Published on May 15th, 2015 | by Jimmie Dodger0
30 Films In 30 Days – Week Two
I have only managed to fit in five films this week unfortunately, but what I have watched has included two films about simple minded people, one about dinosaurs, one about the inside of a computer and the last about World War Two. I was a big fan of a few of the films, and not so much about one.
Rainman was a highlight of mine this week, the acting from Dustin Hoffman was excellent. I thought the story was a little predictable, my assumption from the start, was that Tom Cruise would go from hating his brother to loving him by the end; but it doesn’t take away from the overall story. One thing I found distracting was Cruise’s resemblance to Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas
I really liked The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, it was really interesting to see World War Two from the innocent perspective of children. It puts the reality of why people were treated like they were, into simplicity, and makes the reasons all the more ridiculous. Again the performances in this were exceptional from Asa Butterfield and Jack Scanlon, especially for children. One criticism I would have is the oddity of seeing Germans with British accents; but I guess this was a Hollywood decision to keep it easy for the viewer.
Tron was the film this week that I wasn’t too keen on. I understand that it is a cult classic and many people love it (especially Stephen J. Bartowski in Chuck) but it’s not for me. I think it’s mostly just because of how badly it has aged, the film is genuinely impressive for the time it was made, but the amount of CGI is overwhelming now and personally made it difficult to differentiate between characters; I also found the story a bit dull.
Tuesday was my birthday and I celebrated by eating pizza and watching Jurassic Park; and it turns out, I had seen it before. Now this film is definitely something that has stood the test of time, there is the occasional bits of CGI which is a little rough but in all honesty, I think it works. The whole film holds up, and I believe that’s down to it being mostly practical effects; this is definitely a film I could watch for a third time.
Finally this week I watched Forrest Gump, which I found very funny. The film holds up from when it was made in 1994, and is a complicated story about a very simple man, who just did what he was told, and did well in life – the film is essentially 140 minutes of being told that ignorance really is bliss.
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