Starting out like a somewhat regular Western, albeit with a really… MoreStarting out like a somewhat regular Western, albeit with a really hateful and diabolic bad guy, the film goes more into pulp territory with each minute. While Ed Harris' shenanigans are fun to watch, it is January Jones who's the problem. The more her character enters the center stage, the less interesting things get. Fact is, she can't act her way out of a kartonage box. The movie gets bloodier with each minute but also less exciting because it takes a little more than someone walking around shooting people in revenge to keep the audience interested. By the time of the showdown you just don't care anymore. Wasted chances all around.
A Sci-Fi action thriller so fast you don't even notice how flawed it… MoreA Sci-Fi action thriller so fast you don't even notice how flawed it is. Pearce's one-liners are way too entertaining and the pace way too breathless to notice how many other (and better) films were influencing this. It's not particularly engaging, what with the cartoonish bad guys and somewhat predictable plot, but somehow it's still a lot of fun and over sooner than you can blink, erm....think.
German animation film, with pretty decent graphics but a rather… MoreGerman animation film, with pretty decent graphics but a rather preachy story. It doesn't exactly help that the humor is somewhat infantile and the timing totally off. If this film proves one thing then what a terrific job most US-productions make in expanding their target audience to older kids and even young adults. Children may have fun with this but there is nothing redeeming here for an older audience.
Let's be honest, Crowe's older films had much more energy, honesty and… MoreLet's be honest, Crowe's older films had much more energy, honesty and unpredictability. Here, you know immediately what you are getting, and you are getting a lot of it. Family drama, cute animal humor, romance, and the notion that hard work can make you achieve anything. That's naive and sometimes even a bit annoying. And yet the film ends of engaging you after all, because of the likable characters and Crowe's instinct to use the right song for the right scene. By the wonderful ending the film has won you over and you can't help but sit there with a bug stupid grin on your face. It then adds a real tear-jerker of a final scene that gives it all more depth than you got for two hours before that. Quite a feat.
Pretty amazing how universally loved this film seems to be. Upon… MorePretty amazing how universally loved this film seems to be. Upon further inspection from today's point of view it's way too silly to be scary and way too gory to be taken seriously. Of course that's all intentionally so. Still, the film did not age well. It still works as a set-up for the awesome third part, but if you really measure this for coherence, character development or dialogs, there is nothing rewarding here. Instead of get a lot of plastic demons and fake blood. Entertaining, but stupid.
Yes, it's full of over the top action, unlikely coincidents and silly… MoreYes, it's full of over the top action, unlikely coincidents and silly one-liners, but you gotta give the movie credit for the pace it's keeping up. And as a kid I would have loved this entertaining adventure on an island full of monsters, animals and old temples. It's all about the target audience, after all.
Uninspired, with odd attempts of humor and an unlikable heroine, this… MoreUninspired, with odd attempts of humor and an unlikable heroine, this adventure wants to be a French Indiana Jones but fails on pretty much every level. Even for a film with fantastic elements, the plot holes are huge and the unlikeliness keeps adding up to a degree where this is merely a comedy. At least the special effects are somewhat decent, but when the entire cast of characters consists of idiots or arrogant pricks, there is little to hang on to. Disappointing.
After the pleasant surprise that was the first film of the new Planet… MoreAfter the pleasant surprise that was the first film of the new Planet of the Apes series, the expectations for the sequel, or middle part of the trilogy, were somewhat bigger. Thankfully, everyone involved was fully aware of that and delivered another smart blockbuster with a lot of vital commentary on the futility of war and violent conflicts. The film doesn't want you to pick a side too easily as hostility between the last remaining humans on Earth and the intelligent apes arise. There are decent and bad characters on both sides. This makes for an interesting ride, as the conflict spins more and more into chaos and there is little anyone can do against it, after a point of no return. Once again, the CGI is incredible, thanks to great motion capture acting and the accompanying special effects. Thankfully, the human actors are en par, especially Gary Oldman only takes two short scenes to make a strong point for being one of the best of his generation. The gloomy atmosphere, the great cinematography, it all adds up to an intelligent and pretty damn entertaining continuation of the story. If there is one complaint it would have to be that the ending is merely a cliffhanger for what's next in part three. But at least we all have something to look forward to.
Let's be honest. Less than a year ago there had not been much… MoreLet's be honest. Less than a year ago there had not been much marketing for this film yet. And it seemed like a bold move by Marvel to take a lesser known comic including a talking raccoon and a walking tree as their big summer movie for 2014 without a full-blown A-list cast. People started fearing this could be Marvel's first financial flop. It's not gonna happen though, because word will travel fast. This is riot.
"Guardians" is the kind of lighthearted yet never superficial or even dumb Sci-Fi adventure people loved to watch in the 1980s. Director James Gunn pays homage to that era especially with his brilliant use of songs throughout the film yet propelling visual effects to a new level at the same time. While Gunn can rely on excellent CGI effects that make us care deeply about the creatures mentioned above, the human cast is delivering spot on performances, too. It's the characters' stories that ultimately make you click with this movie and make it so much more than a fast food adventure. It's fast, it's colorful, it's weird (but not as weird as feared) while being deeply satisfying and entertaining at all time. The amount of detail and depth that went into every frame of this packed universe is staggering. Funny yet touching it's hard not to come back from seeing this with a stupid grin on your face. Sure, the laws of physics have no real business in this film and the last act of the showdown maybe takes the craziness a few notches too high, but you'll be hard pressed to find a summer blockbuster with this much heart while being pushed into your cinema seat for two hours.