“The Expendables” – movie that I have been waiting for for so long didn’t disappoint me at all. In fact, it was quite the opposite. I enjoyed each and every bit of it. It was everything I wanted it to be – a moderately paced, funny action movie with very simple story and lots of fighting, shooting, chasing, exploding, etc.
It was very well positioned in its genre. In such a way even that makes it easy to excuse any shortcomings, be they holes in the story or acting or special effects. I’m not saying there were any, if there were any. I’m just saying that even if you notice something that you don’t like, you’ll probably forget about it within a second. There’s plenty to enjoy.
Of course I’ll rate this movie as 5 out of 5. That’s both for nostalgic reasons and for a historical moment of all three superstars – Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger – appearing in the same scene together. And there was so much more …
The other day I went to see “The Dark Knight“, also known as the latest story in the series about Batman. I am not a big fan of superhero comics, with Batman being no exception. But I’ve seen all the movies so far.
I have to say that this one was the worst. It was too long and too boring. It had great cast, but that didn’t help the film one bit. There are a few special effects, but the overall boredom burries them in the long propagandic dialogues. In fact, the movie is total crap except for one bit, which makes it worth watching – The Joker.
Heath Ledger did an excellent job with this character. It was by all means the best villain I’ve ever seen in the movies. Heath Ledger even outdid Jack Nicholson, who played The Joker in “Batman” (1992). Heath’s Joker was the scary kind. That person was so evil and … broken, that you wouldn’t want him to exist on this planet at all. But, at the same time, he was so realistic that you could easily meet somebody very similar (minus the make-up, of course) just around the corner. Really, a masterpiece.
As it stands, it’s difficult to rate this film. I’ll give it a 5 out of 10, with all 5 points being for The Joker alone. If you aren’t into movie villains, avoid this film at all costs.
Watched “The Specialist” on DVD.
This movie is a disappointment in general. Considering the cast I cannot believe that could come up with this film – Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone, James Woods, Rod Steiger, Eric Roberts… This was probably the biggest misuse of high-profile actors in the 20th century.
Other weak areas were a very shallow story, immature character development, and lack of action. Oh, and sense. There was no scenes in anything in this film. I mean, actions are well-known for their unrealistic and illogical setups, but this film is the king of nonsense.
4 out of 10.