How did it take me something like 15 years to finally see this? It’s wonderful… even better because it’s held up perfectly. Animation like this has progressed quite a bit, but this looks like it came out yesterday. Everyone involved with this movie made a classic.
I’m honestly now sure what I thought about this one. The middle-aged widow from a rich family moves to Italy, is seduced by a suave young Italian, has a baby and dies. All along, the family tries to figure out how to retain its honor. There were some interesting characters in this (the son & daughter of the rich family), and some which made no sense at all (the Italian guy, and the Helena Bohnam Carter character – who was never really explained). In the end, there were some memorable scenes, and memorable lines, but as an overall cinematic experience, it was lacking a bit.
How is it that I could be moved to care about the personal shortcomings of some monarch from over half a century ago? Because the story is presented as a human story… one of triumph over adversity. And it’s so well done, that anyone might relate to it.
This movie had a lot of elements done right. One in particular struck me – the lighting. In many of these period movies, we are presented with indoor scenes that are perfectly lit. But, reality isn’t that way. These grand old buildings are dark places reliant mostly on windows for light. Instead of creating fake lighting, the filmmakers figured out the best way to shoot with the available light (or faked it in more subtle ways). This combined with a liberal use of wide-angle shots developed a unique mood… as if the environment was another key character.
One thing I didn’t get at all though: In his first session with “the Doctor”, the future King’s stuttering is cured via a bit of a trick. Why couldn’t this same trick be used in the movie’s last scene? I was sitting there wondering why in the world they didn’t simply do this. It would not have made a very climatic movie arc, but certainly would have solved the problem at hand.
Blood. So much blood, it’s not even blood. So much anger, it’s not even anger. So much revenge it’s not even revenge. Tim Burton can tend to hit or miss. He really hit with this one – everything came together perfectly. Same deal with Johnny Depp – when he’s good, he’s really good…
I was expecting more. They should have just left the plot of the original alone. For me, the movie was ruined when the humans did their “escape” throught the ape village. They ran through every damn house in town – real sneaky! How stupid can you be? That said, I did like the makeup and look of the movie – it had some style.
Starts out pretty good, but then loses touch with history, and turns into a silly teen romance. Though, I think the actual history would have been pretty dull stuff… other than the head-chopping bit.
The first rule of Fight Club is nobody reviews Fight Club. Who are the people watching it? Your co-workers, your friends, your neighbors… All looking for some kind of real experience in this otherwise plastic life.