July 16th, 2005 by Andrew
I never did get around to saying anything about movies which I’ve seen recently. So here goes.
First of all, out of the three movies mentioned in the title, I’ve seen one of them twice. You’d never guess which one. That’s right, Mr. & Mrs. Smith (which will now be referred to as MAMS to save my wrists from carpal-tunnel), the movie which I never thought I’d see in the theaters to begin with, I’ve seen twice. Basically, I ended up going with two different groups of people.
Anyway, MAMS was a decent movie. It was your average, run-of-the-mill action movie with some funny comedy thrown in. As I normally like movies with either some kind of social message, a thought-provoking storyline, or nearly anything which makes one think, MAMS wasn’t up to my everyday movie standards. It was an entertaining movie, but I really have nothing to say about it. Warning labels should be placed on the tickets as well as subsequent media packaging which state: “Warning: Mindless action to follow”. But really, it wasn’t a bad movie, just not my taste.
Now, Batman Begins, on the other hand… this was my kind of movie. As a prelude to praising this new Batman movie, let me say this: Tim Burton sucks. I don’t like any of his movies, and he should be removed from directing. He’s a bad person, and I can’t take any of his films seriously. I say this, because he directed “Batman” and “Batman Returns”. The atmosphere in which he portrays Gotham City in those two movies is like some kind of freakish circus from the 1920’s. I don’t like them at all. This new movie is wiping away the mistakes that were the other Batman movies, and starting from scratch. This is great! Chris Nolan directs this new film, and does a great job. Gotham City is portrayed as a dark place, but not a freakish place. I like this. All of the actors in the film were great, and there were so many notables. Morgan Freeman, Rutger Hauer, Gary Oldman, Liam Neeson. Who cares about Katie Holmes. But the main hero and villain were played by a few lesser stars. Christian Bale did an awesome job with Batman, and Cillian Murphy (the lead in 28 Days Later) really convinced me he was an insane psychiatrist. I’m looking forward to any sequels which will spawn from this new introduction to Batman. With the comic book craze in movies we’re seeing right now, I wouldn’t be surprised that a bunch of these films will be made. Hopefully they’ll be of the same quality and seriousness.
War of the Worlds. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this movie up until the ending. So as not to spoil anything, I won’t really talk about it at all. I’ll just say, this was a serious apocalyptic survival movie which has your heart racing and keeps you on the edge of your seat… until the last 5 minutes. Go see it.