Category Archives: Movies

Too Soon?

When I was at the theatre to watch MI:III the other day, I saw two previews for movies about 911. I don’t really think I could watch a movie about that day. I didn’t have any personal connection to the events, but I just don’t think experiencing that day again amounts to any kind of entertainment.

I guess the movies can provide an easy-to-digest “historical” record, so they might be informative for people who didn’t experience everything first hand (or as first hand as watching it live on TV can get). I wonder if this is how some people feel about watching movies that deal with the Holocaust or the Vietnam War.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

This third Harry Potter movie is by a new director. The look of the movie is completely different. The director of the first two HP movies made them somewhat child-like, but this third one is definitely darker. There is also more “incidental magic” (magical stuff that happens in the background but doesn’t really have anything to do with the plot). I enjoyed this director’s interpretation, but I think that the three principle actors need some acting lessons. They are all a bit stilted. It seems like they just memorize the lines and say them at the right time, but don’t put any sentiment into them. This probably has to do with the fact that they started to do these movies when they were so young, they didn’t have to act all that much. But now that the plots are thickening, they really have to act in order to make the movie watchable. Perhaps they are all just stuck in a phase. Maybe they’ll grow out of it. Anyway, I really enjoyed the movie overall, so I am giving it 5 stars. (*****)

Selena

This is a movie about a Mexican-American pop star who was killed just as she was about to break into the American market. I remember hearing about the story when it came out, but it didn’t grab my interest enough to watch. As it turns out, the story is definitely tragic, but it is not the best movie around. That said, I didn’t hate it. People who were already Selena fans before watching the movie would probably like it. Jennifer Lopez is fun to watch. I often think I won’t like her work, but she usually does a respectable job. (***)

Ali

You’re going to yell at me, but I really think this movie would have been better with less boxing. I know, I know, it’s a movie about the most famous boxer ever. It’s a guy flick. Etc, etc. But as much as I think Muhammad Ali is a neat person to learn about, I don’t like boxing, and I don’t respect it as a sport. Sorry Muhammad! Anyway, the movie was interesting to watch, probably because I was intrigued with Will Smith’s portrayal of Ali. He is well-known as a comedic actor, so I wondered whether he could make a successful crossover to dramatic roles. He manages it very well, just as he managed to move from rap star to actor with nary a whimper from the usual critics. Very talented guy, not to mention easy-on-the-eyes. (****)

The Affair of the Necklace

Why do they choose American actors to play parts that require British accents? Has an American actor ever pulled it off? I don’t think so. This is a story of intrigue that takes place during the reign of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. The story is mildly interesting, but the movie is badly miscast and the story is recounted with a serious lack of finesse. The costumes are just okay, which is a serious failing in a film set in the lavish 1700s, and the necklace upon which this whole story is based is not even that impressive. I generally like historical pieces, so I wanted to give this one a chance. I had a feeling it would disappoint me, and in that respect, at least, it didn’t. (*)