Birdman is an audacious and compelling film about the performance arts… MoreBirdman is an audacious and compelling film about the performance arts and features two excellent performances from Michael Keaton and Edward Norton. Their characters are quirky, but relatable enough to succeed and feature several darkly comedic moments. There's also several supporting turns that are very good. Birdman has some important topics to discuss when it comes to performances arts, from commercialism to the overreaching power of critics, and even how much actors sacrifice for their careers. It reaches a little too far in spots and some of the psychedelic scenes feel out of place, but ultimately this is an excellent film that should be seen by cinema lovers or jaded filmgoers.
I found myself enjoying the first half of the film way more than the… MoreI found myself enjoying the first half of the film way more than the second half when it morphs into a generic superhero film. I was really liking the characters, story, and setting. I feel like if it weren't geared towards children this would have been one really dark and compelling story, but it goes a little too lighthearted and straightforward towards the end. This is not to say it is bad, I just think it felt like two different movies morphed into one with the first part superior to the second. It has great animation that is very colorful and pleasing to the eye and the voice actors do a good job. There's plenty of forced moments trying to get an emotional pull, but only some of them work. I also felt some of the funny gags went on too long. Man, I sound like a scrooge with how well this movie did critically and financially, but I guess the hype was kind of part of the reason I didn't enjoy it as much. It's perfectly fine for the kiddies and not at all a bad film, just not one that was something I got really excited about.
It's almost impossible to review a part one to a finale without seeing… MoreIt's almost impossible to review a part one to a finale without seeing it in context with part two, but I'll do my best. This score is tentative until I see if part two helps it or not. That said, this is clearly the weakest installment so far and it isn't even close. They padded this film with tons of scenes that do not happen in the book at all and add very little to the story. I don't mind adding things in, but this is basically a two hour tease for part two with good acting and a few decent action sequences spruced in with mostly just political ramblings. There was no reason to split this into two films other than money. I'm sure everyone would have been fine with a 3 hour finale rather than waiting another year for part two. This isn't a bad film, just somewhat pointless. Part of it is the source materials fault and not the filmmakers. I found myself losing interest in the books halfway through Mockingjay because the story wasn't as compelling as the first two books. The change of scenery and overall feel isn't as strong as the first two were. Those were compelling stories, this one not as much. We'll see where part two takes us.
Nothing that made the original films (minus the third) fun and… MoreNothing that made the original films (minus the third) fun and enjoyable was retained in this new revision of the series. Missing is the goofball humor, cheesy but acceptably fun storylines, and worst of all: the camaraderie between the turtles. All of this is replaced with generic blockbuster action sequences and no hint of style. This is just CGI overload with bad dialogue and rote storytelling. Worst of all it is completely uninteresting and boring. I'm willing to accept changes if done well, but all of the changes in the new version didn't work and it felt like the soul of the series was completely missing throughout. Do not waste your time on this.
I had to watch this because of my unabashed love of the original… MoreI had to watch this because of my unabashed love of the original movie, but I pretty much expected a letdown after this long. While it does have its funny parts, most of the movie is just too dumb to be funny. The original movie rode that line between dumb and too dumb just right, but this one goes way over the top. The actors do not shine in this like they did in the original either. They are more like caricatures of the original characters despite being the same actors. They try way to hard instead of letting it come natural like they did the first time, which is a shame. This was by far my biggest disappointment with the film. I did get a bit of nostalgia at some parts and laughed here and there, but altogether this is a forgettable sequel that isn't completely awful, but not really recommendable either.
Despite being occasionally entertaining as a trashy erotic thriller,… MoreDespite being occasionally entertaining as a trashy erotic thriller, Fifty Shades of Grey's thin plot, shallow characters, terrible dialogue, and mediocre acting dampen the experience. The similarities to Twilight are remarkable (except the explicit sex scenes obviously) and after reading that this was originally fan fiction of Twilight everything made complete sense. The relationship is not a healthy one at all much like Twilight and the plot is thin at best. The excessive length of the film at over 2 hours was too much for what little plot there was. Nothing substantial happens in the second hour until the end when they end it on a cliffhanger for the next film. If you are a fan of the book I'm sure you will come away satisfied, but everyone else should skip unless they want to enjoy it as a trash romance.