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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The Book of Eli (Movie Review)

The Book of Eli

The Book of Eli

If you’re a believer this one is a MUST WATCH. I enjoyed the movie thoroughly in the way it was shot and how Eli (Denzel Washington) clung so closely to the words of the good book. There’s a lot you can learn about faith in the movie. It’s equal part action and equal part drama in a post-apocalyptic setting.

The movie starts off slow but it hits its stride 20mins or so in. I won’t reveal too much about the story but needless to say, Denzel is in top form here and Gary Oldman does an equally great job at playing the villain. Mila Kunis is a treat to watch on screen, she’s just so pretty as is Jennifer Beals who has an air of elegance about her in her character Claudia.

The movie is in its final leg here in Malaysian cinemas and there were only 3 screenings yesterday at GSC. If you’ve got time this week, take time out to catch it; I daresay you won’t regret it. It’ll challenge your faith.

Rating: 5 Stars (out of 5)

A Christmas Carol (Review)

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Sigh… I didn’t like this one that much. Of course, I must admit that the original source material is a little dark so I can’t blame Robert Zemeckis for how it turned out to be. The only saving grace that “A Christmas Carol” had were how uncanny the characters looked like their real life counterparts. The movie does feature a rich cast but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to make this 3D-animated flick a good one.

There were lots of 3D moments in the movie and it might have made a difference if I had managed to watch it in 3D. Oh well, never mind … there’d be other 3D movies in future. I wouldn’t recommend this one at the cinemas folks cos’ there’s just not enough to make it worth  your RM10 at the cinema.

Rating: 1 Star (out of 5)