Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Water Diviner

Directed by: Russell Crowe
Starring: Russell Crowe, Olga Kurylenko, Jai Courtney , etc.
Release date: December 13, 2014 (Dubai International Film Festival)

Russell Crowe, the Oscar-winning Australian actor, makes his feature film directorial debut with The Water Diviner. Though an ambitious effort, Crowe needn’t hurry into changing professions anytime soon. Unlike his contemporaries Mel Gibson , Ben Affleck or even George Clooney, Crowe shows little flair for story-telling in form or style. The Water Diviner is simplistic; it has a banal quality that can’t be rescued by Russell Crowe the actor nor the movie’s wonderful production.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Directed by: Peter Jackson
Starring:  Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, etc.
Release date: December 11, 2014

Thirteen years since we first saw Peter Jackson’s hobbits walk across the cinema screen, his epic six-movie saga on Middleearth comes to an end with the last of the Hobbit films. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, in many ways, is Jackson’s most sincere Hobbit film – it is neither an unnecessary indulgence, fan-service nor award-baiting. It is an entertaining and energetic finale that stays faithful to the one thing that matters most: telling a great story. The relatively shorter runtime, a different format of events (there is no journey) and the uninterrupted pacing undoubtedly make it the best of this trilogy.