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Ryan Reynolds has officially hit rock bottom for me. Every time he is attached to a movie, I can already tell it is going to be bad. I am begging people not to see this embarrassment of a movie. The special effects, the story, and the acting was completely terrible.
Wreck-It Ralph is another hit for Disney. This may be one of the best years of animation. The story is top notch with people getting to see what happens to arcade game characters when the game is over. I have to say it was entertaining for all ages and very funny. I can not believe how many times I laughed during this film. It was incredibly heart-warming too. There were some moments that I had to fight to hold back tears. I can not believe that animated movies have come so far and they can bring so many emotions to a person. If Disney, Pixar, and Dreamworks keep consistently making high-caliber movies like this, I may become broke from buying all these movies.
My anticipation list for 2012 has got another winner!
The Good: Brave is Pixar's answer to Disney's princess stories and Pixar wins by a landslide. The story was incredible and kept me excited throughout the movie. This may be the first movie that focuses on a princess and men actually can enjoy it. Merida is an excellent character that actually goes through character development and is the overall hero of the movie. The relationships in Brave are amazingly explored too. The relationship between Merida and her mother is so fully explored grown men left the theaters calling their moms to say they love them. The animation was top notch too with Pixar exceeding its own expectations.
The Bad: It has some of the normal cliches of a princess oriented movie, but it still gets past them with comic relief moments.
Overall: Way too go Pixar. Thank God you stepped it from your last effort Cars 2.
I wanted to like this movie. I wanted it to blow the other movies out the water! However, I was shown a typical origin story that added nothing new to the genre nor the Spiderman film history. The Amazing Spiderman is not a bad film, but it has many flaws that irritate me. The villain in his lizard form is terrible looking. Also, the rehash of the origin and the twenty minutes of Spiderman trying to find Uncle Ben's killer were stupid. It did not need to be done and it made me miss the original movie. I do have to say the acting was pretty good. Emma Stone IS Gwen Stacy. The chemistry between Peter and Gwen was straight out of the comics and into movie-goers' hearts. Uncle Ben and Aunt May were played with such compassion that most people wanted the actors to be their uncle and aunt. It saddens me that The Amazing Spiderman had better acting and much more easter eggs for fans, but it still feels like a lackadaisical origin story that is a cash grab and set up for a much better sequel.
Looper is possibly the most enjoyable sci-fi movie I have seen in recent years. This may shock many Star Wars and Star Trek fans, but Looper needs to be put in the top category. The story was pieced together in an incredible way with excitement being pushed in almost every minute. Joseph Gordon Levitt is having a great year with his acting choices. His acting is top notch and the interaction with him and Bruce Willis is the movie's finest moments. Bruce Willis needs to keep making interesting movies like this and forget the Expendables and Die Hard. Kudos to Emily Blunt for giving a great performance as well. Her scenes with her child were almost oscar-bait. I would highly recommend Looper.