First, about 5 years ago I watched the original Asian movie and it's one of the most twisted movies you can over watch. So naturally I had to see the American remake. Wanted to see it in the theater pretty bad, but it didn't play anywhere near us so I wasn't able to. I had a lot of concerns about this, because I didn't think Spike Lee(the director) had the balls to do what was done in the original. Well, I'm happy to say other than two scenes(which should have been in this), he does a very good job of remaking it, and has more balls than I previously thought. I'd say the ending is why this wasn't playing around me, because it's pretty controversial, especially for Americans. For those that don't know it's about a guy(Josh Brolin) who gets kidnapped and imprisoned for 20 years, then is let go. He needs to figure out who imprisoned him, why he was imprisoned, and more importantly, why he was let go. Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley, and Samuel L. Jackson round out the cast. Copley is absolutely awesome as the villain. He is so damn creepy. Brolin does fantastic, I mean the whole cast is great really. The action is good. It's still pretty violent, and very twisted. This definitely isn't for everyone. Not by a long shot. But, if you want something dark and crazy, then this is your movie! Check it out.
So, I really wanted to like this movie because of the cast, but it's really a 3 scene movie. It's a story about a drug deal gone bad with a fantastic cast that includes Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, and Penelope Cruz. It's directed by Ridley Scott and written by Cormac McCarthy. McCarthy is a great writer who wrote one of maybe 10 books I've read in the last 10 years, The Road(the movie for that wasn't very good by the way). So naturally I thought this is gonna be good. Well, it's not really. It's a lot of monologue type talking with not much going on. Then BAM there are three scenes that really stand out. One is the hottest, and weirdest Cameron Diaz scene ever, and the other two are death scenes. One of which will literally make you said "Holy S***!! that's awesome!" Is it worth watching? Yeah for those three scenes, but other than that, not really. Took me 3 nights to get through because I kept falling asleep. Maybe under different circumstances I would have liked it more, but I dunno if I'll ever go back and rewatch the entire thing or not. Check it out for yourself and let me know what you thought!
Here's a remake that is much better than the original. Now, it's been a LONG time since I've seen the 80s version with Rob Lowe and Demi Moore. The only thing I really remembered was Demi Moore(if you get what I'm sayin). Here, it's basically the same thing, just with a black cast, headed by Kevin Hart. Kevin Hart is absolutely hysterical, and Regina Hall plays off of him perfectly as his equally crazy girlfriend. Those two make this movie, the two leads are pretty borings. If this were just Hart and Hall, it would still have been a very funny movie. He has some great one liners, and the scene where they are having sex while she wears a chicken mask is awesome. Kevin Hart is on a tear lately and is one of the funniest actors today, and this movie just continues that streak. It may seem like a chick flick, but it's not, it's really just a reason to laugh at Kevin Hart for an hour and a half. If you like him, or his brand of humor, then you will like this. Great date movie.
****1/2 Let me start by saying this movie is awesome!(that's a movie reference if you've seen it;-) As for animated films, this is the freshest, animated movie to come out in a long time. At some point the cartoons tend to all look similar. Here, everything being Legos, it looks new and different. Kind of like a new shiny toy. The story is pretty simple, but I don't want to say anything to give anything away. The less you know, the better/funnier it is. The jokes in this movie are hilarious, and the humor is dead on. Plus, the voice cast is amazing! Chris Pratt, Jonah Hill, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks among many others. Plus, it has Batman. So it has to be awesome, right? Anyway, this is a fantastic movie that kids, adults, and childlike adults will all enjoy. Go see it and try not to sing "Everything is Awesome" when it's over(that song will get burned into your head).
This was the only one of the nine movies nominated for Best Picture that I hadn't seen. I'm glad I was able to catch it and not have to skip on it, because it's a very interesting story. It's based on the true story of a woman named Philomena(Judi Dench),who had her child taken away from her when she was young. Well, she was a teenager and the Irish Catholic community didn't agree with it, so they gave her son up for adoption. Now in her elder age she gets with a journalist(Steve Coogan) to track her son down and see what has become of him. From there, the movie takes some unexpected turns, and shines light on something in our world that I had never heard of being done. While the story is great the movie does drag a bit, but it's very entertaining all the way through. Coogan is fantastic, I don't think I've seen him in a drama before, but he has the chops for sure. Dench is good, not really award worthy good(in my opinion), but she still does better than most. Overall, I don't think this movie is for everyone, but it's something that people should take a chance on. I didn't expect to like it at all and was very surprised. Good movie.