THIS FILM WAS EPIC! The sequel to one of my favourite movies of all time, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is extraordinary in it's steady direction, stunning CGI and yet another Oscar worthy performance from Andy Serkis. Though it does not exactly beat it's predecessor in the form of characters, it matches it on every other level, including brilliant action sequences that are commonly placed throughout, a throwback to Rise of the Planet of the Apes (which, as mentioned, is one of my all time favourite films), which was heartfelt as well as perfectly executed, and conflict that is sophisticated with it's antagonist and brilliant in it's direction. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a movie that I cannot praise enough, for it is a perfect instalment to the legendary Planet of the Apes series.
The third instalment to the Austin Powers trilogy; "Austin Powers in Goldmember" manages to sustain the infamous crudeness and raunchiness of it's predecessors. Mike Myers portrays four characters this time, and does so in hilarious fashion. Dr. Evil was perhaps the funniest I've seen him, and Austin Powers was as lovable as he's always been. However, not saying Michael Caine wasn't excellent, but the plot line of Austin Powers and his father was pretty ordinary, and Goldmember himself was pretty flat. Luckily, the movie didn't often fall flat, and most of the comedy was executed well. The third and final instalment to the Austin Powers is funny enough, as well being raunchy and slapstick enough to keep you mostly entertained.
I'm pretty sure when Shakespeare made "Twelfth Night," the play in which this movie is adapted form, he didn't ever think it would be made into a teenage high school drama/ chick flick/ rom-com. Bynes, Tatum and Cross deliver good enough performances, added on by a FEW good scenes and one liners that make this movie somewhat good. However, even tolerable performances can't camouflage this movies sloppy and recycled dialogue and the plot line of a girl disguising herself as a guy for one reason or another that's been done too many times. You could for a long time about all the things this movie did wrong, but I won't. Luckily, it is mildly entertaining, and as mentioned, the performances by the main cast were alright. Avoid this movie if you can...
Yes, admittedly it is a mindless presentation of explosions and things blowing up, but that's not to say it wasn't both engaging and exhilarating. At the very beginning, I thought that it just another generic Die Hard spin off with a bunch of dull old men talking in suits for half an hour. Luckily, it's kick started by a surprise death, and throughout, the movie delivers surprise twists and big action sequences, never leaving audience disinterested. The dialogue that goes on is filled with witty and subtle one liners, and while most of the characters were pretty dull, the heroic and vulgar Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) and the suave and smug villain Kang (Rick Yune) make for some great good guy/bad guy chemistry, all wound up in an eventful, exciting and well executed action flick.