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Friday, October 26, 2012

Review Of : Frankenweenie

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I've watched 'FRANKENWEENIE' a few days ago.

Directed By Tim Burton

Voiced By Winona Ryder, Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara

Synopsis:
From creative genius Tim Burton ("Alice in Wonderland," The Nightmare Before Christmas") comes "Frankenweenie," a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life-with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor's fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new "leash on life" can be monstrous.

(WALT DISNEY STUDIOS MOTION PICTURES)




A simple story with a heartwarming theme.

First & foremost, for those of you who don't know. Yes, this movie is in full black & white. Yup, so that you don't get surprised & thought the film was having colour issues. This is Tim Burton's way of reminiscing the classics and as the title goes; Frankenweenie is a parody & also a homage to the classic movie of 'Frankenstein'.  

Secondly, yes, Frankenweenie is done through stop-motion animation. Applause to that

So, like I said the story might sound rather simple as Victor, a smart but a loner with his only friend; his dog Sparky. But when Sparky got knocked by a car & died, Victor was devastated. When his science teacher demonstrate a simple experiment, Victor got an idea that would literally revive Sparky. Things gets ugly when the news of Sparky's revival got out. 



Many would compare this movie to the films of the same genre such as Paranorman, Corpse's Bride & etc. But Frankenweenie took on quite well with a good written script & story.  

Story is simple as it all revolves around Victor who just wants to bring his dog back to life. 
Plot-wise, although in my opinion, the connection & love of Victor towards Sparky should be shown more but the story escalated quite well.
For parents who want to bring their young children should be aware that there are a few frightening scenes for younger children.
Although some of the characters in my opinion is unnecessary maybe because they have small screen-time, all in all, the character of Victor is well portrayed.
The visuals, since its in black & white, there's really nothing much to talk about. But the art of stop-motion animation applied in this film should be admired. 
The music is well used and really played well to the film.

In a nutshell, a good animated movie to start the Halloween off. This movie is also available in 3D but its not necessary. (:

My Rating?

Plot : 3.5/5
Storyline : 3.75/5
Characters*: 3.75/5 
Effects** :4/5
OVERALL : 7.5/10.


Trailer : 










Saturday, October 6, 2012

Review Of : Looper

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I've just watched 'LOOPER'.  :D


Directed By  Rian Johnson

Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt

Synopsis:
In the year 2042, a man working for a group of killers called "Loopers" (they work for the mob and kill people who are sent blindfolded back in time from the year 2072 by their bosses) recognizes a victim as himself. He hesitates resulting in the escape of his older self.

(Source: NUSANTARA EDARAN FILMS)



A good movie with a interesting theme/concept.

If you're looking for a good sci-fi action flick, look no further. Well, at the sight of the movie's idea of travelling time & telekinesis, you might think that Looper might be a confusing movie that might confused your mind, no, well, not exactly, not if you ponder too much about the physics & technicality of the alteration of the timeline. With just keen listening & comprehension, you will understand the story well.

The story takes place in the year 2042. It revolves around Joe, a looper. A looper is a group of assassins who worked for the mob & kill people who are sent back blindfolded into the past from the year 2072 by the bosses. When Joe's friend; Seth did not close his 'loop' by kiiling his older self, things get awry. Joe soon discovered he too have to face the same fate to close his 'loop' when a victim who is sent back is his older self, he hesitates which results in the escape of his older self. Which then leads to a numerous chain of events.



Good acting by the main casts.

Interesting concept. With the background of near-future, Looper serves really well with story.
Plot-wise, although, I expected more from its ending, overall, it was quite a well constructed plot.
Acting. With Joseph Gordon-Levitt's acting in many films such as Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, Premium Rush & others, his acting in Looper serves well as he successfully potrayed Bruce Willis' mannerisms very well. Like wise with Bruce Willis. 
Visually, with good graphics and a different perspective of the near future, the movie shows a more plausible future with divided/selfish societies. 

All in all, Looper is a good & interesting movie which I highly recommend to watch. (:


My Rating?

Plot : 3.75/5
Storyline : 4/5
Characters*: 4.25/5 
Effects** :4/5
OVERALL : 8.25/10.s

Trailer: 




Movie Rating Guide. :)

Lately, I've changed my movie ratings a little. (:


Plot :

is the flow & structural plot of the movie itself.

Storyline :

the overall idea & the concept of the movie.

Characters:

The character's overall acting & character built-up in the movie. Or for animation, the voices & character built-up too.

Effects* :

The visual effects, 3D effects, movie scores/music, graphics, animation of a movie respective to it's genre.


SO, there it is. Thanks! :)