So, over the past couple of days I’ve watched some pretty popular films; War Horse and Lethal Weapon. Both were memorable and I have strong opinions on both of them so with no further delay, here are my reviews for each movie.
Well, Lethal Weapon was not what I expected. Yeah, it’s a classic buddy-comedy duo type of a movie but it wasn’t as funny as Rush Hour and Bad Boys. Instead, it was a more serious film with humorous tones in it and I kind of liked that twist.
Mel Gibson’s suicidal Martin Riggs was a different type of a police officer and he ultimately got me invested in the story when I was kind of watching the film bored. The movie was good but at times it felt like a true-blue 80s’ film and that’s not always a good thing.
The scenarios Riggs and Murtaugh (Danny Glover) constantly found themselves in and out of at times felt ridiculous and totally cliche. But the movie was somewhat enjoyable and I understand why it is as famous as it is. I don’t think I’ll be watching it again though anytime soon.
Die Hard, however, a fellow action movie that had a Christmas setting in Los Angeles that came out just a year after Lethal Weapon, is far better though in casting, story, and action.
4 out of 5 stars
Gosh, can a movie about a horse be anymore perfect? I don’t think so.
Steven Spielberg, the master of cinema, is known for creating iconic films and bringing powerful stories to the big screen. Just look at Saving Private Ryan, one of the greatest, if not the greatest, war movies ever made. It’s a work of art though brutally gruesome and depressing in its delivery. The entire cast poured their hearts into that film and you can tell. The fact that it got beat by Shakespeare in Love for Best Picture is still one of the most blasphemous outcomes in The Academy’s history.
And so, here is another incredibly epic and emotional story that literally had me crying off and on for two hours straight, War Horse. This movie may not be as brutal visually as Saving Private Ryan but this film never ceases to shock as the story moves along.
War Horse is directed like an incredible book with moving chapters that keep you utterly enthralled and unknowing of the film’s outcome. By the end, I was profusely weeping because the story was that profoundly moving.
As the movie’s credits began to roll and John Williams’ music played in my ears I found myself wondering how the heck this film also lost Best Picture. And get this. It lost Best Picture to The Artist, a beautiful film in its own right but one that I ultimately fell asleep on because it kind of got boring after a while.
Why did The Artist win? Because it invoked a bygone era of silent filmmaking? Or was it Jean Dujardin’s infectious grin?
Whatever the case, War Horse is a fantastic film that, if you haven’t seen it, deserves a watch. It honestly is that profoundly mesmerizing.
5 out of 5 stars
What new movies will I see by the end of the week? I wonder…
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a fantastic day.