Oklahoma! (1999)

Director: Trevor Nunn

Writer: Oscar Hammerstein II (Book) Lynn Riggs (Play)

Starring: Maureen Lipman, Hugh Jackman, Josefina Gabrielle, David Shelmerdine, Jimmy Johnston, Shuler Hensley

 

Plot: Cowboy Curly McClain tries to win the heart of a girl in a singing and dancing extravaganza.

 

Runtime: 3 Hours

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Nice Theatre Experience

 

Story: Oklahoma! Starts as cowboy Curly (Jackman) is trying to get farm girl Laurey Williams (Gabrielle) to be his date for dance, her heart is torn between what she wants in him and what would be right, going with the farm hand Jud (Hensley).  Playing matchmaker is Aunt Eller (Lipman) who wants best for her niece.

The battle between the men is on leaving Laurey to make the difficult decision herself, while on route to the party just where will everything go.

 

Thoughts on Oklahoma!

 

Characters – Aunt Eller is the lady pulling the strings between her niece and the other single women in the west, she can keep peace between the different backgrounds. Curly is a cowboy that is full of confidence that wants to be with Laurey, he is honourable and desirable for the women in the town and sets his sights on Laurey only. Laurey is the farm girl in search of a husband and is torn over two men, one she loves and one that has helped her family the most. Jud is the rival that wants Laurey’s hand in marriage, she is rougher around the edges making him feel like he would be a bad husband.

PerformancesWhen going into the performance we must understand this is the stage recording of the story, the whole cast show their talents off here to make this feel truly believable like you are one of the audience, and Jackman doesn’t even stand out over the rest of the performers.

StoryThe story here is a theatre classic, it focuses mostly on a young farm woman that is searching for a husband and being torn between her feelings and marrying for supporting in the wild west era. This is a slow story and you can understand why it is a stage musical, making it 3 hours is strange because there isn’t too much going on for the most part though.

Musical/Romance/WesternThe musical numbers are big and magical, easily the most important part of the film. the romance side of the film follows Laurey as she must make her choice about how to treat love. The western side of the film comes from the setting and time which shows us just where we are meant to be watching.

SettingsThis is a recording of the theatre production, we know the settings are only going to be the stage and what can be placed on it, this does work for this very well.


Scene of the Movie –
Dream sequence.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It is way too long.

Final ThoughtsThis is a musical production that gets to highlight Hugh Jackman when he first broke into Hollywood, it is known as the classic show and has nothing wrong with the performance, but it is overly long.

 

Overall: Easy access to Musical world.

Rating

 

 

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Odd Thomas (2013)

logoDirector: Stephen Sommers

Writer: Stephen Sommers (Screenplay) Dean R Koontz (Novel ‘Odd Thomas’)

Starring: Anton Yelchin, Addison Timlin, Willem Dafoe, Leonor Varela, Matthew Page, Nico Tortorella, Kyle McKeever, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Patton Oswalt, Shuler Hensley

 

Plot: In a California desert town, a short-order cook with clairvoyant abilities encounters a mysterious man with a link to dark, threatening forces.

 

Verdict: The Pilot for a great show?

 

Story: We start by meeting our hero Odd and yes that is his name. We see how he solves mysteries from the dead people visiting him. We see how he solves cases without worrying about consequences. He is in good with the police so what he does can come off on his good side. We see how he lives a normal life when he is working as a cook and with his girlfriend who he is meant to be together forever with, he tries to live a normal life. When Bodachs (Demons who sense impending chaos) show up he knows something bad is about to happen in his small town. He uncovers what he thinks might be about to happen, but can he stop it and save the town in time?

When it comes to teen/young adult detective stories they all usually come off very generic, where the solve something the cop can’t with a gift that gives them an extra hand and this follows that very nicely. We need a slightly odd character and just to name him that makes it have an inside laugh. I do feel the trailer kind of misleads the idea behind the film because we think he will be facing demons but it is all about a human villain which makes it better because we don’t need to see him face off against demons. The story also offers plenty of twists that will keep you shocked by what happens. I feel this was one film that really slipped past which really should have been given a better chance, the story is good and it has franchise qualities. (8/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Anton Yelchin: Odd Thomas our hero who sees dead people and tries to help them pass on by helping solve their murders. When something bigger that he has never faced before comes to town he must use all his abilities to save his town. Anton gives a great performance in the lead role playing the slightly odd character perfectly. (9/10)

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Willem Dafoe: Chief Wyatt Porter friend of Odd’s who appreciates the help when it helps solve murders and will listen to ideas that he comes up as he has a good track record for being right. Willem gives a good performance in what is a supporting role. (7/10)

 

Addison Timlin: Stormy Llewellyn girlfriend of Odd who supports him in every case he goes on even if it puts her own life in danger. She is Odd’s reason to carry on a normal life all while saving the lost souls and offers him someone to love who is a naturally good. Addison gives a great performance with great chemistry with Anton. (8/10)

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Support Cast: Friends, cops and suspects fill up the supporting cast each one offers something to what will happening and we get to see how Odd interacts with all of them.

 

Director Review: Stephen Sommers – As I am a fan of Stephen’s work I think he does a great job with this making it entertaining, shocking and enjoyable. (8/10)

 

Fantasy: With the ideas that Odd can see dead people and demons we get solid fantasy elements used throughout. (9/10)

Mystery: Keeps you wondering who is involved all the way through. (10/10)

Thriller: You want to know what will happen next once the mystery starts to unfold. (9/10)

Chemistry: The chemistry between Odd and Stormy actually makes you think that they have been together for years, brilliant from both the stars to create this. (9/10)

Settings: The small town setting works as it shows the community feeling between the characters. (9/10)
Special Effects
: The Bodachs creation is very good as they flow through the real world without notice but the final action scene slips into poor CGI effects. (7/10)

Suggestion: I think this could be a real hidden gem of a film, I think most people will enjoy this and it is well worth a watch. (Hidden Gem)

 

Best Part: Bodachs flowing through the crowds.

Worst Part: The fact no one saw it.

What Could Have Been Better? – Marketing campaign.

Oh My God Moment: The End

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: Could have a few (3/10)

Chances of Sequel: It could, but due to it failing to make an impact at cinemas it would be unlikely.

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: The Frighteners mixed with Sixth Sense

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $27 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes

Tagline: Seeing the dead is the least of his problems

 

Overall: Under Appreciated Mystery Thriller

Rating 88