Bambi (1942): A Great Films mini-review | بامبي (1942): نقد فني مختصر لفيلم عظيم

 

 

Directors | المخرجين

 

James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, David Hand, Graham Heid, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield, and Norman Wright / جايمس ألجار، صموئيل ارمسترونغ، ديفيد هاند، غراهام هيد، بيل روبرتس، بول ساترفيلد، و نورمان رايت

 

Trailer | إعلان الفيلم

 

 

Review | نقد فني

 

Bambi is perhaps Disney’s most sensitive and emotional animated film ever brought to the screen. This 1942 gem is one of the animation studio’s earliest classics and has managed to defy the ages by resonating with children, and adults, for nearly seventy years thanks to its wonderful visuals and memorable narrative. Though only an hour and ten minutes long, Bambi is a film that grabs viewers from the very first frame and refuses to let go until the heartbreaking yet uplifting finale; the film also contains one of animation’s most soul-crushing sequences, one that stays fresh in audiences’ memories. Bambi introduces early on the concept of Disney sidekicks, exemplified by Thumper, the lovable and energetic bunny who is always at Bambi’s side, offering help and advice. However, it is the gorgeous animation that takes center stage. Led by the legendary Walt Disney himself, the team ensures every scene is given enough life and beauty to capture viewers’ imaginations. And it is that attention to detail that makes sure Bambi’s coming-of-age story remains one of cinema’s most glorious and heartfelt animated movies.

يعد فيلم “بامبي” من أكثر الأفلام رقة و عاطفية في تاريخ استوديوهات ديزني للرسوم المتحركة التي قدمت على الشاشة الفضية. هذا الفيلم المذهل الذي أنتج سنة 1942 يعتبر من كلاسيكيات أفلام الرسوم المتحركة حيث تمكن من إبهار و إمتاع مشاهدي السينما من مختلف الأعمار – أطفالاً و كباراً – منذ ما يقرب سبعين عاماً بفضل رسوماته المتحركة الرائعة و قصة لا تنسى. رغم أن مدة عرضه ساعة وعشرة دقائق فقط، فإن فيلم “بامبي” يستحوذ على قلوب المشاهدين من أول مشهد وحتى نهايته المتفائلة. يحتوي الفيلم أيضاً على واحدة من أكثر المشاهد المفجعة في تاريخ أفلام الرسوم المتحركة و التي ستبقى عالقة في أذهان الجمهور لفترة طويلة. فيلم “بامبي” كان من أوائل أفلام ديزني التي قدمت الشخصيات الثانوية المميزة التي تجسدت هنا عبر شخصية ‘ثامبر’ – الأرنب المحبوب و الحيوي الذي يبقى دائماً بجانب ‘بامبي’ ليقدم له المساعدة والمشورة. ولكن، تبقى الرسوم المتحركة الخلابة أهم عنصر في جعل الفيلم رحلة سينمائية لا تنسى مليئة بالحياة والجمال بفضل قيادة الأسطورة والت ديزني المميزة لفريق الرسوم المتحركة. هذه الدقة المتفانية في التفاصيل هي التي تجعل قصة بلوغ الغزال ‘بامبي’ قصة عظيمة و واحدة من أكثر أفلام الرسوم المتحركة مداعبة لأحاسيس محبي عالم السينما الساحر

 

Runtime | مدة العرض

 

1 hour and 10 minutes / ساعة و عشرة دقائق

 

Rating | التصنيف

 

G / لجميع المشاهدين

 

Genres | النوعية

 

Animation / Drama | رسوم متحركة / دراما

 

Stills | اللقطات

 

 

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Transcendence (2014): A mini-review

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Synopsis:

 

As Dr. Will Caster works toward his goal of creating an omniscient, sentient machine, a radical anti-technology organization fights to prevent him from establishing a world where computers can transcend the abilities of the human brain.

 

Mini-Review:

 

Going into a new Johnny Depp-led film has been a gamble in recent years, one must admit. The once-venerable actor, whose last memorable and noteworthy role was 2007's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, is now on an unenviable streak of poor performances that have done their share in diminishing his remarkable career. Alas, his work in Wally Pfister's Transcendence is just the latest addition in what has become an unfortunate series of film roles.

Pfister, who has collaborated as cinematographer with the outstanding Christopher Nolan on many of his classics, starts off his directorial career with a high-concept science-fiction motion picture that asks some very big questions but never really makes an effort in giving any sort of answers to his audience, not even slightly. Though he possesses a talented cast comprising of Depp, Morgan Freeman, Rebecca Hall, Cillian Murphy, Paul Bettany, and Kate Mara, Pfister fails to let them shine and ends up making them all seem distant and unable to connect with viewers. However, it is the film's script that proves to be most problematic. The plot has some merits to it but progresses in a rather unnecessarily complex way that makes the whole experience seem like an ego-driven trip by its director, rather than with the goal to entertain and intellectually-stimulate viewers. The film straddles a tightrope the whole way through and always seems to be on the verge of collapsing, even with its gorgeous, and often mesmerizing, cinematography, curiously not by Pfister.

Sought as the movie's saving grace, Johnny Depp, too, is a shadow of his vibrant and energetic self, giving us, instead, a cold, odd, and boring performance that makes me wonder why he even took up the role in the first place. So, despite my hopes of it being a return-to-form for Depp, Transcendence is a disappointing and forgettable motion picture.

 

MATM Rating:

 

 

Director:

 

Wally Pfister

 

Trailer:

 

 

Runtime:

 

1 hour and 59 minutes

 

Rating:

 

PG-13

 

Genres:

 

Drama / Mystery / Sci-Fi

 

Stills:

 

Johnny Depp Transcendence
Johnny Depp Transcendence Rebecca Hall Paul Bettany
Paul Bettany Rebecca Hall Transcendence
Johnny Depp Transcendence Cillian Murphy Morgan Freeman Rebecca Hall
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In Bruges (2008): An Underrated Gem

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Director:

 

Martin McDonagh

 

Trailer:

 

 

Synopsis:

 

Guilt-stricken after a job gone wrong, hitman Ray and his partner await orders from their ruthless boss in Bruges, Belgium, the last place in the world Ray wants to be.

 

My review:

 

I have to admit that when it comes to Colin Farrell, I have been quite disappointed by his overall selection of film roles as they have failed to make use of his unique charisma in a way that should have produced long-lasting and memorable performances. However, in Martin McDonagh's In Bruges, he defies such low expectations and delivers what is perhaps his career-best performance. As the reluctant and shaky hitman Ray, Colin Farrell manages to connect with audiences from the get-go, showing Ray as a tormented criminal who has done a terrible mistake that deeply haunts him psychologically. What makes Colin impressive in the film is how natural his performance is; there is no hint of pretentiousness and arrogance in his character but instead a lot of warmth and humor, giving us a fully-dimensional character. He is joined on screen by Brendan Gleeson, who plays Ray's partner-in-crime and veteran hitman Ken. As with Farrell, Gleeson manages to be lovable as he steals every scene he is in, striking a winning partnership with Colin Farrell that is among the many reasons why In Bruges is such a delight to watch. But, if I were to choose one major aspect of the film's effectiveness it would have to be its setting, the city of Bruges, Belgium, the quiet and small town these two characters seek refuge to in order to avoid suspicion from the authority after a murder attempt goes awfully wrong. Through his calm, assured, and confident directing style, Martin McDonagh's camera allows the film to flow without a single hitch, resulting in quite the pleasant experience. The film might have been overlooked during its release due to Colin Farrell's dreadful track record but it does more than enough in the acting, writing, and directing departments to warrant special attention, in my eyes. Suffice to say, In Bruges is most definitely an underrated gem which almost all film-lovers will greatly enjoy.

 

Outstanding Performances:

 

  • Colin Farrell (as Ray)
  • Ralph Fiennes (as Harry)
  • Brendan Gleeson (as Ken)

 

Runtime:

 

1 hour and 47 minutes

 

Rating:

 

R

 

Genres:

 

Comedy / Crime / Drama

 

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007): An Underrated Gem

 
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Director:

 

Tim Burton

 

Trailer:

 

 

Synopsis:

 

The infamous story of Benjamin Barker, a.k.a Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop down in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett. Based on the hit Broadway musical.

 

My review:

 

Musicals have long been one of my favorite film genres. With classics like Singin' in the Rain (1952), The Sound of Music (1965), and Mary Poppins (1964) just a few of those movies that have redefined the genre and provided audiences with countless magical moments. The crop of musical films in the last two decades proved to be a mixed bag with only a handful achieving greatness. One of those motion pictures is undoubtedly Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. The film is yet another collaboration between Tim Burton and his muse, cinema's chameleon, Johnny Depp. Here, Depp assumes the role of Sweeney Todd, the talented barber who is on a mission to avenge those who have wronged him and his loved ones. Playing the role of Todd's confidante and friend, Mrs. Lovett, Helena Bonham Carter gives yet another memorable performance that easily ranks amongst her best ever roles. The story of the film is set in London during the Victorian era which fits perfectly with Burton's deep fascination with gothic themes and ideas. The result is a visually stunning piece of cinema that superbly showcases the brilliant and witty musical scenes. It remains a mystery to me why such a well-made film seems to be forgotten by many. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is without a doubt an underrated gem.

 

Outstanding performances:

 

  • Johnny Depp (as Sweeney Todd)
  • Helena Bonham Carter (as Mrs. Lovett)

 

Runtime:

 

1 hour and 56 minutes

 

Rating:

 

R

 

Genres:

 

Drama / Horror / Musical

 

The Devil Wears Prada (2006): A Guilty Pleasure



The Devil Wears Prada (2006)


 

 

Synopsis:

 

A naive young woman comes to New York and scores a job as the assistant to one of the city's biggest magazine editors, the ruthless and cynical Miranda Priestly.

 

Guilty Pleasure Qualities:

 

Meryl Streep's blistering and absorbing performance. The soundtrack. The lacklustre and corny dialogue. The predictable ending. Stanley Tucci. Anne Hathaway. Emily Blunt as the junior Miranda Priestly.

 

Guilty Pleasure Level:

 

Moderate (Revisited once every year or two)

 

Director:

 

David Frankel

 

Cast:

 

  • Meryl Streep (as Miranda Priestly)
  • Anne Hathaway (as Andy Sachs)
  • Emily Blunt (as Emily)
  • Stanley Tucci (as Nigel)
  • Simon Baker (as Christian Thompson)
  • Adrian Grenier (as Nate)

 

Runtime:

 

1 hour and 49 minutes

 

Genres:

 

Comedy / Drama / Romance


 

Dallas Buyers Club (2013): A mini-review

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Synopsis:

 

In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is himself diagnosed with the disease.

 

Review:

 

The AIDS epidemic has never been an easy topic for any motion picture to discuss, and probably never will. However, a curious thing has happened with director Jean-Marc Vallée's Dallas Buyers Club; he manages to create a heartfelt, emotional, and uplifting drama that takes its important subject matter seriously, giving it a lot of care and attention. His selection of Matthew McConaughey, who is experiencing quite the renaissance as of late, is a stroke of genius on its own. Matthew fully transforms himself here and delves deep into his character Ron Woodroof's complex emotions, allowing audiences to be immediately gripped by his every move and word. McConaughey is also able to mix a sense of fun in what remains a serious and grim tale, but doing so in an effortless and believable manner. Another performance that Dallas Buyers Club is blessed with is that of Jared Leto who plays the role of Rayon, a transgender woman who befriends Woodroof and strikes an unlikely partnership with him. Without any exaggeration, this is Leto's best role ever. Like McConaughey, he fully devotes himself to Rayon, spilling his heart and soul in what I see as an outstanding performance that no viewer will soon forget. Not only does Dallas Buyers Club showcase truly wonderful acting that is of Oscar caliber, it also has a smart and focused screenplay, written by Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack, that gives Vallée all the needed tools to deliver an incredibly remarkable movie. A must see.

 

MATM Rating:

 

 

Director:

 

Jean-Marc Vallée

 

Trailer:

 

 

 

Outstanding performances:

 

  • Matthew McConaughey (as Ron Woodroof)
  • Jared Leto (as Rayon)

 

Runtime:

 

1 hours and 57 minutes

 

Rating:

 

R

 

Genres:

 

Biography / Drama

 

Stills:

 

Matthew McConaughey Ron Woodroof Dallas Buyers Club Still 2
Matthew McConaughey Jared Leto Dallas Buyers Club Scene 2
Matthew McConaughey Jared Leto Dallas Buyers Club Scene 3
Matthew McConaughey Jared Leto Dallas Buyers Club Scene 4
Matthew McConaughey Ron Woodroof Dallas Buyers Club Still 1

 

American Hustle (2013): A mini-review

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Synopsis:

 

A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive British partner, Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso. DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia.

Review:

 

The past few years have seen a lot of crime films with only a few doing enough to be called great. The latest from the genre is American Hustle, about a con man in 1970s America. The biggest attraction of the film is undoubtedly the fantastic cast that director David O. Russell has managed to assemble. Christian Bale fully transforms himself as the middle-aged and desperate Irving Rosenfeld delivering yet another brilliant performance; Bradley Cooper is absorbing as the eccentric FBI Agent Richie DiMaso; Jennifer Lawrence continues to deliver roles that defy her young age as Rosalyn Rosenfeld, Irving's out-of-control wife; Amy Adams once again provides understated yet strong acting through the mysterious Sydney Prosser; and Jeremy Renner as the gullible and naive Mayor Carmine Polito reminds us why he is one of Hollywood's most underrated actors working today. All of these wonderful actors do their parts well enough, despite some minor shortcomings in character developments, which they try to overcome admirably. But, when coupled with a blistering, fast-paced, funny and witty script from Russell and Eric Singer, as well as a fine soundtrack featuring some remarkable '70s music, what viewers end up getting is a highly-entertaining motion picture that I see as one of 2013's most memorable films.

 

MATM Rating:

 

 

Director:

 

David O. Russell

 

Trailer:

 

 
 

Outstanding performances:

 

  • Christian Bale (as Irving Rosenfeld)
  • Bradley Cooper (as Richie DiMaso)
  • Amy Adams (as Sydney Prosser)
  • Jeremy Renner (as Mayor Carmine Polito)
  • Jennifer Lawrence (as Rosalyn Rosenfeld)

 

Runtime:

 

2 hours and 18 minutes

 

Rating:

 

R

 

Genres:

 

Crime / Drama

 

Stills:

 

Amy Adams Bradley Cooper Jeremy Renner Christian Bale Jennifer Lawrence American Hustle Ensemble
Bradley Cooper Amy Adams
Christian Bale Amy Adams Bradley Cooper
Bradley Cooper Christian Bale
Jennifer Lawrence

 

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