Thursday, November 8, 2012

In Theaters: The Master, Wreck-It Ralph

 Katie's Fall Movie Line Up:

With the time and money constraints common to most college students, I don't make it to the theater as often as I would like to. I did have the chance to catch two very different movies in the last few weeks: Paul Thomas Anderson's dark and strange The Master and Disney's new homage to gaming Wreck-It Ralph.

The Master

Its hard to get a handle on The Master.  In a loss for words I want to call it "an experience" to avoid the trouble of trying to describe one of the strangest movies I have ever had the pleasure of viewing. On the one hand, The Master is supremely shot and stunningly beautiful. On the other hand, I felt that the film never fully answered the questions it offered and its ambiguous ending did not feel thought-provoking; rather, it felt unclear and unresolved. Don't hear me wrong though: this film is still very much worth watching. Jaquine Pheonix and Philip Seymour Hoffman are sure to snag nominations if not Oscar gold for their powerful performances. They are without a doubt the best performances I have seen this year. Bring your thinking caps and leave the kids at home. This is a dark, troubling, challenging film for grown ups.



 Wreck-It Ralph

In a completely different vein, Wreck-It Ralph was a complete surprise and absolutely wonderful. Don't let the trailers fool you: this is a lot more than a buddy adventure flick or 90 minutes of slapstick comedy. Wreck-It Ralph challenges itself by exploring some genuinely tough themes of isolation, loneliness, bullying, responsibility, and sacrifice. It is honest, funny, supremely charming--and during some moments--even borderline heartbreaking. Wreck-It Ralph takes risks where many animated films seem leery to venture. This is a must see for all audiences.

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