Movie – Les Miserables: C-

les miserablesC-
Taking a play and adding special effects, no matter how beautiful, did not make for a successful formula to turn it into a movie. I don’t hate musicals, but singing every line of dialog was unnecessary, and at times difficult to understand. The sets looked like, well… sets, and not part of a greater city. I’m not as disappointed in Russel Crowe as everyone said I should be. But since he and Jackman were the only characters with full arcs I can see how his lack-luster performance would be more noticable. Also the movie would not end. It just kept going. Forever. So many time jumps…

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Movie – The Dark Knight Rises: A


A
As a fully indoctrinated Nolan-ite, it’s difficult for me to judge this movie honestly. Simply giving it an A instead of A+ required some serious mental anguish. But it’s not a perfect movie. It’s a great movie, but I felt some off-balance pacing and a bit of predictability hurt its *ahem* rise to meet the hype. Though this predictability may only present itself to those versed in Batman lore. There were dozens of sequences I loved, and that fantastic Nolan dialog I can’t get enough of. It brought the conclusion the series needed, but the effects weren’t as awe-inspiring as its predecessors.

Movie – One Day: C


C
Another gimmicky premise, this time executed less successfully. It was like a biography of someone who never did anything remarkable. Most of the appeal derived from nostalgia of the various time capsule eras they trudged through, and the drama was confused. Since having dramatic things happen the same day of each year would seem silly, several important events were told through dialog. This works fine in a book, but less so for a visual medium.