Review: Lion

Doctor Liew’s Capsule Review:

A 4-star film featuring a simple “Lost & Found” storyline starring Dev Patel , which matches his effort in Slum-Dog Millionaire. Based on a supposedly true tale, its a “lion” like effort that results in a truly engaging film.

Q&A

Sonny: You gave the movie 4 stars – why not 5?

Dr. Liew: 4 stars is good enough, normally I’d give only 3 stars.

Sonny: Which movies would you rate at 5 stars?

Dr. Liew: AvatarShane. And… Lion 2, they’ll do one better!

Sonny: Did you cry when you saw the movie?

Dr. Liew: No.

Sonny: You weren’t moved?

Dr. Liew: Moved yes, but not enough to cry.

Sonny: Do you ever cry at the movies?

Dr. Liew: When you buy a ticket… and you go in but then they don’t want to show the film….

It happened once (Editor: the cinema not wanting to show a film, not the crying!)… in Seremban. Nobody else was watching and they wanted to cancel the screening… but then two other buggers came in so it was OK and they showed the film.

Sonny: But serioulsy, have you ever cried watching a film?

Dr. Liew: Yes, but not recently.

Sonny: I cried a lot when I saw this movie the first time. (Editor:  He also cried watching The Good Dinosaur and Pete’s Dragon, so that might not be saying much!)

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Review: Spartacus

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Dr. Liew’s Capsule Review:

Just watched a old flim classic from 40 yrs ago, Spartacus, helmed by the iconic Kirk Douglas.

It is entertaining as a period film goes. But sad to note that they don’t make such films anymore… since the days of Ben Hur; the most recent attempted reboot was anaemic at the box office… as was the bible tale  (Exodus) that featured Christian Bale.

Having said   that, it is also pertinent to mention that audience taste of film genres evolve over time… I  wonder if films like Avatar and Titanic would garner such amazing box office receipts if they were released today?….

Sonny writes:

Attempts to revive the “Swords and Sandals” genre have indeed not done too well of late.

The Ben Hur remake in particular was both a commerical and critical failure, repotedly losing some US$120m!

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/ben-hur-faces-120m-loss-925302

Movies like Exodus and Noah seemed to have faired better, though it’s been a while since a movie set in the era has really set the movie world alight – you’d have to go back to Ridley Scott’s Gladiator for that – a movie that still feels like a recent release in my mind but is actually 17 years old!

Review: Pete’s Dragon

By itself, the movie is entertaining…but somehow there is a deja vu feeling as I exited the cinema…

Then I realized the film storyline is rather similar to another movie I recently saw: The BFG (Big Friendly Giant); both films portray  frienship / bonding between a child & giants (one human; one dragon ) with some manipulation of the plot line to make it “different”.

If one sees enough movies one cannot help but feels that somehow Hollywood  is beginning to run out of new and fresh ideas… so much so that they are resorting to sequels ( eg: Star Wars…) & reboots (Magnificient 7)…