I am really awed by the brilliance of American filmmakers. They don’t seem to run out of ideas. That’s why when an opportunity to watch a real good American film arrives; I just grab the chance. Last week, I found time to watch on DVD three movies which I watch on the big screen some time ago. Star Wars 2: The Attack of the Clones was a disappointment. I do admire the intensity of George Lucas but this episode disappoints. The visuals are amazing – special effects are indeed the specialty of Lucas’ THX group. Although the storyline is solid – especially the love affair between Anakin Skywalker and Padme Amidala, the movie gave me a dry taste in the mouth. Even Yoda’s come-from-behind acrobatics didn’t save the day for this movie. I still love Episodes 4, 5 and 6 more.
Panic Room is a must-see! Jodie Foster was nowhere in the movie because she evolved to become the character in the movie. Since her Taxi Driver days, this woman never fails to amaze me. Panic Room is not for the faint-hearted. If you want a honest-to-goodness, sit-at-the-edge-of-your seat kind of movie, then this is it. If you’ve seen Fight Club and loved it then that’s because both movies were directed by same guy. Anyway, Panic Room combines wit, grit and a hit! The claustrophobic feel of the scenes were just enough to give it the edgy feeling. I’m not giving any further hints. Just watch it.
Dragonfly is so-so. Kevin Costner wanted to do a Bruce Willis (remember The 6th Sense?) with this movie. There are a few scary scenes but I somehow expected them to happen so it wasn’t too scary anymore. Unfortunately, Costner is not up for the role. I just don’t feel his grief over the loss of his wife. When he was supposed to be helpless, he came out wanting to hit a homerun (remember Field of Dreams?). Well, I guess the man needs a hit. After disappointing returns of his past movies, who doesn’t?