The Simpsons Movie is about the Simpsons family in what I think is the funniest movie of the year. Dan Castallaneta and the rest of the cast do a great job of voicing the characters they have been doing for over eighteen years. As a fan of the show I must say that this movie plays out like one really long Simpsons episode, preferably from the earlier seasons. All the gags are there, the animation is a little sharper than the show but what do you expect with a bigger budget, and of course it's cruel and most of the times politically incorrect humor is present as well. I believe that both the fans of the show as well as the newcomers to the franchise can enjoy this movie. However, I do think that there will be some parents that are offended at what their children are watching, including a scene where a young male character says he likes men after he sees, (and we see as well), a full shot of Bart's frontal areas. Then again, what does one expect from The Simpsons. I believe that this is the second greatest cartoon to movie transfers second only to the South Park Movie. Still The Simpsons Movie is perhaps the funniest animated movie in years and I am giving it well deserved praise but I must say that in terms of quality this year's Ratatouille shall be picking up the animated awards. That being said I give this movie a 4 out of 5 and it is An Astonishing Accomplishment for me.
The longest Harry Potter movie is transformed into the shortest Harry Potter movie yet. To me that sums up pretty much my overall feelings of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. As a fan of the books I am revolted by the many, many things left out in this movie but of course it was to be expected. Movie wise it is the best movie by far growing even darker as the series goes on. Harry is faced with new troubles as several people, even some fellow Gryffindors, don't believe his story that the dark lord Voldemort has returned.
This movie is filled with dazzling effects and our three main actors do their best with the roles they are given, however you will notice that Ron and Hermione, played by Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, are given smaller screen time as the movies progress despite being a major part of the story. The story progresses rather quickly and seems a little rushed at times but overall as a movie the timing does work quite well.
The movie's dramatic scene in which a major character dies is extremely down sized by the telling of in the book and I believe that it happened too fast too garner much emotion at the time of its happening. This movie however did do two things that were close to perfection, and those were Imelda Staunton and Evanna Lynch. Staunton plays the role of Dolores Umbridge, a mean nasty old trout, with such great poise that you just can't help but hate the very core of the character, and Lynch plays the eccentric oddball Luna Lovegood so well to the point where I felt like I was imagining her like I had while I was reading the book.
Harry Potter is getting better movie wise as they go along and this one indeed tops them all both in film quality and in worst book adaptation. However, I still recommend this movie to all the Harry Potter fans out there giving it a 3.5 out of 5 and an Enjoyable Experience for me.
What was once a laughed at movie, (remember that trailer with the space probe on mars?), has become one of the biggest hits of the summer, but does it deserve that title? I went in expecting a stupid funny action movie, with the main character being a geek who gets a transformer. I got that. The movie overall works for some reason, it's got so many clichÃƒÂ©s in it but it works for me.
Shia LaBeouf is excellent in this movie, his comedic timing is perfect, and Megan Fox is brought in as the hot high school girl who knows more about cars than probably all the guys in her school. Late at night the new car that Shia bought turns on and he chases it thinking that it's being stolen.
Eventually the car reveals its true form to him once a bad Transformer attacks him and the two become friends, so to speak. Both Transformers, good and bad, are searching for The Cube which is a source of life to them and their planet. The trouble begins when a Military base in Iraq is attacked by a transformer and the Secretary of Defense has many people working on trying to figure out who attacked them.
There are many plots and back stories that are told and most are unnecessary. Megan Fox's past being one of the major unnecessary ones. The point is this movie is about the Transformers, throw in people but not so many, and not so many important ones. Despite all this however the movie is fun to watch and funny, until you get to the very end.
Of course at the end the Transformers, Decepticons and Autobots, have to fight it out. This whole fight is filled with the corniest dialogue you will ever here such as "You want a piece of me?" "No I want two pieces." Then the bad one rips a good one in half. Of course the Transformers have always been like that so that is acceptable but the problem is with the fight itself. There is so much going on that during some points you can't tell one transformer apart from the other, and it's just a huge amount of crashing and explosions. This movie was a good popcorn flick but never elevates to much more than that. I give it 3 out of 5 making it an Enjoyable Experience for me.
Oh My GodÃ¢â‚¬Â¦does the camera man have Parkinson's disease or something? Seriously sometimes I felt like I was going to throw up because the camera was shaking so much. It was fine in the first too but overdone in some parts here. Anyways, despite my rant against the camera man, I really liked this movie. The Bourne series is up there with the Die Hard and Lethal Weapon series for me.
Matt Damon, Joan Allen, and Julia Stiles reprise their roles in this third film which has just as much action and fast paced syndrome as the first two in what I believe is the greatest movie of the trilogy. Paul Greengrass, the director, is a master at capturing the fight sequences and I truly think he's set the bar on which all future action movies should be judged on.
The story is excellent and riveting and you truly feel for Bourne this time around as he finally approaches the end of his journey to find out who he is. While on the topic I would like to add that Matt Damon does an exquisite job as Jason Bourne and it is probably one of his greatest performances. It's truly a shame that movies like these get bypassed during Oscar season because the acting could get Matt his nomination, as well as Greengrass for that matter.
Of course this movie does suffer from the same fault as the previous two which is what I call the Action Hero Syndrome. No matter what happens to this guy whether it be getting shot and falling fifty feet or driving off the side of a building, he just brushes himself off and keeps going. I do believe you have to suspend belief in these movies but it's at a reasonable level at least.
This movie has it all for me, the action, the story, the aesthetic value. It even has David Strathairn who brings a great talent to the role of Noah Vosen who is set out on the demise of Jason Bourne. Despite its few flaws this is a great movie and the best of this summer's "Threequels". Great direction, great acting, great movie; I give it a 4.5 out of 5 and it is an Astonishing Accomplishment for me.