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Giant Monsters vs Giant Robots are you kidding me? What's not to love? This is pure fun; Pacific Rim is an "original" story that is inspired by Japanimation Cartoons and 70's Godzilla type movies, if you don't go in with that in mind you'll be disappointed. Director Guillermo Del Toro's over the top, rich and indulgent cinematic style and story telling are centre stage here and it works. I was thoroughly entertained by all the CGI butt kicking and demolition. Much like the original Transformers it was great to see this genre come to life on the Big Screen... that said, the key to making an outlandish tale of Monsters vs Steel really come to life in a convincing way is the acting, and casting Charlie Hunnam and Idris Elba really gave this movie that extra boost of credibility. Idris Elba really has the ability to command the screen in just about everything he's in and the same stands true here.
This movie really is about two things, giant monsters and giant robots everything else seems superfluous, case in point, the unnecessary side story of the science team trying to mind meld with the Kaiju, and the contrived and silly love story, other than that Pacific Rim delivers as promised. "...today we are cancelling the Apocalypse!" Chills.
Wait... it's all in the second half of the movie. Zero Dark Thirty is at first a tedious look into the back story of the operation that led to the elimination of Osama bin Laden. Director Kathryn Bigelow places you into the details of the years of work, torture, interrogation, failures and investigation leading up the night that everyone watching this movie is waiting to see. This is a cold and graphic movie. When "it" finally arrives it plays out like an X-box game which is either a credit to X-box or a very real portrayal (I'm still not sure). I was never entertained during Zero Dark Thirty not once, but I do feel more informed like after a history lesson or a two hour R rated news cast.
I really loved this couple in "Knocked Up" and couldn't wait to see an entire movie based around Debbie and Pete. Turns out spending any more time with these people is just stressful and annoying and now I don't really like them that much. "This Is 40" is 2hrs and 15mins of mean fighting, vexing children and story that kind of goes nowhere. I get the whole slice of life concept but come on Judd Apatow hire a new editor this movie was all over the place and the laughs were few and far between. Overall very disappointing.
Although the marketing for this film would have you believe otherwise, this is not a movie about flying. Denzel Washington is outstanding as Whip Whitaker the heroic pilot struggling with alcoholism (perhaps his best performance since Hurricane). Watching him fail time and time again is remarkably sad and tragic and at the same time frustrating and angering. A great supporting cast in Don Cheadle and Kelly Reilly, an amazing plane crash sequence and a cliche yet appropriate soundtrack make for a very entertaining and powerful film.
A very enjoyable, seemingly improvised, funny, awkward look at love, life and siblings. Real-life performances from Mark Duplass, Emily Blunt and Rosemarie Dewitt make it a real slice of life and unassumingly good rom-com.