Congrats to Michael Bay for delivering a brand new Transformers film.… MoreCongrats to Michael Bay for delivering a brand new Transformers film. I like that he brought in new characters and still acknowledged the events from past Transformer films. I do love that he continues the same tone of the last film, Dark of the Moon, which was dark and serious. The Autobots and Decepticons look really good here. The special effects and action sequences are amazing.
The only negative I had with the film, was the running time. The film could have been at least 30 minutes shorter. It felt like the final battle of the film was dragging on a bit.
Wahlberg does a good job here. In a weird way, he kind of reminds me of Bruce Willis in Armageddon, being an overprotective dad. Jack Reynor was good here. Stanley Tucci seems to be replacing John Turturro for the over the top comic relief in the franchise. I thought Kelsey Grammar and Titus Welliver were great as the human villains in the film. I do like that they have human villains, not just Decepticons in the film. Peter Cullen is great as always as the voice of Optimus Prime. I like that they brought in Galvatron and have Frank Welker doing the voice. I also liked John Goodman's voice work here.
One of the big highlights in the film is the dinobots. On the show, the dinobots, like Grimlock were not smart. You don't get any of that here. The dinobots here look like robot versions of the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park. Also they don't show up till the last 1/3rd of the film. Michael Bay could have introduced them earlier in the film.
Overall, I liked the film and this one establishes a whole new path that future Transformer films could take.
The franchise is more focused about the buddy buddy friendship between… MoreThe franchise is more focused about the buddy buddy friendship between Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill and less focused about the TV show. I loved the TV show, but not a fan of the films. This one is more a spoof, especially of movie sequels. I felt like it was spoofing movies like Bad Boys, Point Break, Revenge of the Nerds, American Pie, and Beverly Hills Cop just to name a few.
I found both Jonah and Channing a little annoying here. I thought they were better in the first film. Ice Cube steals both films. I love that they expanded on his role. The film lacked a really good villain. I did like the celeb cameos and the future episodes that was teased at the end of the film. I did get my wish and they did bring Richard Griecko back to play Booker. I also did like that Dustin Nguyen from the original show was in the film.
Who knows what the third film in this franchise will be like? I just hope they bring back more of the original cast members from the TV show.
This is one of the worst films of the summer. Melissa McCarthy needs… MoreThis is one of the worst films of the summer. Melissa McCarthy needs better scripts than this. I felt like I was watching a bad episode of the Golden Girls. Susan Sarandon's wig was terrible here. A lot of the celebs that appear in the film probably did it as a favor or got paid a lot of money to be in it. I hope Melissa will choose better for her next film.
The film was a big disappointment. From the trailer I was expecting it… MoreThe film was a big disappointment. From the trailer I was expecting it to be something like Bad Santa. But that is not the case here. The problem with the film is that it doesn't know if it wants to be a comedy or drama. The tone is off. The pacing is also off. Some scenes are too slow. They needed more humor here.
Giamatti, Rudd, and Hawkins are good in the film, but they need a better script than this one.
Paul Haggis strikes out with his new film. He goes back to the same… MorePaul Haggis strikes out with his new film. He goes back to the same territory of doing a drama with an ensemble with multiple stories going on and they ended up being connected. He did that successfully in Crash. However, here he doesn't do it right. While Crash dealt with racism, this film deals with relationships and trust issues. This film reminded me a lot of the Bradley Cooper film, The Words (that film also had Olivia Wilde in it). The big twist revelation at the end of the movie didn't surprise me at all. I kind of got the feeling very early in the movie that the film was headed for that revelation of how all 3 stories are connected.
The strongest of the 3 stories is the Liam Neeson story. His character is the focus and epicenter of this film. Adrien Brody's story was a bit fascinating but it wasn't connected really well at the end of the film. I found the Mila Kunis story a bit weak and got the shortest screen time of all the 3 stories in the film.
All the performances are very good. I thought Haggis did a great job casting all his actors. It is great seeing Neeson in a film that is not an action film. Olivia Wilde is really good her. Mila Kunis does a good job but she needed more screen time. The confrontation scene she has with James Franco is very good. I am getting used to seeing Mila and James in movies (example: Oz, Date Night). Adrien Brody is also good in the film. Kim Basinger, Maria Bello, and Franco also provide some solid supporting work.
Overall, if you check it out, then see it for the performances. For a better ensemble multiple stories dealing with relationships that connect well at the end of the film, then check out Playing By Heart, with Angelina Jolie, Dennis Quaid, and Sean Connery.
The film is really good. It kind of reminded me of movies like… MoreThe film is really good. It kind of reminded me of movies like Elysium, Matrix, Terminator, No Escape, Waterworld, Hunger Games, and Total Recall. The film is visually stunning. The film has dark tones and themes. It is also very violent. Some moviegoers might be turned off by that. The only negative I had with the film is that some of the action scenes happen too fast and it is hard to make out what happened or who got killed.
Chris Evans shines here. You are rooting for him to succeed. It was good seeing him in a non-Captain America role. Tilda Swinton and Ed Harris are are really good as the villains of the film. John Hurt, Octavia Spencer, and Jamie Bell provide some solid supporting work here.
I definitely recommend this film.
The film is zany and hilarious. The film is done in the same style as… MoreThe film is zany and hilarious. The film is done in the same style as the Zucker Bros. (Airplane, Naked Gun), Mel Brooks, Jim Abrams (Hot Shots) type of films. It is spoofing romantic comedies. They key to this film is don't take it seriously. Once you do that you can enjoy it. In a weird way the film spoofs movies like You've Got Mail, When Harry Met Sally, and The Graduate. The framework of Rudd and Poehler telling their story to Kemper and Hader reminded me of the framework of the Billy Crystal film Forget Paris.
Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler are very good and funny here. They have a good on screen chemistry. The rest of the cast is funny. There are some funny celeb cameos including Judge Judy, Norah Jones, John Stamos, Adam Scott, Michael Shannon, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Zak Orth's character was hysterical in the scenes that he is in.
The film was so so. I don't think Clint Eastwood was the right… MoreThe film was so so. I don't think Clint Eastwood was the right director for this job. He tries to copy the Martin Scorcese style here. The film kind of reminded me of movies like Goodfellas, Labamba, and That Thing You Do. Those films were better than this one. This need a major rewrite. The pacing was off. The first hour is too slow. The 2nd hour is really good.
Acting wise, I thought all the actors did a great job. I loved hearing the songs in the film. I was expecting more, in regards to musical numbers in the film. A bunch of my friends that saw the Broadway version, said it was much better than the film version.
The film was ok, but could have been so much better. I thought the… MoreThe film was ok, but could have been so much better. I thought the animation here was really good. Visually stunning. Much better than the animation done in the original. I should have seen it in 3D. I thought they had a good idea for a film but didn't execute it correctly. They have a really good mother/son story here between Hiccup and Valka.
The problem I had with the film, was the villain, Drago. Drago, I felt wasn't developed well. He looks like a Klingon from Star Trek. I also felt that the tone of the film was off. This one is a bit darker in tone than the original film. I was surprised that one of the main characters gets killed here in an animated film. I think some young kids might be turned off or scared by the dark tone of the film. The fight scene between the Alpha dragon and the other dragon kind of reminded me of the fight scene in the recent Godzilla film.
Cast wise, Cate Blanchett is a great addition to this franchise. Kit Harington is another great addition. Jay Baruchel and the rest of the gang do a good job here. Craig Ferguson steals the film.
I hope for the next one they get the tone of the film just right.
Congrats to Richard Linklater for making this amazing film. It kind of… MoreCongrats to Richard Linklater for making this amazing film. It kind of feels like you are watching an entertaining documentary. Seeing the kids grow in this film is incredible. You can easily relate to what you are seeing on the screen. Great performances from the kids and even Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette. The film is close to 3 hours, but the film is really good and entertaining that you don't feel the running time, when watching it. I definitely recommend this film.