Comfort films, we all have them. They are our go to movies we watch when we're sad, mad, scared, nervous,…
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.
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.
I found this film to be intense and suspenseful. The ending seemed to lead in a couple of different directions so I think that the author could have made it feel more concluded at the end. Overall I enjoyed the plot and the story behind the movie and I thought that the actors did a great job of bringing the characters to life.
Because everyone needs to see a young Christian Bale sing Welsh Lullaby.
Does Jim's self-reliance make him less of a boy?
Steven Spielberg blends the coming of age story with the hard hitting war genre in exceptional fashion!
Starring a young Christian Bale that provides the emotional impact and realism needed in such a film, 'Empire of the Sun' much like 'The Color Purple' focuses on an array of perplexing emotions that inevitably feels awkwardly jumbled towards it's climax. Where 'The Color Purple' also fails in it's resolution, 'Empire of the Sun' manages to link meaning with it's character arcs, nailing a satisfying resolution to an over sized journey.
'Empire of the Sun' manages to capture multiple worlds throughout it's deep attention to detail and atmospheric camera movements that sustain entertainment and perspective on Jamie's journey.
Defining Spielberg's jump to much more dramatic themes in later 80's, 'Empire of the Sun' has only it's structure and overworked audiences (emotionally) to be sorry for.
For challenge: 31 Day Movie Challenge | August 2016 #21 A Spielberg film.
Such a pretty film and Christian Bale is just as Bale-y as ever. His performance is fabulous for a kid, it is so good that he is able to really annoy me yet still make be follow him on his journey.
So I really don't know what to think about this film. It is undeniably a great looking film that weaves an atmosphere through its cinematography, art direction, and even its over the top to great score. Initially I felt it was a cold film that just plodded along without a truly memorable performance. Then I kept pushing through and watched the rest of it. The last 30 minutes or so provided a solid epiphany of the central character's journey even if that journey seemed random as hell prior to the finale. The mango scene, the bring back to life moment, the hug, and the suitcase floating away made me feel the movie was beautiful and had something to say. However I still don't know which feeling is greater and have spent way too much time debating between a 7 or an 8. For now I'll stick to the 8 because I try not to be a douche.
The main thing I came away from with this movie is that if this were made like, now, or even in 97 or 07, this wouldn't be a PG right? It'd be at least a 12 or 15 ish. It's super dark, kinda violent, in both whats in the film and its tone and atmosphere and shit.
Oh, and the fact thats Christian Bale playing Jim. I wasn't sure if I could see Christian Bale in his face, or if I was just putting it there myself if you see what I mean.
Is the movie good? Yeah it's great, really liked it. The boy grows up fast story set against the Japanese internment camp really works, John Malkovich does…
I saw it before u were cool. Did a book report by watching the movie. Sepukku!!!
Una historia de supervivencia bien estructurada, con buen tinte dramático, de acción, bastante conmovedora, muy bonita hablando en terminos visuales y narrativos.
Hay películas que nos recuerdan cuando se apreciaba el arte de hacer cine, cuando tener tantos extras en escena era impactante, cuando los paisajes reales brillaban en donde su esplendor y no se usaba CGI, ni pantallas verdes.
De las mejores de Steven Spielberg. Christian Bale desde un inicio ya sea veía que tenía buen futuro y no desperdició su primera oportunidad.
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!