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Posted on 7/23/11 02:14 PM
Surprisingly funny and, although it's a rehash of films such as "No Strings Attached," it has just enough humor to get by. Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis have outstanding onscreen chemistry and save the film from drowning in romantic comedy cliches.
Friends with Benefits works hard to separate itself from traditional rom coms and delves into the raunchy realm of "Knocked Up" and "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" occasionally, but it's not quite funny enough to be praised for it's humor and not sweet enough to be a classic romantic comedy that will have wives and girlfriends coming back for more.
Posted on 7/23/11 10:36 AM
Nostalgic, classic characters and themes are abundant in this film but it loses momentum as it nears the climax and spirals into a mishmash of different film styles. It's too scary and there's too much language for it to be compared to the childhood classic E.T. but it also works incredibly hard to separate itself emotionally from the likes of Skyline and Battle: LA. So what is it exactly? A successful film and incredibly enjoyable, but not a classic.
If Abrams had decided exactly what he had wanted out of this when he wrote it I think it could have been more powerful, but as is it may get lost in the midst of the powerhouses being released this summer.
Posted on 7/23/11 10:15 AM
The moment Captain America springs into action is the moment the story falls apart faster than Lebron James in the 4th quarter of a playoff game. The writers establish such a lovable character in Steve Rogers as the pip-squeak with a patriotic fervor few of us have experienced, but seemingly took it upon themselves to find a way to make you simply not care about the characters anymore.
Chris Evans was well cast as Captain America, and Tommy Lee Jones was absolutely wonderful (and definitely typecast) as the stereotypical hard nosed army officer. Hayley Atwell's romance with Captain America seems forced, however, and although she's easy on the eyes, her on screen presence was negligible.
Hugo Weaving is brilliant, but his character red skull was so over the top stupid I found myself laughing. The "Hail Hydra" calls his minions make while simultaneously pounding their chests and raising both arms in fists was so ridiculous I could barely stomach it.
Battle scenes are intermittently hurled at the audience without any cohesiveness and there's not one defining action scene that draws you in emotionally. What you see in the trailers is what you get. Tidbits of various skirmishes the Captain has with Red Skull's horde.
There are some serious holes in the story that are never fully answered as well. Simple things like "How or when did Steve Rogers learn how to fight?" He's a pint-sized nobody from Brooklyn who gets turned into a super human. That doesn't mean he understands military tactics or hand to hand combat. Various things of this nature plagues the rushed screenplay.
Ultimately Captain America suffers from a rushed story and conclusion after a captivating introduction. Although its old school charm makes the film likable, it suffers from far too many cliches and never really establishes a concrete tale that you fall in love with. Rather, you'll probably find yourself just waiting for the teaser trailer for the Avengers that everyone knows is shown after the credits roll, and you'll forget all about The First Avenger.
Posted on 7/10/11 05:30 PM
A humorous, albeit not completely original, film that succeeds because of it's star power and performances. I found myself completely frustrated by the idiocy of Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis and Jason Bateman but seeing Colin Farfell with a combover compensates for that and the predictable ending. Not to mention Jennifer Aniston as a whorish dentist. Growl...
Posted on 7/02/11 03:51 PM
The lowly 38% that this film is receiving is completely indicative of the critics general view on patriotism, the military, and fighting for freedom in general. Is it cheesy? Yes, most definitely. Is the script average? Yes, most definitely. But then again, it's a summer blockbuster right?
The truth of the matter is, Transformers: Dark of the Moon is visually astonishing and the story is surprisingly engaging. The run time might have you looking at your watch at certain points, but if the battle scenes don't get your blood pumping, you should ensure you still have a pulse at all.