Thursday, 12 December 2013

''The Third Man'', ''The Man Who Knew Too Much'' and ''Batman''- Movie reviews

The Third Man (1949 film)

Directed by: Carol Reed
Released: 1949
Country: United Kingdom

Cast: Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles, Trevor Howard, Bernard Lee, Erich Ponto, Ernst Deutsch, Siegfried Breuer

Genres: Film noir, Crime, Mystery

Rating: 5 out of 5

Short review: ''The Third Man'' is set in post-World War II Vienna. Holly Martin (Joseph Cotten) comes to Vienna. His friend, Harry Lime, has arranged a job for him in Vienna. When Holly goes to Harry's house, he is informed that Harry has died, in
a road accident.

Holly wants to know more about Harry's death. A man, Baron Kurtz, who had been Harry's friend, informs Holly that after Harry met the accident, he (Kurtz) and a Romanian man, Popescu, carried Harry to the side of the street. But, from a porter, Holly comes to know that there were three men who carried Harry... So who was the third man? Both Kurtz and Popescu deny the fact that there was a third man... Holly feels that something is wrong about Harry's death... that perhaps his death was not an accident, as the facts seem rather strange.

As Holly goes deeper in his investigation, he comes across startling, shocking facts...

I loved ''The Third Man''. The atmosphere created with the cinematography and the memorable zither music was great. The zither music that was played again and again was so wonderful, so memorable! Performances, especially the performances of Joseph Cotten as Holly and Alida Valli as Anna Schmidt were great! It was a great film, with great story, screenplay, cinematography, music, and great mystery. An unpredictable, atmospheric, wonderful film!

5 out of 5

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956 film)

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Released: 1956
Country: United States

Cast: James Stewart, Doris Day, Brenda De Banzie, Bernard Miles, Ralph Truman, Daniel Gelin, Christopher Olsen

Genres: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Rating: 4 out of 5
Short review: Alfred Hitchcock is one of my favorite directors. It had been some time since I last watched a Hitchcock film (the last I watched was ''The Lady Vanishes'', a few months ago). It was a great pleasure to watch ''The Man Who Knew Too Much'', a remake of his 1934 British film of the same name.

James Stewart and Doris Day play Benjamin (Ben) McKenna and Josephine McKenna, respectively. Their little son, Hank, is played by Christopher Olsen. The McKennas have come to French Morocco on vacation. There they meet Louis Bernard (Daniel Gelin), a mysterious man. The next day, the McKennas are traveling with another couple they had become friendly with, the Draytons. Suddenly, Louis Bernard, having been stabbed by somebody, runs to Ben, whispers to him that somebody in London is about to be murdered, and some unclear whereabouts regarding the future murder, and then dies. Ben and Josephine, go to the police station. Ben gets a phone call, where he is informed that if he tells what Bernard had told him to anybody, their son's life will be in danger. Ben is astonished, as Mrs Drayton was supposed to be taking care of Hank... Returning to the hotel, Ben and Josephine come to know that Mr and Mrs Drayton have left the hotel... and that means, they have kidnapped Hank...

Ben and Josephine go to London... to get their son back... Will they be successful in their search for their son?

I really liked ''The Man Who Knew Too Much''. It was really suspenseful, sometimes quite thrilling. It was so interesting, so engrossing! Stewart and Day were wonderful. The song ''Whatever Will Be, Will Be'', sung by Doris Day, and that won the Academy Award for Best Song, was really beautiful. Wonderful Hitchcock film.

4 out of 5


Batman (1989 movie)- Review

Directed by: Tim Burton
Released: 1989
Country: United States

Cast: Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Robert Wuhl, Pat Hingle

Genres: Action, Thriller

Rating: 4 out of 5

Review: I'm not a fan of superheros. This film was my introduction to Batman. Directed by Tim Burton, another of my favorite directors, this film is a very entertaining, excellently made film with great performances and visual effects.

This is a quote from the film: ''Gotham City has become synonymous with crime.'' People of Gotham City remain afraid because of the countless criminals in the city. However, recently, the criminals have been afraid of a certain Batman, a vigilante, who, dressed like a bat, attacks the criminals...

Photojournalist, Vicky Vale (Kim Basinger), teams up with Alexander Knox (Robert Wuhl), to investigate about this Batman.

Jack Napier (Jack Nicholson) is a criminal, and one day, Batman throws him on a vat of chemicals. Though it is thought that Napier has died, he is in fact still alive, with his face deformed. After undergoing a plastic surgery, his face resembles that of a joker, and he renames himself as ''The Joker''. Arrival of the Joker starts causing panic in the city, as he starts releasing a fatal chemical, ''Smilex'', using it in different products and releasing Smilex gas.

What will happen? Will Batman be able to stop the Joker? And who is Batman?...

''Batman'' was an entertaining and engrossing film. Jack Nicholson's performance was excellent. Michael Keaton and Kim Basinger were wonderful as well. The cinematography and visual effects were wonderful.

This is one of the very few superhero films that I've watched, and I really liked it.

4 out of 5

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