First of all this is a much different movie than the original. Only the basic premise of the movie is the same. Thankfully it doesn't change the fact that It's still a good movie.
The action scenes are great, and well spaced. The new overreaching plot line worked, but had a few holes in it. The only thing that the new movie fell flat on was the ending. In the original a whole planet was changed. In the newest iteration the ending just didn't have the same epic finale. It seem like it was more like the end of one of many battles rather than ending the story's conflict for good.
If you liked the original, you'll like this one. If the original was one of your favorites, then you will probably be disappointed.
First let me preface my review with this. Overall I enjoyed Brave and it had some great moments. However I expected a lot more from this movie.
The movie starts off really well with a backstory of Merida and her family. We see the joy and strife that the family shares and we are really torn by the decisions Merida's mother Elinor must make for her daughter for whats best for the realm and Merida's desire for independence. Merida's archery is a symbolization of this strife between them. It's this clash that really drives the movie and sets a great tone all the way up to where Elinor throws Merida's bow into the fire.
And then the movie seems to take a nosedive. It splits off and instead of leading to a resolution of the strife between her and her mother, it becomes a disjointed trek to fix her mothers comical predicament where the resolution of their strife just happens. There are a couple of great moments, but we lost so much of what the first half of the movie led up to. Merida's archery skills are almost forgotten. The final confrontation in the movie isn't even resolved by Merida, but but Elinor, and it's really for a resolution of a briefly inserted backstory.
I really expected more from Pixar and Disney, but Brave is still a movie worth watching.
I'm a fan of all the marvel movies and The Avengers is one of the best.
The Avengers dispenses with backstory for all but Black Widow and Hawkeye. With whom we see just a glimpse into their past. For most movies this is usually the sign of a poorly written movie. The Avengers however, need no introduction. Even though it's the first in a series it is more like latest in a long sitcom. The downside is that you should really watch the previous movies (Ironman, Thor, Capt. America, and even the Hulk) to know the backstory and what is going on.
The bonus to relying so much on the previous movies is that you can get right into the action. The Avengers does an amazing job at just that. From beginning to end the action only stops to lead you into the next sequence. And did I say it's amazing? Easily one of the best Marvel movies to date.
Between all the fighting and lead up to fighting, we do get to see a small peek into what S.H.I.E.L.D. is really about. And they may not be as benevolent as they portray themselves.
Bottom line, see this movie!! But first do yourself a favor and watch the previous movies first, you'll enjoy it so much more.
My expectations for 'Real Steel' weren't really that high. I was thinking, "It might be a good sci-fi robot fighting movie, something I might enjoy but still I probably wouldn't ever add it to my home collection." Boy was I wrong.
This movie has some great moments and all the main characters have a lot of depth. The acting is great, the story blew me away, and I don't think I've seen such a great portrayal of what the near future would be like.
In most future movies all the gadgets are way over the top, too many of them, and just a bit unbelievable. With 'Real Steel' there wasn't anything that couldn't be done in just the next few years if we just threw lots of money at it. Even the robots themselves seemed like just the next generation of technology that we have now.
The story itself was written so well that you really get a feeling of attachment for the characters. You want them to succeed. You feel bad for them when they fail.
Bottom line is go see this movie. Bring your kids, they'll love it too.
This installment of Pirates is just the same as all the others, great characters, decent story, awesome music, and spectacular effects.
But that's what also keeps it from getting a 5 star rating from me. It's just more of the same, Jack looses his ship, Jack tries to get his ship back, fights some stuff along the way, and triumphs in the end.
The movie is still very entertaining with great acting, but after 4 movies you'd expect a bit more. Why can't we learn more about jacks past, explore the characters a bit more. Every movie just seems to live in the now at all times. Even as we start to learn a little bit about a characters past, they throw in a fight scene to keep us entertained.
But maybe that's all Pirates aims to be, a bit of entertainment (which it still does very well) and not the type of saga that it could be by using the characters and actors at their full potential.
I am Number 4 starts off deep in a jungle with "number 3" being chased down by the Mogadorians. During the chase we get a slight hint of what the Garde are capable of.
The rest of the story follows number 4, or "John Smith". The name his protector Henri gives him as his new fake identity to use when they arrive in Paradise, Ohio. His first day in school John meets Sarah who he instantly falls for. Just when John thinks he might get to call Paradise home, his powers begin to develop and causes him to attract the attention of the Mogadorians. Instead of running as they have in the past John decides to put up a stand against them. And luckily number 6 finds him and helps in his fight against the Mogadorians.
Overall the movie is great. Great acting, good story, and plenty of action to keep you on your seat. And because of how well the first is I bet the next few will only be better.
Gnomeo and Juliet is a new unique twist on an old tale. It's quite funny for the most part. But most of the humor is really geared for kids. My 3 year old daughter loved it, but only Gnomeo, Juliet, and the frog Nanette had any real character. Featherstone, who isn't even introduced until about the middle of the movie, seemed like he had more screen time in his back story than regular screen time. While touching it just seemed totally out of place considering the movie as a whole.
Overall the movie is worth watching at least on video, especially if you have kids, they will love it.
First let me make this point: This movies potential relies on the quality of the theaters sound system. So don't just see it anywhere, I'll explain why below.
I am a big fan of the original Tron. I saw it many times as a kid, basking in the glow of it's special effects. And Tron Legacy doesn't disappoint in that area. The lighting is great and really feels like it's the same place as the original movie even though the quality of the effects have greatly improved.
But graphics alone don't make a movie great. It also takes a great story. This movie is a loose continuation of the original about 15 - 20 years later. Sam Flynn is the rich spoiled brat with daddy issues because his father disappeared when he was a child. But Sam still has intentions of carrying out his dads great legacy. The movie really starts when Kevin's old business partner gets a page from the arcade where Kevin used to work. He then tells Sam that he should go just to check it out.
So far we have great visuals and a decent story. All great things for making a mediocre movie. But what I didn't expect, and what makes this movie great is the sound effects combined with the music of Daft Punk. The score of this movie is outstanding. It just fits with the movie perfectly. The sound effects don't overpower the movie, they are just unique enough to pop. But the music sets this movie apart. If I could score just the music I'd give it 5 stars. If you watch this movie in some small low budget theater you're missing out on the best part. Even if you have to see it on a smaller screen or not in 3d, at least see it someplace with great sound. Even better go see it in an IMAX theater. You wont be disappointed.
Just to preface; I have seen the original - when I was a kid. And at the time, the special effects were above and beyond anything else at the time. So this review might be a bit tainted by the impression left from the original.
Acting is average to good with Sam Worthington stealing the show. The story's main plot is virtually the same as the original. While the story strays from original in many ways, it still pays homage even in its differences.
Overall I enjoyed Clash of the Titans, but this time I wasn't left with awe that the original provided. It seemed to move too fast at times, never giving any time to the other characters development. Even Perseus's character was only given a short development intro before being thrust into his role as the hero. After that it's almost all action.