Name: Pride & Prejudice
Running Time (minutes): 127
Description: The story is based on Jane Austen’s novel about five sisters – Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty and Lydia Bennet – in Georgian England. Their lives are turned upside down when a wealthy young man (Mr Bingley) and his best friend (Mr Darcy) arrive in their neighbourhood.
Stars: Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen and Brenda Blethyn
Genres: Drama, Romance
LOVED IT. As usual, it took me a few moments to get into the 18th-century politics and multitude of characters (quite confusing at first), but other than that, everything was just perfect. It was amazing how fluent all the actors made Austen’s rather stilted language sound, especially Keira Knightley was absolutely brilliant there (and in all other aspects of her role as well, of course).
A great score, too. It’s been a very long time since I’ve been so touched by a piano performance (Georgiana) and the ball music was lovely too, though it was rather stupid that two characters both played the film’s main theme and the end credits suite lacks passion, energy and exuberance: everyone got married after all.
The surround sound mix could have been more dynamic as well, the rear channels were hardly used.
Running Time (minutes): 102
Description: Out in California’s San Fernando Valley, Isabel is trying to reinvent herself. A naïve, good-natured witch, she is determined to disavow her supernatural powers and lead a normal life. At the same time, across town, Jack Wyatt, a tall, charming actor, is trying to get his career back on track. He sets his sights on an updated version of the beloved 1960s situation comedy Bewitched, re-conceived as a starring vehicle for himself in the role of the mere-mortal Darrin. Fate steps in when Jack accidentally runs into Isabel. He is immediately attracted to her and her nose, which bears an uncanny resemblance to the nose of Elizabeth Montgomery, who played Samantha in the original TV version of Bewitched. He becomes convinced she could play the witch Samantha in his new series. Isabel is also taken with Jack, seeing him as the quintessential mortal man with whom she can settle down and lead the normal life she so desires…
Stars: Nicole Kidman, Will Ferrell and Shirley MacLaine
Genres: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Well, that was fun. Ridiculous, of course, but I had a good laugh. Nicole Kidman was kind of cute, Will Ferrell was hilarious at times and Michael Caine is, well, Michael Caine. I had a rather exhausting day today and just wanted to empty the brain. This film did the job, though the scriptwriters could have used some grammar lessons: men cannot be witches.
The songs were nice and the score was at times very playful and appropriate, but I missed celesta and more magic.
The volume of the original film audio wasn’t modified at all, which made understanding the audio description rather difficult during loud moments.
Running Time (minutes): 86
Description: At New York’s Central Park Zoo, a lion, a zebra, a giraffe, and a hippo are best friends and stars of the show. But when one of the animals goes missing from their cage, the other three break free to look for him, only to find themselves reunited on a ship en route to Africa. When their vessel is hijacked, however, the friends, who have all been raised in captivity, learn first-hand what life can be like in the wild.
Stars: Chris Rock, Ben Stiller and David Schwimmer
Genres: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
At first, I didn’t think I’d be able to watch this one as my speakers are giving up the ghost, but earphones came to the rescue. Obviously, this is a simple film, but I enjoyed it nevertheless except for the stupid Alex ‘subplot’ at the end.
Hans Zimmer’s cheerful score was a really pleasant surprise after all his superhero trash.
The narrator was clearly having a great time recording all the descriptions, but it would have been nice had he said a little more from time to time.
Name: The Family Stone
Running Time (minutes): 103
Description: The Stone family unites in common cause when their favourite son brings his uptight girlfriend home for the Christmas holiday, with plans of proposing. Overwhelmed by the hostile reception, she begs her sister to join her for emotional support, triggering further complications.
Stars: Dermot Mulroney, Sarah Jessica Parker and Claire Danes
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
I think there’s something wrong with the title of this film. It’s about the Stone family, not about a secret heirloom. Also don’t really understand why they broadcast a Christmas film in July.
I really liked Diane Keaton and Craig T Nelson, who said very little, but when he did speak, the emotion was always palpable. The ending was rather good (except for the fact that Meredith wasn’t stabbed to death). I only wish the rest had been just as good.
Giacchino’s score was surprisingly pleasant, but someone needs to tell the guy about reverb, fast.
The audio description was ineffective at times. I had to consult Wikipedia twice before I understood who was who.
Name: Mr. And Mrs. Smith
Running Time (minutes): 120
Description: A bored married couple is surprised to learn that they are both assassins hired by competing agencies to kill each other.
Stars: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Adam Brody
Genre: Action, Comedy, Romance
Turned it off after 10 minutes.