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Man of Steel – The  ‘S’ stands for hope

Directed by Zack Snyder and produced by Christopher Nolan, Man of Steel is a fresh start for a 75 years-old superhero. With a script from David S. Groyer (writer of The Dark Knight trilogy), Man of Steel introduces Clark Kent as unaware of his moral responsibilities towards Earth and his inhabitant, wandering around America, trying to fit it and remain anonymous.

However, as the story progresses, Clark Kent becomes Superman and takes full-use and responsibility of his powers. Although the film becomes more and more packed with action and special effects as super-punches are flying around and buildings are being torn down, Man of Steel is not a void film. Indeed, it is a great action film and keeps you to the edge of your seat, but it has a lot of drama and moral themes to show you as well.

 You will give the people of Earth an ideal to strive towards.

Man of Steel Henry Cavill

That’s right ladies, Clark caries a lot of responsibility on his strong shoulders…

Man of Steel is a film of drama and ethics, having a character that is really a superhero with moral struggles and ethical responsibilities. Flashbacks from Clark’s past shows how hard was for him to fit in our world due to his powers. Clark is an outcast, and outsider, but as soon as he becomes aware of his moral responsibilities he turns into a true superhero: a strong symbol and an example, a definition for justice and hope. In this order of ideas, Superman becomes one the most ethical and strongest superhero on the screens right now.

As for conclusion, you need to know that you’ll find a serious and responsable Superman, adrenaline-packed fights, a fresh story, great visual effects and a direction that sets Clark Kent in a darker world than ever before, with a lot of genuine problems to be taken care off.

One of the trailers down below:

My rate: 8.5

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Broken City is a good movie with experienced actors, great atmosphere, nice directing and a proper script, reflecting the stereotypes of the thriller in a fresh and decent experience on the big screen.

Broken City is a 2013 American crime film starring  Mark Wahlberg  and  Russell Crowe . The film was directed by Allen Hughes and written by Brian Tucker. Wahlberg stars as a police officer turned private investigator, and Crowe stars as the mayor of New York City who hires the investigator to investigate his wife.

First, it brought more than I was asking for. I walked incredulously in the theater expecting a cheap thriller movie, but I was proved wrong. The directing was more than satisfactory, the performances were given by experienced actors like Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones, the image, sound and atmosphere were great, but the scenario had little flaws, especially on the ending. Considering the fact that Broken City is not a full packed adrenaline movie that might not be a big disadvantage. Yet, I would have wanted something different, a more powerful peak and a more defining denouement. It didn’t have the spark to make it a great movie.

The film revolves around Mark’s character, an ex-cop, now private detective, who is pulled into dirty political intrigues. Powerful men, social categories, intrigues, extortion, these are a few of the themes this movie presents. The main conflict is the one between Mark and Crowe, the race of the detective against the big dirty politician who cheats the appearances, in order to pull of his plans (I know this is quite stereotypical). The inner fight of the man with his own demons is represent on multiple layers: love and vices, but on a secondary level.

The action is not breathtaking, but it stays in the limits of reality. No gun fights with many death and no explosions. The dark filter used on the image looks great and the sound supports the atmosphere. Yet, there is a need for a “X Factor” (not the show!) in order to make this movie break the line between good and great. Nevertheless it was good and fresh thriller movie .

My rate: 7/10

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“Les Miserables”  is a complete and glorious experience of breathtaking music, performances and ethical life lessons

Les Miserables is a 2012 British musical drama film. The film is based on the musical of the same name by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg which is in turn based on Les Misérables, the 1862 French novel by Victor Hugo. The film is directed by Tom Hooper, scripted by William Nicholson, Boublil, Schönberg andHerbert Kretzmer, and stars an ensemble cast led by Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, and Amanda Seyfried.

The film tells the story of…you’re kidding right? Go read that amazing book, you ignorant (no offense)! Anyway, if you read only Twilight or The Holy Bible, Les Miserables tells the story of Jean Valjean, an ex-convict who becomes mayor of a town in France. Soon exposed, Valjean agrees to take care of Cosette, the illegitimate daughter of the dying Fantine, but as a fugitive must also avoid being captured again by police inspector Javert. The plot spans 17 years and is set against a backdrop of political turmoil, which in the film culminates in the June Rebellion of France.

The film follows the events of the novel very well, considering that the book has more pages than some of us could count. The main characters are, as I highlighted above, Jean Valjean, an ex-convict, Fantine, Cosette, inspector Javert and Marius, Cosette’s love interest. The book (one of my favourites) is one of the most beautiful novels in the universal literature and Victor Hugo is one of my favourites authors. Les Miserables holds a huge potential, is a book that you first feel and then think about. Hugo creates a whole universe, with powerful characters, impressing message and strong ethical value, but enough about “The French Bible”. Shall we talk about this movie, right?

The Musical 

 Les Miserable is, for first, a musical and that is something that most of us aren’t used to. This might come hard for the usual viewer and I heard a comment from one of my buddies, saying “there was too much singing”- what were you expecting from a musical? Nevertheless, the songs are amazing, the film is based on one of the most popular stage musical of all times.

The songs of Les Miserables is live played, giving the actors the chance to act and express themselves vocally in the same time and the result is breathtaking at some points and more than satisfying as a whole. The score is an integrate part of the film and offers the most of the emotional effect that is going to shake your soul.

The characters

To love another person is to see the face of God

Hugh Jackman plays the main character of a man who doesn’t know what love is, but embarks a life journey that is going to change his perception over the world. The unfortunate fate throws Valjean in prison for stealing a piece of bread in order to save his sister’s child from hunger. Released from serving a 19 year sentence, Valjean knows no love, but only hate resulted from an unfair life shaped by human factor. His thirst of revenge will slowly turn in saturation of love. The turning point from the incipit is one of the many amazing moments this films offers, Jackman’s performance is breathtaking and Valjean change is remarkable at all points. Another turning point in Valjean’s evolution is his relation with Fantine, or the influence she is going to inflect and, on the second place, the hunt of Javert. Cosette is the one that finally shapes Valjean’s heart into the most memorable and ethical characters from Les Miserables.

 I had a dream my life would be so different from this hell I’m living!

Anne Hathaway plays Fantine and she was acclaimed for her secondary role here. You’re not going to see her for long time, but the impression she offers is strong enough. “I dreamed a dream” is as emotional as it can be, like the voice of entire understated humanity sings it, outstanding I would say. The image that Anne manages to build for Fantine is amazing, her abasement over the role is brilliant. Fantine is probably one of the most impressible characters of this movie, by her unwilling defacement and pain. You’ll see a character that reflects everything that can go wrong in this world, a soul condemned at life. The death is a release from the claws of fate.

I am reaching, but I fall. And the stars are black and cold… as I stare into the void, of a world that cannot hold…there is nowhere I can turn, there is no way… to go on!

Javert is a police inspector. He reflects the coldness of human heart, the fierce thirst for human justice taken to the extreme, the world resumed at work, the desire to climb the scale and Russell Crowe is experienced enough to portray him. His musical parts are good, but the climax he reaches is in his final moments. He is going to pass through an evolution that will slowly become his major theme. The monologue he has at his best is great, moving and comprehensive and offers an interesting perspective over the world.

 

Here they talked of revolution. Here it was they lit the flame. Here they sang about ‘tomorrow’ and tomorrow never came.

Cosette is played by Amanda Seyfried and she represents the love interest of Marius played by Eddie Redmayne, but her influence expands also over Valjean. You’re going to find a love triangle, where the romantism meets the protective and profound love, the last one meaning the connection of two human beings and the great influence they can carry to each other. Hugo is a romantic and the love between Cosette and Marius is pure, unadulterated and ideal.

Marius is a student, driven by the fire of youth and the desire to make a change in a rotten world, to break the chains and to be free. He and his friends, especially Enjolras, are the spark of a revolution, a theme that will suit many ardent and tired of order souls. Cosette is the one that influence Marius the most, giving to his life a sens. Even if he is young and can’t reach the magnitude of Valjean for example, he portrays a great character. “Do you hear the people sing?” is an inspirational song, that lifts spirits and offers the momentum.

The Thenardier couple, played by Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter (what a combination!) represents the human disgrace, the state of deliberate distortion and for this reason Hooper push the atmosphere a bit here.

The whole cast and crew did an amazing job. Eponine is going to show you how hard the unshared love can be, Enjolras is going to take you on the barricades, Gavroche will show the power of poors. Every character is well-shaped, their musical parts are great, but the main characters are the cherry on top of the human factor.

The effect

Love. This a recurring theme is many films. God means love. We tend to renegade him as we can’t understand him completely, but maybe it is the fact that we don’t understand the concept of love and ethical equilibrium, the spiritualism we should tend to achieve. This movie shows that love exist in this world under different forms, but the life we live, the running in the opposite direction takes us away from it. Valjean is the symbol of human shifting, showing that we can change our condition, even if we find ourself in a dead point. Connecting with another person and unconditional love are some of the greatest achievement in life. The humanity gets a second chance in the this idealism.

 

Human capacity. This is also a recurring and powerful theme, mainly portrayed in the character of Fantine. The Thenardiers reflect this as well, but in the opposite extreme. We can’t raise ourselves from the misery of the life. We are so fragile and weak, that all we can do is bend over and accept the condition. There are 2 ways of living life: one, to believe there are no miracles and the other one, to believe that everything is a miracle. Les Miserables is the movie of the humble as the title says.

Freedom. This is the theme portrayed mainly in the June Revolution and yet all the other characters reflect it. Every time “Do you hear the people sing?” comes to your ear, the echo of freedom is born. Valjean is chasing an individual freedom and follows multiples layers, while Fantine consumes the desire of an ideal freedom from life. Friends of ABC (in french that “abc” is a pun and it is read “abaisses” which means “lowly” or “abased”) and Marius inflict a revolutionary movement at which few people attent, mainly the students who organised it. This is the most significant social theme of the novel as well as the film. The idealistic load of this part is very powerful and divides Les Miserables in two big parts: The freedom and the social movement and The spiritual and ethical conflict.

This film shows us different stances of humanity, teaches us powerful and important lesson, builds an ethical perspective of overwhelming magnitude and makes you feel little and huge, weak and strong, insignificant and important,  chained and free, void and rich, all in the same time and in high proportions.

The final confession

Les Miserables is one of the best films I’ve seen in 2012 and the best musical on the big screen. Les Miserables offers the viewer so much on ethical and emotional side. Its doctrines are profound life lessons, the emotional perspective is heart-ripping, the songs are brilliant written and played, every aspect is great in this movie. Like the book, Les Miserables is a movie you feel as you watch. It is going to plant a spiritual “miserable” in your soul!

It is one of the movies that shaped me and impressed me so profound, that I can’t find necessary words in order to express what I felt during the view. It twisted and will twist my heart as never before! I got one of the most complete spiritual experiences of my entire life!

I might be wrong, as I interpret this movie subjectively, because it focuses on the ethic perspective and some of you may find it empty. I advise those of you to look inside your soul for a second and use your mind in order to search something different from answers for social and material problems.

My rate: 9.5/10

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Futility

"Futility of futilities, all is futile"

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