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@ abhinav : most of the review is actually my feelings on the film without giving out any spoilers. There's so much one can talk about with this film but it's best experienced yourself :-) The last para is basically trying to say that Nolan has chosen to go the classic route for his finale with a linearity and no experiments but still manages to punch in enough surprises to satiate - In true Nolan style. I think my last para is pretty self explanatory?
Well, I think if you do get to watch the movie sometime in life (which I hope you don't) - you will thank yourself that you listened to me. Especially since you've seen the 1982 version. This one is just a money-spewing hollywood by product :)
@ Pondy I have a friend who re-edited Memento and made it linear to find out from his colleagues what they thought of a linear Memento. Not many liked it :-) Just saying!
But yeah, that's why I feel Nolan has a standard structure in all his films, and even though he's used the same in Following, because it's his first semi-feature you can see a new, fresh passion brimming in the film. It's delightfully exciting :-)
(I'm sorry, this comment's not going to be about The King's Speech :D)
I'll give you The Social Network - even though it isn't immersive in the truest sense, the way Inception would be - it is a Wow film for the inspiration value, script and performances.
Personally, I don't get the hype behind Black Swan. It's a very enchanting picture, and you have the excellent performance by Portman, but to me it looked like a step down on Aronofsky's part.
The black/white depictions were much in your face and cliched - in her behaviour, the predictable choreography, the basic traits (fragile vs seductive) - all of which I felt could be more meticulous, maybe subtle.
Nina's troubled character was ruptured, very haphazard and not in a mysteriously psychological way, but more like too much was left to symbology - and therefore I felt that the focus was mainly on making the movie look grand/beautiful/symbolic and in this process they left parts that feel neglected and a tad bit arrogant as well.
It's a good movie nonetheless, just not worth the hype for me. I would like to know what you thought?
P.s- I've heard really good stuff about The King's Speech. Haven't watched it, but I'm waiting to :)
Thank you :) Did you like the review?
I kind of knew it :)
The scene where Yasmin shoots the maids is one of the best scenes I've seen in a while :) So very endearing!
I hate to persist, but what you feel is not substantial is merely me bringing out certain aspects of a comparison that i felt was most relevant to me, as I was discussing the theoretical aspect of the film.
Because the review is by and large following a consistent structure of talking about the theoretical aspects of the films, the points of comparison have been such.
This is no way means I have dropped names, or made a superficial comparison :) Just wanted you to see that, I have stuck to the tone of the review. It LARGELY focuses on ONLY the theoretical aspects of the film. I will repeat that this in no way means that these are the only points to compare the films with. And hence, not superficial or name dropping.
But that is just me being defensive. You can chose to disagree. I feel when a choice is being made, terms like superficial and name dropping can be avoided, especially since I have made myself pretty clear about choosing what to talk about.
Bollyfan: Firstly, I'd like to point out that the reviews I write in this section, talk about the experience of watching a film on a DVD - Which includes a review of the film, and how the DVD is different from watching the film in the theatre or say a pirated version, like your copy. But I will definitely try to incorporate more of the DVD features in my future reviews.
Secondly, I apologize if my use of language indicated that Kill Bill 1 or 2 and Fight Club, as opposed to Old Boy, fail to outsmart the notions of the viewer and lose momentum.
What I meant to say is, all three films, in theory, deal with the idea of violence and revenge. All three films, also, celebrate these both ideas in their own ways. This is a point of comparison I chose to bring out, NOT anywhere mentioning that this was the only one. Old Boy, I felt, apart from these similarities that bind the three films, managed to stand out in a distinct way.
I accept there are many other similarities and differences, and it all boils down to choice at the end of the day. The choice to include what you deem fit in a review :)
Nonetheless, I assure you I have seen all the films that have been references to in this review. If you still feel the review has come from a glance of an observation, than I would be glad to talk with you about this further.
Will keep your other points into consideration.