This is a wonderful live-action version of the comic-book. The budget is certainly up to the task, with great effects that really do it justice. The humour includes some more modern pop-culture references that weren't in the original, but they certainly don't detract from it. All in all, a very satisfactory effort.
Aragorn, Gimli and meet the Riders of Rohan, led by Karl Urban [ Xena: Warrior Princess ]. Then they must help Miranda Otto to free the King [Bernard Hill - Gothika ] from the influence of Grima Wormtongue [Brad Dourif - Alien Resurrection ].
Saruman [Christopher Lee - SW II: Attack of the Clones ] sends a huge army of Orcs to besiege our heroes in the fortress of Helm's Deep. This leads on to one of 3 hugs battles that take place simultaneously!
Frodo and Sam must face Shelob, a gigantic spider that guards the route to Mordor.
Merry and Pippin are reunited with Aragorn and the others. Together they must organise the defence of the last Kingdom of Men from the combined forces of all of Sauron's evil.
Poor Liv Tyler , given such an enlarged role in the first film, now has nothing to do but waste away.
This is totally different from the other Bond films. The familiar trimmings are gone, although the gunshot at the start and Judy Dench as M are both retained. There are no girls in the title sequence, just some CGI men. The gadgets are gone too. Instead, this is like a big-budget version of 24. Bond is now a one-man demolition squad, racing against time to defeat terrorists.
The plot is taken from the original book by Ian Fleming. Bond must outsmart a Banker who finances terrorists. He is partnered with Vesper Lynde [ Eva Greene ], and they go undercover to a high-stakes poker tournament in the Casino Royale. Jeffrey Wright [Ride with the Devil] is one of the other players.
The Clerks, Randal and Dante, are now working in a burger bar. Apart from that, everything else is pretty much the same. Rosario Dawson [probably the most expensive thing in the film] is their boss, with whom Dante has developed a special friendship.
Unfortunately, Dante is just about to marry someone else and move to Florida. The cosy world they live in is about to be torn apart by this move. Randal books his pal a special show as a going-away present. Predictably, things spiral out of control.
This is a great film - the comedy is hilarious, the cameos are well-placed [Jason Lee takes his 4th role!], and there's genuine pathos for the characters.
This film owes more than a little to the band's music video for their song Tribute To The Best Song in The World. In fact, in that respect the climax is actually a bit disappointing. Jack Black played a similar character in the film School of Rock, which actually turned out to be a better film than this.
Stephen Norrington directed this, based on the Graphic Novels written by Alan Moore. As with all other adaptions of that author's work, Mr Moore disowned it.
Villainous MegaCorp boss James Coburn has developed a system of subliminal advertising for brainwashing people. This has a practical application - a gun that makes people black out for a few moments. The hypnotism/invisibility/time-freeze thing leads to some rather surreal scenes ...
Someone steals the US Witness Protection files from Robert Patrick [ T2 ] and Bruce Willis [ Fifth Element ]. The Angels are hired by US Government Agent Robert Forster [Jackie Brown] to retrieve the files - which are digitally encoded on magical rings ...
When the protagonists are super-powerful and unkillable, it's hard to empathise with them. However It turns out that one of the villains is O'Grady [Justin Theroux], an Irish-American thug with a wandering accent - and the ex-BF of one of the Angels! The Creepy Thin Man [Crispin Glover] makes a re-appearance. And Demi Moore plays a former Angel ...
Mr Teatime [Marc Warren - Dr Who: Love and Monsters ] is hired to assassinate the Hogfather - Discworld's version of Santa. Warren stated that his performance was based on Johnny Depp's in Willie Wonka . However, he seems to have developed an Ulster accent!
Death [Ian Richardson ] and his manservant, Albert [David Jason] have to take over from the Hogfather, so that children still believe in him. Death's grandaughter Susan [theatre actress Michelle Dockery ] looks a bit old for a teenager, but in Discworld anything's possible.
Joss Ackland [Lethal Weapon II] is Ridcully, chief wizard, while Nigel Planer and Tony Robinson both pop up as well. Really an amazing cast, for a 2-part TV movie. It's shown in 2 parts of 2 hours each, although the advert-breaks seem extra-long for some reason ...
The film starts with gun-toting cowboy-impersonator Van Helsing [Hugh Jackman - X-Men ] confronting the Hunchback of Notre Dame. It turns out that Mr Hyde [AKA Dr Jekyll] has started a murderous rampage in Paris - just like he did in League of Extraordinary Gentlemen . Yes, that's the kind of film this tries to be, though LXG is the superior. And that's a terrible thing to say about any film, considering how LXG has been slammed by fans and critics alike.
VH is a hitman for the Catholic Church, hunting down monsters - probably a code-word for Jews, heretics and people who eat meat on a Friday. He goes to Transylvania and teams up with sexy gypsy princess Kate Beckinsale , best known as a sexy vamp in Underworld . Together they take on the biggest characters from the black-and-white monster movies - Dracula and the wolf-man!
This is a Hammer version of the Victorian adventure book by H. Rider Haggard . The thing is, the original book is more about exploration than action.
Stoker's rather thick book has been compressed into 90 minutes, and as a result many things have been lost. The character of Renfield has been done away with. Instead, a couple of Satanists hire Van Helsing [David Suchet] to visit Transylvania. Later, the Lord of Yorkshire hires them to import Drac to cure his inherited syphilis!!!
A Heath Ledger look-alike is the master-thief of old Shanghai. David Carradine [ Alias ] is his mentor.
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