Friday, January 2, 2015

Movie Reviews: “Foxcatcher,” “Unbroken” and “Into the Woods”

Happy New Year!  It’s been a busy movie time and out of the five movies I’ve seen, here are the three I recommend:

   Rated R

Foxcatcher depicts the relationships between Olympic wrestlers Mark and Dave Schultz and their wealthy benefactor, John du Pont.  A dramatization of a true story, Foxcatcher showcases megalomaniac du Pont’s descent into mental illness.

Intense and riveting, Foxcatcher was better than I expected, and the performances are amazing.  Steve Carell is unrecognizable as John du Pont, and Mark Ruffalo portrays Dave Schultz as such a likeable guy.  Even if wrestling doesn’t interest you, I highly recommend seeing Foxcatcher.

   Rated PG-13

The best film I’ve seen this year, Unbroken is Olympian and World War II hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini’s story.  After his plane is shot down, Zamperini and two crewmen survived at sea for 47 days, only to be rescued by the Japanese Navy.  Unbroken mainly dramatizes Zamperini’s experience at two Japanese prisoner-of-war camps.

Despite it’s harsh reality, Unbroken is inspiring and uplifting.  To see what Zamperini experienced and survived shows his superior mental strength, courage and tenacity.  Director Angelina Jolie has proven that she is as good at directing as at acting.

   Into the Woods
   Rated PG

With its unbelievably talented cast, Into the Woods combines characters and elements from various fairy tales (Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, and Cinderella) and cleverly creates a new cohesive story. 

Like in his other musicals, director Rob Marshall obtained great performances from actors and actresses I didn’t know were singers, too (Chris Pine, Emily Blunt and Johnny Depp).  If you enjoy musical theater, you’ll love Into the Woods.

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