There's always a bit of tension making Biblical inspired or religious movies. You're not a preacher, but you can't just Hollywoodize it either and expect to be taken seriously. I feel like a nice balance was struck here. Aronofsky knows how to work a camera and everyone involved created something visually stunning. Even the somewhat LOTR elements, which were a bit weird at first, made sense when you get what this movie is trying to do: represent the Biblical account of Noah, but make it entertaining.
Amazingly, aside from the frankly striking and gorgeous visuals, I found the human element to be the most compelling. Forget the battle scenes and the visual effects, it was the quiet moments between Noah and his family that were the most compelling to me. The last half hour of the film is definitely the best part of it and that's always a good thing. Pretty strong performances (YES, I know there's no alternative, these people aren't going to be speaking ancient Hebrew, but the British accents still make me chuckle), especially Emma Watson, who is a genuinely talented actress. Russell Crowe is the emotional heart of the movie and he represents the struggle Noah endures very well. Overall, pleasantly surprised.
Funny, heartfelt and exciting, Guardians of the Galaxy is up there with the best of what Marvel does. Its got a tongue and cheek sense of humor, but respects the source material immensely. And I have to appreciate humanizing and making us truly care about some legitmately weird characters, which is a great step for pop culture. I never thought I'd see the day when every day people know who Rocket Raccoon is.
Not only is this movie visually stunning, but a genuinely great movie. Yes, GREAT. The dialog and visual humor work hand in hand to actually elicit laughs from the audience. It never takes the viewer for granted, is funny for both adults and kids, and doesn't rest on its laurels. Here' s a movie that uses the manic energy of childhood, the creativity of LEGO and the possibilities of the film medium and current technology to make something genuinely awesome. Loved it. And I didn't think I would.
A tight, tense rollercoaster of a drama, with an almost Shakespearan tragic love story at its heart. Amazing performances, a genuinely moving relationship between the titular character and his love and tons of political intrigue. If you like movies about spies, conflict and the price of politics and power, this is right up your alley. One of the best movies of the year.
Funny, thought provoking and surprising, Don Jon takes the classic "he said, she said", Battle of the Sexes for the modern age and does it well. In the end, while the ending is a little saccharine, what else did you expect?
Although, I'm a little confused as to how a 21st century person doesn't know what Swiffer, Internet Browsing History or TiVo are...