When I saw the trailer for The Patriot, I figured I could tell you the whole movie just like that.
I was wrong. It actually is a decent movie, albeit an overly long one.
But honestly, I really wasn't bored during any of it.
Mel Gibson plays, well, let's face it, Mel Gibson. He's a good actor, but it seems that every character he plays is very similar, n'est pas? I mean, there's nothing wrong with his acting overall, but he rarely surprises me. Oh whatever, I'll quit whining. Heath Ledger plays his eldest son, Gabriel, and he's gonna go places. He's a very talented actor, and I guess the ladies kinda like him too.
I also gotta mention that Joely Richardson, who's role isn't particularly special in the movie, is absolutely beautiful. The only troubling thing is that she's starting to look a little too much like her mother, Vanessa Redgrave.Scary.
The Patriot has one of those villains that you hate the moment he shows up on screen. God, I really gotta stop writing these "reviews" off-line, and that way I can look up all these names that I don't know.
Anyway, "The villain" was very good at being very bad, OK?
I don't know how historically accurate this movie was. It doesn't seem too be very concerned with the accuracy, but it's an entertaining, rather bloody two and a half hours in a darkened room.
When I saw the IMAX version of Fantasia 2000, everything went wrong.
Things went wrong on the way to the theater, at the theater while waiting to be seated, and the biggest problem, the sound was off and didn't synch up with the visuals.
Obviously I was less than happy with the end result.
So I went and saw the non-IMAX version. Luckily for me everything went well this time, and I have to say, I liked it well enough.
There are still some things I don't like.
The live action set ups were stupid and unnecessary.
There was no need to include The Sorcerer's Apprentice from the original Fantasia.
Oh, and I just don't get flying whales. Whatever.
The Al Hirschfeld inspired segment set to the Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin is absolutely incredible! It was the only piece I enjoyed from my original viewing, but seeing it with the sound and visuals intact was really great. The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the final segment were also really cool.
I'm glad I saw this again. I know they will be re-releasing it to IMAX theaters again, but I think I'll pass.
I also hear that there will be a new Fantasia in 2005.
I wish the Disney folks luck with the project. I know I'll check it out.