Harry Potter Order of the Phoenix
Well, I got in to a pre-screening on Monday night and sat with all the media and lucky fans that won tickets. But I was having to deal with "security" to hold on to my cell phone for the movie, and then having to deal with "security" to return my cell phone after the movie - for fear that I would actually somehow copy the movie on to my cell phone? Anyway, that was completely annoying and took 20 minutes before the movie and 30 minutes after the movie. I want my 50 minutes back ! It ruined the evening.
The movie was OK, but not great. I am not going to reveal plot lines, or spoliers, not that you couldn't work out the Harry Potter formula by now; Harry has a crappy summer with his weird people that he stays with, then gets into a tussel with a muggle, goes back to school, gets into trouble, gets out of trouble, then saves the world from Voltdemort.
It was that simple. Effects were good. Story lends itself for the next movie - which made it a predictable ending which I will not reveal either.....
It was also hard to believe that Harry was under 17 in the story. But despite that, I think that Harry Potter fans will love to be back into the world of Wizards and the Hogwarts school. I was happy to be there.
I give it 3 out of 5 stars. It could have been better. Previous Harry Potter movies I give 5 out of 5 stars.
I've given this movie 2 stars and I'm being nice. Hate to go "fan boy", but with delicate subject matter concerning the nature of the Fantastic Four I must go Fan Boy!! This movie was phenomenal to watch. The effects were top of the line. The Surfer's flying sequences were to be beheld, as well as the Human Torch's scenes (even better looking than the first Fantastic Four). This movie had a very good plot that could have been developed to its maximum potential. Notice I said "could have". But, enough of the niceties, it's time to get for real. Let me preface this by saying that I understand that sometimes what works in novels, cartoons, graphic novels, and other origins do not always work well on the big screen. That being said, this had to be the laziest effort that I have ever seen! This worthless movie didn't even attempt to stick to the graphic novel! OK, I'll list what was accurate.
1. They got the name of their buildings headquarters correct
2. They had "four" members of the Fantastic Four and they got their names and powers correct.
3. The Silver Surfer "looked" like the Silver Surfer
4. Galactus' name is "Galactus"
THAT IS IT!!!!
Were the producers of this film too cheap to throw a few million more bucks at the effects team so that a corporeal formed Galactus could be viewed instead of something that looked like bad weather?
What was up with them insinuating that the Silver Surfer's power cosmic is derived from his board and that the Surfer without his board is harmless? Every molecule of the Surfer's body is rich in the power cosmic. He does not need his board to maintain his near limitless power. They basically reduced the awesome endowment of powers to which Galactus bestowed upon the Silver Surfer down to saying "got the board, got the power". And yes, Dr. Doom has relieved the Surfer of his powers before, but it was more complicated than just hoping on his board and letting it rip. Also, Johnny Storm "never" and I mean never has had the power of all four members. That would be a villain called "The Super Skrull", and he achieved this through scientific means with the assistance of a highly advanced alien civilization, not because he was in direct contact with a cosmic source. This movie took so much license, that I cannot believe that Stan Lee would actually endorse this embarrassing mess.
Would this movie had been any less watchable had they shown Galactus?
Would it had been any less watchable had they maintained the Surfer's true capabilities. By the way, the Surfer has no weaknesses. He can only be overcome by advanced scientific means or a ridiculous amount of power. The Fantastic Four cannot match the Surfer's might; the Surfer could absorb the power of a star and completely obliterate the entire planet if he felt so disposed. But, what the Ã¢â‚¬Å“FourÃ¢â‚¬Â lacks in power, they more than make up for it by having the greatest mind on the entire planet as their head-honcho: Reed freaking Richards. He has humbled many would be conquerors and powerhouses, with science alone. If this was the screenwriterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s best effort, they should all be fired and blacklisted from the entire film industry! This was nothing but a CGI extravaganza which explained nothing about the majesty that is the Fantastic Four. And lastly, a glimpse of Galactus would have made for an excellent reason for moviegoers to await the next sequel. Marvel, and whomever else was behind this foolishness.....you owe me one. Were it not for the fans of graphic novels, there would be no Spiderman, Batman, Superman, Fantastic Four, X-Men, etc. Every movie that I have listed maintains the integrity of the associated graphic novels save one, the Fantastic Four. Great movies can be made while maintaining the important parts of the origins. Look at the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The screenwriters hardly deviated from TolkienÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s works at all and it is considered by many the greatest trilogy of all time! This should serve as a friendly reminder, that some things don't need to be altered, and some things should be tweaked ever so slightly. The Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer however, was a freaking hatchet job!
I will start this review by saying that I usually watch movies with no expectations so that I will not have a built in bias and thus enjoy it or despise it accordingly. However, I am a product of the Reagan-era 1980's where cartoons were king; Remember those days? Remember The Thundercats, Voltron, Bravestar, Thundaar the Barbarian, G.I. Joe, G-Force, the Go-Bots, the list goes on and on. One cartoon however, stood far above all of which I have mentioned: It was called the frickin' Transformers! Before I knew that a live-action version of the cartoon would be made, I thought, "Would it not be cool to put the Transformers in live action". CGI took off and audiences around the globe soon discovered that "anything" could be adapted for the screen. So my wish has been granted and the Transformers are here. Referring back to my opening sentence, I "did" have expectations going in to this film. I expected lots of fighting between the Autobots and Decepticons, state of the art special effects, at least 2hours running time, corny speeches from Optimus prime, equally corny rule-the-world mumbo-jumbo from Megatron, and a close likeness to the cartoon. All of my expectations were met and exceeded. This movie was just as ridiculous and corny as the cartoon. All the save the world, human life should be respected and cherished, I'll get you next time Optimus, you're the last hope for humanity quirky silliness from the cartoon was seamlessly transferred to the film. Moreover, I am a bit of a fan boy and I know that within the film lied many inaccuracies. But I will not bother mentioning them because half of you will have no idea what I am talking about, and the other half could not care less. Besides, does it really matter? No, I expected the general concept of the Transformers to be represented and it was. The action scenes were done so well, that I was literally a gasp, thinking," how in the world did they do that?Ã¢â‚¬Â And there were even a few laugh-out-loud moments that took place among the audience and me. The romance between Shia and Meagan was incredibly weak. She was as shallow as they come, and he came off as a tongue-wagging pubescent teenager. I wish that the Autobots were depicted more seriously. The film did them a disservice by making them "too" clownish. The cartoonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Optimus Prime would never say "my bad". Nevertheless, my complaints are few, as I stated before, mission accomplished. Now, is this a good movie? I would have to say yes, it is a good movie. However, Transformers enthusiasts may find the movie disagreeable. Stuffy old critics who would not know how to have a good time to save their lives will find this movie shallow and half-baked. Many will experience "battle weariness" after the first hour and a half (there are probably more explosions in this movie than WWI, and WWII combined). And lastly, for the women out there who are lifetime network aficionados, this is a film made by guys, for guys, there's no romance, no love story, no good relationships, in fact it is difficult to care for a single character in the entire film; well maybe Bumblebee and he's a freakin' robot! That aside, no this is not The Lord of the Rings, Spiderman I, or any of the other highly acclaimed action-based films. It is the Transformers, so just deal with it.
I believe this Movie was good. I do remember the original Cartoon version of the movie. That my Dad took me to see over 25 Years Ago. The Robots in this one was a bit too slow transforming. But it left a big opening for more to come. Most movies that become more than one,the second one is usually better. So i look forward to more Transformers.
First of all, I'm a life-long fan of the original toys, cartoons and comic books. So, like many others who embrace all things Transformers, I was dying to see this film. Well, one dream came true, I got to see some of my favorite Transformers on the big screen, brought to life with magnificent special effects. That is all the kindness I can show this movie.
Just because I love the robots doesn't mean I don't care if the rest of the movie completely tanks. The story was drawn from the lore of the comics/cartoons, but it just felt thrown in there and barely treated as important, so when they did focus on the story line for 5 seconds it felt cheesy.
There were also many sub threads, it seemed to me they were going for the converging character threads as in the film Independence Day. But ID4 had interesting likable characters. I'm not sure why I could care so little for the humans in Transformers, they did a great job casting. But I felt no connection to anyone in the film. There was no need for one minor thread at all, concerning a blond British hacker girl... if the one saving grace of this movie could have been the exciting action scenes, there was always this girl popping up to SLOW the movie down TOO much.
And I realize they wanted kids to like this movie to sell more toys, but can't you be funny without making the whole feeling of a scene, or even a movie, be so STUPID? Giant robots hiding in some one's back yard... The CARTOONS took the subject matter, and therefore the audience, more seriously than this!!!
Cool robots... big CG baddies with cool futuristic weapons who change into awesome cars, tanks, jets... all of that good stuff. But that's all this movie had. I had better adventures with the toys in my backyard when I was 10.
A SICK FLICK. It starts with 3 guys in a club (looking for girls) and they are after girls for about the first 20 minutes of the movie and then it starts to get thrilling. it is very bloody. but, when it starts to get good the scene switches over to something calmer. i gave it a three for the blood. not really scary although is a bit suspensfull in parts i reccomend renting and watching ounce or twice (make sure the little ones dont get ahold of this movie) my overall verdict is that this was alrite
well, first of all this movie is not really scary...... i mean when it does get tense it is only for about 10 seconds and then it ends... it is REALLY boring until about an hour into the film and then like i said before when it gets even a little scary it ends in a matter of seconds. I almost put this movie in the drama section because it was soooo dramatic. with the female screaming and crying and just freaking out. i really reccomend that you dont go see this movie please save yourself a few bucks by not renting this.
Michael Moore's newest film SICKO is brilliant! He exposes how the greed of the insurance companies & drug companies put ALL our healths at risk. People have died so that insurance companies could thrive. THe government should be ashamed of itself AND held accountable for allowing this to happen.
THe research that went into the making of this film is extensive. The use of film clips from decades of movies is genious.
When the Republicans refused to allow Hillary Clinton's Health Care Reform Bill to pass, they did our citizens a huge disservice. SICKO has pointed out, more than ever, that this country is is desperate need of health care reform. If other countries have success with their free health care systems,, why can't the richest country in the world?
YIPPE KI YAE!!! John McLain is back in action, and he doesn't miss a beat... or a beating! This time out he's got a great new sidekick in the form of a young hacker who is every bit the smarmy, reluctant hero we've been missing since Die Harder. These wrong-place, wrong-time everyday folk make the perfect team of protagonists for the sequel to a series made famous for its top notch, bareknuckled action and more importantly, it's smart writing... with top notch blending of action-movie fantasy and gritty realism.
Who can forget the moment in the first Die Hard, when you realized just how smart this kick ass action franchise could be, when the villain Hans Gruber intones "You wanted a miracle... Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you... the F.B.I..." This series hasn't let up since, and just because it's been awhile, don't expect this film to falter.
The cyber terrorism plot is a perfect fit for McLains next gen return. The action may be all blissfully over the top, but the story is downright scary and convincing.
All key players are expertly cast. Once again you have a quintessential Die Hard villain, one of the franchises' most stand-apart traits. Timothy Olyphant plays a scathingly cool hacker extraordinaire, bent on bringing the country to its knees through it modems. He is assisted by the stunning Maggie Q, the beautiful bad ass who gives McLain his best fight yet!
Justin Long (You know...Mac Boy) is terrific as the uber geek turned action hero, equally balancing his sidekick duties with heroics of his own. The banter flies freely between the two, and it always rings true and genuine, and more importantly, damn funny. This kid could become a star...
And Bruce Willis is still box office gold, this may be his best action film yet. I say keep 'em coming!!!
Finally, the summer movie season of 2007 has begun! Live Free or Die Hard succeeds on every level; engaging story, superb writing, phenomenal acting, and the best darn roller coaster riding, fingernail biting, seat gripping action scenes of the summer!!!
This film is quite refreshing. There was no sex, murder or foul language. The story, about a man who listens to God and does what God asks him to do, is something I would take my children, my mother and even my grandmother to see. I plan to see this movie again and plan to buy the DVD as soon as it is available.
By the way,after seeing the show tonight maybe the reviewers need to know that Christians are not the only ones who believe the story of Noah's Ark. The original story is in the Hebrew bible and was passed down to both Christians and Muslims.
TWO THUMBS UP!!