You’d think that I’d be more than ready to watch a documentary about the very talented late actor Heath Ledger, nearly ten years after his untimely passing, but you’d be wrong. His deservedly revered performance in The Dark Knight (2008), remains one of the best character embodiments I’ve ever seen on screen; a performance so perfectly measured and mesmerising that I missed him terribly each time the camera pointed elsewhere.
Directed by Adrian Buitenhuis and Derik Murray, I Am Heath Ledger is a new documentary that celebrates Ledger’s life as an actor, artist and icon. Featuring interviews with those who knew him best personally and professionally, I Am Heath Ledger provides an intimate look through Ledger’s own camera as he films and often performs in his own personal journey…
I know that one day I’ll sit down and watch this documentary. That day will just take a little longer to get here.
Naomi Watts, Emile Hirsch, Djimon Hounsou, Ben Mendelsohn and Brokeback Mountain (2005) director Ang Lee are some of the friends and colleagues featured, along with family.
Within the first twenty minutes of The Legend Of Tarzan, my thought’s could be summarised with the phrase ‘chop, chop.’ That’s British for ‘hurry up’, ‘move along’, ‘come on!’ etc. The pace was slow and I was eager for the fun jungle action to begin.
Things did eventually start to happen, though certainly not soon enough. Thescene when Tarzan faces off with the massive gorilla is my favourite, thanks to the action, camera work and Alexander Skarsgård’s convincing physicality. Overall though, the movie proved quite dull and with very little that delighted. The general structure of the story felt odd and I found myself wanting to see more of the young Tarzan’s experiences – because surely it was more interesting than what I was watching.
Some might say that maybe I should have opted for The Jungle Book (2015) if the story of a boy growing up in the Jungle sans parents is what I was really after – and to that I say, ‘touché’. Still, that doesn’t mean that what we have with director David Yate’s The Legend Of Tarzan is close to all that it could have been.
The film’s stars Alexander Skarsgård, Margot Robbie and Christoph Waltz didn’t deliver terrible performances; it’s the execution of the story and final product that just wasn’t great.
For those who may be undecided about whether to bother with The Legend Of Tarzan, I say give it a chanceto appreciate Skarsgård’s physical achievements (maybe), for some nice footage of Africa (perhaps) or for human / gorilla fight action (the best part). However, you probably have to go elsewhere for a truly satisfying retelling of writer Edgar Rice Burroughs’s classic story. Especially since the experience of this movie left myself and I’m sure many others wanting.
Same Kind Of Different As Me is a story of marriage troubles and a healthy serving of unexpected friendship and kindness. Starring Greg Kinnear, Djimon Hounsou and Rene Zellweger, this one is definitely going to make me cry…
I’m rather loving how much work Djimon Hounsou seems to be getting lately. Congrats to him.
Directed by Michael Carney; Jon Voight, Peyton Wich and Ty Parker also star.
King Arthur – Legend Of The Sword is the title of Guy Ritchie’s latest present to passionate film lovers like myself. Starring Charlie Hunnam, an actor better known for hit TV series Sons Of Anarchy, I feel as though this retelling of the King Arthur story has arrived just in time. For one, Hunnam feels like a brilliant casting choice and second, I could do with a refresher on the story since I barely recall the premise…
I LOVE this King Arthur trailer! The music, editing, dialogue, camera work – all the reasons I fell in love with Ritchie’s talents in the first place. I’d stop writing this post and go see it now if could. Patience! – said everyone.
Jude Law, Eric Bana, Djimon Honsou, Annabelle Wallis and Aidan Gillen Michael McElhatton also star.