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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.
This isn't how I remembered Batman's origin story
One of the kid-actor that survives to be an A-list star, nowadays.
It's the story of a young kid be around this tremendous war-field and how he managed to keep his imagination of worth-living at that time.
It's a landscape drama. Great picturing-exploration of war-field situation from civilian point of view. Especially from a young kid point of view.
I honestly didn't know this was a Steven Spielberg movie until I watched this, but you can tell there is a lot of Speilbergism in it. Christian Bale also made his debut as a very young child actor, now he was at times annoying still have to give him credit for one of the better child performances because he does show his raw talent. Basically the movie is about Christian Bale's family living in China around the second World War when Japan invade China and when him and his family try to escape the country they get separated in the crowd leaving Christian's character having to defend for himself. I did enjoy this movie and I think with a second viewing down the line I might even begin to like it more.
Nine Things About the Film "Empire of the Sun"
1. This is perhaps the best representation of the loss of innocence ever put on screen.
2. It's the story of a British boy named Jim (played by 13-year-old Christian Bale in his very first movie) caught between China and Japan during WWII, and how he goes from being privileged and sheltered to being... somebody else.
3. The movie is epic both externally and internally - huge scenes of wartime China juxtapose with huge shifts in Jim's psyche and emotional development.
4. In some ways, this movie can be seen as a modern, wartime interpretation of the story of Buddha.
5. The screenplay was written by the legendary Tom Stoppard, and…
adoro esse filme.
Emotionally manipulative at times but boy did Christian Bale carry the shit out of this movie.
Was it just me or did anybody else just want ANYBODY in the film to put a bullet in Christian Bale's face throughout the entire film. I don't know if I've ever hated a character as much as his in a film before, at least not the main character of a film. The only character that made this movie even enjoyable at any level for me was Malkovich, otherwise I don't think there would be a single person in the film I gave a shit about. All that said, I did think the performances were great, even from Bale, who I finally figured out it was him about an hour and 45 minutes in.
Don't get me wrong it looks…
Primeira incursão de Steven Spielberg em um filme sério sobre a Segunda Guerra Mundial (anteriormente houve a fraca comédia 1941), Império do Sol já traz algo que o diretor será acusado muitas vezes de errar a mão: o exagerado melodrama, que beira o piegas.
Além disso, falta um pouco de sutileza no diretor, principalmente ao enfocar o quão grande era o contraste entra a vida dos chineses e dos britânicos em Xangai no início da década de 40, principalmente a cena que traz o protagonista indo com seus pais para uma festa a fantasia.
Por outro lado, o filme traz uma destreza técnica impressionante, desde enquadramentos brilhantes (o meu preferido mostra Jim batendo continência para soldados japoneses no pôr do sol) até sequências belissimamente montadas, como o ataque aéreo ao campo de concentração e a tensa sequência na qual o protagonista de separa dos pais.
Bale está intenso no papel, apesar da pouca idade.
It's rather frustrating that the last 5 minutes of this film more subtly and potently explore the film's few (discernible) ambitions than more or less the entire 148 minutes preceding it. There's certainly something valuable to be said about this strange, unfocused, meandering look at what we lose for better or worse in times of trauma and the worst disconnect and who we are when we find them again in and after the chaos and confusion of war, except the film never quite fully or lastingly touches upon those themes until its final images of the weight and consequence of what war and human indecency took away from our protagonist and what it gave to him in return. And until…
Who knew Bruce Wayne didn't just loose his parents but survived a war too.
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