Might be the worst, most pointless film review I have ever read. You do know that criticism should move beyond "I like" "this is good/bad" and babbling about whether fans of the source material (who cares what they think btw- these are films, not books) will legitimize the series, don't you? "Cinema's timeless trilogies"? What does that mean? Why talk of the LoTRings movies at all? Get a point of view ON THE FILM ITSELF and what it is trying to say and speak from there.
As one firmly in the original movie's demographic, I completely agree with the tone of the commenters. It was blatantly obvious that the first movie was pro-America/anti-Commie propaganda, even to one who was in their early teens at the time. Thinking that the current movie would be any less flag-waving is laughable at best. Of course the movie's going to be pro-America and anti-somebody. There's only 2 ways to go - terrorists or North Korea. Given the lack of effectiveness of any terrorist attack outside of the Middle East since the London and Madrid attacks, North Korea was it. (Did Mr. G review Team America? What was his opinion there?)
So, Mr. G... was the movie any good? There are plenty of movies out there with political leanings I don't agree with. Doesn't mean they're terrible. Your role as a reviewer is to tell us if the movie's good. If you have a political opinion about a movie, I'm sure your employer would be more than happy to give you some column inches to address the issue. You can even insert your opinion into the review without totally letting it take over the review.
Have to agree with both of the above posts. If Grella wants to write op-eds, put him there.
Maybe you should do a political column, so there's a shot for a movie critic here.
Is this a movie review or a leftist political attack?
Perhaps Mr. Grella should spare his readers his prescient historical observations about Republican racism and stick to the theatric. The 13th Amendment passed the House with 100% of Republicans in favor and only 23% of Democrats. The 14th Amendment, granting full rights of citizenship to freed slaves, passed the House and Senate without a single Democratic vote. For the next 100 years, it would be the Republican platform fighting for minority rights, not the Democrats.
In fact, Democratic President Woodrow Wilson ordered the firing of all Negro workers in the southern Navy shipyards and the re- segregation of the federal workforce, previously desegregated by Republican Teddy Roosevelt. Democratic President Franklin Roosevelt vetoed the only anti lynching legislation to pass Congress in 1934.
Sidling up to current rhetoric and pseudo-intellectually giving it historical context only serves to expose the folly of M r. Grella's history education. Perhaps he should consider reserving his reviews to the follies rather than espousing folly.
If you take it from the angle that we are watching from Pat's perspective (which I presume is somewhat deluded), does the film make more sense?
I saw the movie and I though thaf it was very great. the problem with most and this movie is Americans can't deal with truth. they wants fanticy. Spilberg did an master peace. This ois The US of A that we have problems with race stll and we need to deal with it. This is 2012 not 1963. tomorrow being 49 years from one of the worse days in the US history. 13th Amendment, The Presidents health Care plan. The rest of the world has not this race problem We need not also to ingage within this same lower life way.
I don't think this was one of the better Bond movies. The competing plots of "old school" versus new technology and the subplot of betrayal through expendable assets was distracting. I'm fine with multiple plots in one film but only when they work well together. Great acting by Daniel Craig, who I think is the best Bond ever. I'm still scratching my head on why a spy list list would ever be put on a laptop computer and placed in the field. What spy agency or IT moron would do such a thing? Since the villain could hack any computer on the planet, it makes the spy list on a on a laptop even more unbelievable.
I thought Skyfall had great a villain and some fun action, but the plot just wasn't believable at many points. The first example comes at the very beginning where Bond is picked up by Moneypenny the second he walks out of the office, and already the first car in front of them is the terrorists car. Its just too convenient. There were a ton of examples like that. Check out www.iruinmovies.com for more.
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