I’ll be heading off overseas to university at the end of this week, and heck knows what awaits me at the other end of the road, so I’m really not sure how active I’ll be able to be on the blog during the following weeks. Nevertheless, I’m hoping things will work out one way or another.
Bad Teacher (2011) - 5/10
As much as I enjoyed Bad Teacher, I couldn’t help but feel like it was just another comedy that, despite having its moments here and there, ultimately ends up being rather forgettable as a whole. The plot is relatively interesting and there’s definitely some laughter to be had, but overall, it just wasn’t enough to make for a memorable experience. I was however quite impressed by Cameron Diaz’s performance and it was really refreshing to see her play something other than the ‘dumb blonde’ role. The rest of the cast did a fairly good job as well, with Lucy Punch, Jason Segel and Phyllis Smith being among the more notable ones. I’ve been looking forward to more of Justin Timberlake acting after his winning performance in last year’s The Social Network, but he did not get the chance to do much here, with his most noteworthy moment being a deeply awkward sex scene which I still fail to grasp the purpose of. All in all, there’s not much to take away from Bad Teacher, but for what it’s worth, it’s a decent comedy to pass the time with if there’s nothing else to do.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) - 8/10
Once Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 hit the theatres, I wasted no time and went to check it out as fast as I could. Ever since seeing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, I’ve been really looking forward to the second part, more so because the first one didn’t deliver much of a satisfying conclusion and left me wanting more. Fortunately, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 delivered the perfect closure I wanted from this franchise, and it definitely felt like an excellent, no holds barred film. Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint really gave their best in this one, and so did the rest of the cast – there were no weak links in terms of acting. The movie also looked great, boasting top-notch visual effects and cinematography. Speaking of visuals, the 3D was actually really well done, but it ultimately didn’t bring much to the table and the film would have been just as effective without it. Plot-wise, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 felt to me like the most fluid and well-written one out of the entire series of films, which is quite a feat considering that everything had to be tied together and no plot points needed be left out. It is indeed sad to see the Harry Potter series of films come to an end, but I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better finale and I’m sure most other fans will be just as pleased with this movie.
A Good Year (2006) - 7/10
Few movies are as charming and enjoyable as A Good Year, a lovely blend of romance, comedy and drama that seems to hit all the right marks. This film is quite a departure from Ridley Scott’s usual work, but the same first-rate quality filmmaking marking the rest of his movies can be found here as well. Russell Crowe was solid in the leading role, and the rest of the cast delivered good performances as well. The plot was thoroughly interesting and there’s a really distinct atmosphere that the movie manages to evoke, painting a vivid image of rural France in contrast with a busy and crowded urban London. The romance subplot really blended in well within the rest of the storyline and Ridley Scott impressively managed to maintain a good balance between all elements of the plot. To sum it up, I really enjoyed A Good Year and, despite being far from Ridley Scott’s best work, it’s a movie well worth checking out.