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I thought Ricky Bobby was a pretty funny movie, but I wish moviemakers would quit giving away the funniest parts of movies in the trailers e.g. the scene with the cougar and the names of Ricky's sons. Will Ferrell plays his usual goofy self, but the real scene stealers are Gary Cole as his dad and Sasha Baron Cohen as the French race car driver who's Ricky Bobby's main rival. The movie got slightly predictable towards the end, especially regarding Amy Adams's character and the requisite Will Farrell running around in his underwear scene. Some memorable scenes also include those with Ricky's sons and his mother, in which she attempts to discipline Walker and Texas Ranger.
Monster House was by far the most enjoyable animated/CGI film I've seen this year. The characters were enjoyable, the animation terrific, and the humor was not aimed solely at the 10-and-under crowd. All three of my nephews loved it, too, although the 5-year-old was a little scared. It was a good running time, and I thought the plot was very interesting, although I don't want to give away too many details, as there are a few twists and turns along the way. The voice talents are also excellent, and the direction by Robert Zemeckis was great.
I saw this movie only once at midnight, so I should probably wait to rewatch before reviewing, but I'll give my early impressions anyways. This movie is about a 1/2 hour too long. The first movie had a somewhat long running time as well, but this one should've actually been a little shorter than that one given the fact that the characters had already been introduced. The action and special effects were top-notch and made the running time at least bearable. I thought Johnny Depp was great as Captain Jack again, but the story was not quite as good as the first. The cliffhanger ending was a bit disturbing, but not surprising given the fact that Disney is going to want to get as much $ from this series as they can get. Keira Knightley's Elizabeth had much more to do in this movie, and I liked her character development for the most part.
This is my favorite blockbuster movie of the summer--possibly because I was really in the mood for a Superman movie after re-watching the Spider-man films and the Smallville series on TV. I know many thought Brandon Routh was doing his impression of Christopher Reeve as Superman, but I really enjoyed him in his own right. The pacing felt good, if maybe about 15 mins. too long. Kate Bosworth did an Ok job, and I thought she and Brandon had decent chemistry, although I enjoyed the spunkier Lois of the Lois & Clark (Dean Cain/Teri Hatcher) series more. If they make a sequel, which I hear should happen in 2009, I would like to see more of Jason's powers. I also realized that I would like to see more of Clark as opposed to Superman, also. The special effects were quite good, especially the flying scenes. Additionally, I also thought Parker Posey was a scene stealer as Kitty and she had a good villanous chemistry with Kevin Spacey's Lex Luthor.
I haven't been on here forever so I'll just include the other movies I've seen this year in a comprehensive list rather than a larger review of them. Cars, however, is fresh in my mind. i don't know whether it's because I've seen [i]so[/i] many animated movies lately but I was a little disappointed with Pixar's latest. The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc. and both Toy Story movies were all classics. This, I feel like was more of a middle-of-the-road movie, similar to what Dreamworks produces. The story was much better than Shark Tale or Madagascar, but most of the humor seemed to be mined from the character of Mater, the tow truck (voiced by Larry the Cable Guy) who seems to be applying his same Git' er done shtick to this role as well. The visuals were good, and I did think the moral of the story was well-written; it just didn't seem as funny as Nemo or the Incredibles or have that sense of heart I always feel after coming out of a Pixar film.