A film solely made for children with very little adult substance to sustain it's tedious 142 minute running time. I will say that Robin Williams and all the kids involved throughout this film are very well-cast and they make the film seem better than it really is. It may have one of the silliest and most unnecessary stories, but the payoff is nice and it makes what was ridiculous worth it in a way. I can neither confirm nor deny whether I liked this film or not, because it had so many elements that I hated, but quite a few that I loved as well. Taking place after the event of the original "Peter Pan" from Disney, "Hook" is all about the remeberance of the character and a revenge story of captain hook. Full of cheese, an uneven script, plot holes galore, and a waste of talent by Steven Spielberg, "Hook" is mediocre at best. However, the score, landscapes, and action scenes are very well-done. I never grew up watching this film, so I do not feel that nostalgic factor that some do, but I completely see why people love this movie.
In the final days of Roger Ebert's life, director Steve James followed him as he suffered, but remained strong and hopeful, reflecting on his family, this love, and the movies. His story is so well-told here that inspiration will jump off the screen at you. Yes, it is a very hard film to watch at times, due to his condition, but he was able to accept it and keep on going until his final breath. If his life was going to be reflected on by any documentary out there, no one will be able to do it better than this. I do not have anything to complain about here, because it is such an incredible story told in a beautiful way that I would feel ashamed for making a forced comment. I will say that he may have deserved a few more moments away from the camera towards the end than were given to him, but he did not seem to mind. "Life Itself" is a lot to take in, but it is worth every second of your time.
While it may not have the emotional impact that the first film did, I really admire the fact that both films are based on the continuing true story of these people. These filmmakers really to feel like they care about this incredible story, but the big issue this film has is that it should have waited a little longer to be made, because it does not have enough material to fill it's running time. Yes, it has some very genuine moments, the cast is loveable and the animals are the main focus in the film once again, and yes those portions are all terrific, but there is something off the entire time, making it a little distant from what made the first one special. Again, it is still based on the true story, so there are no flaws in the film, but I just wish they had waited to explore more. "Dolphin Tale 2" is a very well-written film that is good for anyone of any age and I had a very good time watching it. It is a solid film that does not quite compare to it's predecessor but all the heart is still in the right place!
This film definitely caught me by surprise by placing me in an emotionally driven, family friendly story. As a boy discovers a dolphin stranded on the shore, he cuts her loose. Unable to swim away, the aquatic hospital bring her in for care. As the boy befriends the doctors, he makes new friends and miracles begin to happen. This film really shows true emotions towards physically disabled animals and people. It is filled with inspiriation, heart, happiness, heart-warming dialogue and character driven scenes, but what it is a little hurt by is the 3D which is done quite poorly and will distract any moviegoer as the cheesy 3D sequences take over a few happy moments. I must also add that these kids are extremely mature for their age and definitely have a strong career ahead of them. This film brought tears to my eyes in many more ways than one. This is one of the best family films of the past decade, and maybe even the best family film of 2011. "Dolphin Tale" is great!
Even more self-aware than the first and far less funny, "The Muppets Most Wanted" may have a likeable cast, but nobody can pull it off as well as Jason Segal and Amy Adams did in the first film. Having cameos is one thing, but having cameos to drive this story was kind of overwhelming and I just expected to see more which didn't make it very special. After Kermit is framed by a criminal mastermind who looks just like him, he joins the muppets and begins to ruin their show. This film has a little less cheese throughout it, but that is also what made the first one so special, so everything this sequel tries to do kind of works against it. "The Muppets Most Wanted" is liable for what it is, but in the end, it is just a cleverly written comedy that does not have much flare. Would I recommend it to fans of the first? Yes, but do not expect too much.