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Get Smart (2008)
A Hilarious Spy-Spoof with a Stellar Cast and Clever Writing
For those of you who think that a remake of an old TV show is never good, I challenge you to watch "Get Smart" and not laugh. It is nearly impossible. I went into it as skeptical as possible, but couldn't believe how well it turned out. Steve Carell is ideally cast as Maxwell Smart, a bumbling but lovable CONTROL agent who is paired with the unbelievably beautiful Agent 99 (Anne Hathaway) to combat their nemesis, KAOS. I won't reveal any of the jokes, that is part of the fun of watching the movie, but I will say that Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has one of his best roles, and the same goes for Alan Arkin as The Chief, who has a problem with people not pronouncing words correctly. Also with some hilarious roles (and cameos) are Bill Murray, David Koechner and Terry Crews. Watch the movie and you will not be disappointed.
Morning Glory (2010)
A Sleeper Comedy That Didn't Get It's Due
I, being an avid fan of Harrison Ford, watched this movie for him, but came out with a love for everything about this film. As I said, I watched this movie for Harrison Ford, already somewhat fond of Diane Keaton and Jeff Goldblum, but with almost no idea about who Rachel McAdams was. After the fact I did some research into he she is, and found that people call her "the next Julia Roberts" and Morning Glory was simply a star vehicle. I disagree.
This film used a burnt out premise and gave it new life. For one thing, Rachel McAdams might be the next Julia Roberts, as her young innocence and naivety help develop the character that is constantly evolving during the film. Secondly, the support of veterans Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton. Ford plays a character I have never seen out of him, that of a old man who feels betrayed by his profession, and Keaton is the perfect diva for her role, as if she was born for it. Finally, the backup of Goldblum as the cynical Studio Producer is funny as well.
The supporting cast of the colorful news team and behind the scenes players as well just add to the heartwarming fun. I will leave the details for the movie, but Keaton's original broadcast partner has an interesting hobby and their field reporter gets deeper into the field than he anticipated. As the credits started, I found myself laughing and smiling like I haven't done for a movie in a long time. If you haven't seen this movie, do so. Would I recommend it? To anyone that will listen. Would I buy it? I already own it.
Real Steel (2011)
Real Steel is a decent movie with some decent acting, but not a whole lot of new premises or outcomes.
The main plot is Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman) is a former boxer who now works in the robot boxing game, using bad bot after bad bot. He is really down on his luck until he gets reunited with his son, the means of which are not the most fatherly, and they discover a small sparring bot in the junkyard.
The rest of the movie is pretty predictable, and the lines are the same as every other drama to come before it. Two things about this movie I really liked; Number 1, the action of the boxing scenes, which were truly spectacular (coming from a die-hard Rocky fan) with the CGI and the robots just beating the snot out of each other. Number 2 is Hugh Jackman's acting. The only really good acting in the whole film, and his acting really saved the movie for me. Other than those two things, the music at the end is pretty good as well.
Would I recommend it to my friends? Yes, but I would advise them to wait and order it on the on demand service instead of spending the extra money at the theater, because this movie might not be for everyone.
The Blues Brothers (1980)
A Hysterical Musical with Saturday Night Live at Heart
The Blues Brothers is a great movie with an ensemble cast consisting of comedic geniuses and blues and soul legends. John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd star as the delinquent, orphaned brothers Jake and Elwood Blues from a religious orphanage in Calumet City, Illinois. Upon Jake's release from prison he learns that Elwood traded the Bluesmobile for a microphone and their orphanage is going under. Hot on the trail of the two brothers is ace cop Burton Mercer (John Candy) who, in pursuit of the brothers gets a building collapsed on him and ends up with the loss of three orange whips. A traffic hold-up leads to the Blues Brothers crossing the Illinois Nazi Party, and thanks to a case of stolen identity, the band is also pursued by The Good Ol' Boys. The final (and possibly most dangerous of the brothers pursuers) is a Mystery Woman (Carrie Fischer) who has a death wish for Jake. The way the Blues Brothers decide to raise the money is to reassemble their old Blues-Rhythm and Revue band, the aptly named Blues Brothers Band that originated in the early days of Saturday Night Live. Along the hilarious route they meet and sing with such music greats as Aretha Franklin, James Brown and Ray Charles. Not only does this comedy remind us of the Not-Ready for Primetime Players, it combines in musical numbers so naturally that no one assumes the movie is a musical. The movie overall not only lives up to your expectations from writers like Aykroyd and John Landis, it exceeds them and makes you want to watch the movie multiple times. The Blues Brothers end up on the chase of a lifetime, but cannot be caught because "They're on a mission from God!"
Fast Five (2011)
Better than I expected!
Now, I am not a fan of racing movies, but this was not a racing movie! Although that may disappoint some Fast and Furious lovers, action movie lovers rejoice! Fast Five is full of exciting action scenes, gorgeous women and fast cars! If you come to the theater with a hunger to see someone get the living hell beat out of him, you are going to leave full and satisfied! Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson both play amazing roles, and their actual personality shines through their characters, which truly makes a movie a good movie. Fast Five is in chronological order with the other movies, and is just what long time fans would expect from a Fast and Furious movie. Even the ending is a HUGE twist and is hard to see coming. Should you go see Fast Five? YES!