Catwoman (2004) Movie Review

Director: Pitof

Writer: John Brancato, Michael Ferris, John Rogers (Screenplay) Theresa Rebeck, John Brancato, Michael Ferris (Story)

Starring: Halle Berry, Benjamin Bratt, Sharon Stone, Lambert Wilson, Frances Conroy, Alex Borstein, Michael Massee

Plot: A shy woman, endowed with the speed, reflexes, and senses of a cat, walks a thin line between criminal and hero, even as a detective doggedly pursues her, fascinated by both of her personas.


Tagline – CATch Her In IMAX
Runtime: 1 Hour 44 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Just Bad

Story: Catwoman starts with aspiring artist Patience Phillips (Berry) who works for the Hedare cosmetic company in advertisement, Laurel (Stone) is stepping down as the face of the company, while her husband George (Wilson) is planning for the future. When Patience tries to make a deadline, she overhears the side effects of the latest product, she is targeted by security leaving her dead.

Patience doesn’t stay dead, with the cats bringing her back to life with heighted sense. As Patience’s tries to remember what happened that night, she is left to learns that she has been chosen to be a Catwoman and uses her new powers to fight crime before setting her targets on her former employers.

Thoughts on Catwoman

Characters – Patience Phillips is the woman that dreams of more from her life, works too much to get anything else out of her life until she finds herself murdered by her bosses for learning a secret. Bought back to life, Patience has new skills ones that make her a threat to anybody that crosses her path, becoming Catwoman and more confident in life. Tom is the cop that walks into Patience’s life, she wants to get to know her only for him to get caught up trying to understand the crimes of Catwoman. Laurel and George Hedare run the cosmetic company that Patience works for, they both hate each other and will do anything to cover up the truth about what is happening when they get targeted by Catwoman who wants to expose their greed.

PerformancesThis is a hard movie to criticise the actors for trying to do something with such a weak story or poorly directed movie, you can see Halle Berry try and makes something of Patience, while going way overboard with Catwoman side of thing. Benjamin Bratt is fine without getting much more to do, while Sharon Stone does what she can with the villainous role.

StoryThe story here follows a nice shy quiet lady who gets killed by her employers only to get resurrected by the cats that turn her into catwoman who will help fight crime and take down her evil bosses. In the early 2000s comic book movies were just starting to become a major thing, pre-Marvel explosion on the scene, we saw studios trying to bring different characters to centre stage, Catwoman made sense as a decision because it would bring a female lead to the world, sadly the story is told so badly it just doesn’t help the genre, it is strange because the basics of the origin story are here and easy to see, though the dialogue is appalling throughout. This will have to go down as one of the weak to poor stories in comic book history.

Action/CrimeThe action in the film is awful to watch, with the fight sequences all looking like they are slow downed through each fight, with most of what we see coming off flashy over tough.

SettingsThe film is set in New York which does help with the big company coming off filled with corruption and makes for the shadows a criminal or Catwoman could hide in.

Special EffectsThe effects are bad here too, with most of the flying sequences only coming off this way to add some form of flash to the movement, though it looks terrible.


Scene of the Movie – Cats revive.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The fights.

Final Thoughts This is a poor excuse for a comic movie, the actors try their best, but the directing is just so bad.

Overall: Completely Awful.

ABC Film Challenge – Animation – O – The Oddsockeaters (2016)

Director: Galina Miklinova

Writer: Galina Miklinova (Screenplay) Pavel Srut (Book)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Krystof Hadek, Jan Maxian, David Novotny, Ondrej Trojan, Marek Taclik

 

Plot: The Oddsockeaters are small creatures, who live alongside us humans and are responsible for socks that go missing when we only have one left from a pair – the odd sock. They eat socks, but only one from each pair.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 23 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Little Animation

 

Story: The Oddsockeaters starts as we learn about the creatures known as the Odd Sock Eaters, that live amongst humans in the shadows, they steal and eat just one sock from humans though. Young Hugo sees his grandfather fade away, which means he must travel across town, only to find himself in the house of an inventor who has been hunting them out.

In the house Hugo meets his Uncle the Big Boss a fear Sock Eater, with his own kids Tulamor and Ramses. Hugo must learn the methods to survivor the big world which only sees Big Bos’s past come back to haunt him in Spike Riser.

 

Thoughts on The Oddsockeaters

 

Characters – Hugo is a young innocent Odd Sock Eater that must travel across town to meet his family who will teach him the ruthless world of hunting and rival gangs, he will need to prove his worth to his Uncle to stay in his household. Big Boss is his Uncle that has set the strict rules about not stealing both socks. Spike Riser is the rival that used to be part of the gang, he broke the rules and now has his own gang known as the Blades. Bladette is the female sock eater who just becomes the damsel in distress. We have twin brothers in Tulamor and Ramses who are always out to impress their father.

StoryThe story follows the creatures known as Sockeaters that steal the human socks to eat, they are invisible to people, we follow an innocent young sockeater that gets caught in the battle between two gangs that want control of the city. Here we learn how biter rivals can cost family’s and how greed can consume any creature. The gangs creature do feel generic, but it is still a lot of fun to watch this story.

Adventure/FamilyThe adventure side of this film takes Hugo a young sockeater across the city to learn about what the others in town do when they eat socks, this shows him entering the big world, which is like how the family side of the film comes along, by seeing how the creatures work as a family, make mistakes and get the odd bit of slapstick for the humour needed.

SettingsThe film is set in a city, not sure which one, but we get to see the different locations they hide out in being an apartment or under a bridge.

AnimationThe animation does have its own unique look which does make this film feel that extra little bit enjoyable.


Scene of the Movie –
The rescue.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The story does feel very busy at times, which could put the young audience off.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fun animation that could get a laugh from most of the audience, it has a nice meaning and pokes fun at a real issue, losing socks.

 

Overall: Fun and enjoyable.

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