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Empire of the Sun
To survive in a world at war, he must find a strength greater than all the events that surround him.
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.
Review In A Nutshell:
The Color Purple was a major transition for Spielberg, a filmmaker who previously harnessed the imagination of fiction through tales of accessibility and intense emotion, now opting for a more grounded and historically texture direction; one that finally deals with stories that are relevant of understanding our past, while maintaining his own distinct voice. It was a transition that would lead him to such works like Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, Munich, and Lincoln.
Many have considered Empire of the Sun to be an undervalued gem in Spielberg’s prolific body of work, but I however don’t see the shine that other see from it; certainly the film is severely hidden, with many skipping over it and…
Young Christan Bale looks exactly like old Christian Bale and it's freaking me out.
Who knew Bruce Wayne didn't just loose his parents but survived a war too.
Despite the amusement of seeing young Christian Bale with a fully molded Christian Bale face, not much going on besides the typical Spielberg cheese. It's like he wanted to make a popcorn version of Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence mixed with Come and See.
Steven Spielberg’s wartime drama Empire of the Sun is a very familiar feeling movie from the director, but not one without its high points. He has often centered his films around a young male lead, yet none of them have ever compared to the magnificent debut performance of the 13-year-old Christian Bale. Of course the actor would later go on to become one of our finest cinematic talents, but even this early on he was something to behold, as he takes his character Jim, a naive upper class boy separated from his parents, on an arc from petulant brat to damaged survivor with a complete control over his emotional journey, unafraid to portray his unlikable characteristics, yet always able to…
People will do anything for a potato
"Kid...you're starting to get on my nerves."
Based on the premise, and the really cool poster artwork, I really wanted to enjoy this film. And I probably would have, to a certain extent, if it wasn't for Christian Bale's insufferably obnoxious lead performance in this film. I. Could. Not. Fucking. Stand. It.
I hate this film.
Bale plays as a British boy named Jamie, living luxuriously with his parents in Shanghai, China, during WWII. Right from the beginning, he is an annoying spoiled brat. All he cares about is himself, Japanese planes (never explained why, other than he thinks the pilots are brave for practically killing themselves), and eating every ounce of food in sight, in one sitting. Every time…
Not Spielberg's best, but when you have Jaws under your belt, it's okay for it not be his best. Spielberg is great at drawing out unknowns, and thanks to him, we now have Academy Award winning actor Christian Bale. The pacing is significantly off, because to be fair, it's a tad boring in places. The ending gets two thumbs up, because that reuniting scene was the perfect place for Spielberg to flex his emotional muscles, and dang, he did it well.
love this movie, Jim the kid talks to much. The priveliged are no longer on top, the world is now his school. Jim became a man over night. He is no theif and works for what he needs and trys to help others along the way. His love of planes and knowledge of them, helps him make a friend from the other side. The length for me is perfect, a start and an end. Hate when movies leave you think what's going to happen and no sequal is made. "B-51 is a Cadalic of the sky." This would be a good movie for schools when its going to be vacation. Bonus: Ben Stiller is in this movie.
Young Christian Bale is great. I love Miranda Richardson, but she's wasted here. Malkovich is good, but doesn't do anything spectacular. This film is too ambitious and tries to do way too much in two hours.
John Malkovich was born to play this role. And I have a good feeling about that Christian Bale kid. But I do think this goes on a tad too long.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…