6:00 PM, 10th April, 2011
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This film was good - really good. Any kid who enjoys adventure fantasy will love it. If you liked the first two films, you'll like this one too, whether you've read the book or not. Once again the film-makers took enormous liberties with the book, and once again I believe it was the right choice - giving it a unified plot, for one thing. The scene in which they enter Narnia is genuinely excellent, and there's a great sense of, "We're in a freaking FANTASY WORLD!! AWESOME!!"
Eustace was genuinely annoying (which he was always meant to be), but the filmmakers were smart enough to keep his annoyance-establishing moments brief. The actor himself has good comedic timing (the script was often funny, and he's well-known for his comedic work elsewhere), and did a good job of growing unannoying during the film. Reepicheep, surprisingly, wasn't annoying at all - three cheers for the voice talents of Simon Pegg.
Unfortunately, the movie didn't stick to just one moral - it gave us a few, loud and clear, in monologue form. Aslan is much like he is in the other two films, which I always found satisfactory but not brilliant (I know others who found Liam Neeson brilliant, and they'll most likely continue to do so).
The insertion of the actors for Susan and the White Witch (and, briefly, Peter) worked fine, although people unfamiliar with the books will be sad not to see more of them. In terms of acting, character development and allegory, this is the best of the three films so far; I encourage you to come along.
8:00 PM, 10th April, 2011
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There are films that make you stop and think. There are films that make you laugh out loud. There are films that make you scared of things that go bump in the night. And there are films that take you on a fast-paced action adventure. While Unstoppable is loosely based on a true story, this film is firmly placed in the last category and makes no apologies for it.
Unstoppable is the story of a runaway train carrying a cargo of toxic chemicals. The heroes are rookie conductor Will Colson (Pine) and veteran railroad engineer Frank Barnes (Washington), who find themselves in a race against time to save the day. They're chasing the runaway train in a separate locomotive and need to bring it under control before it derails on a curve and causes a toxic spill that will have catastrophic consequences.
The story is straightforward, which is good as it allows the film to concentrate more on beefing up the thrills to create a white-knuckle 100-minute non-stop roller-coaster ride - albeit without the corkscrew or giant loop elements. This film won't be winning Denzel any Oscars. It's cheesy and has the depth of Paris Hilton, but if you want to switch your brain off and sit back for a magnificently enjoyable slice of escapism, you couldn't do much better.