Thursday, January 27, 2011

The story of King George VI of Britain, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it.
Colin Firth. Helena Bonham Carter. Just two of the reasons why the movie caught my eye despite the lackluster poster and the dreary feel of the setting. I'm not particularly fond of films that people expect to win awards because they often prove themselves as boringly deep, but with this one, I am glad I dived into the fascinating world of royal hierarchy and speech impediment.

The movie is surprisingly captivating and entertaining even without the presence of special effects, fight scene, car chase or a single sex clip. I can clearly see why it is nominated for numerous awards including those which celebrates the power of effortless acting, the kind that doesn't require a bloodbath of weeping scenes of  grief and dismay. A must-see for those who appreciates beauty in simplicity.

Orchestr-o-Meter: A

A small-town girl ventures to Los Angeles and finds her place in a neo-burlesque club run by a former dancer.
It seems as if it was just yesterday when Christina Aguilera was rubbing a genie out of a bottle. Fast forward to a decade later, we find her in the same position, but this time with less clothes, more feather boas and with Cher moaning, err, singing at her side.

It would have been a pretty good movie if they just let go of the utterly predictable storyline and all the bad acting. But aside from that, Burlesque did have pretty solid musical performances and a great stage setting. Unfortunately, not even Christina's stunning vocal prowess is strong enough to enthrall an audience who is looking to watch a coherent movie and not a PCD inspired concert.

Orchestr-o-Meter: B-

Maggie (Hathaway) is an alluring free spirit who won't let anyone - or anything - tie her down. But she meets her match in Jamie (Gyllenhaal), whose relentless and nearly infallible charm serve him well with the ladies and in the cutthroat world of pharmaceutical sales. Maggie and Jamie's evolving relationship takes them both by surprise, as they find themselves under the influence of the ultimate drug: love.
As a sucker for romantic comedies, I had high hopes for this one. Unfortunately, Anne Hathaway's latest flick is neither funny nor is particularly romantic, unless you count a myriad of sex scenes, with almost full nudity in both actors, as "Awww, that's so sweet!" worthy.

Set in the Viagra year of 1999, the film delves into the realm of pharmaceutical sales and early-onset Parkinson's disease. Sounds interesting enough, yes. However, the movie failed to take the usual boy-meets-girl route to a higher level, thus making it, in pharmaceutical terms, quite generic.

Must watch for those who are looking to gaze into Anne Hathaway's breasts and Jake Gyllenhaal's butt.

Orchestr-o-Meter: B-


The Social Scientist said...

The King's Speech has captivated audiences with its engaging scenes that give audiences a really vivid idea about the relationship between King George VI and his speech therapist, as well as the difficulty he went through during the therapy and the subsequent events in royalty during that time. Really superb movie. Deserves an acting award.

Clarriscent said...

@The Social Scientist:

I absolutely agree. Glad you got to see it too. I'm not sure if it's showing in local cinemas. It's the kind of film that brings in the awards, and not the big bucks (at least here in the country).

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