed at every turn and its also true that the film lacks an anchor, its script isn’t completely successful and some of the CGI is dodgy –to say the least- but for a glossy, hyped-up, soup-ed summer spectacle its fairly entertaining. And, oh, that cat-suit!

                Catwomans major fault is its complete lack of any perspective; it has no sense of realism and no emotional weight to it, it feels thin and completely out of place in the real world. Because it is so hard to relate to on a personal level it can make some of the scenes feel cold and impersonal with a complete lack of humanity and warmth. I can accept the implausible premise and the sight of a grown woman throwing herself off buildings and beating down men twice her size, but I will not accept one of the most ludicrous romances in screen history and the most uninteresting villain of the last decade. The relationship between Patience and Tom is so completely unbelievable, so lacking in sparkle and romantic credibility that their romance has to be judged purely on the sexual tension between them and there is none. When Patience is pre Catwoman you feel that he isn’t good enough for the timid, shy woman and when she has transformed –a most unlikely transformation anyway- her character feels completely unsuited to him and to overtly sexual to be a convincing partner to anyone.

                Sharon Stone is lumbered with a one dimensional, unthreatening, un-human ‘baddie’ who is so underdeveloped that it’s not even worth mentioning. Her characters motives are murky at best, her tactics predictable and eventual message about people cherishing age and the hardship of older women in the public eye is a simple cope out for what could have been an interesting dimension to the role. It’s all a bit of a shame, because there were many engaging aspects that the writers could have explored, but they settle for a flat, lifeless character with the personality of a nat. It doesn’t help that Stones performance is dull and lifeless with very little spark and zero commitment to the project, she pouts and glares but never really injects the menace that the role needs. Her presence as a villain is watery and insubstantial and she is never really convincing as a necessary foe for the feline fatale. Without an energetic and engaging villain the main fight between good and evil feels stale and shallow.

                One of the most enjoyable factors of Catwoman is simply that the main character is having fun! Her transformation allows her to become a more confident person, more self assured and gives her a greater awareness of her body and style. However she is still allowed to be a human character, so her methods of taking up what is a heroic cause are not always effective, this kind of beginners approach to being a hero has a lot of engaging vulnerability. Patience is a well crafted character and although her transformation from timid to sexy is far too simple and clichéd, it sustains itself long enough to be touching and mildly affecting. Catwoman is essentially a very small story about one person’s evolution and how that affects them and their surroundings, it could have made a rather touching little drama and in the right hands would of made an uproariously successful action film with heart but it is drowned out by flashy effects and kitty litter dialogue.

                Catwoman looks great –bar the CGI effects- it is textured and contemporary with a thematic scope and a very dark and atmospheric colour palette. It also has that metallic sheen that Hollywood action films have, it looks –much like its leading lady- sexy and slick with twists of sophistication and hints of true vision, the use of colour filters and more technical aspects of the production are handled beautifully to create a polished, stylish, fashionable and glossy movie. The much mentioned CGI sadly lets the ‘look’ of Catwoman down; it renders Halle weightless and jerky and makes her aerobatic skills completely unbelievable and cheap. The ‘special’ effects lack any realism and are completely out of place with the professional style of the production, but all in all Catwoman is a modernistic, sparse, stylised film with a great ‘look’.

                Halle Berry won a Rassie for her performance as Patience Philips, to her credit she did go to the ceremony and received it herself, but it was undeserved as her confident, engaging performance is one of the highlights of the whole film. The best side to her performance has to be the portion of the film where her character is vulnerable and ‘weaker’ here she displays a great ability to make an audience invest in her, and really fills the screen with her presence. Sadly after her transformation into Catwoman Berry is weighed down by stodgy one liner and un-witty comebacks that no-one could make sound anything other than ludicrous. Still she oozes sex appeal and is definitely up for the sheer physicality of the job, her fight scenes look realistic and she definitely has the body to pull off the rather revealing outfit.

                I actually found Catwoman quite exciting, I liked the fight scenes, I found them frenetic and well choreographed and thought that all the actors involved –or at least their stunt doubles- looked really realistic fighting and scrapping through various scenarios. They are not too overblown to be laughable, but don’t reach the gritty violence of more adult thrillers/adventures, these are intersected with some really energetic R and B tunes and glossy camera work. The last fight of the film –between Stone and Berry- takes place at the top of a empire skyline and really does have some edge of the seat moments, with the monotone, blue surroundings and pumping soundtrack. Surprisingly for such a teen orientated film, the fate of our hero really does hang in the balance and the battles resolution is suitably vicious. As well as a good fight scene there is –for the first time in the production- a real sense of who Catwoman is, and its here that we get to know her character, the last minute captures the character better than the rest of the film. She’s no the typical hero, she will always have to fight with herself as well as any foes that cross her, she will struggle with her humanity forever and she will never be able to skip off into the sunset, and that’s exactly why I like her. She’s my kind of hero, one who can have fun, but will always be bound by the consequences of whom she once was, and who she has become. There will always be space for her to do evil as well as good and her new found powers only emphasize her new found responsibility. If the whole film had been as thought provoking and weighted as the ending, it would have no doubt been a triumph and they would be making a sequel.

                I’m not blind, I know that Catwoman isn’t a great film, but I have loved the character since I was little and she will always have a special place in my heart. I found the film disappointing, but I enjoyed it much more than the slurry as darker super hero films that have recently come into the market and to say it doesn’t hae its moments would be an out and out lie. Don’t judge it before hand, don’t have any prior expectations and you should find an enjoyable, flawed, but watchable summer popcorn flick.

                £5.97 ASIN: B000667KWO Amazon.co.uk

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                  25.11.2005 21:40
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                  not for grown ups !

                  Oh my, where do I begin? Well I could tell you that this is a well made action movie, but obviously I would be lying my head off. So instead, I want to tell you the truth. Are you ready? Here it comes… "DON'T SEE THIS MOVIE" Let me tell you why. If you see this movie and are over the age of 16, you will end up hating yourself for letting yourself rot for 104 minutes without getting anything back, except an increased feeling of wanting to get revenge on Hollywood. They say that it is very hard to get your script into a movie. Well, after seeing this movie, I think a one legged monkey could write a better script, without either pen or paper. The fact that Halle Berry even uses a male stunt double, makes me loose all respect for both her and this movie. Besides the stunt double thing, the movie still sucks. The dialog sucks, the acting is not even present and the action looks sloppy and poorly thought through. This movie actually made me like The Core better, which is pretty much impossible. I rate this movie 1/10

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                    10.09.2005 22:41
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                    Excellent costumes, good storyline and great action scenes

                    The title of my review says it all. The film was panned by critics, but I always feel they have an axe to grind that has more to do with movie politics, than the content of the film.
                    I really enjoyed Catwoman and so did the rest of my family.

                    The costumes were great, Halle looked fantastic in the catwoman outfit and she brought an athletic and enthusiastic performance to the film. How she became catwoman was adequately explained and I felt the fine line she walked between good and bad was appropriate to the character.

                    All in all, the film should be viewed as an enjoyable piece of light relief without delving too deep into the motives and meanings of every second of dialogue and action. If you watch it without any preconceived ideas, and take it at face value as an interpretation of a marvel character, you won't go far wrong.

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                      03.07.2005 15:32
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                      I can't even say get this movie to laugh at it because it's just too annoying for that

                      What a horrible, horrible, horrible film. I've tried to be forgiving of this rubbish but I can't be, and if you see my other reviews I'm always very positive but with this it's impossible. I'm surprised Halle Berry kept a career after this.

                      It had the thinnest plot I've probably ever seen in a movie and the fact that it had Sharon Stone in it AND as a terrible character frightens me.

                      I'm not going to say the acting was terrible but it wasn't great. The fact that this film actually offends me by being so forcefully terrible is troubling. The fact that they dared to show a photo of Michelle Pfeiffer in it as the 'old catwoman' made my stomach turn. Any sensuality and dark comedy that is completely evident in the comics (and even in the Adam West Batman days) is utterly left behind somewhere when this movie begins.

                      They even attemped CGI and various special effects at points, which were all a waste of time, seeing they were hardly 'seamless' and instead stuck out like a sore thumb from the the 'live' action.



                      I can't even say get this movie to laugh at it because it's just too annoying for that.


                      This movie should never have been made.


                      Please see it though - so you can see what I'm saying.

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                        28.06.2005 20:02
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                        Cats are curious creatures, once I used to fear them but now I have a bit of affection for them. They are sneaky animals that love the attention but in the next moment they could bite at your heels.

                        Our feline friends obviously have scarred the makers of Catwoman in the past. That can be the only explanation as to why Catwoman is an incredibly bad film. Amazingly Warner Brothers saw fit to spend an estimated $85 million on what can only be described as something you’d find in the litter tray.

                        Halle Berry is Patience Phillips (yes that really is her name!), a timid graphic designer who works for a cosmetics company. The company in question is on the verge of releasing a revolutionary skin product that will blow every other anti-aging cream out of the market. The problem is that the cream makes the users skin rock hard and eventually leads to looking like Freddy Kruger. It’s too bad that Patience stumbles upon this secret and is subsequently bumped off. Naturally cats resurrect her washed up body and soon she finds herself bestowed with the powers of a cat. She eat’s fish, she loves milk, she has agility, she can probably lick her own arse but of course we never see it!

                        Instead of going out hunting birds and sleeping, Patience instead decides to use her powers to fight crime. She dons a tight leather suit, gets a whip and then goes to town. There’s a hunky detective on her trail and Sharon Stone is getting worried as her botox is wearing off and there isn’t an airbrush artist in sight. Will Patience bring justice to those that wronged her? Will she realize that 9/10 owners really do prefer whiskers? Will you manage to give 104-minutes of your life to finding out? Somehow I doubt it.

                        The problem with Catwoman is that it’s completely laughable in every aspect. Whoever thought that the plot would ever pass muster must have been taking some narcotics of the highest order. The script is full of calamities from the outset and you can believe they probably wrote it as they went along. The strangely named Pitof directs the film, he loves his fast cuts and MTV style editing. His film looks jazzy but it’s incredibly annoying. If I wanted snappy visuals and no content I’d watch the weather report. Make no doubt about it, this is a badly directed film with no place among mainstream releases.

                        Halle Berry does the best she can with the lousy lead role. It could have been a whole lot worse. You have to give her credit for actually turning up in person to collect her Razzie for Worst Actress from starring in this trash.

                        I really don’t want to waste more time on writing about Catwoman as everything about it is bad. The only thing it serves as is a message to Hollywood that throwing money at a worthless script will not polish a turd.


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                          27.06.2005 19:56
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                          This film stars 'Halle Berry.' She plays the part of Patience Phillips who works for Avenal Beauty, a cosmetics company. Patience goes back to work one night and stumbles on a secret the company has been working on. They have been developing a cream that combats ageing but the cream has a dangerous secret. Patience is basically in the wrong place at the wrong time. She is chased all over the building by the guards and falls off a high ledge. They leave her dead at the bottom but she is rescued by an Egyptian Mau cat.
                          I will leave it up to yourselves to find out what happens next.

                          Halle Berry plays the catwoman beautifully. As soon as she turns into a cat she begins to act like a cat does like spitting and hissing when frightened, she can climb up places and sit on the ledge like a cat can. One of the best parts is where she kicks the door down where a party is going on across the hall. They have been keeping her awake for nights at a time and she's had enough. She soon demolishes the music centre and squirts water over everyone.

                          The outfit she wears is very sexy. She has tightfitting trousers and a small bra like top finished off with a cat mask. She looks very authentic and sleek together with the whip she uses with the grace and skill you'd expect. Halle's acting skills are great. I think she is a very good actress and she is able to change her personality exceptionally well to change into the cat.

                          So if you want to see Halle Berry in tightfitting clothes, pouncing around and crawling up walls, then this is the movie for you. I really enjoyed this film and so did my children. Halle Berry must be extremely fit and healthy to do all the moves she does. It keeps you enthralled and glued to the television for the whole film.

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