FILM REVIEWS FOR FRIENDS
My Five Column:
- 1. Raging Bull
Anytime in life when rage overcomes man, life tends to become a failure and that’s what this Martin Scorsese’s flick resonates. Robert De Niro adorns the role of a sadistic protagonist named Jake LaMotta in this black and white movie. As the story unfolds, the animalistic behaviour of the protagonist boxer makes you curse the character like never before. Cathy Moriarty’s debut performance as Vickie LaMotta is impressive enough to match Robert De Niro’s explosive acting. This film, with its brew of violence and anger, is obviously a treat for the violent movie lovers.
- 2. The Thin Red Line
This World War II movie directed by Terrence Malick has a lot more to offer to the audience other than masterful battle scenes. It’s not just exploding bombs and flying bullets for the scenes in the movie do deal with emotional truths only to portray the dark side of war. Short and sweet cameos played by stars like Sean Penn, George Clooney, John Cusack and John Travolta neatly integrate with the storyline. Ultimately, the movie hits the bull’s eye for all the right reasons.
- 3. I, Robot
This science fiction movie is all about incredible robots which do all the incredible things only to lose to one man named Detective Del Spooner(Will Smith) who has a robotic arm and lung. Sonny, the emotional robot captures the imagination of the audience with its emotional intelligence. The Audi RSQ concept car used in the movie is exotic enough to be your dream car. Certainly, the movie means a lot to the robots if only they have emotions like humans.
- 4. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
Here after, Director Tom Tykwer will no longer have to try too hard to get back into fans’ good books for he has done a great job in this German movie. The story is set in 18th Century France. Ben Whishaw plays the role of Jean-Baptiste Grenouille , a olfactory genius who murders beautiful young girls in order to fulfil his quest for the perfect scent. This film, with its strong story line and cinematography, is indeed a treat for the senses. Definitely, a must watch movie.
- 5. Sherlock Holmes
Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes is back and this time, the legendary literary sleuth goes on an outing with director Guy Ritchie. While Robert Downey, Jr. plays Sherlock Holmes, Jude Law portrays the role of Dr. John Watson, Holmes’ close friend in the movie. Sherlock Holmes, with aid from former adversary Irene Adler(Rachel McAdams), is made to investigate a series of murders connected to occult rituals. He later uses all of his ingenuity to outsmart the villain(Lord Henry Blackwood). A cool movie to watch indeed.
Those that almost made it:
- 1. Max Payne – John Moore
- 2. The Machinist – Brad Anderson
- 3. Minority Report – Steven Spielberg
- 4. The Hangover – Todd Phillips
- 5. The Matrix – Larry and Andy Wachowski