This post is old, so what you see here may not reflect my current opinion and mindset, certain information may be outdated, and links may be broken.
I feel like English class has made me into a “close” reader or watcher of literature and movies. This past weekend, I rented three movies. They are: Whale Rider, Mona Lisa Smile, and The Phantom of the Opera. Here’s my quick review, a paragraph for each.
Whale Rider – My favourite of the three. Loved the symbolism in there. Thanks to English class, I kept on catching all these phallic and yonic symbols. And yes, it’s quite a feministic movie, but what I liked about it was that it was very subtle. Keisha Castle-Hughes did a wonderful job there and was worthy of the Oscar nomination. I really like how it had that twist near the end, where I thought the typical cliche thing would happen, but it didn’t. On IMDB, I gave it a 9 out of 10.
Mona Lisa Smile – This wasn’t as good as I thought it’d be. Someone on IMDB message board said this was Dead Poet’s Society for chicks. I agree. Only it left me feeling bland unlike what DPS did, made me feel inspired, made me feel emotional. To me the acting was mediocre, which was surprising since I do like Julia Roberts and Julia Stiles for their acting capabilities. The only character I liked there was Giselle Levy (Maggie Gyllenhaal). I rated this 7 out of 10. It was alright, just not that great as I thought.
The Phantom of the Opera – The most recent one with Gerard Butler. ;_; I was sad that I didn’t get to hear his Scottish accent there. Damnit. I think I am not a fan of musicals. This one, I was having a trial trying to get into it. I mean… I like musicals, but I prefer them to be more like Sound of Music or something! I mean it was 99% singing, and I want them to also TALK too. But it was pretty damn good to see them all sing. Although I was quite surprised to see that Carlotta was played by Minnie Driver. *sweatdrops* I did not recognise her at all. This one also gets 7 out of 10. I sure as hell did feel sorry for the Phantom though. I wanted to bitchslap Christine throughout this movie.
Well, that’s my lovely reviews. I haven’t had these movie binges for quite a while. I sorely missed it. :3