I think this film was being marketed as the female Bourne. Erm, not quite. It’s not as slick or well crafted as the Bourne films, far from it. The action’s not as ‘real’ and it’s just not comparable. However, saying that, Salt’s still an incredibly entertaining action flick. Some nice action sequences and a few explosions. The ‘twist’ I could see coming from the beginning of the film, but it didn’t hurt the film that it was that predictable. Angelina Jolie’s an awesome action actress. I reckon she’s the best action movie actress out there at the moment. The pace of the movie’s very good, there wasn’t a single moment where I felt like I could start drifting off and wondering where the film was going. It skips along very well to the end which leaves you feeling pretty satisfied.
Piranha 3D (21/08/10)
I feel as though I need to defend my rating of this film. The fact that I rated it so highly! Piranha 3D never claimed it was going to be the most thoughtful horror movie this year. It blatantly claimed it was going to be cheap, trashy with loads of blood and gore. All those boxes were definitely ticked! It’s one of the most entertaining horror films I’ve seen. Loads more laughs than you’d expect. There were some brilliant and imaginative death sequences. Some made me ‘OH!’ and others made me laugh out loud. The cast are brilliant too – great to see Christopher Lloyd go a bit Doc Brown! Go see it. With a big group of friends! The only thing that did disappoint was the 3D-ness. I was expecting more. There was the odd occassion where something would jump out of the screen, but there wasn’t enough.
A nice little dramedy. Jesse Eiseberg’s good, Kristen Stewart didn’t completely annoy me. Though her portrayal of either annoyance, anger or being upset by ruffling her hair did start to annoy me slightly. The music was brilliant. Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig made me laugh. A nice little story. Nothing more to really add other than that. A good little film.
Quite a few more movies to add to the list. I’m doing well so far…
Second movie of the year and it’s another war movie based on true events. Which I didn’t realise until the movie ended. Brilliant movie. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to sit down and watch it. Liev Schrieber really surprised me in this movie. Really strong performance from him. He was really rather good. As was Daniel Craig, but then I expect that from him.
Another movie it’s taken me far too long to watch. Amazing performance from Michael Sheen and Frank Langella. Both were uncanny performances. And it did teach me a few things. For one, I never knew how much of a playboy and risk taker David Frost was! All I know of him is this upstanding political correspondant who’s got a lot of respect for himself because of the work he’s done. Though I found it funny at the end of the movie where they did explain a bit more about David Frost… for the benefit of American audiences.
And the ‘based-on-true-stories’ movies continue. Not out of any really conscious thought, believe me! Really amazing movie this is. The songs are beautiful and Beyonce surprised me a lot. She held her own pretty well.
I was trying so hard to like this movie as I was watching. It’s a very bleak movie that’s solely based on vengeance. Despite a really fantastic performance from Eric Bana I still found it hard getting into the movie. Things were going on but I couldn’t connect to whatever was going on in the movie. So I did learn a lot in terms of what happened at those Olympic games, as I had no idea, but unlike the previous based on true story movies, I didn’t feel anything for what happened in the movie after seeing it.
I promise, not all the movies I see this year will be biopics or based on true stories! Yet here’s another brilliant one. Jamie Foxx was amazing. Like Michael Sheen and Frank Langella, an uncanny performance from him as Ray Charles. I never knew that his earlier days were so littered with drug abuse, unless that was embelished upon slightly more for movies’ sake. Awesome music and an amazing cast. Loved this movie.
Read more to see the full list of this year’s movies and their ratings, so far.