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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Some not so great cinema

I spent a lot of my undergraduate, and a fair bit of my postgraduate career, in the cinema. One of the things that I dislike about working is that I can't go to the cinema in the middle of afternoon like I used to. Work gives you money so you can live a better life than as a student, but I miss the freedom of spending my life as I please.

Last weekend, we went to see Hancock and Kung-Fu Panda. It's easy to tell that the lack of summer blockbusters is beginning to affect us. So what did I think of them?

"Hancock" is rescued by Will Smith. It starts well with some nice character development and some fairly funny moments but when the sub-plot involving Charlize Theron starts to unfold, the whole film begins to collapse in on itself. Once again, Will Smith carries a film by himself. The "Best Supporting Actor" Oscar category should be given a whole new meaning. An Oscar for the actor who best carries a film on his or her own. Will Smith would have two nominations then in the last year. One for "Hancock" and the category front-runner "I Am Legend". Overall, the film is a somewhat funny take on image and public perception, but won't knock your socks off.

A fat, clumsy panda dreams of becoming a kung fu hero and as luck would have, is chosen by the wise old master to be the saviour of the valley. What we learn from Kung-Fu Panda is that any fat misguided idiot can become a hero over the course of a few hours. Yeah right, what a load of tripe to feed children. No hard work required. A silly,annoying film compunded by the silly annoying Jack Black. To be honest, I'm sorry I wasted my money with this one. The trams here in Brussels are currently covered in wrap-around advertising for this fim but if I was a parent, I'd be resisting all calls for this one.

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