Vincent F.'s Movie Ratings - Rotten Tomatoes

Movie Ratings and Reviews

Veronica Guerin
½

While benefitting from an excellent performance from Cate Blanchett, who should've gotten an Oscar for it, from a solid direction from Schumacher and even from some very good acting on behalf of the rest of the cast (special mention to Ciaran Hinds), this movie does not really soar to the heights it should've aimed for. It often falls for easy sentiments (although, in real life, the situation was that intense and the Dublin gangs seemed to be as heartless as indicated in the movie) and it even squanders some of its time for over-long, overdone scenes (the assassination scene might go down in history as the worst example of such tactic). Overall, a good movie to watch with friends and family, but not a great movie nonetheless...

The World's End

This is the funniest movie of the year, by far (and I am sure not one other movie will surpass it this year). Pegg and Frost are just at their ultimate best in this movie, and the cast (Pike, Marsan, Freeman...) are just excellent. There are less pop-culture references than in both Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, but there is so much heart, so much energy and so much humor in it it entirely compensates. Also, the Pierce Brosnan cameo is a show-stealer...

Lee Daniels' The Butler

A surprisingly well done, well made movie, with enough heart and very strong performances to help this movie rise above the narrative holes and, at times, lengths. Whitaker delivers what may be considered as an Oscar-worthy performance, and even Oprah Winfrey delivers an excellent performance. In terms of the Presidents, well, i understand that such a movie does not need to present a perfect cast in order to fill these roles, but Alan Rickman as Reagan, Robin Williams as Eisenhower and Marsden as Kennedy are not real all-around winners in terms of logic and reliability. However, this is compensated by a good performance by John Cusack as Nixon and an especially humorous performance by Schreiber as Johnson. Apart from that problem, it is a wholly satisfying movie. And it may be better than "The Help"...

Elysium
Elysium(2013)

Well, what can you really say? You have Jodie Foster as a French (?)/Belgian(?)/Francophone (never really explained, nor justified) bully-like Secretary of State, Sharlto Copley as some cro-magnon Afrikaner/Boer mercenary with a lust for violence and over-the-top screaming, Matt Damon being stuck between those two giants and the rest of the cast basically being placed here and there to try and balance the story (surprising under-utlilization of William Fichtner, by the way). In the end, this movie does give you two desires: see Jodie Foster star in a French-speaking or French movie production and Sharlto Copley star in a remake of Braveheart. For the rest, it is a colossal letdown after District 9. However, since this movie has been a cool success in a summer of movie flops of epic proportions, I have no real fears from Blomkamp and Copley. Their careers are secured...

Monsters University

Well, thank god this was no Cars 2, but to be frank, it is no better than Brave. This may sound surprising for many of you, but it is the sad truth. It is actually more forgettable than Brave (which did benefit from some spectacular backdrop and more laughs), but it at least succeeds in putting Pixar back on a good track. Will have to wait for more movies to be really convinced, though.