Tuesday, March 02, 2010

MINI REVIEWS: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen & The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Number of Nominations: 1 (Achievement in Sound Mixing)
Availability in the US: DVD, Blu-ray

The less-exciting sequel to Michael Bay's 2007 Transformers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen picks up two years after the first film left off. Decepticons have returned to earth to find the remaining shard of the Allspark. The visual effects in this sequel are nothing too different from the original, and neither is the nominated sound mixing. I've admitted before that I don't know the difference between the two sound categories, but nothing in the sound effect of this film strike me as revolutionary or new from the first film. The effects are well done, and the sound is realistic and complements the visuals nicely.

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Number of Nominations: 2 (Best Costume Design, Achievement in Art Direction)
Availability in the US: None

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus tells the tale of a travelling show set up by the immortal Dr. Parnassus to help him steal souls. The film is both trippy and visually stunning. While the plot takes awhile to grab the audience (I almost turned it off after half an hour), it eventually becomes quite entertaining. The strange costumes at times reminded me of the Oscar-winning costumes from Topsy-Turvy, but not quite as visually interesting. The art direction is gorgeous. The fantasy worlds that Parnassus's victims conjure up are breathtaking, especially on the big screen.

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