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The movie was very much a departure from the other two planet of the apes movies. Instead of going for the sci-fi build -up to the "Ah-haa" ending the movie is a slow paced character development from birth to the outbreak of violence of Caesar who leads the outbreak.
Set in a Tolstoy-esque world the rambling uneven narrative focus' on the the smallest details of the three main characters lives. Kaufman leaves each character as an enigma instead of developing them the audience is left to guess at there back story through the furtherance of the plot. I enjoyed the excess nudity it is a player in the film but never reaches the point of soft core pron (sic).
The action of the story makes the 3+ hours float by, but it never reach's a level of being totally engrossing. The break between disc 1 and 2 is very natural and watching disc 1 makes disc 2 a cliff-hanger of sorts.
As funny or funnier as the first, however the the similarity in plot really dims down the "Shock and awe" value of the content. Cooper Helms and Galifiankis are the pivotal characters where Justin Bartha is the guy who stayed back at the hotel who talks to them on via cell phones. Galifiankis seems tacked on to the plot and his scenes are so disjoint to the plot its just off. If you really liked or loved the first you will like this also.
There isn't really a character to get invested in in the movie. Tatum starts off has a pompous Roman who transforms to trust his slave. Bell is a slave who honors his commitment to Tatum even after he finds out Tatum's father killed his parent and brother and turned him from a prince into roman slavery.
The two go on a search to recover Tatum's family honor by recovering the Bronze Eagle that decorated the standard of the Roman 9th legion that was lost under his father's command. The bulk of the movie is odd trust building exercises between the two which is not paced well.
The story really goes south when the Roman soldiers who survived a massacre by Britans 10+ years ago leave their tribes and families and find their roman armor to protect a bronze eagle.
A role reversal of your normal "Friday the 13th" slasher Genre. Two good ole boys (aka blue collar comedy tour) are mistaken for backwoods slashers by a group of cliche rich college kids heading up to their parents remote cabin. The kids hatch a plan to kill the Tucker and Dale but one by one they die gorily in there own "Darwin Awards" stupidity.
It has a few good chuckles in places but not an all out laughing movie. It tries to be caring about the characters but never really invest enough development in enough in any of the characters.
It Like like K-PAX, but with Tomei and D'Onofrio relationship as the centerpiece. Quirky and Romantic, it really doesn't reach mind bending for me. The tension of the story is held squarely "Is D'Onofrio" sane or a time traveler. There is a quirky chemestry that works, D'Onofrio is smitten with Tormei and Tormei is in love with his dedication to her (after a life full of failed romances).
I was really hoping for a funny horror movie and it did not succeed on either level. The action of the movie starts with the Heroes of the story mugging Jodie Whittaker (a white nurse who lives in the same run down public housing block.) The beast are these ultra black alien wolves with glow in the dark teeth. i could never make the arc to accept the 15 year old street thugs as hero's (I've worked with several felons and I'm kind if jaded.)
It is excellently done for a fight themed movie. Compared to normal movies the ham handed hear-string pulling and alcoholic Irish cliches might be to much to stomach. The acting really pulls it from the pitfalls of a fight movie.
As for Pure fighting action the moves are just enough over the top to amaze but not enough to say impossible.
The dynamic between Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte and Joel Edgerton really makes this a must see. The characters are well defined and easily understood but the subtly of the exposition really make the movie.
Guy Ritchie leans too heavily on visual effects to keep it reasonably interesting. The connecting action between the money shots is just boring. I was really hoping this was going to be better than the first more in a vein of Lock Stock or Snatch. The action is intense with some visual effects that were neat/intense when the appeared in Matrix-1999 but its 12 years later.
Like the first movie Downey is a street fighting Holmes who does not appear so much as exceptionally intelligent as a freak. They introduce Holmes' Brother and it really started feeling like a period version of Monk.
Reese Witherspoon and Christopher Waltz in the same romantic period piece I have to see it. Who is Robert Pattinson...IMDB...Oh. that wuss of a Twilight vampire... watch it anyway. He's a wussy pale veterinarian (named Jacob), Walz is a bad guy (that's a stretch). Neither have any chemistry with Witherspoon. They have a stand-in hand when Pattinson has to put an injured horse down. The elephant saves the day and lives to an old age. OK I saved you 121 Minutes, please mark as helpful.
The really needed Russel Brand as the The over-the-top Magician and the movie would have been complete. Complete what, I am still not sure. The vampire Colin Farrell is not scary and the gore is not gory but the energy level/pacing is high thorough the whole movie.
Enjoyable and lighthearted but ultimately forgettable. A beautiful city Paris, Check, List of near top actor and actresses, check. Owen Wilson as a man obsessed with the 1920's really?..really?
Retains a very muted and filtered framework of what I loved in Allen's "Earlier funnier movies" Stardust Memories-1980. Owen Wilson is an Owen Wilson character does not adequately project the angst that required to project his character. When he tries he ends up looking confused and slightly constipated.
The Action between Wilson and McAdams really provides the energy of the movie, but its very predictable engaged couple who are not really right for each other.
The major device of the movie involves Wilson magically transports to 1920's Paris every night at Midnight. He meets all his role-models and falls in love with Marion Cotillard.
Allen makes a conscious choice to make his role models like Hemingway very flat. It works with the overall theme of the movie but lacks the intellectual quips that went over most of the audiences heads that I enjoy so much.
Woody please find a nice angst filled Jewish kid to be your avatar or has Larry David hired them all.
A fictional heart-string puller that fails in the end to be either emotional or intellectually satisfying. The tension built in the middle of the film is squandered in on a mediocre ending with Aidan Quinn. Thomas and Mayance do excellent work building their character in a very strikingly different worlds. The cinematography of each worlds ending up as a character itself. long panning shots telling stories better then words. The overall direction of the movie does a great job of elaborating on the French police and militia involvement in rounding up the Jewish people of Paris and the antipathy of the majority of the French people to the action. (falls apart when the cliche tough cop with a heart and the rough french farmer save the day). Adian Quin must have run-out of American historically based fiction stories and now he's moved into messing up European history.
Although a little one sided and uneven it is an opportunity to view behind the curtain of Formula 1. The racing points of view shots are amazing, you can see Ayrton correcting the tires 2-3 times a corner. My favorite part is a candid interview when the interviewer asked who was the greatest racer he had ever challenged. He picked a European carting driver. Anyone who grew up around or been involved in professional racing can attest to the petty bickering and overall lack of enjoyment of the sport at that level. My second favorite part was his first drive for truly competitive car the Mclaren Honda he was 55 seconds in front of the field. Team order came through to slow down so Alain Prost did not look bad and he lost his rhythm and crashed the car. I was concerned on how they would handle his death in Italy Its not handled in the morbid side show fascination like Weldon in Las Vegas.
Adds some well earned laughs while retaining all the trills of the previous editions. The formula has turned more to a Sean Connery era bond type story (without most of the camp or double entendres). The story foregoes the plot twists and gotcha moments for a more straight forward pursuit of the insane man trying to destroy the world.
Simon Pegg is cast as a field agent version of "Q". His dry British humor blend with but does not detract from the action.
Tom Cruise give up his monopoly as the sole focus of the film and is much less of a superman than before. He shares his face-time with Paula Patton and Jeremy Renner. Neither one of them step up to the task.
Patton although lovely to look but her portrayal reminded me of George Lazenby Bond-1969.
I missed Jeremy Renner's exposition of how he felt responsible for Cruise's wife's death the line in the bathroom was long, but I don't think I missed much. This is a long movie.
I highly recommend it. (even for people who hate Tom Cruise).
The enjoyment of this series ran out for me at (5) Order of the Phoenix, and thankfully it's over (except for the lead in for the Albius Potter stories TBD). Someone made a bad choice of digitally cutting of Fiennes nose and it always kept me from taking Valdemort impedingly dangerous or serious. The exposition when Radcliff is bobbing for apples is a little too much too late to really do explain the mystery of Rickman Killing Gambon. It's not as bad as part 1 but nothing compared to the original 4. Loose the epilogue.
The character in this movie are all devoid of an substantial normal human connection. It really ends up being the point of the movie in that mode it succeeds. The only chance where Oliver's goes to join his girlfriend Yasmin Page at the hospital after her mother's brain cancer surgery He fails to show up.
Craig Roberts as Oliver Tate and the point of access to the movie. His character and the rest of the cast is adequately quirky and off to make the trailer work. His endless quippy response to his world and disjoint delusion fail to make him an addressable to me. The movie spends equal parts of him fulfilling his adolescent crush and trying to save his parents marriage. Neither story has adequate development to make them intriguing or at all interesting.
A painful nihilistic view of a sad world devoid of any insight.
With the emotional depth of an Old Navy commercial, the only thing that kept me watching is trying to figure out was going to happen to his adopted beagle. I knew he was going to transform into an alien five minutes after the beagle entered the plot. (sorry if that a spoiler).
I only hope that telekinetic wavy air effect is a canned setting in some software package, otherwise some 3rd world animator's kicking himself for wasting all that time. (or maybe they fed a whole village with thanks from Michael Bay and D.J. Carouso underestimating peoples intelligence)