I feel like I shouldn't be surprised that this installment got such horrible reviews, but I am. Maybe that's because I actually liked it. But I am oh so guilty for the RE franchise that maybe I should have expected it.
Yeah, the series probably should have ended with a final ending to the third film, but it didn't. That being said, I liked RE4 because the effects and stunts, although kind of dumb and rather CGI'd, reminded me more of the games than they did in any of the other films. Plot's getting kind of ridiculous, but let's just hope Screen Gems will make the 5th installment the final and give RE a proper ending.
Ahh, ambiguity. Till the Squid and the Whale, I never knew thee.
Characters: Easy to comprehend, difficult to feel compassion for. Each of them have their own distastefulness. The father, although cheated on and broke, tends to be hard and unforgiving. You almost feel more for the mother, although you are conflicted by the fact that it is her fault that the family split up after engaging in multiple, long running affairs. You try and feel for the older son, but are turned off by his snottiness concerning women as a result of his father's influence over him. The young son is neutral.
Cool soundtrack, it seems. I'm not much into it but for those who enjoy softer, more independent type of songs, it is decent. "Hey You", one of the better Pink Floyd songs, is utilized multiple times throughout the film.
Exemplary portrayal of the effects a divorce may have on a family, on human actions, and on behavior.
No matter how messed up(normal?) of a family they are, you wanted to be a member of the Tenenbaum family while watching this, or could at least identify a little. It's somewhat relateable while funny and emotional in a quirky way.
One of the major aspects that makes me love the Royal Tenebaums is that it's completely quirky, but not in the annoying Juno kind of way.
I have seen this more times than I'd like to admit; what can I say? Cinematic merit, a little. Guilty pleasure?, most definitely.
Characters: I enjoyed Liev Schreiber as Sabretooth; this Sabretooth was a huge improvement from the weirdo one from X-Men. True, that one was visually more true to the comic, but this one actually spoke and was interesting. Taylor Kitsch (sp?) turned out to be a decent choice for Gambit, lack of screen time aside. Speaking of little screen time and great choices, Reynolds as Deadpool. I admit, I had doubts, but that's only because I was not a huge fan of Reynolds' previous work beside Waiting. Reynolds rocked Deadpool, with what little time he was given. His quippy, smart sense of comedic relief is just what someone needs to portray Deadpool, making me excited for the Deadpool spin-off.
Effects: NO. I did not like the effects. The effects coupled with the characters' inability to be killed made certain fight scenes tedious, but I suppose the latter can't be helped.
Plot: Decent. Enjoyable enough. Tired, but not too annoying.
Mm, Daredevil. When this first came out, I was fairly young (9) and wasn't too hot about it; suffice to say I disliked it. I wasn't familiar with the characters, wasn't impressed, and therefore cast it off as garbage. Years later, a little older and more familiar with comic books, I rewatched it with an open mind. Better, much.
First off, casting was great. Ben Affleck nailed Daredevil's inner turmoil and so did Jennifer Garner. Jon Favreau had his fair share with comic relief, and Michael Clark Duncan rocked it as Kingpin despite ethnical differences. The only complaint has to be Colin Farrel as Bullseye. I'm not saying it was all Farrel's fault, as Bulleye's writing and direction was clearly off. They portrayed crazy Bullseye and comedic Bullseye at the same time: odd, and a mistake. All of his scenes were silly but unenjoyable, almost a joke.
Soundtrack's spot-on, mostly. Cool dark, brooding score mixed with then-current rock tracks. There was at some parts a little weirdness concerning the soundtrack where the track conflicted with the scene/tone, but overall fine. "Bring Me to Life" was awesomely utilized during the Elektra/Daredevil suitup scene, which was done very well, I might add.
Something else that could have been improved was cablework. The (over the top) fight scenes could have at least been a bit ameliorated if more time had been spent on the cablework. A fight scene that was definitely and truly unneeded and cheesy was the scene between Elektra and Daredevil when they first meet and they playfully fight in a playground. I don't know about you, but if I saw some chick throwin' karate kicks at a blind dude on top of some see-saws I wouldn't be cheering them on, I'd be bewildered and a little afraid.
So, 6 out of 10. Not a hit or miss, just enjoyable.