«I liked the monologue performances and music, nice work»
Cask of Amontillado
There are a number of things that detract from this film which otherwise had a lot to recommend it.
Lines like "the Amontillado is not in season" simply don't work in the modern setting - we can get any sort of booze anytime we want today .. and Amontillado is a type of Sherry that goes for £5.99 at Tescos! This movies should have been put into the period of the original story.
But that wasn't the worst fault ...
... Fortunato was fortunate indeed. Here is a man who can drink for hours, even into a stupor, and still have perfect diction. In not a single line did he sound drunk, or even tipsy. He spoke better than I ever could anyway!
And yet we were constantly told how drunk he was.
That's bad direction - I'm sure the actor would have been more than willing to slur his words if the director had requested it.
One of the opening scenes, the one with the monologue, was boring to watch - it was the same animation over and over again (the jerk when it repeated was all too noticeable - and the same camera angle for ages). What's wrong with interrupting that shot with different angles or closeups to make it more interesting? This scene was also marred by bad balance between music and dialogue, I struggled to hear the words - to the extent where, possibly, the ending makes no sense to me. Why does this character do what he does at the end? I saw no motivation for it. [I'm unfamiliar with the original story]
Now the pluses ..
Both the actors sounded very good, there were some well edited sequences and the composer did a superb job. It was well paced too after the opening monologue.»
«This looks and sounds great. Nukester's score is really good work evoking a touch of suspense to go with a an emotion that can be both a bit sad and vicious at the same time. Sparky's role was done very well (as was Pooka's though Sparky's stood out as the main protagonist) and the flick looked great in High Res with the widescreen overlays. Credits also stood out as clean, crisp and professional. My critique is similar to the one I had for the your last. I would personally like to hear a little more of a stretch or personal touch in the narration and dialogue than a word for word reading of a tale that marks this clearly as Poe and not so much in the Hitchcock vein. Still, having said this, it was most certainly very good work. »
«One of the great lines - "For the love of God, Montressor" - and a pretty damn fine movie as well.
Great acting, an amazing score, and the words of Edgar Allen Poe - add some deft filmmaking by FrostyFrost09, and you'd got a hell of a movie.
Good luck in the comp, Frosty - this is your best work yet.»
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