Posted by Jen; 4 Stars
Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Tommy Lee Jones
I was so disappointed with the wasted potential of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter that I thought I might give this one a try. The politics, the drama, the war could make this an outstanding movie (or a miniseries, please) that could be both entertaining and educational. This was an in-depth look at the man, but not so much the time.
This movie was superbly researched and the attention to detail is astounding. Daniel Day-Lewis was perfect for the part, getting away from the deep baritone voice and robust physique. However, a lot of the film was rather dry, which could hinder its acceptance by the mainstream. Lincoln himself had a story for every situation, and there was comic relief when a man ran away rather than listen to him. But for a time when the country is literally torn apart and brother was fighting brother, it is almost shameful to not show really any battle scenes. The focus was on passing the 13th amendment, emancipating the slaves, through the House of Representatives. There were no horrors of slavery depicted, and in fact they were quite separated from it. There was no sense of urgency, no bloodshed.
People should see this movie because it’s an important part of American history. It’s very dramatic, but has little bits of humor. It shows Honest Abe as a man – flawed and imperfect – doing what he had to in order to end both the war and slavery. I just wish there was a little more outside of him and the House of Representatives – a little more drama, a little more necessity.
— Posted by Alyssa
Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Christian Bale, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Anne Hathaway, Marion Cottilard, Tom Hardy
Anticipation for this movie couldn’t have been any higher. And while it doesn’t live up to its expectations, it serves as a stand-alone film and a good way to end a well-made trilogy.
It’s been eight years since the masked symbol of justice known as Batman (Bale) has fled Gotham for the sake of giving Harvey Dent a good image in the public eye. Since then, the streets have been clean, but not entirely crime free. Ready to give Gotham another sophisticated criminal is terrorist Bane (Hardy) who has been trained by the same mentor as Bruce Wayne. Finally meeting his physical match in Bane, Batman finds himself out of the game for too long and unable to keep up. Taken hostage in an underground prison, Bruce Wayne has allies on the outside trying to takeover Gotham for the greater good including rookie officer Blake (Gordon-Levitt), veteran commissioner Jim Gordon (Oldman), his conflicted butler Alfred (Caine), senior weapons’ manufacturer Lucius Fox (Freeman), who has appointed a new CEO to Wayne Enterprises, the lovely Miranda Tate (Cottilard), and occasionally the feisty feline known as Selina Kyle (Hathaway). However, Bane proves to be tough competition and Gotham finds itself controlled by an intelligent warlord.
There’s a haunting presence throughout this entire film courtesy of Bane that is hard to ignore. Gotham looks and feels very different. This third installment lacks the sophistication and genius of some of Christopher Nolan’s other films, but it is still consistently captivating and entertaining. The cast was thoroughly enjoyable to watch as well, although you can try to convince me a thousand times over that Anne Hathaway is a sexy feline femme fatale and I’ll never believe it (in fact, they could have done without the character all together). It’s not a masterpiece, but it’s a good movie.