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Do not let the fact that I labelled this as (Yellow) fool you into thinking you shouldn't watch this movie. You should go see this movie but it's not necessary to go see it in the theater.
Movie theater movies are for loud spectacle movies where the only way to really experience it is on the big screen. This is a silent black and white movie that can be enjoyed at home just as easily as it can at the theater. If you want to go see a movie like they did in the 20s then go ahead and drop money on this one. It's your choice really. I'm just saying it's not necessary and you can wait until it comes out on DVD.
However you choose to see this movie you should still go and see it. It's fun. Way more fun than a black and white silent movie should be. I didn't expect to enjoy it that much. The truth is I only went to see this movie to see if they could pull it off or not. They did pull it off. All the way off...I think that's a good thing.
The two leads in this movie were amazing. I think they are both nominated for Oscars and they should get them. Everything this movie is nominated for it deserves to win. Unless it's nominated for sound editing but if it won that it would be hilarious and they should do it by accident like how Marisa Tomei won for my cousin Vinnie.
The day after I saw I couldn't stop thinking about how much I enjoyed The Artist. It's such a simple story told in such a simple way. I just loved it. It was pure story. Not a weak plot dressed up with A-list actors (I only recognized two or three supporting cast members) or with amazing special effects and giant robots.
It was a simple story about two different actors reacting to the invention of talking movies. So sweet.
There were funny moments. There were sweet moments. There were moments where you thought the protagonist was a stuck up snob and others where you felt sorry for him and what his life had come to.
It's a solid movie.
But don't feel obligated to see it on the big screen.
This wasn't a movie I wanted to watch. When they announced they were going to make another one I remember being confused. Why would they make a second one when the first one was so anticlimactic both in story and in audience reception? No one was giving me weird looks when I said I didn't like Sherlock Holmes and I never heard anyone say it was their favorite movie or even the best movie of the year. The best the first movie got was "I liked it," or "It wasn't that bad."
So why make a sequel to a movie that was merely not that bad?
Because apparently it means the sequel will be entertaining and insert some enthusiasm for future franchise installments. I walked out of the theater hoping they would make a third one. It was the last thing I expected.
I watched this movie much later than the rest of you. Instead I watched Mission: Impossible 4 twice and Tin Tin once. Those movies were fantastic so I didn't think hollywood had a chance at three movies I liked in one month. I was wrong.
The best part of A Game of Shadows is they fixed all the terrible things about the first one. Well, almost all of them. Guy Ritchie is still doing that super annoying slow motion thing that drove me crazy in the first one and added pure annoyance to the running for your lives scene in the second one. The slow-mo works when Sherlock is mapping out his fights before they happen but other than that it should be cut from the third one. Someone pass this review on to the director so he gets my notes on his work.
The first one, for reasons that are beyond me, tried to go for a supernatural storyline (I know it didn't end up being that in the end but starting like that was such a bad idea) and they didn't have a whiff of that in the second one other than gypsy magic. Does that count? I don't think that counts.
The first one turned Sherlock into an action hero. That ticked me off. The dude uses his mind not his brawn to figure things out. It was one of my biggest pet peeves about the first movie. When my friends and critics reported that the second one was more action and less mystery than the first one I made the decision to watch Mission: Impossible again.
The weird thing is they were right. Well, half right. There was more action in this movie. But I think there was also more mystery. The first one you always knew what question Sherlock and Holmes were trying to answer. The way certain scenes were shot you thought you were getting clues that would help you solve it but in the end when Sherlock reveals how he solved the mystery you realizes you were paying attention for no reason because the answer to the puzzle was impossible to figure out from the audiences point of view. That cancelled out the entire mystery of the first movie as a factor of my enjoyment. However small the mystery in the second is doesn't matter. What matters is that they learned from their mistake of boring me and turned the mystery into something that was interesting and kept my mind from wandering.
This is a funny and exciting movie. A solid way to blow a couple hours at the local cinema if you have the time. Considering that the season of terrible movies is upon us you should for sure see this movie over any other that comes out over the next two to three months.
I'm sorry I waited so long to see this and if I told you not to bother with this one please forgive me and go see it.
If you have no idea what that (Green) beside the title means then read this. If you don't want to read this then the short version is that you should stop everything and go see Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol.
It's very hard for me to write a review for an awesome movie like this. Right now I just want to tell you about all the cool things that are in this movie but that would spoil it for you.
There aren't any parts of this movie that I was disappointed in. Almost every minute of it was exactly the level of entertainment that I wanted. The action wasn't predictable or cliché. The dialog sounded real. The gadgets are cool...oh wait I thought of something slightly negative to say about the movie.
You could say that it is the longest coolest trailer for Apple products ever produced. All the spies have iPhones and at one point Tom Cruise and Simon Pegg use an iPad to break into the Kremlin. There is truly an app for everything. If anyone finds the fake hallway app let me know; I have some places I'd like to sneak around.
If you are wondering, the best part of this movie is the stuff depicted in the poster above. Him hanging off the building was absolutely fantastic. I loved it. I saw it in IMAX and during this part it was totally worth a ticket that was a couple bucks more expensive. If you go see it in IMAX see it for the Dubai scenes not for the Batman preview (which sucks).
Brad Bird is the only outside writer/director to be brought into Pixar. He did The Incredibles. The people over at Pixar are the best movie makers out there so to have them head hunt Brad Bird should tell us how great he is at his job. Mission: Impossible was his first live action movie and I was excited to see what he would do. He did well. He did very well.
I heard somewhere that this was going to be the last Mission: Impossible Tom Cruise is going to be in. I hope that's not true. Even though he is looking older in this movie I'm not sure that Jeremy Renner is as watchable as Tom Cruise. There is no one who can run away from an explosion/dust storm/car like the crazy in love couch jumper. He is easily one of my favourite action movie stars.
Go see this movie. It's good for everyone. No gore (despite the explosions, and head shots), no sex (despite the fact that it's an action movie and most action movies have sex scenes), just straight excitement and crazy stunts.
Abrams said this movie was kind of a tribute to early Amblin movies like ET. I should have known then that I wouldn't have liked it. Am I the only one who got freaked out by that little guy?
Super 8 made me sad. J. J. Abrams is the man. I loved his first two movies. They were exciting and both revived dying franchises. This movie, an "original" idea written and directed by Abrams, did not live up to my expectations. It didn't even come close. I put original in quotations because it doesn't feel original at all.
My first instinct when I came out of the theater was to label it (Red) and tell everyone not to watch it. That might be an overreaction. It's not the worst movie ever made. It's just that with the big names behind it you expect way more.
The biggest complaint I have with this movie is nothing really happens and when it does there are no surprises because the answer to the mystery is obvious. I didn't feel a lot of creativity coming from this movie.
If you've seen the trailer then you can figure out everything that happens in the movie. I kept waiting for a twist but it never came. It is literally just a movie about an alien escaping after a train derailment and nothing else.
Oh wait, there's a plot line with the main kid and his dad trying to put their lives back together after the mom dies. At the beginning I had no problem with this plot line but as the main alien plot failed to develop this father son bonding plot felt forced.
And those kids were annoying. Surly I wasn't that annoying when I was a child? Did I curse like a sailor and steel from my parents? Not that I remember. They had some funny lines but it wasn't consistent enough for me to care when they faced peril.
Also, there is never any real peril in a movie like this. The kids are running from explosions and I'm not entertained because I know that nothing is going to happen to them because they're kids and it's not the kind of movie where kids die.
I was disappointed in this movie and have spent all day thinking about it. My advice to you is if you want to see this movie to just wait untill it comes out on DVD.