At the moment I'm a senior at O.U. and it feels like I've been there forever. A couple more years and I'll feel like Tommy Boy. Anyway, I really started appreciating movies about four years ago and it appears my love affair with them only gets deeper, even inspite of the rare horrible movie that I run across. I won't name any names.
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It is truly a shame that there have been so many Transformers film, and bad ones at that, that it is easy to overlook the amount of technological achievement and great detail used to great these images we see on screen. It's an amazing example of what CGI can accomplish. However, it's still a Michael Bay directed Transformers film. This one comes in at a whopping 157 mins, which is easily 30 mins longer than it needed to be, because that extra time was either another car chase or another robot fight. This isn't a movie with great characters arcs and development. Still, there is TONS of action and TONS of effects, and for those looking for absolute pure escapism, then you just mind find it with this one, and you will find it to be an upgrade from the previous two sequels.
Edge of Tomorrow is a perfect summertime film! A lot of credit should be given to director Doug Liman for his visual style and the way he presents this story of essentially the same day over and over again. Although the stakes are big in terms of the story, the director knows not to take itself entirely too seriously and adds a good dose of humor to temper all of the "saving the world" business. A very entertaining film!
It's an exciting and difficult challenge to take a character who is well known, yet very undeveloped, and give it a whole new life, past present and future. Maleficent you might know as the villain in the Disney classic Sleeping Beauty. She was a delightfully wicked antagonist that seemingly cursed Aurora for not receiving an invitation. Disney gives new life to the character in this film, yet to me, it seemed so uninspired. Angelina Jolie does great with the material she is given, but the movie feels like Disney is constantly throwing CGI effects at the audience as if that is what makes a good movie. What's worse, Disney's protagonist version of the character robs itself of the elements that made the original so interesting. Perhaps children will love this, I hope they do. As I am writing this, I have learned the Maleficent won the box office for the weekend by a wide margIn, so it's a hit. To me though, the flaws outweighed the good in this film and it was found wanting.
This is a true return to form by Bryan Singer directing the X-Men series. Still, more than that, it may have exceeded past installments. Touting an amazing cast and the best elements of the respective series, X-Men delivers in a big way.
Though it is far from perfect, Godzilla may just be good old-fashioned summertime fun. It boasted very good visuals, sprinkled in with some moments of humor and tragedy, which combined to make an entertaining experience, especially if witnessed through the gaze of IMAX.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 had a very good chance of living up to its name. Garfield/Stone are so much fun to watch together, making every word seem so genuine. The chemistry between the two are light years ahead of Dunst/Maguire. And personally, I really enjoy the emotional toll Spider-Man endures in this film and the consequences of the characters actions. However, the great faults of this film are due to the temptation of many superhero films, throw in so many characters and story plots and hope a few of them stick. Good news is a few of them do, however, a few of them do not. Jamie Foxx's turn of Electro is shockingly bad, excuse the pun. It's not his fault. The character that was written for him is weak. How a movie can have such weight emotionally at times and then create such a lazy backstory and development for the main villain is beyond me. The introduction of Harry Osborne, on the other hand, is very entertaining, played with a slight intensity that Franco could never muster, or never cared to. And does someone want to tell my why Paul Giamatti is in this film for five minutes? If it's to set up the Rhino villain for part three, then I will pass.
Transcendence brings a wonderful cast and some interesting visuals to the table. It also is bolstered by an interesting concept on technology and the joys and perils it can bring. Despite all this, it never really reaches its full potential. It never really thrills. And Johnny Depp's character never seems truly alive. The metamorphosis from man to AI never really shows any progression in character and seems a little static. Transcendence also, although bringing any interesting topic to the table, never seems to explore it to a meaningful depth. However, Sci-Fi fans will probably appreciate it as it brings memories of the classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers to mind.
The message this story tries to tell can be a little obvious, perhaps even heavy handed, however I must admit that I found this film quite entertaining. It's formula can be found in many of the recent adaptations of Young Adult novels, yet director Neil Burger manages to make us forget we've seen this before.