This film could have been so much better than what it is. It needed a… MoreThis film could have been so much better than what it is. It needed a major rewrite. The last Muppets film, was an homage to the Muppets legacy. This one felt like they tried to copy 2 previous Muppet Movies, "The Great Muppet Caper" and "Muppets Take Manhattan." Doing a caper film is in tradition of Great Muppet Caper. Having Kermit and Piggy headed to the alter to get married is like Muppets Take Manhattan. They should have tried to do something new, rather than recycle existing material. They needed a better story.
The songs aren't really good here. The film opens really good and after that it goes downhill. The opening number "We're Doing A Sequel" was the best song in the film. I did like that it ended on "Together Again" which goes back to Muppets Take Manhattan. I did like that they did something creative at the end credits of the film.
The focus of the film should have been on Sam the Eagle and Ty Burrell's character. They had a great on screen chemistry but given very little screen time. Burrell reminded me of Inspector Cleuseu. I could see him playing the role in the next Pink Panther film. Ricky Gervais surprisingly disappointed here. Tina Fey was ok, but felt like her character needed more. There is a lot of celeb cameos in the film. I felt the majority of cameo were not necessary. Only a few worked well. Less is more.
I also wish Jason Seagall would have returned. The last film had heart. So did a majority of the Muppet films. This one lacked heart and was just one comedy bit after another and one song after another. Also I felt that Walter was out of place here with the Muppets. He worked well in the last Muppet film cause he worked off of Seagall.
Despite some flaws, the film is entertaining. The last movie was my favorite in the franchise. I hope for the next Muppet film, they do something new, rather than copying what they have already done.
Miscasting is one of the major problems with this film. Tyler Perry… MoreMiscasting is one of the major problems with this film. Tyler Perry was the wrong choice to play Alex Cross. He is no Morgan Freeman. They should have casted someone like Terrence Howard or Jeffrey Wright. They would have been awesome in the role. Perry seems out of place in this action film.
The film also needed a rewrite. A lot of the dialog seemed sloppy. Also the film was predictable. I wasn't surprised by some of the things that happened in the film. I knew right away who hired Matthew Fox's character.
Matthew Fox is the best reason to watch the film. He is really good as the killer Picasso. He was also good when he played the villain in Vantage Point. I would love to see him do more villain roles. The problem here is that he doesn't have a good foil in Perry. Perry also doesn't have a good on screen chemistry with Ed Burns. Ed seems like he is trying to make it work as best as he can.
Of the 3 Alex Cross films that were made, Along Came a Spider, would be my favorite. As for this film, check it out for Matthew Fox's performance. If you want to see a good Alex Cross film, then check out, Along Came A Spider.
Marvel has done it again. They took the Captain America franchise to… MoreMarvel has done it again. They took the Captain America franchise to the next level and succeeded. The film is much different than the first film. The tone here is a little darker. The film doesn't feel like a super hero film. It feels kind of like a Tom Clancy political thriller. In a weird way, it also reminded me a little of Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, especially the story between The Winter Soldier and Captain America. Steve Rogers is like Luke Skywalker here, who is trying to save and redeem his friend Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier.
The action scenes are really good here. I didn't see the film in 3D, but it works well in 2D. I love how Marvel connects everything, in each film that they do. They clearly have a better game plan than DC Comics in terms of the movies that they make.
Evans is great as usual as Captain America and has a great ensemble to work with here. Scarlett Johansson is also great as usual as Black Widow. They really should try to give her, her own film. She has a great on screen chemistry with Evans. Anthony Mackie is excellent as Falcon. He has a great on screen chemistry with Evans and would like to see more of his character in future films. Sebastian Stan is great here as Winter Soldier. The fight scenes between him and Chris are really good, reminds me of when Luke Skywalker would fight Darth Vader. Sam Jackson is good here in his supporting role and was happy to see that they gave his Nick Fury character more to do. Frank Grillo was great in his role. Would love to see more of his character in future films. It was also great seeing Cobie Smulders back. Robert Redford was good in his role, however, he should have been quiet when he was casted. In an interview he gave last year, right before filming, he gave away a key piece of info, which kind of spoiled a little bit the twists in the film. I liked that they brought back Hayley Atwell.
I definitely recommend this film. Marvel has me definitely excited to see Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers 2, and Captain America 3. I am predicting Warner Bros moving Man of Steel 2, and not having it open against Captain America 3.
Ron Eldard, Jill Hennessy, and Bobby Cannavale's performances are the… MoreRon Eldard, Jill Hennessy, and Bobby Cannavale's performances are the best reason to check out this film. They shine here. The film kind of feels like a stage play. The film does have some great music in the film. Lois Smith and David Margulies also offer solid supporting work here. My problem with the film was the pacing, which was off here. The film begins really well and takes off, then slows down and then gets back on, and then slows down. If they would have fixed the pacing, then it would have been a much better film. Still the film is worth checking out, especially for the performance.
Miscasting is one of the major problems with this buddy action film.… MoreMiscasting is one of the major problems with this buddy action film. The big question was one actor miscast or were they both miscast. There is no on screen chemistry between Stallone and Kang. On screen chemistry between the two leads is the key to make this kind of film work.
They had a good idea for a film, but they didn't execute it correctly. It needed a rewrite. It was predictable. I wasn't surprised by what happened in the film. The best part of the film was the fight scene at the end of the film between Stallone and Momoa. This is a big disappointment for director Walter Hill. Hill has done some great films such as 48 Hours, Streets of Fire, Red Heat, to name a few. The last good film that I saw that Hill directed was Geronimo.
I felt like I have seen Stallone play this type of role before. He reminded me a lot of some of his past characters like in Assassins, The Specialist, and Get Carter. Sung Kang was better in the Fast and Furious films than here. Jason Momoa steals the film. He would be really good playing a Terminator in a Terminator film.
I would say, skip it.
The film is so so. I thought the film was better than Aronofsky's… MoreThe film is so so. I thought the film was better than Aronofsky's epic, The Fountain. This is Aronofsky's vision and interpretation of the story of Noah. There are some things in it that some people might not like. What bothered me about the film was that the style of the film felt like what Terrence Malick does. I felt like Aronofsky was copying the style of Malick. Some visual shots reminded me of shots that I have seen in Tree of Life, The Thin Red Line, and the New World. He should have made his own style and not copy another filmmaker's style.
The film is visually stunning. The pacing is off at times. The film could have been at least 30 minutes shorter. I am surprised that the film got a PG-13 rating.
The performances by all the cast members are very good. Crowe reminded me a little of his Gladiator character, especially in the fight scenes. It was nice seeing him reunited with his A Beautiful Mind co-star Jennifer Connolly and his 3:10 to Yuma co-star Logan Lerman. He has a great on screen chemistry with both. Emma Watson is really good here.
This isn't Aronofsky's best film. However, The Wrestler, in my opinion is his best film so far.
I wasn't a big fan of the original and I am not a fan of this film.… MoreI wasn't a big fan of the original and I am not a fan of this film. The original was like Gladiator meets Sin City. I liked those 2 films better than the original 300. This film is unique cause of the style of the film. It is a prequel, sequel, and takes place during the time of the original. That kind of reminded me of the movie The Bourne Legacy, where that took place the same time as the event of The Bourne Ultimatum. I didn't see it in 3D, but could tell where the 3D would have been used in regards to the blood splatter and the carnage. I kind of got tired of it after awhile.
Evan Green shines here. She steals the movie. I like when she plays these villains like here and in Dark Shadows. I am looking forward to seeing her in Sin City 2. I liked that they brought Lena Headey back but wanted to see more of her in the film. I would have loved to see a fight between Lena and Eva. That didn't happen. I did like the sex scene in the film between Sullivan and Eva. Sullivan is not Gerard Butler or Russell Crowe. He was a weak point of the film. Another actor could have done a better job in that role.
By the end of this film, I got the impression that a 3rd installment could happen. If they do a 3rd one, I hope they can find a way like they did here to bring back Gerard Butler and Eva Green to it.
Even though The Hunger Games is a much better film, Divergent, is… MoreEven though The Hunger Games is a much better film, Divergent, is still a good film and has a promise of a great franchise. There is a lot of similarities to the Hunger Games, but there is a lot of differences. The film also reminded me of movies like Starship Troopers and Equilibrium. The training sequences reminded me a lot like the ones from Starship Troopers. Some of the costumes and fight sequences reminded me of the ones in Equilibrium. The film is predictable. However, that didn't bother me cause I found it very entertaining.
Shailene Woodley is no Jennifer Lawrence. However, she is good here. I thought she was better in the Descendants. She does have a great on screen chemistry with Theo James. It was great seeing Kate Winslet as a villain. I would love to see her do more villain roles. I thought Jai Courtney was good here. I think he is good playing roles like this one and the one in Jack Reacher. It will be interesting to see his version of Kyle Reese in the new Terminator film. Zoe Kravitz, Maggie Q, Ashley Judd, and Tony Goldwyn provide solid supporting work here.
The film in my opinion is better than Twilight. Unlike Twilight and The Hunger Games there is no romantic triangle here. I liked that. I thought the cinematography was really good. The music also was good here.
I definitely recommend this film. I am looking forward to the next installment.
The film isn't bad, but it isn't great either. It is clear that Wes… MoreThe film isn't bad, but it isn't great either. It is clear that Wes Anderson wanted to try something different here, especially with another genre: murder/mystery. The film does have his classic style. The problem I had with the film was the tone. The tone wasn't balanced. It doesn't know if it wants to be a comedy, slapstick, over the top farce, or serious murder mystery. Some moments were really funny. And some were over the top ridiculous and stupid. I felt like Wes was trying to do at times what Mel Brooks, the Zucker Bros, or Monty Python did best comedy wise. I just didn't think it worked well here. I did like that the film is a story within a story.
Acting wise, Wes put together a great ensemble. What holds the film together is the chemistry between Ralph Fiennes and Tony Revolori. They are a great on screen pair. Revolori also has a great on screen chemistry with Saoirse Ronan. Adrien Brody and Willem Dafoe are very over the top here. Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, Fisher Stevens, and Bob Balaban all felt like cameo appearances in the film. Edward Norton's character reminded me a little bit of his character from Moonrise Kingdom.
My favorite We Anderson films are still The Royal Tenenbaums, Rushmore, and Moonrise Kingdom. I do like that he tried to do something different here, but in my opinion he hit a fowl ball here. Hopefully, his next film, he will hit a home run.
The film was ok, but could have been so much better. They had a good… MoreThe film was ok, but could have been so much better. They had a good idea for a film, but didn't execute it correctly. The film was a bit predictable. I also felt like I have seen this type of film before, but done better. The film needed a style kind of like what Spike Lee did in the Inside Man. I did like that the film does use real news footage from the time.
Liam Hemsworth was ok, in a role that I could easily see Channing Tatum do. I thought he was better here than in Paranoia. Michael Angarano was a bit over the top, his character was like that too. I could have seen Shia LaBeouf do that role. I felt that Michael was doing a Joe Pesci impression sometimes during the film. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson steals the film. He is the best thing in the movie.