Nothing but fun and laughs here! I was a little concerned at first because of my perception of the old “Claymation” type of movies. You know, like the old show “Davey and Goliath” or even “Mr. Bill”. But this film “Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit” is top notch in animation (from animator Nick Park of Chicken Run fame) and humor.
Our heroes, Wallace ( an inventor) and his faithful sidekick dog Gromit have started a business involving rabbits, more specifically the removal of such animals. With a gardening competition coming up in town they are very popular. But into our story comes a huge monster of a rabbit that is terrifying everyone and is ruining everyones prescious gardens. Wallace and bad guy Victor Quartermaine seem to be after the same woman, a goofy haired garden show host, Lady Tottington Tempers flare, evil plots are rampid and mystery is in the air as everyone wonders where this Bigfoot of Rabbits came from.
At first I thought this movie was for younger aged children, but as we went along I realized that children and adults of any age would enjoy watching. I have children of all ages and I found that the teenagers were having more fun with this film than even the smaller kids. There is a lot of humor that is intended for an older viewer that goes over the little ones heads. The heavy English accents were at times maybe a bit hard to understand for the younger audience. The odd voice of Wallace by Peter Sallis was fun along with great voice-overs by Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham-Carter made this film very enjoyable. I don’t think you will be disappointed by adding this one to your rental queue or picking this one up for your family collection.
Hey all, over the weekend, after doing my usual movie watching, I put together a few new pages for Movie Snobs.
There’s now an alphabetical listing of our archives, which can be found here, in addition to our Archives page.
I also put together an “All My Reviews” page, for each of our writers. When viewing a review, click on the “Reviewed By” section, for the writer, then “All My Reviews” on their page. It’s sort of a “mini archives” which only lists reviews for each writer. They can also be found by clicking these links: Mike’s; Christine’s; Gary’s; Scott’s; Zack’s; Brian’s
While I realize these things may be completely useless, they still may help one in a thousand people, who may be looking for something like that. Hope you’re one of the ones who like it.
I know it’s only 2 months into the year, but so far, Running Scared takes my prize for favorite movie of the year. I think this might have even beat out some of my last year’s favorites. It’s a bold statement, considering that it’s a Paul Walker movie, but forget what you know about him. Forget about Into The Blue, and The Fast And The Furious, just watch Running Scared
. It’s no secret that I hate the majority of the movies that I see nowadays, and I feel like everything’s regurgitated Hollywood garbage. Running Scared, while it had an A Bronx Tale feel to it, and a Memento filmography feel to it, is definitely its own movie. Here’s a brief synopsis in case you hadn’t heard of this movie: (coicidentally the only time I saw a preview for this was back in November. I didn’t even know it came out this week, until I did our “New In Theaters” section)
Joey (Walker) is a peeon in the mob. His main function is to get rid of the guns that the higher ups give him. The neighbor’s kid takes one of these guns, and shoots the step-father (who’s in the Russian mob). Come to find out, this is the same gun that one of Joey’s compares used to shoot a dirty cop. The entire movie is a wild goose chase trying to get the gun back before a) the cops find it, b) the Russian mob finds them, and c) the mob he works for finds out he didn’t dispose of the gun.
Why did I like this movie? Well, simple: guns, violence, and death. Plus Vera Farmiga (who I know and loved from TV’s Touching Evil [R.i.P Touching Evil]) is in this movie, and kicks major ass.
With most recent movies, I’ve felt bored, and had the “is it almost over, yet?” feeling. Not Running Scared, it’s action all the way to the very end. Do they try to throw in the “Aha!” moment at the end? Sort of, but I won’t get into that, I don’t want to spoil it. But, I will say, that when you get to the end, you weren’t totally expecting what happens. (No, it doesn’t involve Bruce Willis being a ghost.)
Let’s face it, any movie that’s about the mob that includes Chazz Palminteri (even if as a cop) is a good mob movie. Running Scared included. While the movie doesn’t focus a lot on the mob, or what they do and don’t do, it does a fair job of letting you inside the mob life. You get a feel for the urgency in which they deal with things (like lost guns). The whole story is a long, 360 degree roundabout story. Parts of the beginning tie into the middle, which also tie into the end. Very Crash-like. It’s nice to see Hollywood writer’s writing a mob-movie with more of a plot than “drugs, murder, coverup” to it. The script for this movie was excellent.
I’m also glad, for once, that it wasn’t just the “main star” putting on the superb performance. The entire cast of this movie does an impeccable job in their performances. In addition to Walker and Farmiga, youngsters Cameron Bright and Alex Neuberger play Oleg and Nicky (the neighbor’s kid, and Walker’s kid), and do a bangup job in their roles. Palminteri plays a crooked cop, Rydell, and is his usual charming “f-this, f-that” self. Throw in a handful of unknowns playing Russian and American mobsters, and you’ve got yourself a great cast, who all play their parts excellently.
Do I wish anything were different about this movie? No, I don’t think I’d change anything. The “hockey” scene is tough to watch though. Seeing any man have hockey pucks shot as his face would make even the toughest people go “damn, that musta hurt”, no exception here.
My snob opinion is, if you liked A Bronx Tale, you’ll like this movie. If you like highly suspenseful, twisting, action packed movies, that are very well written, you’ll love this movie. If you want to see a movie that’ll make you think twice about hating Paul Walker, see this movie.