Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Some Film Stuff

Over the last week or so, I've taken in a fair few films...so I'm going to share. Not too much, just in case you haven't seen them...

First up, and one that a lot of people are talking about, The Dark Knight. Obviously the main reason people have been talking about this is Heath Ledger. And I must confess that all this talk of giving him an Oscar for his performance was starting to get on my tits a little. I mean, he plays a cartoon character for crying out loud! How good can he actually BE?!

Well...I'll get the negatives out of the way first. Christian Bale puts in another fine effort as Batman, but as in Batman Begins, he has this really annoying deep voice thing he does when playing said man of batness. In fact, it's even more annoying than the first film. Personally, I don't see any need for it. No matter how "realistic" you try and make a film about a comic book character, everyone is always able to ignore the voice similarities between Hero and alter ego. Look at Superman, he didn't do it. The only difference between him and Clark was a pair of glasses and nobody ever guessed. But that's part of the story!! You just ignore those sorts of things.

The other thing that was a bit shaky was Maggie Gyllenhaal as Rachel. Generally I thought that her character was a bit rubbish anyway, but she did absolutely nothing for me. And she was a bit fickle to say the least, Harvey Dent one second, Bruce Wayne the next.

Also, what WAS the Scarecrow doing at the beginning of the film?! I thought he'd been locked up in Arkham at the end of Batman Begins? Anyway...to be honest, these were all minor gripes.

But Heath Ledger...not really sure how to explain his performance to be honest. Everything about him was utterly brilliant, B R I L L I A N T! The way he dressed, his mannerisms, the way he spoke, what he said, when he said it, how he said it...off the hook, totally deranged. I would have loved to have seen his casting for this role and seen the faces of those people present. He even managed to make me laugh and shiver at the same time. I've heard many people say that he was better than Jack Nicholson in the original Batman. However, I think that this is a little unfair on Jack. Even though they were the same genre of film, they were quite different in style. The original one was more tongue in cheek and probably a little more "comic book". Therefore so was Jacks Joker. But for this style of film, I don't think anyone is going to touch Ledger. If ever there is a third Batman in this series, I really don't see how they can include the Joker.

If you haven't seen this film yet, go see it. If you don't think it's any good, I'll pay for your popcorn.

Now for a totally different film...something a little less...err....RARRRRR!!! And I'm a little behind with this one, so there's a fair chance that you've seen this already. I rented out Ratatouille last night. I had heard varying reports on this, some good and some not so good. In a nut shell, I thought it was actually pretty good. There were some definite laugh out loud moments. And whilst the animation wasn't quite as good as Monsters Inc. it was slick. Yet again Pixar have managed to pull off another cracking film, in spite of Disney getting their mits on them (which I thought would end Pixars rule in the world of CGI). And with my shiny new laptop, I've even managed to get a couple of screenshots!

Remy's brother, Emile, faced with a shotgun! If all rats looked like this, I don't think we'd ever have a problem with them!

"What are you eating?"..."To be honest, I don't really know"...

Rats in a dishwasher! Oh man, did I ever laugh at this! Think I'll have this picture as my background for a while, it just makes me smile every single time I look at it!

Other movies seen recently include Bloodrayne and some Dragon thingy. Both of them were complete and utter shite. Never see them. Ever. Or I'll set the rats on you.


Princess of the Universe said...

You know I haven't heard one bad thing about Dark Knight, or Heath. That's totally unusual. I must go see it! I didn't have a chance last weekend like I meant to...

Crashdummie said...

Oh i liked The Dark knight. U have to see it simply cuz its a Batman movie... did i mention i havent gotten over my superhero obsession?

But what happend with you cutting your hair? did you do it? If not, why? as i said, its just hair. let me quote Joker:

"Why... so... serious?"


Psychgrad said...

Haven't seen either - but I'll let you know what I think after I see the first one.

All Mod Cons said...

Universal - Go see it! And make sure you let me know what you think.

Crash - Superhero obsession? Me either! Love it!

Not sure what I'm going to do with the hair yet...I'm still undecided. But I'll let you know if it does change!

Psychgrad - Make sure you do!

SMARTBuddy said...

Yeah agree about the voice- very silly to have it so raspy. I thought film was really good, but maybe a bit muddled in parts. I rate it just not quite as good as Batman Begins. Hvaent seen the Rats yet, but its on the list! Ive seen to good documentaries of late: The King of Kong (American retro gamers) and Bra Boys (Oz surf gang) both really really good.

Princess Pointful said...

Heath Ledger was just bloody incredible, hey? He just inhabited every iota of that character and never missed a beat!!