A Few Quick Reviews

Wednesday, March 07, 2007
The Black Dahlia
One word - BORING. Skip it. Beautifully shot but terrible acting all around. An interesting story that wasn't really captured by the screenplay. A&E had a documentary on it the other day - try and catch that instead.

Notes on a Scandal
Fantastic performances by Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett (are you surprised?). A story taken from today's headlines that translated very well. Still playing in some theatres here but will be out on DVD soon. Wait for the rental and enjoy - you might need a tissue or two.

The Departed
If I hadn't known this was a Scorsese film before seeing it, I never would have guessed. Yes violent at times (especially the surprise twists at the end...and there are a LOT of them), but a great story which was well told. Fantastic acting by DiCaprio (whom I normally hate) and Damon (again, whom I normally hate). Jack was, as always, Jack and you've got to love him. Fine performance by Mark Wahlberg, but not great. Sheen was ok but his role really didn't give him much room to flex his acting muscles, shame. Definately a must see.


Krista said...

I LOVED Notes on a Scandal. So... real. And creepy. Haunting? Disturbing? EXCELLENT!

Tanya said...

NOtes on a Scandal is on my list of must see.

Red said...

Haven't seen any of those yet, but I have zero interest in The Black Dahlia. Not because I'm not into the story (which sounds fascinating, so maybe I'll try and read Ellroy's book, even though I find his style too challenging for my little brain), but because I loathe Scarlett Johansson. Lost in Translation was the last crappy film I saw her in, and I'd like it to stay that way. Definitely a case of more looks than talent (though I wouldn't necessarily agree on the looks part, either).

* (asterisk) said...

The reviews for Black Dahlia have been shockingly bad! Notes On A Scandal I'll probably watch. Departed: shan't bother because I've seen the original, which is only a few years old. I hate when Hollywood remakes new films just so people don't have to read subtitles. I mean, what is that?

Gardenia said...

Black Dahlia was only redeemable is sort of a film noire experience and nice B & W images. It was entirely what I had NOT expected and didn't seem to do justice to the title character who sort of, once again, became a "thing" by the third party sort of approach to the film, I thought. I too was disappointed.

The Departed - I had to watch twice - must have been a pain pill or very tired night because I thought DeCaprio and Damon were the same actor - and I kept getting lost - my oldest daughter thought I was out of my mind (well, duhhhh, they are both young and blonde aren't they?) - 2nd time around it all made sense, but since I'm a lover of happy endings - - - - well, ...........but the acting wss great and the story plot intriguing, not the same ol' same ol' ..........

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