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John Carter (2012)
Surprising, and thoroughly enjoyable! I had my doubts about this for the longest time, and I am so glad I finally watched John Carter.
The film is more humorous than I had expected and had me chuckling more than once. The Martian DOG had me rolling!
The story was interesting, but I really liked the characters and the acting.
The special effects were top notch as well, but I expected that with a big Disney budget.
I especially like how E. R. Burrows was drawn into the story, and the end seriously brought a tear to my eye.
I had only seen Kitsch in Wolverine, but I liked his character acting then, and thought he did a fine job as JC. Collins (also in Wolverine), was stunning as usual. The rest of the cast was equally good, I thought.
There are a lot of movies that have come out lately that I had to force myself to watch all the way though (Cowboys and Aliens comes to mind...), but I wish JC had been longer!
If only Disney had done a better job deciding who this film was marketed to, I think it would have blown away the box office.
As it stands, the movie did turn a modest profit, so here's one person who is hoping to see more of JC on the big screen.
I am so looking forward to seeing...
John Carter...of MARS!
AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004)
Not too bad...
Yes, it could have been so much better, but it really is not too bad. Both the Predators and the Aliens are in character. What I find so distressing is the number of unfair reviews from other IMDb users.
One reviewer said: "Yet, like many, I can't help but be stumped by the sudden and surprising complete personality change in Lance Hendrickson's character, Weyland. For the entire series he has been an obsessed megalomaniac with only one goal, capture Aliens to bring to earth for "The Company" bioweapon devision. He has gladly sacrificed entire ships of people to get what he wanted....and yet now he's somehow on some quest to save his soul and to make the "great discovery"? It's a complete personality flop for the character, and I must say that his character being portrayed as having no clue about the Aliens whatsoever, makes absolutely no sense at all."
Alien took place far in the future. The company, Weyland-YUTANI, wasn't even named until Aliens, and THAT was 57 years after the events of Alien, which was set far in our future! Are we to believe that the Weyland in AvP is from the future..?
Another reviewer said:
"2-plot:how many flaws u can see in this movie?a lot. 1st there is only one queen....what in the hell is she doing here?how she could go to LV-426 after being on the deep frozen ice of Antarctica?the predators went back there and brought her to LV-426?!in one word....STUPID!"
From Alien 3, we are led to believe there can be more than one Queen, as Ripley herself has been implanted with one.
In the end, if you are a fan of the creatures, then you may find yourself enjoying AvP. Yes, it IS more like "Humans running around scared...and a little bit of actual AvP", but it is entertaining, none the less.
At first glance, the film is a cute, innocent love story, but real life is bittersweet. The heroine, young Yumi, creates life changes for the group of strangers she sees every day. She's not sure she can do anything at all, but finds the power within herself at long last. The film is black and white, the story simple, but elegant. The camera angles reflect Yumi's view, and they especially highlight the dichotomy of large and small spaces within Tokyo's expansive city. The large traffic intersections collide with confining train cars as we watch Yumi run through the city. These visuals create an intriguing backdrop for the character development of Yumi's strangers. Ultimately, it makes this Japanese "Amelie" short, succinct, and sweet with melancholy.