Interesting take on what the world was like in darkness, when The Creator wouldn't answer man because man was corrupt. That The Creator wanted to end mankind--chilling but frankly not entirely unbelievable. I liked the Watchers--something, literally, out of the stone age. I thought Russell Crowe did a wonderful job as the man entrusted with the most horrible task imaginable--I've seen that kind of single-minded ruthlessness in the cause of supposed goodness: jeez, just look around the world today. I loved Ham and his conflict with his father. Highly highly recommend.
Good chemistry among all the leads. Terrific dialogue. Believable plot with some interesting unpredictable twists. And the music was great--I mean really great. Keira Knightley can sing, the songs were smart. And the ultimate message--about the control of record companies over the lives of musicians--is bound to upset some people which is always a plus.
I think that having a comedienne--whose job it is to distance herself from pain with humor--is exactly the wrong character to convey the pain this character was supposed to be feeling. I never got emotionally involved.
This is easily one of the best movies I've seen in a while. The characters were so smartly written, the dialogue amazing, the story seemed true (not sure if it was based on a real story or not) and the scenes themselves were beautifully choreographed. I didn't think you could make an orgy scene look beautiful, but Scorsese did it! Leonardo DiCaprio--what a splendid actor. His scene on his yacht with the Feds reminded me of Lawrence Olivier in Henry IV getting the present of golf balls from the king of France: initial amusement turning wonderfully into rage at the insult. I think it's funny that the Wall Street Journal panned it--of course you would, boys, this movie airs your dirty little secrets.
Great action movie. My "Room 101" (for those of you familiar with "1984") is that the guys in the white hats turn out to be the bad guys and there's no where to hide. Besides the great action, there is a really sly heart-stopping message that everything you put on-line marks you as an enemy of the state who will be eliminated in order to achieve a peaceful coherent state. In the days of NSA listening to everyone's peevish rants, this idea isn't far-fetched: it's chilling. One other thing: this is an extremely violent movie and there were about 10 kids under the age of 13 in the theater (it was a small theater in the middle of nowhere and there were only about 10 adults total as well), but if anyone is wondering where kids get ideas about shoot-em-ups in real life, you don't have to go much further than the entertainment their parents allow them to watch. There's probably an accompanying video game too.
I have no idea if the kiddies got all the historical references, but I did and they are a hoot! Menelaus indeed! Best line: "You don't want to go to Oedipus's house for the holidays...it's awkward." The animation was superb. Sherman could have been a little less cute but I'm not a six year old and I guess that's who he's supposed to appeal to. I had a lot of fun watching Mr. Peabody--making his signature drink "Einstein on the Beach." And all this praise for a movie which contains the one element I hate in stories: a time machine!
i didn't mind the over-the-top product placement. In fact I admire it. The pace was quick. The characters well drawn. I especially like the blow-up-Lego scenes. Wonderful effects with Legos as water and steam. The only real issue I had was that I thought the story had conflicting messages--well at least in my own personal ideological world and I would give away too much of the plot to discuss it. But that's a nit pick. It's enjoyable and somehow inspiring. Just for the record: a couple of kids were bawling their heads off, so I'm not sure it captured the under 4 yo set. Just like Legos.