Saturday, April 24, 2010

Clash of the Titans (2010)

Do I like this Avatar guy who now stars as Perseus? Not especially. He's just really... meh. Anyway...

Things I liked:
Ralph Fiennes as Hades. I loved how he played a similar character to evil Lord Voldemort, yet he played them so differently. It reminded me of how I played two nuns in two different productions, yet I was able to keep it fresh. ;) (That's me comparing myself to Ralph as a joke.) Have you seen his portrait on imdb? He kind of looks like he could be an evil lord:

I liked all the action business going on. Fun times with giant scorpions!

I thought Medusa was freaky. Too much laughing.

I like how they replaced Bobo the Owl with a Bond girl. That was probably smart.

There are obviously things I don't like. It's not the best movie ever, but it's fun, teaches you a bit mythology, and is what many other movies are not: entertaining.

Disney Heroines/Heroes

Not all of them are princesses, not all of them are liked.

My list of heroines from most favorite to least tolerated-

1) Belle from "Beauty and the Beast"
2) Mulan from "Mulan" (What other "princess" has saved Ch
3) Aurora from "Sleeping Beauty" (Interchangeable with Cinderella. Sorry, Charlene)
4) Cinderella from "Cinderella"
5) Jane from "Tarzan" (She makes me laugh)
6) Esmeralda from "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"
7) Pocahontas from "Pocahontas"
8) Tiana from "The Princess and the Frog" (D- for boring us to death and lame motivation)
9) Jasmine from "Aladdin" (Whiner!)
10) Snow White from "Snow White" (Squeaky!)
11) Ariel from "The Little Mermaid" (Obnoxious! I like her best when she can't talk.)
12) Meg from "Hercules" (Makes me want to shoot myself in the face. Plus... she's a bit of a traitor.)

Well, a lot of those could go up or down. All you need to know is Belle is awesome, Meg sucks.

(my scale starts with the singers I like)
1) Aladdin from "Aladdin" (such a beautiful voice)
2) Quasimodo from "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (Out There, yeah.)
3) Hercules from "Hercules" (Such a sweet tenor.)
4) Prince Charming from "Snow White" (One Song is one of the best Disney songs ever.)
5) Prince Phillip from "Sleeping Beauty"
(now we'll scale based on... I have no idea.)
6) John Smith from "Pocahontas"
7) Shang from "Mulan" (A little intense. No other hero nearly kills the heroine... oh, except John Smith.)
8) Tarzan from "Tarzan" (Raised by gorillas.)
9) Beast from "Beauty and the Beast" (Anger issues. Where's Gaston?)
10) Cinderella's Prince from "Cinderella" (A dime a dozen.)
11) Erick from "The Little Mermaid" (Kind of stupid.)
12) Prince Navine from "The Princess and the Frog" (kind of a lazy dude. And so boring!)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

What I love about Romeo & Juliet

Romeo & Juliet is a Shakespeare play that frustrates me a little bit. I think to myself, "Hmm, does this promote suicide? Does this say, 'The only way to get your parent's attention is to die?' And who do these people think they are anyway? I hope when I have kids they don't fall in love so quickly and so young!" However, this classic is classic for a reason and there are aspects I love about it. These aspects are beautifully brought out by Baz Luhrmann's production.

First, let's talk about the difficulties in bringing a play to the screen. This is not an easy task! Remember 2004's The Phantom of the Opera? You don't? Well, it stunk! But, I love the play! Why is this so difficult? Because the audience that goes to plays is not
the same audience that goes to theater, so directors try to fit the play to please the movie crowd. While some directors fail miserably, Joel Schumacher, I'm looking at you, Baz Luhrmann triumphs.

The difference? Joel Schumacher's tragic flaw was casting a cast for the screen, not a cast for the stage. Emmy Rossum and Gerard Butler look like Christine and The Phantom, but they don't sound like Christine and The Phantom. Meanwhile, Baz Luhrmann's cast is prepared to handle the Shakespearean dialog. Schumacher's scale and budget seemed puny, while Luhrmann's movie exploded with sets, extras, impressive fight choreography, and helicopters. In other words, Romeo & Juliet was bigger than life, while other plays-gone-movie, fall flat.

So, here's what I like: I like how Romeo and Juliet are identifiable. Luhrmann makes the world a little tripy and speeds up everyone besides the couple, who he slows down. Sometimes we feel that everything around us is a blur and we're the only ones seeing life the way we do.

I also enjoy the costume choices. I enjoy the fact that Romeo and Juliet's first impression of each other never changes. He's dressed as a knight in shining armor, and she's dressed as an angel. These perceptions never change. And why did they choose these costumes to wear? Perhaps because it's how they view themselves, and how they want others to view them... well, goal accomplished.

You know who's performance stands out the most? Mercutio ("Lost"s Harold Perrineau,) Tybalt ("Moulin Rouge"s John Leguizamo,) and Lady Capulet (Diane Venora.) While Father Laurence (Pete Postlethwaite,) the Nurse (Miriam Margolyes,) and others also add a lot of fun, these portrayals are examples of what makes acting rock. One might argue that it's easier to rock when playing certain roles, such as Mercutio and Tybalt, and I would reply, "Then do it!"

There are many critics of this movie, people who say, "The guns in place of swords is cheesy." I say, "It's a successful way to keep the meter." Some say they don't like the Shakespearean language, to which I say, "Don't blame Shakespeare, blame your lack of knowledge required to appreciate it!"

The end.