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Very sub-par for Pixar
Our family loves Pixar films, so we eagerly anticipated the release of 'Brave.' However, we were very disappointed. It is the worst Pixar film we've ever seen.
The main character, Merida, is not a lovable heroine like Mulan; instead, she is a whining, bratty child. She has no endearing qualities like one would find in Snow White or Belle.
The plot does not make sense, either. Merida doesn't want to get married and believes if she changes her mother's mind on the matter, she won't have to. Nevermind the culture of the time and pressures of her father and her political system, right? It's nonsense that changing her mother's mind would have any effect on whether or not she'd have to get married.
We hadn't read a lot of reviews before going, so we were a little surprised by the whole plot, which is that Merida's mother is turned into a bear by Merida's selfish act of poisoning her with a cake she gets from a witch. The mother dealing with being in the bear body is funny for about thirty seconds. Unfortunately, it goes on for the majority of the film.
I guess we're supposed to see that mother and daughter find common ground in the woods and come to respect each other. However, emotionally, the film is completely flat. You will not find the loving family bonds from The Incredibles here! And forget about the heart string tugs you saw in Up... not happening in Brave.
The accents are over the top. Yeah, I get it, they're Scottish. But we're not. They could have toned that down a little.
The potty humor and grotesque portrayal of EVERY adult male in the film made it feel more like a lower-class Dreamworks film than a Pixar/Disney.
Overall, very disappointing. Had it been a Dreamworks, it would have been maybe a 7/10, but Pixar has set the bar so high with other films, that we really expected better.
Dolphin Tale (2011)
Uplifting movie, but not the best execution
Our family (mom, dad, 8 year old, 5 year old, 4 year old) saw this movie in a theater. We homeschool our children, and had heard it had a pro- homeschooling message. Also our kids loved Soul Surfer earlier in the year, and this seemed like it'd be similar to that.
Overall, it was a cute movie and good uplifting message. There is definitely a pro-homeschooling message. The boy is failing in traditional public school, and the lessons the summer school teacher is giving him are obviously pointless and not applicable to anything he might do in real life. The dolphin doctor's daughter is homeschooled and seems to be a happy, well-adjusted child.
In general however, the movie is slow and boring. There are only a few exciting parts, and otherwise it drags. Even the scenes with Morgan Freeman were lackluster. And Harry Connick Jr should really stick to singing or Will & Grace. His acting is flat and his character was not at all believable.
I would rate it less than 7/10 if not for the fact that we need more uplifting, wholesome movies like this! The execution just fell short in this case, but the story and the way it was put together to be appealing to both adults and children, was a great idea. I also appreciated that the adults were not made to be villains, as is often the case in movies where children are the main protagonists.
Very good action film, not many disappointments
We saw this movie the day after it came out. We went into the movie with low expectations, because the previews/trailers made it seem very much like many other movies. And, to be fair, it really was similar to movies like Outbreak in many ways, but much better. Outbreak had sort of a TV- movie sort of feel, low budget in many ways. Contagion does not feel low budget at all. The cinematography is outstanding (not something I'd normally notice!), where different scenes have totally different color schemes and feels depending on the location and situation. Matt Damon was amazing as the concerned father, and Kate Winslet was so good as an American epidemiologist, I totally forgot about Rose Dawson.
There were only a handful of scenes that lagged or seemed a bit boring. There is about a two-minute montage of no dialogue, just visuals, that is meant to move the story forward, but it lasts far too long and doesn't give us any new information. It seemed like a bad decision in editing.
Also, from the political standpoint, for much of the film you are given the impression this a very right-wing piece of propaganda, yet at the end you are given an undeniably left-wing perspective as well. I won't spoil it by being any more specific, but just to say - don't get offended to shut down if you think the politics are not what you agree with - it'll likely change before it's over.
Fantastic show! Wanes a bit in season 4
Damages is a fantastic show. It pulls you and hooks you right from episode one, season one.
Glenn Close is pretty dang amazing as Patty Hewes. You mostly want to hate her, but every once in awhile feel such aching empathy for her.
The first season is by far the best. Ted Danson's character is so despicable, it's fun to watch him fall. Season 2 is also very good. Season 3 gets a little boring, but still good. We just wrapped up watching season 4, and I have to say it was considerably more boring than the previous three. The 'main story' of season 4 was not as interesting, and Campbell Scott was not very good as the bad guy (or as anything - I miss his Singles days!).
Overall, very entertaining, well worth your time.
Crazy on the Outside (2010)
boring and flat
This movie should have been good, but just fell flat. I can't put my finger on why exactly. From the first minute, it's boring. The acting is not good, even Sigourney Weaver is not good! The script is flat.
Nothing really happens. We watched this for about 45 minutes and just couldn't take it any longer.
The main character is released from prison and supposedly trying to restart his life. It doesn't make much sense. The grandmother supposedly believes he's been in France for three years rather than prison. The sister (Weaver) is domineering towards her husband but flakes when around her brother. Doesn't make sense. The parts that are supposed to be comedy (Allen's character daydreams about violently attacking various characters) - aren't funny in the slightest.
I felt like it SHOULD have been at least okay, but just wasn't!
Super 8 (2011)
I wish I could give this zero stars. The first fifteen minutes were pretty good. The the train crashes and the whole movie just falls apart, bit by bit. I left to get a drink refill, and when I was re-entering the theater a man was leaving, mumbling, "worst movie ever..." I thought he was being too harsh, but by the end, I agree.
If you've seen ET, The Goonies, and War of the Worlds, then you've already seen Super 8. It's bits and pieces of other movies, chewed up and glued back together. There is not one iota of originality in this whole sorry film. The last five minutes will leave you vomiting into your shoes.
This movie would be maybe 5/10 if it weren't for it's POTENTIAL! With Abrams, Spielberg, and for pete's sake a FANNING! - it should've been awesome. The fact that will all that talent they still managed to produce this enormous piece of poop is what really makes it awful.