The Preview Night Rises

I am eagerly anticipating The Dark Knight Rises, the third in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy masterpiece. So, naturally, when I found out they were screening six minute previews of the film before Ghost Protocol I had to be a part of that. Especially since it was only shown on true Digital IMAX projectors. It was a good intro to how Bane is portrayed in the Nolan batverse, and all the elements he’s used in previous films were there. A glaring negative, however, was that Bane was incredibly hard to understand, and not just for me, but for my fellow viewers as well. I’m sure this will be fixed by next summer. It was very teaser-ful, not really explaining anything about the plot, and the mini-trailer at the end actually showed more enticing moments, but still well worth the viewing. And the movie that followed was good too.

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol: A: Apparently the transition from animation to action movie is a good one, as Brad Bird crafted another gem here. The locations were great, the characters entertaining without being ridiculous, and the action continuous and  thrilling. The entire segment in Dubai was stupendous. Definitely the best of a (previously) lack-luster series.

The Tree of Life: D: As often is the case for me, I didn’t get the hype. Nothing profound was shown, and certainly not stated. The beginning was like a watching a demo reel of IMAX films on space and dinosaurs overlaid with whispered poetry that sounded like a wrist-cutting high-schooler. (Actual lines: “I cry to you. My soul. My son. Hear us.”) Then we’re treated to a bland tale of a boy hating his father told with minimal dialog and artistic camera work, broken up with hyper-symbolic images of Sean Penn wondering (and wandering) existentially. Pretentious and uninteresting. It was nice to see some scenes set in Houston though.

The Help: B: Certainly nothing profound, but it flowed with that ease movies of the subject seem to have. Most of the central characters seemed fully imagined, but most of the antagonists were quite flat, though perhaps mocking in this intentionality. Good performances but nothing outstanding.

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