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X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
The X-Men Are No Longer Drowning.
The reader might find this review to be a spoiler!!
Bryan Singer makes a triumphant return with the X-Men movies. "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" is by far one of the best comic book movies I have seen.
Mr. Singer delivers a well balanced film with a great round of drama, and action. He also includes philosophical, and political themes into the story. Not only do we have a very well told story but, this film respects it's characters enough to care about them rather than just stuffing them in the background.
Bryan Singer sets a brisk pace from the start, but keeps his tone remarkably consistent. By making Wolverine, Magento, Professor X, and Mystique the centerpiece, everything soars. Acting was also very good. Peter Dinklage also plays a splendid villain who wants to use the mutants for his own advantage.
The only issues I had with this film is that it was not clear whom the new characters of the future where, and there was still some questions that where not answered from the previous released movies. Other than that it is well done. The X-Men Are No Longer Drowning.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
The Mediocre Spider-Man
"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" was not what I had thought it would be. Though I did like the movie, it was just a little bit of a let down. It was not the Amazing Spider-Man when compared to the 2012 reboot film. It's more a long the lines of The Mediocre Spider-Man. The movie has a lot of good moments but, there are some issues with this film.
One of the problems with this movie really is redundancy when it comes to Peter's relationship with Gwen Stacy. They are on again, they are off again, then they are on again, and all they do is bicker. This of course is a example of bad writing.
Another issue with this movie is the set of villains. Here we are again with three villains just as we had with "Spider-Man 3." However, it is not that there are three villains that is a problem, it is that they got squashed. The Green Goblin makes an appearance but, he is only in it for about 10 minutes. We spend a lot of time building up his character and we do not get much screen time with him as a villain just as we had with venom in "Spider-Man 3." The only difference is that he does not get killed off.
It is clear that Goblin was just introduced as a villain for a future film yet to come. The Rhino played by Paul Giamatti makes an appearance at the end but, sadly, it is for no good reason at all expect to give Spider-Man a reasoning to come back into action after the death of Gwen.
Despite some of the issues with this film, there is a lot that I liked. Max Dillon/ Electro was the highlight of the movie. His make up, voice, music theme, and effects where all well done, including his character development. Jamie Foxx plays the character well. Max is smart but, absolutely insane. When he first becomes Electro he is scared at first, and then finds that he really likes his power. The fight scenes where really good, and they make up for the lack of fight scenes in the first Marc Webb direct film.
Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn may have had a short appearance as his alter ego The Green Goblin however, he does play his part well. He makes for a great Harry Osborn and his character is also developed pretty well. This film also makes up for the lack of "The Untold Story" as the recent film was advertised to be. We learn a lot more of the secretes behind Peter Parke's Dad, his involvement with OsCorp, and the corruption of the company. There is also a lot humor in the film as well. After all, Spider-Man is supposed to be fun and entertaining. The score of the film is also a lot better, and you get this feeling that the film crew worked on it more.
Overall the film is a decent sequel for this rebooted trilogy, it just leaves you with the feeling of being cheated when it comes to the villains.
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
"The Amazing Spider-Man" at its best.
"The Amazing Spider-Man" under the direction of Marc Webb is not an excellent movie, nor is it better than the originals. However, it is a good movie.
Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen, and Sally Field all give good performances.Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man shows us a very different take with his character.In the movie he seems to be more along the lines of a really smart teen rather than just a nerdy geek. Peter is not a geek, he is just very smart, and is also a high school teen rebel. He also shows us a sassier punk like Spider-Man, giving the audience a very different take vs Maguire's Spider-Man. Toby Maguire was a great Peter Parker but, lacked a little in the alter ego of Spider-Man. Emma Stone shows us a strong and smart Gwen Stacy when compared to May-Jane as the "I need you to protect me" type of girl. Gwen does not come across this way. She can handle herself. She does not need Spider-Man to come save her, and she takes part in helping Spider-Man save the city.
Mr. Ifans not only makes a great Connors, he also makes a great mad scientist. He wants to live in a world without weakness and wants to give his experimental formula to everyone on his own terms by force. His goal is to cure every one of their weaknesses. Connors just fails to realize that people should have the right to choose for themselves. Dennis Leary shows us a good hard working cop and father that just wants to do what he believes is best for not only the city of New York but, his family as well. Mr. Sheen makes for a great Uncle Ben and also shows us the father figure we known him to be. Martian Sheen also got a lot more screen time than Cliff Robertson did in "Spider-Man" And finally, Sally Field gives us your typical concerned mother even though she is really Peter's Aunt. She does yell at Peter a lot. Not because she is mean.She just wants to let in on Peter's life, and to be able to be there for him and guide him along the way. Any Mom would be that way about their kids.
Aside from the actors and actresses involved in this film, the movie also gives us some background of the Parker family such as what might have happened to Peter's parents other than they died. Although we do not get a conclusion to this part of the story, there is a post credit scene that indicates there will be more to come in the next two films to follow. The only things this filmed lacked a little in was that "wow" feeling that one would get with the action scenes that look place, and of course an epic score. Other than what it lacked in, the movie did not rush any of the characters. Each character gets a well-rounded amount of screen time. The story is also carefully developed and makes for a great drama a long with a nice mix of rumor. Parts of the film do feel rushed but, the movie in general is still well developed. "The Amazing Spider-Man" at its best.
See it for the action
If you like action flicks that barely have a plot, then this a movie for you. Not that the first movie was any better. But, I was really hoping this movie would take off, and make it so that we could see another movie to fallow.
Nothing in this film relates to the first movie. At the end of "Ghost Rider" Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage) states that he "is going to own this curse." In this movie, he doesn't seem to wanna do that. He wanted to get rid of his curse. What happen to I wanna own it? Did the director not even see the last movie?
I did manage to give this movie a 5 out 10. Mainly for the action. Despite the fact that his movie is poorly written, it does have some great action. And of course, visual effects. One thing that I did like about this movie, is that we got to see an action scene take place during the day. I did not read the comic books but, after seeing the first movie, I always had a feeling that Ghost Rider, or The Rider could do more then just fight during the night. So, it was nice to see a day action scene.
Another thing that I did like is that instead of trying to throw in all different types of Characters, they tried to focus in on The Devil and his I guess you could call him, his puppet. His slave, if you will. In the first movie, all the Characters basically die off before you even get to know them.
The main issues with this movie is that, they lacked in Character development. And, of course, telling a good story. Take The Devil for example. We know very little of his plan, and the little bit that we are told, does not make for much of a plot.
Another issue with this movie is what takes place between action scenes. The scripted seems rushed. I have no clue as to what is going on, and why it is happening. Basically, everything other then the action that takes place, is boring.
To sum everything up, I did not hate the movie, I just disliked it. So, just watch it for the action.
The Green Hornet (2011)
The Green Hornget Sends His Regards.
No!! It is not a great movie. No!! It does not at all make for a great super hero movie. And No!! It does not make for a great comedy.
However, I would say it is decent.
But, how can it be decent? What makes it in some way good? Some good action. Good, but not great matrix fighting style. A pretty cool fast n furious scene with the car chances it had. Pretty cool costume design. Nice picks for music. A decent story line. A kick ass car. Good introduction to the film. As well as a good ending. And it movies a long quickly.
In other words. Despite it having some flaws in writing, and lacking in its comedy as it was advertised to be a comical/ action film. It is still pretty decent, and can make for a nice pop corn flick, or a great rental. If you are into the whole matrix/ that is not possible thing. Or you like big explosive action. Or you are into seeing some good car chases. Or, you like it all. Then, this is a movie for you. Cause, it can be found to be entertaining.
And, for those of you whom have seen it in the theater, or on DVD, and hated it. If you where to look past the not so great wring, and to take it for what it actually has, you may have enjoyed it.
So, for those of you that did not at all like this movie, The Green Hornet Sends His Regards.
X-Men: First Class (2011)
Makes For A Great Movie/ Comic Movie/ Summer Flick.
First,I'd just like to say for those of you whom hated this film,there is something you need to keep in mind.And that is, that this film isn't just a prequel.It is also in a way a reboot. It is as if we are forgetting the disappointment of X3, as if it didn't happen. It is like the only movies that came out where X-Men and X2.
If you where to actually pay attention, and look back, you would note that this movie starts of just as the first one did. Clearly indicating, that the director, as well as writers made this film in a way to be a remake. Therefore, this is not just a prequel, it is a reboot.
And obviously, with Professor X ending up wheelchair bond at the end, it also shows that we are in fact starting over.
A side from that, this film is in fact excellent.
I cannot say that this film is not at all flawed. But, at the same time, I do not see a reason to not declare it as excellent.
With excellent performances from James McAvoy, and Michael Fassbender. As well as a great script, and store line. I am not trying to state that the rest of the cast did not give a excellent performance, but James and Micheal where truly excellent.
Other then performance from the actors/ and actresses, and the nicely written script/ story line, there are other things that I liked about this movie. I liked how as the viewer, I finally got to see Professor X and what he is like just as Charles Xavier. You get to see him as more then just a mutant with mind powers. We get to explore a little bit of what he is like as a young man in his 20's. You also get to see him as he shows off his mind power. It was also talked about in the first two films, but never really shown.
And then there is Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto . We get to understand a little bit more about his past, and why he became the villain that we know him as. Exploring his past as Erik, and seeing him and his power develop.
The next person we get to learn a little bit about is Raven / Mystique. In stead of just seeing her as a blue bad ass, you actually get to learn about her as Raven. We get to see both her sides. I also knew there was a lot more to her then just being a bitch, but, it was never really told. And, we get to learn about her relationship with Erik.
Now, I am not going to get into detail about ever character. But, the point is, if you never read the comics, or you did, but didn't read them all. Either way, you get to learn a little bit about some of your favorite characters. This film unlocks some information that wasn't giving to us before in previous films.
And another thing about this film that I really liked was that he got to see Professor X as a teacher. It was talked about how he was a great teacher but, again, it was never really explored. So, in this film, you actually get into some detail.
And last but, not least, I really liked the whole war setting. I thought that made for a great plot line.
So, as the viewer, you get some great special effects, some excellent performances, a excellent script/story, a long with some detail about some favorites, and there past, as well as relationship with each other. And of course, a excellent plot.
X-Men: First Class makes for a down right great film, excellent comic book movie, and a excellent summer flick.
Captain Jack is back.
This is entertainment.
And this is what we go to the movies for. To be entertained.
Not to mention of course, best Pirates Film Thus Far.
Don't get me wrong, I loved all three of the fist films.
And I would agree that I didn't feel like I was seeing POTC without certain Characters in it.
However, in terms of Liz's Character, a long with Will's character', their story line were finished.
So, there is no need for them to appear in this film.
And, despite them and their story not being in this film, it actually made it better.
There is also no need for Character Development, because all of the returning Characters have been developed during the last three films.
So, what makes this film so great,other then what I have mentioned so far?It has Great heart pounding, eye popping action.Great special effects,decent writing,with a decent plot,and extremely funny.You will laugh your *** off during the first 20 mins or so, as well as during certain parts of the film as it goes a long.It also has excellent performances from Penélope Cruz whom plays as Angelica, as well as Ian McShane whom plans as Blackbeard. I am not saying that the rest of the cast and crew don't give a great performance, I am just saying that McShane, and Cruz where excellent.
And the best part is, we finally got to see Captain Jack Sparrow having a little bit more of a spot light. And, again, don't get me wrong, I absolutely loved the first three. But, I kinda feel like they where mostly about Bloom's and Knightley story, and without them in the way, we can get into more of a Pirate Tale.
If this turns out to be a new trilogy, I will gladly go out to see the next two films to follow.
Get Him to the Greek (2010)
lets Get Him To The Greek.
Get Him To The Greek, is hilarious. I laughed my *** off throughout the entire movie. Even during parts of the film that weren't even that funny.
This film is funny, but, when compared to other comedy's such as Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Hang Over, Or Supberbad, it is not that funny. However, it was funny enough to keep me laughing, and entertained from start to finish.
If you go to see this movie, and you take it too seriously, you will not enjoy it. Because, some of the humor may not be found to be humorous to everyone that see this. As much as I enjoyed this movie, I would not recommend it to someone that is looking to see a masterpiece plot. Because even though I found it be very humorous,the film does have a little bit of a dull in plot. With that typed. If you watch it without taking it too seriously, you should laugh out out like no tomorrow.
Also, despite Russell Brand not being such as great actor, he actually did a pretty good job in this film, and did a great job with his charictor, and the comedy itself.
To sum this all up, I would just simple state that it is a great, entertaining, and interesting film.
Iron Man 2 (2010)
A great action flick.
"Iron Man 2"
Is not that great. But, don't get my wrong. It was good. Just not as good as I thought it would be.
The movie has great action. And of course, with that action comes great special effects. The action is not just great. It is excellent eye popping action, leaving you begging for more.
The film has excellently delivered performances from Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle, Samuel L. Jackson, Mickey Rourke, Gwyneth Paltrow,and Scarlett Johansson giving everyone a run for their money. We also have a large amount of good humor, just as in the first "Iron Man."
Although this movie has many great things about it. There are a few things missing. And most likely, the reader of this review, has either seen the movie and already knows what I am talking about. Or You have read other reviews.
The movie has a issue with it's script. It's like they had no idea as to what material to use. The film, fail to expand on the previous film before it. And even though Mickey Rourke does a great job, his characters motive is not explained, and you don't really get to see him to much in action as you would expect.
With that in mind. Even though this movie is a little flawed, I would still consider adding it to my collection when it comes out on D.V.D. Or if you haven't seem it, to still go out, and see it for yourself.
To end this review on a final note. I am just going to simply say that, it was good but, could have been better.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)
"It's not a Diary, It's a Journal"
I did not read the books. I did not even know it was a book until the movie even came out. However, as a movie goer, I have to say, it was actually decent.
I cannot say that it was the best I've seen for 2010, and I cannot say it was the best film that I have seen that relates to the pre-teen/teen years. However, what I can say is that, it was in fact a good/decent movie. There has decent acting on all the kids parts, with lots of laughs, a long with a pretty good/ moving plot. It was a weird movie, but weird in a fun and interesting way. And if the movie is good, I can only image the books being good.
The film is kid/pre-teen friendly, But not kid/preteen friendly in terms off, go and poke your eyes out. It was kid friendly in a cool and interesting/ fun way that it is not like certain kid friendly films like for example Star Wars The Clone Wars. This film is entertaining enough for everyone to enjoy on some level.