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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.
A fantastic film that reminds me of how good Spielberg used to be, but weirdly enough this being a film often left out of conversations about the director. He put out some real classics back in the day, and Empire of the Sun is no different. It seems to not receive its deserved recognition, just look how low it is on Spielberg's most popular films on this site. It's only one above Duel!
Empire of the Sun doesn't feel its running time at all, and constantly keeps you engaged. The marvel of Spielberg is his ability to make the audience feel wonder, no matter the age. And to do that in a grotty internment camp too is a pretty damn…
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…
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.
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…
This isn't how I remembered Batman's origin story
8/10: This Steven Spielberg gem is a must watch. It's so beautifully directed and the young Christian Bale showed why he is such a brilliant actor despite his young age in his first starring role in a feature film.
Though I got lost at times and felt it dragging a bit, part of that is my own short-attention-span and focus problems. You feel a variety of strong emotions throughout the story, something I love in movies. The acting was great and so was picking out some current big time actors who are young and starting out in this movie. I'm glad to say that I didn't know who played the lead role (a child part) and was thrilled to find out myself as I watched him act. Great movie.
to be watched
Slam Steve Spielberg all you want for his sentimentality, but there's maybe a handful of Hollywood directors out there now, who can work with child actors the way he can, and film a crowd scene with a few hundred extras the way he does. So there...
"Empire of the sun" might very well be closer to "War horse" than "Schindler's list" in its portrayal of war, but it's still a very enjoyable experience, in terms of entertainment and story-telling. Granted, the dialogue looks at times as though it was transplanted from the novel verbatim, but it didn't really pull me out of the film.
And those visuals... Clearly inspired by Tony Scott's "Top Gun", but nevertheless a sight to behold.
Jim: Learned a new word today. Atom bomb. It was like the God taking a photograph.
good. best film
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Although it's one of the esteemed director's lesser-known works, "Empire of the Sun" is ripe with themes acquainted to those who love the work of Steven Spielberg, and it feels very familiar. It's a worthy story centered around a conflict during World War II that not much is known about, and the filmmaker tells that story with the same passion and style that has become his trademark.
Unfortunately, I also found the film to be somewhat cold and uninvolving, with a lead character atypical of Spielberg, a precocious young boy played by Christian Bale. He's difficult to like in the beginning simply because he's a spoiled brat, but I suppose that's the point. But after the war is over and…
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