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The movie the internet loves to hate turned out to actually be pretty entertaining. I dug the story and the new cast pretty well and even the action sequences were really well done and did things that the original movie couldn't due to effect constraints of the time.
The only parts I really disliked involved the Kevin character. It really felt like they couldn't decide if they wanted him to be just a little dumb or basically an asshole.
Over all a good start to a possible future franchise. I look forward to more.
Kind of weak. It really is for kids and the bare bones plot shows. There really isn't anything going on in the flick for about the first half and they rely on showing a few super powers here and there to keep your attention. Tim Allen is a little weak here and you can tell he would rather be doing something else with his time.
The final scene of the movie is a little rushed and the fx aren't really that impressive. In the end it's not much of a movie. Go see Sky High instead.
As a massive Superman fan I've been waiting for this film to come out for a very long time. With expectations high I let the film unfold and in the end I walked out of the theater very satisfied. Was it a perfect Superman movie? No. But it was a great start to a future franchise. The pacing of the film was rushed and the characters flat as there were no quiet moments to help them become more than names to us. I would also have to agree with the comments about the crazy amount of destruction that hits Metropolis and Smallville over the course of the film. It was a little much most of the time and really could have been toned down. People have been saying they want a Superman movie where he hits things and not just lifts heavy objects and we definitely got that. It's a great start but hopefully we'll get a little more depth in the next installment.
I had a lot of fun with this one and my enjoyment of the franchise as a whole seems to have climbed over the last couple years. It's not trying to be anything but dumb loud fun and that's ok. Not every movie has to attempt to change the world.
There is an interesting story in here somewhere but unfortunately the filmmakers have decided to focus on a bland one. I liked the world that the movie is set in with the human race having to flee Earth and settle on a far away planet and their troubles with an alien race that has caused them to form a brand of military specially equipped to handle them but the movie doesn't focus on this aspect of the story. Instead we get to watch Will Smith be gruff and bleed out while his emotionally damaged son runs around on a very hostile Earth.
The effects and design of the future technology are hit and miss through the whole film with the crashed spaceship looking more like a busted up kite than something that could fly through the cosmos. The crazy amount of green screen work is obvious and took me out of the film a few times and some of the music cues were misplaced.
I think M. Night played it safe with this one to avoid the slings and arrows of all who judge him for not hitting it out of the park with each film he releases. It's unfortunate because none of his identity comes out in this film and I think it would have helped it a little in the end.
Overall I didn't think this was a terrible movie. It's just not a good one.
A compelling documentary that gives a full look at the story of the West Memphis 3. As with the other documentary films about the subject I must warn you that it's not for the faint of heart. It deals with the murders of three young boys and crime scene photos are shown and they are graphic.
The bulk of the focus of this film in particular is on the innocence of the three young men accused and jailed for the crime. We take a look at the whole case and where it went very wrong from the beginning. It's a chilling tale of a witch hunt that landed these teens in prison for nearly two decades.
I highly recommend if you liked the work done in the Paradise Lost series of documentary films that brought world wide attention to this case.
A well shot and produced doc with a fascinating story. It's hard to wrap your mind around something like this story playing out when we've lived so long in a world connected online. I doubt we will be able to have a story such as this happen again.
I sat down and watched this one with the wife and we both really enjoyed it. It's not breaking any new ground in story telling but the characters are likable and there are some really funny moments. Kevin James does a really good job playing a teacher who seems to have lost his excitement for his job and we get to see him regain it. I like that his character is a likable guy and someone that you could look up to because he's a good guy and not just because he's the main character. We don't have those in comedies very often anymore. I also like that this is a film I would be fine with letting my kids watch. The fighting isn't too violent and there are no crude moments to be found.I recommend this one.
As a fan of the original Alex Cross movies (Kiss the Girls & Along Came a Spider) I was both excited and hesitant for this new incarnation. It got terrible reviews and left the theater very quickly before I could see it. After taking it in on DVD I must say that it isn't at all as bad as people said it was. I thought Tyler Perry did a great job in the role and the story was compelling. I even liked Mathew Fox as the villain. It's not the greatest movie ever but it's one I would easily watch again and will buy to add to the collection.
A plain jane action film wrapped with a dusty Die Hard wrapper. Willis comes off older in this film than I've ever seen him and that's not a good thing when you want me to believe that he's still John McClane.
There are a lot of plot holes in this flick and over the top action sequences that really took me out of the movie.
Is it terrible? No. It's just not Die Hard. I would have liked it more if it was about a young CIA agent fighting bad guys and you took Willis out all together.
I found this to be a fun escape movie. Put a bucket of popcorn in your lap and check out. The acting is plain and the script is pretty cheesy but the film is sold to us as such so I wasn't put off by it. We get guys in fedoras with tommy guns shooting up the joint and that's all I wanted.
While the performances were strong the story was not. What promised to be a film that didn't follow the cliches of every other romantic comedy quickly fell into them with an ending you would expect. While it bills itself as a romance between two people who have some mental issues to work through we find that every character in the film is way off with no real explanation as to why these two are being singled out for their odd behaviors. Highly over rated for me.
I really enjoyed the look and feel of this flick. The world they created was spot on for this story and it all worked. Much like a friend of mine I think the first hour or so is solid and very entertaining. It starts to fall apart a little as the film wraps up though. Not that it's a bad ending it's just not as solid as the beginning and middle.
A very well done film version of the stage play. I would agree with some that the singing is not 100% at all times I'm willing to overlook that due to the quality of the acting that seems to have replaced the quality of some of the singing. When you have to emote as much as these characters do I want someone who knows what their doing in that regard more than someone who can hold a perfect note.
There were a few directorial decisions that I question that bring this film down a bit but over all I think it was a successful outing.
Part of the fun of this, and a lot of Tarantino's films, is the style which is a throwback to films of old. In this one he mixes equal parts spaghetti western with exploitation films of the 70's. It's fun to see a modern day filmmaker tackle the old ways while mixing in the modern.
The story is strong as we deal with a man searching out his true love while wandering through a world filled with hate, violence, and a few bit of jokes thrown in to not completely bum out the audience.
DiCaprio is at the top of his game as the sadistic Candie and steals every scene he's in. It's a brutal character and you see it in his eyes. The rest of the cast is solid as well with others, like Waltz, Jackson, and Foxx, giving performances that stand out.
I wasn't bothered by the violence due to the cartoony nature of the thick red paint blood and the over done explosive nature of gunshot wounds. It helps take the edge off in my opinion.
It's a very good looking movie with a very interesting story. I really enjoyed watching it. Unfortunately I think it was marketed terribly as an adventure movie for all ages and that's something it is not.
This one is a turd. It's one of the most pointless movies I have seen in a long time. It's filled with pointless meandering conversations, pointless characters, and a forced and distracting agenda to say that America sucks and it's all the fault of the corrupt government. Visually it's all over the place trying to be realistic and gritty but pushing it too far every time to point of eye rolling.
The acting is also all over the place with no real stand out performance except for Pitt who is wasted in this film.
This is the first movie in a very long time I wanted to walk out of halfway though.
I liked this one just as much as I did the original. Of course, I don't hold the original up in high regards so that's not saying a whole lot. It's entertaining and that's all it's trying to be at the end of the day. The cast comes in and says their lines and shoots their guns. There was only one that stood out and it wasn't for his talent.
The direction of the flick is great but the story is a little flat as we get all the meat in the job at hand with very little given to character development. I was very entertained by the movie but I don't know if it deserves all the praises being heaped upon it.
I walked out of this movie wanting to walk right back in and see it again. The storytelling was fantastic and all the actors did a great job balancing all the roles they were given. Most of the makeup work was great but there were a few that fell really flat. I'm super impressed with the feat of making this movie and can't wait to jump into some making of features.