Bravo to Lasse Hallstrom for directing another cooking/food movie. I… MoreBravo to Lasse Hallstrom for directing another cooking/food movie. I loved Chocolat. In my opinion, Chocolat was a little bit better. I also liked Chef better than this film. The film is wonderful, cute, and funny. Great performances from everyone involved. I definitely recommend this film.
Robert Rodriguez has done it again. I love these films. I can't… MoreRobert Rodriguez has done it again. I love these films. I can't believe it took close to 10 years for this new one. I liked the first film a little bit more than this one. I will say that a big negative is that the viewer can be confused by the film, considering the chronology starting from the first film. Rather than stand alone stories, this film does require the viewer to rematch the first film again, cause it is referenced a lot here. Rodriguez should have made it more clearer in terms of chronology, so that the viewer doesn't get confused where in the Sin City timeline the actions in this film come before or after the first film.
In a way, this is a unique film. It is both a prequel and a sequel, just like 300 Rise of an Empire, which came out earlier this year. They should have released this film 2 or 3 years after the first one. Also they should have not released the film in August. They should have released it in March, April, or October.
I love how both films get me sucked into this film noir type of world. I like film noir films. There is a great fight scene between Mickey Rourke and Dennis Haysbert. The music is very good too.
Mickey Rourke is awesome as Marv. Marv is one of my favorite characters in Sin City and I am glad he came back. Josh Brolin does a good job here. I would have like to see Clive Owen make a cameo at the big finale. Brolin's make up at the big finale made me laugh. It was great seeing Rosario Dawson back as Gail. She is one of my favs too. Eva Green steals the film as Ava. She is the ultimate femme fatale. From Dark Shadows to 300 Rise of An Empire to this, I love seeing her in these dark villain roles. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a great addition to the franchise. Powers Boothe is great here too. Dennis Haysbert does a great job filling in for Michael Clarke Duncan. Jessica Alba shines here too. I love seeing the transition in her character. Bruce Willis was ok, in his ghost like appearance in the film. Lady Gaga also had a great cameo role here.
I definitely recommend this film, but see the first film, before seeing this one, to understand it a bit better. If they do a 3rd film, I hope they don't wait ten years and I hope it is more clear where in the chronology of Sin City the stories take place in.
Jeanne Tripplehorn and Liev Schreiber's performances are the best… MoreJeanne Tripplehorn and Liev Schreiber's performances are the best reason to watch this film. I felt like I have seen this type of film before It reminded me of movies like Unfaithful and Eyes Wide Shut. They had a good idea for a film but didn't execute it correctly. It needed a rewrite. The tone was off and it was a bit unfocused.
Tripplehorn is great here. I am happy to see her in a leading role. It's been awhile since I saw her in a film where she had the lead role. Schreiber does a good job here too.
I say, check it out for Tripplehorn and Schrieber.
Chloe Grace Moretz is one of the best reasons to check out this film.… MoreChloe Grace Moretz is one of the best reasons to check out this film. She shines here. Every film, I see her in, she keeps getting better and better. I wasn't expecting much from the trailer. I was pleasantly surprised after watching the film. It reminded me of movies like The Invisible, Save the Last Dance, and The Lovely Bones. I did like this film more than The Vow, The Fault in Our Stars, and A Walk To Remember.
The film is a bit predictable, however, I didn't mind that here. I did like a lot of the music references throughout the film. One thing I wasn't crazy about was the style and structure of the film. It keeps going back and fourth from the present in the hospital and the flashbacks.
Chloe has a good on screen chemistry with both Jamie Blackley and Mireille Enos, and Joshua Leonard. Leonard and Enos are great as Chloe's folks in the film. Stacy Keach does a good job as Chloe's grandfather.
I definitely recommend this film, especially cause of Chloe's performance. I hope she will play Hit Girl, one more time for Kick-Ass 3.
The film took me by surprise. After watching the trailer, I wasn't… MoreThe film took me by surprise. After watching the trailer, I wasn't expecting much. The film does deliver. It reminded me of movies like Gattaca, Equilibrium, and Pleasantville. I wouldn't compare it to Hunger Games or Divergent. I did love the visual style of the film. The film opens in black and white and gradually goes in color, to show Jonas's world opening up thanks to The Giver.
Jeff Bridges does a great job here. He kind of reminded me a little bit of his Kevin Flynn role in Tron Legacy. He has got the mentor role down good. Meryl Streep kind of reminded me of Kate Winslett's character in Divergent. However, Winslett's character is more vicious than Streep's character. Brenton Thwaites does a good job as Jonas. I loved his scenes with Bridges. Taylor Swift does a good job too in her brief role.
I definitely recommend this film.
From the trailer, I thought I wasn't gonna like this film. Boy, was I… MoreFrom the trailer, I thought I wasn't gonna like this film. Boy, was I wrong. This film is hilarious. The key to the film is not to take it too seriously. It kind of reminded me of movies like Blue Streak, 30 Minutes or Less, Three Amigos, and 21 Jump Street. The film kind of spoofs action films, especially buddy cop films.
What makes this work, is the teaming of Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. They are hilarious together on screen. They have a great on screen chemistry. We are rooting for these screw up underdogs. Rob Riggle is also good in his supporting role.
I definitely recommend this film and hope Wayans Jr. and Johnson do more films togethers.
The question is, is the film as bad as everyone is saying? In my… MoreThe question is, is the film as bad as everyone is saying? In my opinion the answer is no. The film is so so. It is entertaining, but not as good as the 2nd one or the first one. It is the weak one in the franchise. I am getting the feeling that this film was rushed from pre-production till post-production and that will usually hurt a film.
The Expendables to me, is an homage to the great action films of the 70s and 80s. Those films are R rated. The studio's decision to make this film PG-13 was a really bad move. The first 2 films were R rated and they should have made this one R rated.
This film needed a rewrite. They had a great idea for a story but didn't execute it correctly. There is a theme of having the old guys make a difference and show that they still got it in a time where the young guys steal the show. In away that theme was in Star Trek 2 Wrath of Khan. We see it here when comparing the old team and the young new team. Here is what doesn't make sense, to have Stallone's Barney Ross dump his Expendables team for a new younger team to go after Gibson, especially at the end when Stallone accepts the old gang back for the rescue. With this great story line of the rivalry between Stallone and Gibson here is what should have happened in the film. From the beginning, the Expendables are facing strong competition from a younger team, which seems to be getting the job done better in the eyes of the C.I.A. The C.I.A. wants the young team after Gibson and they get trapped and captured. Barney and Expendables are asked by the C.I.A. to come to the rescue of the young team and they do.
One big element in this franchise is that they add new people in each film they do. However, given that, Stallone should not be afraid of making changes especially with the Expendables team. Meaning, he should not be afraid of killing off the characters. Characters played by Jet Li, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, and Bruce Willis could easily be killed off in the film and replaced by new team members. The only death, in the 2nd film, of Liam Hemsworth, didn't have as great of an impact, because he was a new member of the team and not one of the original team members. One of the Expendables gets wounded here but doesn't die. It would have been better if the character died.
Also, each film was memorable for having these amazing fight scenes. In the first there was Li vs Lundren, Stallone vs Austin, Couture vs Austin. The 2nd film had Stallone vs Van Damme and Statham vs Scott Adkins. This one only has one memorable fight and it is Stallone vs Gibson. There should have been more memorable fight scenes with these action icons.
Also Patrick Hughes wasn't a good choice to direct this film. They should have asked Simon West to return to direct this one. He did an amazing job with the 2nd one. I keep thinking Robert Rodriguez would do an amazing job co-writing the film and directing it. I didn't like some of the editing of the film. I didn't like some of the shots. I thought he did too many close ups.
Stallone could have been better here. He was great in the 2nd one. He is the glue that holds this franchise and story together. I was surprised that they reduced Statham's role to what it is, given he is Stallone's right hand man. He does fight Gibson's right hand man at the end of the film, but it wasn't as memorable as his fight in the 2nd film with Scott Adkins. Harrison Ford seems like he is out of place with the gang. I wanted to see him get physical and not fly a helicopter. I feel like Stallone used Ford as a fuck you to Bruce Willis for not coming back and wanting more money. Wesley Snipes is a great addition to the series and the gang. It was great seeing him on the big screen kicking ass again. I don't know why Jet Li keeps coming back. He had very little to do in the last one and this one in the film for 5 minutes. There is a surprising revelation about him and Arnold at the end of the film. I was disappointed with Arnold. He usually has better dialog and one liners than what he has here. Antonio was both funny and annoying.
In regards to the younger team, the majority were dull and not likable. Kellan Lutz was miscast here. He was wooden like Hayden Christensen or Freddie Prinze Jr. I kept thinking they should have casted someone like Ryan Reynolds, Chris Pine, Mark Wahlberg, or Chris Evans in that role, then it would have been much better. They bring charm to all of their roles. The only exception here is Ronda Rousey. She is great on screen. She holds her own here and shines. I look forward to seeing her in more movies.
The best part of the film is the villain. Mel Gibson is awesome in the film. I love it when he plays villains. He is really good at it. Last year it was Machete Kills and this year it's Expendables. He steals the film. I was waiting for him or Stallone to say "I'm getting too old for this shit!!!" However, that famous line was not used here. The fight between Gibson and Stallone is really good.
I don't know if another Expendables film will happen given the fact that this one isn't doing too good. However, if they do another, I hope Stallone will take some risks, have a better director, willing to kill off any team members, and have a great story.
Colin Firth and Emma Stone are the best reasons to see this film. I… MoreColin Firth and Emma Stone are the best reasons to see this film. I also liked the twist and the ending. Other than that, the film was so so. This is not Woody's best. I thought To Rome With Love and Midnight in Paris were better than this. I felt like I have seen this type of film before and done better than here. The pacing was off.
Firth and Stone shine here. They have a great on screen chemistry. Simon McBurney was also good here.
I would say, see it for Firth and Stone.
I honestly was expecting the film to be better. I thought it was so… MoreI honestly was expecting the film to be better. I thought it was so so. I saw it in 3D. The film felt like a Michel Bay film, even though he didn't direct it. It felt like his style. One of the major problems that I had with the film is that the Turtles are CGI. I liked the older films more, especially the first Ninja Turtles film cause it had a real feel to it. I would rather have a guy in a suit/costume playing the character than a CGI version of the character, cause it makes it more real. The CGI here looked too fake. I couldn't take the Turtles, Splinter, or even Shredder seriously here. Shredder looked like he came from the Transformers movie. He looked too fake to me.
I also didn't like that the action scenes happened too fast. This is a problem with a lot of action films lately. They happen too fast making it hard to tell what happened in the scene, or who got hit or hurt. They did make some slight changes to the origin of the Turtles and Splinter. The plot did seem very familiar to me. Shredder's plan and the big finale at the end reminded me of the Amazing Spiderman finale and the Lizard's plan.
I thought the voice actors for the Turtles and Splinter were not good. I thought the original films did a great job choosing the right actors in those roles, but not here. Megan Fox was ok as April, but I thought Paige Turco and Judith Hoag did a better job as April. Megan in my opinion, was better in Transformers. I was expecting more from William Fichtner in this film. I thought he was gonna be Shredder. Boy, was I wrong about that.
While kids will like the new film, I prefer the old ones.
Given the 2 leads and the director, I was expecting this film to be… MoreGiven the 2 leads and the director, I was expecting this film to be better. I was disappointed. Rob Reiner's last 2 films (The Magic of Belle Isle and Flipped) were better than this. I felt like I have seen this type of film done before. In a weird way, it reminded me of Ulees Gold. The film is predictable. I wasn't surprised by what happened in the film. The tone was off. The film needed a rewrite. At times it doesn't know if it wants to be a serious drama or a comedy.
I feel like I have seen Douglas play this role before. It reminded me a little bit of his role in Last Vegas. Douglas's last teaming with Reiner, The American President, was much better than this. I felt like I have seen Diane Keaton play this role before. It felt similar to her role in Something's Gotta Give. That was also a better film than this. Douglas and Keaton are great together. Frances Sternhagen and Rob Reiner provide comic relief in the film.
Despite the problems, the film is only worth checking out for Keaton and Douglas. Let's hope their next film together will be better than this one.