Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)

Director: Fran Rubel Kuzui

Writer: Joss Whedon (Screenplay)

Starring: Kristy Swanson, Donald Sutherland, Paul Reubens, Rutger Hauer, Luke Perry, Michele Abrams, Hilary Swank

 

Plot: A flighty teenage girl learns that she is her generation’s destined battler of vampires.


Tagline – Sometimes it takes more than just good looks to kill.

Runtime: 1 Hour 26 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun, But Not as Good as the TV Show

 

Story: Buffy the Vampire Slayer starts as we meet high school cheerleader Buffy (Swanson), one of the popular girls in school preparing for the latest dance. Buffy’s life is going to take a turn when the mysterious Merrick (Sutherland) enters her life, with the tales of vampires and her being the chosen one to fight them and protect her town.

Buffy now goes through the training process, so she can defeat her first deadlier enemy, Lothos (Hauer) a vampire that is haunting her dreams with the history of the previous slayers and make it to the dance on time.

 

Thoughts on Buffy the Vampire Slayer

 

Characters – Buffy is the high school cheerleader who is more worried the latest school dance to notice her own destiny. She learns she is the slayer that is meant to fight vampires and her town is now in danger. Merrick is the watcher, the man that must teach Buffy how to defeat the vampires and becoming the slayer warrior she is destiny to be. Lothos is the big bad vampire that is waiting to take control of the town that Buffy is part of, we see how he has been planning this attack for a while with his vampires in the shadows.

PerformancesKristy Swanson is good in this leading role, we might not the role of Buffy as Sarah Michelle Gellar, but Kristy was here first and built the unlikely hero very well. Sutherland is good pick for the watcher because it is the answers for wise old man. Going into the supporting cast, none of these performers make an impact on the way they could which only disappoints when we know how these characters are going to be known in the TV series.

StoryThe story is difficult to talk about, because I grew up watching the show and for me, I was used to a different Buffy, an outsider, seeing the popular girl become the slayer just seems strange, but for a teenage action fantasy comedy works as we see one girl find her place in the world. This is an enjoyable watch and plays out just how you would imagine without being as interesting as it should be, because we want the world to be so much bigger.

Action/Fantasy/HorrorWe have action sequences which see Buffy face increasing numbers or difficulties in her battles, in a world that is filled with vampires which plays for the fantasy and the horror side of the film.

SettingsThe film takes place in the small town with a high school, this works for the movie because it shows us what Buffy will need to protect.

Special EffectsThe effects were good for the time of release, while moments have dated, we don’t get the need for the effects for the most part.


Scene of the Movie –
The Dance.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Its not the Buffy I am used to seeing.

Final ThoughtsThis does feel like the 90’s movie it is, it gave us the film that went onto become a wonderful TV series, which is something that people will forever be grateful for.

 

Overall: Simple action fantasy.

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The Fifth Element (1997)

logoDirector: Luc Besson

Writer: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen (Screenplay) Luc Besson (Story)

Starring: Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, Ian Holm, Milla Jovovich, Chris Tucker, Luke Perry

 

Plot: In a futuristic world cab driver Korben Dallas (Willis) becomes a pawn in a war between the good force of Father Vito Cornelius (Holm) and evil force Jean Baptiste Emanuel Zorg (Oldman) who are both after an ancient powerful weapon Leeloo (Jovovich). The battle goes on through the Solar System and with 48 hours to save the world from total destruction Korben has to go back into the armed forces to save the world.

 

Verdict: Sci-fi in the 90s at its best

Story: Even though the ‘protection’ storyline has been done numerous times this one adds the whole space side to the story. One of the smartest parts of the story is that Bruce Willis and Gary Oldman characters never met or are never aware of each other. With have multiply people after Leeloo leading use to keep guessing which unit will turn up next to take her and an end of the world element with Earth’s impending destruction by something only known as pure evil. (9/10)

 

Actor Review: Bruce Willis – Korben an ex-fighter pilot currently making a living as a cab driver when Leeloo drops in on him his old life starts calling him back. This is one of Bruce’s best action roles in the 90s with the only real contender better being Die Hard. (9/10)

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Actor Review: Gary Oldman – Zorg an evil arms dealer who is after the rocks and Leeloo for someone only known as Shadow, he is very sneaky but does meet his match when he thinks he has out smarted others. Oldman as a villain is always good and this one is one that you will remember. (8/10)

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Actor Review: Ian Holm – Father Vito the latest in the run of priest that keep the secrets of the fifth element and is one of the only people who know how to protect Earth from the evil heading for it. In what is a good role it becomes slightly too light hearted that serious nature it calls for. (7/10)

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Actor Review: Milla Jovovich – Leeloo or the fifth element that everyone is after, a quick learner but very excitable. Good performance which has led to her getting more roles to show off more fighting abilities. (8/10)

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Director Review: Luc Besson – Following up Leon Luc gives us one of the best action sci-fis in recent years. (9/10)

 

Action: Plenty of action with the flying car chases fight scenes and fire fights. (9/10)

Adventure: Good aspects of adventure but not as much as should be involved. (8/10)

Sci-Fi: Brilliant sci-fi used with different types of aliens, light speed travel and futuristic world. (10/10)

Special Effects: Great special effects for the time, but slightly dated now. (9/10)

Believability: (0/10)

Chances of Tears: (0/10)

Settings: Each setting used is brilliant be it Korben’s apartment to the cruise liner on another planet. (9/10)

 

Suggestion: I think everyone should have watched this one once, it offers enough for the casual viewer to enjoy. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Leeloo kicking arse.

Worst Part: Luke Perry’s over nervous priest in training.

Action Scene Of The Film: Fight scene on the cruise liner.

Kill Of The Film: Zorg.

Funniest Scene: A moment in the Leeloo fight.

Oscar Chances: Got nominated for one Oscar.

Chances of Sequel: No

 

Overall: Sci-fi action masterpiece

Rating 90