Se7en is a worthwhile crime thriller thanks to solid performances, an… MoreSe7en is a worthwhile crime thriller thanks to solid performances, an intriguing mystery plot, and a memorable finale that will have you on the edge of your seat. The film has a sense of dread that is palpable and has enough moments to keep you engaged throughout, but it is really about the climax. The film clocks in at just over 2 hours and feels like it is a little slow in places, but it is worth sticking till the end. Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman make a great pair playing opposite personalities and the killer is played memorably by a great actor that I won't give away for spoiler reasons. I can see why some people don't like this film. It is slow, gory, and unrelenting. Ultimately, Se7en ends up memorable for me despite its flaws.
This highly anticipated film feels more like an obligatory exercise in… MoreThis highly anticipated film feels more like an obligatory exercise in repeating the style of the original without anything that made the first one a worthwhile movie-going experience, rather than a full-fledged sequel. We waited 7 years and this is all we get? The movie lacks the charisma of Gerard Butler's breakout performance and replaces him with a boring character that is not interesting at all. The most interesting character belongs to the villain played by Eva Green, but being a villain, she isn't fleshed out as much as the others. This film looks and feels like the original, but it never carves out its own identity. The filmmakers were perfectly content recycling material. Even the speeches feel forced and obligatory, rather than a part of the actual film. It's a shame that so much promise was wasted on this, but Rise of an Empire is not worth watching even for the bloody action. Even that was fairly boring.
This movie clearly owes much of its inspiration from the Toy Story… MoreThis movie clearly owes much of its inspiration from the Toy Story series, but that is not a bad thing in this case. This is a surprisingly insight film towards the end because of scenes I do not want to spoil. I had started to expect it might be happening, but I did not actually expect them to show it. The film itself is very funny and entertaining, if a little bit silly in most cases, but the animation is wonderful and inspired. I found myself just looking at all the excellent Lego animations several times. I understand why this was such a big hit now. Worth watching regardless of your age. Besides, having Batman is always a plus.
Ultimately, while The Fault in Our Stars is well acted and has some… MoreUltimately, while The Fault in Our Stars is well acted and has some heartfelt moments, nothing really stuck out to me. It had me at the beginning, but by the end this film has overstayed its welcome and starts trying to manipulate a little too much for me. I enjoyed the honesty and emotion of the characters, but the story itself is rather unremarkable. They drag out the story about 20-30 minutes longer than they should have to get as many tears in the audience as possible and I just wanted the predictable side of the story to be over with. This is the movies biggest flaw. The first half is much stronger thanks to the chemistry of the couple and how free they are. Overall It's not a bad film, but this could have been better.
The best film in the franchise since X2 and one of the better… MoreThe best film in the franchise since X2 and one of the better superhero films of the past couple years. The plot can be a little dense because of the time traveling mechanics, but the acting is top notch. The action & set pieces are memorable as well, although a few times I could easily tell the difference between green screen and real imagery, which I don't remember that happening in the last couple. I really enjoyed seeing all the old and new actors come together to reboot this franchise and push it forward, although I am a little annoyed how it basically makes everything beside First Class completely obsolete thanks to the ending which I won't spoil. This film is just a continuity nightmare. I do think this needed more Quicksilver. Evan Peters knocked it out of the park. I'm looking forward to seeing what they do next with the Apocalypse saga.
The Green Mile is an amazingly soulful movie that features strong… MoreThe Green Mile is an amazingly soulful movie that features strong acting from an incredible cast. Frank Darabont directs another prison movie with style and humanism. He rarely directs films, but when he does they are usually knockouts (including the Shawshank Redemption & The Mist). Michael Clarke Duncan gives a simply wonderful performance here that rightfully got nominated for an Oscar. The fact that he died prematurely makes this even more of a heart-wrenching story to me. Tom Hanks is his reliably likable self and the rest of the cast is made up of good character actors. I thought most of the characters in this film were memorable. It's really hard to explain to someone without giving details away, but for first-timers this film will surprise you. The 3 hour run time seems long, but this film could not have been better paced. I never found myself checking the time. This is a classic that deserves to be seen.