Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Reader and Vicky Christina Barcelona

Watched two movies on the weekend, The Reader and Vicky Christina Barcelona.
Although the first one is all arty-oscar type movie, I was more entertained by
the 2nd one, which is a light hearted look at the confusion of intimate relationships..
monogamy or polygamy or cheating..choose choose..good boring dependable guy vs sexy hot "free-spirited" guy?? choose choose..lol.

The Reader is an okay movie, but its kinda slow and little boring at times. The story is
interesting enough, - It tells the story of Michael Berg, a German lawyer who as a teenager in the late 1950s had an affair with an older woman, Hanna Schmitz, who then disappeared only to resurface years later as one of the defendants in a war crimes trial stemming from her actions as a guard at a Nazi concentration camp in the later years of World War II. Michael realizes that Hanna is keeping a personal secret she believes is worse than her Nazi past — a secret which, if revealed, could help her at the trial.

But although the movie had a grim, sentimental tone, it didnt really move me. Kate Winslet cries
when she is climaxing and when she listens to the choir, but since you dont know her that well, it doesnt touch you. Its funny that she keeps calling him "kid", and then proceeds to fuck him !?!
Hehe. Since the "kid" is taller and bigger than her, it doesnt look odd. Hmm, the intimate scenes are nicely shot. And the kid is sweet. The second part of the movie with the war trial and comments on the holocaust was not that much interesting, as thats where it gets kinda sad. Some people argue that this movie asks the audience to sympathize with a Nazi... I am not sure
what the director was trying to say, but I found the ending somewhat weird. Imagine you are
responsible for someone's family's death and you leave your money to this person, and expect them to take it?

Vicky Christina Barcelona, being Woody Allen's romcom, was fun to watch. Its beautiful to look at. I mean, they have shot the movie in this gorgeous spanish place all golden and exotic. You will really feel like going to Spain when you see it. And the characters are all painters, writers, poets. And the ruggedly handsome(..not much) spanish hero with a sexy name, Juan Antonio, has dialogues like, "Maria Elena used to say that only unfulfilled love can be romantic."Plotline : Two girlfriends on a summer holiday in Spain become enamored with the same painter, unaware that his ex-wife, with whom he has a tempestuous relationship, is about to re-enter the picture. Its an okay movie, but visually very pleasing. I enjoyed it :)

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