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Krrish (2006) – Her Review October 8, 2006

Posted by Eury in Action, Adventure, Comedy, Movies, Musical, Romance.
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The masked man, what masked man, the one with the mask on...oh...him?

Dir. Rakesh Roshan

Starring Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, Rekha etc.

Krishna (Roshan) is a young boy that has inherited super powers from his dad. Hoping to keep him by her side and away from any evil influences or dangers, his grandmother is extremely over-protective and by the age of 20, he still plays with very young children, has animals as his friends and is extremely naive…. until one day, a group of kids from a young adult’s camp practically come crashing down on the little Indian village.

His grandmother looks like she’s about his age, but with a bit of makeup in the creases of her mouth and some grey added to her hair. I want to look like that when my grandson is supposedly 20…. and yeah, he’s supposed to be 20, looks like he’s thirty which makes sense, since IMDB’s stats say he’s 32.

Krishna falls for a young girl, Priya (Chopra) that he saves from a crippling accident while dropping from a paraglider. Since this is a Bollywood type of movie, of course we get to see them dance, often… at times knee deep in snow! What? Yep.. don’t ask… it’s weird, it’s funny and that’s all that matters , I guess.

Without going into the details of exactly why, but believing that Priya loves him and hoping to marry her, Krishna goes to see her in Singapore where trouble starts falling into his lap. Having promised his grandmother not to let anyone know he has super powers is a difficult promise to keep when tragedy strikes and he is the only person who can help. A mask and a black leather coat later, we witness the birth of Krrish… (yes, we are saved from having to see yet another superhero become a wizard at sewing their own costume 😉 )

Of course, dancing moments mixed with romance are sprinkled throughout this movie. There is plenty of lipsynching going on… the lips really don’t match, the girl singer has a really, really high-pitched voice and yes, amazingly… everyone always knows the moves.

I have to admit there are some really cool action scenes in this movie.. With leaps and bounds he takes out his opponents… all the while fans are blowing wind on Krrish.. which makes his black leather coat and long hair waver; he looks every bit the part of super hero.

There are also some really huge holes in the plot and stuff that just doesn’t make sense. It’s as if two people wrote the story and didn’t have time to get together to compare notes. Still, as I said earlier, I laughed and often… sometimes because the movie was funny, like whenever this one guy says : “Just imagine”… there is a voice over that yells out “brrrooulllalaloooyylllall…” and then sometimes because the movie had such ludicrous moments that didn’t just make sense… I was like…what?… then almost spit out my coffee… (or was I having a beer?) but who cares… most important is it was crazy enjoyable.

This is Her review, you can read His review here

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Krrish (2006) – His Review October 8, 2006

Posted by Jinx in Action, Adventure, Comedy, Movies, Musical, Romance.
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Just Imagine! Blblblblblblblblblb!

Dir. Rakesh Roshan
Starring Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, Rekha etc.

An indian superhero. He runs fast, he jumps high, he fights like a whirlwind, and of course he sings and dances the pants off N’Sync.

Krrish tells the story of Krishna (Roshan), who grows up in a small Indian village feeling out of touch with everyone because of his special abilities. He can’t play with the other kids because he’s too strong, so he has to cope on his own, frolicking through the forest. As an adult he’s not that bright, and gets tricked into going to Singapore, hoping to find love. He promises his grandmother to keep his powers hidden, which proves to be tricky.

Everything including the kitchen sink has been put into this movie. I’m not overly familiar with Indian cinema, but I am fond of the style – mixing old and new into any genre. There’s of course plenty of butt-jiggling and shoulder-twitching to music – hard to pull off in a Spielberg or Bay production, but effortlessly interwoven with the rest of the movie here. The other ingredients don’t blend as easily though. There’s action and fighting (excellently shot and edited), which is pretty graphic if not necessarily bloody, which comes into stark contrast with the very kids-friendly plot and dialogue. It’s a pretty extreme gap between the two, which seems an odd way of trying to reach a wider audience.

There’s also some awkward casting choices and subplots that make some sequences feel long, and others totally unnecessary. The grandmother is played by an actress in “old-people make-up” – glasses and greyhaired wig, which robs most of her scenes of any real connection. The sudden change from happy and frolicking Krishna to the dark-caped vigilante Krrish isn’t made to work. There’s plenty of non-intentionally funny scenes, where dialogue doesn’t quite reach Cap’n Kirk level, and just end up embarrassing.

Oh, and it’s 2.48 hours loooooong.

All in all, I can’t say I’m disappointed though. It’s a fun movie, with some good action sequences, good humoured characters who you end up liking, and an OK ending. I was also quite impressed with the production value of it, it certainly looks spiffy. If you like a bit of kung-fu mixed in with your singin’ and dancin’, then check this one out. A footnote: This movie is a sequel to Koi… Mil Gaya, but completely watchable on it’s own. It’s in hindi, with some english interspersed, so you’ll probably be watching subtitles (Gah! Reading! Scary!).

This is His review, you can read Her review here.

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My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006) August 1, 2006

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She broke my bed!

Dir. Ivan Reitman

Starring Uma Thurman, Luke Wilson, Anna Faris, Eddie Izzard

This movie puts a spin on several movie-clichés. For example, instead of the poor girl who constantly hooks up with abusive boyfriends, we get Luke Wilson, who keeps ending up with psycho girlfriends. Some people are just trouble-magnets. This time when he breaks it off things get a little uglier than usual though, her being a superheroine and all.

My Super Ex-Girlfriend is first and foremost a comedy, and it is hilarious at times. Luke Wilson does his regular schtick, Uma is excellently over the top, the revenge of the superheroine is brutally funny, but that’s pretty much all of the laughs. Luke’s side-kick Rainn Wilson is never funny. His dick-for-brains character is badly written, staged, and acted. Had it been Will Ferrell doing his routine improv gags it would probably work, it’s a clear Ferrell gig, but the result of a lacking stand-in is just annoying. Faris and Izzard are just boards for Wilson and Thurman to bounce off of, not really bad, but not very visible.

As an experiment in cross-breeding genres it’s an OK movie, but I would have liked to see more originality. When you’re repeating jokes within the movie itself, it’s never good. It may be worth your while if you’re already a fan of the Wilson-genome, if you dug the Steely Dan song this was based on, or if you like superheroes in general, since you get just that and not much more.

Keywords: Superheroes, Nuts, Psycho

This is His review, you can read Her review here.

My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006) August 1, 2006

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With a girlfriend like this, you'll need solid furniture

Dir. Ivan Reitman

Starring: Uma Thurman, Luke Wilson, Anna Faris, Eddie Izzard

We all know someone who’s gone out with a girl that is a little on the crazy side; very needy and controlling and very, very jealous. When they break up they make your life a living hell. Now imagine if this person was not only nuts but also had super powers! What would it be like? It’s totally whacky and scary, but ĂŒber-fun when it’s not happening to you!

Under the quiet exterior of Jenny Johnson, hides G-Girl (Uma Thurman) who is always saving everyone else’s butt and has nobody to take care of her. When Matt Saunders (Luke Wilson) tries to flirt with her in the subway train, she brushes him off but when he runs after a thief that has absconded with her purse, she relents and goes out on a date with him.

Warning: Spoilers Ahead

Let’s face it… the sex is wild and she’s really hot… but he can already see trouble on the horizon as she turns insanely jealous of Hanna Lewis (Anna Faris) who works with Matt. She’s right, of course, Matt does have a thing for Hanna, but doesn’t believe he’s good enough for her. After G-Girl has a fit, he decides to break up with her and to pursue Hannah instead. Probably not his best idea.

What ensues is hilarious, good fun and action. Let’s just say a few things get smashed up when someone, who is already bonkers, flips out. Throw in a not so-evil super-villain (Eddie Izzard) who is a little on the kooky side himself and you have end up with a crazy evening where the super-capers are super-droll. The ending is a little predictable but it’s enjoyable all the same and I found it to be a romp of a good time.

Keywords: Superheroes, Nuts, Psycho

This is Her review, you can read His review here.

Comic Book Confidential (1988) July 31, 2006

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shoot me now!

Dir. Ron Mann

starring: Stan Lee, Will Eisner, Robert Crumb, Frank Miller etc.,

I’m a person that is curious about many things and quite enjoy documentaries. I just knew this was going to be great, right? Comic books… who hasn’t read one? If you were alive in the last 50 years, there is a good chance you had a neat (or not so neat) pile in your bedroom. Some people read superhero comic books or war stories and others, just fun teen stuff like Archie and Veronica. There was something for everyone.
As a history lesson, there was much to learn. I had no idea that there was such terror that comic books would turn us or our children into violent, crazy, gun-toting, rock-hitting friends over the head psychopaths. There was also censorship. Each comic had to pass the “Comic Book Code” and were checked by some puritanical groups. Whatever they didn’t like they either edited out with white paint or simply did not allow to be published.

There were a few funny little videos included to show us examples of the hysteria that the advent of comic books created but on the whole, I was bored. The pace was slow and sluggish… I wish they would have mixed it up a little… it was very logical going forward in chronological order, but I couldn’t wait to get out of the gritty, smudged images and the bad sound. I understand the need for showing us the underground material that was produced, but I wanted to see comics that I recognized and thought were fun. Instead, the last 20 minutes felt like torture to me… I just wanted it to be over.

As I stated before, I usually really like documentaries… I often find that they make me interested in a subject I may little or no knowledge about. Although I could certainly not be considered a huge comic book aficionado, I have had my share of reading comics as a teen and even later in life. I wanted to like this… I really did; I just didn’t. As a historical document that states facts … yes, it does it’s job…, as a piece of work that I found interesting… except for a few funny videos, I’m afraid not. 😛
I would have called this documentary “The Comic Book Blues” because, sadly, it just got me down.

Keywords: Superheroes, Comic Books, Censorship

Comic Book Confidential (1988) July 31, 2006

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I think there ought to be a law against them

Dir. Ron Mann

Starring Will Eisner, Robert Crumb, Frank Miller, Stan Lee etc

We can laugh at it now. In the fifties, comics were turning kids into juvenile delinquents panel by panel. This movie starts off echoing the sentiments of the times, with clips from a PSA-type information film about the dangers of comics. It is a shadow not unlike the one currently hovering over videogames, usually cast by confused parents of irreverent children.

Comic Book Confidential flips the pages of comics history, with candid, informative interviews with people who were in the business as things happened. How comics evolved from sunday funnies for the kids, into the diverse multi-market of today (well.. 1988 anyway). Talking heads can make a documentary tedious, but there’s no danger of that here. The interviews are mixed with samplings of the authors’ work, the comics themselves, complete with narration and sound-effects. It’s a treat to see and hear Frank Miller, pretty much finding his feet at the time, knowing his recent success as a movie director.

The movie manages fairly well to portray and explain a world that has spread it’s tendrils into many areas of entertainment nowadays. You don’t need to know about comics, or the people in this movie to get the point. It’s better than anything on Discovery Channel, except less sex on the savanna.

Keywords: Superheroes, Comic Books, Censorship

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X-Men 3: The Last Stand (2006) July 23, 2006

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X-Men 3: The Last StandDir. Brett Ratner

Starring Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen, Patrick Steward, Kelsey Grammar etc.,

I’ve always felt Brett Ratner sort of screwed Jackie Chan’s US career over with the Rush Hour movies. They made him a stereotypical image of himself, and the action sequences were not up to his standard of excellence. Going into this movie I’d heard some stuff already, how this wasn’t as good as the first two X-Men flicks, so all in all I probably was a bit wary.

This movie, i felt, has lost a few key things. There is no real outsider element in the story, it’s wholly turned to “minority against majority” political allegory. What I mean by that is that there are just way too many mutants to make them outsiders, at least that is how it is perceived in the storyline. The X-Men also lost the team element, the feeling of a bond, evidenced by Wolverine’s up-in-arms line “We work as a team!” 10 minutes before the friggin end of the movie. I just don’t feel it though. It’s all there, neatly in place, to support the storyline. And the storyline is there to support a fourth movie no doubt.

The plot is not so much told, as it is marked out with big red flags, like a slalom course were you can see where it’s all gonna lead long before it happens. There are a few exceptions, like when you have to told what happened, because the movie was too vague.

What’s good about it then? Well some scenes will be very entertaining to fans of the comics, others will be enjoyable by all, but there is really only enough glue here to barely hold it all together. It’s definitely watchable, but I think everyone who sees it will have some gripe or other with it.

Keywords: Superheroes, X-Men, Marvel, Mutants

X-Men 3: The Last Stand (2006) July 23, 2006

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X-Men 3: The Last StandDir. Brett Ratner

Starring Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen, Patrick Steward, Kelsey Grammar etc.,

I had seen the 1st X-Men movie and although I missed the second one, I really thought I would enjoy this one. The premise of this movie is that they have found a cure for mutants and supposedly this would be their fight for the right to remain as they are.

Visually, for the most part, this is a good looking movie. The action scenes are well pulled off, and Halle Berry’s Storm looks just awesome doing a tornado spin and there are a few scenes in the woods that look great because of the backlit mist seen through dark trees which had a very painterly feel to it.

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The problem with this movie, though, was I felt I needed to be a diehard X-Men fan, that had read all the comics because I had no idea what was going on for the most part. I would have liked them to maybe take a few minutes somewhere in the film to give me a little recap of what happened in the 1st and 2nd movie. I don’t think it would have been very difficult to do… and would have helped someone like me, who although I do know a bit about the X-Men, I did not know enough to do a roll-call of all their names and what their super powers were. Rarely did anyone get called by name and I was constantly trying to figure out why certain people were doing certain things.

Jean Grey arises as the Phoenix in this movie, only to kill off Cyclops right off the bat and I’m not sure why because she supposedly loves him and he is the one that allows her to combat this side of her, which by the way, did not really make her seem all mighty powerful to me as much as it made her look like a crazed demonic shedevil.

Magneto seems to have legions of mutants that have joined his cause, which is to fight the cure… and why they are against the x-men is beyond me… cause they both seem to be against the cure and both want to have the powerful Jean Grey on their side, but beyond that… nothing is really explained; If you didn’t know… well, that’s just too bad for you.

As for the mutants, besides the X-Men, there seems to be literally thousands of them. Where the heck did they all come from? There seemed to be more mutants in this movie than regular people. One of them in particular, just made me laugh. This very strong and very stupid mutant called Juggernaut, who wore some weird helmet on his head that looked like it was crafted by children for a school play.
The movie just never really attempts to connect with the viewer on an emotional basis at all. We see Rogue… who wants to take the cure, they never really explain why and she’s pretty much on the back burner during the whole film, while I think that would be something they should have showcased. I had to ask Jinx why, because , as for many parts of this movie… nothing was really explained. It was just concluded that we already knew. I wanted to feel for the characters, but they really didn’t do any character building in this movie.. so it felt to me they were just a bunch of people fighting other people without me really rooting for one side.

This movie was like a pretty house with nobody home.

Keywords: Superheroes, X-Men, Marvel, Mutants