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Movie night in Caen (Normandy, France).

Conversation at the cashier’s desk:

* So, all movies are dubbed here? 

– Yes, everything is VF. (Version Francaise, French version)

* Shit/Merde

– But you speak French really well!

* Thanks, but I don’t really want to see an American movie in French. 

– How do you watch it then? 

* Euh. The original version (with subtitles).

– We don’t do that here in France. 

* Yes, you do. In Lille, Strasbourg, Lyon and Paris your movie theatre chain shows the original ones. 

–  Ah, but this is Caen. This is France. Maybe you can watch the new King Kong. It’s a silly movie with special effects and not much blabla. 

*  Ok. 

That’s why Kong: Skull Island is on here. A movie, so silly, you can watch it in the dubbed version and feel like you haven’t missed the original language at all. Because it is very clear that Warner Studios made this movie to be dubbed in any single language in the world to attract the largest crowd possible. Moonlight it is not.

At times the movie has a flash of excitement. It’s actually quite cool to set the story in the seventies, accompanied by a soundtrack with classics from that decade. The beginning actually makes sense. A ‘lost’ Vietnam war resulting in a bitter colonel out for a successful mission. The introduction of new technology (satellites) discovering an unknown island. The cold war enticing a race for any new discovery against the Russians… In fact, once they arrive on the island they are met by Kong, the giant gorilla living on the island, who single-handedly smashes all the helicopters entering his territory. You don’t have to wait until the finale to see the creature make his presence. All pretty cool.

But then it starts becoming a bit ridiculous with references to all kinds of movies from the past. It’s like Jurassic Park meets Apocalypse Now meets a World Wrestling Federation smackdown. That ‘fight’ between Kong and some vicious raptor will excite all the MMA fans out there. And the acting is terrible. The Oscar winning Brie Larson can get ready to win a Razzie now…

But. It’s worth switching off your brain for and not leaving the theatre.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3731562

the french trailer (of course)

 

Game Of Thrones Season 6 – **

Posted: January 8, 2017 in 2016, Adventure, Fantasy, UK, USA, XX

Hm.

It’s all getting a tad boring.

The scenes are way too long. The little humor here and there is way too daft. The violence and gore are no longer shocking. In fact, it’s getting annoying more than anything else. Some characters are still walking around with no purpose at all. for now. Others become stronger leads, but can’t captivate. There are more conversations than ever. And they are dull.

But,

Some favorite characters are still around and carry the show. And kick ass. Especially the women. For a sexist show which exploits female nudity, this is one hell of a feminist manifest.

This looked like it would be a fun movie to watch. The trailer promises quirky humor and some action and adventure for both kids and adults. And there is some quirky humor and some action and some adventure. But this is for kids really. Not for adults.

The soundtrack is annoying as hell. The kid is annoying as hell. Sam Neill is annoying as hell. Almost all the side characters are annoying as hell. The CGI is annoying as hell.

So, yeah, disappointing. Not sure how this can win so many awards.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4698684

 

 

Theeb – ***

Posted: October 7, 2016 in 2014, Adventure, Coming Of Age, Drama, Jordan, Road Trip, UK, XXX

It’s not really difficult to define what makes a movie great. When you watch a story on screen that entertains/fascinates/thrills you from start to finish, then it’s a great movie. Period.

Such is the case with this gem from Jordan.

A young bedouin follows his older brother, who is assigned to escort an English army officer through the dessert. At one point he finds him self alone in the vast emptiness…

This is a very entertaining road movie/adventure film/historical piece/coming of age story with a fascinating cinematography and several suspenseful thrills. It makes you want to watch Lawrence Of Arabia again or look up flight tickets to Aqaba to go tracking in the Wadi Rum.

A must. And if you have kids who can deal with death, an excellent movie for children as well.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3170902/

The Legend Of Tarzan – (*)

Posted: August 14, 2016 in 1/2, 2016, Adventure, USA

This is a bad movie. Period. It’s filled with cringeworthy scenes and many things don’t make sense at all. The historical background is incorrect, the digital animation is unrealistic (the liana swinging, the wildebeest attack, the gorilla’s), the acting is terrible (apart from Christopher Waltz who feels restrained in playing yet another badass) and the use of flashbacks doesn’t work in an adventure drama. Neither do the awkward comedy scenes by Samuel Jackson. But strangely enough, the movie is so laughable that his scenes make you laugh out loud with a reason.

It’s the kind of movie you have to see at the theaters though. At least there is some visual beauty. But rent the original Tarzan, The Ape Man again and have three times as much fun!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0918940/

Hm.

Game of Thrones becomes predictable and at times even boring.

Yet, it’s a fun watch.

Nothing more to say. If you’ve watched the first four season, you’ll watch this one as well. And the next one. And the final one.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0944947/

In an attempt to escape the madness of this world, watching Columbian arthouse favorite El Abrazo De La Serpiente looked like the best possible solution. A botanical scientist is following a trail in the Columbian amazone to find a rare and powerful healing plant. He gets the help from an older shaman, who – decades before – escorted a German explorer along the same trail. The movie switches back and forth between the two journeys.

The synopsis is exciting, the trailer look promising, the recommendations and ratings on movie websites are a big draw… but in the end, it kind of disappoints. It starts off great. The first half of the movie is excellent. The jungle looks stunning (even in back & white) and the (non professional) performances of both the younger and the older indigenous healer are fascinating. But then the movie becomes a hotchpotch of all kinds of things that don’t make any sense. Sure it’s poetic and filled with symbolism, but it’s like the story grabs you tight for the first hour and then drops you in a mess, which you have to figure out yourself. That can be fine for some, but not if you’re in a mood to just escape the madness of this world.

Not sure how a Flemish actor like Jan Bijvoet got cast as a German doctor in a Columbian movie, but he’s actually pretty good.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4285496