Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Abso-freakin-lutely Amazing!

We went to see Wanted on Sunday, but I figured you needed a few days in between all the movie posts (sorry about the maudlin one from last night, though!). 

Anyway, Wanted was fantastic! Amazing! Spectacular! And THANK GOD! I don't think I could have handled it if it were anything less than it was. 

First off, the director, Timur Bekmambetov, who brought filmwatchers the brilliance that is Night Watch (Nochnoy Dozor) did a great job, obviously. I hope that this means that he has a huge future in directing here cause I hate having to wait for his Russian movies to hit DVD. Oh, but he freaking killed Anton! That made me sad. You probably won't have any idea what I am talking about unless you happen to have seen Night Watch, and don't worry, I'm not giving anything away about Wanted.

Actors: You all know that I am madly in love with James McAvoy. He plays a great loser who basically embraces his utter coolness! Even Angelina Jolie was great (and I've never been a big fan). Morgan Freeman can do no wrong in my eyes and I gotta tell you, his character is excellent. Others in the film are: Thomas Kretschman (Cross) who you may recognize from movies like The Pianist and King Kong, David O'Hara (Mr. X) who was seen most recently in Doomsday, and my favorite Russian, Konstantin Khabensky. 

Story: Wanted is based on a graphic novel series by Mark Millar. The previews that you've seen online don't really tell you anything about the movie, and that's probably one of the best things about this movie. If you haven't read the comic, you really are in for a great flick. So often lately trailers can totally ruin a movie, giving away key plot lines or just telling you way too much about the movie. They take all the surprise and fun out of it. What you've seen is essentially about the first 20 minutes of the movie. You may figure out where it is going, but the element of surprise is still there.

The effects are awesome. The final fight scene is one of the best I've ever seen. 

Music: Score is by Danny Elfman. There are two songs that you'll hear throughout, they are"Every Day is Exactly the Same" by Nine Inch Nails from their 2005 album With Teeth. The other song is sung by Danny Elfman himself and is called "The Little Things" - didn't even know Danny Elfman could sing now did we? 

So, make it your next must see, you won't regret it!

And a reminder, The Ruins is out on DVD today. I picked up the unrated version with the alternate ending, haven't watched that just yet, I'll be making my other watch it with me this time since I saw it at theaters alone. 


Cheryl said...

So glad to there are some good movies out this year.

Jennifer said...

I will save your life by not telling Shawn what you said about Elfman. :) Elfman was the lead singer of Oingo Boingo, and he was the singing voice of Jack Skellington.

Becky LeJeune said...

Jen, I totally did not know that about Elfman! Crazy.

Icedream said...

I just watched this movie a few days ago and it was a fantastic action flick. One of the better ones so far this year.