Reese Witherspoon’s THIS MEANS WAR

 

THIS MEANS WAR – I’m the happiest dude alive – seriously! I’ve always wanted to see this film and yesterday, I had a chance to sit down, grab a packet of sweets, ice cold water next to me, and watch this film. Not only that I really really admire Reese Witherspoon – I was also looking forward to see Chris Pine in a film – the last time I’ve watched a Pine-starrer was few years ago (Star Trek) which is, as you all know, spectacular. So watching this film has got to be the highlight of my weekend – I didn’t have any high hopes in terms of the quality of this movie – it is not an Oscar material and I think more than anything else, this film was after box-office success.

 

I love the storyline. I think this is one of those common plots but was given a refreshing twist. I like the CIA theme that was going on and that created a secondary level of interest. The action scenes were superb – it’s like watching a heavy action picture but in a way is very light, entertaining and not exhausting. The exchange of dialogues between Tom Hardy and Chris Pine is genius. I love how both character stands out and how each profile is highlighted accordingly. Tom Hardy was really good – his acting is subtle and very natural. Suits the role perfectly though would prefer to see Matt Damon in it instead. Chris Pine, on the other hand, never fail to amuse the audience with his charm, wit, very likeable image and his effortless approach to his rather complex role. Right from the start, I’ve wanted his character to end up with Reese’s and oh yeah – the chemistry is there – magical is the right word! His performance, just like the impact of the action scenes, is very light and yet remarkable. But as expected, the real meat of the film is Reese Witherspoon… flawless acting. The delivery is bang on, the projection is spotless, the emotion is real – it wasn’t a heavy drama but she smashed it. I adore the fact that their characters and their portrayals complemented really well – everyone left their own mark and that actually made the film really really good. It’s a breathe of fresh air!

 

I will definitely buy the DVD – there is no question about that! It’s one of those films that you’d watch over and over again. As I’ve said, Tom’s subtle acting is one but Chris and Reese’s chemistry just tops it all. Clever screenplay, excellent production, great performances – feel-good, funny, entertaining masterpiece – I love it!

 

9.5/10

 

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Robert Pattinson’s WATER FOR ELEPHANTS

 

WATER FOR ELEPHANTS – I am not a huge fan of romantic-drama flicks but I think I have to break my own rule this time and make an unimportant fine-tuning because Water for Elephants is unquestionably an outstanding cinematic gem one must see. I’m going to start this review by commending the ensemble who were marvellously brilliant in their individual roles. The whole film revolved around 3 characters and I love how each one of them are idiosyncratic, interesting and relevant. The choices in terms of the celebrities who played these 3 vital elements are just what the doctor ordered. It’s like the characters were created exclusively for them. The casting director must be proud and blissful for making such an intelligent decision.

 

Robert Pattinson proved that he is more than a ‘Twilight’ sensation. It wasn’t the best performance I’ve seen but I think I can forgive him because, in a way, his portrayal was very convincing and I was very impressed how he managed to take me out of the Twilight association and smoothly transformed himself to a different character (Daniel Radcliffe needs to get some pointers from Robert). It is excellent for a starter; I just hope he gets more serious roles like this in the future because this guy has so much potential in him. Was it an Oscar-worthy performance? Let’s put it this way, if Jesse Eisenberg’s lame acting in ‘The Social Network’ earned him a nomination early this year, it’ll be a disaster not to recognize Pattinson’s performance in this film. However, the Academy ignored Leonardo Di Caprio (twice – Inception and Titanic) previously and, in comparison, Robert and Leo share the same acting style so it is very uncertain at the moment. Nonetheless, it was a good boost for his acting career.

 

As for the film’s lead actress, Reese Witherspoon, it was, without a doubt, one of her best on-screen performances. Even though it was palpably a Robert Pattinson starrer, Reese gave a notable performance and I am keeping my fingers crossed that this movie will give her another Best Actress award. She has a good screen presence and she, as you would expect, played her role on a different league. Her eyes were very communicative and even without dialogue; you can feel the intensity, the power and the sincerity in her portrayal. Easily, one of the most remarkable performances of the year. Same goes with Christopher Waltz. As the film’s baddie, he actually owned most of the scenes especially the climax (no spoilers I’m afraid!). Very powerful performance and, same with Reese, I am hoping the Academy will be sensible this time (after ignoring Geoffrey Rush last year) and give the Best Supporting Actor award to a deserving performer. Effortless and solid acting – AMAZING!

 

The acting is definitely the film’s best asset although the other aspects were also commendable. The production design is brilliant. Very detailed and flawless. The musical scoring is far-fetched. It was clean, smooth, well-orchestrated and genius. The beginning and the end reminded me of Titanic and, if given the appropriate and enough lobbying, this could be an award-winning masterpiece.

 

So what did I learn from this film? Two things really… One is about animal cruelty. Very straightforward – – be kind to animals. They are living creatures and they do share the same emotions as us, the human beings.  They feel pain, they can feel suffering. They know who treats them well and they know who doesn’t. They can be your most loyal friend but they can also be your worst enemy. Pretty much like humans for short. And secondly, love. Love is perpetual. Love is all about fighting for that right person. Love is about looking for that other half that’ll complete you. Love is not measured by money or material possessions, it’s about that instant connection you built between you two and how can this burgeon into something that can make each one of you a better person. I’ve learned that love knows no rules. Once it hits you, you create your own rule and fight till the end. Very heart-warming ending and my favourite line from the movie : “When two people are meant to be together, they will be together. It’s fate.”

 

9/10