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Posted on 6/07/09 11:12 AM
Hugh Jackman seems somewhat at home with his character in the first blockbuster of the summer, X-Men Origins: Wolverine. However, many of the new characters fall flat or aren't given enough screen time, and the plot they follow is borderline ridiculous.
X-Men Origins tells the story of the rise of Wolverine and how his rivalry with his brother Sabretooth came to be. So, basically, they put Logan through hell (which he revives from easily) and then they end the movie. This brings me to the first problem; Wolverine just seems too powerful and too cliche in this movie, I can't count how many times he held his arms out and screamed or how many times he walked out of an explosion unscathed. It makes a character considerably less interesting when he has no weaknesses, at least in the more recent X-Men, even in the third, Magneto could manipulate him because of his adamantium bone structure and that was the main threat. When a hero's not vulnerable, whats the point of even having an enemy in the movie, it's just a reason for a bunch of explosions and preposterous action scenes. I will say that most of the action scenes are well-done and their are some noteworthy sequences; one involving a few hummers and a helecopter, and another on top of some sort of reactor tower of with a certain villain that will probably make comic fans scoff, but I liked it.
Another problem with 'Wolverine' is its lack of character development, Wolverine is established well, but all of the other characters get about two seconds of screen time. Ryan Reynolds is probably the best of the bunch, but again, is only used for a very small part of the movie. Logan's girlfriend is actually used more than all of the other mutants, and her character is very poorly acted, she even delivers that one classic line "I'm..so cold..", and it's the most cringe-worthy moment in the whole film. I know this movie's not trying to get an oscar, but it would help to put some more work into the characters and be a little more faithful to the source material.
The plot of 'Wolverine' is also a mess, mainly because it tries to throw in a bunch of implausible twists and curve-balls of which most are expected, and the ones that aren't are just stupid because of how inconceivable they are. One thing I will say for 'Wolverine' though, is that it's a popcorn movie through and through; it will provide the thrills, the laughs and some actual tastes of Wolverine's character as he once was in the first two X-Men movies. It's also nice to have Wolverine as the main focus; watching him go through the procedure of having adamantium put into his bone structure and then destroying everything in his path, although stupid, is pretty fun to watch.
As a summer blockbuster, Wolverine works, as a faithful character study with a conceivable plot, it does not. The movie is a piece of fluff that will make a ton of money at the box office and will is fun to watch with a group of friends, whether you're actually enjoying it, or ripping it apart because of how crazy and stupid it is. Either way you look at it, it's a diversion and it's fun, that's all.
Posted on 6/07/09 11:09 AM
Before you shoot me, I will admit that I have not seen any of Sam Raimi's 'Evil Dead' films, but after seeing 'Drag Me To Hell' I am eager to check them out. Raimi's 'Drag Me To Hell' is the kind of awesome shock-horror-comedy film that doesn't come around very much, and it's also the most fun I've had with a horror film in a very long time.
The story follows a young woman (Lohman) who is cursed after she doesn't give a down-on-her-luck old lady an extension to pay for her home in favor of a job promotion. The old lady places a curse on the woman, proclaiming her hell-bound. She struggles to find a way to break the curse before the three day period ends.
The previews for this film were a little misleading to me, being that I am a Raimi horror virgin. I got the impression that this was some wannabe scary horror for your everyday PG-13 crowd, boy was I wrong. At the start of the film it seems to be taking itself pretty seriously, some dementedly awesome things happen and some scenes that literally made me jump out of my seat occured before I realized it was partly being played for laughs. The moment the witch lady started gumming and sliming Lohman's character with her mouth I had no idea how to react, I didn't know whether to laugh or take it seriously, but after a while I was able to sit back and take the movie for what it really was, a comedy with some really good jump-scares. If you go into the movie with that kind of expectation, I guarantee you will be entertained.
Alison Lohman is perfectly cast as the film's lead damsel in distress, however, Justin Long is not fitting as a professor, he has one of those personalities that just doesn't fit with a professional job like that, and it seems like he isn't with the role either, though he still does a decent enough job.
The film also didn't receive top marks because of some inconsistencies with the use of horror and comedy. It seemed like it went a little too far in each of the directions during a few points in the movie. As I said before, there are points where I didn't know whether to take it seriously , and their were points that were just too "out-there" wierd. But if you've acquired this taste for movies of this nature, you'll probably eat it up like candy, but this isn't what the general horror audience would immediately catch on to.
Thankfully, I began to notice all of the little nuances that Sam Raimi threw in to the movie and I jumped at all of the perfectly-timed scares; mostly due to the soft/loud orchestral score. I also loved some of the expected but still awesome twists and turns, especially the sudden and wickedly cool ending. 'Drag Me To Hell' is an acquired taste, but wants acquired, you will be laughing and hollering until the credits roll, and then you'll want to see it again.
Posted on 6/07/09 11:06 AM
Fired Up is one of those run-of-the-mill teen comedies that doesn't accomplish anything is the span of its short running time. Fired Up tries to combine elements of 'Wedding Crashers' with elements of 'Bring it On' and as you might have guessed, if fails.
I knew from the beginning that I wasn't going to like the stupid lead characters. I never have liked watching "witty" people as football players who score with girls every five seconds. It's just like saying, "hey! look what we can do, you're never going to be this good with the ladies." It's like a retard calling you stupid. I will admit that I chuckled during the first five minutes or so, then the movie totally lost what little momentum it had.
If you like watching annoying teens who are obviously in the 25-30 range score with girls and then magically find "true love" through using stupid catch-phrases and lame jokes; then this movie is for you.
Posted on 6/07/09 11:03 AM
Star Trek has always been one of those cult phenomena that has creeped ever so slowly under Star Wars' massive shadow, and now that Star Wars has begun to sputter out, it would seem it is Star Trek's turn to shine, and shine it does.
J.J. Abrams had the troubling task of making 'Star Trek' accessible to a mainstream crowd, and keeping all of its cult following in check at the same time, and somehow, against all odds, he pulls it off almost perfectly. Sure, Trekkies probably won't like some of the modifications made, but there are plenty of easter eggs, faithful performances and even some of the recognizeable key lines from the original series. The average theater-goer will also be pleased to know that this is a constantly exciting and fast-paced sci-fi action picture that has action, humor and plenty of applaud-worthy moments.
The movie practically nails all of the characters while also giving them a different spin. Kirk is young, immature and spunky, Spock shows a little more emotion than he usually would and a few of the characters don't even look the part, but the beautiful thing about this is that somehow it all works perfectly. You would think that changing key aspects of characters would be the wrong thing to do, but it gives the movie a fresh vibe that seems untravelled by any other sci-fi film. One character you will recongnize as practically unchanged is Karl Urban's McCoy ("Bones"), his mannerisms are almost spot-on.
Star Trek's plot is also intriguing. Abrams makes good use of the time travelling mechanic, presenting it in a completely un-cliche manner while also incorporating a pretty huge cameo. To have all of this and still have a movie that is easy to take seriously is quite a feat, especially when you see which actor is in the cameo.
The special effects in Star Trek are also very impressive. The first time you see the Enterprise you will feel all giddy inside, Star Trek fan or not. This, coupled with the colorful and action-packed space battles make this movie no push-over graphically.
So far all I've been doing is raving about how awesome and perfect this movie is, but it does have a few minor problems. First, I didn't feel emotionally attached in the opening sequence, it was good enough, but it didn't quite click. If I said the other minor quip it would have me spoiling part of the movie, so I'll just say it involves two of the main crew members having a relationship that doesn't really make much sense and comes off as awkward, you'll know when you see it. It seemed like it stopped the movie dead in its tracks for a moment, and the whole movie lost a little momentum because of it, luckily it quickly recovers and acknowledges the awkwardness later on with humor.
Apart from the diversions into awkwardness 'Star Trek' is probably the best sci-fi film in the past decade, I know that's a huge claim, but really, think about what's come out and I'm sure once you've seen this you'll agree. 'Star Trek' is perfectly cast, thrilling and the best form of sci-fi escapism to grace theaters in a long time, go see it.