Yep! I will not give a dollar of my hard earned cash to this apparent travesty of the Bible. I feel very strange doing this, but due to the incredible plethora of reviews and criticisms of this big budget bust, I feel strangely comfortable doing this.
Ancient environmentalism? No mention of the word God? Noah threatening to kill his family due to human population considerations? WTF??? These various criticism were not solitary but rather ubiquitous. Nope! Not a dollar goes to these irresponsible libtard agnostic, politically correct, multicultural environmentally religious Hollywood film brainwashing indoctrinators.
Seldom is a movie better than expected. Spiderman 1 & 2 or Ironman1 were iconic treats. Captain America Winter Soldier comes real close. I viewed the 3D version which was simply spectacular. Captain America had his hands full in modern day America. S.H.I.E.L.D was infiltrated and his best childhood friend turns out to be another super-soldier only evil. CG especially in 3D was simply breathtaking. The story had depth mainly because it delved nicely but not too intellectually into the nature of freedom and govt control of said freedom. Characters were well defined and action was plentiful. I was thrilled by this wonderful little epic.
This film, shot with a subdued and dark graininess, is a story about the simplest of all people with the simplest of all dreams — get some quick money, pay off the immediate debts and return to life as if none of it ever happened. That, to them, is all there is to life. Details are trivial matters that distract other people. It’s a story line that is, at times, hard to watch. Tommy and Rosie are so dense and so oblivious to the most obvious realities that it challenges our own will to believe anyone could possibly be so stupid. The woodwork in their meager apartment could likely outwit the pair. For all their ingrained limitations, their naive aspirations somehow manage to work out just as they envisioned, at least for a little while.
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With hopes of a big celebration, Rani's preparations involve the London thumka and a complete emotional and mental surrender to the dream of an ideal wedding. Her world is shattered by her fiance who chickened out of the wedding on grounds that Rani didn't evolve to his now foreign lifestyle. The distraught and heart-broken Rani comes out from a brief self imprisonment to her concerned family and seeks permission to escape to Europe on her own for a solitary honeymoon and to find solace from the anguish.
The Hungama begins in Paris as she struggles independently in a foreign land. The despondent Rani who cannot cross the street, order normal food or even find peace in the city of lovers, meets Vijayalaxmi (Lisa Hayden) who is the antithesis of a conservative Indian girl. This scantily clad hotel housekeeper gradually exposes Rani to a free spirited living where every moment is fun-filled and made of carefree choices. Rani enjoys the company of her new friend and is almost past her failed engagement when her next move takes her to Amsterdam in a hostel room shared with 3 guys. The initial hesitation and fear is soon converted to a genuine bond of friendship as these roommates have fun around town. Language is a bit of an issue especially with Rani but she knows how to take a joke on herself. This uncanny ability turns even the most awkward moment into a laughable memory.
In the company of such unusual, warm, funny and trust-worthy friends, Rani lets go of the inhibitions she was brought up with and discovered freedom that had no strings attached. The resulting confidence was a handy weapon to use when she was suddenly confronted by her now apologetic betrayer, Vijay. Rani has found her true self in the company of these strangers in a foreign land while on the other hand, an opportunity to fix the ignominy of a failed wedding ceremony rests before her. She doesn't have to follow the conventional norms anymore. With her freedom comes the right to make her own decisions and she shall be the Queen of her own fate.
With the charming 'Chillar Party', Vikas Bahl portrayed his penchant for feel-good comedies. Queen isn't really challenging society's norms but it is proving yet again that society doesn't have the right to dictate the path for an individual. Within an open environment, a person can find their path and face challenges with renewed confidence. Rani is the embodiment of a simpleton's free-spirited nature and while she violates Guptaji's principles, she doesn't cease to entertain in this journey of self-discovery. Kangana Ranaut's exemplary performance is owed to her ability to naturally become Rani. Her ability to laugh at herself no matter how awkward the situation, is a particularly striking attribute that makes her so loveable. Kangana excels in some scenes where the simpleton Rani emotes naturally. With a few drinks on a night out, Rani helplessly bursts into tears and whines about her life 'itna kharab ho gaya' and soon she erupts on the dance floor to rock to Hungama hogaya and goes wild on the streets. She is deeply rooted to her conservative culture but does not mind trying some of Vijayalaxmi's open and free ways. Rani grows out of the broken relationship and by the time she mingles with her roommates in Amsterdam, she is a fun-loving, carefree individual who has found her peace among friends. This transition is handled by Kangana with a naturally subtle performance. The roommates Tim, Taka and Olexander are also fine actors with a keen ability to portray their characters in a natural manner. Taka is so full of energy while Olexander provides an understanding of Rani's traits and becomes a support for her. The rest of the supporting cast including Rajkumar Rao as Vijay and Rani's parents have provided sincere performances to suit the mood each time.
Hungama hogaya is definitely the most suited and entertaining song from the soundtrack. London Thumka starts off the entertainment during the Mehendi event. Badra Bahar is also a fun track that revolves around Rani's initial times in Paris. O Gujariya is Rani's transition into a fun-loving bride-to-be whereas Jugni and Kinare offer more depth in their lyrics to convey Rani's emotions and the story's implications. Amit Trivedi impresses yet again after his shot to fame with Wake up Sid, Udaan, Ek main aur ek tu, Kai po Che and Lootera.
Rani's solitary honeymoon turns out to be quite an adventure rather than a lonely, sulky escape. The screenwriters and dialogue writers have done very well with a story that wasn't supposed to provide depth and intricacy. Rather, Bahl's focus is maintained in the primary character and her relationships with strangers in a foreign land. It's Rani's vacation that is the focus and her transition is only a side-effect of all the fun she has away from home. Queen is thoroughly enjoyable in every aspect with Kangana's ground-breaking performance at its core. Vikas Bahl has brought meaning to a simple story with soulful music by Amit Trivedi, sharp editing, witty dialogues and genuine performances by the supporting cast. This Rani will win your heart and you will only be too glad to lose it.
- 9.115 on a scale of 1-10.
Review by Tom Brennan
Only the names have NOT been changed, with the obvious intention of implying that this movie has something to do with the Biblical story. It doesn't. NOAH is best described as Mad Max meets The Abyss and the Horta Rock Monsters (Taken directly and intact from Star Trek Original Series Episode 26) with Optimus Prime playing the lead Rock Monster plus scenes from every gladiator movie ever made.
Set aside the disappointing plot and awful performances, even the costuming was nothing like what people would have worn 2500 years before Christ in the middle east (or anywhere else, for that matter.) And while the live action was nothing worth filming, one would think at least the CGI would be well done. NOT. The "seams", if you will, between the live action and the CGI were as obvious as the cuts in an old Gumby cartoon.
Russell Crowe, in the lead role, turns in a performance that is, well, nothing to crow about while Anthony Hopkins is typecast as Methuselah. World's oldest man played by world's oldest actor. As a point in his career the only thing lower than this ho-hum performance is the perspective of some of the CGI camera shots: Bottom of the ocean.
Add this to costume and equipment gaffes that involve showing technological advances not heard of at the time period of the movie (sheet metal, Levi's jeans) and types of rock that burst into fire when whacked with an axe and you have a movie that is hard for a Christian to watch, for anyone older than first grade to swallow and for anyone at all to remain awake for the entire 2 and a half hours. And I think this is the most insidious thing about this movie: It will draw millions of Christians and tens of millions of Christian dollars through outright DECEIT.
If you go to this one you will get better value for your money at the concession stands than at the ticket window.
Stay home. Spend time with your children. Read your Bible. You'll at least get the story according to the original Author.
The movie, made in the UK, is about an astronaut who is the sole survivor of a space mission sent to install some experimental equipment. It starts out really stupid with some bad acting and really corny and bad humor when the astronauts are playing around and making ridicules comments. It was enough to the point that I almost turned it off. It gave me the feeling of a low budget and poorly acted film.
As it moved along showing Sandra Bullock installing and or repairing her device. Poorly written lines and acting by everyone. The action started when the space debris hit their ship and killed everyone but her and good ol George Clooney. Just about all of their lines through the entire movie were lame and corny.
Overall the movie was entertaining enough to watch all the way through and I was glad I saw it. But I would not recommend it to anyone else to see if there is another movie available to see.
Shocking to me is that this film won 7 academy awards. Is this really what our movie making has come to?