Posted on 7/31/12 11:23 AM
Starts off a little sluggish in my opinion. The buildup to the climax is very well done but very slow, the first hour is not tedious or boring, it simply goes on very slow. Then it starts picking up the pace and suddenly it's an all out action climax to rival any summer blockbuster.
I was not a huge fan of the ending, but liked it nonetheless.
A must see for any Batman fan and action with story movie fan.
Posted on 5/02/12 12:48 PM
The movie is overall very good and entertaining. It has a lot of good humor and doesn't fall on dumb jokes.
The action is fast paced and the final act, with the ensuing battle, is non stop action and mayhem.
My rating is actually an 89% mainly because there's two problems I found: it has some really slow moments meant to set up the movie and plot but they just kind of drag on and on. And there's way too much time given to Hawkeye and Black Widow, without a doubt the two weakest links of the team. Jeremy Renner and Scarlett Johansson try and give it their all, but they just look lame compared to the other 4 behemoths.
The Hulk is obviously the biggest thrill and his scenes pack a punch and a laugh.
Posted on 11/04/11 01:12 PM
I'm aware this is the best rated movie of the trilogy, yet it is my least favorite.
Why? Because of Peter Jackson.
Nevermind when Gandalf arrives in his white horse a la John Wayne or when the uruk hai runs with the torch as if he was going to light the olympic flame, hell, I might even be able to forgive the scene with Legolas and the skateboard like shield.
The butchery of the story is what took it too far. King Theoden's character was done all sorts of wrong in this movie, the corny ass scene where Aragorn falls off and winds up back in the camp after his horse saves him as he holds Arwen's necklace was dripping syrup so corny it was, the relationship between Legolas and Gimli was turned around for the worst. I wasn't expecting it to be loyal to the book 100%, but you can't simply put stuff there that was meant the opposite way. And the worst part is that, for example, Theoden's character change and Gimli-Legolas relationship went back to how it was written in the third, so this one seems like an anomaly of sorts.
The cherry on top of the cake for me to dislike this movie is that Peter Jackson can't hide an infatuation he has with elves, infatuation that Tolkien didn't have, so he adds them in the Battle of Helm's Deep just because he wants elves there, even if it changes the actual story told in the book where it is a stand of humankind against Saruman, not humankind going to cower to caves while the elves come to save the day (something they don't do in the book trilogy, they are too busy leaving middle earth).
Visually, this movie is stunning and the ents were just like how I had imagined as a kid. Sadly, this is Peter Jackson's version of the books and how he reads em/enjoys them, not a movie about the book.
Posted on 10/12/11 04:23 PM
I was pretty impressed with the Thor movie.
Yes, it lacked more action sequences and it only had one truly memorable one: the ice giants fight.
But the movie is very entertaining, it has some very fun moments and it sets up the tension nicely.
My only objection was the ***spoiler alert*** somewhat rushed incursion of Hawkeye. Yes, they shouldn't make him an origin story movie yet or anything, but they could have put him in Captain America or another movie instead of giving him 2 minutes here aiming with a bow.
Other than that I had a great time watching Thor: character development is good, action sequences are good and the story overall is pretty decent.
I give it a B+
Posted on 9/26/11 12:03 PM
This review contains spoilers.
Ok, I greatly anticipated watching this and due to financial problems I could not watch it sooner, the hype in RT's community made my expectations for this so high that it was going to eventually let me down. It did, but for all the reasons people said it would.
Several friends told me that the last 20 minutes were absolutely horrid. And I thought they were exaggerating.
But onto the good first:
-Loved the character played by Kyle Chandler, it adds a lot of force and tension to his scenes, that are quite limited given that it's a movie about the kids mostly.
-Train wreck scene is marvelously done, you know nothing is going to happen to the kids but the tension is there.
-First hour of the movie is very good overall. I'd give it a good 85%.
-The main kid character and his girlfriend, I just couldn't care for them after a while. After she gets abducted by the alien I was kind of hoping she was dead.
-The whole destruction of the town by the army because their radars are not working right. It's the 60s/70s and we are supposed to believe that back then soldiers didn't manually aim so this alien thing is making their shots and missiles go awry and destroy a town and each other? I couldn't suspend my disbelief here.
-The alien. It was a cross between a spider, an antz and a transformer. CGI and monster concept gone bad.
-The ending. It had Steven Spielberg's hand all over it. He can't direct a non happy sappy ending and it seems he can't be producer to stuff without it. After having seen Falling Skies in total shock of how corny it was, Super 8 just added injury to insult with Spielberg's involvement. The monster grabs the kid, after he seemingly crushed two adults chasing them, and when the kid says "bad things happen" this alien creature seems to react "ah ok, thanks for explaining", lets go of him and magically finishes his spaceship and leaves, not before taking the locket with him because he was missing that little piece of metal to be done with his ship (even though the girl's dad has a necklace too and there's cars around them it takes the locket). The ending was awful and those last 10 minutes earn a 5% or less from me because they really ruined the last 40 minutes of tension leading up to that letdown.
All in all, if you like corny Spielberg-esque sappy endings, you will love this, if you don't, turn off the movie after the monster kills the military in the truck, because it just gets bad after that.
Posted on 8/24/11 08:03 PM
The movie was ok for a while, I was at the barber and they put it on, quite entertaining for the first hour. But when the break out starts you just can't believe it and it loses all realism and credibility.
I found the car scene where she tries to fall off it particularly crappy and laugh worthy.
Posted on 8/18/11 08:00 PM
The trailer looks awful. PG13 assassin revenge movie? Yeah, this looks like a dreadful experience if you are not a kid.
Posted on 7/31/11 12:30 AM
It had been almost 20 years since I first watched this film. I was 10 at the time and I remember crying out of sheer fear, so I was reluctant to revisit this nightmarish film.
I am really glad I did. The acting by Goldblum is beyond good, the special effects are amazing for its time (and still hold up, except maybe for the particles in the pods) and the tragic love story is very good.
Love the DVD version with the codas and extras, but I am happy with the film as it stands with what it has. A true horror classic but not for the squamish.
Posted on 7/18/11 12:20 AM
I definitely don't think this is the best super hero movie, it's on par with X2 for me. The story is tight, Fassbender is brilliant but I found McAvoy a little lacking (considering what a great actor he is).
It sets the right tone for the next X movies to be made and Vaugh is a very competent director who I hope gets to direct at least 1 or 2 more X men movies, but it got a bit overlong by the end with the submarine (though the scene with Magneto reaching awesomeness is well...awesome).
Highly recommended film, just don't expect the best movie you have ever seen.
Posted on 7/18/11 12:14 AM
It won't redefine the action genre or the alien invasion subgenre, but as a popcorn flick it's quite entertaining.
The whole third act needs to be scraped in my opinion (SPOILER ALERT) if the movie had ended with them leaving in the helicopter with an air view of Los Angeles devastated and them getting a glimpse of where the command center might be, then it would have made a very good movie because the third act is definitely the weakest, even if the final fight scene isvery well done, tense and packed with gunshots.