I DREAMED A DREAM

lesmiz1LES MISERABLES (2012)
4 out of 5 stars

Based on the novel by Victor Hugo and the successful musical of the same name, Les Miz tells the story of Jean Valjean, a former prisoner who reinvents himself as the mayor of a town in France. He agrees to care for Cosette, the daughter of Fantine, after a terrible incident, all the while escaping Javert, a police inspector adamant on capturing Valjean.

The first time I saw the trailer for Les Miz, I cried. Maybe it was the songs that were sung with so much melancholy. So it’s no surprise that there were tears while watching the movie. Especially when Anne Hathaway, as Fantine, sings ‘I Dreamed A Dream’. There was sadness and anger in her tone of voice and she looked so devastated. Hugh Jackman was fantastic as Jean Valjean. It’s the first time I’ve heard him sing and he sounds quite pleasant. No wonder he’s won a Tony Award!

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The other actor that I was mesmerized with was Aaron Tveit, who plays Enjolras, one of the students in the revolution fighting alongside Marius (Eddie Redmayne), the love of Cosette. Most people would probably know him as the jerk cousin of Nate, Tripp, in Gossip Girl but oh man, his voice is one of the best. He sounds the most natural among the male actors/singers and brought a lot of conviction in his voice. Amanda Seyfried sounds good but we’ve heard her in Mamma Mia! The Movie so no worries there. As for Russell Crowe, I shall let you decide for yourself.

I didn’t expect the whole movie to be just songs but since it was based on the musical, what was I expecting? Maybe a few lines of dialogue? But no, it is pure singing with probably less than ten lines of sing-spoken dialogue.

I don’t know what was the spark between Cosette and Marius (because I’m a cynic?) but I do know many of us identify with Eponine, the one pining for Marius. Is there no justice in the world of crushes?!

Watch it because it has been nominated for 8 awards at the upcoming 85th Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor (Hugh Jackman) and Best Supporting Actress (Anne Hathaway).

BEGINS, FALLS, RISES


THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (2012)
5 out of 5 stars

EVERYONE SHOULD WATCH THIS MOVIE.

The long-awaited conclusion to The Dark Knight Trilogy is finally here and running at 165 minutes, it does not disappoint and only serves to fascinate and blow your mind. Taking everything into consideration, congratulations Christopher Nolan, you have taken every mind for a good spin around Gotham.

Taking place eight years after the events from The Dark Knight, Gotham City is at peace until a new terrorist leader, Bane, surfaces. Batman aka Bruce Wayne resurfaces to protect the city he loves even as Gotham continues to brand Batman as an enemy of Gotham.

Well, most of the Inception alumni are back in this Christoper Nolan masterpiece and man, it’s so good to see them together. I really loved Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle here. There’s just so many layers to her character besides the obvious fact that she kicks ass fabulously and beautifully. Tom Hardy was brilliant as Bane and even though half of his face was covered, his eyes really tell a story of their own. I have to say his built kinda scares me though – his shoulders are just so broad. And it is good to see Cillian Murphy back!

It is in every sense, a fitting conclusion. GO WATCH IT!

 

ST. SWITHIN’S DAY

ONE DAY (2011)
– 4 out of 5 stars

The book made me cry and so did the movie.

I really liked Jim Sturgess’ performance in here… he made me cry (!) and makes me want to watch all the other movies he’s been in. And even though I’ve read many reviews saying Anne Hathaway’s English accent sucked, I still liked her as Emma. In fact, when I was reading the book, she came to mind quite often. But I’ve got to say I liked the book better because it’s been a long time since I read a book that made me cry. For those who are not into reading though, the movie would be good enough.

Lovin’ all the scenes on 15 July 1988. So much hope, so much promise.

BIRDS VERSUS MONKEYS

RIO (2011)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars

Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) is a domesticated blue macaw that has been living with his owner, Linda, for the past fifteen years. A chance meeting with Túlio, an ornithologist, brings them all to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where Blu needs to mate with a female, Jewel (Anne Hathaway), in order to save his species. Trouble ensues when smugglers are after them and while Jewel yearns to escape, she learns that Blu cannot fly.

Rafael: Just tell her “you have beautiful eyes”.
Blu: (to Jewel) I have beautiful eyes.

OMG JESSE EISENBERG IS SUCH A CUTE BLUE MACAW. I think his real life awkwardness totally translates into Blu, which is absolutely adorable. The other characters like Rafael the Toucan and Luiz the Bulldog are equally funny. I like Luiz’s fruity get-up for the carnival and his saliva can actually be used as a form of lubricant! Nigel the Cockatoo is brilliant as the villain and he constantly antagonizes the other birds and monkeys. One of my favourite parts was the fight and they announced “BIRDS VERSUS MONKEYS!” The way these animals fight is so damn hilarious!

Both Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway contributed to the soundtrack! Though it’s not the first time we’ve heard Hathaway sing, it’s definitely the first time I heard Eisenberg sing! OMG he sounds so awkward – I like!

THE MOST POTENT DRUG OF ALL

LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS (2010)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars

Love And Other Drugs is loosely based on the non-fiction book, Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman by Jamie Reidy.

Set in the mid 1990s, it tells the story of a pharmaceutical salesman, Jamie Randall (Jake Gyllenhaal), who meets Maggie Murdock (Anne Hathaway), a young woman with early on-set Parkinson’s Disease and how both people who are not looking for love fall in love.

I’ve been waiting to watch this since the trailer was out! I think I just like to watch movies where couples meet, break up then cry a lot (like that, EVERYBODY cries). Plus, it’s Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway! Two of the most good-looking people in Hollywood now… who like getting it on in the film. Nothing full frontal but no inhibitions either. Funny bits include Maggie’s heavily-peppered dialogue regarding Viagra and itsfriend and how she told Jamie to “eat shit and die” when they first met. The scene involving Josh, Jamie’s brother, and a particular videotape is absolutely cringe-worthy. Plus, I liked it when Josh said that Jamie got “hit by a Care Bear”.

It was damn hilarious that they played Belinda Carlisle’s Heaven Is A Place On Earthwhen they introduced Viagra. The story may seem predictable towards the end but it’s always the process that counts, right?

Jamie Randall: You meet thousands of people and then you meet one person and your whole life is changed… forever.

LOVE CANNOT BE PLANNED

VALENTINE’S DAY (2010)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars

I saw Valentine’s Day and I think it’s slightly better than New York, I Love You!

It’s another anthology of love stories, people connected in one way or another – friends, colleagues, lovers, strangers etc. Except that this movie happens all in a day – Valentine’s Day. There are many familiar faces – Julia Roberts, Jennifer Garner, Ashton Kutcher, Jessica Biel, Anne Hathaway, Bradley Cooper, Patrick Dempsey, Eric Dane, Taylor Swift, Taylor Lautner, Jessica Alba, etc. Only thing is happy beginnings didn’t turn out to be happy endings, while not-so-happy beginnings turn out happier.

There is the mini-competition between McDreamy (Dempsey) and McSteamy (Dane) – I choose McSteamy cos McDreamy still plays a boring doctor who does the worst thing ever! There’s the bimbotic Taylor Swift who dots every sentences with “like…” and dances like a crazy girl. The story revolving around the other teenage couple – Emma Roberts and Carter Jenkins – were super funny! They were planning to have sex during lunch and it all goes wrong when Stone’s mother comes back and sees him – almost naked! Anne Hathaway is very interesting with the use of weird accents and the creative use of rubber bands – *snap* while part-timing as a adult phone entertainer. Jennifer Garner totally rocks as a waitress (chopped pig’s testicles, anyone?) and with the baseball bat! 


And here’s my favourite quote from the movie/trailer:

Reporter: So, how do you guys feel about each other?
Felicia: Oh my gosh, I totally love him!
Willy: And I’m crazy about her.
Felicia: See, I even wrote his number in my hand.
Reporter: There you have it, young love. Full of promise, full of hope, ignorant of reality.

INNER BATTLES

RACHEL GETTING MARRIED (2008)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars

Rachel Getting Married isn’t about Rachel, but Kym, her sister. Out from rehab after a history of personal and familial troubles, tension fills the house as Kym steps in. Clashes with the maid-of-honour, awkward circumstances and digging up of old skeletons. Will she wreck the wedding? Will the wedding go on without her?

I thought Anne Hathaway gave a brilliant performance here (she won Best Actress at the Critics’ Choice Awards), her character is kinda complicated but who’s life isn’t? One of the lines kinda struck out; one can apologize and make amends for the mistakes he makes, but accepting the apologies and the amends is another thing altogether.