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"Remember who the real enemy is"

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Catching Fire, a thrilling sequel to the Hunger Games, not only is brilliantly done, but both hard-core book fans and people who just enjoy a good drama/action movie should be content with this film. While this film may not be one that is forever remembered, and is certainly not a masterpiece, Catching Fire is thoroughly well done and has the ability to both move the audience to tears, and to the edge of their seats. Although sequels usually have a bad reputation, this movie is better than the first Hunger Games, and is a good transition film to the final movie that will end the trilogy.

For starters, in comparison to HUnger Gsmes, I felt like everything in this movie was stepped up a notch, as if the original filmakers saw their flaws in the first movie and decided to do this one a little different. Not to say that the first movie was bad, but there were a few things here and there that could of made it better. Catching Fire does this. Instead of the shaky cameras,that seemed to be evident in Hunger Games, this was pretty clear. The script felt more realistic, and was carefully written with more humor this time, but also with parts that could really move the audience. That being said, the actors seemed more comfortable in their roles the second time around, and were able to deliver their lines a little more emotionally.

The story of the film was overall well done. For any of the serious book fans, this movie is very close to the original novel, and will not disappoint. However, anyone who has not read the teen novel, can be pleased with the twists and turns of the movie. The general flow of one scene to the next seems to be in better control than in the first movie as well. Although, similar to the first movie, the first half is somewhat slow, and the actual action is really until later in the movie.

I think the most impressive part of the movie, is the intensity of the world that Katniss lives in. We are given the chance to really see the cruelty of the Capitol and how it effects the lives of everyone. There are a lot of emotional scenes that make you really feel for the characters and the difficult situation they are in. The soundtrack, as well as the acting, makes you really think deep.

Whether you are a book fan or not, this movie is a thrilling sequel!

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Witty, Clever, and Action Packed, but lacking in a Few Areas

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Let me just say, that compared to the first movie, Thor: The Dark World, is a large improvment. The story is much more substantial and interesting and the humor is much more convincing. However, while this movie is worth watching, it is nothing too top-notch.

Overall, this movie can be seen as another pretty typical superhero movie, with a strong lead character, a dark villain who threatens the people of Earth, and a background love story. This isn't necessarily a negative quality, but this movie isn't anything we haven't seen before. From start to finish, the story line is pretty simple, but has very good action sequences, and flows well from beginning to end. Second time around, Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston seem more confident in their roles, and due a truly amazing job of both moving the audience to laughter and excitement. The character balance of Thor as the Brawn, and Loki as the snarky Brains is absolutely phenomenal. Natalie Portman's increased involvement in the film also made the movie more interesting to watch.

My complaints about the sequel are pretty basic. Sometimes overuse of CGI, made the film look a little too fake, and some of the humor added was a little confusing to the tone of the film. Overall, my biggest complaint was the under-developed villain. Malekith, played by Christopher Eccelston (a very talented actor) did not get much characterization at all. Unlike, Loki's witty portal in Avengers, Malekith is a pretty stereotypical antagionist; he is evil, and powerful and wants to do bad things. Other than that this film, is pretty entertaining, and is worth seeing once or twice.

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Sea of Monsters Review

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Overall, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters qualifies as a good movie. It has good action sequences, and overall good characters, but the story and emotion felt a bit rushed.

Before, I start talking about this movie, I want to just say that whenever a movie is created based off an original book, I try not to nit-pick between the differences or judge the movie based on how similar it is to the book. To me, if the story is interesting, well-done, and the characters are good and welldeveloped I can enjoy a movie for what is. So, if any of you are hard-core book fans, then you might be let down by this sequel, but for any who enjoyed the first movie, regardless of the books, will probably find this one even more thrilling.

The plot in this story is an exciting adventure that has some truly well-done action scenes. The climax of this movie is also thrilling, although many of the events that occur throughout the film do not occur in the book. As they did in the last film, each of the characters (old and new) in the end, learns something new about themselves, and the others around them. All the actors displayed their characters very well, and gave the audience a good laugh now and then.

Being a huge fan of Rick Rordian's book series, it is easy to complain about suttle little things in the movie that did not match up with the original story, or major events that occurred in the book, but had no appearance in the film. However, my major complaint about this film is that everything felt a little rushed, and gave the film a sort of lacking in emotion.

For example, whenever a character has to deal with an emotional crisis, like Percy feeling neglected by his father or the fact that his brother is a cyclops, is not really expanded on until much later in the film. We are only briefly introduced to many characters and don't learn too much about their feelings or motivations. Another thing I want to bring up is the atmosphere of the movie. Unlike in the first film, and in the books, I didn't get this sense of a magical world enhanced by ancient Greek Mythology. Instead, I felt like writers and film makers tried to cram in as many references to the book and actions scenes as possible instead of stopping for a moment and letting the audience soak it all in.

The bottom line is that Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, in my opinion, has a good general storyline, has some nice witty moments, and has plenty of thrilling action scenes, but if you are looking for a movie that will replicate the book completely, you will probably find yourself disappointed.

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A Good Laugh

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Comedy movies have never been my forte, but this one was better than I anticipated. Unlike other modern-day comedy films I have encountered, that usually are purely for laughs and streamed with inappropriate jokes, this movie actually had interesting characters. Along the story-line of old vs. new seems to be a bit cliche at first, the movie is left with a good message.

The situation in the movie is that an elderly couple is asked to watch their only daughter's children. The daughter and her parents haven't had such a good relationship in the past years, and by watching her children the grandmother hopes to gain her daughter's trust again. However, the daughter prefers a very gentle, sensitive, and over-protective approach to parenting, while her parents prefer to parent the old-fashioned classic way. This two sides clash, and the family struggles with some ups and downs, but eventually every character learns something about themselves.

I liked this movie better than numerous comedy movies, because while also making me laugh at several scenes, this movie had a good message and story that I cared about.

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Go Into it With an Open MInd, But Not High Expectations

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When I first walked into this movie, I had very low expectations. It had appealed quite interesting in trailers, but a lot of people gave this movie a bad rating, so when I came into the theater, I was expecting a poor quality film. However, I found it to be a quite interesting take on a future fiction film. By no means is this film spectacular or great, but for an original film it did okay.

The first thing I want to praise this film on is being original. I'm not completely sure if this was a remake of an older film, or anything like that, but it seemed like this movie was developed from fresh material. Sure the whol, apocalyptic Earth in the future has been thought of before, but the setting, story and characters seems to be something new and different. Now, to me, original films can go two directions; they can either be so obscure that they don't draw the audience in or they can be great and start the brink of a new franchise. For me, this movie weathered right in the middle of these two directions.

Another thing I want to praise is the action sequences and fluent story line. Although a few events in the film seemed kind of random, in general the actual fighting scenes were well done and didn't look too fake or staged. In other words, I never felt bored while watching.

That all being said, my biggest complaint with this film was that everything seemed to appear very vague. Its as if the writers of Oblivion decided to accept a first draft of their movie, but didn't want to go into detail. Most of the characters were introduced well enough, but some didn't receive enough exposition for us to really understand or care who they were. Also, the major conflict in the story (the alien ship) is never given any detailed explanation or thought. The ending of the movie also lives you with plenty of questions.

So overall, Oblivion is a pretty good action movie, that is good if you are looking for something to watch on a Tuesday night, but I wouldn't go out of your way to see this movie or anything. If you don't set your expectations too high, you will probably find yourself enjoying the movie from beginning to end.

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