I loved Star Trek Into Darkness. Iron Man 3 (good, not great) let me down in some ways and had me worried for other blockbusters. Twists in villains seem to be the new thing these days, but STID does it right! Cumberbatch is fantastic and menacing. Everything he says is elegant. You both love him and want to kill him. Not to say you don't love the crew. Chris Pine's Kirk and Quinto's Spock are better than ever, and develop a ton. Karl Urban and Simon Pegg rule it as Bones and Scotty, respectively. There are a ton of great classic Star Trek references. As a Trekkie, I loved them. I don't think regular viewers will appreciate as much as the fans who did love it. I know it's divisive for Trekkies, but I loved what Abrams did to Star Trek. The story was very engaging as well. I'd actually rank this in the top 4 Star Trek films, along with Khan, First Contact and the 2009 Star Trek. This isn't as refreshing as the first Abrams one, but it is oh damn good! There's some minor issues that plague typical blockbusters today and it rushes over a few plot elements, but these are just small chinks in this shining knight's armor. Star Trek into Darkness is the best mainstream product of the year, which is more than just your typical dumb blockbuster.
Before, I was disappointed in this movie. But after watching it a couple of times on Bluray, I have to admit. I kinda love this movie. Why? -The social commentary on terrorism -The overall 80's Lethal Weapon/serial feel -Tony Stark being a sleuth -There's some genius to the villain's plot. -Great action-especially the smaller scale scenes. -Shane Black adds new layers to previously established characters. Rhodey actually feels like a hero this time when putting himself in danger, and Pepper feels a lot more badass as well. -Plot twist is actually brilliant What I didn't like: -Motivation for the villain -First twenty minutes are boring -The last act loses some tension as the biggest surprise is really the plot twist (but it's kind of okay because the best action scenes occur here) Overall, I will give Iron Man 3 an 8.8/10. One of the finest superhero films ever made. Maybe not the best it could have been, but still great.
Okay, so it's not District 9. Once you get that in your head, you might be able to have fun with Elysium. I certainly did. It's one of the most intense movie experiences I've had all year. Of course, we all know the story. In the year 2154, the rich live on a space station called Elysium free of disease, and the poor live on a devastated Earth. One man named Max (played by the awesome Matt Damon) gets exposed to radiation while working, causing him to only have 5 days left to live. He then needs to do one last job to reach Elysium and get rid of the radiation in his body. I was definitely latched on to his character, even if he wasn't as fully explored as Rikus in District 9. That movie has a lot more emotional power. However, what this movie has is raw, kinetic energy. Sharlto Copley's villain (the appropriately named Kruger) is fantastic. He has a lot of fun in the role, and kicks major ass. Also, man, does Neil Blomkamp know how to blow humans up! His direction is fantastic and creative, even if his script is flawed. The action is directed phenomenally, and the film is just extremely well shot. I wish we got to see more life up on Elysium. The supporting cast isn't really developed either. Jodie Foster was pretty bad in the movie. Still, Elysium is a fun ride, with some nice ideas, and some badass action scenes. There's a sense of reality and grittiness in the film's execution. I just wish the script was stronger. 8.5/10
What a fantastic movie! An amazing finish to the Cornetto Trilogy! After Spaced, Shaun of the Dead, and Hot Fuzz, I was super excited to see this movie. The Edgar Wright-Simon Pegg-Nick Frost combo is incredible, so no doubt this movie was gonna be amazing. And it sure was. The themes all tied up in this one, and the characters were great. The story was simple but very intriguing. Simon Pegg was on fire with his one liners, Nick Frost had a much more prominent role in this than the other films, Paddy C was also fantastic, and Martin Freeman and Eddie Marsan were good but not quite as good as the former three. The comedy was fantastic and nonstop, while the action was quite epic. Overall, I loved this film and I didn't see much wrong with it. I don't care if there were flaws, I'm giving this a 10/10. :D