“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” comes out on a single-disc Blu-ray package featuring Tim Burton’s rendition of the Roald Dahl novel about the eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka and the children visiting his renowned chocolate factory.
There is a thin line separating remakes that work and those that don’t. In the case of Asian films remade by Hollywood, they have been a varying mix of masterpieces, mediocre stuff, and dismaying flops.
Director J.J. Abrams and his crew build this “Star Trek” franchise into a truly glorious new enterprise.
With the kind of plotting and the pretty good utilization of the medium for the novel, translating the material into a two-hour audio-visual flair is really a tough path to take. On a more positive route, the film’s strong points as a commercial cinematic offer is that it combines religious, scientific, political, art, historical, and academic issues in one package; thus, making it an entertaining blend capturing many kinds of moviegoers.
“Watchmen” is visually brilliant but flawed in certain ways. Nevertheless, this eye-poppingly faithful adaptation is a carefully crafted as a lavish cult movie.
The swoony supernatural romance and the neo-horror motif of “Twilight” can both amuse and bemuse — depending on the type of viewer. It knows what it is meant for. Either one likes it or hates it. It has a sweetly idealistic charm on its own. It pleases its devoted fans, but does little for the uninitiated.
“Iron Man” is funny without being cartoonish and serious without being dull.
For its time, “Beowulf” takes tremendous artistic license to blend CGI and motion-capture technology, then renders it in IMAX 3D to bring a level of hyperreality for the audience to enjoy.
Darker, a little more mature, and a little less magical, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” primarily deals with rejection and hormones as Harry and his friends struggle through transition from childhood to young adulthood.
Jackson’s “King Kong” proves to be an enduring part of film history and legacy all over the world. If “LOTR” is a magical classic in complete greatness, “King Kong” is a monstrous adventure flick with mainstream feel.