Movie Review

Bite Sized Movie Reviews – Movie Roundup – The Life of Pi | Seven Psychopaths | Argo | Silver Linings Playbook


The Life of Pi – This is the adaptation of the movie that helped me find God! The movie is as good an adaptation as you could have made of a book that was near impossible to film. It is largely set on a boat, and follows the workings of a man’s mind while he is trapped on board with only a tiger for company. They take a bit of artist license, and have a lot of voice over as you would expect, but it is still an impressive feat. A lot has been made of the 3D on this movie, adding to the visual appeal, but other than a few moments, it added little to me. I’m not a big fan of 3D in general, if I’m being honest. Why won’t this fad just go away? It is very much a fantasy film and the day glow colours are evident throughout. It is a feel good movie that will leave you with a smile on your face. Grade: C+

Seven Psychopaths – This is Martin McDonagh’s follow up to In Brugges, and due to it’s impressive cast and the director involved, I was really looking forward to it! Martin is a bit hit and miss on stage, but his first effort on the big screen was almost perfect. This is a less structured movie than In Brugges, and after an initial positive start just falls apart for a while, and wanders slightly aimless. Still, the acting talents of Sam Rockwell, Christoper Walken, Colin Farrell and Woody Harrelson keep this movie on the straight and narrow. It could have been awful if not for the actors involved, in truth. You’re left wondering what might have been at the end of the movie, and are slightly disappointed with it all. Grade: D+

Argo – This is the rather far fetched but true story of how 6 people were freed from Iran in 1979 during the hostage crisis. As this was a Hollywood movie staring Ben Affleck, there was never a doubt in my mind from the minute I entered the theatre that it would have a happy ending. This removed any sense of tension from the story, and rendered it a bit limp! The plot to free them revolves around an imaginary sci-fi movie that was to be based in Iran, with the hostages taking the roles of the directors/ camera operators etc.

While this is clearly the best Ben Affleck movie I have seen, it still is a Ben Affleck movie, and should be treated as such. It’s an enjoyable romp, but nothing more. The 70’s style and hair cuts do add some charm though!  Grade: C

Silver Linings Playbook – This is the latest movie by David O Russell who continues to make some of the more off beat of Hollywood’s mainstream movies, with Three Kings, I heart Huckabees and The Fighter already in  his locker. This one is his take on a romantic comedy, but one with a difference, as both of the main protagonists both suffer from mental illnesses! As ever with this type of movie, their mental illness fades over the course of the film, and towards the end, it’s barely noticeable. Something that always bugs me about this type of film. Jenifer Lawrence is the real reason to see this film, as her performance is terrific, and should get a nod from the Oscars in a few weeks time, if I’m not mistaken. It’s interesting enough movie, with some fine performances but does turn a bit sickly sweet toward the end. Grade: D+

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