This is the first time that I’ve seen or read Hamlet and I only had the faintest idea of the plot. This film is a good way to experience it. I definitely find it easier watching Shakespeare than trying to read it and having now seen a few of his plays I am less intimidated by the language and can focus on the story more.
It is a great cast but I was surprised how much the role of Hamlet was played for what came across to me to a large degree as comic effect – well suited to David Tennant – when I was expecting a lot more tragedy. I suppose that is why Shakespeare’s plays can be interpreted in many different ways and I expect that I would need to study the play more to see what aspects of the character I’ve not picked up on.
My only other comment would be that this comes across very much as a filmed version of a play rather than a fully fledged film in it’s own right.
• Spare Cycles: Much Ado About Nothing (The Globe Theatre, London)
• Spare Cycles: King Lear: Live cinema broadcast from the Globe Theatre, London
This film packs a powerful emotional punch. Actually, it gets you in the gut.
If you get the chance you should see this in IMAX. The big screen and massive sound give you the feeling that you are right up close to the action. Each bullet sounds deadly and the aircraft engines vibrate you in your seat. The story deserves to be told on this scale.
When the last Star Wars film – The Force Awakens – was released I wrote this in my review:
It achieves its basic requirement: putting down firm foundations for the several more Star Wars films and spin offs that will be coming our way over the next few years.
I enjoyed the spectacle but I thought the plot was a re-run of previous films:
Don’t expect miracles from the plot – once things get going you do get a real sense of déja-vu. This is the third time part of this story line has been used in the Star Wars films. You’d think that the bad guys would have a bit more imagination by now.
Rogue One is the first of a number of spin-off movies, including one due next year that currently goes by the name of “the untitled Han Solo Star Wars movie”.
I’d heard this film was good, as in “it’s good for a spin off”, but I really enjoyed it. It looks great, it keeps the action flowing and the music clearly takes its cues from the original scores but builds on them well. It is definitely part of the Star Wars universe.
Most importantly it has a plot. The events of the film provide background to the original Star Wars film and effectively explain that film’s title “A New Hope”. It’s great to get some new revelations.
If all the Star Wars spin-off “stories” are as good as this one then it bodes well for the future.
After being attacked by a bear, a man is left for dead. He survives, driven by the desire for revenge.
Unflinchingly violent, achingly beautiful, this deserves to be seen on a big screen.
I managed to go into the new Star Wars film without having seen anything apart from the very first trailer and having heard nothing about the plot. I keep hearing that the film is making serious amounts of money and I’m not surprised – I saw the film a couple of weeks after release and the 9am weekday showing I went to was at least 3/4 full. My local cinema still has 29 showings a day…
Expectations are very high for this film and for the most part it manages to meet them. This is easily the best Star Wars film since The Empire Strikes Back (although some may say that the competition is not up to much…). The film goes back to the “beat-up” universe of the original trilogy and it looks great – even though I only saw it in 2D. It achieves its basic requirement: putting down firm foundations for the several more Star Wars films and spin offs that will be coming our way over the next few years.
The new cast members are good and they bring a good dose of humour to the story even if their characters are not fully fleshed out. It’s good to see the old-timers back on the screen.
Don’t expect miracles from the plot – once things get going you do get a real sense of déja-vu. This is the third time part of this story line has been used in the Star Wars films. You’d think that the bad guys would have a bit more imagination by now. That’s not to say that the story doesn’t have its killer twists.
This is a great film. You cannot deny that there is still a certain magic when the film starts, the yellow plot synopsis disappearing into the far reaches of space whilst the main title music blasts out. Experiencing that on a big screen still gives me the tingles…
Skyfall was very good. This is better. The best Bond film ever? Yes.
Is Daniel Craig the best Bond ever? I think so..
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I wasn’t convinced when they first announced that The Hobbit would be a trilogy – I thought that the size of the book warranted two films at most. Then I saw the hugely impressive showdown with the dragon at the end of the second film “The Desolation of Smaug” and appreciated what could be achieved with the extra time.
The extra time also buys us this experience. This film is basically a two hour battle – men and dwarves and elves and orcs and eagles in one massive military set-piece that never flags or lets up. It’s been a long time since I read the book but I don’t remember it being like this.
I went to see the “full fat” version of the film – the IMAX 3D 48 frames per second HFR version. In my reviews of the previous films I commented on the visual effect of the 48 frames per second. It ruined the first film for me and worked better in the second film. I’m still not completely sold on the effect, and it stands out here on occasion, but I largely forgot about it this time round. Having said that, there is a real feeling of being close to the action.
This is a worthy end to the trilogy and – along with the Lord of the Rings trilogy – a spectacular achievement for Peter Jackson, the director. Those of us who have seen all the films as they have been released have been on a cinematic journey, one that has taken us (in the words of the original title for this film) “There and Back Again”.