19 June 2009

Slumdog Millionaire; Terminator; Up

Watched a few movies recently.

  • Slumdog Millionaire was pretty good (provided you think of it as a modern fairy tale, kind of). It paints quite a stark picture of poverty and class divisions in modern India. The ending doesn't totally hang together but the Bollywood dance number before the credits more than makes up for that.
  • The Terminator. As it turns out I watched Terminators 1-3 in reverse order, concluding with The Terminator most recently. It was kind of interesting watching the plots get better and the special effects get worse. (It looks like The Terminator was done in stop-motion. That sounds about right for 1984.) The movie was quite enjoyable. Perhaps it just seemed better because, having seen Terminators 2 and 3 already, the original now seemed more pregnant with meaning.
  • Up. Beautiful concept, top notch visuals. The beginning was poignant and fantastic, but by the middle it had kind of degenerated into "archetypal summer cartoon action movie". Not bad, although it was no WALL-E. But 98% on RT? There must have been something in the water at the screenings.

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