Monday, January 18, 2016

Movie review: Catwoman

Shy, quiet, and timid Patience is given a gift; the senses, speed, and reflexes of a cat. When the changes upend her life, Patience finds herself struggling to figure out who she is; criminal or hero.

Halle Berry (Patience/Catwoman), Benjamin Bratt (Tom), Sharon Stone (Laurel), Lambert Wilson (George), Frances Conroy (Ophelia), Alex Borstein (Sally), Michael Massee (Armando), Byron Mann (Wesley).

Catwoman is a bit slow to launch as we learn about Patience and her life. As her life begins changing things get quite a bit more interesting. Toss in a love interest, and an evil villain or two, and the recipe for a comic book action adventure flick is complete. The rest of the film is an entertaining journey of discovery for Patience and action for us. A hint of mystery and intrigue ties it all together through the sequel preparation ending.

Berry was a lot of fun in this one, feeling animated and innocently seductive at times, and a good choice. Bratt was solid and worked well with Berry. Stone was another great choice, playing antagonist well as usual. Wilson worked nicely with Stone and delivered nicely in a role he has held before. The remainder of the cast was solid.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were enjoyable despite a somewhat animated aspect. CGI and effects were plentiful and somewhat necessary for the story, but well done and enjoyable throughout. Dialogue was silly, fun, dramatic, and reasonably well done. Sound and soundtrack were good.

Catwoman is a familiar story told with some familiar actors. Fortunately technical work is good, the cast and acting are well done, and the overall interpretation of Catwoman is entertaining. Fans of the comic franchise should enjoy this one at least a little bit.

Catwoman includes some strong violence, gore, disturbing images, and mild foul language but should be fine for teens and above.

Released: 2004
Reviewed: 1.8.16
Star rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: Action & Adventure, Comic Book movies, Action Thriller, Sci-Fi Adventure, Sci-Fi Action

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