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以前にも紹介したことのあるフリーペーパーのMetropolisの映画評が言いたい放題です(苦笑)大コケしているといわれている47 Roninなんて、One of the worst movies ever madeという言われようです。日本のメディアでここまで書くことはできないでしょうね(汗)

47 Ronin
One of the worst movies ever made

By: Don Morton & Don Morton | Dec 5, 2013 | Issue: 1028 | No Comments | 647 views

When their daimyo is tricked into having to commit seppuku, his now-masterless samurai get their revenge, but at the price of their own ritual suicides. This tale of honor, loyalty and sacrifice is the most famous example of the bushido code, and amounts to Japan’s “national legend.” Then there’s this movie. Granted, most Chushingura dramatizations are fictionalized, but this one takes the pink potato. A monster-slaying Keanu Reeves (and where is Steven Seagal when you really need him?), after worming his way into the title troop, proceeds to rally and reboot the retired ronin, but first must battle CG monsters and giant gladiators, and outsmart forest demons to acquire swords—all this to give the creators of the crappy 3D something to do. The sets are more Temple of Doom than feudal Japan. The dialogue’s eye-rollingly corny, and the (over)acting by a mostly Japanese cast almost makes Keanu look good. (It’s shown in two versions: Japanese and tortured English.) This is one of the worst movies ever made. Someone should do jail time for making a movie this bad. If I were Japanese I’d protest in front of the American Embassy. All that said, however, it does have hilarious bad-movie potential. A few drinks first wouldn’t hurt. (121 min)


邦題『悪の法則』もこれだけの役者、監督、原作者をそろえたのにHow can this be such a
misfire?とキツく語っています。

THE COUNSELOR

The first original screenplay by
Cormac McCarthy; direction
by Ridley Scott; a killer cast
comprising Michael Fassbender,
Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem,
Penelope Cruz and even Brad
Pitt. How can this be such a
misfire? With the exception of Diaz's overcooked femme fatale, it's not the actors. Scott's direction is stylish but unmoving. It's
compliant. The problems are in the script. The pseudo-existential narrative's thin, the cartoony, unlikable characters talk way
too much, and the philosophical dialogue's pretentious. Maybe
McCarthy is better at providing source material. Wait for the
book. Japanese title: Aku noHousoku. (117 min)


映画GravityについてはIt joins Avatar and Hugo in justifying the overused and abused 3D treatment.と基本褒めています。が、Yet as it floated toward its wildly improbable ending, I was torn between wanting more character development, so I could care, and a 2001-like minimalism.と注文をつけることも忘れていません。

Gravity
Shipwreck narrative that justifies the overused and abused 3D treatment
By: Don Morton & Don Morton | Dec 12, 2013 | Issue: 1029 | No Comments | 971 views
In a stunning update of the classic shipwreck narrative, space-walking astronauts Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are literally knocked for a loop when space debris destroys their shuttle, the ISS and any means of returning to Earth. More Kubrick than Cameron, this weightless, true-science ballet from Alfonso Cuaron is elemental, immersive, and awesome. It joins Avatar and Hugo in justifying the overused and abused 3D treatment. Yet as it floated toward its wildly improbable ending, I was torn between wanting more character development, so I could care, and a 2001-like minimalism. Big screen, please. (90 min)

映画には当たり外れがありますから、本音の英語表現を学ぶにはうってつけのコーナーですね。
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