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Mortdecai

It’s been a while since I’ve written, so sorry. I’ve been busy doing fun things. I’ve read a lot of books and I’ve seen a lot of movies. Today I’m going to start with Mortdecai, the last movie of Johnny Depp.

I knew, when I went to see Mortdecai, that it was not going to be the mosti brilliant movie of the year. And I was right. It had it’s moments (not very many) and I laughed a little (very little). Otherwise the movie was just what I expected it to be, bad. The uppermost feeling that I had, most of the time, was embarrassment. Johnny Depp repeated his manners and Gwyneth Paltrow (although she looks beautiful) was unnatural. Maybe that was the purpose.

Mortdecai was a weird mixture of action and comedy. It had some very lousy jokes and some average ones. I was able to watch it, one time.

I feel bad for Johnny Depp. He doesn’t make good movies. I’m wishing that he would use his talent better. I’m even thinking of changing my idol. I’ve considered Benedict Cumberbatch, he is brilliant (I saw The Imitation Game, I’ll review it later).

Sorry Johnny, sorry Gwyneth, sorry Ewan. I just didn’t like Mortdecai.

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The Time Traveler’s Wife

My husband brought me Audrey Niffenegger‘s book The Time Traveler’s wife from book recycling point that’s in his workplace. The book was in my bookshelf for a long time. A couple of weeks ago I decided to read it.

Well, what should I say? The story was unique, I’ve never read anything like this. It tells about time travelling but it’s not sience fiction. The Time Traveler’s wife is a tale about love and giving up. In the centre of the story is a relationship that lasts a long time, literally.

Even if the story was unique it didn’t make the book a good one. It took me quite a long while to get in to the story and even after that it was a bit clammy. It took me outstandingly long time to read this book. I didn’t like the writing style either. As I said, clammy and sticky. I have no need to read another book by Audrey Niffenegger.

I also found out that there’s a movie based on this book, starring Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana. Maybe some day I’ll watch it and I hope it’s better than the book.

I can’t recommend this book to anyone and I understand why it was in that recycling point. I have to do the same and drag the book to library’s recycling point. I have no desire to keep it.

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Dracula Untold

I had to choose a movie that would interest my husband and I chose Dracula Untold.

I’m not a huge fan of vampire movies, but sometimes circumstances drift into such situation that I have to see them. This was such a time.

Dracula Untold was well made visually. Other that that, well, it was above mediocre. Towards the end it got a bit corny and bloody, of course.

I have no criterion to compare Dracula Untold to another vampire movies, but I think that this was not the best one. In those movies that I have seen, Dracula has been less human, in Dracula Untold he was. He chose the best of other before his own needs and wanted to save his family.

No fantastic experiences or emotions. I saw, it ended, I got out, now I can forget about it.

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The Adventures, The Memoirs and The Return of Sherlock Holmes

Three books in one volume, 36 stories, 1099 pages. That was my last project and I liked it. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes and The Return of Sherlock Holmes, those were the three parts of that thick book.

It took me a while to read this “brick”. It doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy it, I did, very much. I just wanted to concentrate and absorb every detail. I didn’t have to regret my desicion.

Nowadays, when you watch TV or go to the movies, you meet a cranky, impolite Sherlock Holmes. I cannot deny, I love the new Sherlock Holmes too, especially played by Benedict Cumberbatch. But, in these stories, Sherlock Holmes is not so cranky, not so impolite. Absolutely, he is strange, self-esteeming, a bit of a loner, intelligent and original. But he treats Watson and his customers relatively kindly, appreciates them and wants them to solve crimes with him.

There are many familiar elements too. Moriarty, Sherlock’s brother Mycroft (who is short and a bit fat, by the way) and sharp nose and agility, quick-witted mind and unusual methods. There’s strange crimes and even stranger solutions.

I must say, passing of time has not effected these stories. They are still interesting and exciting. I guess that’s the sign of a true classic. And a sing of a great writer, Arthur Conan Doyle. He invented one of the most interesting characters of all times, who, again and again, comes back to TV and movies and gives us pleasant moments of entertainment.

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Brick Mansions

I must say that my movie selection has expanded over the last few years, when my sons have grown up. For example, Brick Mansions, the movie I went to see with my son. This is a movie that I wouln’t have chosen to see.

Brick Mansions is a movie about class warfare, witch is surely real life in almost everywhere. Brick Mansions is also an action movie. In addition, it’s a Parkour-movie. In spite of all this it was very average, even a little below. Even with deceased Paul Walker and his blue eyes and David Belle’s amazing Parkour-moves and athletic virtuosity Brick Mansions didn’t contain any great acting. RZA’s character Tremaine mumbled something that I couldn’t understand and other actors were a bit lame too. The plot wasn’t engaging and all the action scenes were so long and somehow boring that I lost my focus.

But my son liked it so I’m happy that I was able to share this movie with him.

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Transcendence

I went to the movies twice this week. The first movie was Transcendence so I will write about it first.

I was so excited when I heard that there was a new Johnny Depp -movie (as he’s one of my favourite actors). However, I was a little suspicious because the movie was science fiction, it’s not my favourite movie genre. But, as I’ve decided, I’m goint to go and see every movie where Johnny is acting so I went to see Transcendence with my son.

Transcendence was average. It had it’s moments but at times it was a little too slow-paced, yet not boring. The topic was interesting but it was handled in an usual way. Humans try to control with technology but everything turns upside down and the technology starts to take power over humans. In Transcendence there are some great actors, in addition to Johnny Depp, such as Morgan Freeman and Paul Bettany. Those excellent talents don’t lift the movie higher. What would’ve Transcendence been without these talented people? And what about Rebecca Hall, the leading lady in this movie? There’s something about her that I don’t like much. I think she’s a little stony. It feels like she doesn’t give her heart to the role. I may be wrong, but that’s how I felt.

Transcendence entertained me for two hours, but would I watch it again? Probably not. It was a mediocre Johnny Depp -movie. Though, I must say, it was much better than the previous movie, Lone Ranger (review here).

I admire Johnny Depp. His careless, cool and ageless style and his talent. Yet, he hasn’t made very good movies over the past years. All of them have been a little indifferent. It’s a shame because I think he could do so much more. Or maybe he doesn’t care if the movie is a hit or not.

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Winter’s Tale

This time the book, a novel written by Mark Helprin. I saw the movie (review here) and decided to read the book that the movie was based on. So, I went to the library and borrowed Winter’s Tale.

What a disappointment. I tried to read and read. I did read about 200 pages (the book was over 700 pages) and then I stopped. Too much details, too much portrayals of things and scenes. Winter’s Tale was not a book for me.

The movie was silly (and I liked it) and it was much better than the book. Maybe because the movie makers had to take everything unnecessary away. Which was a good thing.

I can’t say much about this book. An interesting fairy tail ruined with too much irrelevant details. That’s all.

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