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Outstanding return for Indy
I've never heard of a sequel that has been so hated and this is about a movie that is just as good as the rest in the series! I've heard people complain about the Gophers, Monkies, Fridge, and Alien, but the gophers and monkies are only there for a few seconds! What is there to complain about if they're just there for a few seconds? The fridge was a little far fetched but there has been more far fetched things than that in the series. Example? When the tank goes over the cliff in Last Crusade, it does not tell you how Indy survives while in Crystal Skull you can see him figuring out a way to save himself from the nuclear blast. Of course everyone seems to forget that it is just a movie. Spielberg was inspired by the James Bond book series by Ian Fleming, where the main character always escaped near death situations, that is what it's about. Simple as that. And the Alien? Was it that much of a surprise. No, it wasn't. It was in the title "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull", did nobody else know that the Crystal Skulls are believed to be alien? There was loads of documentaries on television preparing for this films release. Was I the only one who watched them? The only problem with the alien was that it was computer generated. It's design was a homage to the B-movies of the 1950's and it makes sense because the film takes place in the 1950's.
Everyone also seems to think that Aliens do not belong in an Indiana Jones movie. That is going overboard, the Indiana Jones film series is about Fantasy and Science Fiction. Did everyone forget about the ghosts, voodoo dolls, beating hearts being ripped out through use of magic, and a seemingly immotral knight from the twelfth century? But no one will accept aliens? People say that the movies focus on a religious artifact, but this movie was. To the natives, the Alien was a God, and Indy and his friends were returning the skull of the God. It's that simple.
Everyone seems to forget what the film series is about: tributes to Adventure serials and B-Movies.
Another point that must be mentioned is that Indy is still Indy, only older. And besides, Marion is brought back, after disappointing leading ladies such as Willie and Ilsa, Marion is brought back and we finally get to see the two tie the knot. However if had watched The Young Idiane Jones Chronicles it showed Indy having a daughter and grandchildren just making you wonder who he eventually married and this movie showing Indy and Marion get married was that big of a surprise even after it was revealed who Mutt's true father was, however it was not that much of a surprise since the character was made-up to resemble both Indy and Marion. Besides that, Mutt is a likable character and is fun to watch interact with his father, which caused Indy to become a more responsible character and to remind the audience that Indy is older and wiser.
And now we have new the new characters such as our villain, Spalko. She speaks in an over the top accent that pays tribute to the B-Movie villains making her an enjoyable villain. She is also very capable and an expert swordswoman making her all the more threatening as she attempts to get the Crystal Skull.
The action scenes are fantastic which is what made the movies so incredible. They once again pay homage to Adventure Serials and we get to see the Ark of the Covenant in one of them. Also you can tell that they include all of the characters and that the stakes are high as well as having one tribute to the Tarzan films of the 30's and 50's.
To conclude this review, I must say and I know you will agree with me, that this movie is a great return to the big screen for the greatest Adventurer of all.
The Dark Knight (2008)
I really don't know what went wrong with this movie. This is the worse Batman movie ever. The only good performance was Aaron Eckhart's. Now for my warning of what to expect if you want to see this movie.
Christian Bale was simply terrible. His Bruce Wayne portrayal was similar to Adam West's. His Batman portrayal on the other hand sounded like he had lung cancer mixed with a rip off of Kevin Conroy's portrayal. He was good in Reign of Fire, but he was terrible in this. They should have gotten Kevin Conroy to do a live portrayal.
Now for Heath Ledger as the joker. Yes, I know he is dead. Boo hoo, give it a break, he was like Cesar Romero on steroids. He also seemed like a Mark Hamill rip off. His performance was terrible. You never wanted to laugh with him, you didn't feel anything for him. Now I seriously hope that someone else can redeem this role in the live action portrayals.
Now for the supporting cast. Michael Caine, I preferred him in A Muppets Christmas Carol. He just seemed to bland as Alfred in this, to much like Alan Napeir and Efrem Zimbalist Junior. Personally I think they should have gotten David McCallum to do this role. Gary Oldman, he was good in other movies, specifically Bram Stoker's Dracula. But in this once again, he seemed like a modern version Neil Hamilton's portrayal mixed with Bob Hastings portrayal. Nolan should have hired Jim Meskimen for this role. I already said that Aaron Echart as Two Face was the thing that almost saved this, so I won't repeat myself.Now for Maggie Gyllenhaal as Rachael Dawes. Now I must say that she is better than Katie Holmes, so she too almost saves this movie. Morgan Freeman was unfortunately not good in this, I don't know why they couldn't have gotten Kevin Michael Richardson to do this role in live action. Eric Roberts was fantastic as Sal Maroni. He is one of the few to have given a good performance in this. Colin Mcfarlane was also one of the good actors in this.
The action scenes were just going overboard. No more is needed as an explanation.
The story, it was bland, boring, and colourless. I can't believe I payed good money to see something like this.
Well now you know why not to see this.
A New type of Mummy
This was a fantastic movie. First off we are not seeing the usual Egyptian mummy but a Chinese one this time. Just that made it good.
While most people don't like Maria Bello as Evelyn, I must say she is better than Rachel Weisz. She is a complete improvement over Weisz's out of place acting. I must say that she was also more interesting.
The fact that people are complaining about a mummy movie outside of Egypt must have not realized that more than one ancient culture mummified their dead. This movie made a big risk with going outside of Ehypt which I congratulate the film-makers for. This is a good movie. Whoever it is who hates it must have been a few tea cups short of a full set. This is a great movie, and you can enjoy it over and over again.
However I shouldn't give it too much praise. Brendan Fraiser and John Hannah are not as good in this one as in the previous movies. So I don't recommend this for Fraiser or Hannah fans.
The Mummy's Hand (1940)
Half Terrific, Half-Terrible, All Excellent!
I'm going to start this review by saying I hate remakes. Want proof? Just look at my review for Peter Jackson's King Kong. I'm actually torn between loving and hating this movie. I love it because it is a classic. I love classics. I hate it because it is a remake.
If I had not known of this movie before I had bought, I would have guessed that by the title it had something to do with the ring on Im-Ho-Tep's hand from "The Mummy". What I got instead was a refreshing re-imagining of the genre. It was really good. I'm not going to give away too much, but I will leave you with this. The mummy in this, Kharis is a far more tragic character than Im-Ho-Tep who is a far more sympathetic character than Kharis. With that said, I hope you enjoyed my short review and I hope you enjoy this movie.
King Kong (2005)
A Pretender to the Throne
Where do I start with this thing? Oh I know, the leading lady.
Naomi Watts was annoying. When I saw this in the theatre I wished I had brought a bottle of Tylenol. She really did give me a head-ache.
As for the supporting cast, Jack Black was just being an Orson Welles rip-off and was just too obvious for the part. Adrien Brody on the other hand, he was boring. They should have given the role of Jack Driscoll to Kyle Chandler or Evan Parke. The rest of the supporting cast were bland and uninteresting.
Now for those oh not so special special effects. I'll make this short. It looked like a video game! As for Kong, he just looked too human, not creative enough in the design, movement, and behaviour. They could have just run the movie without him.
As for the story, it was long. To much, it was over the top, and was really just trying to be better than the original. You can't top the original.
Well there is my review for this. If you want to see King Kong go buy/rent the original. There is only one King Kong and this is a pretender to the throne.
Jonah Hex (2010)
When I saw this movie I thought it was fantastic. I still do. It gives us a nice change from seeing animated versions of Jonah Hex.
Now Josh Brolin was a good choice, in fact he was as good a choice as George Clooney as Batman, better than Michael Keaton and Val Kilmer, but that's not the point. The point is that Jonah Hex is the character he was in the comics. If you ask me the way they made him seem like a "Van Helsing rip-off" as the critics/idiots say, is more of a nod to the comic series entitled "Hex" in which Jonah is transported into the future and becomes a Mad Max type of character. It was also interesting of how Jonah had the power to briefly bring the dead back to life. Maybe DC will make an Eleseworlds storyline using that idea for Jonah. Furhter more the minor of change of how he got the scar and why he has his vendetta with Turnbull was interesting.
Megan Fox as Tallulah Black was an interesting choice. When I first heard she was going to be in this I said "What the ugly girl from Transformers?", when I saw her in this I thought she was a good choice. Alright maybe she was missing the scars that Tallulah had in the comics but I think that if they had that in the movie the critics would have criticized this wonderful piece of work even more.
As for John Malkovich, what can I say? He was made for the role of Turnbull and he also made it more interesting than in the comics. But you will have to decide that bit for yourself.
Anyways it is a good movie, my rating is 10/10. See it, love it!