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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.
Wow, Batman was tiny.
It's freaky just looking at him.
With Empire of the Sun, Steven Spielberg is simply preparing for Schindler’s List, a film that is a superb period piece with fantastic emotional value. With Empire of the Sun, Spielberg creates one of the most tedious films I’ve ever seen.
Young Christian Bale portrays a spoiled British kid who is separated from his parents and experiences a life outside of his comfort. To put it simply, Bale is terrible in his film debut providing no depth, no charisma nor any versatility whatsoever for his age. There have been far superior performances in Spielberg films from younger actors than Bale: Drew Barrymore as Gertie from E.T and Cary Guffey as Barry in Close Encounters of a Third Kind. Both exceptional…
It seems an odd pairing: Steven Spielberg and his films of emotional warmth and yearning, and JG Ballard, author of detached, forensic examinations of violence. Yet it's easy to see what attracted Spielberg to Ballard's autobiographical novel, as it covers some of the themes he returns to many times over: childhood and family; parental abandonment and a child's adventure; escape and flight as a symbol of transcending ones troubles.
Moreover, Empire of the Sun is about the death of innocence; a boy whose experiences during the Second World War form him into an adult. It's a significant film in Spielberg's body of work as it marks an attempt to shift away from what had been his celebration of the child…
The ending took it up a big notch. Caught me off guard is what happened.
Technically the film is fantastic. Spielberg knows his stuff. The story is a little bit all over the place but Bale really holds it all together. It truly is a great performance. Some other characters do feel underused though. The film tries to rely on Miranda Richardson's character for a couple of emotionally heavy scenes but I felt that she had not been present enough throughout the film to warrant this.
Gotta love the choir singing though.
Empire of the Sun is a story about a british boy surviving in a japanese occupied Shangai.
The movie is really beautiful, with really great sceneries and shots. There are some really magical moments, for example when Jim is singing for the three kamikaze.
The acting is really great and what I like about this movie is that infantile feeling as we follow Jim around. Yes, he was a brat and of course those war situations would change him, mature him, but I love how we can watch him still being a kid or befriending a japanese kid, ignoring the hatred of the war. I just didn't like much the way he glamourize the Atom Bomb, but I guess it was his naive way to see it.
This is really a great movie.
Gets pretty Spielberg-y at times—he still hadn't learned to distrust his populist instincts in a purely dramatic context—but the first hour or so, prior to the internment camp, is remarkably strong, not least in its depiction of Jamie as a budding young opportunist who encounters his disreputable future in Basie. (Malkovich gets one of the all-time great entrances here: head down, cap pulled low, just a torrent of wised-up speech; it's ages before we get a good look at his eyes. He'd already won critics' awards a couple years earlier for Killing Fields and Places in the Heart, but this was the role that defined him for me.) Really, you could repair a lot of the damage just by…
Spielberg's stock-in-trade, a privileged yet alienated young boy searching for identity in the world of men, has a boon here in a young Christian Bale, who plays a very evocative example thereof.
While the early scenes of his coddled childhood, as a wealthy British national in war-touched Shanghai, are supposed to be alien and disconnected, that mood persists unintentionally into the later parts too, when colonialism and hatred and grief should be disappearing, or at least becoming less of a curious spectacle.
But it does persist, and what could have been a thoughtful meditation on war and childhood is just a confusing and distasteful combination of mawkishness and violence.
Not surprised at Spielberg’s brutality here, necessarily (after all, he is the same man who went on to make the incredibly traumatic War of the Worlds), but by his ambiguity. At first glance he’s trying to have his cake and eat it too by tempering the gauntlet Jim is put through with a sense of adventure and whimsy, but the bombing run on the prison camp was the Rosetta Stone for me*: it’s actually a film about survival through denial. Jim has to contextualize his experiences through the filter of his adventure comics because otherwise he’d be catatonic with fear, grief and guilt. But the darkness is always creeping in. It’s a challenging and brilliant movie and it never gives…
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It was great to revisit this. Christian Bale was delightful, and great to see where he has progressed to since. Overall a solid story and great cast give weight to it. I have not read Ballard, but understand his legend status.
Ciertamente olvidado trabajo de Spielberg. Si bien no figura entre sus obras maestras, sí se trata de un gran filme lleno de buenos momentos, algunos francamente estremecedores. Sin embargo, un prólogo demasiado largo provocó que en el montaje se eliminara metraje de la parte más interesante de la película -la que transcurre en los campos de concentración- haciendo que algunos personajes queden un tanto desdibujados.
Con todo un filme muy recomendable y reivindicable. Presenta, además, uno de los más curiosos repartos confeccionados para una película de Spielberg, con actores de gran talla (Malkovich, Miranda Richardson), futuras estrellas (el propio Bale y un Ben Stiller al que todavía le quedaban años para ser uno de los cómicos con más tirón de taquilla) y pequeñas aportaciones sorprendentes (Burt Kwouk, el mítico mayordomo del Inspector Clouseau).
Spielberg shows-off with a little Batman.
A beautiful film....so well directed and the story will keep your attention. Some of the most touching moments I have ever seen in any movie.
My absolute favorite film ever.
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