Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure

Name: Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure
Year: 2011
Rating: G
Running Time (minutes): 90
Description: A Christmas elf accidentally takes off in Santa’s sleigh, crash lands in a small town and loses the magic toy bag. Beethoven must rescue the elf, recover the bag from greedy crooks and return the sleigh to Santa in time to save Christmas.
Stars: John Cleese, Munro Chambers, Kim Rhodes
Genres: Comedy, Fantasy

Absurd, but rather amusing.

And not surprisingly, I really liked the score.

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Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows

Name: Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows
Year: 2011
Rating: PG
Running Time (minutes): 129
Description: Sherlock Holmes and his longtime trusted associate, Doctor Watson, take on their arch-nemesis, Professor Moriarty, with the help of Holmes’s older brother Mycroft Holmes and a gypsy named Sim.
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law and Jared Harris
Genres: Action, Adventure, Crime

I still like this one better than its predecessor. The story is much better and Robert Downey Jr never disappoints. Nor do Stephen Fry and Kelly Reilly, for that matter.

As for the score, I’m currently craving everything non-D minor. The themes are great, as usual, but watching this one after The Force Awakens was a rude awakening.

I decided to watch it on my 5.1 speakers for the first time, and what a great idea that was. Why is it that everything always needs to pound and thump like crazy these days? Even if Hans Zimmer isn’t doing it, trust the special effects to take over. I had to turn down the volume of the trout scene because apparently torturing someone is now accompanied by lots of rumbling that would probably alert the whole of London. Surprised the neighbours aren’t asking me for explanations yet.

Drive

Name: Drive
Year: 2011
Rating: R
Running Time (minutes): 100
Description: A mysterious man who has multiple jobs as a garage mechanic, a Hollywood stuntman and a getaway driver seems to be trying to escape his shady past as he falls for his neighbor – whose husband is in prison and who’s looking after her child alone. Meanwhile, his garage mechanic boss is trying to set up a race team using gangland money, which implicates our driver as he is to be used as the race team’s main driver. Our hero gets more than he bargained for when he meets the man who is married to the woman he loves.
Stars: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston
Genres: Crime, Drama

I was really surprised that the first half was so interesting, as these movies are usually not something I enjoy. I gave this one the benefit of the doubt because Carey Mulligan was in it, who I’ve mostly seen playing enigmatic women of few words and she didn’t disappoint. The second half did. Mafia shoot-outs are boring. The music and score couldn’t have been less captivating either.

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn

Name: The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn
Year: 2011
Rating: PG
Running Time (minutes): 107
Description: Having bought a model ship, the Unicorn, for a pound off a market stall, Tintin is initially puzzled that the sinister Mr Sakharine should be so eager to buy it from him, resorting to murder and kidnapping. Tintin – accompanied by his marvellous dog Snowy – joins him and his gang as they sail to Morocco on an old cargo ship. Sakharine has bribed the crew to revolt against the ship’s master, drunken Captain Haddock, but Tintin, Snowy and Haddock escape, arriving in Morocco at the court of a sheikh, who also has a model of the Unicorn. Haddock tells Tintin that over three hundred years earlier his ancestor Sir Francis Haddock was forced to scuttle the original Unicorn when attacked by a piratical forebear of Sakharine, but he managed to save his treasure and provide clues to its location in three separate scrolls, all of which were secreted in models of the Unicorn.
Stars: Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis and Daniel Craig
Genres: Animation, Action, Adventure

I tried to watch this, hoping Tintin wouldn’t be the annoying prat he was in the TV series of yesteryear, but honestly… Wouldn’t you think that a journalist understood that:
1. Dogs cannot understand human language?
2. Dogs can therefore not participate in detective operations?
3. TALKING TO YOURSELF AND THINKING ALOUD IS UTTERLY USELESS? ‘I wonder what this means, why would he say that, I must know what’s going on.’ Well maybe if you shut the hell up for a while and just thought in silence, you might come up with a few answers!