Sam Worthington is about as "wooden" as Harry Hamlin was. And the story is basically the same (though there was more romance in the original, and Pegasus had more magic). But the effects in this version (while decent) aren't as interesting as the original Harryhausen creatures from 1981.
Best film I've seen at the theaters in a while
Reviewed by UncleKitty for Kick-Ass at 2010-04-16 00:53:32
Generally I hate going to see films in theaters due to the cost of the tickets and munchies. Rarely do I feel I've seen a film in theaters once that didn't make me feel like I'd been ripped off, and rarely have I ever seen a film there twice. This is a film I'd go to see again.
If you're a fan of comic book or superhero films, or just plain old violent action movies you should in theory love this. Be aware this isn't the typical example of either of those genres. It's rated R for a reason: Hit Girl. An 11 year old killing machine who fights while we listen to Joan Jett in the background. She steals every scene, and for good reason. She's the most over the top character in the film (possibly the most over the top I've seen in some time). Rarely have I heard an audience cheer for someone killing bad guys the way I did for her. I think the guy next to me said he was in love, much like one of the films characters did after watching her kneecap, throat slit, and headshot her way through a pack of bad guys. She is awesome incarnate.
There are a few flaws (which admittedly may be intentional given that this is a satirical parody) that prevent me from giving this a 4.0, but they are inconsequential. I?m rating this on whether or not I think you?ll feel robbed if you see it in a theater. And no. I do not believe you will.
Comic fans should pay special attention to Nicholas Cage?s brutally satirical parody of Adam West as Batman. It?s his best role in years. Well maybe. His movies have kind of sucked lately so I stopped watching them, but this is the early Nick Cage I liked in films. So it?s the best role I?ve seen him play in years. One of the great conceits of Batman (and other human level comic vigilantes) is that they let opponents live. This film tears that apart showing that basically you can?t afford to do that because in real life the first time you lost a fight you?d be dead or crippled. It?s called Kick #!@%*# because that?s what happens to the main character. A lot. A turning point in the film comes when he meets Hit Girl and Big Daddy (nothing Freudian there?) and realizes he?s in way over his head and has little more to offer the world than good intentions. I do hope the planned sequel materializes.
Sometimes you go to a movie with high expectations and sometimes not really knowing what to expect. "Stardust" was one of the latter. What a surprise! It built up slowly and delivered on so many levels. So what type of film is "Stardust"? A coming of age, a romance, an epic adventure, a swashbuckler, a comedy, a fantasy, and a (flying, irreverent, cross-dressing) pirate movie; yes it's all of that!! What a way to escape for two hours. Everyone in the cast gave satisfying performances, many were stand out performances: with a wickedly over the top evil Witch by Ms. Pfeiffer and a flying high scene stealing turn by Mr. De Niro as Captain Shakespeare. Treat yourself. See "Stardust", and be surprised.
Shine a light
Reviewed by vonClapTrapp for Lighthouse Hill at 2009-06-21 16:41:50
Lighthouse Hill is a fantasy, a romance and a comedy. But mostly, it is a film for anyone who has ever failed to be true to their own nature.
Charlie Davidson, an outwardly successful man, struggles against societal expectations. Charlie is publisher of an award-winning magazine, yet sees only his failures. After an investor backs out of a deal that would take the magazine to greater heights, Charlie and his partner are put into a terrible bind. Charlie's first instinct is to run, and the characters he meets along the way could fill a season full of Seinfeld episodes.
The original music, by Christopher Gunning, is evocative of both the locations and the emotions. Cinematograher Tony Imi does some excellent exterior work. I only wish we had more shots from the top of the lighthouse. Imi and editor Alan Strachan do a good job "dirtying up" some flashback footage to excellent effect.
The cast is good, with standout performances by Jason Flemyng as Charlie, John Sessions as Mr. Reynard and Annabelle Apsion as Honey Alexander.
The screenplay by Sharon Cobb has some nifty twists. I empathize with both Charlie and his mother. Ms. Cobbs writes well-rounded characters: there are no Snidely Whiplashes here.
There is excellent chemistry between Charlie (Jason Flemyng) and Grace (Kirsty Mitchell).
Reviewed by FilmCountess for Lighthouse Hill at 2009-06-17 14:52:00
What if you had given up all hope of following your passions or finding true love all in the name of pleasing everyone else? Charlie Davidson feels that to win everyone's approval (especially his mother's) he turns to a loan shark rather than friends or family to save his fledgling magazine. Following a bizarre accident, Charlie runs from his life stumbling upon the village of Lighthouse Hill and its eccentric residents who would prefer to stay hidden away in its fantasy world rather than let the outside in.
Lighthouse Hill, a quirky British romantic comedy starring Jason Flemyng, is a feel-good story telling us we can find hope and love in very strange places. When Charlie meets Grace, the village beauty following her father's footsteps restoring an "antique" carnival, everything about this odd town, and his life, begins to make sense.
Directed by David Fairman, the film is awkward in direction and editing in some scenes, well done and hilarious in others. Sharon Y. Cobb's delightful script has you identifying with at least one of the characters. Whether it's Grace, as she honors her dead father's dream, Charlie, as he becomes aware of the irony of his choices, or Alfred's inability to cope with his son's death 20 years ago, someone in the story will move you. You will find the film's sweetness mixed with lots of sass keeps it from becoming overly sentimental or sappy.
Good date movie! Curl up with your partner, a favorite glass of wine and enjoy its "magic".
Because this film is so similar to Richie's other fantastic film "Snatch" (it shares multiple actors, general locations and environment, production & directing style, etc.) - it's a hard decision which one I like more. Most people seem to go with whichever film they happen to see first as their favorite... But both are excellent, and full of memorable characters, outrageous dialogue and storylines. Watch it again (and again)!
A film to watch many times
Reviewed by mfaerber for Snatch at 2008-03-10 11:46:28
This film is excellent in so many respects, and worth watching again and again simply for that reason. But the cockney and other accents, wild plot line and converging stories also mean that you'll start to understand & appreciate it more with subsequent viewings. Pitt and Farina are perfect big name additions to this mostly British cast - but all characters are memorable and make this film a classic.