Posted Jul 13, 2005 in Movies.
I've been seeing a fair number of movies recently. Batman Begins was excellent - far better, in my opinion, than previous Batman films. Of particular note was the strong performance from Christian Bale, well backed-up by Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, and the talented Gary Oldman. I hope that this new version will be carefully developed into a franchise, restoring what was destroyed by the previous offerings.
For me, War of the Worlds was something of a disappointment. I simply cannot stand Tom Cruise, who I consider to be lacking in any serious acting ability. He plays the same guy he always plays in a movie that didn't really have anybody interesting in it at all. The film stumbled from set piece to set piece, more in the nature of Minority Report than other Spielberg classics like Schindler's List and Jurassic Park.
Fantastic Four, on the other hand, was a wonderful surprise. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, which was a nice blend of action and humor. After suffering from an accident in orbit, the team begin to discover that they have inherited special powers. An expressive performance from Michael Chiklis (as Ben Grimm) was the highlight for me, but Ioan Gruffudd and Chris Evans also did well.