Elizabeth: The Golden Age-
I hadn’t really liked the first part much, but wanted to watch this one anyway. Cate Blanchett’s acting potential wasn’t fully realized in my opinion. Clive Owen played the role of Sir Walter Raleigh and was a treat to watch. The extravagant costumes and the magnificent sets were larger than life, so much so that I almost lost track of the main story line.
My biggest complaint with Shekhar Kapur’s direction is that he focused more on the chest heaving and reactions of the different characters than the war at the end. The Spanish Armada wasn’t intense enough, Cate Blanchett didn’t really behave like the political queen that we expected her to be like. Like I said before, the fault doesn’t lie with her acting, it lies with the direction. I wanted to watch some kind of political urgency in this movie, which never happened.
I’ll remember this movie for the sheer flow of lace…and the short war at the end, where they showed some fire ships. I think Shekhar Kapur remarked somewhere that he has so much of material in Elizabeth that he can make another sequel. Why didn’t he put in some more amount of facts in this one then? I might not be interested in watching the last one.
The Shipping News:
The first movie that I’ve personally come across that’s better than the novel. The movie is based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Annie E. Proulx. I read this book about three years back and somehow managed to finish it in two months. It was long, dull and boring with too many details. Probably that’s the reason that the movie turned out so well. The novel supplied all the visual details that were necessary to create this cinematic beauty. (Trailer)
Kevin Spacey is phenomenal as the main protagonist, Quoyle, who works as an ink setter at a newspaper house. He belongs to a family that has many dark secrets; secrets that he’s unaware of, until he shifts to the town of Newfoundland along with his daughter Bunny, at the insistence of his aunt, Agnis (Judi Dench).
Cate Blanchatt has a small and powerful role as Kevin Spacey’s wife. Her name’s Petal. She’s more of a free bird and only too happy to have a puppy dog for a husband because he gives her the freedom to court other guys outside her marriage and even bring them home, to her bed.
After Petal dies in a road accident, Quoyle leaves the town and gets a job as a journalist in the local newspaper of Newfoundland. Along with his foster aunt and his daughter Bunny, they stay in the old house of their forefathers…a house that’s tied to the ground with strong ropes and was dragged to its present place by the early Quoyles.
The movie has its moments and you’ll wish that they don’t get over. I don’t know if I should reveal the entire story line here because it might spoil your fun. I simply loved the background score too.
Julianne Moore plays the role of a caretaker of a child day care. She also has a ‘sensitive’ son who is slow at picking up things, because he wasn’t given enough oxygen during his birth.
Judi Dench, again, delivers an amazing performance. I think I liked her the best in the movie Notes on a Scandal. She has an air of mystery surrounding her in this movie, a mystery that will catch you off guard towards the end.So, if you like Kevin Spacey, Cate Blanchett and Judi Dench, then that’s reason enough to watch this movie.
Yay! Finally watched it. I can’t believe I hadn’t watched this movie. It’s definitely one of the best war movies out there. As good as Schindler’s List, if not better. Charlie Sheen, Johhny Depp, Forest Whitaker, Willem Foe…can’t get better than this! (Trailer)
Frankly speaking, I really don’t know what to write about this movie. I’m at a loss of words. Instead of focusing on the brotherhood and how soldiers stand up for each other through thick and thin, this movie exploits the political vibrations that are omnipresent in any group, and more than ever, when all of them face death. The real story starts when Elias and Barnes find themselves at opposite ends over a certain issue. From then onwards, all the boys are forced to take sides. Instead of fighting the enemy, they start fighting amongst themselves.
As Taylor (Charlie Sheen) wonderfully puts it-
“The enemy is within us”.
What do I say about Charlie Sheen? Boy, he looks SO hot. 😀 I couldn’t take my eyes off him, seriously.
All tomatoes, eggs and criticisms are welcome.