Monday, April 28, 2008

Strange Wilderness

Strange Wilderness is a film about a TV host of the same title who has to save the show from being removed from the station's programs.

Poorly written, this film is for those who opt for mindless viewing. Thriving on senseless themes and vulgar language, it is not recommended for young viewers. It may also insult the sensibilities of the adults.

There has more to using humor to entertain than Strange Wilderness.

Rating: 2/5

Monday, April 21, 2008

Superhero Movie

Superhero Movie is a parody of a popular superhero film "Spiderman", only that in this case, it's "the Dragonfly" and his misadventures.

This film belonging to the "Scary Movie" family is consistent with their conventions of humor - from the ridiculous and hilarious to "toilet" jokes. It could be useful for those who want simply to be entertained, no more, no less. However, it could be a good break for Nickelodeon actor Drake Bell as he appears animated and natural.

Films made in the name of humor and mindless watching do not exempt them from their moral responsibilities. That is why "Superhero Movie" needs parental guidance, for the young viewers to distinguish between healthy and unhealthy humor. It would be better if after watching, the audience would come out not only entertained, but learned something good as well. Superhero Movie doesn't offer anything inspiring in the field of humor.

Rating: 3/5

The Forbidden Kingdom

The Forbidden Kingdom is a film about a young American who is unexpectedly entrusted the task to deliver the legendary stick to imprisoned Monkey King back in ancient China.

The script is excellently written for action stars Jet Lee and Jacky Chan. Michael Argano's role as the American teen-age Jason is properly defined so as not to shift attention away from these two excellent actors. The whole production is well-done, more particularly, the music and special effects. Overall, it is a seamless masterpiece.

It is a challenge to uphold native cultural values while merging it with other cultures. More than Martial arts which is a source of entertainment for some and source of discipline for others, the film contains values that the Chinese hold so dearly which could be shared to the rest of the world as well. The timeless adage of the triumph of good over evil is always an inspiration for all people to pursue the good and realize it in their lives.

Film rating: 3.5/5