Friday, March 9, 2007

Bridge To The Terabithia | 300


I've been sick (sore throat + flu + fever) for the past few days, but luckily I'm in the process of recovering now. These are the 2 movies which I've watched yesterday and today. I was kinda exciting when I saw Fantastic Four : Rise of the Silver Surfer's trailer being shown in the cinema. Estimately, it will hit our local cinemas on 15.06.07 (Summer).


Bridge To The Terabithia

Some of the useful user comments before you walk into the cinema to watch this movie.

I think the previews were misleading yes. (I feel the same way too) But i was very glad that there was a story instead of a bunch of bad digital junk. Most of the people in the theater were crying. (I was the one of them who was crying and sniffing with my tissue) Sad yes but meaningful. Well written and very likable cast. Very brave. My girlfriend and i were the only two adults without kids and i thought this really is a kids movie but by the end i would have to say it was a little much for kids under 6 or 7 it is a very sad movie .The location was very pleasing. The two main girls were very well cast very engaging and you will see the boy in upcoming films as he is a very sellable kid. I would have to say well worth the price of a ticket.

Based on the heartbreaking book, BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA strays from the regular family film, while still delivering a strong message. Two words you must remember before seeing this movie, though: FALSE ADVERTISING. Terabithia is NOT another Narnia (At first, I also thought this would be the continuous story of Narnia) by any means. It is advertised that way, but it is not what it seems to be. For book fans, however, Terabithia is a great adaption.
The acting is amazing; Josh Hutcherson (Little Manhattan) pulls his part off excellently. Josh is one of the best male child stars of this generation, without a doubt. Annasophia Robb (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) stars in yet another Walden Media film, and, despite her disappointing performance in Because of Winn-Dixie, she gives a great performance. She is able to captivate Leslie's innocence and free-spirited nature without becoming annoying or obnoxious. Putting aside the two wonderful leads, another star shines; The puppy-faced Bailee Madison.
(This girl looks really cute whenever she smiles or even cries) Her smile lights up the screen and she is cute without getting on your nerves. She steals every scene she has a line in. The other children and the adults, again, are great and this is what truly makes the movie move along.
The moral? Many worried parents seem to have the wrong idea of this movie. I can understand why, but you must look beyond the obvious. This movie does not just make us realize what reality is, but it shows us love, friendship, and courage. It teaches us how to stand up to our enemies and how to make friends; How to love, and how to deal with the issues of everyday life. The movie shows us that love comes in every shape, size, and way, and that a true bond cannot be broken, despite road blocks. The ones you love are always with you. And, with ending this, I will put a quote that most people have heard, but it truly fits this movie; Fairy tales are more than real: Not because they tell us that dragons exist, but that dragons can be defeated.

300


Synopsis:

Based on the epic graphic novel by Frank Miller, 300 is a ferocious retelling of the ancient Battle of Thermopylae in which King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) and 300 Spartans fought to the death against Xerxes and his massive Persian army. Facing insurmountable odds, their valor and sacrifice inspire all of Greece to unite against their Persian enemy, drawing a line in the sand for democracy. The film brings Miller's (Sin City) acclaimed graphic novel to life by combining live action with virtual backgrounds that capture his distinct vision of this ancient historic tale.

Interesting trivias:
  • The film was shot in 60 days.

  • The film was shot on green screen in Montreal.

  • There are 1500 cuts in the film, and about 1300 involve some sort of visual effect.

  • The work was photographed completely in Montreal, with the exception of 2 days of insert shooting in Los Angeles.

  • Ten visual effects vendors contributed to the film, spread over three continents.

  • The filmmakers used bluescreen 90% of the time, and greenscreen for 10%. They chose blue because it better matched the lighting paradigm (green would have been too bright) and because red garments (a la spartan capes) look better when shot over blue.

  • There was one day of location shooting, which was for the horses that were shot for the 'approaching sparta' scene.

  • Post production took almost a year. The film was edited on an Avid, with an HD cut also maintained in Final Cut Pro The 3D was made using Maya, XSI, and Lightwave The 2D composites were made with Shake, Inferno, Fusion, and Combustion. The filmmakers prefer Macintosh, but large portions of the movie were made under Linux. Asset management was handled by custom software written in the Panorama development environment, made by Provue. Color management was handled by Truelight software. The film was scanned on a northlight scanner and was recorded on the arrilaser. Most of the film was shot at high speed, between 50 and 150fps. Normal film is at 24fps. The film was transferred to HD SR tape and quicktime, and HD quicktimes were the basis for the HD preview cuts. The working resolution for the film was 2K, at a working aspect ratio of 2.11 and a projected aspect ratio of 2.35.

  • The script demanded that most of the male cast spend the majority of their screen time bare-chested, (All of da Spartans are having 6 packs @_@) as per Frank Miller's original graphic novel. Therefore, in order to adequately present themselves as the most well-trained and marshalled fighting force of the time, the entire principal cast underwent a rigorous and varied training regime for 6 weeks prior to shooting.

  • Sienna Miller and Silvia Colloca were each considered for the role of Queen Gorgo.

  • According to an interview with IGN.com, Director Zack Snyder says that fighting styles and formations (particularly the Spartan's phalanx) were purposefully changed - making them historically inaccurate - so they'd "look cool" and work better for movie purposes.

  • The movie never claims to be historically correct. It is based somewhat loosely on Frank Miller's 1998 comic book mini-series. Changes from history were made by Miller and Snyder so as to appeal to a wider audience and create a more exciting and visually stunning action movie, rather than a typical historical epic.

  • Frank Miller was inspired by the original Battle of Thermopylae after viewing the 1962 film "The 300 Spartans" as a child. His perception of the 'hero' concept changed greatly after seeing the Spartans make their sacrifice.
Click here to check out more reviews. Haha, I found this line when I was reading the user comments. Don't you agree with that?
"The actors were wonderful. I felt like I was right there with them, not in a theater. When I saw the guy cast as the Persian king (Xerxes), I couldn't help but notice he looked a lot like Dhalsim from Street Fighter."

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