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!

 

SPY VS. SPY VS. SPY

TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY (2011)
– 4 and a half out of 5 stars

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH! TOM HARDY! GARY OLDMAN! COLIN FIRTH!

Alright, I’m done with my screaming. This is such so British I love it!

Gary Oldman plays George Smiley, a retired MI6 agent who’s been tasked to find a mole among them. He engages the help of Peter Guillam (Cumberbatch) to finish what his old friend left behind – clues to the mole. Things get even more complicated after Ricki Tarr (Hardy) barely returns from his mission.

Actually, I have no idea how to describe the story to you all but it’s definitely intriguing. It’s set in the 1970s, meaning that the spy techniques used are really  old school – tapes, recordings from bugs hidden in lamps, undercover spies who are in danger of dying and getting tortured. Plus, it’s British!

The acting is real good – Gary Oldman barely speaks or smiles and yet his face says a thousand words. One of the sadder scenes was when Guillam sent away his partner after Smiley told him clear his unfinished business. And I gotta tell you, be prepared to see grown men cry.

“MY FIST HUNGERS FOR JUSTICE”

KUNG FU PANDA 2 (2011)
– 3 out of 5 stars 

Lord Shen: Who do you think you are, Panda?
Po: Who do you think I am, Peacock?

In this sequel, the Dragon Warrior, Po, and the Furious Five (Tigress, Monkey, Mantis, Viper, Crane) have to stop Lord Shen who has created a new weapon that threatens to destroy the legacy of kungfu. In the process, Po learns more about his past and how his father came to be Mr. Ping, a goose.

Po: Scars heal.
Lord Shen: No, they don’t. Wounds heal.
Po: Oh, right. What do scars do? Fade?
Lord Shen: I don’t care what scars do!

This was really funny and I enjoyed it even though I didn’t watch the original movie. Po really likes to state the obvious and OMG I loved it when he finally found inner peace! You can always count on him to do something unpredictable! Plus, the baby Po is super adorable! He eats non-stop and really cries like a human baby! Some of the funnier parts are already seen in the trailers but it’s still worth a watch.

HELLO BEAUTIFUL…

THE DARK KNIGHT (2008)
– 4 out of 5 stars

Harvey Dent: The night before the dawn is the darkest.

And I totally agree, cos that was what Elvin Ng said during Star Awards last year. Anyway that’s not really important now, what’s important is that I finally watched The Dark Knight! I have been looking forward to this movie for TWO WEEKS! Mad crowds of people rushing and buying up all the tickets left me walking back home empty-handed (without ticket stubs). But I think the movie’s not bad.

The movie is obviously darker than it’s prequel, Batman Begins, but I guess that’s mostly due to The Joker’s love for terror, explosives and knives. The Joker was really terrifying, with his gimmicks and how he plots to turn people against one another, against humanity. He shows the ugly sides of people and basks in the glory that people are indeed ugly. I guess Heath Ledger brought out The Joker well and it’s kinda sad that he has passed on. And, I have to comment, he has pretty great legs in that uniform! As for the other villian, Two-Faced aka Harvey Dent, his face was really scarier than The Joker’s. I can’t imagine seeing someone in the eye thatliterally. Dubbed as ‘The White Knight’ of Gotham, he’s Batman’s hope of retiring but a terrible accident throws that all away and he turns evil, and decides to leave things to chance. ‘Things’ such as people’s lives. Its scary to see how people can change so drastically.

Last but not least, it’s the Batman! OMG, Christian Bale is so well-built! He plays a conflicted superhero who thinks that Dent makes a better symbol of justice than Batman is and when The Joker blames the current state of disarray in Gotham on Batman, he’s in an even more difficult position. How he sacrifices his namesake in the ending was really touching cos he’d rather protect the reputation of another, who had the most influence in changing the future of Gotham. 4 out of 5 stars! I have to add, I feel rather proud of Singaporean, Chin Han’s, appearance in the movie. After all, how many Singaporeans do you see in an international film with such a great cast? As for the other guy with the scandals, he’s just “Security Guard at Desk #2”. Tsk tsk.

THE LIGHT AND THE DARK

HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX (2007)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars

Overall, it’s not bad as a film but having read the book, I think too many parts were left out – a tad disappointing.

When I read the book, the character that struck me the most wasNeville Longbottom because he really showed his maturity and he could finally protect himself and his friends with decent spells/skills and also came to terms to acknowledging his parents’ fate at St Mungo’s Hospital. But I thought the film didn’t portray it as well as it should have been.

There are also many loopholes here and there which I think non-readers might not understand. However, I thought the final battle scene at the Department of Mysteries was quite nice. Shattering orbs, flying glass pieces and great wand effects kinda saved the movie, afterall, the climax of the story was there. Another good part was seeing ultra-bitch Umbridge being dragged away – it’s retribution. A bit too chop-chop.