Dull, exhausting and lackluster, Rio 2 attempts to be everything it's not. Whether it come down to heart or comedy, Rio 2 produces lazy efforts for a very disappointing sequel. I don't think this movie even knows whether it wants to be a musical or not... if so, the songs are just plain boring and have no actual meaning. I'll give it credit for three things; the beautiful animation, the occasionally witty dialogue and the voices provided. Other than those listed, the general quality of Rio 2 is very poor. It seems as if Blue Sky Studios, who are contending with Disney and Dreamworks mind you, seem to be in a bit of a sequel frenzy, and I am not enjoying it.
Five star entertainment, but not for the faint-hearted. 127 Hours starts with some epic cinematography, following the adventures of charismatic daredevil, Aron Ralston. After a charming and light beginning, the movie turns dark within an instance, when Ralston gets lodged between a boulder and solid rock. An inspiring true story, with an artistic feel and a perfect performance from James Franco, which is a big relief, since we spend the entire movie with him. Despite the same setting and character the entire film, it never once ceases to be entertaining, and has made it's mark as one of the most gruesome, heartfelt and inspirational films of all time.
If there's anything you can do, it's to trust that when an animation is directed by Hayao Miyazaki, it's stunning to look at, and bursting with fairytale like creatures and stories. Howl's Moving Castle is no exception to these traits, as it boasts everything listed above, not to mention a colorful and quirky set of characters to slowly fall in love with, and an addition of fine character development and speedy story progression. In other words, whilst the plot evolves, so do the characters.Like most, I have developed high expectations from the geniuses at at Studio Ghibli, and definitely look forward to their future projects, hopefully ones with as much magic and wit as this.
A film that I just have to praise, the core reason being that they managed to get me to actually sit through this movie and thoroughly enjoy it, while my knowledge and enjoyment towards baseball is zero to none. The first big thing to get anyone hooked is a good cast. Jonah Hill, Brad Pitt, Phillip Seymour Hoffman round up the star-studded participants in this engaging picture. The only real flaw I had was it's length, and some of the time, I found myself a bit bored with an unnecessary, dragged out segment. However, that's mostly it... the progression is great, the cast is impeccable, and the general idea the subjects had were truly mind-blowing.
Despite the general plot being a bit stale, the effort that's put into the stunning animation and witty dialogue is truly impressive. The characters grow on you, as Ponyo's general ignorance towards the human life is both adorable and hilarious. As the movie progresses, it takes a step forward from a cute little companionship, to unlikely adventurous duo. It takes a dive into a deeper storyline, filled with great surprises and solid morals. A mix of darkness and comedy, Ponyo stands up tall with the rest of Studio Ghibli's productions, and definitely makes the studio's work elevate to the standard of Dreamworks or Pixar.