Movie Reviews for: Dr. Strangelove, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Do the Right Thing, Groundhog Day, and Lars and the Real Girl.
By John Bieschke
Dr. Strangelove or: How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Library DVD): This film is up to date even though it was made in the 1960’s because it satirizes a timeless concept over powerful governments overstepping their boundaries. The film pokes fun at the war mongers of national governments while putting propaganda and the Red Scare in check. No, the Red Scare is not a thing of today but there is a national disposition in America towards anyone wearing a turban because of the wars in the middle east, therefore this is a close cousin. This film being in black and white however makes it hard to keep todays modern and saturated attention so watch it intentively. I give this movie a 3.8 out of 5.
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (Netflix): Normally karate movies are viewed as campy and poorly written. However, this movie has all the elements of a cinematic masterpiece. Its’ well written characters and amazing story are brought to life by the casting and directing decisions. This movie combines elements of love stories, politics, and social class conflicts. As a foreign film, it is on par with most Hollywood classics, but there are moments where the subtitles quickly disappear making it difficult to keep up. Being able to quickly read subtitles helps to better understand the plot of this film. This film is a hidden gem of Netflix and I give it a 4.4 out of 5.
Do the Right Thing (Library DVD) : This movie is exciting, confusing, and emotionally charged thanks to the acting and directing. Its modern take and modern culture aspects also make it relatable. However, after thinking about the title of the film several times and realizing the title itself is ironic it all made sense. This film’s title is a pseudo warning to those in a diverse environment that all humans have the capacity to be bad, and morality is a choice. Once the film is looked at with special attention paid to the symbolism this film takes life and style as a moral teacher but addressing the duality of man. I give film the highest ranking and I highly recommended with a 4.8 out of 5.
Groundhog Day (Library DVD and Netflix): Starring the iconic comedic general, Bill Murray, this film is a classic and one that is sadly not very well known. This film focuses on developing a character with the interesting concept of repeating the same day over and over again. Bill Murray makes his character relatable while staying iconic. This movie in all it’s memorable scenes. I give it a 4.4 out of 5
Lars and the Real Girl (Library DVD): This film starts off as cute and awkward and sadly stays that way. This film has an interesting story which is muddled by average acting and strange cinematographic choices. This, however, is not because of the actors or directors, it is because the concept is difficult to bring to life. The monotone feel of the film is often unpaired with a needed change in tone, therefore parts often misplaced. Therefore I give this film a 3.5 out of 5.