I love that the film had a different feel from other vampire films. I… MoreI love that the film had a different feel from other vampire films. I really liked Tom Hiddleston as the brooding vampire Adam. But for me I felt like the film really picked up when Ava (Mia Wasikowska) showed up. I just love how "childish" she was in comparison to Adam and Eve. I think I laughed my ass off when Adam and Eve discover that she drank Ian. I think it was just the non-chalant delivery of the line. And them continuing to lay and sit next to the now dead Ian. I also laughed a lot during the scene before that when they were in the club and Ian was trying to be "as cool as them" by also wearing sunglasses and wanting to drink out of their flask too.
I did think the film dragged in parts. But overall it was pretty interesting. I don't know why they all had ratty hair though. Just because you're vampires doesn't mean you can't use a comb.
It was a pretty decent movie. Do I think it could have been better?… MoreIt was a pretty decent movie. Do I think it could have been better? Yes.
Let's start out with the problems. Jeff Bridges. He was doing something weird with his lip. It was like he was pushing it out to make himself sound older if that makes sense. It was distracting and weird. I didn't feel like Brenton, Cameron or Odeya were particularly strong actors. They weren't bad, but a little flat. I'm sure with time they will grow. And although I didn't totally mind them aging up the characters, I really did not feel like the romance subplot was necessary. Also, I'm not sure I buy Katie Holmes or Alexander Skarsgard as parents of an 18 year old boy. Another thing I felt that did not make sense was the whole sled thing. I mean, its the first memory that Jonas recieves, but at the end (when he's in Elsewhere) he finds the same sled and the same house with carolers. Was that merely a coincidence or The Giver know about the place? Like, I don't think he has abilities to show him the present or future, so it just seemed weird and too contrived that he just so happens to arrive at the same place.
But I really felt like it got the beautiful and emotional side of what life is right.
As for book to movie changes, the only really glaring were ages and romance subplot. All other changes were really minor and not bothersome.
One of the things that still amazes me about this movie is how… MoreOne of the things that still amazes me about this movie is how life-like the chimps really are. Its easy to forget that they are completely CGI.
I also really liked how there wasn't one true villain. Sure Koba and Dreyfus were the antagonists (Koba more so). But at the end of the day, they were both doing what they thought was necessary to keep their race alive. Its refreshing and nice to see some flaws, some conflict.
I was also quite impressed with Jason Clarke. I thought he really sold the movie for me whereas Andy Serkis really sold it for me with the previous film.
The only thing I wish they had done, was keep the humans being enslaved. We know it does eventually happen (thanks to the originals),so it would have been nice to see "Ahhhhh, so thats how it happened". But I guess that wouldn't have made for a "happier" film. Oh well.
While its a beautiful movie visually, it didn't make a whole lot of… MoreWhile its a beautiful movie visually, it didn't make a whole lot of sense most of the the time. It left a lot of questions unanswered. They didn't really explain who the girl was at the beginning, was she another alien or just some human who was acquired for clothes/money. I presume the motorcyclist was also an alien, how did know about Scarlett's character letting the "elephant man" guy go. Do the aliens have some sort of telepathic ability. Why didn't the guys seem to notice, that they were now submerged in water? Were they under some sort of trance?
I realize that those points aren't exactly important in the whole grand scheme of the movie since it mainly focused on her "self-discovery", but it would been nice, if they had edited out some of the redundant driving scenes and taken the time to explain some things better.
The only other thing that I thought was truly good about this film was the score. Perfectly eerie, and definitely unsettling.
The movie is a ton a fun and delivers on the laughs and action. But… MoreThe movie is a ton a fun and delivers on the laughs and action. But its not perfect, and it isn't the best film of the year (in my opinion). I did not like Karen Gillan as Nebula. Have you ever seen a cheesy Sci-Fi movie from the 50/60s? That is what her acting was like. I felt myself cringing anytime she came on. She's not a particularly strong actress. Maybe, she's always like that or maybe this just wasn't the right role, I don't know. But I kind of wished someone else was in the role. I think I could have really liked the Nebula character otherwise. The other weak part of the film for me was Drax. And here are 3 reasons why. 1)I thought the way he spoke was annoying. Yes they make a joke about how he's a walking thesaurus, but it still became quite annoying throughout the movie. 2)I didn't feel like he lived up to the title "The Destroyer". At the end of the day, I didnt feel like he was anymore powerful than Gamora, Star Lord or hell even Rocket. Maybe we will get to see more of him shine in later movies. 3)I don't feel like Dave Bautista is that strong of an actor. I mean I'm not totally surprised because he's another wrestler turned actor,but still. Lee Pace was good as Ronan, but I also feel like his villain was kind of forgettable. He was no Loki or Winter Soldier. I did get some chills though when we first see Thanos. So that was good. I honestly can't wait to see how it will all turn out for Avengers 3. I also LOVED Rocket and Star Lord. I'm not sure who I liked better because they were both so funny and sassy. And both Bradley Cooper and Chris Pratt were perfection and I think embodied how those characters are really meant to be. Groot is also a really cool character, but honestly could have been played/voiced by anyone. I think they only got Vin Diesel so it would look more impressive on poster. Zoe Saldana as Gamora was also good, but she was 4th favourite Guardian of the Galaxy. I also think the soundtrack was AWESOME and I can't wait to buy it. The film was a lot of fun and I do think I would recommend it.
It was quite a cute movie even though it was really really… MoreIt was quite a cute movie even though it was really really predictable. But I thought Anna Faris and Chris Evans had good chemistry together. And I loved all the scenes where Ally (Anna) kept bumping into Disgusting Donald (real life husband Chris Pratt). But I dont get the whole problem with her being viewed as some slut for having 20 partners. I mean, when you average it out, shes had 2 partners a year....doesn't seem THAT crazy.
This was absolute crap.
I mean, I realized going into this that the… MoreThis was absolute crap.
I mean, I realized going into this that the science behind this was not going to be factual in anyway, but I was willing to suspend my disbelief because the premise looked interesting from trailer. I had decided it would be a fun take on a "what if" situation.
But this movie was just so ridiculous from start to finish. So this guy you barely know keeps grabbing onto your arm because he wants you to deliver some mysterious briefcase. Why the F did you not scream or something? I mean 3 times, she tries to walk away and he grabs her. Scream and grab attention to yourself, kick him, I don't care. Also, when the drugs finally kick in and her powers start developing, that whole scene was pretty laughable to watch. I love Scarlett and I do think she's a great actress...but not one of her better acting moments. I also really take issue that she seemed to care for her friends (by giving them health advice) and obviously was hunting down the other drug packets to save people but then didnt seem to care about the giant massive pile-up she just created. What about all of those people's lives? Also, the the "romance" sub-plot was just not needed. The cop made a completely valid point when he said "Why do you need me?". She honestly really didn't. But instead the movie decided to give them an awkward kiss where she then explained that she needed a "reminder". I know he later on in the movie helped kept the bad guys out while she focused on some experiment....but couldnt they have come up with a better idea to keep him around? And also, why did the bad guy take so effing long to shoot her. Here she was sitting in this chair in front of him (her mind was time-traveling for like 5 minutes as she sees the Victorian age, native americans, dinosaurs and ape-humans)...like he could have shot her so quickly....but we get the most contrived cinema cliche...where the bad guy has to slowly walk up behind her and slowly raise up the gun, struggle to pull the trigger. *Rolls eyes* . Then we he finally decides to get trigger happy, she has already disappeared into a puff of smoke. No really, she just disappears.
And I feel like, its a shame really. Because if this movie does bad the studios will probably blame that it was a female lead for its downfall. Which is BS. The fact it had a crappy script is the real answer. The CGI was just ok, as well. Seen worse, but have seen better.
I really enjoyed the music aspect of it, even though some of Greta's… MoreI really enjoyed the music aspect of it, even though some of Greta's (Keira Knightley) songs sounded similar to one another. The things that were really bugging me was a)Adam Levine is NOT an actor. B)There were so much sexual tension between Greta and Dan that I felt went nowhere. C)Ended rather abruptly.
Other than that I felt like it was a pretty enjoyable movie with good acting. But at the same time its not anything overtly special. I would probably buy the soundtrack, but I dont think I would rush out to buy the movie.
Although the film starts off quite slow, I thought it ended up being a… MoreAlthough the film starts off quite slow, I thought it ended up being a very interesting portrayal of war, and what you would do survive. I didn't care for the voices that Daisy heard in her head. It was kind of distracting. I didn't care much for the incest either. I would eyeroll anytime she dreamed about him shirtless too.
I mean, the film certainly wasn't the best thing ever, but I thought it really got interesting once the war broke out, and they got separated.
I remember thinking this looked kind of dumb when I saw the previews,… MoreI remember thinking this looked kind of dumb when I saw the previews, but it got such good reviews that I decided to check it out and.....I felt like I should have stuck to my guns. It was pretty dumb. Don't get me wrong there was some amusing parts to it that made me chuckle. But overall, I felt really embarrassed that I was watching it.
Will Arnett as Batman was awesome and so was Liam Neeson as the Bad Cop/Good Cop. They were the saving grace in the movie.