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Posted on 3/22/12 04:22 AM
A little weak on the character relations. But other than that, The Hunger Games is just as fantastic as it sounds. The movie follows closely on the book which is amazing by the way. I say, the cast was just great. Everyone featured in the movie just fit in the role of their character just right. Jennifer Lawrence gives a breath-taking performance as Katniss Everdeen.
Cinematography is brilliant and wonderful which suits the atmosphere of The Hunger Games very well. Just some parts where it gets a little shaky. Other than that, it is a good adaptation of the New York Times Bestselling book. The Hunger Games is a must-watch for all fans as they will find that their imaginations while reading the book, are coming to live on the big screen just like they expected it to be.
I see an amazing trilogy forming ahead and look foward to the other two films that are coming soon. Other than that, Happy Hunger Games! May the odds be ever in your favor! An amazing experience not to be missed!
Posted on 12/19/11 03:53 AM
Everything is perfect in the latest installment of Tom Cruises' action packed series, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol.
Great action sequence that keeps audiences at the edge of their seats. Witty and exciting plot. Amazing performances by, Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner and Simon Pegg. Solid direction by Academy Award winning animator, Brad Bird. An amazing live-action directorial debut for Bird.
Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol is an action movie that anyone could ever ask for. Trust me, watch it in IMAX. The scene where Cruise climbed the Bruj Khalifa it's so beautifully shot that I got scared for him!
Ghost Protocol is a must-watch for all the Mission: Impossible fans, filled with intense action sequence and a sense of humour from time to time. And if I may say, the best Mission: Impossible film yet. A 100% FRESH for me. A truly worthy experience. :)
Posted on 11/14/11 06:19 AM
SPIELBERG BACK IN THE DIRECTING BUSINESS EVER SINCE THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL IN 2008 AND BETTER YET FOR THE FIRST TIME IN PERFORMANCE CAPTURE ANIMATION!
After I came by the project of a Tintin movie in February this year, I had placed it at the top of my "must-watch films" in 2011. As everyone know that "The Adventures of Tintin" is a series of comic books created by Belgian artist Hergé in 1929 and ever since then, it had gained worldwide recognition.
Spielberg has been an avid fan of The Adventures of Tintin comic books, which he discovered in 1981 when a review compared Raiders of the Lost Ark to Tintin. His secretary bought him French-language editions of each book, but Spielberg did not have to understand them: he immediately fell in love with its art. Meanwhile, the comics' creator Hergé, who didn't like the previous live action film versions and the cartoon, became a fan of Spielberg. Michael Farr, author of Tintin: The Complete Companion, recalled Hergé "thought Spielberg was the only person who could ever do Tintin justice".
Spielberg commissioned E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial writer Melissa Mathison to script a film where Tintin battles ivory hunters in Africa. Spielberg saw Tintin as "Indiana Jones for kids" and wanted Jack Nicholson to play Haddock. Unsatisfied with the script, Spielberg continued with production on Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. The rights returned to the Hergé Foundation. Claude Berri and Roman Polanski became interested in filming the property, while Warner Bros. negotiated long and hard for the rights, but they could not guarantee the "creative integrity" that the Foundation found in Spielberg. In 2001, Spielberg revealed his interest in depicting Tintin with computer animation. In November 2002, his studio DreamWorks reestablished the option to film the series. Spielberg said he would just produce the film. In 2004, the French magazine Capital reported Spielberg was intending a trilogy based on Secret of the Unicorn / Red Rackham's Treasure, The Seven Crystal Balls / Prisoners of the Sun and The Blue Lotus / Tintin in Tibet (which are not a single story, but both feature the Chang Chong-Chen character). By then, Spielberg had reverted to his idea of a live-action adaptation, and called Peter Jackson to ask if Weta Digital would create a computer-generated Snowy.
The film has been planned since very long and finally until now, it is released as another masterpiece by two-time Academy Award winning director, Steven Spielberg.
The film mainly focus on the original comic book adventure, The Secret of the Unicorn in which whilst browsing in a market in Brussels, Tintin purchases an old model ship which he wishes to give to his friend Captain Haddock as a gift. Two strangers, the model ship collector Ivan Ivanovitch Sakharine and a mysterious figure known as Barnaby, then unsuccessfully try to independently convince Tintin to sell the model to them. Returning with the model to his flat, Snowy knocks it over and its mainmast is broken. Repairing it, and showing the ship to Haddock, the latter is amazed that it is actually a model of the Unicorn, a 17th-century warship captained by his ancestor, Sir Francis Haddock. The model ship is subsequently stolen, and it is revealed that Sakharine owns an identical model of the Unicorn, although this is also soon stolen. Returning to his flat, Tintin discovers a rolled-up parchment hidden under furniture, on which is a part of a riddle that points to the location of treasure, and he realises that this must have been hidden in the mast of the model which Snowy had broken.
Informing Haddock about the riddle, the captain tells him of how Sir Francis Haddock battled with the pirate Red Rackham somewhere in the West Indies, before killing him in single combat and blowing up his ship. Haddock gets somewhat carried away in his telling of the story: destroying his flat while re-enacting the battle scenes.
Barnaby then turns up at Tintin's doorstep but is shot down by unknown assailants. Later Tintin is kidnapped by the perpetrators of the shooting. They are revealed to be the Bird brothers, two unscrupulous antique dealers who own a third model of the Unicorn. They are behind the theft of Tintin's model and Sakharine's parchment, knowing that only with all three parchments can the location of the treasure be found.
Tintin escapes from the Bird brothers' country estate, Marlinspike Hall, whilst the Captain arrives with the police officers Thompson and Thomson to arrest them. However, it is found that they do not have two of the parchments. These are found to have been stolen by Aristides Silk, a kleptomaniac specialising in wallet-snatching. As the pickpocket is cornered, his cache of stolen wallets is found, amongst which are the Bird Brothers' wallets containing the missing two parchments. By combining the three parchments, Tintin and Haddock discover the coordinates of the hidden treasure, and begin to plan for an expedition to find it.
I saw the original television animated series of The Adventures of Tintin Secret of the Unicorn and I have to say, the film is very much likely to it where Tintin was in a market and bought a ship that was named, "The Unicorn". While, the two clumsy detectives, Thomson and Thompson are on the lookout for a serial pickpocket. It did change a little bit in the middle but after all, it all fits in nicely as the movie flows.
I caught this movie in an IMAX theatre in 3D and I only had one word to describe the experience, AMAZING. The performance capture effects were so stunning that the people looked exactly like real people. The atmosphere were all visually mesmerising that it was genuinely fun to watch. Great use of 3D effects, it really keeps you at the edge of your seats. The three dimension action sequences were intense and paced beautifully, everything is extremely surreal. The film's violence were generally all mild comic violence, no actual blood were shown and lots of humorous scenes that sends you laughing out loud also with a magnificent soundtrack composed by the acclaimed John Williams who did themes for movies like Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Jaws, suitable for all ages to view. I would say, Spielberg's first attempt in animation, and he nailed it like he did for all his other blockbusters.
The voice acting were also great. Jamie Bell potrayed the voice of Tintin and followed by Andy Serkis as Captain Haddock and Sir Francis Haddocke who appeared in flashbacks, the duos in comedy films like Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost took on the role of the bumbling detectives, Thomson and Thompson, and finally, Daniel Craig as the main antagonist Ivan Ivanovitch Sakharine and the Red Rackham who also appeared in flashbacks. Tintin's dog, Snowy was animated completely with no performance capture but it looks just like a real dog. All the voice acting were done perfectly, no doubts at all.
There is nothing much that I don't like about the film just that the ending is not really powerful as I would expect it to be, it is pretty obvious that the adventure had not end and there is going to be another film but the ending is pretty much, sudden. That is the doubt that I have for the film and I'm sure many others would agree with me.
Amazing 3D effects, visually stunning characters and surroundings, great voice acting and of course a wonderful tale that flows perfectly throughout. I can gurantee that this film does not bore and it would even make you forget to eat your popcorns! Another stunning masterpiece by the one and only, Steven Spielberg. I see The Adventures of Tintin to be one of the potential films to conquer the title of the best animated film in next year's Academy Awards. I give this film a near to perfect, 90% FRESH. A very action packed adventure film that is meant for the family!
Posted on 8/10/11 03:58 AM
James Bond and Indiana Jones working together in a film? AWESOME! That was my first impression when I first came about this film which is based on a Platinum Studios graphic novel created by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, Cowboys and Aliens. Suprisingly, when I looked more into the film's details, I figured it didn't just starred two of my favourite actors, but was also directed by the acclaimed director of the Iron Man film series, Jon Favreau. I was like, "Oh my god. This movie is going to be so awesome!"
Truth is, the film is good but not great or awesome to begin with. I was kinda disappointed in this one. Cowboys and Aliens is one of the film in 2011 that I was anticipating for, much like Green Lantern, I was disappointed, but not too much disappointment.
Well, like I said earlier, the film is good and it really is good to me. Still filled with awesome stunning effects and intense action sequences as promised by director, Jon Favreau. I would be honest, if the film didn't starred Craig and Ford, It's gonna suck. Quite bad.
Amazing cast in the film with Danel Craig and Harrison Ford in the lead role and also Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell and Paul Dano. Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford were all stylish and full of class in their performances, with Craig as a tough and unnamed loner and Ford as a rich and influential cattleman. Performances by them were entertaining and sometimes blends in with humour that provides a few laughs. Olivia Wilde's potrayal of a mysterious traveler was also pretty good. All the performance by the cast were great and it is already good fun watching them in action.
Director Jon Favreau on the other hand, also did an incredible work of directing this piece of science fiction western film. I'm sure everyone has seen the work of Favreau in Iron Man and all loved it. Well, he still got it in Cowboys and Aliens. All the direction and shots were captured very beautifully, action scenes were made very intense and breathtaking. Good work once again and I was glad to know that he was directing this picture.
After watching Cowboys and Aliens, it left me an impression that it is not just some science fiction film with all the loud and visually stunning special effects and the actor just blending in to the shot. It is something different. I love the way Favreau gave all the characters a brief story background, great character development and most importantly, a part to play. Cowboys and Aliens is certainly not just a modern noisy awesome special effects film. The film is loud for sure but I have to say, it is pretty grisly and violent for a PG-13 film, the beginning of the film is already violent with Daniel Craig punching a guy to his death, blood could be seen on his face. The Aliens were seen killed in the fight scenes, blood and gruesome sound effects of bones breaking and stabbing were heard. But nonetheless, it was one hell of an action packed thrill ride. The film has certain scenes that were rather shocking and scary, with the Alien suddenly popping out of nowhere on the big screen, I have to pluck my fingers into my ears a few times cause it was so loud and sudden.
Cowboys and Aliens, the film, unlike the graphic novel, started in a nonlinear story telling format, so it may get a little confusing from the start but it eventually come all together as one. There was a rather big difference from the graphic novel to the film. But still, it was good.
Cowboys and Aliens is a good film with amazing performances and special effects that will keep audiences eyes glued to the screen. Like I said, I was disappointed somehow with certain things in the film that some just don't make any sense. But most importantly, it starred two of my favourite actors and I loved to see them working together. It is an 80% FRESH for me. A generally good science fiction action film with great shooting locations that is worth a watch in the cinemas. But if you are thinking whether to watch Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes or Cowboys and Aliens this month, I will suggest you watch the first one before watching this. :)
Posted on 8/09/11 05:21 AM
I personally wasn't a big fan or more specifically, a fan of the Planet of the Apes films. So as I stumbled across this film, I am totally not interested at all like the other Apes films. I have to say, I was wrong, completely. Rise Of the Planet Of the Apes, it's one hell of an entertaining picture, with elements of love, friendship, greed and not forgetting the whole series of action packed fun.
Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes is a reboot of the Planet of the Apes series that will act as a foundation with an origin story for a new film series. Its premise is similar to the fourth film in the original series, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972), but it is not a direct remake in that it does not fit into that series' continuity. The cast features the recent host of the Oscars and nominated for Best Actor at the same time, James Franco, who starred as the main character as scientist, Will Rodman. Franco's performance was entertaining and he sort of created a class of his own which I think will stay in Hollywood for a very long time to come as he proceeds on with more future film projects. Other casts included the lead actress in Academy Award winning film, Slumdog Millionaire, Freida Pinto as Franco's partner. Performances by John Lithgow, Brian Cox and Tom Felton were done so perfectly that not one of it will make you feel bored, solid acting. Among the whole cast, I personally enjoyed Andy Serkis' performance the most. Serkis potrayed as Chimpanzee known as Caesar which is also the title character. Serkis' potrayal was so surreal that all the movements and actions made by the chimpanzee as seen in the film was all made and acted out brilliantly by him.
Director Rupert Wyatt did an amazing job in directing this brilliant and visually stunning picture. His stylized direction, captured every shot, be it romance, destruction or action sequences, beautifully and held it strongly, giving you a pleasurable experience in the theatre. The well direction grips so tightly that it's audiences will be mesmerised by the amazing special effects and action scenes. An absolutely thrilling and shocking experience.
I've enjoyed this film a lot and I am sure a lot more people will love this film after they watched it. With good performances by its well rounded cast, strong and great script with brilliant and masterful direction, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes is a complete film, almost without any doubt. I will give it a two thumbs up and recommend the film to anyone who wants to have an amazing experience that they'll never forget in the cinemas.
Rise Of the Planet Of The Apes is a 90% FRESH for me, a lovely entertaining flick that I will remember forever. I know people will disagree but this is one of the best films I have seen this year. :)
Posted on 7/01/11 12:00 AM
To begin with, I am not a fan of the Transformers film series and I've never watched any of the other two films before this third installment. I always saw teaser trailers on television promoting the film series year by year, but I never intended to watch it because I wasn't really a big fan and not really that interested. I saw reviews on Transformers, all rotten. But I personally do not agree with the ratings on rotten tomatoes on this film series.
Transformers: Dark Of The Moon is the third installment of the film series directed by Michael Bay and from what I saw in this film, if people were to say things like, "this is a crap film." or the ratings on the tomatometer, they simply don't appreciate or notice the amount of hardwork put in to produce this gigantic action blockbuster. Well, I don't judge this film but I have to say on the film script wise, it's not that strong to make this explosive film, epic enough to satisfy what the audiences were craving for.
Like all the Transformers film teasers that I saw, it all shows the superb special effects and great destructions, as usual, Transformers: Dark Of The Moon delivers all that on the big screen to amaze the audiences eyes. The effects and massive destruction used in the film were great. It all looks amazingly realistic. One of it being the whole half of a tall building crashing down and the characters are struggling inside trying not to fall out of it. I admit, it thrilled me completely! I find myself holding the edge of the seat and shaking, the building was so high and it just shocks me. I am pretty confident that it will shock a lot more people too. The film is that thrilling during it's action sequences, and so a two thumbs up for the effects.
The beginning of the film's plot clashes with real-life actual events which starts in 1961, where a Cybertronian spacecraft lands on the dark side of the moon. Known as The Ark, it was the last ship to escape a Cybertron devastated by wars. Piloted by Sentinel Prime, it carried "the Pillars", technology that could save the Cybertronians once and for all. On earth, the crash of The Ark is detected by NASA, and President John F. Kennedy authorises the mission to put a man on the moon. In 1969, Apollo 11 lands on the surface of the moon to collect samples from The Ark. It was a rather good mix as there are a certain number of actual footage of Apollo 11 taking off during 1969 as the Americans were viewing it's success in taking off and speeches by then President John F. Kennedy.
Director Michael Bay has reprised his position as the director of the third installment and he did a good job like what I saw from the other two Transformers films. His direction was so intense and fast paced that is part of the main reason why it had a thrilling impact on me when watching the film. This film also symbolise all of Michael's way of directing which are always characterized with fast edits, stylistic visuals and substantial practical special effects. A generally good job in directing this piece of intense and explosive picture, very stylish style of story-telling.
Performances by the actors were also good. Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson and John Turturro reprise their starring roles, with Peter Cullen returning as the voice of Optimus Prime and Hugo Weaving returning as the voice of Megatron. When my friends heard that Megan Fox will not be returning for this installment, they were like, "Damn! How is this film going to go without Megan?" but they were wrong. With Fox's character Mikaela being dropped, Sam (Shia LaBeouf) was assigned a new love interest, who was played by English model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. The film is Whiteley's debut in a film and I have got to say, she is good. Or like my friends said, better than Megan Fox. When I witnessed her performance, I was thinking, this is her first movie? No way. Well, acting by the cast were great. I am always amazed of how the actors could respond and act out in scenes of destructions or talking to the autobots when all of it is not there and it would be like, talking and looking up to the thin air, like an idiot but when the film is completed, the actual one would be shown. So, great job by all the actors in this installment.
Now, things that I disliked from the film, this movie, like all the other Transformers films, are all over 2 hours. But the third installment is the one with the longest duration of 153 minutes. Like I said about the film's script, it is not very good as the acting and directing, it was rather weak and so, it gets long-winded almost for the whole half of the film. There are many scenes and talking that is useless and took up much time of the action scenes and maybe, a better ending? To be honest, the conclusion of the film, sucks. I have a feeling that it is rushing to end the film as fast as possible. We have more than half of the film of senseless and unimportant scenes that only eats up the time for great action sequences that it is capable of producing. Therefore, this film turns out to be very long, and I do not think there is a reason for it to be that long. The ending of this movie, shows the death of the bad guys and robots and Optimus Prime giving a short speech saying that the world is in peace and then it cuts to the credits. When that happened, I was like, that's all? It is not good, from what i think, it should have focus more on how the main cast are doing after the events of that catastrophe. But I do not think they have the time for that as it has been taken up by the first half of the film.
Transformers: Dark Of The Moon is an entertaining action blockbuster for all ages but some of the audiences may not be very satisfied with what they have first expected. It has thrilling and intense action scenes, good directing, breathtaking performances by the cast but definitely, not a good script. The film started out strong but ends up rushing things and ending it all quickly without letting the audience know what actually happened to everyone in the end. Transformers: Dark Of The Moon is a 70% FRESH for me. Not a great movie, but it has all the other great stuff behind it. Audiences may not be happy with the story, but the effects will provide 100% satisfaction.
Posted on 6/24/11 09:12 PM
Stop Motion Animated films always fascinates me. To me, it's always fun to watch clay or puppets moving about and living their own lives. I simply love it. Fantastic Mr. Fox is based on Roald Dahl children's novel of the same name about Mr Fox and how he outwits his farmer neighbours to steal their food from right under their noses.
The stop motion animation effects used in the film were superb and really fun to just watch. The environment and characters looks were made so realistic, their fur and eyes, probably everything were so detailed.
The movie's plot focuses more on Mr. Fox's relationship to Mrs. Fox and his son, which is pitted against Mr. Fox's desire to steal chickens as a means of feeling like his natural self. The movie adds scenes before Mr. Fox attacks the three farmers and after their bulldozing of the hill, as well as a slightly altered ending and more background on Mr. Fox's past life as a thief.
Development on the project began in 2004 as collaboration between Anderson and Henry Selick (who worked with Anderson on the 2004 film The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou) under Revolution Studios. In 2007 Revolution folded, Selick left to direct Coraline, and work on the film moved to 20th Century Fox. Production began in London in 2007. This film is also director Wes Anderson's first animated film and first film adaptation. Wes Anderson did an amazing job in directing this visually beautiful picture that left me impressed knowing that this is his first time working on an animated film and more amazed, in stop motion animation. Great work indeed. Anderson directed it with a great sense and reveals his own style of story-telling with animation, it is just entertaining from start to end. I don't find myself getting bored of the film at all, the direction and animation will keep your eyes glued on the movie all the way, and that is all that matters.
Voice acting in the film was absolutely great. Hands down. George Clooney voiced as Mr. Fox, great voice acting performance given out by the Academy Award Winning Actor. I personally find that Clooney is the best choice for the voice of Mr. Fox. Meryl Streep voice as Mrs. Felicity Fox, Mr. Foxs' wife. All voice acting performances were great. Nothing to point out on it. Other voice actors includes, Jason Schwartzman, Eric Chase Anderson, Wallace Wolodarsky, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe, Owen Wilson and Michael Gambon.
I am impressed throughout the whole movie. I am pretty sure that anybody would be, when they watch this family friendly adventure film. Fantastic Mr. Fox is a beautiful film that has a variety of elements in it which includes, friendship, love and adventure. One of the best animated films I have watched in a while. Fantastic Mr. Fox is a 90% FRESH for me. Visually stunning stop motion effects, amazing directing by Wes Anderson and great voice acting performances by it's cast. A great animation film to enjoy for one and all. :)
Posted on 6/21/11 03:55 AM
Jim Carrey at his best!
This is one of my favorite, or should I say, most favorite Jim Carrey film ever. The Truman Show is a satirical comedy-drama film which brings heartbreak and a whole lot of laughs. Truly a great movie to enjoy for one and all.
Jim Carrey stars as Truman Burbank, who is chosen out of five unwanted pregnancies and the first child to be legally adopted by a corporation. He is unaware that his daily life is broadcast 24 hours a day around the world. He has a job in the insurance business and a lovely wife, but he eventually notices that his environment is not what it seems to be. Carrey also starred alongside with Laura Linney, who played as Truman's wife, Meryl/Hannah Gill. Linney's character holds a profession as a nurse at the local hospital. Since the show relies on product placement for revenue, she regularly shows off various items she has recently "purchased," one of the many oddities that makes Truman question his life. Her role is essentially to act the part of Truman's wife and ultimately to have a child by him, despite her reluctance to accomplish either. The film also co-starred other actors like Ed Harris, Noah Emmerich, Natascha McElhone and Brian Delate. All the acting performances were superb and realistic. So surreal that one would believe that it was all true. Maginificent performances given out by every actor and actress.
The genesis of The Truman Show was a spec script by Niccol. The original draft was more in tone of a science fiction thriller, with the story set in New York City. Scott Rudin purchased the script, and instantly set the project up at Paramount Pictures. Brian De Palma was in contention to direct before Peter Weir took over, managing to make the film for $60 million against the estimated $80 million budget. Niccol rewrote the script simultaneously as the filmmakers were waiting for Carrey's schedule to open up for filming. The majority of filming took place at Seaside, Florida, a master-planned community located in the Florida Panhandle.
Director Peter Weir did an incredible job in directing this fascinating picture that got my eyes hooked on the screen the whole time! Every shot and angle was perfect, a true masterful work by Weir. His directing style of story-telling was amazing, no confusions whatsoever. Amazingly perfect.
The film was a financial and critical success, and earned numerous nominations at the 71st Academy Awards, 56th Golden Globe Awards, 52nd British Academy Film Awards and The Saturn Awards. The Truman Show has been analyzed as a thesis on Christianity, simulated reality, existentialism and the rise of reality television.
The Truman Show gives me a clear idea of how reality television works and left me thinking, how could someone ever come up with such a special way to write such a story. The film has a simple yet unique plot which is what most people wouldn't expect or I must say, haven't watched before in their whole life. The Truman Show chronicles the life of a man who is initially unaware that he is living in a constructed reality television show, broadcast 24-hours-a-day to billions of people across the globe. Truman becomes suspicious of his perceived reality and embarks on a quest to discover the truth about his life.
The Truman Show is simple, unique, added on with a lot of laughter and tears. What more could one ask for. Visually stunning direction from director Peter Weir which gives you a taste of watching television of a real life show taken with cameras of different angles in a commercial built city. Brilliant cast with amazing performances. Jim Carrey earned his first Golden Globe Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama. Director Peter Weir was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director.
The Truman Show is a truly magnificent masterpiece with a new taste of story-telling on the big screen. A film that I think would be enjoy by anyone. The Truman Show is a 100% FRESH for me. It is a film which I considered as, "A Movie Without A Doubt". :)
Posted on 6/16/11 05:53 AM
First and foremost, Green Lantern is the film that I have been awaiting for since last year when I first heard of the making of the movie that is to be released this year in 2011. Obviously, a film that you have been awaiting for, must leave you wondering what the movie would be like and how awesome it would be. Truth is, honestly, it disappointed me. I don't hate the film, but it is not what I would least expected from the blockbuster that I was having high expectations of.
I do not agree with the ratings on the Tomatometer entirely because this movie, is really not that bad. In fact, I enjoyed the Green Lantern somehow, even if I know it wasn't that good. The Green Lantern film's script is originally written by Greg Berlanti and comic book writers Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim, which was subsequently rewritten by Michael Goldenberg. I am just saying, maybe the movie would turn out better if it wasn't rewritten at all.
Green Lantern is directed by acclaimed New Zealand TV and film director, Martin Campbell, who directed blockbuster movies like, (The Mask of Zorro, Edge of Darkness, Casino Royale). Same as the film, when I learnt that Campbell will be directing the Green Lantern, I had more expectations on the big budget movie and as expected, it was directed beautifully from my perspective, it captures all the stunning effects used in the film and gives me a greater feel like I was in the outer space when I watched it in 3-D. The make-up effects of the actors potraying their individual roles were just amazing and fantastic.
Now, I especially like to praise the special effects and the use of the visually stunning 3-D in the movie. One word to sum it all up, superb.
The film starred Ryan Reynolds as the title character, Hal Jordan/Green Lantern, he did performed well in the film as a man who is gifted and cocky. Reynolds also star as Wade Wilson/Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Other actors and actresses in the film which included Blake Lively as the long-time love interest of Hal Jordan, Carol Ferris. Peter Sarsgaard as Dr. Hector Hammond, a scientist who discovers the fragments of a strange meteor that causes his brain to grow to enormous size, granting him psionic powers. Also, Mark Strong as Thaal Sinestro, a Green Lantern and Hal Jordan's mentor. The film also features a lot of other stars in their own roles like Tim Robbins and Geoffrey Rush.
A few things to point out, I personally think that the film did not express the relationship of some of it's characters well, like Hal Jordan and Sinestro, it was stated that Sinestro was Hal Jordan's mentor but it didn't much show it. The two only met like three times in the film and their character development isn't strong enough to support the fact that Sinestro is Hal Jordan's mentor. Perhaps is the time constraint of the movie. I noticed that it was in abit of a rush, the time that should be used to show how Jordan is getting use to the outside world, when meeting bad guys, save people but instead it was wasted on some unimportant scenes. Also, I find the script of the Green Lantern to be rather weak and not strong enough to fill the hunger of entertainment that all the audiences were craving for, badly. I even heard a few sigh in the theatre. Some scenes and informations that were mentioned in the film, were either not really necessary or totally not necessary at all.
Beware, the film is extremely noisy that even I am scared of the peaceful silence and a sudden extreme loud explosion that will shake you off your seats! BUT no complains on the extreme noises use in the movie, it suits it well.
Green Lantern is definitely going to be a great hit for all Green Lantern comic book fans. I love superhero live-action movies and like other superhero films that I've watched, Green Lantern is also a great and entertaining adaption of the famous comic book which appeared nearly four decades ago.
Although, it is a little bit disappointing for me, but the Green Lantern still turned out to be full of action and special effects that will keep it's audiences amazed every second. It is directed with stylized and intense feel which keeps me engaged with the movie throughout and good acting by its well rounded cast. A 70% FRESH for me. Green Lantern is a good take on the popular comic book character and again, it is not likely to impress its audiences enough but generally everybody will be amazed by the visually stunning special effects and action in the film. :)
Posted on 6/11/11 03:29 AM
I always love a good laugh while watching comedy films and as usual, I burst out laughing all the way while watching another great comedy film, Role Models. The film tells a simple yet unlikely story of two energy drink salesmen (Seann William Scott, Paul Rudd) who are ordered to perform 150 hours of community service as punishment for various offences. For their service, the two men work at a program designed to pair kids with adult role models which is known as "Sturdy Wings".
I have to say, I totally enjoyed this movie a lot. It has a solid script to keep the story interesting and hilarious which is what I like from a good old comedy film and also stunning comedic performances by the two lead actors, Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott which both of them are working to promote an energy drink, "Minotaur", to school children, and to encourage kids to stay off drugs. Wheeler (Seann William Scott) loves the job, Danny (Paul Rudd) hates it, viewing it as a mindless, dead-end job.
Performances by other actors which includes Elizabeth Banks, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Bobb'e J. Thompson, Jane Lynch and the very funny Ken Jeong who starred in other great comedies like The Hangover were all great and superbly hilarious, it kept me laughing throughout the whole film, great job.
The actor which I especially loved the performance is character Ronnie Shields who is a foul-mouthed streetwise miscreant obsessed with breasts, who has driven away all the other "Bigs" he has been paired with, played by the very young Bobb'e J. Thompson. Now, his performance as this character was amazing, I can't believe such a young kid could star in a crude comedy, telling all the crude jokes and profanity used in the movie and he potrayed the character so well that it keeps me thinking is this really a kid doing this performance? Great work done there on his role.
Role Models is essentially a crude and rude comedy movie much like to most other comedies nowawdays but what it does great is that it doesn't cross the line of crudeness and profanity, also for nudity. I find the film had the f word used only at the right time which is good. Unlike other films where there are a whole lot of f bombs here and there when you have to find yourself having a miscount of how many times of the word did they used as it is in almost all the lines of the film.
Director David Wain, who directed other comedies like, (Wet Hot American Summer and The Ten), directed this comedy which is what I suppose as a great sense of humour. Incredible work and one of his best films ever done.
Role Models is a great comedy film that is guranteed to deliver laughs, romance and even action to the audience. It is a comedy that is sure to send you laughing and laughing all the way. I've seriously enjoyed this great and hilarious comedy and I give it a 80% FRESH. Some people may find a young kid scolding vulgarities and talking sick and crude jokes, disturbing. But otherwise, it is all meant for the laughs and joy. :)