By Utpal Borpujari
The Three Musketeers
This is a modern retelling of Alexander Dumas’ classic. Treated as an adventure film, befitting the novel’s tone and tenor, it stars Logan Lerman, Orlando Bloom, Milla Jovovich and Christoph Waltz. The film has some breathtaking special effects as it tells the story of Athos (Matthew Macfadyen), Porthos (Ray Stevenson) and Aramis (Luke Evans) — the three warriors serving the king of France. They, along with a young understudy, embark on a dangerous mission to foil a plot to kill the king. Full of action, this is a film that keeps one on the edge of the seat.
Dir: Paul W S Anderson Language: English Reliance Home Video; Rs599
This one is right up star-turneddirected Clint Eastwood’s alley, with a gritty story about a real-life hero who has his own demons to tackle. J. Edgar Hoover was one of America’s most powerful law enforcers for nearly five decades as the head of FBI, who did not bat an eyelid to bend the rules if it was needed to uphold the rule of the law. He was equally admired and despised, but was someone who could never be ignored. Eastwood creates a gripping drama about the man’s personal and professional lives, and has the always-dependable Leonardo DiCaprio essaying the title role with the elan required to bring out the character of the man he portrays. With a stellar cast comprising Naomi Watts and Judy Dench, J. Edgar is a biopic that keeps one glued to the seat.
Dir: Clint Eastwood Language: English Reliance Home Video; Rs599
This is an animal film with a difference, and the difference is that it uses a horse who witnesses the tumultuous events surrounding the World War I as his gets owned by various men. An adaptation of British author Michael Morpurgo’s 1982 children’s novel, ‘War Horse’ is visually stunning as all Steven Spielberg films are guaranteed to be. But the film’s emotional chord wavers as the story goes on and on. Perhaps a shorter duration would have made it a much more compelling viewing, but nevertheless, it is a commendable effort to understand the devastations brought about by a war as ‘seen’ by a horse. This critically acclaimed film had received six Academy Awards nominations, two Golden Globe Awards and five BAFTAs.
Dir: Steven Spielberg Language: English Reliance Home Video; Rs599
Captain America: The First Avenger
As superheroes come, Captain America has been quite different than the others of his ilk, thanks to the fact that he is the one who woke up after a long hibernation that he accidentally finds himself in during the World War II. But that is where the dissimilarity ends vis-à-vis other superheroes. Ultimately, he is the American superhero out to save the world from various super-villains and the certain doom that they threat to bring about. Indeed, this one even comes wrapped in the American flag, so there is no ambiguity that his creators intended to project him as the super-citizen of the earth. Like all superhero movies, it is fun as it lasts, but it’s no patch on the X-Men, Iron Man or Batman series.
Dir: Joe Johnston Language: English Reliance Home Video; Rs599
(Published in Seven Sisters Post, http://www.sevensisterspost.com, 27-09-2012)