I liked Thomas Jane as Punisher and thought the one preceding this one was fun, not great, but still fun. Why they decided to go with Ray Stevenson is beyond me. Thomas Jane was willing to come back, so what happened. This movie is absolute trash. Yes, we finally get a no holds barred Punisher, but with a weak story and horrible casting. What in the world was Newman from Seinfeld doing in this thing? Not only that, but its main villain, Jigsaw, was horrible. Make-up was something out of the 80’s and the actor hammed it up real nice and not in a good way. Action was horribly done as was the editing, but no amount of editing would have made this movie watchable with its cast and director. The screenwriter should never work again.
Hands down the worst comic book/Superhero movie of all time because of studio interference, moronic choices from the director and popular casting that didn’t work. Schumacher made a complete mockery of one of Batman’s greatest foes, Bane, and treated two other villains just as badly. This movie made the classic campy Batman television show, starring Adam West, look like an absolutely genius in comparison. A Bat Credit Card? A Chubby Batgirl? Batnipples? It was a complete shocker when Christopher Nolan was given the chance to reboot the franchise. I was certain there would never be another Batman film as long as I lived.
Wow, was this a magnificent disappointment. Fans had clamored for this to happen for years and this tripe is what they finally brought us. This could have been an epic film; instead it’s a huge letdown on par with the last Indiana Jones film. The film takes what was a great character in Ripley from the Aliens films and makes an unbelievably annoying “tough girl” in her place. I would have trusted the weakest mercenary in the group, heck, even the linguist’s leadership rather than this lady’s. Just because your job title has “guide” in it doesn’t mean you can guide anyone in a giant pyramid you yourself have never even been in. This isn’t the military and her barking orders was just laughable. Moving on, the Predators look like steroid raddled Barry Bonds clones with dreadlocks and masks. Story was fantastically abysmal as was the acting and the action. It was cloned a few years later when it’s even worst sequel came to theaters.
V for Vendetta was awful, just awful. I don’t think its author, Alan Moore, will ever have a truly great movie made out of his work, which may not be good in my view, but are full of interesting ideas. Maybe that’s why the guy has cut ties with anyone in Hollywood wanted to use his work for movies. This film was just another piece of Hollywood garbage that made the villains both Christian and Conservatives, granted that’s what Moore did, but come on guys, pull a Luc Besson and maybe show a different type of villain. Of course, this aspect of the film tainted my viewing of it, as it hits you right away with blaming the United States with the evils of the world starting with Bush’s war in Iraq. I’m not even sure I would have really liked it if it didn’t have that. Nothing new with the action, it is just another carbon copy of the Matrix look (not surprising as it was directed by Wachowski brothers protégée James McTeigue). With all the hype and action, it is a rather boring movie.
Having a more artsy director do a film about a much beloved comic book character was probably not the best idea. This film felt pretentious and was extremely boring. How can a Hulk film be boring? Have Ang Lee direct it of course and pretend to make it an extremely deep tragedy. It wasn’t the actors fault, just about everyone is fantastic in most any film they are in from Jennifer Connelly to the moustache himself, Sam Elliot. This gargantuan waste of a film is all Ang Lee’s fault. The man had one good movie, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and then got such an inflated head that he went on to make boring movies centered in controversy his bread and butter. It is sad really, because Industrial Light and Magic did a terrific job on the creation and look of the Hulk, only to have it surrounded by drivel.
And with this, the summer of the superhero has ended. A very interesting summer for fanboys; even those who aren’t big Marvel fans like myself. DC tried to get another franchise going with Green Lantern; but, I’m sure you know how well that went. Marvel killed the summer with three blockbusters that reintroduced audiences to great character beginnings in X-men: First Class and then introduced audiences to new heroes to the big screen in Thor and this last one, Captain America: The First Avenger. Though, the latter may not have been the one that finally knocked the audience down with the awesome, it still entertained them with flare.
Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) wants to fight for his country during WWII. He has tried to sign up with the Army, but has been rejected numerous times before. This is because he is sickly and a very skinny guy; but, he has a huge heart to serve his country as so many are doing. A German defector, Dr. Erskine (Stanley Tucci), overhears Rogers’s passion to fight despite his stature and decides to help Rogers recruit into a special program. Rogers is then put into a group of soldiers led by Colonel Phillips (Tommy Lee Jones) and his helper, Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), with other soldiers who are much bigger than he is.
Regardless of his size, Roger’s is chosen to be the subject of a test that would make an army of super soldiers. He becomes the epitome of the best soldier ever, but is used as a U.S.O mascot after Dr. Erskine is killed by an undercover Nazi spy. But he must save his friend and many other P.O.W’s when no one else will, and he becomes Captain America. He then is set to go up against the films villain, the Red Skull and his Nazi rip offs called Hydra.
I wanted more from this film after all the hype I heard or read about it. It may have been a bit of a disappointment, but I still give it high marks. I’ll get the good stuff out of the way first. The four main actors in this film were well cast. Chris Evans does well with the optimistic hero who believes good will always overcome evil. Hugo Weaving does well with the ratcheting up of the evil with his Red Skull. But the best casting had to do with veteran actors Tommy Lee Jones and Stanley Tucci. I would even say that Stanley Tucci was the best part of the film–as the one who encourages Chris Evans character to never give up on what he believes regarding evil. Captain America even looks like a classic WWII movie, using the look of the great television series, Band of Brothers and mashing that up with some Saving Private Ryan feel.
The story is great, finally giving us a film that is unabashedly pro-American, unlike what has come before in the last 10 years or so. Not only that, it is a great story of heroism to the point of personal sacrifice that wins the day here. This film hits every mark it tries to when showing emotion in the loss of comrades in battle, making hard choices when it comes to sit by and wait or take matters into your own hands or even making the right choices when it comes to the decision of one’s life versus millions of lives. Great moral to a story that is always needed and is for the most part shown in films like this, a hero is one to the end and will always make the right moral choices.
Now on to the disappointing. The beginning of the film has some great special effects with making Chris Evans look like a scrawny little guy. What is unfortunate is that it looks like that special effects budget was used only for that, because for the rest of the film it’s not the best. The action is decent, but nothing special. Also, the movie does seem to drag in specific areas, slamming some of the movie to a halt in its pacing. Lastly, on a personal note, I wish they had stuck with Nazi only bad guys instead of tacking on another group connected with the Nazi’s.
This is a good movie, regardless of those hiccups. It’s also a good dad/son movie. There was a dad and his son, maybe eight or so, sitting in front of me and the kid was having a great time with the movie. He was glued to the screen and might not have blinked once the entire 2 hours. Be discerning concerning that though, there is violence throughout that some parents might not want their kids to see, but it is nothing too bad.
It’s over; no more Harry Potter movies are coming to a theater near you. It has been over ten years and that entire time we were able to have a fantastic cast assemble that played all the main roles without change (with the exception of the death of Richard Harris). It has been a great ride for many fans and also a somewhat disappointing one for the novels purists. With this book end to the young wizard’s franchise, the audience is treated to a fun-filled, action packed finale.
The movie starts where the last one ended, at Dobby’s funeral. Then Harry decides that he must question the old wandmaker about the Deathly Hallows and Griphook the goblin about getting the next Horcrux. They then start the next adventure breaking into the unbreakable Gringotts bank to get the next Horcrux thanks to Griphook’s help. After a double cross by the goblin and a close getaway on a dragon, the three main characters must then get back to Hogwarts to get the final Horcrux and the only means of destroying all Horcruxes. As they do, Voldemort knows what they are doing and is none too excited about it. Now it is time for his big attack on the school to get to Harry. So it bounces back and forth from then on, battle, exposition, battle, exposition…
I did not like these films when the first two came out. I saw it with a friend both times who was very into the books. The first one I thought was all right, while I really didn’t like the second one. I somewhat liked the third, but it wasn’t until the fourth that it finally clicked for me. I saw it for what it was, a story about loyalty in friendship, uncompromising good versus ultimate evil and putting others before yourself. It was then that I started to like the movies, it was also then that I started to the books, only to find myself fly through them one after the other. So I may not have started out as a Harry Potter fan, but I ended up one and am sad to see this franchise end with this film.
What a great way to end this franchise. It was almost perfect in its execution, splitting up action and needed scenes of explanation to bring together a rather fast paced film. This last film seemed to hit all the right notes it needed to in bringing about emotion in the viewer, whether it be sadness, nostalgia, exhilaration, or whatever. Be warned though, this is not a movie for kids anymore. It is very violent and showed certain things that would make younger kids a little uncomfortable.
The themes that have made this such a popular franchise are simple ones; heroism, sacrifice, friendship and loyalty. These all shine through the screen up until the credits role, whether it is Neville Longbottom’s unwavering heroism or commitment to his friends to Harry Potter’s willingness to sacrifice himself when called to do so. Harry Potter never really reaches those themes that were so intensely put forth in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but it tries and it does work well. I love being able to see these themes strongly portrayed in an industry that usually likes to present relativism and other horrible themes as ones that should be sought.
The acting was all fantastic as well. Warwick Davis does a great job as Griphook. He is great; playing a conniving goblin who betrays Harry Potter after Harry has treated him as an equal. It was good to see that he was able to let loose some acting chops rather than just be a spectacle. Daniel Radcliffe, Rubert Grint and Emma Watson all did fantastic jobs creating characters that will be fondly remembered for years to come. Ralph Fiennes does a fantastic job playing a villain that shows fear amidst his plans falling apart and yet still brings the creepy. The hands down performance goes to Alan Rickman as he gives a heartfelt performance to Severus Snape and it is awesome to see. I can’t stress how much the casting for these films were practically pitch perfect. There were scenes of forced grandstanding speeches, but it does not take away from the film if you’re able to overlook them.
Since the very first film there have been many who have gripped about parts being left out of the book, which I understand to a point. Some have let it even make them hate most of the films. I didn’t like that they took out two of my favorite parts of the books, but I got over it. There are time constraints to films and that goes doubly so for films based on books with over 500 pages. You can only do so much, but it never should have taken away from the joy of the film I always thought. Jurassic Park the book had a better ending than the film, Fellowship of the Rings left out a much beloved character in Tom Bombadil, but these were still great films, the list goes on though. The point being, it had to be done and though I would have loved extended cuts like The Lord of the Rings Peter Jackson finally gave us, but it just wasn’t meant to be. I loved each one of these films and may dream of what could have been with the ignored scenes, but we got a great franchise nonetheless.