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The story of young English boy who lives with his parents in Shanghai during World War II. After the Pearl Harbor attack, the Japanese occupy the Shanghai International Settlement, and in the following chaos Jim becomes separated from his parents.
For a film that brims with such a strong passion for flying, it's quite ironic that Empire of the Sun doesn't even manage to take off at any given point over the course of its runtime. Quite a chore to sit through, this coming-of-age war drama from Steven Spielberg is completely devoid of his usual flair, remains monotonous in tone from start to finish & is pretty much unsure of what it wants to be.
Based on the semi-autobiographical novel of the same name, the story of Empire of the Sun is set during the Second World War in China and tells the story of Jamie; an English kid who after getting separated from his parents during the Japanese invasion of…
Wow, Batman was tiny.
It's freaky just looking at him.
"Hey kid. You want a Hershey's bar?" ~ Basie
Who would have guessed that a 13-year-old kid named Christian Bale could act so well? Well, director Steven Spielberg did, for one. Yeah, it's Bale in only his second feature film and filling some very big shoes (pardon the joke) as the English boy Jim, separated from his parents during the evacuation of Shanghai in 1941 and stuck in internment camps till the end of the War.
It's a coming of age story, with Jim transforming from a spoiled, smart-ass rich kid into a streetwise survivor. Bale nabbed a National Board of Review Citation for Outstanding Juvenile Performance, and his career took flight onward and upward from there on.
Young Christan Bale looks exactly like old Christian Bale and it's freaking me out.
A delightful example of the wonders Spielberg can work with sentiment, Empire of the Sun is a film structured through a populist heroism and deep heart. A very young Christian Bale gives a wonderful performance, conjuring surprising amounts of power through great physicality and depth of emotion, along with a pretty good singing voice. But Spielberg deftly blends a crowd-pleasing tale with something with serious intent, uniquely creating a film that can please the masses no matter the person. The film can be picked apart for it's questionable morality and racial politics, but I don't think Empire of the Sun warrants that criticism. This is a mostly kid friendly film that has a real message, the various controversies Spielberg traverses…
When he sings the lullaby to the Zero pilots, the idea that our heroes are surrogate parents becomes crystal clear.
It's a bit too long, but Bale and Malkovich are great to watch together.
Spielberg's most underrated movie, no question.
It's no surprise that this was originally a project for David Lean as there are visual cues peppered throughout, but make no mistake, this is most definitely a Steven Spielberg joint.
Boy separated from parents? Check
Coming of age tale? Check
Pristine, period setting? Check
John Williams score? Check
Aircraft and a WWII setting? Check
Definitely not a Ballard adaptation in the same vein as Crash or High Rise but actually a semi-biographical feature covering the early years of the author. Sure, there's spectacle, there's heart-string pulling and there's a very young Christian Bale but this really feels like Spielberg treading water.
Spielberg can make u cry at the end...and Christian Bale...no wonder he is such a brilliant actor.. hats off <3
Good cast (Ben Stiller!) and a great intro to Bale. But... I remember this as having a little more forward drive.
A deeply moving and emotionally intense portrait of the effect warfare has on the mind of a child, Spielberg's Empire of the Sun is a sprawling, intense work, yet one that is also incredibly intimate, moving, and heartrending.
Spielberg once more solidifies his place as one of America's greatest filmmakers with this film, following his other intensely moving film, The Color Purple. With the duo of Color Purple and Empire of the Sun, Spielberg marked his emotional maturity as a director, without having to sacrifice his emotional honesty or ability to create incredibly natural, yet magical films.
Choosing to shoot the film in a gradient of soft, rich colors, curiosity of E.T. and Color Purple cinematographer Allen Daviau, Spielberg creates…
So Christian Bale was already a great actor as a 13-year old. Visually breathtaking movie, beautiful sets.
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[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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