I just watched the movie Inkheart today and thought it was a great movie. I went looking online for more about it and was disappointed to see pretty low reviews of the movie, so I decided to review it myself.
Inkheart the movie is based off of a book with the same name by Cornelia Funke. I have not read the book yet but intend to now since the movie was so good. Maybe I’ll review that too when I finally get around to it.
The movie is of a genre that I like to call fairy-tale. This is the same genre that wonderful movies like The Princess Bride and Stardust belong in. (If you have never heard of either of those movies, then you must queue them up in Netflix or run to a rental store immediately! I’m serious, why are you still reading this!) These movies are wonderful escapes from reality that the whole family can enjoy, and as a father of two, that is very important to me.
Inkheart is full of action and adventure that amazingly is able to remain clean. This movie contains a love story, fighting, monsters, treasure, and the journey home. It also is based on one of my favorite hobbies, the wonderful world of books.
Characters of books actually come to life in Inkheart thanks to the main character. I will remain vague so that I don’t give away any details. Let’s just say that there are villians, people that need to be rescued, and wonderfully flawed main characters. The characters range from the believable to the magically, but all of them are fairly well developed. I was able to connect with the characters very well thanks to the developement.
The plot of the movie was wonderful and kept me on the edge of my seat. It also ended in a pretty feel good way so that the whole family was satisfied. Also, as a side note, I did love the actors in the movie. Brendan Fraiser, Sienna Guillory, and Paul Bettany did a wonderful job in this movie.
I give Inkheart the movie 5 out of 5 bears and I encourage you all to watch it when you get a chance. Fortunately it is already out on DVD and Bluray, so you can just rent it. The reason that I gave it 5 out of 5 bears because I consider the movie an “own worthy” movie, which means I am going to buy it.
I did a guest post over at my friend Snikle’s blog on Risus RPG character compendium and just happened to do Dora since we had been talking about it. My baby girl loves that show so it is on all the time over here. For that post, I did the characters Dora and Boots. However, no RPG is complete without some bad guys. So here is a Risus character post for Dora the Explorer bad guys The Grumpy Old Troll and Swiper.
The Grumpy Old Troll
- Grumpy Old Troll (4)
- Wellspring of Riddles (2)
- Short, Hairy, and Harmless (2)
The grumpy old troll (who lives under the bridge) is a classic character in Dora’s adventures. There is almost always a bridge to cross and when they did to cross it, the troll is there to stop them. He does not want anyone crossing his bridge unless they can solve one of his many riddles. If they can, he proves to be harmless and allows them to pass. I wonder what would happen if Dora and Boots couldn’t solve his riddle?
- Sneaky fox (4)
- Master thief in it for fun (2)
- Cleverly hides what he steals(2)
- Honors those who call out to him thrice (1)
Swiper is a clever fox who likes to swipe items of interest from Dora and Boots. The thing is, he isn’t interested in keeping the items for himself, but instead likes to hide the items he has swiped. He will also leave someone alone if they call out to him three times to stop what he is doing. (I think its a fairy creature thing)
These are two great antagonists that anyone could run in a Risus RPG that add just a little bit of fun to the game. Hope you like them!
Well, I just finished moving my website over to its own server and I gotta say, I like it. There was a real moment there when I just could not decide between WordPress and Joomla, but in the end, the ease of use of WordPress just won out. Joomla could do some cool things, but with the right plugins, I think WordPress can handle everything I need here.
And if not, well, I’ll just switch over to Joomla!