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My movies for July

Posted by phduffy on 2008-08-04 20:19:42
 
The Dark Knight
I loved this movie. I thought Gylenhall was very solid in her role, that Ledger was fantastic as the Joker and that Eckhart has been underrated as Harvey Dent. Prior to the Nolan films, I thought that Superhero movies worked best with one hero and one villain. Nolan has shown me that they work best when you take the material seriously and make good movies. You've got multiple characters on the 'good' side, but they end up questioning just what good really means. I loved how they handle the Joker's motivations, which worked perfectly for him.
This is unquestionably the best movie I saw this year, which dovetails nicely with the other movie I saw this month...

Hellboy II
Which is unquestionably the worst movie I've seen this year. I seem to be unique in this, as the reviews appear to be decent, but I've received feedback that if you liked the first movie, you should like this one. I liked the first one, which was a fun action movie, while this was a corny piece of crap. It had real problems with theme - the setup and portrayal of the villains seemed to suggest that this wanted to be epic or mythic, but the heroes are 'wise-cracking, cigar smoking, german accent having...' etc, and the two don't mesh very well. There will be a freaky troll character who's only there for comedic effect, but he'll introduce the characters into a fallen angel, who is there to create a mood, instill fear, give prophecies to the heroes, etc. I also don't buy this world, I find it too inconsistent.