Tag Archives: Hugo Weaving

Hacksaw Ridge

WHEN THE ORDER CAME TO RETREAT, ONE MAN STAYED.  In 1945, Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) is deployed to the Pacific theater; trained as a combat medic, he is also a conscientious objector who refuses to touch weapons. Mel Gibson’s comeback as a director for the first time in ten years is an impressively staged portrait … Continue reading Hacksaw Ridge

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

THE DEFINING CHAPTER.  The dragon Smaug flies to Esgaroth to destroy the town, but greater challenges await in the shape of a coming battle for Lonely Mountain. The final part of this trilogy is the shortest film Peter Jackson ever made about the Middle-Earth, but maybe that’s because it is so completely dominated by that … Continue reading The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Cloud Atlas

EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED. The Wachowski siblings hooked up with Tom Tykwer for this unwieldy adaptation of David Mitchell’s ambitious novel that connects several plot lines over six eras, from the 19th century to the distant, post-apocalyptic future. There is coherence in terms of details and overarching themes and it’s a treat to watch a cast … Continue reading Cloud Atlas

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

FROM THE SMALLEST BEGINNINGS COME THE GREATEST LEGENDS. Gandalf the wizard (Ian McKellen) convinces a hobbit, Bilbo (Martin Freeman), to join his party of 13 dwarves on a quest to reclaim a treasure that was stolen by a mighty dragon. Set sixty years before the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Peter Jackson’s grand return to … Continue reading The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

When Optimus Prime’s old mentor is pulled out of a wreck on the moon and brought back to life, the Decepticons unexpectedly find another chance to strike at mankind. The third chapter in this series boasts the finest 3D effects since Avatar (2009)… but little else. Michael Bay once agreed that he had made mistakes with the second … Continue reading Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

REVENGE IS COMING. As Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) prepares to go to college, the Decepticons are planning their revenge on both mankind and the forces supporting Optimus Prime. The sequel continues the battle between the machines, and it goes on and on and on; the final showdown in Egypt takes up the full last hour. LaBeouf … Continue reading Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Transformers

THEIR WAR. OUR WORLD. Two warring, intergalactic clans of robots have infiltrated Earth; one of them is here to take over it, the other one is here to save the humans. Director Michael Bay’s blockbuster version is based on the cartoon and the toys and won’t disappoint the geeks. It’s his usual formula; big, loud and … Continue reading Transformers

Captain America: The First Avenger

AVENGE. In 1942, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), a skinny kid who keeps getting rejected for military service, is finally recruited for a special project that will turn him into a supersoldier. A superhero intentionally created to bolster patriotism during WWII, Captain America has always been one of Marvel’s corniest creatures, which is acknowledged in humorous ways in … Continue reading Captain America: The First Avenger

The Wolfman

WHEN THE MOON IS FULL THE LEGEND COMES TO LIFE.  In 1891, actor Lawrence Talbot (Benicio Del Toro) leaves London for his childhood home to find out who killed his brother in the most beastly way possible. This remake of the 1941 classic was panned by many critics, but deserve an audience. The normally family-friendly … Continue reading The Wolfman

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole

ON HIS WAY TO FINDING A LEGEND… HE WILL BECOME ONE. Two young barn owls are kidnapped by other owls and later held as slaves by the evil Pure Ones; however, they are about to learn that the mythical Guardians of Ga’Hoole really do exist… A 3D fairy tale for kids that is dark, but … Continue reading Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole

Happy Feet

WARNING: MAY CAUSE TOE-TAPPING. In Antarctica a very special emperor penguin called Mumble is born; unlike all the others he can dance but not sing, which makes his life a lot harder. A film that starts cute and corny, with the penguins performing “Kiss” by Prince, and that silliness recurs too often for my taste; I … Continue reading Happy Feet

The Matrix: Rage Against the Machines

THE FIGHT FOR THE FUTURE BEGINS. When Larry and Andy Wachowski were working as screenwriters on a film called Assassins (1995), they showed producer Joel Silver another script. He loved it, but not so much when the brothers insisted on directing it. Silver told them to cut their teeth on something, and that was to be the … Continue reading The Matrix: Rage Against the Machines

Return of the King: At Journey’s End

THIS CHRISTMAS THE JOURNEY ENDS.   So, we’re at journey’s end. Peter Jackson’s final chapter of his “Lord of the Rings” trilogy was hailed at the 2004 Academy Awards and many chose to see the overwhelming praise as some kind of summary reward for the whole trilogy. So do I, because there’s nothing in this … Continue reading Return of the King: At Journey’s End