As far as I’m concerned this was Indiana Jones 4. It has the plot of a good Indiana Jones movie, the characters of a good Indiana Jones movie sequences and even the best action sequences I’ve seen all year.
The movie gets a little bit too silly sometimes, but the adventure is there and isn’t that want you want from this kind of movie?
Like I said this is the movie Indiana Jones 4 should have been. Steven Spielburg works a lot better with Peter Jackson then George Lucas.
Few movies reach the level of artistic magnificence as this one. The movie is paced beautifully, the characters are subtle and relatable, and each turn is unpredictable. Everything is intentional, disturbing and beautiful.
Our main character, and the characters around him our never told to us, they are only shown, making each character more interesting. You feel like you’re getting to know the characters instead of someone telling you about the characters.
The cinematography not in style, but in feel reminds me of Quentin Tarrentino. It mixes a Dark storyline and turns it into something beautiful. The subject matter here is not as fun and goofy as Tarantino’s, but that is probably a plus.
There is very little to complain about in this movie, it is one of my favorites of 2011.
The monkeys are taking over!
When I saw the trailer for this movie, I thought it was a joke. This was the stupidest idea for a movie ever. This wouldn’t work for the same reason that a zombie movie were we see (slowly and detailed) how a zombie apocalypse would star, because it wouldn’t start. We have guns; moneys do not have guns, so it would be fairly easy to shoot the monkeys. The original movie also implied that apes slowly evolved beyond us, how do you cover millions of years of evolution in less then two hours and still make a good story?
Fortunately this movie proved me wrong in a big way. They focus on how the “rise” of the apes starts, and only shows the very beginning of the uprising. This works surprisingly well.
It’s about Caesar, the first of the super intelligent apes that has been treated with an Alzheimer’s treatment, and the super smart part is a side effect. Eventually he is put into an animal shelter rife with mistreatment turning the ape into a freaking Hannibal Lector. He breaks out, along with other apes in order to take over the world.
This is one of the better character studies I’ve seen this year, and its subject is a monkey. It isn’t one of my favorite movies or anything; I’m just impressed how they were able to turn such a stupid premise into a solid flick and the best planet of the ape’s movie yet.
Harry Potter friends do magic and junk
The harry potter series is probably the most overplayed and over rated series of movies of all time. Their not really bad, theyâ€™re just not much in them. Harry potter is an incredibly bland character and the magical setting has gotten old over the expanse of the eight films. Each movie in this series is more redundant then the last. Iâ€™m just sick of seeing these flicks.
That said harry potter eight is probably the best of the series. It was the first film in the series that I walked out of satisfied. The movie is a fittingly epic conclusion to the long running series complete with trolls fight statues, giant magical force fields and dragons. Iâ€™m sure it will not disappoint any fan of the books or films.
The movie really does it for me when it gets into Snapes back-story, making him the only three dimensional character in the series, it also reveals that Snape should have been the main character of this series. Watching the other movies now is actually some what entertaining now, just because I know Snapes back story, it basically is the best thing theyâ€™ve done with the series.
In the end this movie is better then any of the others. Itâ€™s an explosion of pure awesomeness for harry potter fans, as for the rest of us, itâ€™s just OK.
Three guys with horrible bosses attempt to kill them.
This is a pretty good movie, with things like “characters” and “humor,” things that most other comedies lack. It is genuinely funny and entertaining, though a little annoying sometimes.
This is really pandering to the occupy Wall Street crowd (like In Time and Tower Heist.) It has a theme of stick it to the fat cats, so if you’re like me, barely making the money you need each week, you sympathies with these characters before you even meet their hilariously horrible bosses.
I have always been a sucker for dark comedy (Dr. Strangelove and Life of Brian are amongst my favorite films,) and the dark premise taken with levity always does it for me. It helps though that the characters are unique and the comedy comical.
It really is funny, you’ll laugh at humor involving a man named Motherf*cker Jones, the comically hammy bosses (played by Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston and Collin Ferrell who all do a fantastic job) and the silly situation are heroes get into whilst trying to assassinate their bosses.
In the end this isn’t a great movie or anything, behind the funny situations and characters there isn’t much here. It has no depth to it, but if there is such a thing as a good SNL style comedy, then this is it. If your looking for a laugh, look no further.
Optimas prime and Sam Witwicky save the world from “who gives a crap” by doing “more who gives a crap.”
I did not like this movie. . . at all. Words cannot express my hatred. There is very little that is done correctly in this movie, I guess it’s better then the first sequel, but that’s like saying it was better then being castrated with a hammer.
The first half of it wasn’t that bad, it had the quality level of the first transformers, it was almost watchable, and I even laughed a few times. But the second half of the movie is basically one huge poorly set up action sequence, and it burns.
All of the events come at you so fast that you can’t keep track of what is going on, and it is set up so horribly that you don’t care. there is no humor in the second half of this flick, it is way too serious.
Let’s compare that too the first transformers movie (which was bad, but not nearly this bad.) Humor permeates the movie (not good humor, but whatever,) this gives the incredibly stupid premiums for this film a sense of levity, you feel like this is not meant to be taken seriously. In the Dark of the Moon this humor is used in the first half but not in the second half, so there is nothing to protect the shear stupidity from raping your soul.
The characters are boring, and the plot predictable, after optimus “dies” for the third time, you cease to give a crap, Witwicky is an annoying little twerp, during this movie I wanted to punch him in the face, which would be good if he was the villain, but he’s the protagonist, your suppose to sympathize with the protagonist.
I know that you do not always need to like the main character of a movie, by the time gone with the wind was over I wanted to punch scarlet. But when it comes to a movie based on toys, and an appeal that can be is summed up in the words “explosion” and “boobies,” don’t you think that simple is better?
This movie was one of the worst I’ve seen all year, so do not see it. Michael bay is rich enough already.
Hugo, a boy who lives alone in a clock tower, tries to solve the mystery of George melies.
You might think that it was strange for Scorsese to do a kids movie, but after watching Hugo, it made perfect sense to me. This movie was right up Scorsese’s ally. The movie is fantastic, and has several things going for it with its great cinematography, characters and philosophical ideas.
The movie is beautiful. Every shot shows off the time period wonderfully and the special effects are used to the movies advantage, as a tool instead of a gimmick.
The characters are very interesting, each one played well and with subtlety.
This movie is also really deep, and speaks to me on a personal level. It deals with the meaning of life with care and comes to a satisfying conclusion (and it isn’t 42.)
I really can’t find much wrong with this movie. I guess Sasha Baron Cohen’s character was kind of annoying, but that’s really it, Except that automaton thing, it was creepy as hell, but that’s not really a flaw as much as it is something that haunts my nightmares.
Needless to say this was a great movie and it will be a shame if it does not win something at the Oscars in February. So go see it. . . right now.
The Muppets return to the big screen after over a decade. The Muppeets try to save their old theatre from the diabolical Tex Richman.
I love the Muppets, and when I heard they were releasing a new movie, I flipped out. I have always loved the Muppets unique brand of humor, and fell in love with each of the endearing characters.
Despite my giant expectations, this movie did not disappoint. The jokes are funny (though not always original,) and the story is fun. The movie uses the nostalgia aspect in near perfection, use the characters and music to their advantage and use tons of celebrity cameos to remind us of the Muppet Movie (1979) and the original Muppet show.
Nostalgia is what this movie really shot for, and it worked very well. Everything from the song (pictures in my head,) to the characters (80’s robot) screams nostalgia. It makes you remember your childhood days with the Muppet, and then makes you feel guilty for forgetting them. I wouldn’t be surprised if everyone went out and bought all of the Muppet movies on blu-ray after sitting through this one (I didn’t because I already owned all of the Muppet movies.) The movies uses it effectively making you feels guilty without seeming like that it is doing it on purpose, making you feel bad for the Muppets, and thus happy when they succeed.
The music is great. Most of the songs are funny and purposeful. They either pull on your heartstrings (pictures in my head,) make you bust a gut laughing (let’s talk about me) or straight up awesomeness (the barber shop quartet version of smells like teen spirit.) The songs work well and fit into the story.
One of the funniest bits of the movie was the cameos. Jack black, Selena Gomez, Mickey Rooney and probably a half dozen other big name celebrities have bit parts in this movie. I’m reminded of the original Muppet movie when Orson Welles appears to only say one line, which was really weird, but awesome at the same time.
Any problems I have with this movie are small. I thought that the human characters were too silly (it’s the Muppets job to be silly and the humans job to be straight men,) the cop out in the end credits annoyed me a little bit and the song “Me Party” was not only awful but unnecessary, like I said small.
The Muppets are a staple of American culture, and this movie proves that they are here to stay. This is one of their best movies (if not their best movie) to date, and if you haven’t seen it yet, do so as soon as possible. Even non-Muppet fans will enjoy this surprisingly good flick.
In this new Sherlock Holmes flick, Holmes and the doctor reunite to take down professor Moriarty.
I enjoyed the first of these Sherlock Holmes movies, but this one was not quite up to snuff. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t as good as I had hoped. I might of liked this one even more then the first if it weren’t for several large problems with the film, the characters (or lack there of,) and the stupid/awesome ending.
The characters were just to week. The relationship between the two main characters is blurred or passed over completely. In the first film Holmes and the doctor are both very different people, and you get to enjoy their relationship in their differences and similarities, you get pulled into their friendship. In the sequel this is set aside for more action sequences. The doctors more subtle character becomes one dimensional, and Holmes personality mutates into a silly parody of its self. The female characters from the first film are also undermined, they are both kicked out of the film in short order and swiftly replaced by the blandest leading lady I have seen in a film for a while.
The ending both angered me, and admittedly was very cool. At the end of the movie Sherlock Holmes dies . . . sort of. Near the end of the movie he grabs Moriarty and jumps off a cliff like in the books. I was amazed, there actually are going to kill him off? I thought, this is great! But at the very end it inexplicably turns out he was alive, which was also awesome, but a little frustrating. I don’t like it when movies cop-out like that.
Like I said the movie wasn’t bad, there were some parts I really liked. I loved doctor Moriarty in this film, I really liked the action sequences and the adventure feel of the movie really pulled you into what was going on.
Moriarty is very good, he is basically a bond villain in this movie, and I don’t mean that in a bad way. He is a fun villain, its fun to listen to him monologue, its fun to watch him do his evil deeds and it’s even more fun to watch his inevitable downfall. Moriarty probably could’ve been better, but I expected him to be a lot worse.
I liked the action sequences as well. I would have proffered to see more of Holmes trying to outsmart Moriarty and less of him trying to out shoot his thugs, but the action, like Moriarty, is larger then life and fun.
I guess that really is the redeeming quality of this movie, despite how lacking it is in the brain stem department, it still brings you a fun adventure. So if you’re a Sherlock fan, hungry for action and adventure then you should see this movie, but if you are expecting anything more then that, there are much better films then this in theatres.