It has been along time since I enjoyed a movie from start to finish. This was that movie. This film was jam packed with action, laughs and just lovable characters you want to see more and more of. Michael Cera was a pretty good choice for Scott. I mean usually Cera only has one type of way to act and somehow it really did fit for Pilgrim. It will take me forever to explain how much I liked the cast, so I will only pick a choice few. Mary Elizabeth Winstead was great as Ramona. She had the look you could picture from the comic itself. Then you have Ellen Wong as Knives. The way Ellen acted in this film really brought out have Knives really was in the comic. Out of the evil Ex's, I really enjoyed Jason Schwartzman. He just had an overall cool yet kept feeling and at a point you really wanted him to fight more against Pilgrim. The other Ex would have to be Brandon Routh. I really cannot stand him as Superman, but this role he got to act more like his personality. I mean every actor has a dream to act as a crazy character, because then they can be more comfortable. I think Brandon was very comfortable in the role. The movie had a beautiful look to it with great nerdy CG throughout. The movie did have two problems though. The fight scenes were not long enough. This is because the movie was almost two hours and it is hard to fit seven fight scenes in to seven Ex's. But even though they were short, the look, feel and graphics to them still really made them exciting. The other problem is that I know this film will never has a perfect rating overall because it really only fits to a certain type of people. Luckily there is a lot of people who will love this movie like I did, but in the world today, this film will probably not win an academy award; and that is sad.
Ok first off I will say that the story was just ok. But that usually happens in comedies. So you have to rely more on the film trying to make the viewer laugh. If you are a fan of Will Ferrell's comedy and Mark Wahlberg, then you will pretty much laugh throughout the film. Ferrell really gets to act like himself in this film. I mean he is playing a character, but he gets to use his typical humor. Wahlberg plays a really angry cop and some of the things that come out of his mouth will really get you laughing. I actually laughed more at Wahlberg than Ferrell. Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne Johnson are in the film a bit as the head cops; like a newer Starsky and Hutch. They were entertaining. Eva Mendes plays Ferrell's wife and she is actually entertaining. Then the chief of the police station is played by Michael Keaton. Throughout the movie he kept quoting from the group TLC. He was actually also pretty funny. You will find yourself laughing a lot throughout the film. But there are some parts where they do try to be serious and most of the time it can be a turn off in a good comedy. There are some great one liners and scenes that will stick in your mind. So a pretty good comedy and I will end by saying, I want to see Mark Mahlberg do more comedic roles, because he is pretty good in them.
Very interesting to see an animated film by Wes Anderson, but I loved it. It is a film that both adults and kids can enjoy. All the characters in the film were excellent. You really get addicted to watching them. The voice talent was a great pick also. George Clooney was the perfect voice for Mr. Fox. Mr. Fox really had the same personality as him. Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray and even Willem Dafoe as an evil farmer. They really knew who to pic for this cast. This film really brought me back to a feeling when I was younger and would watch shows animated like this in the mid day. The film gives you a certain joy and happiness in your heart and believe it or not, you feel like you need more. You wouldn't think that a film like this could make you feel excitement, but it will. You truly get an inner energy while watching. The movie is cute, funny and really has a great story. Plus there are little things that happen that make this film more original. The script has many parts when the actor should swear. But instead of swearing, they say the word cuss. So it would be something like this. "What the cuss do you think you are doing?" Every time that happened, it made me laugh. Also, remember that they are wild animals. So when the foxes eat, they eat all crazy like. This is a very charming and fun to watch film.
I will say this really had a crazy yet interesting story. It was one of those stories that are all over the place, but comes together at the end for a nice ending. The writers were very clever with it. Now the cast for me was just ok. They really didn't have me laughing much when they were trying to be funny. Rupert Everett and Colin Firth were the main characters and even though they were interesting in their roles, they just seemed boring at parts. Frances O'Connor was annoying and high class. So you could say she did a decent job since that is what her character was like. Reese Witherspoon was on the verge of annoying and at points I really wanted her to stop talking. This film was made to make you think and to add a little comedy in there to keep it interesting. The thinking it passed on and the comedy was near passing, but not as strong as a viewer would want it.
There were a lot of interesting faces in this film. But the acting was a bit off par. I really didn't like any of the characters in their roles. I mean even Anna Faris was getting on my nerves. The whole movie she was stoned. I will admit she had some funny one liners, but after an hour of her acting stoned, I couldn't take anymore. Adam Brody look like he picked out his costume in a Halloween USA store and John Krasinski was just boring. I will say it was funny having the voice over as Roscoe Lee Browne. Also the story wasn't too bad. It was more clever than most comedies I have seen lately. It was really tough. Watching this film I kept going back and forth in my mind if I liked it, or did not. It just had that feeling about it and that is what made it so hard to fully enjoy it. Oh well, I guess that's how it goes.
Just as good as the first, but here is the problem. Now don't get me wrong. I am a comic nerd. In fact I had a total nerdgasim when watching this. But I will be serious. The story was a little rushed. The ending was resolved too quick at the end. You were kind of hoping for more of an epic battle, but you didn't get it. Now all the characters and the visual effects were amazing. So I give credit for that. But I just don't want them to make the same mistake as the Spider-Man movies; having them go slowly downhill. So the nerds out there, the movie had many references to the Avengers which is very exciting. Robert Downey Jr. was still the same quirky Stark. Gwyneth Paltrow seemed a little off as Pepper though. Don Cheadle was an excellent replacement from Terrance Howard for Rhodey. Not that Howard is a bad actor, it just seems like Cheadle wanted it more. Scarlett Johansson was a great Black Widow. She had the looks and the moves. Of course Samuel L. Jackson was good as Nick Fury. Then the two villains were Sam Rockwell and Mickey Rourke. Rockwell was pretty good. I really wish there was more of Rourke though. He is just 100% creepy and mean looking. Two side characters that were enjoyable were Jon Favreau, the director, and Clark Gregg who played Agent Coulson. So overall the cast was really good. I just wanted more from the story. But that doesn't mean that the movie was bad.
Robert Downey Jr was a perfect Tony Stark. Jon Favreau said in an interview that he did not want to make this movie cheesy because he is such a comic book fan. I give him props because he really did make a great movie. It had very small weak points which is why I did not give it a perfect rating. But the look, the feel, the image, the acting all fit together into a memorial comic movie. Which is hard to say about a lot of comic book movies. They really have to add something extra to make a great film package and that is what they did. They did not focus too much on the power of the hero, but the story which really helps. Terrence Howard was decent. Gwyneth Paltrow was pretty good and Pepper. Jeff Bridges made a perfect villain. This movie is a top for comic book movies. Great film.
This was a very clever film and it was funny, entertaining and a little sad all in one. There are a lot of cameos of people just playing themselves. I think just the guy filming it was not playing himself. It was filmed in a documentary style and for awhile you think it is all real. Charlyne Yi is the star that thinks she will never fall in love or even feel it. There are parts when you can really see how she is feeling and she is a joy to watch. Michael Cera plays the guy she starts to like. He uses the same type of comedy you usually see him use in other movies he is in. The director is played by Jake Johnson; the only guy not playing himself. He was an interesting character to add. He shows he felt for the main character, being her friend. But he really wanted to end the movie. We have all felt like Charlyne sometimes. I know I have. That is why I had a connection to this film. So I think this film can only connect to certain audiences. There were some very interesting hand made scenes in the film with paper and other things. That was a nice little art style to add. I was enjoying this film all the way until the end. I will not ruin it, but I will say it was not what I wanted and I think it was a really bad move on their part to end it that way. But overall, a charming movie with a great cast of actors just playing themselves.
Only I was going to put this on my list of worst movies of all time, but Rodney Dangerfield had some great one liners and Dom Deluise was pretty funny as a Godfather rip off. This is a terrible slapstick comedy making fun of the Godfather. The rest of the cast was terrible and not funny at all. Kevin McDonald was the main star and he was really annoying. Fabiana Udenio just couldn't even act in this film. Then you have Lou Ferrigno who thinks he really has an acting career. I wasn't really expecting much when watching this film. But I didn't think it would be this bad. The story was just stupid and the references to other mob type films were really stupid. In fact I felt a bit smarter once the movie was over because it was done and out of my life. Did that sound harsh? Ok, then watch the film and let me know what you think. Dangerfield and DeLuise must of been hurting on money because great comedic geniuses like that would of never done this movie. Oh well, I watched it and it is over now.
This film had a great cast. You get to see a lot of people who were also in Animal House. Actually it was kind of like Animal House, but with war. Sorry to say that the story was really bad though and the movie wasn't as funny as I would like to see. It was directed by Steven Spielberg, so you get to see a lot of action and damage. So the action plus the fun to watch characters is what made this movie ok since it was so bad other wise. Now out of all the characters, there were two that really made me laugh. First was Dan Aykroyd. He didn't have the biggest part and in the beginning he was not too amusing. Later though he gets hit in the head and gets crazy. That is what made me laugh. Then you have John Belushi. His character was funny no matter what he was doing. So overall again, it was just an ok movie. I wish there was a little more comedy or a little more story and maybe I would of liked it more than I did.