If you thought the first Star Trek was good, this one blows it out of the water. Great acting, action, sets, script, everything. Easily the best movie this year so far.
I don't want to give any spoilers but the writers are doing a great job of keeping to the official canon within the new split timeline. We really get to see Kirk grow into the captain that he was always meant to be.
One scene I thought was a little too predictable, but no one else around me had clue it was going to happen, so maybe it wasn't that predictable.
If you only go see one movie a year make it Star Trek.
Iron Man 3 is a great movie. Action, humor, and a large dose of sarcasm. It is just as good as the first and second Iron Man movies. But that is also it's problem. When doing a sequel you have to make it better than the last, start a new story arc, or doing something different. More of the same is still great when it comes to Iron Man. But you leave the movie wishing there was more. The final battle itself was a bit of a let down. Suddenly the bad guy has 100's of soldiers, and now Tony has 100's of Iron Men. But everything happens so fast, and the battle is so evenly matched it took away from the awesomeness of having so many Iron Men in one spot. And the bad guys start as just hard to kill and change to impossible for one Iron Man alone.
Without getting into detail the finale of that battle was the saving grace. It's just the battle as a whole seemed rushed and done without much thought, but lots of destruction.
Despite my disappointments you will still want to go see this movie. And wait for after the credits, it's good for a laugh.
Oblivion is the movie to watch right now. Good story, cinematography, cast, acting, music. But it's the sound and visuals are what make this movie great. There is a sense of confusion instilled throughout the movie by the stark differences in the things on the land and the world Jack belongs to. On land everything is gritty and dirty, but it's peaceful. In jacks world everything has a clinical feel to it. It has clean soft lines, but the drones have a harsh menacing sound and seem to glare at Jack when they are operating. Throughout the movie you get a sense that the way things are is not how it's supposed to be. Even to Jack things just don't sit well with him.
I was worried that Oblivion wouldn't live up to the hype, but it is truly a great sci-fi movie.
Olympus Has Fallen starts off introducing the characters with a little bit of backstory. I won't go into detail but it seemed that it was designed just for the emotional kick in gut than something that contributed to the story. Once thats done we move to the present time and the movie kicks off.
Mike Banning (Gerard Butler), a Secret Service agent, is working across from the White House when the unthinkable (and unbelievable) happens. An attack compromises the Whitehouse and forces the President to seek shelter in an underground bunker with a foreign prime minister. Unbeknownst to everyone is that the foreign prime ministers guards are in on the attack. Mike takes it upon himself to wade into the battle and save the day.
Parts of the movie really stretch believability to it's limits. While other sequences are grounded in reality. Overall it makes Olympus Has Fallen really enjoyable. Once the action starts it doesn't stop. You will be on the edge of your seat until the end.
As far as action flicks go, this one is much better than the last. But there are some confusing and distracting elements in the plot that detracts from the overall movie. Another thing I expected was a bit more humor. Compared to the last movie Retaliation was all business.
For the action scenes alone I would have given this movie 4 stars, almost 5. But the side plots interrupted the flow of the movie without contributing in a meaningful way.
Jack the Giant Slayer is what happens when you take a great fable and turn it into a war movie. It's not a bad movie, but it's not your old story of Jack and the Beanstalk.
Now there is an army of giants and the one ring.. ahem "crown" to rule them all. And Jack must save a princess as well. It's as if you were telling the story of Jack and the Beanstalk and threw in some LOTR and Sleeping Beauty action scenes.
Overall though I liked it. It was well done and entertaining even with the action twist.
Kevin James plays one of his best parts so far as Scott Voss. A biology teacher who's forgotten why he wanted to teach in the first place. In the process of trying to save the schools music program he trys out MMA fighting to raise some money.
With some help from Marty Streb (Henry Winkler) he regains his passion for teaching while inspiring his students, coworkers, and boss with his passion to succeed in MMA.
This movie will have you laughing the whole way through and cheering for Scott by the end. Go see it.