Let me tell you about an upcoming movie in 2011 that I’m personally looking forward to seeing. The film is called I Am Number Continue reading Dreamworks releases I Am Number Four extended trailer
The trailer to I Am Number Four has been released reccently and for those of you that are Sci-Fi fans, this is a
film you’ll want to check out. Here’s the synopsis: Three are dead. Who is number four? DJ.Caruso (Eagle Eye,
Disturbia) helms an action-packed thriller about an extrordinary teen John Smith (Alex Pettyfer) who is a fugitive
on the run from ruthless enemies sent to destroy him. Changing his identity, moving from town to town with his
guardian Henri (Timothy Olyphant), John is always the new kid with no ties to his past. In the small Ohio town he
now calls home, John encounters unexpected life-changing events–his first love (Dianna Agron), powerful new
abilities and a connection to the others who share his incredible destiny. I’m personally not a big sci-fi fan but
after watching the trailer, I think this film will be worth seeing.
So, there are sixty-odd robots in Revenge of the Fallen. There’s also one new character of the human variety – at least, one that’s given any substantial screen time. Which should tell you how important the human part of the Transformers sequel is to director Michael Bay.
It’s bad enough that we meet a millennia-old Decepticon called The Fallen [in what has to be the clumsiest retcon I’ve ever seen]; what’s worse is that he’s The Emperor to Megatron’s Darth Vader. Then there’s a shot where a tomb is entered that looks a lot like a shot in Alien, where we first see the alien astronaut with its stomach blown out [though there’s nothing that unsettling in this film – except the thundering bass that seems to be turned up to eleven throughout]. There are a few other quotes/homages/riffs/rip-offs, but they’re not enough to give Revenge of the Fallen a brain.
With interest in the second Transformers feature, Revenge of the Fallen, being high, there will be a lot of interest in the technical aspects of the film. Thanks to the clever team at Paramount/Dreamworks, some facts and figures have been released to whet the appetites of the techies for those kinds of details. Follow the jump to Industrial Light & Magic’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Fact Sheet.
One of the strangest – and yet most normal – films of the year is The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Even you’ve not been paying attention to pop culture for the last six months, it would hard not to have heard about the movie about the guy who ages backwards while living forwards. Directed by David Fincher [Fight Club, Zodiac], Button stars Brad Pitt as the titular button – a man who is born an eighty-five year old baby whose every breath rasps and rails as if it might be his last and grows physically younger with each passing day. Whether this odd journey through life is supposed to mean something specific, in terms of metaphor, will no doubt be the subject of much debate.
For Benjamin, though, life is the same puzzle as it is for the rest of, though he views it from a unique perspective. When he first sees Daisy [Elle Fanning], they are seven – but he is, physically, seventy-eight. This makes their relationship, which would otherwise be completely normal, something else entirely. Even so, his first love, first drink, first sex, first affair [and so forth], all happen in pretty much the conventional order – only Benjamin’s de-aging is different.
Perhaps the point of the movie is that “normal” is strictly a point-of-view, not a definitive quantity; maybe, it’s a tone poem on the idea of youth being wasted on the young; it’s even possible to see the film as an argument for the idea that the beginning and ending of life are the same thing seen from different perspectives – and what happens in the middle will be much the same no matter which way we progress, physically.
When Benjamin and Daisy [now played by a luminous Cate Blanchett] finally come together in the middle of their lives – when they both look their age – they do the expected things, like move in together and have a child. Benjamin’s de-aging means that he will appear to be teenager when his daughter hits puberty, which leads to his having to deal with being unable to be a father to his child – again, an ordinary thing that happens to many men but here because of a unique reason.
In the context of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, the importance of the ordinary… the normal… is brought home in a new way. Pitt’s performance [including the CG grafting of his face onto older and younger actors’ bodies] is perfect because Benjamin is, in spite of his unique manner of aging, an ordinary man whose life is except for brief moments, pretty ordinary. The film winds up showing us that even the ordinary is wondrous. That’s a pretty heady achievement.
Final Grade: A+
Khaled Hosseini’s moving novel is a story of friendship betrayed and redeemed. It’s a dense four hundred and seventy-six page piece that gave North Americans one of their first looks at the day to day lives of the non-fundamentalist Muslims of Afghanistan – then showed them that the Taliban’s worst victims are their own people. Marc Forster’s film adaptation captures much of the book’s feel – especially in the friendship between Amir, the son of a prosperous businessman, and Hassan, son of the family’s long-time servant.