Based on a true story, the film focuses on a person named Harvey Milk who was the first openly gay man elected into public office. He becomes a San Francisco supervisor as he inspires people to belive that, "All men are created equal. No matter how hard you try, you can never erase those words."
Sean Penn is so incredible as Harvey Milk. He immerses himself into the charecter and doesn't try too hard to play the role. He gets everything absolutely perfect from his voice, to his posture, to his facial expressions and makes the best leading performance of 2008. He was what makes the film so powerful.
There is a big difference between acting and the film itself. The movie really isn't a classic as many other people have said. Despite some powerful scenes here and there, the dialouge isn't amazing. The only reason it seems great is because Sean Penn reads the script wonderfully. There are also some scenes that let us down towards the middle that lack the powerfullness that only some of the movie has. There are also some awkward, intimate moments in the movie that aren't needed to tell the story.
Overall, you should go see Milk. But for one reason and one reason only, and that is Sean Penn. Honestly, he gives a performance that will go down in history as one of the greatest. Because he is that good, he is really what makes the movie good, in my opinion, and that is very hard for a single actor to do.
A nine year old girl named Coraline Jones discovers a secret door in her new home and steps into a world inside that door that is much more interesting and cheerful than her normal life. But as she is exploring the fantastic world with her "other mother" and "other father" she realizes that they're less enjoyable and a little bit more self-centered than she had originally thought, so she has to get back to her normal life before it's too late because her "other parents" will keep her for good.
If you've ever seen "The Nightmare Before Christmas" then you probably know what stop-motion animation looks like. Coraline has effects that are 10 times better than that and the film is a visually stunning piece of artwork. Everything from the beautiful raindrops outside Coraline's kitchen window to the intricate little buttons for eyes. Now, your probably asking yourself, "Buttons for eyes?" Yes, I know it sounds strange and it is strange. But that adds to the whimsical charm of Coraline's strange world.
Like some family movies, the dialouge isn't the greatest and the side stories are drawn out towards the middle which also lack some of the charecter development to make this one a classic. Just because a film has great animation doesn't mean that the writers can give up on the script.
Despite the boringness of some scenes, Coraline is a well made film and has made it one step further in the visual category. Try to go out and see this in 3-D because I'm sure the effects are even more groundbreaking. A little warning though to kids under six because there are some scary images blended into Coraline's twisted atmosphere.
The movie focuses on an old professional wrestler who is past his prime time as he struggles with his life and barely gets by while working as a part time grocery store employee and making small wrestling shows. He faces many challenges including trying to cope with his abandoned yet beloved daughter and a trying to go out with a stripper who he thinks he loves.
Mickey Rourke pulls off a major body slam as he gets behind his charecter named Randy "The Ram" Robinson. He holds up this simple story from being sort of boring by making the audience feel happy, sad, and angry at him for what he does in this film including doing drugs instead of reuniting with his daughter at a lunch they had planned. Of course, it would be a mistake to not mention how talented Evan Rachel Wood and Marisa Tomei are. Rachel Wood is very good at playing a distraught and upset daughter, and you have to give credit to Tomei for making up most of her own charecter.
Like 2008's earlier film "Milk", the acting and a wonderful song by Bruce Springsteen are really the only things that stand out in the film. The movie could be compared to a giant meteor. If nobody catches it then it could destroy our entire planet. But if people stop it then they would save Earth. The meteor is the film itself, and the people that stop the meteor are the actors. There is one more exception. Everybody is saying that this is Mickey Rourke's "comeback" role from when he did a few big movies in the 80s. The problem for me is I wasn't alive in the 80s so I look at Mickey Rourke as just another actor.
The Wrestler makes it just over the good mark because of its phenominal acting by all three leads and a great song simply entitled "The Wrestler." I also wouldn't mind seeing Rourke even win the oscar.
A group of young adults discover a boardered up Camp Crystal Lake when they decide to go to one of their friend's vacation home. They soon encounter Jason Voorhees and what his deadly intentions are. Another way to say this is, friends get drunk together, Jason finds them, everybody runs around, Jason starts randomly killing people, "Help!"
No matter how many flaws to this film there are and no matter how many stereotypes the film can come up with, it still scared me and I did jump lot, and that's all a horror movie is really trying to do. So, yes, I can say that this movie acheived it's goal. Also, this remake seems like it has a little more creativity than the others had. It wasn't the killings that were more creative, but how the story incorperated an underground dungeon for Jason with who knows what in it.
That said, the film is packed with almost every horror movie cliche possible. Girls get naked, then their boyfriend dies, the girl gets captured, that type of thing. I think there has been eleven movies before this one and every time they have the same ending. The movie makes you think that somebody has killed Jason but then he comes back to life in the very last shot for another Friday the 13th.
I don't want to sound like I'm contradicting myself but I think I have to. There are a lot of the same jumpy moments used in other scary movies but somehow they still were scary. So if you're not looking for a good movie, but just a fun one to see with your frends then go see Friday the 13th.