As Harry Potter begins his sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, he discovers an old book marked "This book is the property of the Half-Blood Prince." He also begins to learn more about the dark past of evil Lord Voldemort by viewing memories owned by Professor Dumbledore who is the headmaster at Hogwarts. But that's not the only thing that's going on within the gates of the school. There are many romances that intertwine with each other at Hogwarts as the three main characters are becoming adults.
Not only is this the best Potter yet, but it is also one of the best movies of the year. There is a very intriguing creepiness that lurks within the film and with that creepiness comes a compelling, deep, heart-wrenching story. The look and texture of the film is great. The camera work is fantastic and the special-effects are very good and have almost become a gimme for the series. This goes for the three charming lead actors as well. They've sunken deep into their roles give performances that make our jaw drop. Everyone in the film gives it their all, even the new stars. Jim Broadbent as Professor Slughorn makes his character funny and believable at the same time.
Besides the annoying kid that was sitting next to me, there wasn't much to dislike about the film. I did find myself a little confused during certain moments. The movie almost assumes that the entire audience has read the book and could have made things more clear. I wasn't confused at all with major plot points. It was more so the reasons for certain occurrences.
But you can't fit everything from a book into a movie. I actually haven't read all of the books and i don't plan on doing so because I don't want to be paranoid because of the fact that the writers of the movie didn't include certain things from the book, like my cousin Katie says. The film is two and a half hours and paces itself perfectly. It doesn't drag on at any point in time and doesn't rush itself either. The sets are great and could be a movie by themselves. J.K. Rowling has created a dramatic, intelligent story here. The third act especially had me pinned to my seat. You should definitely see "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince." I love this movie!
Based on a true story, the film tells the tale of John Dillinger who was a notorious American gangster during the 1930s along with Pretty Boy Floyd and Baby Face Nelson. J. Edgar Hoover's FBI and their top agent, Melvin Pervis, have the job of catching Dillinger and bringing him down.
Johnny Depp is one of the greatest actors of our time. He can play so many different roles and make his performance perfect every time. He does it again here and shows more of his gritty side. Depp really captures the essence of John Dillinger and adds to the feeling of the whole film. All of the supporting actors are great as well. Christian Bale showed that his character could be innocent yet confident at the same time. But the supporting actor that shined the most was Stephen Graham as Baby Face Nelson. There were traces of James Cagney's great acting abilities from the 1930s in his performance.
Does the story sound fairly simple to you? That's because it is. The plot is good but there's not much of a side story. With Michael Mann directing the movie, I was expecting it to go deeper. When the side story does start, all that becomes is a slow romance between John Dillinger and Billie Frechette, played by Marion Cotillard. The entire first half is drowned out by slow conversation. Also, I was disappointed by the bank robbery scenes. There are only two of them and they're too short. The first half lacks the tension that the second half does have.
There's an incredible 90 minute masterpiece packed inside this two and a half hour film. I thoroughly enjoyed the second half, especially the amazing shoot-out in the woods. The action scenes are well shot and very well edited. Although the first half drags on, the film is worth seeing in the theatre due to the top notch acting and the sounds of guns blazing during the very well made second half.
Sandra Bullock plays a demanding editor who is a Canadian immigrant. When she is about to be deported back to the north, she decides to marry her assistant to prevent this from happening. The assistant, played by Ryan Reynolds, slowly agrees to this but adds another element to deal. He says she will have to come to his family home for their pre-marriage. While the two fly to Alaska to tell his family about the news, everybody has to get used to the soon to be member of the family.
Ryan Reynolds starred in one of my favorite romantic comedies of all time. It's called "Definitely Maybe." This film isn't nearly as good but Ryan Reynolds performance is well done. He plays his character cool, he's funny, and he's just a good actor. Reynolds shines here; in fact he is about the only actor that shines in the movie.
All of the other actors in the film seem to be just there for the sake of being there. They're only in the production so the audience can say, "Hey! I recognize that person!" or "That's the lady from Golden Girls." None of the supporting characters are believable and Sandra Bullock seems too uncomfortable in her role. She switches her personality unrealistically. The things that Betty White says are only meant to be funny because she's an older woman and that's not right.
"The Proposal" is just as formulaic as many other chick flicks we've seen recently. There are many other romantic comedies out there with the familiar plotline when a character (particularly an uptight female) is put in an unfamiliar environment. "New in Town" is another example of this terribly clichÃƒÂ©d storyline. Even the girls can skip this movie.
The Decepticons return to earth to take Sam Witwicky as prisoner in this sequel to the 2007 film, "Transformers." After Sam learns the truth about the Transformer's ancient origins, Optimus Prime and his fellow Autobots have to protect Sam and decide to make an alliance against the Decepticons with the help of the U.S. army for a second epic battle.
I've never seen a movie with so much action and so many explosions. This film is definately a guy movie as it has robot battles and hot girls everywhere you turn. Yes, Megan Fox is even better looking in this sequel and gives the film a significant boost. But it's not just eye candy here. We get some very funny humor from Sam's parents, especially his mom who is hysterically played by Julie White. The performances are well done by all and Shia LaBouf has gotten very good at screaming through action scenes while saying, "Go go go go go!"
Michael Bay directs the film like a five year old. The action scenes are excessively long as goes for the entire film. It's two and a half hours and just when I thought the final battle sequence was over, it kept going and going. It's like Bay was saying, "Well, I want this to be a summer blockbuster so let's add about thirty more minutes of robots beating the crap out of each other."
But, about half way through the movie, I decided to accept the film for what it was and just tried to go along with the fun. Is it going to win an Oscar? No. Is it a summer blockbuster? Yes. I enjoyed the film before the action scenes got too long and the hot girls, hilarious humor, and good special-effects make "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" an o.k. film.
Four friends head to Vegas for a bachelor party before one of the buddies has a wedding. After a wild night, they can't remember anything. Eventhough there is evidence of a good time throughout the hotel room, they soon realize that the groom is missing. The three must retrace their steps to find him and get him back to his wedding on time.
Funny funny funny! The writers really do a great job with the script. Almost every comedic line throughout the entire film had me laughing out loud. There have been great lines in comedies that people have recited over the years. Of course I'm referring to movies like "Airplane" and even the more modern "American Pie." In "The Hangover" there are at least a dozen of those lines that audiences will be reciting for years to come.
The cast adds even more laughs to the film. Everyone has perfect comedic timing and Zach Galafanakis makes his charecter original as he plays a guy named Alan. His walk, his voice, and facial expressions help make his charecter his own.
Towards the end of the film, the story looses its humor. The final scene feels forced and seemed like an excuse to give the movie a happy ending. There could've been more to the way the film was resolved instead of just a happy wedding scene.
But the film isn't meant to be perfect. It's meant to be absolutely hilarious and thats exactly what it is. The story is told in a way that leaves the audience wanting to find out what happens. This was a smart move on the director's part because it adds a real mytery feel to the film which I love. "The Hangover" is the best comedy of the year so far and is definately worth seeing.