Posted on 8/20/11 05:58 PM
This movie could have been good. There were a few morals and lessons that could have been learned. Instead, it subtly tries to make you into an awful person.
The basic premise is that a mousy lawyer has a fling with her obnoxious best friend's fiance and doesn't know what to do about it. This takes the form of pointless scenes of dancing in clubs and awkward girl time. While the dilemma plays out, you're also given flashbacks to the past which seem to try to help justify the situation.
Rachel is a bland doormat that is totally confused and has no idea what to do and Dex is an idiotic puppy dog that can't think for himself. So, right off the bat, they're obviously made for each other. But then there's Darcy. She is an annoying narcissistic ego trip that doesn't know how to grow up.
The sad part about this is that you don't feel sorry for her and actually don't care that she's being cheated on. Not that it makes it okay by any means, but it sort of kills the angle of guilt and gives in its place a strange twisted rivalry empowerment angle. As much as you don't like Darcy, you also don't like what Rachel's doing unless you think about it like she's finally doing what she wants instead of what others want. But even that doesn't make this right.
The only character I like is Ethan, the mutual friend, but he basically always gets the short end of the stick.
I love romantic comedies, but this movie does the exact opposite of what a romantic comedy is supposed to do. Was it funny? Sort of. But was there romance? Not really. And the end! I. HATE. THE. ENDING.
It's not unwatchable, but it is very disappointing.
Posted on 7/14/10 11:11 AM
Unexpectedly dark at times, in my opinion. What an emotional roller coaster! I don't know if I found it side-splitting hilarious, but was pretty funny at times. The story was well done and gave good closure to the series. I guess you could say I sort of grew up with Toy Story films, so I was glad that the last movie was fitting.
Still, I don't think that young children watching this movie would appreciate it or at least "get it". But then again, when do they ever when it comes to movies?
It was good and I have nothing really to say against it. I'm sure whoever goes to see it will enjoy it.
Posted on 7/14/10 10:44 AM
Let me start by saying that I have been putting this movie off. I don't exactly know why I did. Maybe because I was expecting something like Kill Bill because of how the DVD package said "...arrives with the Quentin Tarantino seal of approval..." Don't get me wrong, his movies are okay, but I always thought that they were a bit too quirky for my tastes.
Anyway (Sorry to ramble), I was consistently recommended this movie so I figured, after so long, that I would give it a shot.
From beginning to end, you are constantly asking "what the hell is going on". Usually this bugs a lot of people when it comes to movies, but since this was a very well executed suspense-thriller, one would have an exciting time trying to unravel the questions posed. With a taste of action and a difficult yet beautiful romance, you won't even have to preoccupy yourself for long trying to figure out the answers yourself. Plus, it is all basically spelled out in the end.
The characters are just perfect. Oh Dae-su, the businessman turned crazed and vengeful monster is the perfect example of someone toyed with by fate. Even the villain, Woo-jin, is complex in his own way which, for me at least, led to a feeling of sympathy for the character.
Both visually and mentally stimulating with an edgy plot and wonderful delivery, this movie has made it's way to becoming my favorite. I think I may have said something in my Lady Vengeance review about how it's probably better. I revoke that. Completely. Both are extremely good movies, but I would have to go with this one.
A well deserved 100% from yours truly. If you haven't seen it. Watch it. Right now. Seriously.
Posted on 6/01/10 03:24 PM
Its ok. I never played the games, so I couldn't tell you how true to the actual story it was. But, from a movie buff's perspective, I didn't think it was that good.
The titles at the beginning and end of the movie looked like they were made in iMovie, which sort of irritated me early on. They also used the blur effect way too much. It made the fight scenes pretty annoying.
Whenever they seemed to talk, it didn't develop the plot very well and sometimes characters did things that were completely unnecessary. I mean, sure you're an a-sand-sin, but must you lick your weaponry constantly?
I guess it was entertaining enough, but I don't think I'd like to see it again.
Posted on 5/09/10 07:56 AM
Yes! Probably the best foreign film ever. Still confusing as hell, but it is just so amazing.
Posted on 5/09/10 07:48 AM
Certainly not your typical kids movie. I went to see this all skeptical, too. It was just amazing watching this kid come into his own and Toothless is cute, too. I was really able to get into it and I'm just overall happy with this movie. Can't wait to see it again.
Posted on 5/09/10 07:43 AM
I don't know why I like this movie so much. It practically screams "I am woman, hear me roar", but still. I love the fact that it was about a woman climbing to the top in a seemingly impossible situation. Very feel-good and hopeful. Great ending.
Highly recommended. Another DVD I want.
Posted on 5/09/10 07:31 AM
This just became one of my favorite movies.
I've always been a fan of apocalypse/survival films but I've never actually seen one executed quite as well as this. What I liked about it was that acting was believable and though there were many characters, it was mostly seen through the one man's point of view. You follow him throughout the movie, through his struggle to grasp the new hostile environment with few allies. Though there are few nice moments, you understand that they are brief and aren't taken for granted which makes them all the more enjoyable to watch.
Even the way it was shot was very unique. The action was slow in the beginning but towards the end it became interesting.
I don't have many problems with this film. Maybe the part when the blood fell directly into that man's eye was a bit far fetched, but even that didn't bother me too much. The ending doesn't give you much, but leaves you hopeful for the future.
Highly recommended. I want to add this to my DVD collection.
Posted on 5/09/10 07:27 AM
I actually snuck in to see this movie after Hot Tub Time Machine and let me tell you, I'm so glad I didn't have to pay money for this. This movie is not as horrendous as some people might say, but it is a let down.
The action scenes were blurry, hard to get into and anti-climactic. The acting was, well, below average. I haven't seen the original and my friend said that it was a lot better than this version, so I'll take her word for it.
I'd see it if it were on television and I had nothing else to watch. Not spectacular or impressive.
Posted on 5/09/10 07:21 AM
This movie was seriously hilarious. I'd go see it again. The only problem I had was the ending. I mean, no spoilers, but c'mon? Seriously?