One of the most anticipated films of the year delivers what it sets… MoreOne of the most anticipated films of the year delivers what it sets out to be: retelling the origin story of the alien baby that comes to earth and has to deal with its power, people's prejudices and ultimately his rise as earth's protector. It starts with an impressive and breath-taking Science-Fiction beginning at Krypton before the film slows down a bit to tell the story of the lonely wanderer with the unbelievable background. The film pleasantly succeeds in the latter as well, thanks to a really good supporting cast and Cavill's convincing portrayal of Clark Kent. While the film could have used a few more hints of humor here or there it still flows really well and culminates in a huge 45 minute showdown that is both the film's blessing and curse. It's big, it's noisy and spectacular. But for a film that tries to be realistic for quite a while (and manages quite well, given the circumstances and comic book background), some of the action special effects take you out of the experience, because they are very clearly just that: effects. It also feels off how repetitive some of the moves are. At some point you stop counting how often someone has been thrown through a building or dragged across the asphalt. But that's lamenting in luxury, because the rest of the movie is really entertaining and well done, Hans Zimmer's soundtrack feels like an instant classic, the production design is breath taking and beautifully filmed. Of course, the smart and moving ending opens all doors for more adventures and I, for one, wouldn't mind at all to revisit the Man of Steel. Even though it feels and looks different than all other attempts before: a very brave attempt at the well known story. Spectacular entertainment.
Carried by two outstanding leading men (Downey Jr. and Foxx) this film… MoreCarried by two outstanding leading men (Downey Jr. and Foxx) this film celebrates the power of friendship without ever getting too sappy or unrealistic in its outlook on curing or dealing with mental illnesses. Next to the great performances, the fine camera work and direction make this an underrated drama with lots of memorable scenes. A little shocked not more people reacted positively to it.
A very refreshing take on the old premise of kids getting into hick… MoreA very refreshing take on the old premise of kids getting into hick country and murdered one after another. As misunderstandings add up two kind-hearted hillbillies are mistaken for psycho murders and have to fight for their lives against bratty, unlikable college kids. That's gory, funny and tongue in cheek, fully aware of its own silliness. Very entertaining and bursting stereotypes with every step.
The most charming and funniest of the Star Trek films brings Kirk's… MoreThe most charming and funniest of the Star Trek films brings Kirk's crew to our San Francisco on a rescue mission for whales. As silly as it is that future earth is attacked by a gigantic cylinder who only speaks Whale, the film just goes with it and has fun with that premise. The culture shock jokes mostly work and even though things never get too awfully exciting, this is most certainly much better than the dull first Trek films, despite of the actors' receding hairlines.
While the trailer was really funny, like so often, it also wasted most… MoreWhile the trailer was really funny, like so often, it also wasted most of the ammunition. The rest of the film is neither very surprising nor funny but relies on stoner and sex jokes, pretty much exclusively so. It's amazing how the creators gathered such talented people like Dance, Lewis or Portman. What could have been a new, politically incorrect version of Princess of the Bride is just plain stupid, even if entertaining enough. At least one of the running gags works, though: if you ever wanted to see Zoey Deschanel trying to suck a severed Minotaur dick, this is your kinda film. If you think that sentence alone is really bizarre, stay away.
A little wonder of a nature documentary, beautifully filmed and… MoreA little wonder of a nature documentary, beautifully filmed and composed. Following a large variety of animals, some well known, some very obscure, through different stages of life: from the care for the offspring to the struggle for food or the search for mates. While we only get short glimpses into their respective lives, what we see and learn still fills us with a sense of wonder, leaving us in awe of the beauty of nature. Thankfully, the narration is limited to the very basic information, never gets preachy or too lyrical. Very well done. Impressive and memorable.
Starting out with a really great action sequence as well as ending… MoreStarting out with a really great action sequence as well as ending with one, this action flick has its problems with everything in between. The characters work, even though some are cardboards and there are too many of them to do them all justice. But while the enemy may be portrayed as dangerous, he has hundreds of disposable minions, which simply does not exactly raise the stakes. Once again, the mid-film visit to the local racing scene is particularly silly and pointless. The movie takes itself a little too serious at times and forgets that it's just supposed to be fun. That's why the beginning and the ending work, but in between there is a lot of thin air, something part six did so much better. Entertaining, but dumb.
I had already abandoned this franchise after the decent but somewhat… MoreI had already abandoned this franchise after the decent but somewhat dull original film. Especially the racing scene with the girls shaking their booties to hip hop tunes did very little for me from a cinematic point of view. However, the fresh start after the protagonists' return for part 4 seemed to do the franchise good and while the fifth part still took itself a little too seriously, now with part six the creators clearly have reached a level where they simply decide to have fun. And it's fun in capital letters. You gotta give credit to a film that delivers exactly what its audience demands and leaves very little else to wish for. Sure, you could complain about the somewhat predictable plot, another unnecessary racing scene interlude with all its silly stereotypes or the sometimes rather flat dialogs. But as for the rest of the film: the action scenes deliver an insane, over the top, bat shit crazy adrenaline rush, easily turning this into the highlight of the series and a peak of recent action cinema. Don't expect realism or a lack of plot holes, expect to be pressed into your seats for what feels a lot less than two hours. It also helps that the humor is a lot more tongue in cheek than before and the film seems to be entirely aware of its silliness, yet still manages to deliver the mean punches showing something's at stake here. That especially goes for the after the credits scene with a surprise guest that will probably cause a similar reaction in most movie theaters: Whoa! It doesn't happen often that you're looking forward to the seventh film in a series. Consider me very pleasantly surprised. So entertaining you don't even notice it's dumb.
The evil child coming to a household that has it's own demons from the… MoreThe evil child coming to a household that has it's own demons from the past to deal with is such a well known movie trope, that it's hard to imagine a film having much too add to the genre. And this one doesn't really. The tension builds slowly and you actually feel bad for the well acted child antagonist for a while. As things get more bloody, the film becomes less believable, but at least the twist adds some very fresh spice to the mix and doesn't have to rely on any supernatural element. The showdown is exciting even if a little unbelievable. Overall pretty entertaining and while never particularly scary the film has its moments of tension.