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The Heat is a 2013 American action-comedy film written by Katie Dippold, edited by Bellah Mae, and directed by Paul Feig. The plot centers on FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn and Boston Detective Shannon Mullins, played respectively by Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, who must take down a mobster.
Heat not so hot here, Hollywood has a new genre of films comedies that do not have any laughs in them. Actually this genre has been around for a while and this simply the latest in a long line. Sandra Bullock used to be a good actress but nowadays she is just another journeyman/woman making movies for a paycheck.
"The Heat" was basically just a series of scenes from other (better) movies. We had the at odds with the boss scene,the scene that identified our two heroines as being misunderstood by all their colleagues. The getting drunk together bonding scene, the silly dance scene, the stepping on the toes of another law enforcement agency scene, the turning from a shrew into a mean mother scene,the captured by the bad guy scene, the escape from the bad guy scene, the capturing the bad guy in the nick of time and saving someone scene and finally the former screw up getting a medal scene.
A collection of movie clichés without any empathy at all with the audience. Did we care about any of the heroines? I know I did not. One a cop who swore all the time and treated her boss like dirt and the other the polar opposite.
Oh how we laughed as these two found common ground and began to work together for the good of the community. No wait a minute. We did not laugh as there was not one remotely funny scene in the whole bloody movie. What a rubbish film.
Johnny Depp sometimes hams it up as Tonto, who he plays as a Native American sacred clown or trickster figure. While the movie is a little long and Depp over acts at time, I enjoyed the great scenery of Monument Valley and seeing Armie Hammer become the Long Ranger. His sacred journey to becoming a spirit walker is full of magical realism which is so over the top that it can be distracting. However, I finally took this movie as a live action Disney cartoon, full of improbable events and yet very entertaining. Perhaps there is no way a movie that cost this much but satirizes American capitalism, can satisfy critics, but I found it fun and serious at the same time. Armie Hammer's transformation from tender foot to avenging spirit was believable to me but I still fondly remembers Clayton Moore when he was no longer allowed to wear the mask. But in today's world a Robin Hood type is still a good ideal to have. To all of us who long for more social justice in the world sometimes you have to put on the mask.
WARNING: Contains minor spoilers
Frank Miller and Chris Claremont's 1982 Japanese story arc is one of the most famous and celebrated in comic book history. It has finally been the cinematic treatment, amidst a loose adaptation and watches out the taste of Wolverine's first solo outing.
After the events of X-Men: The Last Stand, Logan (Hugh Jackman) has living alone in the Canadian wilderness and suffering from recurring dreams about Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) and guilt about her death. As Logan challenges a group of illegal hunters in a bar, he is found by Yukio (Rila Fukushima), a woman recruited to bring The Wolverine to Yashida (Haruhiko Yamanouchi), a dying Japanese industrialist he saved when he was a Prisoner of War outside Nagasaki.
In Japan, Yashida gives Logan an offer to take his healing factor and make Wolverine mortal. But even though Wolverine refuses his powers are taken from him anyway and he is thrown into a family industrial struggle involving the Yakuza, a clan of ninjas, a corrupt Japanese government minister and a mysterious biochemist mutant known as The Viper (Russian actress Svetlana Khodchenkova who performs with a flawless American accent). As Wolverine protects Yashida's granddaughter, Mariko (Tao Okamoto), from all these factions, he also begins to see what it can be like to live a normal life.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine had many problems, misjudged humour, awful special effects, subpar action, awful writing and introducing characters just for the sake of fan service. The Wolverine does rectify many of these problems and director James Mangold had much more free reign then Gavin Hood had.
Mangold knew what made the best X-Men films work, so he focuses on character development and more brooding drama and it is complemented by an excellent performance from Jackman. Jackman gives us the Wolverine of old, a character who is haunted, suffering from nightmares and guilt, looking for a reason to give his life meaning as well as giving us the gruff wit we know and love from Wolverine. The Wolverine is a much darker film, more akin to X-Men and X2 which it needed to be. Yet the film still has a massive injection of fun which you would expect from a film featuring mutants, samurais and ninjas.
While The Wolverine has an expected 12A (PG-13) rating, Mangold does push it to the limit. We see Wolverine sliding his way through Yakuza thugs, having his flesh scorched off by the nuclear blast and our hero having to operate on himself. There is solid action throughout the film and the more cheesy elements has been removed in The Wolverine, with the only misjudged sequence being the Bullet Train fight sequence, as it comes off a little goofy. Comedy has also been cut, with The Wolverine having two overtly comic sequences and Wolverine having a few comic remarks, but they are actually inkeeping with the character.
As an adaptation of the Japanese miniseries, The Wolverine had to take liberties to make it work with the film series' continuity (though continuity is now very screwed up in the X-Men series). Yukio is no longer the ambiguous assassin with a danger complex and her colour are nailed on the mast, Mariko and Logan having no prior relationship, Mariko's father (Hiroyuki Sanada) is a combination of her father and husband in the comic and the Viper has no role in the original comic are just some of the changes that were made. But these are changes that are easy to look past, even though on a personal standpoint it would have been nice to see more of the parallels between Wolverine and Yukio. The changes to the Silver Samurai will be a bit harder to swallow for comic book fans and it is when the film loses it way a little with its action climax.
The Wolverine had a number of villains and it does result in problems. The first one is the film does not know who to make the main villain before settling on Viper, who does have a commanding presence on screen. The other is due to the number of factions in play, which makes many of the characters a bit underdeveloped. One character that suffered this was Will Yun Lee's Harada, the head of the ninja who did have an interesting character who was loyal to Mariko.
The Wolverine does have some script problems and the final act is a more generic affair, but its clear that Mangold and Jackman do have a good understanding of the character and they put the cinematic version of Wolverine in good standing.
And on a final note, the post credit scene is a must see: it is one of best and most tantalising in a long time.
This is an absolutely magnificent movie! I have seen hundreds of films and this movie is only the 6th that I have awarded a 5/5 to. All this year, I had been anticipating the release of Snyder's Man of Steel, with Pacific Rim coming in at a distant 2nd for my "Most Anticipated of 2013" list. Not only was this movie better than Man of Steel, but I am now prepared to say it is one of my favourite movies of this year...so far. Not being impressed by Del Toro's Hellboy, I was a bit anxious when he was directing a movie about giant robots fighting aliens, but my fears were aside with an impressive first trailer. Ever since its release, I have always considered Transformers to contain the best action in any movie (and I hate Michael Bay), but that has now been figuratively shat on by Del Toro proving that there is a healthy middle- ground between heart-pumping "mindless" action and the making of a great movie. Giant robots fighting enormous aliens - it is not just for meth-heads anymore... groovy film! Bring out the sequel.
I saw Man Of Steel last night at an advance screening and at no point was I looking down on the movie.From the trailers and TV spots the movie really gets you interested and dying for more.And the Movie itself soars(yes I know ha-ha)above the expectations.
First of all Henry Cavill is an excellent Clark Kent/Superman.He really gives the character that "not wanted" or "do not feel like you belong" feeling.The cast in the movie is excellent including Russell Crowe and Michael Shannon.Russell Crowe really expands on Jor-el's character and makes him more than just a voice helping Clark. Michael Shannon as Zod is terrific, but he cannot beat Terence Stamp's Zod.
The fight scenes in the movie are astonishing.It makes up for all the lack of conflict Superman Returns had.The fight scenes are very destructive yes but there is a very good story around it so it was not just mindless explosions like Transformers. Man of steel was by far the best movie of the year.