Sunday, June 17, 2012

Films I recently saw on DVD!

This weekend I had the chance to catch up with some of this year's earlier releases.

The Woman in Black (2012) starring Daniel Radcliffe is about a young lawyer traveling to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman terrorizing the locals. The film features a fine performance by Radcliffe legitimizing his acting career after Harry Potter. The filmmakers do a great job giving atmosphere with its lighting, and art direction and as a result they are easily able to create terrifying sequences with lots of urgency. However the script lacks depth and a coherent ending that ultimately disappoints.
Conclusion:The Woman in Black is an enjoyable ride that lacks depth and a coherent ending that will leave audiences unsatisfied. B-

Mirror Mirror (2012) starring Julia Roberts retells the story of Snow White and her adventure to gain the love of the Prince. Tarsem's adaptation lacks a coherent script which gives no new insight to the story and lacks any character development. The acting is uneven and the dialogue is laughable. In the visual department the film feels claustrophobic as the action takes place in four sets and the visual effects are cartoonish. The only redeemable aspects of the film are the beautiful costumes and the colorful set decoration.
Conclusion:Mirror Mirror's lack of  story and subpar acting makes for one of the worst movie experiences I have ever encountered. F   

---Francisco Salazar

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