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USA 2011  Directed by: Kenneth Branagh  Written by: Ashley Edward Miller, Zack Stentz, Don Payne  Produced by: Kevin Feige  Cinematography by: Haris Zambarloukos  Editing by: Paul Rubell  Music by: Patrick Doyle  Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgard, Kat Dennings, Idris Elba, Colm Feore, Tadanobu Asano, Rene Russo

I never saw the appeal of Thor as a comic-book hero. Actually, if picky, I’d say Thor is not even a superhero by any means. He’s a Nordic mythical deity cast to Earth by his father Odin. And, with his red cape, ironclad armor and a little gold, winged helmet housing a set of goldilocks, he’s borderline a Halloween mascot.

“Thor” the movie is an attempt to make the character less kitsch – red cape, ironclad armor, and long flowing goldilocks for all the females to swoon over. Chris Hemsworth (Thor) took a lot of time working out for the ladies. Outside his armor he’s a pin-up for Levi’s commercials…at times where it would barely hold on to his tight derrière. His piercing blue eyes could raise your body temperature to tip the mercury.

But, “Thor” is a superhero comic-book adaptation. And it’s mostly for boys. What bright idea was it to make it into a romantic comedy? Sure, there were moments of clashing and flying fists and bodies. Of course there was a ton of CG effects that required a small nation of computer animators. But for the most part, the story somewhat circled around Thor and his love interest, Jane Foster, played sappily by the recent Oscar doll, Natalie Portman. However, the fault doesn’t lie with the actors, considering there are a few more big-screen heavyweights aside from Portman – Anthony Hopkins (Odin), Stellan Skarsgård (Jane’s senior yet timid colleague), and cameos by Jeremy Renner and Sam Jackson. It’s just that all the crucial stakes raised by the characters weren’t…all that crucial.

Thor’s an arrogant god born with invulnerability. Because of his hard head that put his realm in danger of going back to war with its nemesis, the frost giants, Thor is stripped of his powers by his father and cast to Earth as punishment. There, he meets Jane, by accident, and struggles to regain his senses and worth for his triumphant return. But then, the film segues to Jane and Thor getting acquainted for a really long time, leaving all the action and plots to the curb. Somehow, Thor (a daft god) finds Jane (a geeky, squeaky astrophysicist) really interesting. But, unlike other sensible action movies where at least the distressed dame would be the cause for the hero to go berserk and blow things up, Jane was just there to have coffee talk with Thor. And for the final battle, she isn’t even really in harm’s way; accept maybe stubbornly tiptoeing into crossfire.

Throughout the film, one character stood out sincerely, Kat Denning’s sexy, pouty Darcy – Jane’s intern, who found Thor, Jane, and the entire scenario to be a farce. It made a lot of sense on paper to point Kenneth Branagh to the director’s chair…for the amalgamation of theatrical period-costumed figures with modern-day countryside simpletons. But the delivery missed the target by a long shot. “Thor” was handled with little sensitivity to the comic-book genre and over-saturated melodrama that left it out by the backdoor like a wet dog. So despite the thunderous disputes and whirlwind high-school crush, Branagh hammered the last nail in Thor’s coffin.



USA / UK 2010  Directed by: Joe Johnston  Written by: Andrew Kevin Walker, David Self, Curt Siodmak (original 1941 screenplay)   Produced by: Sean Daniel, Benicio Del Toro, Scott Stuber, Rick Yorn  Cinematography by: Shelly Johnson  Editing: Walter Murch, Dannis Virkler, Mark Goldblatt   Music: Danny Elfman Cast: Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt, Hugo Weaving, Simon Merrels, Gemma Whelan, Christina Contes

One day, I sat down in the movie theater before the lights dimmed, I felt like a teenage boy. Not because of the popcorn and soda, but because I knew I was going to be brought back to my childhood with the classic tale of WOLFMAN. I’ve seen Bram Stoker’s DRACULA, and later, Mary Shelley’s FRANKENSTEIN. And I was expecting another revamp of a legendary character.

However, WOLFMAN turned out to be anything but. From the trailers and posters, it took itself very seriously – leading the public believing it will be a classic horror flick, especially with getting heavyweights like Anthony Hopkins and Benicio Del Toro on board.

Overall, the movie’s very camp, more like a 50’s comic book. It never strayed too far away from being a parody of itself. Benicio’s performance is unbearable. His constant whining and self-loathing ways make me want to shove his head under an ice-cold tub of water and awake some other expressions besides a frown. Anthony Hopkins was slightly better, because he never took the role seriously.

Forget about being a sleeper, WOLFMAN will put you in a coma. And the only trick they could pull out of their hairy sleeves to keep you awake is cheap shocking images and sounds that jump out of nowhere. So, when the moon is full, beware of horrible movies.