September 6, 2011 What's
on this week at Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Cinema
film enthusiast Molly Harding, who was last year nominated for
the national award 'Young Film Critic of the Year', reviews Fright
Night 3D and Rise Of The Planet Of the Apes which
is now showing at Burnham's Ritz Cinema in Victoria Street this
Fright Night 3D (15)
Everything in Charleys life has most definitely taken a
turn for the better, hes got the girl, even if it is at
the expense of loosing nerdy best friend Ed (Chris Mintz
Plasse). But in the midst of his social success he begins to suspect
that his nocturnal neighbour Jerry (Colin Farrell) is a vampire.
Let's face it, vampire films are ten to the dozen so
an original is hard to come by. This is neither an original or
original, it sticks to every vampire convention in the book. I
find this refreshing; crude stakes, trademark fanged gnashers
and the dangerous and mysterious air about them. Back to basics
is sometimes best and Fright Night uses these to great
This is a horror comedy, both equally present. I was made to jump
within the first couple of minutes and, although a little repetitive,
the atmosphere is always backed up by tense music. The comedy
is here in the form of sweary, leather clad vampire-slayer Peter
Vincent (David Tennant) giving the funniest performance in the
Less doesnt feel like more on the gore steaks but the 3D
splats of red and general amusing CG naffness make up for this.
Halloween has come early 3.5/5
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (12A)
While researching a cure for Alzheimers, scientist Will
Rodman (James Franco) takes home an orphaned chimpanzee after
its mother is 'put down' due to a failed drug trial. In Wills
care Ceasar the chimp begins to display near human intelligence,
intelligence that could prove dangerous as it grows.
My reaction to the trailer for Rise of the Planet of the Apes
went something like, "That looks ridiculous, I want to see
it." What I expected was a far fetched, unbelievable and
big budgeted blockbuster involving some sort of monkey uprising
that would be enjoyable but equally laughable. What this film
delivers, though, is quite something else
The thing about the film that makes it so brilliant is
the CGI (computer generated imagery). Its astounding. Its
hard to believe that all the apes are essentially cartoons but
are so detailed that you would be forgiven for mistaking them
for real monkeys. The motion capture CGI is so effective that
you even empathise with the chimps and long sequences involving
only the monkeys interacting with each other did not drag what
so ever and made the possibility of the plot all the more realistic.
What was Avatar again?
Behind Caesar is Andy Serkis, also known for being behind other
motion captured characters such as King Kong and Gollum
in Lord of the Rings, so really the unofficial master of
motion capture cemented by this show stealing turn. James
Franco, Freida Pinto and the other human members of the cast were
good, not award worthy but enough to keep the story going despite
being overshadowed by their CGI counterparts.
The film is also thought-provoking, raising some controversial
questions we all have some opinion on. Is animal testing justifiable?
Is keeping animals in captivity wrong? And, for me, who were the
real animals in the film?
An emotional, exciting and epic picture. A sequel is almost definite
to this worthwhile watch 4/5
Read more of Molly's regular film reviews on Burnham-On-Sea.com