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Reviews for the Week of 11/9:

Sorry for the lack of reviews this week and their delay. I will catch up soon.

The Matrix Revolutions



Rated R | 129 mins


    This movie makes me want to slap myself so hard that I’ll forget about it. The Matrix Revolutions destroys everything that the first two films in the franchise stood for. The 1999 original and this year’s Reloaded were unique; while they thought that they were smarter than they really were, they were also fun, intriguing, and entertaining. After seeing this third installment in the Matrix series, I would like to take back everything bad that I said about its predecessors. I may have not liked the first movie much, originally, but Revolutions proves that you can do a whole lot worse.

     During Revolutions, characters discuss the balancing of life. Even though the Wachowski’s successfully wrote about this in their screenplay, their work itself isn’t balanced in the least bit. The first hour of this movie contains only pointless scenes, full of unintelligent dialogue, and the final seventy-nine minutes consist strictly of mind-numbing action. With no sense of pacing, we easily drift into the realm of boredom, when watching Revolutions. This, alone, makes it unworthy of audiences’ money.

     The special effects are astounding, but they serve no purpose, whatsoever. While the action scenes are superbly done, the reason for their existence is far too obvious and dull. In the first two films, there was something being achieved or resolved by each fight-sequence. In this final chapter, the plot is simple: good vs. evil vs. machines. Add in some gunshots and big explosions and you’ve got yourself a movie. Is this enjoyable? Not really, even if it may be admirable. For nearly twenty minutes, Revolutions is just like an animated movie, completely done on computers. Our hero, Neo, isn’t even usually present; he’s only onscreen for only about a fourth of time.

     It would be worthless for me to try to stray people away from this one, for they’ve already been sucked into the franchise. I’d recommend catching Revolutions on cable TV, simply to witness the end of the series. It certainly isn’t worth the price of a ticket, though. This fact, alone, is so depressing that it makes me want to guzzle down an entire bottle of Prozac.


Love Actually



Rated R | 135 mins


     Love Actually represents why we go to the movies. It’s a joyous ride, chocked full of great dialogue and heartwarming stories, a perfectly enjoyable piece of fluff. Only adjectives can describe the pleasure I experienced when watching it, for I have no clue why I did. I hate romantic comedies. I hate Holiday-themed movies. I hate Hugh Grant. And I hate Hollywood romaces. Love Actually is so damn good, though—it’s hard to resist, no matter what your bias is. This is the kind of flick that gets better every time you think about it, the disposable entertainment that you cannot forget. What could be better?

     There may be too many things going on in Love Actually, but it has an incredible sense of balance. Each story and each character is focused on just enough, and the running length is adequate. While screenwriter-turned-director Richard Curtis has a noticeably tough time behind the camera, his work is very tolerable. Since the quality of filmmaking of Love Actually is the least of the audience’s worries, it doesn’t affect the impression that it makes on us.

     I wouldn’t fret to call this film a “chick flick,” but males and females will find it equally enjoyable. There are many cheesy love stories here indeed, and they’ll surely please female audiences. But the comedy, which is thankfully not too sappy, has a great amount of cleverness, which makes this flick all the more enjoyable for everyone. The delivery is flawless, too. Even though it’s imperfect, I couldn’t ask anything more of Love Actually.

     Economically, the making of this movie was been brilliant. All of the members of the cast have about ten minutes of screen-time each. They clearly didn’t have to spend much time acting in it, but the studio can truthfully bill all of them, as if they were leading roles. The big names, themselves, will draw in crowds. Half of the ticket buyers will be seeing Love Actually for its ensemble. However, whatever the reason may be, everyone who sees it will not be disappointed. When it was all over, the old granny sitting behind me raved that it was “a delicious movie.” I couldn’t agree more.


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