This was an actually well thought premise, with genuinely creepy and… MoreThis was an actually well thought premise, with genuinely creepy and scary moments but it tried to bite more than it could chew. Too many conspiracy theories that don't matter much in the end and an Hunter S. Thompson twist that you'll either roll with it or will kill the movie for you. All this a bit unnecessary to the main story which was quite entertaining and had some highlights here and there.
Neither a step above or backwards on this weird franchise. Still… MoreNeither a step above or backwards on this weird franchise. Still plenty of naked machismo, over the top blood, gloriously bad motivational speeches and now with the added value of weirdly put together flashbacks on the beginning of the movie. Save for Green's commtiment, there's not much to recomend to those who didn't like the first one.
This one started out great, as a fresh take on the werewolf mythos and… MoreThis one started out great, as a fresh take on the werewolf mythos and it's starting mistery and characters were engaging... until the action started... with it's Birdemic level sfx that are just hilariously bad. The budget really shows and that is a shame, because there was something great cooking underneath, but the cheesy turn to the worst is just bad. You'll be a bit better served with the similiar take on vampires of Afflicted, that one managed to work on the action pieces.
This is a good idea with good intentions but the whole thing is a… MoreThis is a good idea with good intentions but the whole thing is a dread to endure. It's not bad "bad", it's fairly well made but it's just boring and leads us nowhere for the big majority of it's time. Would make a great short movie, as a full-length, there's a lot of scenes trying to be deep and meaningful, that end up adding nothing and wasting our time with it's aimlessness.
Ahhh the power of short running times... can really sum up a good… MoreAhhh the power of short running times... can really sum up a good horror story like the one found in AM1200. It's biggest triumph is that you're never sure of what will happen next and why, creating some well put tense sequences and scares, escalating to a very Lovecraftian finale, which you'll either love or hate.
A movie anchored on Hardy's shoulders, Locke delivers by being… MoreA movie anchored on Hardy's shoulders, Locke delivers by being compelling, identifiable drama from beginning to end, with mesmerizing cinematography and a gripping performance by the only actor visible onscreen. The story is not that amazing or original or gripping, but grounded in reality, making it work surprisingly well for it's short running time.
A movie that could've benefited from a longer running time, X-Men:… MoreA movie that could've benefited from a longer running time, X-Men: Days of Future Past is still amazingly good and fun while it lasts.
Taking out the bad of the way first: How the flying feck did Kitty got her new power?!?! 'Cause it's kind of a big deal for the movie and no explanation whatsoever was given. It causes a wrong impression at first and I was immediately put off by this aspect being thrown out of the window.
The villain just isn't doing much there is it? Dinklage is an amazing actor and he's pretty much repeating the same speach on every scene he's in. A wasted potential, though his motivations come across on a very short but elusive speech. Also, he seems to have a power no one noticed: he teleports from Vietname to Washington in one scene. Amazing! Take that Quicksilver.
A movie so centered around Mystique doesn't have enough Mystique. And one it does, Jennifer Lawrence looks so bored it turns her scenes into a slog at times. What the hell happened?
The good stuff is actually really good. Not only does the movie try to correct the mistakes of movies past (Ha!) but it creates an evolving story, with plenty of awesome cameos, little smirks to the viewer, good dialogue, well realized world (that once again connected really well with real life events), great acting and more awesome chemistry between the young Xavier and Magneto.
I bet there's a longer running time somewhere, because the movie felt very chopped in places, and with so many characters and new mutants around with such cool powers, it's a shame we didn't get to learn a bit more from them.
I've never been a big fan of Marvel movies lately and The First… MoreI've never been a big fan of Marvel movies lately and The First Avenger was easily the weakest entry on the franchise. So I had no expectations for Winter Soldier and that was probably for the best, since I think this is their strongest and most mature entry.
The script is solid, not too intricate and the surprises whilst predictable, have a good emotional punch. New characters are introduced well and blend superbly on this spionage thriller that has something relevant to say about our current state of afairs with our governments. Very smartly played.
But still, they don't know what to do with the villain yet again. They had a good chance here to create a memorable villain but all is wasted and The Winter Soldier is merely a physically strong oppenent for Cap, with plenty of badassery to go around but not much else. They're saving it for later apparently, but given these movies are getting more and more crowded by the post-credit scene, it's hard for me to believe they'll do something solid with the character next. Hey, better than the atrocious treatment to the Red Skull, amarite? Gotta award improvement when we see it.
Another awful entry, ASM2 barely has anything awesome going on. The… MoreAnother awful entry, ASM2 barely has anything awesome going on. The only small improvement I noticed from the first entry was that Peter Parker was less of an asshole and more like the Spidey we know and love. The chemistry is still there between the two leads but the rest is poo at it's most viscous state. The villains are a tonal mess, lack any decent motivation for when they transform into "monsters" and when they do, it's too rushed and forgetable. Visually the CG is solid, Electro's skin is cool and well realized even if I hate the design. The rest is a mix of inspired shots and slow motion and dreadful use of CG animation on the characters when they're fighting (check the last confrontation between the Goblin and Spidey). District 9 is from 2009 and looks better than this.
The story is a jumbled mess with way too many threads to connect itself in the end. I don't mind complicated stories but here, every side story is rushed, without substance and barely makes any sense.