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Movie Ratings and Reviews

Marvel's The Avengers
½

For the past five years, we have been eagerly anticipating this film. Ever since the infamous post-credits scene after the first Iron Man (2008), our imaginations were filled with childhood-like wishes of just what this "Avengers Initiative" was. We all knew it was coming, and we wanted to watch this film, badly. Although, questions and doubts did arise, could a film with over 8 main characters work? Well, I can only say one thing: YES.

Taking place after Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, and Thor; The Avengers is surly the ultimate super hero movie. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) has finally found the perfect moment to bring the heroes he's been collecting together, to fight an evil like no other. Along with the lovely, and beautiful Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, and the new character Hawk Eye, played by Jerry Renner. Although problems and issues arise, the heroes must learn to work as a team in order to stop an oncoming invasion manned by Thor's evil brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston).

Now, Joss Wheden had a lot at stake. Not only did he have to make a movie where every single character got equal amounts of screen time and proper justice, but he had to appeal to the hype and raging fan base this movie had. It was certainly not an easy task, but I am pleased to say, Joss Wheden nailed it. He crammed so many characters and gave them all what they deserved. His directing was amazing, and his vision is what made this film great. I am eagerly awaiting Wheden's next Marvel film, if he decides to of course.

The action scenes were simply breath taking and so suspenseful. Everything from Iron Man's epic flight scenes, to Black Widow taking down three men in a chair while still looking as sexy as ever, are all fantastic. The camera angles were also good, I was literally on the edge of my seat, and so was everyone else. Although, what really made this film was undoubtedly the Hulk's massive rampaging return. All the destruction he caused was such a nostalgic and crowd pleasing thing! He even had the funniest scenes in the movie too.

What can I say about the actors? Each and every one of them put their all into this film. Mark Ruffalo was a great choice for the new Bruce Banner/Hulk and Jerry Renner performed his debut perfectly. What I'd like to point out however, was the astonishing interactions between these characters. Seeing the ole' Cap arguing with Iron Man was just so entertaining, as was Thor's petty comments regarding the rest of the heroes. I'd say some of the films best moments were simply from watching these characters talk and have conversations with each other.

There are simply no words to describe how much I enjoyed this movie. We have all been waiting five years for this and we were not at all disappointed. I saw this movie with a smile on my face.

My only complaint, though, was that it seemed to slow down just a bit in the middle. Just a tiny bit though.

Overall, The Avengers is the comic book movie we have all waited for, and it may just be the best one ever. The kids will no doubt enjoy it and the adults as well. With a grand combination of action, drama, and a bit of humor, The Avengers soars into new territory for the comic book genre of movies. I recommend staying until after the credits as well, as Marvel has left what might possibly be the funniest scene I've watched in years. I can't find anything wrong with this movie, so, without further delay, I urge you to go out and watch this film. Hell, I can't even think of a good pun to end this review with, so I'll leave it at this: Go watch this brilliant movie, you will not regret it. 9.5/10

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

To be honest, I have always had a soft spot for the Madagascar series. The first was smart, witty and actually funny, but, that is for another review. Madagascar Escape 2 Africa (notice the "brilliant" usage of the number 2) is one of those rare films that is actually better than its predecessor. It builds upon it's predecessor and goes above and beyond to give you a crazy, new adventure.

This time, the titular animals crash land in Africa in their attempt to return to New York. Here, they meet their families and get to learn more about their own cultures. The story may not be as original as the first one, but it has its own unique charm that makes this one stand out. The 4 main characters each get their own sub-plots as well; whether its trying to reclaim one's lost honor or get the girl, the story makes each character special and funny in their own way. It is filled with funny and sometimes downright hilarious jokes that keep the film lively and entertaining even during the more serious parts. The writing is actually pretty decent and not too dull.

The animation is very nice. Everything looks amazing and it really helps to bring the African savanna to life. Even though I could never get used to the human designs in this film, it did not detract from the experience.

The entire cast fills their roles perfectly, along with the new additions. Bernie Mac (note, this was his final role in a film) was a fantastic addition as Alex's (Steve Carrel) father. Although the zebras could get a tad bit annoying at times, the lemurs were really the ones who stole the show. Sacha Baron Cohen as the lemur king, Julian, was hilarious and his return was greatly appreciated.

I would like to point out the amazing music Madagascar 2 had. Composed by the legendary Hanz Zimmern, it really brought a African-feel to the film and helped set the mood nicely.

Overall, Madagascar 2 is a great family film with hilarious jokes, a great story, nice characters and beautiful visuals. The film will please the younger crowd for sure, while still having something entertaining for the adults as well. This movie is perfect for your children's sleepover or just a normal get together with friends. Its sure to get some good laughs and with catchy music, it'll surely get you to "move it, move it". 9/10

Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!

Over-the-top elephants and all sorts of weird and kooky animals run amok in this whimsical tale. Horton Hears A Who! is the latest adaptation to a Dr. Suess classic that really feels like a traditional Suess story would.

The story is set in the Jungle of Nool where Horton hears and befriends Ned, the mayor of a microscopic town called Whoville. This small town is, unbeknownst to it's inhabitants, but a single speck in grave danger of destruction. It is up to Horton to take Whoville to a much safer place even if his friends aren't as friendly as they may seem.

The visuals are mind-boggling and amazing. Roads and sidewalks are twisted and trees curve, giving off an adorable Suess-ish feel.

Horton and the rest of the cast are all perfectly executed and never seem to get annoying. The movie is funny and cheerful without ever getting stale. What really did it for me was this film's perfect climax. I have to admit I began to tear up during the climax which tells me how good of a movie this is. Jim Carrey, Steve Carrel, Seth Rogan and the rest of the cast all perfectly execute their roles and help bring life to the movie.

Overall, Horton Hears A Who! is a fun, crazy and hilarious adaptation to a cherished Dr. Suess classic. With a simple yet witty story and jaw-dropping visuals, the Doctor would be proud. 9/10

Winnie the Pooh

In a world where CGI has become the most commonly used form of animation, it is a refreshing breather to be able to watch a traditionally hand-drawn movie. In my eyes, Disney has not made a true "Disney" film in a while. Luckily, Princess and the Frog and their most recent film, Winnie the Pooh, has convinced me otherwise.

Winnie the Pooh is a heartwarming and adorable film featuring one of the most cherished cartoons in history. The film is entirely hand-drawn which makes for an amazingly detailed and very simplistic movie experience, especially when it is in the hands of Disney. The visuals are cute and cuddly like every Pooh movie has become synonymous with. Overall, the film gets a perfect score when it comes to the majestic hand-drawn visuals Winnie the Pooh has to offer.

The story isn't complex or hard to follow, instead, the film has a very simple story about Pooh and his friends desperately trying to find their dear Christopher Robin after his "kidnapping" by the "Backson". The movie is very short but makes up for it with a cute story and awe-inspiring visuals. When I first saw the movie, I couldn't help but giggle at the antics Pooh and his friends kept getting themselves into.

The film is devoid of any over-the-top action scenes, in fact, the entire climax of the movie takes place within a hole, but that is completely fine. Pooh isn't known for his deep story, he is know for being able to offer 70 minutes of adorable and hilarious comedy.

Overall, Winnie the Pooh isn't as amazing as Lion King or as epic as Lilo and Stitch. It isn't as groundbreaking as earlier Disney classics, but it does contain a certain unique charm that no other movie can mimic. Pooh and friends have made a fine comeback and hopefully this will inspire Disney to make much more hand-drawn films in the near future. I suggest to sit down, relax and just enjoy this great film for what it is...a sweet, entertaining pot of honey. 9/10

The Dark Knight Rises
½

Do not listen to no one. Nolan's trilogy has exceeded my wants and needs for what a Batman film should be. This trilogy has become such a phenomenon that it deserves every amount of praise it receives. Nolan has set the bar for dark, comic book films, and it will never change from now on.

Taking place 8 years after the Joker's terrorism on Gotham City, leaving Dent dead and Batman framed for crimes he did not commit, Bruce Wayne is living in exile. Ashamed of his actions, he gives up hope. Although, when a new villian emerges it is time for the Dark Knight to rise once again. That is all I will go into in this review, because this film has so many twists and reveals, I could go on and on about them. The plot is simply spectacular. The stakes are at their highest as the city falls under the tyranny of a hostile takeover initiated by a dark entity. The Dark Knight Rises, has been able to show how amazing a well-thought out story can be when it is realized by an amazing cast led by a visionary director. Nolan has done an amazing job at interpreting the fear and absolute horror that must occur whenever a villain attacks. Fear and darkness has always been a staple of the Batman mythos, it takes a truly dedicated person to translate that feeling of loneliness from page to screen. Nolan has done just that. He created a world which was believable, real, and all too intricate to make us fall into it and feel as if we were apart of it. From the characters to the amazing ending, this movie is astounding.

While Bale was hesitant to don the cape and cowl again, he delivers a truly sentimental role as Bruce Wayne. The emotions his character goes through over the course of the film are conveyed brilliantly. Bale's acting is superb but is perhaps exceeded by the several stupendous performances given by the rest of the actors. Michael Cane as Bruce's loyal butler, Alfred, is a role that I enjoyed the most. Cane's lines and heart really drive the movie and gives it a 'fatherly' feel to it. Too bad he was a bit underused in the movie. His character could have gotten more screen time that's for sure. Gary Oldman and newcomer Joseph Gordon-Levitt are great cops as well. Their roles in the story are pivotal and greatly important in helping the movie keep to its realistic tone and not slipping into too much comic book reality. What I loved a ton was Hardy's portrayal of the enigmatic Bane. His british accent and sarcastic tone completely engulfed me. I loved his acting and I truly felt scared when he appeared on-screen. As for Hathaway, she gave a rather decent performance. I felt her character wasn't really needed as much as Oldman or Levitt but I digress.

As I said before, the movie's climactic ending is the most appealing part. Perhaps I will release a blog someday where I gush at how brilliant it was, but for now, let me say, the twists and turns it took within the last few minutes were some of the best I've seen in my life. Batman's last line he says to Gordon really hits you and makes you think about where you stand in this entire world. Brilliant.
Now, the movie wasn't without it's faults. Namely, Morgan Freeman's role as the ever intriguing Lucius Fox. Believe me, Freeman is a talented actor and has portrayed the role perfectly in the first two installments. Although, I just didn't see need for him in the final half of the film. He merely served a purpose once and then he became more of a damsel-in-distress than a hero like Bale's or Levitt's characters were. His, and Caine's characters were greatly underwhelming.

Nolan is a genius. His visionary directing is what made this entire film series work and I greatly respect him for it. This is what a Batman film should be, and it will be damn near impossible to top Nolan's trilogy. Every movie had the stakes a little higher and a little more darker. Overall, The Dark Knight Rises, was an amazing film and one of my new favorites. I loved it as much as Dark Knight and will end up buying it on Blu-Ray. Is it better than Avengers? No, and neither is the Avengers better than Dark Knight Rises. Their both vastly different movies that cannot be compared so can we please leave it at that? Either way, I cannot wait to see what is in store for Nolan now. Although, we should be a bit sad, as the era of Nolan's Batrilogy is over and we must brace ourselves to see what's next for the Caped Crusader. Lets just hope this next Batman doesn't have throat cancer. 9.5/10

Jeff Who Lives at Home
½

Movies that receive limited screenings are generally well-received and sometimes even win awards. I, for one, love these types of films. Especially, the ones that make you feel good about yourself in the end. The Duplass brothers have struck another hit with "Jeff, Who Lives at Home" (which I will be referring to simply as "Jeff"). This film is a stupendous romp in the life of it's jobless, smoking, lazy title character as he goes on a life-changing adventure while changing the lives of his brother, his mother and several others in the process.

While Indie films usually feature relatively unknown actors and actresses, the Duplass brothers chose to have rather popular stars in this film. Now, that isn't really a bad thing, but it does offer a few doubts. Could these actors pull off a sophisticated film such as this one? If I recall, star Jason Segal's last film was "The Muppets" (that ones for another day). Luckily, I am glad to say that every star in this film gave some of their best performances in their respective careers. Segal as Jeff, was perfect. Jeff is supposed to be a very down-to-earth, lazy, pot head, who lives in his mother's basement but still come off as lovable and sort of an intellectual. Segal manages to pull this off brilliantly and he is surly one of the highlights of the movie. Ed Helms plays his brother who is stuck in a rather strained marriage, and Helms portrays that character nicely as well. Every role is done with the utmost care that I really cared for these characters and genuinely saw myself in them. Few movies can pull off this technique, yet "Jeff" did it wonderfully.

The plot itself is split into 3 side stories. One for Jeff, another for his brother, and another for their mother (whose role I will get into later). Each story sort of interconnects in a way that each character grows from the experiences he or she received from these events. While Jeff's brother is suffering, Jeff is seeking signs that point him toward his destiny (a destiny heavily associated with people named "Kevin"). All the characters interact in hilarious and downright brilliant ways. The supporting cast is magnificent as well. What I loved the most however is in the end when everything sort of comes together; that is something I enjoyed so much.

Now, this is a great film, but there were some notable flaws. I felt that Susan Sarandon's story (a widowed mother trying to find out who is her secret admirer) wasn't all that necessary. Sure, it was a very nicely executed plot line but it did not really have that much of an effect on the main story. It just kind of sat there. I was also a bit unimpressed with some of the extras. Early in the film, Jeff meets several people who lead him on his main goal. While the concept is nice, these extras weren't that great. They felt bland and, while they did not need to be fleshed out, they're performances weren't anything special.

I also loved the humor this movie had. Some of the jokes were hilarious and I found myself blurting out laughing at times. Aside from that, the tone of "Jeff" was handled lovingly. The small, sentimental scenes where Segal and Helms bond in brotherly ways had me smiling and really brought out my heart. The movie is very sweet and makes one think about the things Jeff says too.

Overall, "Jeff, Who Lives at Home" is a great indie flick that is sure to make the viewers feel better about themselves. The characters are lovable, the jokes are funny while also leaving room for the more sentimental parts, and the stories are woven tight. I'd say "Jeff" is a film no one should ever look down upon. Granted, it may not be for everyone, but it is still worth a good looking into. 8/10

The Hunger Games

Hailed as the "greatest film to grace cinemas" by several people (some of them being prepubescent children)and by others as a cheap knock off of "Battle Royale", The Hunger Games has garnered quite the mixed reputation. To some it is mere garbage and to others it is the beginning of a grand franchise. I for one can finally say that it is neither of these statements at all. To get to the point, Hunger Games is a superb movie.

In a world where people dress like comic-con goers and children wield bows with no questions asked, the story centers around Katniss Everdeen (a slightly attractive young women if I might add) in her attempts to survive the ever blood filled "Hunger Games". These games take place once a year or so and are made up of children (ages 12 to 18) murdering each other in order to bring glory to their districts. Chosen at random, these children must fight until one remains as enforced by the governing Capitol. Katniss and another boy from her district, Peeta, must band together and survive in hopes of returning home.

Filled with suspense and on-the-edge-of-your-seat moments, this is a faithful adaptation to the book. Each character is brought to life with the superb acting. Jennifer Lawrence is a passionate and great actress and Josh Hutchenson really gets his role as well. I would also like to point out how good the child actors were as well. Amanda Sernblerg (Rue) and Willow Shields (Primrose Everdeen) both fit their roles perfectly and act beautifully.

Another thing I loved was the score. During moments of sheer intensity or even when the movie was just beginning, the music was always the first thing I noticed. It is orchestrated wonderfully and really helps the movie become lively.

The action scenes were great and very suspenseful. Although, blood is visible in these scenes and I do advise that younger audiences be wary of these scenes.

One thing I did not like though was the camera. It moved and jiggled around way too much, even in the more calm scenes. It was nice in the action scenes, but I felt it detracted from the sensational experience of the calm and more endearing scenes. Another thing that irked me was the poor CGI. Even though it was only needed for more glamorous parts, it looked more like a video game cut scene rather than movie worthy CG.
I also did not enjoy the romance much, sure it was necessary to the plot, but it felt forced. These are mere nit picks and I am sure they won't ruin the film at all.

All in all, The Hunger Games is a downright amazing movie with great acting, suspenseful action scenes, and a well done plot. The children may grow bored and fatigued, but the adults will enjoy this film. This film is a great start to a trilogy and I will surely watch the sequel as well. Go watch this movie and you will not be sorry; just don't get surprised when your children start requesting bow and arrows for Christmas. 9/10

Chronicle
Chronicle(2012)

With the found-footage genre becoming more and more popular ever since famous films such as "The Blair Witch Project" and "Cloverfield", I was not surprised to see a new one this year. Although, I am not much of a fan of these types of films, I decided to see this one, simply because of how unique and somewhat original it felt.

Chronicle chronicles the story of three high school seniors who gain telekinesis abilities and more from a strange, blue rock underground one night. These three teens (Dane DeHaan, Michael B. Jordan, and Alex Russell) Andrew, Steve, and Matt start out playing innocent pranks with their new found powers, but it soon takes a dark turn, as Andrew begins to use his powers for darker purposes.

The film isn't the most original, but it nails its story with superb actors and amazing writing. The three main actors performed fantastically, especially DeHaan who portrayed Andrew. His story was a great view into the troubled mind of an abused teen. While the story starts out light-hearted, it gradually takes a dark turn near the end, leaving the audience with great suspense and a truly awesome climax.

15 million isn't a lot to work with obviously, and, yes, the special effects (especially the flying scenes) look a bit too fake, it doesn't detract from the gripping story. It pulls you in and doesn't let you go. Some of the film's best scenes are simply Andrew undergoing his transformation into his more sinister self we see by the end of the film.

Unlike "Cloverfield", the film's recording style won't make you nauseous, but at times, it does fidget around a little too much.

Overall, Chronicle is a great entry into the found-film genre and is sure to delight fans of these types of films as well as superhero fans. Chronicle has the makings of a great superhero origin story and I loved the ending (although, a sequel is the last thing I want). Great actors, great story and an overall great movie. It is a tad too short, but a delightful film nonetheless. Its movies like this that make me want to become a super hero myself, give me a second, let me go find a mysterious rock in the woods, and I'll get back to you. 8.5/10

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
½

Why do I put myself through these films? Perhaps it was the lack of "Jeff Who Lives At Home" in my theater. Either way, Journey 2 is a mediocre family-flick with fake CGI, dull dialogue and a boring plot. The strange part is, it was actually decent...in a sense.

Journey 2 takes place a few years after the first Journey (a movie I barely even remember existed). The boy has grown up and is searching for his grandfather who went missing a while back. In the adventure to find him, he meets with the ever marvelous Vanessa Hudgens and her rather annoying father. The plot just isn't interesting and you don't find yourself even caring for these characters at all.

The dialogue is just painful to listen to. Almost every line seems like it has been used countless times already and the characters just feel washed and unrealistic. The story also suffers from too much predictable cliches; you already know whats going to happen next and you never truly feel surprised.

The CGI is nice but the problem is, they are terribly executed. They look very fake and at times, it is just looks horribly edited. The scenery is truly captivating though, the scenes where the camera pans it to reveal lush landscapes are what truly made this film a 50%.

The jokes are very dumb but the surprising part, is that at times, they actually work. Sometimes, the jokes are funny, but they only worked out a chuckle from me. The kids laughed at nearly every joke.

Overall, Journey 2 was made as a popcorn movie, and its just that. Nothing special, nothing truly amazing, it is completely devoid of any sentimental value (something I feel every movie needs at least a bit of). The kids will enjoy it nevertheless, but the adults will surly find it to be boring, and dull. In the end, the only thing this movie will make you want to do, is find your own "mysterious island" and hope to find a better movie there. 5/10

Coraline
Coraline(2009)

Stop-motion animation has always been a very imaginative and magical film style. Coraline is no exception. Coraline is a masterpiece in entertainment and a great horror movie for kids. With an amazing story that stays true to the book it is based off of this movie cannot be missed.

The film tells the tale of Coraline Jones, a "different"-type of girl who, after moving into an apartment complex, discovers a shocking secret that has haunted the house for ages. With the help of a unusual cat and her own wits, she has to save her parents from an otherworldly power. The movie captures the original story perfectly while adding a few new things to spice it up. Coraline's story is fantastic and very deep which is often looked over by most children's movies nowadays. It is both creepy and enchanting with a unique feel that only this movie can give.

Coraline does have it's scary moments, so I kindly advise that parents determine if they should show the film to their toddlers. With horribly deformed ghosts, evil slender-esque mothers, and over all creepy and unnerving scenes, Coraline stands out as a great horror flick for kids.

The animation is amazing and magnificent. Stop-motion has a one-of-a-kind style that cannot be copied by CGI. The film is masterfully made which shows wonderfully. Stuff will pop out at you, and nice action scenes make this stop-motion movie a marvel to look at.

All the actors seem to put their all into their roles. Dakota Fanning is a perfect Coraline, and The Cats voice is just hilariously awesome. The newly added character of Wybourne "Wybie" Lovat is a nice addition and I'm sure he won't be a bother to the people who have read the book.

Overall, with a great climax, an amazing cast, and a creepy, surreal story, Coraline is a movie no one should miss. It will surly please adults and children alike, but maybe not the ones under 5. In the end, you should not miss Coraline. Watch it and enjoy its beauty, but be careful, because the Beldam might be listening. 10/10

Super Mario Bros.

In truth, video game adaptations don't work. Save for some slightly enjoyable movies, video games just don't belong in the world of cinema. A perfect, on the spot example is the Super Mario Bros. movie. This film is just a horrible movie period and it shows brilliantly.

Super Mario Bros. is the film adaptation to the famous video game series featuring the character more well known than Mickey Mouse himself: Mario. He is a very famous character, and there is no doubt that a film based on his game should be handled with the utmost of care. Sadly, this film misses that and instead goes in the opposite direction. It tells the story of the Mario bros. who go through a portal and end up in the Mushroom Kingdom, run by a tyrannical king named Bowser who is oddly human.

Aside from some good performances by the main cast (and ONLY the main cast) and a very nicely animated Yoshi, the film is a horrible failure. The biggest problem is that, it just doesn't feel nor resemble a Mario film at all. It has near nothing in common with the series except from the names. For pete's sake, the villains supposed to be a dinosaur, NOT a human being!

The CGI is actually pretty decent, most notably Yoshi. The special effects such as the little explosions and gooey slime do add a enjoyable part to the film as well.

The movies climax, if shown to a person who does not know about Mario, will seem like a completely different movie's climax. My biggest complaint about this movie is that it is no where near the Mario movie we expected. Hell, we didn't even need a Mario movie.

Overall, Super Mario Bros. is a terrible attempt at bringing the Italian plumbers to the big screen. The story and premise is just ugly and badly written with a lot of wasted talent. There may be some good CGI but it is unable to save this train wreck of a film. Completely devoid of any sentimental moments, Super Mario Bros. is not worth any of your hard earned coins nor mushrooms. 1/10

Toy Story 3
Toy Story 3(2010)

I grew up with Toy Story. The very thought of one's toys coming alive when they aren't around is such an interesting idea. The geniuses at Pixar have given us a rarity in movies: a sequel (not to mention the 3rd one) that not only surpasses it's two predecessors but is also one of the greatest films in movie history. This film is a true masterpiece and a rare gem.

Toy Story 3 picks up 11 years after the second one, where we find Woody, Buzz and the rest of the gang pondering and worrying what will become of them. Their owner, Andy, is now 18 years old and heading off to college (much like us, who grew up with the originals) leaving the toys to fear the future. In a string of events, they are accidentally shipped to Sunnyside Daycare. A daycare run by a friendly teddy bear, which seems like paradise but soon becomes a nightmare for the toys. The toys need to escape and get back to Andy before he leaves.

Story wise, Toy Story 3 is a spectacle. It is very creative and downright amazing at times. The story is well-written and has the actors doing their very best to bring life once again to these long-forgotten friends of ours. The story though, is what really sells the movie, this has got to be one of the most emotional, and sentimental movies I have ever seen. The ending and the gripping climax will surly have you in stitches.

The animation is amazing and jaw-dropping. Toy Story is amazing, because in every film the animation is a little bit better which shows how much Pixar cared when they made this movie.

This film is undoubtedly a magnificent and worthwhile experience that the entire family should enjoy. This trilogy of movies has had a huge effect on me, and it showed me that sometimes, we have to let go of the things we love and move on. Few movies give lessons but this one nailed it. The character of Lotso is a very great addition in my opinion and his tragic back story is a fantastic homage to Jesse's back story from Toy Story 2, but Lotso's was my favorite.

Overall, Toy Story 3 is certainly more darker than the first two but much better in every possible way. This film is an amazing experience and will certainly entertain the children as well as the adults. As for us, the people who grew up with the series, and are left wondering if it was worth the 11 year wait. Well, we will certainly not be disappointed. This movie right here, is amazing and you should certainly not miss it. Perhaps your toys may enjoy it as well! 10/10

Where the Wild Things Are

Never have I seen such a artistic and downright brilliant movie in my entire life. Where The Wild Things Are is truly an amazing experience.

I first saw this movie with a very skeptical point of view. I was confused at how Jonze could turn a 10 sentence book into a 2 hour movie. When I went to see it, I came out of the theater literally in tears. The movie was so perfectly crafted I was amazed.

Where can I start? The movie centers around a troubled boy named Max who, after running away from home one fateful night, finds a sailboat and arrives on the island of the fearsome Wild Things. With an amazing amount of courage, he befriends them and even becomes their "king".

The story is simply amazing. Perhaps this is because I could relate to Max. As a child, I remember being neglected constantly and always imagining myself in wonderful places where I could be happy forever. Max is just so real and adorable, you actually feel that he is not an actor. As for the Wild Things themselves, they are all given unique personalities and they never get annoying. I actually started to feel sorry for them and even shed tears near the end.

I have to say, this movie is not for kids in the slightest. It isn't cheery and full of several gags like most children's films are, but instead, it is depressing and very dark. It is one of those movies that makes you think about life, your childhood, and make you wish you could be a kid again. You really have to understand the movie in order to fully enjoy what it has to offer. The problems between the Wild Things and how their lives are very hard is beautifully executed. They don't live peaceful and happy-go-lucky lives it is the direct opposite and I am glad Jonze made it this way.

The way Max learns from his mistakes and sees Carol (a Wild Thing) as a reflection of himself, is just brilliant. The movie is both simplistically written and marvelously directed. Carol and the rest of the Wild Things are all perfectly animated which helps make their expressions that much more realistic.

Jonze directed a masterpiece in film and managed to make a super short book into a full-blown 2 hour movie of beauty and intelligence. I loved this movie, the music, characters, and the dialogue are all wonderfully crafted. The ending is sure to make a tear or two come out, but that is perfectly OK, because it is supposed to do that. It is dark, gritty, and obviously NOT for younger audiences.

Overall, it is a true work of art and is, in my opinion, the greatest adaptation of a book into a movie I've ever seen. I plead you to watch this film and embrace the sheer beauty of it. Go out, have a Wild Rumpus, and rent it or do whatever you can, but I tell you one thing, movies like this only come around once a generation. 10/10

Dr Seuss' The Lorax

As a child, I grew up reading the whimsical and humorous stories of the great Dr. Suess.Horton Hears A Who and the Lorax where my favorites. When I heard an actual film was going to be made of the quirky little Lorax, I was hysterical yet I was also worried. Many childhood memories nowadays are ruined by Hollywood, as they completely destroy the beauty they once possessed and instead insert pointless gags, boring new characters and create these "movies" that ruin the very thing they were striving to make anew. Sadly, the Lorax falls into this category....somewhat.

The movie itself is gorgeous and literally thriving in marvelous visuals. The CGI is amazing and makes the forest and the Truffula trees look so soft. Although, the visuals alone cannot save a movie from being bland.

With pointless and dull jokes every five seconds involving either idiotic, gluttonous bears or a crazy granny who not only snowboards but can also drive an earth-mover,the movie actually started to become a tad bit annoying half way. The jokes worked at times but I could only let out a chuckle. The sad part is, Illumination studios seemed like they were scraping the bottom of the barrel and throwing out the most plain, and downright stupid jokes everywhere. Luckily the Lorax himself did not partake in any of these "hilarious" jokes, just the other animals.

The story itself is actually nicely written. It is just the dumb characters and boring gags that ruined the experience for me. Ted, the protagonist and the one who listens to the Once-ler's tale, actually turned out to be a pretty decent character. Him, the Once-ler, Audrey (Ted's love interest) and the Lorax seemed to be the only likable characters in this film. In truth, I started enjoying the film when the climax started happening which is actually pretty bad.

Don't get me wrong, the film has its fair share of great moments. When the Once-ler destroys the forest and you see the horrific damage he's done, the movie seems to redeem itself. It starts to get serious. I tell you, when the terrible scenes of the animals suffering at the expense of the Once-ler and the Lorax desperately pleading him to stop, the movie becomes better. Alas, after the entire Lorax story is told (after all, it is a flashback) it quickly becomes pure slap-stick comedy, and annoying action scenes again. In a sense, I enjoyed the actual Lorax parts much more than the Ted and his family parts. Although, I really loved the ending. The ending aside, from a terrible musical number, was very nice. Seriously, my Dr. Suess movies shouldn't have musical numbers. Especially if they are more annoying than catchy. Besides, Taylor Swift (an amazing singer) voiced Audrey yet did not get any musical number, which seemed like a missed opportunity.

Overall, the movie isn't horrible it just...isn't as great as it should have been. The Lorax is remembered as a very serious and controversial book and an instant Dr. Suess classic. Why couldn't the movie be like that? I get that it is a kid's movie and it needs to be funny every once in a while, but don't single out all the necessary seriousness this movie needs. This movie is supposed to be sending out a very important message, yet the message and ultimately the entire spirit of the book is hidden deep within the movie.

I felt that the Lorax deserved much better than this, why couldn't he receive the same treatment as Hortan's big-screen adventure? Hortan was able to be funny and silly, yet at the same time still be serious and preachy (the message of Hortan was clearly given and even quoted several times in the film).In the end, I was disappointed. Disappointed that my favorite tree-hugging whatever-he-is didn't get the movie he deserved. Its not a horrible movie; it will keep the children entertained but as for us? The people who grew up with the book and actually KNOW what a "thneed" is; well, were straight out of luck and Truffula trees. 7.5/10