SUMMER MOVIE MARATHON RECAP PART III – VALKYRIE, THE KARATE KID (2011), THE KING’S SPEECH, THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING

And I’m back with the recaps! Seven movies to go! Expect a change in my format of writing next time though.

#276 – Valkyrie

Stellar performances send this WW epic to the skies

            This film is an exhilarating historical thriller which sent my heart racing! Although it’s not the best war pic, the performances of Tom Cruise, Bill Nighy and Christian Berkel entertained me from start to finish. Much like Schindler’s List, this movie showed us a glimpse of the World War from a different perspective and detached the glorious Germany from their once great leader, Adolf Hitler.

GRADE: B

#277 – The Karate Kid (2011)

I had my reservations, but it turned out surprisingly good

          For starters, this film should’ve been called ‘The Kung-Fu Kid’, and the “jacket on, jacket off” scene took so long. But aside from those two I had no other problems as the movie turned out to be highly enjoyable and well-acted. I was able to connect with Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan’s characters, and for a rookie actor Jaden was quite convincing. All the pieces just fit together for me.

GRADE: B

#278 – The King’s Speech

Undeniably good, but The Social Network still should have won best picture

          Ah, I don’t even remember how long I loathed this film for defeating The Social Network! I admit that that was still stuck in my mind when I finally saw this, and that might have raised my expectations a bit. That said, let me say that Colin Firth was indeed worthy of his Oscar. But I still think that the movie didn’t deserve an Academy award. Yes, it’s inspiring, but other than that there’s not much to praise other than the ability of the writers to find a way to make it a complete film. Still, I’ll probably like this film more than The Hurt Locker, which I also think stole the Oscar from Avatar.

GRADE: B

#279 – The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

A fellowship of epic proportions

          This introductory tale is one of the biggest films I’ve seen, and that will probably never change. I find it amazing how director Peter Jackson was able to compact a story so humongous in size in just 200-minutes, and it didn’t even feel like it was that long. It’s rare to find epic films like these with almost zero flaws, and I guess that’s the reason why people love it so much. The casting is amazing as well as the cast themselves, though I really found Everard and Paradrin so annoying here. Oh, and Boromir reminds me of Ned Stark.

GRADE: B+

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