Posted on 2/09/13 11:47 AM
This movie is.....um...weird. I liked it, but........well it was............weird. It was very decent...I guest it was a great film, but........it was WEIRD. 4/5
Posted on 6/13/12 03:17 PM
A movie with a not so impressive story, but MORE then makes up with it with its terrific effects, and VERY creative setting.
It's about a boy who can control the power of wind, water, fire, and....oh wait wrong Avatar. THIS movie is about a company, or something, hiring people to use "Avatars" of the people on the planet that they are trying to get diamonds or something from. Not the best description, but that's the best I could do.
The planet they are on is so very beautiful, thanks to Avatars GREAT effects, it looks so real, original, and over all wonderful to look at. The animals on the planet are also VERY creative and original, I don't know how to explain how it looks. Just watch this movie.
But the story is lame, and not original. It isn't bad, just if it wasn't for the effects and the great action scenes, this movie would had been very uninteresting. I think the main reason why I think that is the same reason why I gave the Great Debaters a bad review, I felt that they were using an over used moral, and, while Avatar had some originality, didn't ultimately made me feel all the way satisfied with this movie. Its kinda of sad, because I felt the story had such great potential in the beginning, but ultimately turn into a normal action movie.
Oh, and some of the characters bugged me. You know the main characters, those tall blue smurfs, well I HATED those characters, I don't know why. I was ALWAYS hoping that they were all going to die in the end, and I was SOO disappointed. But I did like the MAIN character, I found him to be very likable. I also like the main villain too, even though he was the stereotypical action villain, he is still cool. I like most of the human main characters, not counting the bad ones, which I found weird, because I HATED the smurfs, specifically the main girl. Yet again don't know why.
I'm surprise I didn't like this movie as much as Jurassic Park, I like them both for the same reason. They're both action movies, with better directing then the normal action movie (though neither are Oscar worthy in my opinion, which is why I'm so mad that Avatar won both Best Director and Picture at the Golden Globes), and with great effects. I think the reason why I like Jurassic Park better because, like I said in my review, I think over all Jurassic Park is just better.
Either way, I really like this movie, I don't think its the best movie of the year, but I thought it was good. It was certainly better then Star Trek, God that movie SUCKED. I think Avatar is going to dominate the Oscars with sound, art-direction, and, of coarse, visual effects, and probable get nominated for Best Picture, thanks to the Academy Awards stupid ten nomination thing. But I HOPE it doesn't win, unlike in the Golden Globes, because I don't think this movie was that good. Its a good, but not great film. 4/5
Posted on 2/05/12 11:27 PM
I don't generally like reviews that explain the whole movie, because then how can people judge a film from the review without knowing all the key plot points. But in this case I can't write a review without talking about the film, so I decide that if I'm already gonna spoil some things, might as well talk about the whole movie.
I was gonna start this review by calling a tragedy of what happens to three friends after they receive super powers. When they first got their powers, they mostly used it for fun. Everyone was having fun, and all three of them seem happy.
Of coarse like nearly every movie in all of existence, the good times needed to end. One of the friends starts getting more depress, and gets social distant from the other two. Things get worse when an other friend dies, while trying to help the sad friend.
The two remaining friends start become more distant to each other, while the depress one starts using his powers for more sinister purposes. Eventually, considering himself an 'apex predator', the depress friend starts believing he is superior to normal humans.
By the films climax, the two friends fight each other. The 'good' one just wants to help the other one out, while the 'dark' one just wants to be left alone. The 'dark' friend proves to be stronger than the other one, and attacks normal people. Left with nothing else to do, the 'good' friend is forced to kill the 'dark' one, and leaves.
Sounds sad, right? These three guys became really good friends, and everything seemed to go alright. But then one dies, and the other one becomes what we call a super villain. But the ending does leave audiences with some hope, and even some closure.
The remaining friend decides to use his powers to help people and find out how they got their powers in the first place. He leaves behind the camera that they used to film everything, and flies (yes they fly) off, becoming the world's first superhero.
I don't call this a sad fate of what happen to three friends, I saw this as a superhero origin. When all three of these guys got their power, they didn't get morality nor the responsibility that most superheros seem to have. Most people don't get a new sense of responsibility just simply because they get powers.
Some comic superheros, like Superman, where raised with high morals and develop their responsibility as they mature. Others learned from tragedy, like Spider-Man when his Uncle was killed by a robber he could've stopped earlier.
This a tragic superhero origin, but I don't think it's a tragedy. Tragedies usually end with a sad note, or, in Shakespeare case, with everyone dying. This one left off with an optimistic note, even though the ending itself is still sad (The two other friends are still dead). But it still gives audiences hope, and isn't that what superheros do. Give people hope.
But we didn't just see the birth of superhero, in fact he only decided to become a hero by the time the movie ended. We also saw the birth of a super villain, in fact most of the movie is focus on the 'dark' friends descend into darkness. He was the one who had the camera, he was even using it before they got their powers. The camera actually gave audiences a peak of this character's motivation. He was lonely, and the camera was pretty much his only companionship at the beginning of the film (and towards the end).
People who are generally outcasts, especially if you are still in high school, generally either want to be part of everyone else, or just want to be left alone. Most people, including I, will identify with this aspect because we all just want to be accepted.
His eventual path to the dark side is made even sadder by the fact that we actually both identify and sympathies with this character. I use the word dark to describe him because he was never truly evil, he was just a troubled kid.
But the true heart from the film comes from the relationship between the three friends. They gained a bond that seems generally real, they all do act like teenagers. All three actors do a terrific job in their respective roles, you actually feel for these characters.
Not only that, but the characters personalities are similar to students that you probably met while in high school. Steve Montgomery is the smart, popular one, whom everyone seems to love. Matt Garetty is a guy who says random quotes or facts that some smart person probably said much earlier, to make him seem smarter than he really is. And Andrew Detmer is the kid with the abusive father, and the dying mother. (Guess which one becomes 'dark')
The supporting characters do their jobs fine, but the movie mostly focused on the three main characters. This was very character driven movie, there wasn't really any action scenes until the end, but it's very satisfying one.
But that's what I wanted the movie to be, entirely character driven. The final action scene was just an added bonus, but it wasn't something I wanted. The three main characters relationship is what I wanted, seeing them grow from guys who hardly know each other to best friends.
If there is only complaint I have about this movie, it's the special effects. They are simply just not great. But that is small complaint for this movie.
The movie does get sad towards the end, and leaves somethings ambiguous (How did they get their powers?). But I like how it left things off. They left things to audiences interpretations, allowing them to think what happened, and what happens next. I have my imagination to come up with what happen afterwards, and that is what keeps my mind at ease, and closure.
Posted on 10/03/11 09:25 PM
Imagine living in Japan during WWII, and being around during the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. You must being freaking scared that an other atomic bomb will hit. So what do you do to tell people about the dangers of nuclear bombs, you make a monster movie. About nine or ten years later, the king of monsters is born, King Ko...er, I mean, Godzilla.
Now lets skip ahead to about forty-four years later. Imagine you were a four year old, and you went to see the American remake of Godzilla. Now, you're only four, so you think its one of the coolest things you ever seen. In that following year, you go dress up as Godzilla for Halloween, and later receive the Godzilla VHS for Christmas that following year. You watched the hell out of that movie, but after a while you stopped, and forget about the movie. But you often look back during those days when that movie came out as happy memories.
Now thirteen years later, after refusing to watch the American Godzilla for years (in fear that it may ruin some of your childhood memories), you finally watch the original, Black-and-White, Godzilla movie. But you watch this movie during the same year as when you just saw Harry Potter and The Deathly Hollows Part II (TWICE), Transformers: Dark of the Moon (on the same day as MY BIRTHDAY), and Rise of the Planet of The Apes (Nothing Important). So in comparison to these movies, the movies effects look horrible, and outdated.
But for the time it came out, these effects are pretty damn good. Usually the Godzilla movies are consider to be B movies compare to our big budget action flicks, but if I saw this movie back in the fifties, I'll be like "WOW, that's freaky crazy!!!!!!!!!", even if I did lived in the states.
However, while the movie succeeds in effects, it suffers in a pretty dull story. There is nothing wrong to warn people about the dangers of atomic warfare, nor was there anything wrong with it being simply a cautious tale. But it was just boring. This is what I generally have problems with the other Godzilla's films I have seen (Like Godzilla: SOS and..................Gojira), there is generally to MUCH story. Its weird, because most action flicks suffer from to LITTLE of story, but for Godzilla it is all the same in all his movies. I admit I haven't watch many Godzilla films, but I have read hours of information from the most trusted site in the world, Wikipedia. While I never read any of the summaries of the actual movies, but what I have read (this includes other sites too) it sounds all the same. A monster shows up, and Godzilla goes fights it, and usually wins.
At least in this movie, Godzilla was CLEARLY the only, and primary villain, but that created more focus on the human characters. For the most part the human characters are BORINGGGGGGGGGGG. I remember the scene when the professor was showing his discovery of Godzilla in court, or something. It's a necessary scene, but it was BORINGGGGGGGGGGG.
The only characters that I thought were interesting was Serizawa (a scientist of.............Oxygen I guess) and little bit of the main guy, what's his name. But that's it, even though this movie primarily focuses on four characters (with several supporting), everything about the humans in this movie was boring. It is like Transformers: Dark of the Moon, everything that Transformers or Godzilla do is awesome, yet everything that the humans do are boring or stupid.
But to give this story credit, it does have some powerful moments. When Godzilla rises from the waters and destroys Tokyo for the first time (and there will be many more after that in the next Godzilla movies), is actually really cool. There also a scene when a mother and her children are trap in Godzilla's rampage. She keeps repeating to her children that they will be with their father soon. Their fate is never soon, leaving it completely ambiguity.
Also, the main song, which I have dubbed the "Godzilla Theme" (which I think is the actual name), is REALLY good. The song is played throughout the movie, mostly during the times when the military is getting prepared or when Godzilla is attacking Tokyo. I felt very excited every time that song played. When Godzilla is attacking, the song sounded very chaotic and destructive, because, well, the entire scene is chaotic and destructive. But it also sounded very hopeful and heroic every time the military showed up.
My favorite part of the movie is when Godzilla is being attack by the air force (or whatever they call it in Japan), with the song playing. The song sounded very heroic, as the Japanese planes try to take out Godzilla, but it also seemed very destructive, because of the presence of Godzilla. This song is perfect for Godzilla, because his presence can mean one of two things to people: a destructive monster, or the hero that saves the day.
Sadly, the Godzilla movies have only become sillier over time, losing that cautious tale it was originally created for. But that doesn't make any less entertaining. Even though this movie is outdated by over fifty years, it still holds up.......for what it is. 4/5*
*Why do I need to have these still, Rotten Tomatoes now rates thing through stars now.
Posted on 1/28/11 07:24 PM
There are good superhero movies, and there are bad ones. This one seems to be often on people's bad movies. But I disagree a great deal, I think this movie is great, and is probable one of best superhero movies I have ever seen.
The Hulk is personally one of my favorite superheros, along with Spider-Man and Batman. I enjoy the 2008 reboot, and I suspected to like this one too. My expectations weren't high, but they weren't also low. I just casually watched it, and I was shocked to find that I was liking this film a great deal. After I finish watching it, I ask myself one question "Why didn't people like this movie?"
I quickly look up some comments and reviews about this film, and I saw similar complaints. One of which is that the acting is bad, and I have to say that isn't true at all. It's not even an opinion, the acting is actually quite good. I think when people say that it is just a bunch of BS. People only say that because they didn't like the film over all.
And the main complaint I found about this movie is that Hulk was hardly in it. That's when I ask myself "Were we watching the same movie?" Sure I would liked to have seen more of the Hulk, but I got enough in this movie to make me VERY happy. I'm sorry that the movie didn't give you more Hulk and more action. I'm sorry that it had actual characterization and real character development. Mind you that I don't think this movie had GREAT character development or characterization, but it was definitely better then the reboot's characterization.
While I did like the reboot, I think this movie is the superior film. I thought the acting was OK, the visuals were great, and the action was awesome. I even liked the story, even though it was messy in some parts.
While I considered Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen to be the most underrated film ever, this film is a close second. I'm still questioning the fact why people didn't like this film. Well I guess it doesn't matter, I love this film, and screw you people for not liking it.* 4/5
*I'm kidding, I don't want you guys to be screwed over........or do I?
Posted on 9/10/10 10:34 PM
My God, this is the worst movie I have ever seen in my life. It really is. How does this have a fifty percent on Rotten Tomatoes, when underrated movies like Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen only got an eighteen percent. That is not fair, Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen will also satisfy devoted fans, and at least it was entertaining, unlike this movie.
This movie is just horrible, there is no redeeming factor in this movie. ALL the characters are bland and/or annoying, in fact some of them are both (I'm looking at you Edward Cullens). The story is so STUPID and also VERY, VERY bland, but what can I say about a movie with a already stupid premise.
Not only that, but the acting is just awful, and while I like to say the worst came from Robert Pattison as Edward, the worst actually came from Edward's opposite, Jacob. Taylor Whatever is did such a horrible job in this movie, WHY DIDN'T HE GET A RAZIE FOR WOST SUPPORTING ACTOR of that year. But no, the Razies are incredibly stupid, so I will honor Mr. Taylor the award for WORST ACTOR EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
God to think most people think this is better the Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen, come on people which movie would you rather see: one about a one hundred year old vampire, literally stalking a teenager, or about two races of transforming robots from the planet of Cybertron facing each other in battle on the planet Earth. Think long and hard which movie sounds more stupid to you, personally I think the former is WAY more idiotic then the latter.
God, I just want to punch this movie so hard, especially at the characters, specifically at Edward. Every time he Talked I just want to punch him in face, soo very HARD. In fact, I'm giving out an other award. I present Edward Cullen the Award of being THE WORST CHARACTER EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
That's all I have to say about this movie, I hate it, I hate It, I Hate It, I Hate IT, I HATE IT, I HATE IT, I HATE IT, I FREAKING HATE IT, I FREAKING HATE IT, I FREAKING HATE IT, I FREAKING F@#$ING HATE, AND I FREAKING F@#$ING HATE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It was so stupid, so bland, so boring, so unmemorable, and so God damn STUPID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Posted on 9/10/10 09:54 PM
This movie isn't awful, but not very memorable either.
I knew from the start that this movie sucks, too many famous action stars, not all of them were actually necessary (I'm looking at you Arnold). While the action is good, the story is VERY boring, the characters are very hard to relate and even like, and this movie had like a million pointless moments.
But this movie is surely not the worst movie I've seen (I'm looking at you Hancock and Twilight). In fact there's a lot of movies I hate more then this, so if you plan to watch it, then go watch it, make your opinion.
However don't go in thinking there will be just action, the movie actually tries give a story. Emphasis on "TRY", and like I said not a lot of the characters are really likable, mainly because we don't know most of the characters. The movie does focus on some characters, like Stallone's character, but we the audience don't know most of the other characters, I don't even remember their names.
The reason why I said that I knew that this movie will suck due to having to many action stars, is because a lot of action stars are not that good of actors. Sure some of them have their moment, like Stallone's terrific performance in Rocky, but those are rare moments, and most of the time they suck at acting. Except for Mickey Rourke, who did a surprisingly good performance in this film, I guess a movie like this needed one.
But it wasn't enough to save the movie from it mediocre plot, and poor characterization. By the time I finished the movie, I wasn't satisfy, and when a movie fails to satisfy me all the way through, then that means to me that completely failed overall. 2½/5
Posted on 9/09/10 03:15 PM
This is truly a Great film, and it also Jim Carrey's best movie.
This movie has everything that can make it a good movie: good characters, good acting, good writing, good atmosphere, good directing, good music. This movie is just good overall. No wait, this movie is GREAT.....REALLY GREAT
It follows the story of a man name Truman Burbank, and his whole life is just a TV show. His entire life has been show on television to thousands worldwide, but he doesn't know that because he lives in a world that hides that fact from him. But he slowly starting to realize that his life maybe a lie, and he sets out to find the truth.
This movie may have not work if they didn't get a good actor for the lead, but luckily for them they did. Carrey gives out the performance of a life time, one that should have been nominated for an Oscar. I like Jim Carrey, always had, and this is my favorite movie of his, and hopes he does more roles like this.
The movie focuses on the themes about Utopia and the rise of reality TV. Throughout his whole life, Truman was always in his little perfect world, completely isolating him from the outside world. New things rarely happen in his world, and everyone he knows are just actors, who don't care about him. A life like that can be very boring, even if it is safe. The way he was living was not living, and he realizes that, and starts taking action for once.
TV controls Truman's life, it has manipulated him into doing things. He doesn't choose for himself, the TV chooses for him, TV is like the God of his world. Well not TV itself, but the the group people who control his life. But those people do it for TV, so it is the same thing. This shows how far people will go in order to entertain other people through TV. It also shows how "fake" that kind of life can be, because it is fake. None of it is real. Why anyone choose to live like that? The answer is that no one does want to live like that, people just want to live there own way, not by what others want them how to live.
Before I end this review, I just want to say that I love the music Score in this movie, it is personally one of my favorite. It should have been nominated for the Oscars, along with Carrey's performance, and Best Picture. In fact it should have won some,but sadly it didn't. But I don't care, I still love this movie, and probably always will. I think it is that good. 5/5
Posted on 8/28/10 07:49 PM
This is a VERY entertaining movie, and is probably my favorite movie of this year, thus far.
If you like video games, like I do, you'll definitely LOVE this movie. But don't say that the movie sucks because it is only for video gamers. No, it is a fun movie over all. There's really good action scenes in this movie believe it or not, and they are all awesome, especially the third fight scene. How many fights there are in this movie, well let me explain the story.
It is about a twenty-two year old named Scott Pilgrim, who is in a band, and he plays base. The band he is in is apparently a sucky band even though the songs they play are actually good, well I guess everyone in their universe just has bad taste in music. Scott lives a some what normal life in whatever universe he is in, but everything changes when he starts dating a girl name Ramona. But there's a catch, he has to defeat all seven of her evil ex's before she can be "officially" his girlfriend.
A simple premise, but combined with awesome fight scenes, a lot of very unique visual effects, and many hilarious pulp culture references, this movie becomes AWESOME. But like all movies there is always something not to like, even in awesome movies like these. The biggest problem in movie was Ramona, she was kinda bland and was devoid of emotions. Because of her blandness, we, the audience, have no idea why Scott would love her so much, thus leaving us less to identified with Scott.
A lot of the other characters also didn't stand out a lot, with the exception being Scott, the evil Ex's, and Scott's Gay roommate, Wallace. But Scott is also not a perfect character, he at times can be a real jerk. Like when he dumps his previous girlfriend, Knives Chau (a Chinese girl), for Ramona, WHILE HE WAS ALREADY SEEING RAMONA.......AND AFTER SHE SAID THAT SHE THINKS SHE LOVES HIM.....wow, what a jerk. But still, he is still a likable lead, mainly thanks to Michael Cera's performance of him.
While I REALLY like this movie, there's still a lot of questions that I wanted at the end of movie. Like every time Scott beats one of the Ex's, they turned into coins. How does that work??? Is that how people die in his universe, and if that's true, shouldn't he be wanted by the police for murder? But apparently there's also no police in this universe....But there is a vegan police........Why would we need a vegan police????
Well despite those life and death questions, this movie is still AWESOME and FUNNY, and highly recommended it. This movie made me interested in the Graphic Novels at which it was based on(yes Scott Pilgrim is based on Graphic Novels) and if it's anything like the movie, it should be AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Posted on 7/25/10 05:35 PM
This movie is VERY sweet, and what I mean is that it is a very cute, and family friendly movie.
The movie is about a super villain, who is a complete jerk, like all super villains are....in real life.....I guess. But despite being super smart, he is often looked down by his peers, mainly because of his age, and his lack of success. He then decides to pull the biggest heist ever: stealing the MOON. After some complications involving a shrink ray, and his arch-nemesis, he eventually needs the aid of three little girls. So, he adopts them, wow, wasn't that nice of him.
One of the few things that I didn't like about this movie was how unrealistic it was. Well for one there are super villains in the world, and also when the guys goes to adopt the girls, he just goes, and adopts them, just like that. It doesn't take months or years for him to official adopt them, he just goes in the orphanage, adopts them, and was able to take them back to his house at the same day. Isn't that how all adoptions go through now these days?
An other thing I didn't like about this movie was how short it was. Sure it was an hour and forty minutes long, which is the standard time for most animated movies, but it FELT short. It didn't feel like any of the Pixar movies, where they're able to fit everything that a two hour movie can do, into a hour and a half animated movie. That's how good Pixars writers are. While I really liked how new this movie was, like focusing on a super villain rather then, lets say, a toy cowboy, but it wasn't that great of a story.
But it is a very NICE movie overall. While the three little girls had very stereotypical personalities, there innocence and cuteness were able surpass that. The littlest is especially the cutest, especially when she obsesses over an unicorns.
Our main character, while he is a villain, is actually likable, and he grows from being one of the biggest jerks ever, to a loving and caring father. Throughout his whole life he always wanted to go to the moon, and always wanted to do something important, so that he could be remember. But in the end he realizes that being acknowledge by everyone in the world isn't as good as being loved by three people. Why would anyone want to be famous, when you already have everything that you could want.
This movie is funny, cute, and has very likable cast, this movie, maybe not the best animated movie, is still a very nice movie with good animation and a nice moral. 4/5