Interstellar: A Movie Review

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The Earth is dying and so is humanity. In order to save everyone, NASA is sending a small group on a mission into space to find the next Earth. Stumbling upon the hidden NASA building running this mission, Cooper, who used to fly for the military, is recruited as head pilot for the space ship. Leaving his kids behind, Cooper heads out with four other scientists to help save the Earth and all of its inhabitants.

Like a few movies I have recently seen, the trailer for Interstellar does not do the movie justice. I saw the trailer when I was seeing another movie and honestly had no idea what it was about. But, since it was directed by Christopher Nolan, my husband and I decided to see it. And it did not disappoint. It’s another movie where I can see why the trailer was made to not give away too much. It’s a movie that has several twists and turns that you may not see (unless you are a sleuth at figuring movies out). I personally thought Interstellar was an excellent movie and highly recommend it to anyone, whether you’re interested in science fiction or not. The cast was well chosen and the acting was great, as was the overall story.

Keep in mind that it is a three hour movie, which tends to turn viewers off. However, I will say that Interstellar was a movie that did not feel like it was three hours. There was no point during the film that I thought ‘Is this almost over?’ In fact, there was one point where I thought the movie might be over, or at least winding down, and thought, ‘It can’t end now! They didn’t even explain this part yet!’ My only advice is not to rely on the trailer. Just see the movie.

Les Miserables: A Movie Review

Set in the 1800s in the years after the French Revolution, Les Miserables tells the tale of Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman), a convict who breaks his parole to live a normal life. After his escape, Valjean spends his life doing good. He becomes a mayor and runs a factory. When he learns that one of his female workers was fired and forced to become a prostitute in order to save her daughters life, he makes it his goal to find the young daughter, Cosette (Amanda Seyfried) and to raise her as his own.

Based on the novel by Victor Hugo, the movie Les Miserables was a great adaptation of the play. There were a few scenes added in the beginning so that the transitions made sense, which I really liked, but I wish that they continued that thought process through to the very end, which I felt was choppy and jumpy.

Keeping in mind that this is a film adaptation and not a magnificent broadway show, I was slightly disappointed by the vocals of Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman. And, yes, I do know that they didn’t go into a recording studio beforehand and that it was all live singing (which actually could account for some of the iffiness of the vocals). I thought Hugh Jackman’s vocals were good 95% of the time. The other 5% the vocals were tight and cracky. Russell Crowe on the other hand… He just needs to show more emotion. I felt like his vocals were flat and throaty, and wished he showed a little more passion.

I was very surprised by Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried (although I forgot she was in Mama Mia), who I was not happy with at first, but they both did a spectacular job in my book. I was also extremely happy with Samantha Barks who played Eponine. I originally heard that Taylor Swift was a shoe in for the role and while I think Taylor Swift has amazing vocals, she is no Eponine. So I’m glad they got someone who had actually performed the musical before.

My only other big critique was the camera angles. I wonder if the director ever heard of taking a panoramic shot instead of focusing closely on the actors faces. I understand that he probably wanted to get good shots of them in their singing mode, but when Javert and Jean Valjean were sword fighting he could have panned out and got them both in the shot instead of quickly switching between the actors. But, what do I know. I’m not director and I have never filmed a movie in my life.

Putting the vocals and directing aside, I think the acting was amazing. They definitely chose the right actors to portray the characters (although I couldn’t help but giggle thinking that Wolverine was playing Jean Valjean). I also really enjoy that they put some aspects of the book in the movie and didn’t stick fully to the play, although I would like to see a version where they portray Marius’s character like he is at the end of the novel where he helps push Jean Valjean our of Cosette’s life. But, hey, beggars can’t be choosers.

Grade: B

The Dark Knight Rises: A Movie Review

So, pretty late with this review. I saw the film the second night it was out, but haven’t really had time (or motivation) to sit and write the review for it.

The Dark Knight Rises is the last installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale)has retired after killing Harvey Dent, remaining hidden from the world in his mansion. But when a new villain known as Bane (Tom Hardy) comes to Gotham with the intentions of giving the people back their city from the police force, while at the same time threatening them with a nuclear weapon, Batman returns to take back his city with the help of some old and new friends.

I have very little complaints about this movie. I even liked Anne Hathaway in the role of Catwoman, which really surprised me, not to mention Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Blake. The one thing that was difficult was understanding Tom Hardy. The accent I could’ve dealt with, but add in the Darth Vader type sound effects when he speaks and a lot of his words became garbled. That and his voice reminded me a lot of Sean Connery’s that I couldn’t help giggling at some points. But overall, Tom Hardy made the perfect choice for Bane.

I think the biggest problem I had with it is I just feel like Batman is a complete douche. I don’t know if it’s just the was Christian Bale portrays him (I haven’t really seen any other Batman movies in forever so I don’t really remember) or if I just don’t like Batman. I do LOVE the villains though. Probably my favorite group of villains out of every comic book series I’ve seen.

Grade: A-


The Dark Knight Rises