onsdag, juli 04, 2012

Summer Time Movie Time

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 31:  (L-R) Actors Michae...
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 31: (L-R) Actors Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron and Logan Marshall-Green attend the world premiere of 'Prometheus' at the Empire Leicester Square on May 31, 2012 in London, England. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
Bad movie - moonrise kingdom
The poster for Moonrise Kingdom (Photo credit: williacw)
After wanting to go to some good flicks since Christmas when I got a card which entitles me to a price reduction on four movies, I have finally got the time to do it. Last week I actually went to see two movies on the same evening, one after the other. I started out with  Moonrise Kingdom, and followed up with Prometheus.

Moonrise Kingdom is a wonderful and quirky story about two children who both feel that they don't fit in their environment and who run away together, the boy from a summer scout camp and the girl from her home. As soon as they are missed, her family and his camp mates searches for them. The story takes place in the mid-1960's on a small island just before a hurricane is coming in. The footage is incredibly beautiful both in composition as well as in colour, with a brownish-yellow background hue reminiscent of what we are used to see on old photos from that era. The characters are all more than odd and are enacted by well-known actors such as Bruce Willis, Bill Murray and Tilda Swinton. Wes Anderson who is the director is also known for The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic and Darjeeling Limited. If you only go to one movie during the whole summer, pick this charming, funny and thought provoking story!

Prometheus was quite a contrast. I left Moonrise Kingdom with a smile on my lips, which was replaced during the Prometheus with a thumping heart and racing pulse. Prometheus is directed by Ridley Scott who also has Blade Runner and Alien on his CV. Can't help boasting a bit, but the female lead is acted by the Swedish actress Noomi Rapace. As usual Scott delivers an exciting, and fast paced action movie. I would designate it as horror scifi, from the very beginning it gives a claustrofobic impression which builds up slowly. A pair of lovers, both archeologists, make an amazing discovery - on ancient paintings and reliefs the same star constellation has been depicted together with a gigantic man pointing towards them. They believe that they have found the origin of man and convinces a wealthy man to fund an expedition. On the ship, which carries the somewhat ill boding name Prometheus they eventually get to those stars and then it gets creepier and creepier, as man's creator turns out to be less benevolent than surmised. A quick reminder that Mary Shelley's Frankenstein carries the subtitle A modern Prometheus is a good enough hint...

Yesterday I capped this with a third movie - The Avengers. This is also a scifi action movie based on a story from 1964 bythe Marvel Comics, featuring the heroes Captain America, The Falcon, Iron Man and The Hulk, in addition the secret agent Natasha and a pair of gods. The story also Joss Whedon, otherwise known for Firefly and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is its director. This was a fun, rollicking adventure with snappy dialogue. I very much enjoyed this matine style movie In this movie as well a Swedish actor plays an important role, Stellan Skarsgård. Mankind has discovered am object called the Tesseract, which promises unlimited energy if it can only be harnessed. At the same time elsewhere in the Universe, powerful aliens promises the trickster god Loke (Loki) the power of earth if he steals back the Tesseract for them. To support him, they provide an alien battle force....

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