Thursday, May 24, 2012

King, Queen

The Man Who Would Be King

Sean Connery and Michael Caine are almost like a British version of Paul Newman and Robert Redford. It's a bit interesting that this film, using a couple of matte paintings, ends up looking more convincing than some modern action films like, say, Troy, with thousands of soldiers fighting on a battleground, since your brain tells you that obviously has to be CGI. The film is an adventure story, almost a fable, so the colonialism angle isn't too bothersome. It's not worse than Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom in that regard.

The African Queen

Don't go bumpin' into no hippo. This film actually could use some CGI. Uhm, yes... that maybe ruins my point about the previous film. Hmm... But when they travel down the waterfalls on the boat it's clearly a mix of models and back projections. It dates the film somewhat. Hepburn looks her age. Bogart is very funny and likable, pretty far from his usual tough guy persona. Unfortunately, there's a weak, happy ending that is a bit hard to believe.

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