Two very different movies

I saw these two movies a month apart, the first back in October and the other a couple of weeks ago, but since they’re the last two movies I’ve seen in the theater, I thought I’d talk about both of them in one entry.

I’d wanted to go see Lost in Translation as soon as I saw the first trailer for it, so when it finally made its way to the closest multiplex, Jenn and I went to see it on rainy weekday evening. It really is a great movie. The writing is really excellent, Bill Murray turns in a near-perfect performance as aging actor Bob Harris, and the rest of the cast does a fine job too. In fact, if there’s any flaw to be found in this movie, it’s with director Sophia Coppola’s tendency to go for some overly artful camera shots in a few places. Still, that doesn’t really detract from the excellent story and acting, so I very much recommend this one when it makes its way to DVD.

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World is probably about as different from Lost in Translation as it’s possible for a movie to be, but one thing they do have in common is the fact that they’re both good movies. I enjoyed this one a lot, even though I thought there were a couple of points in the middle where the pace slowed down a bit too much. The actors performances were very good though, and both the action scenes and the scenes of day-to-day life on the HMS Surprise were skillfully done. If you’ve got an interest in the warships of the Napoleonic era, or if you’d just like a to see a good action movie that doesn’t insist on insulting your intelligence, I’d recommend this one. See it in the theater if you can, as I’d guess a lot of scenes will lose some of their impact when shown on a smaller screen.

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