Four Lions is a dark comedy that I find more intelligent than funny.
The movie is filled with tonnes of social commentary that only someone with a keen eye would be able to point out.
Despite the initial presentation of the movie that I thought was initially just to make fun of Muslims and Muslim terrorists, the movie later on seems to be neutral-sided; making government officials and the police-force look equally as incompetent and oafish as the five terrorists that are plotting a suicide-bombing.
Being a black comedy, the movie's humor is either a hit or miss for the audience. It's frequent awkward silence and conversations can either leave people laughing in their seats or just chuckling at it's absurd comedic moments.
This movie was virtually
60% Science time travel mumbo jumbo so confuzing and convoluted that even the MAIN CHARACTERS have no idea what's going on for most of the movie.
30% Random fight scenes that come out of nowhere.
5% Actual character chemistry that doesn't involve arguing or forced romantic scenes
5% Arnold's T-800 doing an awkward smile and constantly saying "theoretically" for running gags.
Something I can praise is the new Terminator design. Whilst watching the movie I was wondering when a new Terminator would step in because despite it's awesomeness, I was getting tired of the metal-liquidy T-1000.
And then BAM a new Terminator that seemingly is made out of robotic dust particles and can teleport suddenly appeared and it was AWESOME to watch it fight.
However, I'm afraid the movie was so desperate to cram as many scenes in it in the first half as possible that I was just sitting there with my mouth wide open just saying "wtf is going on"?
A better movie than Salvation though so there's that.
Let's get one thing straight: This movie is FAR greater than the third installment. Done.
It definitely feels like a Jurassic Park movie for sure, the dinosaurs look better than ever, the musical score is top notch the final 30 minutes were awesome. etc.
However, there were some moments that made me tip my head to the side; The idea that people were getting BORED of looking at dinosaurs for example, is a stupid thing to say altogether. I'm STILL entertained when watching gorillas do their gorilla crap for the billionth time WITHOUT growing bored whatsoever at the zoo.
The stupid hamster balls that ALLOW you to get up close and personal whilst amazingly being able to NOT aggravate any dinosaur it comes across.
The two annoying kids that never had to be in the movie; the charismatic cute younger sibling and the typical depressed and douchebaggy teenager which is such a worn down trope for a teenage character in movies.
The stupid teen even starts eyeballing this girl at the park even though he already HAS a girlfriend. wtf?
Obviously their relationship develops so and so blah blah blah nothing special to see here.
Chris Pratt proves himself to be a great actor with the best character in the movie but I feel as if his character was a bit too "Starlordy" if you know what I mean.
Many things that worried me from watching the trailer was actually done pretty well.
The "training of the raptors" thing, despite still being overall ridiculous was done with caution and respect and never made me TRULY facepalm during the movie.
The genetic hybrid dinosaur I was also cautious about but this new dino not only looks fine and totally NOT exaggerated but it was INTIMIDATING which was exactly what I wanted it to make me feel.
The spinosaurus in Jurassic 3 felt like it was forcing me to be afraid of it.
I'm also happy to say that I think that a few practical effects were used on the dinosaurs. Including a dying diplodocus.
This movie had some flaws but in all honesty, it's still a great movie to watch and perfect for Jurassic Park fans.
Oddly, I didn't dislike this movie as much as I thought I would have....Which is saying a lot considering that its a Sandler movie....
The movie is all that you'd expect from a Sandler comedy; crude, awkward and overall unfunny humor with a few good moments in it.
It even had an extremely unnecessary Ku Klux Klan joke crammed into it which really did not need to exist.
Despite the negativity the movie did have its heart in the right place and was innocently subtle. The bad and distasteful unfortunately outweigh the good in The Waterboy. Its definitely not Adam Sandler's worst. But by far not the best.