Friday, December 27, 2013

47 Ronin: Beautful but Bland

47 Ronin: Beautifully filmed and visually captivating; if only the characters were as captivating as the scenery. While Keanu Reeves, the "half-breed," makes you forget he's 49 years old (yep!), he's as deadpan as ever, but his swordplay and bravery make up for it. If you didn't know, the tale of the 47 Ronin has been re-told and re-filmed many times, so I had to try hard, very hard, to excuse the Ancient-Japanese-Story-Told-Completely-In-English thing. This was "our" version, and I have to admit, it looked pretty flawless.

If only the character development were stronger, the fight scenes bolder and the story of the ronin told better to American audiences. We can't win them all. See it if you really like Keanu Reeves and you enjoy moderate swordplay. 

2 out of 4 stars.

The Wolf of Wall Street: Rated Rx

The Wolf of Wall Street: the PG-rated trailers do it no justice. Extremely fast-paced, like the life of the titular Jordan Belfort, this film is also callous, hilarious and obscene. TWOWS makes The Hangover look like summer camp.

There were times I would wonder, "Are they allowed to show this?" I felt like I would OD while watching it--everything is so...excessive. Excessive but still awesome. AND it's a true story. AND you get to see Leonardo DiCaprio not only act his butt off but dance his butt off. His Best Actor Nomination is well deserved, and I'd be shocked if Jonah Hill weren't nominated for Best Supporting Actor.

Only five days left this year and this made it to the top of the Best Movies of 2013 list. Do see The Wolf of Wall Street. But don't do like some other moviegoers did--don't bring children. 
4/4 stars.