Wednesday, April 13, 2011

my review of Run Lola Run (Lola Rennt)

This is one that I saw for my Intro to Film class. It is a very...different film.

Acting/characters: Pretty good. it was generally what it needed to be. This movie was really low on dialogue (or at least comparatively to a lot of films) The characters were all really interesting and you got a feel for a lot of who the characters were even though Lola just runs by them and they only say a few words. The girl who played Lola had to be the best because 99% of the screen time was focused entirely on her. The characters were really interesting to watch and they all did a great job. 9/10

Plot: Well, rarely, if ever, have I found a more apt title of a movie. The whole movie is Lola running. But don't let that turn you off to it. It's really a great film with an incredibly engaging plot that does a lot to make it interesting. The way the plot is structured is incredibly original to me. I have never seen a plot structure quite like this (but I know there are other plots out there like this one). It was really well done and really interesting. 9/10

Screenplay: Pretty good. It was all in German originally so I don't know if anything was lost in translation there. I doubt it but you never know. In English though, I thought that it was very well done. Nothing particularly outstanding but it was good. 9/10

Likableness: This movie is not your typical movie. It defies the laws of what a normal movie should look like. Some movies fail when they try that but this one hit it out of the park. I highly enjoyed it. It was incredibly well done and I would highly suggest it to anyone who has not seen it. You won't be disappointed. It is not your typical movie. If that's your cup of tea then see this one. If not then you still need to see it and break the norm for you. I highly enjoyed it and I would have no problems with watching it again. I would pick up on more stuff I'll bet. 9/10

Final Score: 36/40 90% (N)

TRIVIA TIME: 1. During shooting, Franka Potente could not wash her hair for seven weeks because the red hair color was very sensitive to water and would have got lighter with every washing.

2. Tom Tykwer hated the empty space on the wall and asked production designer Alexander Manasse to paint a picture of Kim Novak as she was in Vertigo. But Alexander didn't remember what she looked like, so Tom suggested he painted her from behind. Alexander completed the picture within fifteen minutes.

3. The two sentences at the opening ("The ball is round" and "The game lasts 90 minutes") are famous quotes by German soccer coaching legend Sepp Herberger.

4. The shot where the roulette ball lands on 20 was not a trick shot - the crew simply filmed the ball dropping into the wheel, and it hit 20 on one of their first takes.

5. Hans Paetsch, who speaks the narration at the beginning, is Germany's most popular fairy tale narrator. His characteristic voice is easily recognized by anyone who grew up with fairy tale records in Germany.

6. It took nearly five weeks to persuade a supermarket in Berlin to allow them to shoot the robbery sequence.

7. In the film, Manni needs 100,000 marks. In 1998, the exchange rate for marks was 1.789 making this sum equivalent to $55,897.15 in the US.

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