Reel Reviews

Film Reviews by a Real Person, Not a Critic

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Title: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Year: 2005
Director: Andrew Adamson
Starring Cast: Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, Tilda Swinton
Rated: PG

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I haven’t read the books, so I will be basing my review completely on the movie. Then again, I would have done so anyway since I don’t think it’s fair to compare film adaptations to the media of origin (e.g. book, play, TV show).

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January 4, 2006 Posted by | Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Film Adaptation | 19 Comments

The Goonies

Title: The Goonies
Year: 1985
Director: Richard Donner
Starring Cast: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman, Joe Pantoliano, Robert Davi
Rated: PG

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Before Sean Astin accompanied Elijah Wood to Mount Doom in the widely acclaimed Lord of the Rings trilogy, he went on an adventure with another set of friends in the 1985 Steven Spielberg movie, The Goonies. Set in an Oregon coastal town, The Goonies follows the escapades of a group of teens in their search for a legendary pirate’s buried treasure while evading a duo of incredibly stupid escaped convicts and their domineering mother.

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December 15, 2005 Posted by | Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family | 3 Comments

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Title: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Year: 2005
Director: Mike Newell
Starring Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes
Rated: PG-13

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Yes, I finally actually get to review a current movie. I saw this particular one this weekend.

I’m a huge Harry Potter fan. I have read all the books more than once and am currently trying to collect first editions and first printings of the books. Naturally I get excited when I hear that the latest film adaptation is coming out. It’s cool to see the scenes that I had visualized in my head come to life on the big screen, not to mention the physical representations of beloved characters. But of course, that is also the most difficult and challenging task that faces filmmakers who adapted books for film.

– First and foremost, you have to stay as true to the original book as possible and not alienate/piss off the loyal fans.

– Second, you have to make it appealing enough to attract people who have never read the book and are just interested in seeing a movie.

– Third, since you obviously can’t translate the entire book scene for scene, you have to take great care in keeping in the most important scenes, stories, and characters while removing the ones not necessary to the plot.

With this in mind, it’s kind of tough for me to review this film separate from the book since there are many differences between the two, but I’ll give it a whirl.

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November 28, 2005 Posted by | Action, Family, Fantasy, Film Adaptation | 1 Comment