Black Swan Movie Review

Wow. Just, wow. This has to be one of my the best movies I’ve seen all year, and it’s only January. Wow. I’m not going to waste time telling you what it’s about because everything you think from a trailer is wrong, and if I told you what was right, I would ruin the story.

 Although, the chances of me knowing what actually happened are tough, because Natalie Portman’s character Nina has a hard time telling les from reality, and I don’t want to give anything away, but I will say that everything she goes through and feels,  every complex emotion and bit of worry or hate, you feel too. That’s where the brilliance and drama of it comes in. Her acting is so complete, that I felt her story. Every piece of it.

Normally, I would say for a drama that it would be just as good at home as it would be in theatres, but that’s not the case here. Pay for this movie. The special effects that create some stunning scenes (you’ll know them when you see them) that embody the beauty of ballet. But more importantly, the Tchaikovsky soundtrack was in some ways even more fitting here than it was when I saw the Swan Lake ballet, and as his musical mastery attacks you from all sides, Portman’s performance is brought to even greater heights.

I must include a warning: this movie was in no way lighthearted or easy to watch. It is emotional, tough, scary and bloody. If you can’t handle that, don’t see it. You have been warned.

Perfect from start to finish, Black Swan is both as dark and stunning as its name implies.

4.5/5  

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Tron: Legacy Movie Review

This movie was in a word, cool. Not mind-blowing like Avatar or touching like Tangled or fascinating like Inception, but it was, you know, cool.

It appeals to the inner imagineer inside: what would you create without limits? The main character’s father was set to make a utopia inside a digital world of his own making; however he gets lost in it, leaving his son, Sam, behind. Years later, Sam is literally pulled into his father’s world to find that it has gone astray and his father is in hiding from his own creations. Reunited and with some new friends, particularly the kick-ass Quorra (I loved her hair), father and son set out to escape before the father’s creations enter our real world and in a sense, destroy it.

(I apologize if that sounded confusing. I missed the first 10 minutes of the movie and I didn’t catch the name of everything.)

So Tron  had a pretty basic plot: escape and defeat the bad guys. It was held up by pretty good acting, and some seriously cool visual effects. I was engrossed while I watched and I liked the relationships between creation and creator as well as father and son that were brought up, though I do wish that they had been explored a bit more.

The action was good and I liked the end, though the final scene I would have executed a little differently to get a different more finished feel.

At times, things seemed to happen incohesively. What I mean is that Sam and the people of his father’s digi world had these disks that could be used as weapons and sometimes I swear Sam would throw his and never pick it back up and then in the next scene have it again. Also, (mild spoiler alert) there was a point when one of the dad’s creations was dying and it fell to what I thought was its death but usually when creations die they explode into little pixels and this one didn’t and I was confused….

Ah. I should stop. I thought the movie was cool. I had a free pass to use so I didn’t pay, but honestly, I’d say this would be equally fun in the home theatre as it would on the big screen. If you’ve been psyched for this for months and have seen the old Tron and liked that, then you probably won’t be disappointed. If not, DVD /Blu-Ray will suit you just fine.

There were concepts that were, for me, original and definitely something I will be thinking about for a while. Like I said, Tron was cool. And cool is, in this case, good enough.

3/5

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Movie Review

Okay. I’m not going to spend a lot of time on this or beat around the bush: short of the long is, I want a refund. I want my money back. I want my time back, every second of the two or more hours I sat staring at the screen waiting for something remotely interesting to happen.

Like the book, this movie was a hodge-podge of mini adventures. Sure, that’s fine in a novel for kids, but in a movie? No. You know what I call that? Plotless.

Sure the acting was good (Eustace was someone you loved to hate, and Edmund has really grown up) though the fact that Caspian’s accent changed was weird and so was the fact that he didn’t seem much older (if one year is 3000 for Narnia, then shouldn’t he have been middle aged in this movie?).

However, these budding stars were simply not enough to make an extended adventure seem worth my time. Not to mention that the religious implications at the end were so strong that had I been a lesser person, I might have taken offense.

I could go on, but I digress. I loved the second Narnia and recognize the first as something quite amazing, but this third one was, as kids these days like to say, an epic fail.

                                                                                                               1/5

Tangled Movie Review

Tangled is Disney’s latest Princess movie, featuring an amped-up story of Rapunzel, thusly named “Tangled” because she has lots of hair, and also because the story is equally focused on a second main character, Flynn Rider, who gets all tangled up in her business.

The plot is a mix of the classic fairy-tale (Queen is having baby, gets sick and has to eat something to save her, baby is born and then stolen and put in tower) and a vibrant addition of new characters and action. Instead of a nameless prince, we get Flynn and the adventure he brings with him after stealing the crown of the lost princess and winding up in Rapunzel’s tower.

The adventure is fun, the animation beautiful, and story quite cute. The only thing stopping it from being a great Disney Classic are the songs with the exception of “Now I see the Light,” as they added very little to the story and weren’t in any way catchy or memorable. Also, Flynn gives a voiceover at the end which I thought was a little tacky, but only because it was kind of cheesy to give us the ends of supporting characters I cared nothing about. At least, I thought so anyways.

Also, on a sort of different note, when it comes to Disney’s leading ladies I’d just like to say that they always (except for Cindy, Snow White and Aurora all of whom I despise) get the mix of girl-power and femininity right. I know these days, it’s all about saving yourself and being self-empowered and whatever, but that doesn’t mean you can’t fall in love, make mistakes, cry, and be a girl. Rapunzel was a dainty blonde, but she also took a few guys out with a frying pan. A good mix, right?

All in all, I’d see this movie again and I’ll probably buy it when it comes out. It was definitely funny, I liked Flynn a lot and Rapunzel’s story was just enough princess and adventure to make me smile every time.

                                                                                                                  3.5/5

Inception Movie Review

Before I go on about this one, I must warn you: if you are going to see this movie, prepare to have your mind blown.

Yeah.

So what’s it abbout? I can’t really explain it. So watch this trailer.

Okay. So, if you thought that gave too much away, you’re totally wrong. Becuase it’s like that. But it really isn’t.

 I personally went into this knowing only as much as that trailer and I think my experiance was better for it. So, I’m going to try and keep this review short and sweet without letting the cat out of the bag, so to speak.

So, the good things about this movie were:

1. Everything.

No joke; it had brilliant acting, an awesome cast, a seriously fascinating plot/concept, good directing and screenplay. It was a drama, but it also managed to throw in a few laughs. It had lots of action, but not so much that it was overbearing, or distracted from the plot. Frankly, I think this movie is one of the best I’ve seen ever, and it had a ridiculously perfect balance of everything that makes a movie great.

My cons?

Only one thing: that the begining was way confusing– everything was going really fast and I swear if you blinked, you’d miss it all. But don’t worry. Things get explained later on, though I felt like I was hyper-ventilating due to the fast pace.

So, did I like this movie? You bet your pants off.

Do I want you to see it? You bet your knickers off.

Do I want  to discuss the ending and all its wonderfully intriguing concepts with every living person? If you’re still wearing anything, then you can bet that off too.

In a word, Inception was incredible. Just, mind blowingly incredible.

Watch it.

Now.

Go.

Ri’s Rating:

4.5/5