Thursday, August 27, 2009

Two more Movie Reviews

Inglourious Basterds

Despite all the hype about this being a great simply wasn't. The storyline was poor. Scenes were needlessly extended and contained too much nonsense dialogue and the script ran roughshod over history (the History of World War Two is rich enough for Tarantino not to have taken the degree of liberty that he did with the facts). Jewish soldiers were purposely shown acting like savages in a manner completely contradictory to Jewish ethics and if it weren't for the excellent performance of Christoph Waltz as Colonel Hans Landa, Inglourious Basterds would be starved for a saving grace. In addition, Brad Pitt's semi-southern accent was both annoying and overplayed. I have no idea what the fuss is with this movie but it falls short on many an account.
Rating: 5/10

District 9

This was not a masterpiece but it was a genuinely decent work of art. As an ex-South African I could appreciate many of the nuances of District 9 and thoroughly enjoyed the references that coloured the script. Neill Blomkamp, the director, made commendable use of the documentary format to narrate the story and the acting by Sharlto Copley as the reluctant hero Wikus van Der Merwe is praiseworthy. Clearly District 9 was written as a critique of Apartheid, which it successfully carried through with earnest. Overall D-9 is a definite 'must see' especially within the ambiance of the big screen theatre.
Rating: 8/10
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