ideas for movies for valentine’s day

Seventh Son (2014)

Seventh Son (2014)

7

USA – 103 min – Fantasy (Drama?)

Directed by Sergei Bodrov

Written by Charles Leavitt & Steven Knight (screenplay), Matt Greenberg (screen story), Joseph Delaney (novel)

Here’s the deal: I’ve never been one of those maniacs of fantasy nor a LOTR fan and didn’t understand at all that fascination with medieval-inspired magic worlds. It wasn’t until I saw my very first fantasy film – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. I was enchanted! Suddenly, new doors opened for me. And then the next Hobbit movie came out. Disappointment. And… the last one. Better than the second chapter, fortunately. Therefore, I decided not to give up on fantasy movies. Not yet.

And now back to the topic. There’s a story of witch. Not “a witch”, no Harry Potter kind of witch, but THE witch – Mother Malkin, who is said to be the queen of the witches. She’s one badass (and totally bad at the same time) magic woman who transforms into cool dragon. And yet we can still add +1 awesomeness to the character as she has the face, the body and the voice of Julianne Moore, who fit into the role perfectly. Just how awesome is that!

Malkin used to be a good witch-being but people didn’t understand her, treated her badly (emo? ;c) etc. So… she became evil. And lost the love of a man. Who happens to be ‘the Spook’ played by Jeff Bridges. And kills evil magic villains. Like witches.

So now there’s a quest of the Spook, a.k.a. Master Gregory (or, Drunken Master imitation), his loyal, probably immortal but useless sidekick Tusk and the seventh son of the seventh son to kill Mother Malkin before she takes over the world and kill people or something. The 7th son, a.k.a. Tom Ward, meanwhile falls in love with half-witch niece of Malkin and brings us the cheap soap opera elements. Hurray.

The stunning, breath-taking (warning for the asthmatics!) special effects are beastly shadowed by poor plot. Dozens of cliches appear throughout the movie, along with illogical actions of characters, unfunny OVERused humor and too many unexplained and UNDERused themes. Seriously, that’s just annoying. What a pity they didn’t quite explore the psychological aspects of Malkin’s personality transformation! Perhaps Master Gregory wasn’t supportive enough as a lover and just ran away?

I just get the feeling they could have created so much more out of what they had and give us a better, deeper movie with much more intellectual value included.

The best sum up to this review came to my mind right at the end of the movie:

You know the movie is weak when the best part of it is closing credits. I kid you not – it rules! The main reason may be ’cause there was no plot nor dialogues involved, just amazing graphic design, editing and music.

But still, the questions arise:

Why did it have to be the 7th son of the 7th son? Was the grandpa a 7th son as well? Whose descendants are they anyway?!

My rate: 6 dragons out of 10 dragons (and only thanks to the graphic designers that created topping dragons and other ripping creatures. Well done!)

 

Can someone please recommend me any great fantasy movie? Anyone?

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Valentine’s Day: 14 very different movies for 14th February

As everyone is unique, we all have distinct taste in cinematography and various esthetical needs to be satisfied by a film.
Here you can find the movie list I’ve made with a view to this diversity.

Whether you celebrate it with your beloved one, or on your own – have a happy Valentine’s Day and enjoy your film(s)!

1. For those who are fond of unusual and creative stories (not to say: ‘strange’), despite the difficulties the characters must struggle with, I recommend Rumba (2008).
2. Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005) – not exactly the most romantic movie, but hey, who said there must be flowers, kisses and flying hearts in every scene?
If your man is fed up with all romantic comedy stuff that follow the common scheme, make this day special and watch together some action!
3. However, supposing you feel like getting some of motion pictures that burst with drama and true love, watch The Vow (2012). So sweet!
4. Yearning for a good Bollywood love story, but you’ve already seen Kal Ho Naa Ho and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham? Vivah (2006) is the answer!
5. Drama, romance, drama, romance… Urgh! To laugh out of the Valentine’s Day, choose Date Movie (2006) – a hysterical parody of well-known romantic movies.
6. The followers of carpe diem philosophy who are keen on drama movies should be satisfied with Now is Good (2012). If you liked A Walk to Remember (2002), you’ll be delighted!
7. Got your heart broken again? Here, let me explain you that He’s Just Not That Into You (2009). He may be into that film, though.
8. Byôsoku 5 senchimêtoru /5 Centimeters Per Second /(2007) is my suggestion for the fans of animated masterpieces. This beautiful story with breath-taking graphics deserves to be your must-watch!
9. In case that you’d rather have goosebumps than a tear of emotion in your eye and you’d still like to follow Valentine’s Day theme, the movie for you is The Loved Ones (2009). Suits for Halloween as well.
10. Splendid costumes, outstanding music, admirable scenography and exceptional actors that sing as good as act – all this creates a theatrical, marvelous world of Moulin Rouge! (2001). Dear musical lovers and those who like to feed their eyes with glamour – 127 minutes of heaven awaits! Dear other people – watch as well, you certainly won’t waste your time!
11. Looking for a light, French romance-comedy? Seek and you shall find! 20 ans d’ecart (2013) is perfect for having a good time.
12. Neither life, nor love is easy. A movie doesn’t always have to entertain, characters may not lead a successful, happy existence. Gegen die Wand/Head-On/ (2004) tells a bitter, uneasy story that may be shocking or touching at times, but definitely worth watching.
13. At a certain point, some people engaged in long lasting relationships wonder if the love is gone. Romantic comedy-drama Hope Springs (2012) takes on this hard topic. Excellent plot, excellent actors (Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell), excellent movie!
14. And for the last – Nine 1/2 Weeks (1986) to add some sensuality and spice to the list. Oh boy’ it’s going to be hot! Therefore, perfect for a cold winter’s evening.

If you liked the list, please let me know. In case you didn’t, please do so as well.

And do not hesitate to put your own ideas in comments!