The Dark Knight Rises (Movie Review)

The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises

Ka-Pow! Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated closure to his Batman saga is a great one but personally it wasn’t as mind-blowing for me because I couldn’t help but reference Heath Ledger’s performance in the last movie. The cast does a stellar job here but not one of them could stand up to the The Joker; who is hands down one of the greatest villains to grace the silver screen.

The Dark Knight Rises is still a great watch nevertheless because the events of the movie are pretty epic and it raises a lot of questions about morality & sacrifice. Unlike The Amazing Spider-Man, the latest Batman flick is a thinking man’s superhero movie and a whole lot more realistic in its setting which I didn’t enjoy as much cos’ it kinda depressed me a little.

The entire cast holds their own here. Christian Bale does a decent third outing as Bruce Wayne but I felt that his supporting cast really outshone him throughout most of the movie. Tom Hardy makes for a super-menacing Bane whilst Anne Hathaway really stole the show in exquisite manner as Catwoman. Joseph Gordon-Levitt deserves a special mention too as rookie cop John Blake.

Christopher Nolan has given us a satisfying ending to his trilogy of Batman movies and I’m pretty sure most fans will not be disappointed by this one.

I give The Dark Knight Rises a back-breaking 4.5 out of 5.

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Rio (Movie Review)

Rio

Rio

Blue Sky Studio’s brand new 3D-animated flick had loads of laughs with excellent characters. It’s good fun for the whole family and is a definite must-watch at the cinemas.

Keep an eye out for Luiz the bulldog cos’ he’s a hoot and so were the two singing birds with one of em’ voiced by Jamie Foxx.

Rio had laughs and it had heart but more importantly it made me happy.

I give Rio a happy 4 out of 5.

Alice in Wonderland (Movie Review)

Alice in Wonderland

I managed to catch Alice in Wonderland yesterday and I must say that I was pleasantly surprised that I liked it despite some of the bad reviews that it has received. It’s very much derived from Lewis Carroll’s two books and Tim Burton does a great job at taking the story further from where the books left off. It’s a Tim Burton movie through and through; featuring his favourite leading man Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter and his wife Helena Bonham Carter playing the Red Queen.

Visually the movie is a trippy experience with wild colours and creatures that can only come from Burton’s imagination. It’s not a kids’ movie really cos’ the themes are very adult and having read the books before I’d say that Carroll’s work is definitely off the beaten track; which is captured perfectly in the movie. It’s a tale of choice really with Burton’s version of Alice (played by newcomer Mia Wasikowska) an adult now at 20, returning to Underland (or Wonderland as she knows it) with a prophecy of sorts that heralds Fabjrous Day; the day Alice is destined to kill the Jabberwocky.

It’s a story of self-discovery and self-exploration in a sense. I won’t spoil the rest of the plot for you but I’d catch this one and judge it for yourself. It’s a great Tim Burton movie with the usual dark edge. The cast does a great job and the special effects are pretty cool. I didn’t catch it in 3D so I really don’t know if it’s worth the extra dough to go into the 3rd dimension. I heard that the move was converted from 2D to 3D so it might not be that great a 3D experience. Nevertheless the option is available to all of ya.

I give Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” a solid 4 stars.

Rating: 4 Stars (out of 5)