Eragon (2/5) – These days all movies seem to be made with an eye on sequels. This one is based on Eragon, the first book from young writer (1983 born!) Paolini’s Inheritance trilogy. Eragon, a farm boy discovers a dragon egg and when it hatches into a dragon he realizes he is the chosen one to kill the evil king and bring back the good times of the Dragon Riders (similar to the Jedi thread in the Star Wars series). The movie feels very similar to Dungeons And Dragons (the movie, which was pretty decent). The book is apparently a great read, the movie however sorely disappoints. Young Edward Speelers and Sienna Guillory are good, Jeremy Irons’ acting is sad. The dragon CG is done excellently (you won’t even notice it), but the screenplay and the evil guys are a joke at best.
The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe (4/5) – Nothing like a $20 library fine to jolt me awake and get going on the pile of books I’ve been sitting on for months now. TRATEOTU is the second book in the H2G2 series. The first third of the book is utter crap and can be skipped. But, what comes later is clever and funnier than the first book. Ideas like the concept of the restaurant, the Total Perspective Vortex and the (re)creation of Earth are totally cool!
Bheja Fry (3/5) – A talent hunt producer’s weekend gets screwed to hell when his “find” turns out to be highly stupid and irritating. A neat Hindi comedy starring mostly unknown actors. It proves that you neither need big actors nor big money to make a good movie.
Anger Management (1/5) – Jack Nicholson, Adam Sandler and an extremely cute Marisa Tomei star in this crappy comedy. The story makes no sense and nothing is funny. Not worth watching.
Forrest Gump (4/5): I finally got around to watching this movie starring Tom Hanks. I had feared it would be too depressing, but thankfully it’s not. It would have been a superb movie were it not for the silly videos with the President and the products that Gump inadvertently spawns. Wasn’t Gump’s personal life engaging enough for the movie?! It would’ve been a much deeper movie without those tricks.
Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (3/5): Davy Jones (the pirate captain with the octopus and tentacles on his face) and his crew face off with Jack Sparrow. The only saving grace in the movie is Jack Sparrow with his all-day-drunk antics. Nothing watchable. But, you will need to see this if you plan to see the final movie Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End.
Alien vs. Predator (3/5): The initial scenes of this movie have been blatantly ripped off from Jurassic Park. The movie is good popcorn stuff until the point when the human joins forces with the Predator to kill the Aliens. It’s all downhill after that.