Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Review Of : The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty

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Just watched " THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY" yesterday! :')

Directed By Ben Stiller

Starring Ben Stiller, Kristin Wiig and Shirley MacLaine


THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY is an adventure-comedy celebrating the true potential in everyone. Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) who also directs) leads a life filled with adventure and romance… but only in his serial daydreaming. In reality, he is a timid photo processor at Life magazine too afraid to even ask out his pretty co-worker. But when his job is put on the line, Walter must at last spring into action and he soon finds himself on a global adventure, living a life more extraordinary than he could have ever dreamed.

Truly a subtle inspiring film yet humorous and heartwarming.

Ben Stiller pulled this movie off! The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty is well written and contains a rather simple yet strong message. It tells how sometimes we live mediocre lives but we tend to slip of into dreaming of the "what ifs", both realistic and unrealistic hahah. :P 
The minimalistic cinematography and creative editing makes the film really beautiful. 

Beautiful sceneries, beautiful music, beautiful story. Great for the holidays and for the upcoming New Year! (:

With a rather simple story and concept, Ben Stiller and the writers did a great job on adding humour into the film with funny scenes and some parodies hahaha, making it memorable and funny. 
There really are many quotable lines from the movie like "Beautiful things don't ask for attention." and "To see things thousands of miles away, things hidden behind walls & within rooms, things dangerous to come to, to draw closer, to see and be amazed.”

Although some of the character's traits may not be fully realistically played out in the movie, but hey, the message was well said through the film and each character was given fair screen time and they delivered good acting. 

There are a number of scenes that is truly a picturesque moment that made me want to get out of my seats and go travel! Visually breathtaking. Great cinematography and editing. Kudos to them for truly bringing the movie to life!

The movie's cinematography and story is made better with the beautiful score by Jose Gonzales especially the end credits; "Stay Alive". It reminds me of the OST from "We Bought A Zoo" and a little of Radical Face's songs. 

If you like movies about life, or enjoy spectacular cinematography or just want a great movie to end the year, look no further. It's worth it! "The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty" is one amazing film. I really don't mind watching it again, really. (: 

My Rating?

Plot : 4/5
Storyline : 4/5
Characters*: 3.5/5 
Effects** : 4.75/5
OVERALL : 8.5/10.


Saturday, December 14, 2013

Review Of : Captain Phillips

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Finally I got the time to write the review of "CAPTAIN PHILLIPS".  (:

Directed By Paul Greengrass

Starring Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, Faysal Ahmed, Catherine Keener

Captain Phillips is director Paul Greengrass’s multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates.  It is—through Greengrass’s distinctive lens—simultaneously a pulse-pounding thriller and a complex portrait of the myriad effects of globalization.  The film focuses on the relationship between the Alabama’s commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips (two time Academy Award® winner Tom Hanks), and his Somali counterpart, Muse (Barkhad Abdi).  Set on an incontrovertible collision course off the coast of Somalia, both men will find themselves paying the human toll for economic forces outside of their control.  The film is directed by Academy Award nominee Paul Greengrass, from a screenplay by Billy Ray and based upon the book, A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea, by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty.  The film is produced by Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, and Michael De Luca.

(Source: GSC Cinemas)

Chair-gripping plot and great acting.

Captain Phillips tells about the struggles & sacrifices man have to make to overcome obstacles and also people's beliefs  . An emotional story of the protagonists and his crew and also the antagonists. It's a well written and well shot film which really kept me holding my seat as the movie progresses, this movie in my opinion serves well as a thriller and also a documentary at the same time I'd say. The amazing acting from the actors really brought out emotional aspects from the story. 

Interesting story which not just tells the emotional story of Captain Phillips and his crew but also from the perspective of the Somalian pirates. Hence, giving more depth into the story.  
Well paced & structured plot. From the moment the ship was invaded, my eyes was glued onto the screen, wondering what would happen in the following scene. 
Accompanied with amazing actors, the story is much more believable and engaging as the characters traits and emotions are well "brought up" by the actors.

Overall, Captain Phillips is one good captivating movie that is definitely worth watching & highly recommended if you love those kind of "Amazing true stories" kind of story or want a getaway from typical "boom-boom-bang" action movies. (:

My Rating?

Plot : 4.5/5
Storyline : 4/5
Characters*: 5/5 
Effects** : 3.75/5
OVERALL : 8.75/10.


Sunday, December 1, 2013

Review Of : FROZEN (3D)

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I've just watched "FROZEN" in 3D! 

Directed by Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee

Starring Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Santino Fontana, Alan Tudyk, Ciarán Hinds

Walt Disney Animation Studios, the studio behind “Tangled” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” presents “Frozen,” a stunning big-screen comedy adventure. Fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) sets off on an epic journey—teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven—to find her sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), 
whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter.
 Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf (voice of Josh Gad), Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom. 

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Truly a Disney magical, unique animated movie. 

At first impression, it really does look like "Tangled" with a different setting, but I assure you, this movie still retains the uniqueness of Tangled with a good story, memorable characters, impressive visuals & basically a beautifully done animated movie. 

The story is really simple yet intriguing. Disney did it once, again!  A story of sibling love and conflict in life. Great story and great movie. 
The beginning of the movie somehow reminded me of "Les Miserables" a little hahah. Yes, there are musical scenes and some funny scenes heh. :P
Plot was emotionally engaging for an animated film, accompanied with beautiful songs and amazing visuals, the story really engages the audience.
Although the characters' physique very much resemble from previous Disney movies but nonetheless, their characters were voiced well and well scripted for this animated film.
Visually, amazing. The scenes of snow, snowflakes, mountainscapes & all are just beautiful. 

P.S. - Do remember to arrive on time as there'll be a short Disney animation right before the movie starts! (:

In a nutshell, "FROZEN" is a good Disney animated film, especially when Christmad is just around the corner.  I highly recommend to watch it at least once in 3D. (:

My Rating?

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


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.


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! :)