Saturday, June 21, 2008

Growing up - The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

Within all my friends, about half of them do not like the first piece of Narnia; even me myself, when I first watched it, I thought it was much, much below LOTR, not only the rating, but also the age of the target audience.

Now here comes the second one, which, refreshes my impression to this series with a "grown-up" feeling. For those who still think that this is a "Boy's Play", YOU ARE WRONG!

One year after the first movie, U.K. is in the centre of war. The foursome just tuned themselves back to the normal life. While in Narnia, it has been 1,300 years. A Hamlet (Prince Caspian) blew the horn that belongs to Susan, and bring them back to Narnia. Another war "for Narnia" is coming.

Actually we don't really care about who they are fighting against, what kind of spirits or animals they are fighting with, what new skills they grasped , or what strategies (smart or stupid) they are going to use. All what we know is, they are back, they are going to fight, and they will finally leave. Although there are several mistakes, both in the plot and the shooting (e.g., when the foursome were walking in the cave after they first back to Narnia, it was Edmund, who was taking the lead, that held a torchlight, but some "mysterious" light appeared behind the last one, Lucy.), but come one, who did NOT make such mistakes? Especially in Hollywood. So don't worry too much, don't calculate too much, just sit back and relax to enjoy this movie, as if it was a break in your boring life, just like Narnia is a break for the foursome in the WWII life. The only difference is, it will take you 2 and a half hours to finish this movie, while they only used 1 second to finish a war, and even a first love for someone.

Ben Barnes (as Prince Caspian) has a very promising look and an even more promising chance (he is also the lead for the next Narnia movie), hope he could be the next Orlando Bloom. So far he still needs some more practice in his acting (exactly the same case for Orlando in LOTR!).

In the foursome, my favorite is still the little Lucy, Georgie Henly. She is just so cute! Maybe she is not talented enough to handle all kinds of roles, just like Darkota Fanning did, but it seems that she could easily push Abigail Breslin into the shadow now (Hi Abigail, if you keep staying in your current status, you might be the next Kristen Dunst only).

Peter also got a quite good look in fact. The only problem might be, he does not look quite "characteristic", so you might easily mistake him with other blondes in Hollywood. Susan is obviously over-aged, and if she chose to stay in this business, we might just get another actress that you remember you saw her in some movie, just cannot recall the name, neither the movie's or hers. Edmund looks is just a loser, hope he could do better in the next sequel.

Not much to say for the supporting roles, except the fencing rat. Everybody knows you guys are just copy-catting from Shrek, why bother change it into a "copy-rat"? (Ever consider lend the voice from Antonio Benderas?)

The scene of the beach, valley and the river is awesome. But the CG lion Aslan is disappointing. Soooo fake!

Unlike the Golden Compass, I'm really looking forward to seeing Narnia 3 now!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Grab the bride as you can -- Made of Honor

After ten years' play-boy life, he finally figured out that the "friend forever" is actually his "love forever". The problem is, she is getting married, and he could only become the "Maid of Honor". So, he decided to do whatever he could, to "get the groom out of the picture". (Really think that the tagline used in Singapore is much better than the one in western countries.)

We always know that what we can expect from such a script: funny scenes, cute quotes, kisses, and finally, crash of a wedding and success of another one. Now we can take a look at who is involved: Patrick Dempsey (heard of this guy, thanks to "Grey's Anatomy"), Michelle Monaghan (beauties in MI:III and "Mr. & Mrs. Smith", not quite meaningful...). Does this name list attract you?

The script writer is obviously not creative, but quite funny. The joke about Clinton and Monica goes all the way from the beginning to the end, nice try for a movie released in another election year. My favorite is the basketball match between the NBA ego and the Scottish big guy, a big slap for those think only Americans know how to play this game.

Dempsey reminds me Hugh Jackman, just more bad-boy-like. But women always love bad boys, right? :-)
Ms. Monaghan should sue her plastic surgeon, for her nose looks just like MJ's, I mean the current one...

A man keeps playing around with all kinds of women for 10 years before realizing the truth; A woman keeps waiting for a man who keeps playing around with all kinds of women for 10 years before realizing the truth, who is sillier? You tell me.

Friday, June 13, 2008

End of their career? -- My Mom's New Boyfriend

Names like Antonio Benderas and Meg Ryan are once to be the main factor that attracts me to a movie. But remember this, however shining you are today, there will be a day coming to end it.

A B-class movie as it is, it's somewhat creative for the producer of "My Mom's New Boyfriend" to get Meg and Antonio to make some chemistry. And the son of Meg's long-time sure-win partner (I mean Tom Hanks), Collin Hanks, playing the son of Meg in this movie, this could definitely generate some scoop. But after all, a moive could not be successful with only these tricky things.

Antonio as an artist thief (smell the Latinic romance?), Colin as a young FBI agent who wants to track Antonio down (Sounds familiar? "Catch me if you can, son!"), and Meg as a middle-aged single mother who falls in love with Antonio. Bugs, Doggies, every routine things for a movie that is related for FBI, name it. The story is really not bad, and it should be a quite profitable project actually. Yet what we got here?

Middle-aged couple tries to catch up with the young generation: fall-in-love-with-the-first-sight? Come on, you are not teenagers any more! Weird Middle-East restaurant? That place could only remind us war now. And the worst scene of all? Seeing that once sweet Meg screaming and laughing like addicted to some things, if you know what I mean. I'm sure that I would like this movie much more if they faded to be the "background" only.

When you ignore this old couple, you will "suddenly" find the effort by Colin Hanks. His tones just like his old man! And all reminds me Tom Hanks in his earlier days like "The Man with One Red Shoe". Like Tom, Colin may not become a "girl killer", but the path to awards is open to him, if he keeps improving his acting. In this movie, my favourite scene is when he and two other FBI agents bugging his mother in bed with another man... *_*

Monday, June 9, 2008

Family Day at Wild Wild Wet

Really not the day for a water theme park -- it's raining! Hard!! Although I was just playing the camera-woman for the whole day, the cold water still got me fever for the next day.

But to the kids it was really a great experience. Just look at them screaming, running around, even brought me some "yesterday once more" feelings.

This theme park is rather small, compared to the ones I visited before, like the one in Gold Coast, and Sunway Lagoon in Malaysia. But nevertheless you can find some routine things like "Tsunami Lake", "Floating River", etc. And the mose exciting one will be this -- (Heard the screaming?)

The location of Wild Wild Wet is not that bad, as I imagined before. 10-15 min walk from the Pasir Ris MRT station, just next to the resort. Would be nice for a family's 2D1N package. What I like most is the latest EHub shopping centre just besides it, where you can hardly imagine that so many restaurants under one roof, especially in such a suburb area in Singapore!