Directed by: Tim Burton
Starring: Helena Bohem Carter, Johnny Depp, Alan Rickman
Barber Sweeney Todd, formerly Benjamin Barker, returns to London and quickly finds himself on the path of vengeance and murder; asissted by Mrs. Lovett.
Based on the musical of the same name, Tim Burton and Johnny Depp reunite yet again and create a musical of extraordinary awesomeness. Yes I know that’s not a word; deal with it. The style is definetly burtonesque, yet incorporates itself well into Victorian London. The music is something to marvel at, taken from the original musical it’s almost as though music was sung in Victorian London and for those, like me, of more morbid humour; ‘A Little Priest’ is quite amusing……
The story is easy to follow, yet holds distinct burton qualities. As does the costuming and make-up; both of which are extraordinary. All three components combine to deliver a beautifully presented piece of filmwork. Although; Johnny Depp looks a hell of a lot like Edward Scissorhands in a couple of the shots……
Rating (IMDB): 7.6/10
Rating (Me): 9/10
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Directed by: Garth Jennings
Stars: Martin Freeman, Mos Def, Sam Rockwell, Zooey Deschenall, Alan Rickman
Based on Douglas Adams novel of the same title, the movie follows the Arthur Dent escaping Earth just before it is destroyed.
Anyone who’s read the book will immediately identify with the characters. Martin Freeman, playing Arthur Dent; plays his role of middle-aged, slightly glum, British man with ease, quickly demonstrating that his main concern was whether there was tea in the kettle. Now; normally when movies base themselves on a book they’re absolutely terrible or really really amazing. This is the latter. While it doesn’t follow all the threads set out by Douglas Adams; it does a bloody good job of the ones it does pick up on. Marvin, Slartibartfast and the Vogons are all done perfectly and is just like reading the book; with a different dialouge and moving pixels.
Rating (IMDB): 6.6/10
Rating (me): 9/10
Priscilla: Queen of the Desert
Directed by: Stephan Elliot
Stars: Hugo Weaving, Terrance Stamp, Guy Pearce
Three drag queens decide to drive to the middle of the desert of Australia to perform their show.
This movie, as the tagline says; change how you think, and most importantly, how you dress. The gaudy costumes combined with the fantastic, indeed, gay, soundtrack makes this movie fabulous. In every sense of the word. Weaving, Pearce and Stamp all make this movie as good as it is, the actors who are classed as ‘masculine manly men’ play the role of the three drag queens and they do it so well. I have never laughed so hard in my life. Far from a drag; the storyline is actually quite good, as they travel through Australia, the trio meet many interesting characters who contribute as much to the movie as the main story.
Rating (IMBD): 7.3/10
Rating (Me): 8/10
Directed by: Richard Kelly
Stars: Jake Gyllenhall, Jena Malone and Mary McDonnell
Donnie follows Frank into the future; a tangent universe. It makes sense when you watch it.
Donnie Darko is a brilliant piece of film work. The storyline, whilst sometimes difficult to follow, draws you in and makes you think; really think. It’s the first time in a long time that I’ve actually had to pause a movie halfway through and discuss with someone else what was going on.
All in all, it’s a fantastic movie; making use of many ideas surrounding time travel, free will and how we impact the future (butterfly effect). The many themes throughout the film contribute to the overall mystery of the story that leaves you to your own devices when it comes to deciphering it.
It also has an amazing soundtrack. So just watch it.
Rating (IMBD): 8.2/10
Rating (me): 9.5/10
Directed by: Ang Lee
Stars: Jake Gyllenhall, Heath Ledger, Ann Hathaway
Whilst on Brokeback Mountain, Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist find an unexpectd bond that ultimately governs their lives.
Innappropriatly dubbed ‘the gay cowboy movie’; Brokeback Mountain is so much more complex.The relationship developed by the characters is phenomenal; as is the acting of the two stars. This is the only movie I have ever cried in, it’s so well portrayed and the storyline is heartbreaking; for want of a better word.
The cliche that has formed around the film is quickly undone throughout the film as you come to realise that the relationship between Ennis and Jack is much more then a fling; it gets to the point that it doesn’t matter that they are both men. Their understanding of each other is so comples that the viewer virtually loses sight of just how turbulent a relationship such as this would have been in the setting.
Rating (me): 9/10
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Directed by:Edgar Wright
Stars:Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin
Scott must defeat his new girlfriend’s seven evil exs to win her heart.
It was brilliant. Simply put; the movie really bought the comic books to life and did an excellent job portraying the various characters. It did so whilst still being funny and witty, yet not being a romantic comedy.
Rating (me): 9/10