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Having read the books, I was expecting the movie to be like Twilight--slow and boring. However, I was wrong. 1. Lily Collins had to go through many disgusting and harrowing escapes as Clary. Soaking wet, wearing torn clothes and braving burns, she is the ultimate hero, seeing as how she cleverly used fire to burn a demon in the first scene. 2. Jace is surprisingly more handsome in film than in pictures. The way he movie is very graceful, something like Edward Cullen couldn't show. 3. The CGI werewolves are much better. Cringing at Twilight werewolves. 4. Of course, the clever cameras. For example, the first scene where they purposely don't show Clary's face to make us curious. 5. It is action-packed. And intense. Never a boring moment. 6. Although not much is explained about the Clave, this feels like a "Harry Potter" movie whereby only the main characters are any good and the others don't believe them. 7. While Valentine looks too young to be Clary's father, he is very good at oscillating between a loving father and a monster. All in all, just watch this film, you will be pleasantly surprised. Not to mention Clary is much prettier than Bella too.
I like how recent fairytale adaptations are more darker and violent then we expected, going back to the middle ages. However, there were 2 flaws. 1 is that nothing is really explained to us leaving us to wonder about the whole mythology of witches in their world. Etc if your blood is supposed to be a witch, then you can choose not to be one? Or is it the other way round? 2 is how the movie is too realistic which doesn't feel like fantasy but more like an action movie with a superpowered villain. Other than that, there were great points. 1. Gemma was the perfect Gretel. She was vicious and smart from the beginning, seeing as how she yelled at the witch in the gingerbread house since she was young. She is also kind, seeing as how she cared more about the children's lives than her own, asking Hansel to save them instead. She also cared for Edward despite his ugly appearance. Finally, she was not afraid to get a little dirty during fights. 2. Hansel is more like the shy, quiet brother. He gets distracted easily by women, but at least he fights well with Gemma. 3. I don't see the point of white witches since they can't even protect themselves or others. 4. The witches are ugly, making it easy for you to hate them. Muriel was really powerful and cunning, a worthy opponent. But I am still confused as to what is a grand witch and how to become one? Finally, just watch this movie. It's really exciting, and it trolls Twilight, as in there is literally a troll called Edward and Hansel is like who the **** is Edward?
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After my friend made me watch Red Riding Hood. I was almost convinced that fairytale adaptations could never be great. I was wrong. Jack and the beanstalk was a suitable fairytale to be adapted on the big screen. It had giants, heights, and monstrous plants. The whole theater was laughing nonstop, and below are the reasons why. 1. The parallels between Jack and Isabel (the most clichéd name for a girl, btw. Remember Twilight?) when they were young children and then grown-ups.it showed that people who come from different backgrounds can be similar, and that they didn't just end up together because they went through some adventures, they were fated from the beginning. 2. I like the tie-in from every random scene. Etc when Jack was giving a pompous speech and everyone kneeled down and he said, "there's someone behind me, right?", it wasn't just some random thing, but it was repeated later to show how Jack had grown from a commoner to a prince. 3. The action! The movie isn't afraid to be gory and scary, what with human torture, murder, the last stand, and giants. 4. They purposely made the bad guys ugly and stupid, easy to hate. Especially the sidekick who died such an ironic death. 5. I like how Jack was portrayed as a brave and smart guy. He didn't just trade a horse for 5 beans--he was supposed to exchange the beans for 10 copper coins! He figured out how to kill giant in an ingenious way. Also he is nice to everyone, and handsome to boot. 6. And I love how the movie ends up being related to the modern world, shows how smart is film is. It doesn't need to be in a "fantasy" because it makes sense and is realistic! Just don't go in with low expectations, you will be pleasantly surprised!
I had my doubts whether Peter Jackson would be a "three-hit wonder", but after watching the Hobbit the day it premiered, I couldn't be more wrong. The story started out slow, gathering momentum. Jackson did some smart moves by purposely not letting us see how the dragon looks like for suspense. After rewatching LOTR, I realised how much effort Jackson made in ensuring continuity. For example, did you know that Frodo and Bilbo were wearing the exact same clothes in LOTR? I mean, nobody would noticed if they did not, but he made them wear it anyway. This shows how good a director Jackson is. In fact, the movie is so good that I watched it twice. I feel that more emphasis should be given on each dwarf, besides the 3 goodlooking ones (Thorin, Kili, Fili), as I can't really differentiate between them. Also, Gandalf exists as a mere deux ex machina to save the day. My favourite moments would be their "roller-coaster" like battles with Azog (jumping from tree to tree) and trapped below ground. Misfortune seems to find them all the time. Also, I especially liked the riddles between Gollum and Bilbo. The most important thing of the movie is it is much more thrilling with 3D and is funnier than LOTR. This movie also taught me some pretty important quotes. Gandalf said, "Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay... small acts of kindness and love." This practically goes against all the banal Disney superhero tripe that someone "Superman/Batman" always saves the day, but they don't realise that crap wouldn't happen if the citizens weren't so messed up anyway. All in all, the movie is very exciting and sometimes scary, but the story is deep with beautiful words and ideology.
I watched this film in 2D so I will definitely rewatch it soon. The opening was cool. Ever since RE3, all the openings were epic. RE5 managed to top the previous ones--with the backwards scene. I liked all the action, it was less Alice and more of other characters including Ada, Leon, Luther, Jill and Rain. Also the new actors were great, Li Bingbing's English is fantastic, and she really looked like Ada. I did not really like Leon because I pictured Jensen Ackles (Dean from Supernatural) to act as Leon (because they are both emo and broody). This Leon is too "not serious" and he does not have a solid stage presence. Alice also looked hotter with age, did anyone notice she looked like Taylor Swift in her "suburban housewife" outfit. The parts I didn't really like is there are no real "zombies". I prefer seeing how normal humans survive in the apocalyptic world and not really action fighters). Also, I notice that RE characters like to move it movie. When Ada and Alice were "hurrying", they strode coolly then when they hear the "standby" they just said "Let's move", which is weird because they were moving already... Leon kept on telling the guys to move... And the first word that Alice said to Jill in RE2 is "MOVE!" The ridiculous "repeatings" of the word move and the totally serious tone they used made it funny. Also, many people were confused whether Alice is an original or not, so the director should show more, instead of suddenly have Ada telling the audience about clones. That being said, RE5 was pure solid action with spectacular sets and really, RE series just keeps getting better and better.
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Let me just clarify, I am not a rabid fan of the book or author. I only knew Abe Lincoln based on his inspiring failures. Being a teenager, I like vampire and zombie flicks, but I was a bit wary of actually seeing a historical figure mash up. So, I decided to watch this movie in 3D since there was nothing else good at the moment. Actually, besides the title, there is nothing funny about this movie. The 3D was actually quite bright (unlike SOME movies) and the medieval settings pretty to see. The actors and actresses were tall and goodlooking. And now that I think about it, it is very possible that Abe COULD be a fighting sort of guy. When the action starts, we get slow motion and close ups of black goo which is quite tense and scary. The good guys are not always good at fighting (look at Speed) and we are all kept on the edge of our seats. My friend guessed wrongly that either Mary or Will are vampires, when actually it's someone else, so this film is so not predictable. Although many answers were not explained, such as how come some people die after being bitten while others turned, it all makes for a mysterious ride. There are many throwbacks to previous things that made sense. Etc the pocket watch, lines such as "History prefers legends to men", "a man only gets this drunk when he wants to woo a girl or kill a man", and "we are all slaves" repeated at the start and the end, all were a nice way to present the continuity. Abe might be dead, but his legacy lived on, there will always be people willing to stand up against darkness. The jokes were also really funny. Of course if you're a history nut you would hate this movie, but if you want BELIEVABLE action (no flying kungfu), mature romance (none of that teenage angst), comedy and, thriller, you should watch this. Much better than other vampire flicks coming up (etc Breaking Dawn Part 2) or 3D films (Prometheus).
I saw this movie halfway through its airing period, and there were only 2 other people in the theatre. Uh oh, is that a bad sign? I've always being a fan of the Ring trilogy, and since this is a reboot, it's good that it's named differently. The good: Ayukawa sensei and Takanori are more than eye candies. She was actually pretty good at screaming and acting shy like a teacher. She was also smart, using her wits to trick the Sadako spiders; on top of being pro at using spears. He was mainly quiet at first, until the stakes became high. And no matter how dangerous it is to stay at her side, he still did it, showing his love for her. The film was also quite scary, what with moths and all. The bad: Watching the eponymous film in 3D was horrible. The film looked like it was shot IN THE DARK all the time. I mean, if I knew I was being haunted, I would either on all the blazing lights all the time or travel to Africa where there's no chance of people with screens. Also, many explanations were not given--what exactly was Ayukawa's power? Screaming so shrilly that glass breaks? Why did their friend die? What happened to Sadako? I guess they're waiting to show us in a sequel. On top of that, the ending was anti-climax because it's like the Sadako spiders were so weak, they need like an army to overwhelm a skinny teacher? Overall, quite interesting and scary but confusing.
Let's see, I like my action movies fast and furious like any other guy. I even had fun watching movies like Transformers and MI4 for the cool fighting and stuff. But for superhero movies, one should choose selectively. The hero should have values that you agree with, and that is why I only watch Spiderman and Batman movies. Good things first. Uncle Ben was amazing, humorous and strict. Aunt May was fine as Peter was not supposed to be as close to her as Uncle Ben anyway--that was something the previous Spiderman movies didn't do. I'm glad they made her less important here. Also, there is no cliché "With great power comes great responsibility" line here, which is good as Uncle Ben was not the one who originally said it. I also liked that the camera focused on small details such as tiny lizards everywhere. Sadly, why was Gwen a perfectly well-adjusted teenager? She's not supposed to have a mother and brothers. Also, Flash was actually half-way decent--Peter became the jerk instead, showing off (in front of paint brush girl at the basketball game). I get that Spidey was quite sarcastic and quipey, but his alter-ego Peter was supposed to keep that in check. He's the nerd that has all the comebacks, but he's too nice to say it. Well Garfield is as far away from nice as the Earth is from the sun, he was more like the violent abusive guy who breaks glass doors. He didn't even have a reason to be that angry. Furthermore, Garfield's version of Spiderman is petty and childish. Why the heck would he not chase after the bad guy just because the cashier did not allow him to buy MILK?! It's only MILK and 2 FREAKING CENTS. The real spiderman should not be so petty and selfish and immature. That was the straw that broke the camel's back. Disappointingly, I see no trace of the "rumoured" hot and fiery chemistry between Garfield and Stone. Stone is quite pretty as Gwen, but Garfield was a stammering, incoherent and horny mess. All he wanted to do was kiss Gwen, and why the hell did he even tell her who he is? Why would he trust her so easily when they just started talking like a week ago? If you want to watch cool moves, really funny dialogues, then just watch. But if you want something deeper, something about the inner psyche of Spiderman, plus believable romance between leads, then you shouldn't watch this movie. I walked out half an hour earlier because it's just not that interesting. Peter always wins, blah blah blah, you don't even feel any tension, unlike the past movies where Peter is the underdog.
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I was just rereading all my Narnia books, starting from "The Silver Chair", "The Magician's Nephew", "The Horse and His Boy", and finally "the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe". This movie, which I had watched long ago, suddenly make me feel captivated again. The extra scenes do little to distract you from the story, such as war scenes. The actors are also well cast. Some details are observed: like the dead insect in the Wardrobe room. The faun's music is also sad and wonderful all at once. The special effects were rather cool. The music was also excellent. The fox was a weird but welcome addition. However, some parts are honestly weird. Lucy (the Valiant) is hardly the sort of girl to scream when she spotted the faun. Also, the faun's room is not very cozy but scary. When the dwarf attacked Edmund, it is also exaggerated. The argument between Susan and Peter was also abrupt and unreasonable. Also, why were there other frozen beavers? Their escape was supposed to be happy and relaxed, not frightened. Why is Tumnus alive and well to talk with Edmund? And the order of the gifts are wrong, it should be beavers first then Peter then Susan then Lucy. The Beavers got nothing, and the children got no feast ): The part where the wolves took Beaver hostage and caused Peter to act cowardly is retarded, Peter IS a hero, that's why he's High King, and not just because he's oldest. Stop dumbing the kids down! Edmund's journey was also unseen, and that's sad because that is where Edmund is redeemed. All in all, it started out well but ended like crap so we're left with a pretty horrible view of it.
This movie looks to be a cliché, dumb, rom com thing, but it is not. Griffin (cool name!) is an overweight but friendly guy, and obviously a hot blonde who's taller than him would not like him. However, he pretends to be someone else and she likes him because he does what she wants. Well obviously if Griffin was a girl and Stephanie was a guy this movie would not work at all. All the animals are much nicer than humans and they care more about Griffin than Griffin's friends. This just goes to show how nice animals are. I like all the interactions between animals and Griffin, and it is surprisingly heartwarming. The movie was also funny in an endearing way, and there are no crude jokes.
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