This movie is really filled with emotion. Tobey Maguire plays the war hero who was captured and then brought home with some mind problems from the pain. Jake Gyllenhaal plays his brother who just got out of jail and is trying to find a new life. Then you have Natalie Portman playing Maguire's wife who has to deal with two kids and a broken husband. They all were excellent in the film. Tobey Maguire was the star though. He really showed emotion and when he gets back from the war you can really see the pain he went though just by looking at his face. The two little girls were played by Bailee Madison and Taylor Geare and they were a joy to watch. Such skill for such young actresses. The story is really good up to the end. The end is very uneventful. They even give you a pretty big build up, but not a strong ending. Up to it though, excellent film. This is a deep story and you can really tell all the actors really worked hard to play their parts. Good film.
I loved all the action in this film. The acting was pretty decent too. But the story was lacking a lot. The two main characters are David Belle and Cyril Raffaelli. David Belle is actually credited as the founder of parkour. This is a type of endurance sport where you run around and jump from building to building. They are also called free style runners and just runners. Cyril Raffaelli is a martial artist and stuntman in karate and wushu. Being who they are, their acting skills are just ok, but their action scenes are amazing since they do all their own stunts. This alone made the movie very interesting and fun to watch. But when the action came to a stand still, the story was the only thing left and like I said before, there wasn't much to it. If they worked more on a story line, this could of been a fantastic movie.
I was really hoping for something amazing after the first one, but this was just ok. David Belle is the founder of French parkour and unlike to the first one, he really didn't show much skill in this one. He did have one crazy jump though. Cyril Raffaelli also didn't show off his karate and wushu skills like the first. He did have a couple cool scenes though. Now the story is a little continued from the first, but very weak compared to the first. But they did add a lot of colorful characters in this one that I enjoyed. They all had their personal fighting style or action. The music in this film was pretty nice and worked well with the action. Now back to the story of the film. It is the same basic background like the first, but with a different bad guy. I guess you could say is it is pretty uneventful. All you really wait for is Belle or Raffaelli to do something cool. Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy parts of the film, just not all of it.
Not the very beginning, but about 10 minutes or so into the movie, I didn't know what to think. I felt like a lot was left out and I was going to be pretty confused. But it picked up very fast and got to the main part making the rest of the movie pretty much perfect in my eyes. The excitement was just too intense at parts. The suspense had me at the edge of my seat at times wondering what I was going to see next. The ending was one of the best parts. Watch and you will see. The writers really had something going here. The ability to control yours and others dreams. To bring a team into someones mind and help control their dream. The ability to make a dream, within a dream. This really was written by great minds and Nolan really directed it well. The movie is just shy of 2 and a half hours, but it doesn't really seem like it, because you will enjoy this film. The cast was excellent. Leonardo DiCaprio was great. Ellen Page was also a great second. Cillian Murphy stayed more quiet, but still could act. My medal of great acting has to go to Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Never thought I would see him in such a fighting type role, but it really fit for him. Unfortunately, Tom Berenger gets the award for not acting as well. I think he is just getting too old maybe. This movie has some great action shots and the CG is pretty good too. Pure suspense from start to finish. Great film, great cast, great writing.
Ok I bit the bullet and decided to watch this film. All you hear about is how great this movie is. I am going to be completely honest about this and I am not saying this because I am "anti-twilight" or anything. This is a real review. This movie was pretty bad. First off, some of the worse acting I have seen in along time. The dialog did not help at all in making these people seem like better actors. Actually, maybe some of them are pretty good, but the dialog makes it worse. I know Kristen Stewart is pretty good. I had heard that Robert Pattinson was amazing in this film. Now I realized that this is said because of all the fangirls out there. His acting was horrible. Plus the fact throughout the whole movie he had this expression on his face like he had to go to the bathroom. The story was ok and interesting, but not strong at all. I do like the take on vampires. It is original and different. After watching this movie I clearly see why it is rated so high. It is a cult film hyped up by people who are more obsessed with the characters than the movie as a whole. But that is good for this film, it helps movies like this make money and I will give them credit for that. I also give them credit because I was able to sit through the whole thing also. I was hoping for a little more special effects than running really fast too. I know some will hate me for my words, but I know true film critics will see my point of view.
When I left the theater I was in awe about this film. But as the day ended I realized that I was spoiled by the CG of the movie. This movie has the craziest CG I have seen to date. The money it took to make that was unbelievable. That is why I was spoiled. The movie was just too beautiful to look at. But here is the thing. A lot of people see this movie, just get googly eyed over the CG and decide it is the best movie ever made. I have heard many people say this movie is revolutionary. They actually used that word. I will admit, as for the CG, it is. There has not been a movie that has ever looked like this. But as a movie in general, there is a lot of pieces missing. The beginning of the story is completely missing. The film rushes into the CG section way too quick. It is pretty obvious they wanted to get the viewers attention and keep it with the beautiful visual effects. Something else I noticed was the dialog. Some parts were excellent. Others, they were really pushing it. I guarantee if this movie was just people in blue suits, it would not have the hype it does now. That is because the story was not strong. The whole back story of the Na'vi was 100% excellent. But the back story about what the film is going for is not really there. I am sorry about all this, but I have to be realistic here. I cannot give a movie a perfect rating if it is not perfect. But this is definitely a movie to see. If you have a chance to see it in 3D, check that out. Just regular is good too. I know you will enjoy it, because it is fun to watch. But I also know if you are a critic, you will agree with what I say. My last note I will say that all of the cast was great. Some of the Na'vi voice overs had bad dialog, but other than that, it was all pretty solid. Sam Worthington did a great job as the main and as a voice over. I really enjoyed Zoe Saldana's voice as the main female Na'vi. Sigourney Weaver brings a little mature feeling to the film and Giovanni Ribisi with Joel Moore bring a little comedy. Fun movie too watch.
Ok there is only one thing that makes this movie and it was Steve Carell. In this film he got to act really strange like his character Brick from Anchorman. His awkwardness and easy to remember one liners will have you laughing through most of the film. Two other actors do really stick out. Zach Galifianakis is also pretty funny, but on certain parts. A few scenes really had me laughing with him, but others were just ok. Jemaine Clement had a character that was really funny and every time he talked, I couldn't help but laugh. Now Paul Rudd had more of a serious part. He had a few funny scenes, but I wanted more. I didn't really care for him in this serious role. Stephanie Szostak had too many close up scenes of her talking and it really bugged me. There are many other small characters and they were just ok in my book. Ron Livingston was in the film, but did not have a big part. I wish he did because I wanted to see more of him. This movie ran about 2 hours long and that is too long for a comedy. Because of this, they tried to make a decent story and had some serious scenes. To me, that failed. They could of left a lot out and made the movie around an hour and a half. So overall, a decent comedy and will defiantly have scenes to talk about. But as for best comedy of the year. Sorry, it didn't cut it.
This was an ok movie. It had an interesting story none a less. The end of the school year is here and it is time for the 10 dirty deeds. 10 horrible pranks done every year. But only one man has made it through all 10 and has disappeared. But now it is time for Milo Ventimiglia to try. This movie to me seemed like a teen movie, but with a better story line. It didn't really have a lot of comedy, but it was interesting to watch. I do really wish that they showed more of the dirty deeds since that is what the movie was about. But they really rushed them. The last few more more in depth, but that was it. These types of movies are usually made for fun. They are not made to be best comedy of the year. They are just made for a certain audience and to try to make more money than it cost to make it. So the movie was ok and that is just about it.
The main character is played by Patrick Fugit and he does a decent job. He is a nerd that makes little things or comes up with cool ideas. He writes a book about changing the world, but cannot find the ending. His book is taken and turned into something big that makes everyone around him think including a girl he likes. The story was pretty interesting and I did enjoy it front start to find. But there were scenes thrown in that left the film boring at points. There is an ok cast for the film and I will say that Matthew Lillard was very horrible in the film. His character was very strange he could just not play him right. This is a light teen movie comedy, but at least it has a better story line than most teen comedies you see. Most rely on horrible scenes or nudity. This movie was about teen life, but actually had an interesting story to go along with it. Not a bad film.
Ok I am going to pick this apart. The only thing this had going for it was that the guinea pigs were interesting. They were animated ok and you grow fond of them. But here is the problem. The voice overs. Only some of them fit. Penelope Cruz and Tracy Morgan fit for their guinea pig characters and were funny. Steve Buscemi played a hamster and was very funny. Sam Rockwell was the lead guinea pig. I just cannot picture him as a lead for a children movie. Also the last guinea pig was a weakling and a big baby. The voice was Jon Favreau. This made no sense. Then Nicolas Cage showed he has no voice talent and plays a mole. He changes his voice for the role, and it is horrible. The actual live cast was all off also. I just couldn't picture Zach Galifianakis in his role and Will Arnett as a bad guy was a bit off too. I am not sure if they were just taking a chance with this cast, or they couldn't find anyone to go for it. The story wasn't even really that good and what they wanted as a twist ending just twisted your nerves because it was done actually pretty bad. Too bad this movie was not better.