First off : I'm a huge Star Wars fan. I like the mythology, the action and even some of the pathos. Thus I try to rewatch them all yearly. Having skipped them all in 2013, it was time to revisit them all. Starting with the weakest of them all : Episode I : The Phantom Menace.
I had high hopes in 1999 when this one was released and George Lucas trampled them all. Gone was the gray coloured, western styled,…
Not bad, but not that good either. Certainly better than the voyeuristic trainwreck that was Paul Verhoeven's version. Only Arnold Schwarzenegger kinda saved that movie. The rest was just ultra violence, extra boobs and grim nonsense.
This time around it's a little more slick, polished and - dare I say it - believable. I know, it sounds silly. Yet the fact this one stays on earth makes a difference. Granted, a small one.
Plainly put : a good scifi actioner, loosely based on an old short story.
True story of the manager of the Oakland Athlethics baseball team who decides to use statistics to form a new team for a small budget and take on the big guys with tons of money.
I, like many Europeans, have zero interest in baseball as it takes way too long, sounds overly complicated and looks silly. However this movie makes a dull sport look exciting and suspenseful. Brad Pitt and Philip Seymour Hoffman are great as usual, but the big surprise is comedian Jonah Hill who doesn't get played out of his scenes with these men. Interesting.