Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Films I've seen in 2009 - Vol III

Writers: Nathan Alexander and Christopher McQuarrie
Director: Bryan Singer
Cast: Tom Cruise, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Wilkinson
My vote: 4/5
-It is a historical thriller film set in Nazi Germany during World War II. The film depicts the July 20, 1944 plot by German army officers to assassinate Adolf Hitler and to use the Operation Valkyrie national emergency plan to take control of the country. -

Photo: http://www.allmoviephoto.com/, by United Artists

I, Kert and Erik went to see "Valkyrie" in February 21. Second World War has touched each of us one way or other, though our generation knows it only through stories. History is always appealing, especially when it's about strong characters, people who have influenced the world. I have to say that I thought the film was much more about the war itself, but actually it wasn't - after the first kick-off with a war scene it was never repeated. . It was all about a conspiracy, watching through the eyes of colonel Claus von Stauffenberg. I must say I liked this film. I'm not really amazed how Tom Cruise played it (the only film I've really loved by him is Top Gun), but the story itself was appealing and thrilling till the end, especially when you didn't know the history so well (like me!:)). I think I would recommend to see this film - it's at least a good entertainment if not more!

Writers: Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein
Director: Ken Kwapis
Cast: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrimore, Scarlet Johansson, Kevin Connolly, Jennifer Connelly
My vote: 3+/5
-This romantic comedy tells the stories of a group of interconnected 20's and 30's people as they navigate various relationships from the shallow end of the dating pool through the deep waters of married life, trying to read the signs of opposite sex...-

Photo: http://www.allmoviephoto.com/, by Darren Michaels

Erik took me to see this easy romantic comedy on Valentine's Day :) I was afraid that the story of the film will be lost among all the famous actresses and actors playing there. Usually, when too many well-known actors are present, the film is a failure. But this film actually overcame my expectations. It was quite good; funny realistic stories of relationships which we could easily relate to our own life and experiences. I loved Gigi, the character played by Ginnifer Goodwin, who is so desperate to find her true love that hopes every man to be that, and drives all men crazy by pushing the relationship too hard. She was certainly the highlight of the movie; other characters weren't as convincing. Maybe the movie hold too many different characters and story lines and didn't play everything well till the end; but all in all, I cannot say it was a junk movie. For Valentine's Day it was a nice watch. Photo: http://www.allmoviephoto.com/, by Darren Michaels

Writers: Dan Fogelman and Chris Williams
Directors: Byron Howard and Chris Williams
Cast: John Travolta (voice), Miley Cyrus (voice)
My vote: 4-/5
- Animation film about a dog - an American White Shepherd - who has lived his whole life on the set of his action TV show, where he believes he has superpowers. When separated from the studio by accident, he meets a female alley cat named Mittens and a hamster named Rhino. Along the way, he learns that he doesn't have superpowers and that the show is not real. His disbelief of his abilities being non existent fuels a lot of different emotional changes, and eventually comes to a reality of who he really is. -

I and Kert went to see the 3D Walt Disney movie "Bolt" in February 3. It is a very kind-hearted film - nice to watch for a child as well as for an adult. Bolt is such a lovely dog, and he has so true expressions of the dog - one cannot help falling in love with him! His mates - the cat and the hamster- are really funny guys, so all 3 of them, make a perfect match. If you have kids, certainly take them to watch this movie! It's, for instance, much better than "Madagascar II".

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