I thought the film was so so. They had a good idea for a film, but… MoreI thought the film was so so. They had a good idea for a film, but didn't execute it correctly. What surprised me about the film was the dark tone, which was reflected through the villain Pitch. I can see that turning off some kids from the movie. I thought all the actors doing the voices did a great job.
Rob Lowe's performance is the best reason to check out this film. It's… MoreRob Lowe's performance is the best reason to check out this film. It's been awhile since I have seen Rob in a really good role in a good film. I am happy he is back with this one. The film reminded me of movies like Wag the Dog, Primary Colors, and Swing Vote. The film is predictable but I found it very entertaining.
Eric McCormack also does a great supporting job here. So does Carrie Anne Moss, Richard Schiff, and Jamie Chung.
I definitely recommend this film.
The Wachowski's new film is ambitious but strikes out. They had a good… MoreThe Wachowski's new film is ambitious but strikes out. They had a good idea for a film, but didn't execute it correctly. They show 6 stories here, in the past, present, and future and how each story effects the other. The key is how they are connected. The film is visually stunning. Great cinematography and special effects. The music score is very good. I did like the cross cutting editing at times between the stories.
I felt with the story in the future that Jim Sturgess is lead, was an homage to the Matrix. Some of the sets and ships reminded me of those in the Matrix. Some of the fight scenes reminded me of the fights in the Matrix. Plus Jim Sturgess looked a lot like Keanu Reeves.
One major negative is that the film is almost 3 hours. It could have been 1 hour shorter. The first hour the audience wouldn't see how the stories are connected until the 2nd hour and the 3rd hour everything is wrapped up. However, by the time the audience gets to the 3rd hour they might loose interest in the film. Also the make up on the actors and some of the performances are too over the top and you can't take it seriously.
I can understand why the Wachowskis got an all star ensemble. Many of the cast are playing multiple roles in each story. Only Hugh Grant and Hugo Weaving's characters are villains in all the stories.
I hope the Wachowski's next film is better than this one. The last great film that I have seen of theirs, was the original Matrix.
The film was so so. They had a good idea for a film but didn't execute… MoreThe film was so so. They had a good idea for a film but didn't execute it correctly. There was a couple of loopholes. I thought some scenes in the film should have been reversed in the order they were shown. The style of the film is very much like Groundhog's Day. However, that film was a much better film than this one. Some scenes felt like copies of scenes from other films like the overflow of rain on the wedding tent (seen in Betsy's Wedding) and the date at the restaurant where everyone can't see each other (seen in When In Rome).
Domhnall Gleeson is ok as Tim. He reminds me a lot of Harry Potter's Rupert Grint. He portrays Tim as clumsy at times. He lacks the charm that Hugh Grant and Bill Murray have. This is the 3rd time travel film that Rachel McAdams has been in (Time Traveler's Wife, Midnight in Paris). She and Gleeson, in my opinion, didn't have a good on screen chemistry. I think another actress in that role would have done a better job, example: Kiera Knightly or Rosamund Pike. Bill Nighy steals the film as Tim's father. He is the best thing about this film.
The Hunger Games "strikes back!!!" That is what I would have retitled… MoreThe Hunger Games "strikes back!!!" That is what I would have retitled this film. The 2nd film in this franchise does deliver and deliver big. I love this franchise more than Twilight. It reminds me a lot of Star Wars, with Katnis as the Luke Skywalker type and President Snow as the Emperor Palpatine type. Having a new director worked here. Francis Lawrence did bring the franchise to another level.
The film felt darker in tone. It felt a lot like Empire Strikes Back. Some scenes reminded me from movies like The Matrix and Gladiator. President Snow's army look like Storm Troopers. The first movie, the games felt like the big attraction. Here the film isn't about the games but what is going on underneath , with a rebellion arising and the friction between President Snow and Katniss.
You are involved more emotionally with the cast. They are given more depth.
Casting of these films are really good. Jennifer Lawrence shines as Katniss. Her performance makes you care for her and see the horrors of this dark future. Hutcherson and Hemsworth were ok here. Elizabeth Banks and Stanley Tucci are always great to watch in both film. I like here, that they show that Effie seems to care for Katniss and Peeta as oppose to her being indifferent to them in the first film. Woody Harrelson does a great job as Haymitch. I am happy they gave him more to do here. Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin, Jeffrey Wright, and Jena Malone are great additions to the franchise. One of Malone's outfits and hairstyle in the film, reminded me a lot of Sean Young in Blade Runner. I can't wait to see Julianne Moore in the next film. Donald Sutherland is also great as President Snow.
The film ends on a cliffhanger, leaving the audience wanting the next installment to come out already. I definitely look forward to the next 2 films and hope they keep up the good work.
This film took me by surprise. From the trailer, I wasn't expecting… MoreThis film took me by surprise. From the trailer, I wasn't expecting much. However, I was very delighted from beginning to end with this film. Everyone is well cast and they all shine. It reminded me a little bit of the movie, City Island. On a negative it is a little predictable, but that didn't bother me here. I definitely recommend this film.
The film is a big misfire. They had a good idea for a film here, but… MoreThe film is a big misfire. They had a good idea for a film here, but they didn't execute it correctly. They needed a rewrite. The tone was off. It couldn't tell if it wanted to be a comedy or a drama. Sometimes a lot of the jokes fell flat, while there were other times that there should have been jokes.
In my opinion, Vince Vaughn was miscast. He reminded me too much of his Fred Clause character here. However, I liked that character and film better than this one. I keep thinking Adam Sandler would have done a better job if he would have played the lead role. Cobie Smulders does her best given what she has to work with. She has no chemistry with Vince. The best thing about the film is Chris Pratt. He steals every scene that he is in. I can't wait to see him in Guardians of the Galaxy.
I hope Vince does better in his next film.
This team of Douglas, De Niro, Freeman, and Kline deliver. They have… MoreThis team of Douglas, De Niro, Freeman, and Kline deliver. They have an amazing on screen chemistry. The film reminded me of movies like The Hangover, Wild Hogs, and The Crew. It is predictable. However, it is the chemistry that these actors have on screen that make it so entertaining. I definitely do hope that these guys team up again.
The film was good but could have been so much better. I love the style… MoreThe film was good but could have been so much better. I love the style of the film of a story within a story structure. I do like that they create a puzzle hear for the audience to put together, however, my problem with the film is the ending. The ending was a huge disappointment. I felt like the film was building up to a huge revelation about how all the characters are linked together and the ending was like a curveball. The ending raised more questions than answering any of them. The acting was good. I thought Bradley's character reminded me too much of his character from Limitless.
Kids in space. That is how I describe this film. The film reminded me… MoreKids in space. That is how I describe this film. The film reminded me of movies like Titan A.E., After Earth, Top Gun, Space Camp, and Star Trek just to name a few. The problem with this film is the dark and serious tone. It lacks the fun and adventure that it should have. Had J.J. Abrams direct the film, he could have brought the fun and adventure that he did to Star Trek to this film. Some of the kids seemed miscast.