[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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…
"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.
Wow, Batman was tiny.
It's freaky just looking at him.
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.
two hours of Spielberg crying over spilt milk and inserting himself into a narrative without any real context of it, an extra star for bale.
El segundo intento de Spielberg en el drama es mucho más seguro y consistente en su tonalidad. Aún hay secuencias edulcoradas, pero son las menos. Las actuaciones, por supuesto, son de gran calidad. Ese es un aspecto que suele obviarse cuando se reseña la carrera de Spielberg: las buenas actuaciones que obtiene de sus protagonistas.
TO SURVIVE IN A WORLD AT WAR, HE MUST FIND A STRENGTH GREATER THAN ALL THE EVENTS THAT SURROUND HIM.
Gue pertama kali mengenal Christian Bale di sini dan langsung jatuh hati. Ada aktor watak John Malkovich juga. Akting mereka fantastis. Empire of the Sun adalah film berlatar perang yang beautifully heartwrecking dengan skala Spielberg, you know what I mean.
Still smoothing out the flaws in his second turn at a 'serious' work, Spielberg nevertheless stands on firmer ground with this material. The story being filtered through a child's point of view, combined with the coming-of-age tale about dissolving privilege, really suits his approach of modulating between wonderment and trauma more than The Color Purple. Another advantage here is Spielberg's approach can be seen as wholly distilled into the extraordinary Christian Bale (his face hasn't seemed to change at all almost 30 years later!), whose performance travels the wide range from naive cunning to disillusioned trauma. Even when the film pours in John William's score a little much or seems tonally confused when in transition, Bale nails everything and elevates every scene he's in. And when Spielberg's direction particularly works, such as when Jim is first separated from family, or working tiredlessly all over the internment camp, Bale helps make the film become even more intensely gripping and emotional.
As a fan of Spielberg's films, I felt obligated to see this film. While this is certainly a good film, this is not a great one or even one of Spielberg's best. Christian Bale does give a great performance, the visuals are spectacular, and John Williams gives a haunting score. This film though is very unfocused and aloof which can make the experience a bit of a chore to sit through. I have no issues with slow dramas as long as they keep me interested in the characters and their stories, but I felt no long attachment or affection for the characters other than Bale. There are great moments throughout that can make this movie worthwhile, but other moments that…
This movie feels like "Serious Masterpiece" Spielberg finally booting online, with the occasional glitch in the system. The first hour or so of this thing is impeccable. Beautiful, epic, David-Lean like filmmaking, with fabulous acting by Christian Bale, who I guess is the Mozart of the Haunted Distant Stare. Bale turning from a spoiled little rich boy into a scrappy survivor is the stuff of Campbellian myth, and a moving and beautiful one at that. If this movie was seventy minutes, ending at the moment Bale comes face-to-face with a glowing, sparking plane, it would be a near-perfect. But once he goes to the internment camp Spielberg's old, bad habits rear their head. Folksy moving tableaus inhabited by goofy cartoons…
A very good film but I have a feeling had Spielberg made it ten years later it would have been a great film.
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