If the original 300 were a video game, I would say this was a shitty… MoreIf the original 300 were a video game, I would say this was a shitty expansion pack that added a whole galore of unsolicited content for the sake of miking the franchise than a sequel (or prequel, whatever.)
Every time the film made an effort to take a step forward for itself it would take two steps back by making a flash back or reference to the original. This over reliance on the former gave very little room for RoaE to have any voice of its own.
In the end all the visuals and over-the-top CGI shenanigans are but a hollow shell, trying to replicate "legendary" thrills without the substance or context to back it up.
Unfortunate really, Eva Green had a phenomenal performance. If only the script wasn't bound down by an established continuity.
Probably shouldn't walk into this one if you're not a fan of the… MoreProbably shouldn't walk into this one if you're not a fan of the series, I don't know, it just doesn't feel like much of a movie with a relatively tame approach to direction akin to the TV show.
The selling point is really closure for the franchise, while delivering a moderately entertaining crime procedural, fluffy romance and a whee bit of thrill.
It plays it too safe, I was actually hoping to see a time-skipped matured Veronica would give the creators a chance to take the character further but everything about the movie is for better or for worse, just another episode of "Veronica Mars"
Basically, Hollywood caters to 12 year old boys now. T2 is bigger and… MoreBasically, Hollywood caters to 12 year old boys now. T2 is bigger and dumber in every sense of those words.
The story is silly and overly comical. The characters and relationships are less believable, the villains, battles and explosions are all bigger, clumsier and just an untamed mess of explosive adrenaline.
Everything about this movie is like the first, but proportionally bigger for all the wrong reasons. The drama is contrive, the action is over the top... it's just annoyingly juvenile.
I'd give this 1 star if I wasn't a sucker for well choreographed… MoreI'd give this 1 star if I wasn't a sucker for well choreographed action, enticing visuals and seemingly real robots shooting and slicing each other up.
Shia Lebouf was already awful, giving him a script with verbal diarrhea didn't help. Megan Fox's character never felt convincing and I was pretty sure I'd shoot myself if I had to put up with any more pop-comedy and it's pathetic reach for the "young and hip generation"
The story was embarrassingly senseless, with sprawling progressions that seemed about as coherent as a child's imagination. The climatic end is nothing more but a hollow cliche.
All in all, it's a shallow endeavor that's only worth watching for the visuals. Some might argue that's enough but I don't know.
This movie never had a chance with critics. The franchise had an awful… MoreThis movie never had a chance with critics. The franchise had an awful start there's no doubt about it and will forever be a CGI action orgy, but DotM actually makes an effort with a coherent sensible story and character intrigue.
Transformers 3 isn't as dumb as its predecessors and definitely boasters enough of a spectacle to be worth every bang of your buck. The story's not as simple and shallow as skeptics claim, with enough twists and turns in the first 1/3 to keep the viewers interested. (but then predictably stumbles into an action-orgy as things draw to an end)
It's nowhere near being a masterpiece, there are some glaring issues with the dialogue/script that needed tightening and quite a few plot holes that weren't addressed. (Why not nuke the city? Where was the entire US army?) but I can forgive a lot of this because many also ignored the issues with Cameron's cliche filled world of "Avatar"
The biggest highlight of this movie is the sheer entertainment value. The visuals are absolutely astounding to the point where I was having a hard time processing the volume of amusement that was being handed to me.
For an alien invasion, action flick, that started with a little boy/frat boy demographic; Transformers 3 exceeds expectations. It's a great watch if you give it a chance rather than letting the first 2 films sour expectations.
Anderson's stylistic approach makes light of and fantasizes often… MoreAnderson's stylistic approach makes light of and fantasizes often dreary, sophisticated themes creating adult fairytales. The Grand Budapest Hotel is no exception and compartmentalizes a thrilling wondrous adventure into a world and time that's seemingly impossible of such things.
What sticks out in this film is not only how his focus on quirky storytelling juxtaposes many of the darker occurrences of Gustave's tale, but also how it was acknowledged from Zero's recollection as a fantasy. That the beauty, charm, and humor that we were all enjoying was simply in a man... too "civil" for this world.
It's an interesting character study of illusion and one's ability to create a veil of existence that's even contagious to those around him. The idealized romance between Zero and Agatha, successful escape from prison, reclamation of his innocence and rise to fortune was all just so slightly mired with murder, sacrifice, and untimely deaths all around. It's like a careful dance between a dream and actuality.
I recall 2012's "Life of Pi", where I feel that movie failed this succeeded by utilizing a comedic undertone to capture the viewer's imagination before deconstructing it's beauty with harsh realities. There's an endless supply of offbeat laughs and thrills before we're brought to a cathartic conclusion.
After Moonrise Kingdom disappointed me a bit I'm relieved to say The Grand Budapest Hotel is one of Anderson's best and fans of his work will most definitely enjoy it. Those who aren't? Just the same.
A laugh-heavy title, Neighbors is one, long, frat joke and if you're… MoreA laugh-heavy title, Neighbors is one, long, frat joke and if you're into that sort of thing then the humor really gets you. It's not particularly clever, no, but the delivery of the jokes really do go a long way and there are some imaginative gags (air bags!) that are definitely commendable.
Still humor can only take you so far. With a simple plot and a contrive, too-little-too-late approach to coming of age themes in character growth everything turns out to be a relatively shallow affair.
Neighbors is a forgettable but fun time to be had, mostly saved by a great cast that knows how to deliver a good punch line.
Easily the best X-men movie to date, granted that's not much of a feat… MoreEasily the best X-men movie to date, granted that's not much of a feat considering the franchises unfortunate run of bad instalments but still. It's quite the impressive movie.
Basically it has everything fans have been waiting for, iconic time-traveling premise, iconic characters, all playing out a very fast paced, respectable, sensible story that's not overdone with tacky CGI. Many of the plot points are soaked in political and social issues, stakes are higher than ever with the end of the world drawing near but this never really builds to anything too preachy or larger than life as we're continually delivered raw character emotions that makes all these conflicts intimate in nature.
Despite coming off as a well written and almost dreary drama it manages to take all those wonderful "Superhero movie" elements that we've come to love and throw it into the mix almost seamlessly. All the immense property damage action, humor, flashy special effects are still there! (Thank your Quicksilver for keeping it light) Just toned down to a level that's reasonable and works coherently with a tension based drama rather than needlessly smashing through our 3D lenses (TAS2, please learn something.)
Xmen: DOFP is a great step in the right direction for the franchise. Here's to hoping for their continued success!
Quality, hilarious bromance and a whole lot of clever jokes go a long,… MoreQuality, hilarious bromance and a whole lot of clever jokes go a long, long way for this otherwise seemingly uninspired buddy cop franchise.
A core comedy about friendship that masquerades under the largely irrelevant procedural genre. The whole project is very self-referential and deprecating with an air of energy that's simply irresistible.
The laughs will keep coming and the plot, although not groundbreaking, does the job. Tune in to 22 Jump Street for a clever, good time ;]
It's not very funny, if at all.
No, you don't understand how big of a… MoreIt's not very funny, if at all.
No, you don't understand how big of a problem that is for a purely comedic title. Let's forget for a second that it has the most boring, formulaic, romantic, reluctant hero story ever and just focus on how utterly tasteless and witless 70% of the jokes in this film are. All the juvenile gross out humor is just so dated and stupefying.
You'll also have a lot of trouble connecting with Macfarlane's every-day-man persona, Albert because even though he exists as a voice of reason and sensibility you can always tell he has an air of superiority above those that he's surrounded by despite claims of incompetence. His character bleeds arrogance and narcissism for no reason at all!
So already you have no one to root for, except for Theron's Anna who just insultingly becomes another damsel in distress despite her sharpshooter skills and her overall badassery. Why? To assist some god awful formulaic story.
I'm just flabbergasted by all the big names involved in such a flawed, amateur project... there's even a 5 minute long diarrhea shitting-in-a-hat joke. I mean c'mon, are you 12?