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SGU Stargate Universe (2009)
If you like the old stuff, don't ruin your memory of it with this....
Being a massive fan of this amazing Stargate franchise I expected to see all of the main features that made the original Stargate SG-1 good and what made its spin off Stargate Atlantis so enjoyable to watch. However watching this series has led be to lose all hope in the Stargate series completely.
Firstly, great plot. I think everyone had always wondered where the final chevron on the Stargate took them. The short but satisfying appearances of the original stars Richard Dean Anderson and various others really added to its first episode, and got me gripped immediately. The action that started when the Lucian Alliance attacked was brilliant to watch with clearly improved CGI and action sequences. But from the point they got onto the ship, it all went down hill. Both for the characters and for the viewer. It almost felt like an episode of a soap opera. The main storyline consisted of finding the relevant materials to make the life support work, the next was about water. Catching my drift? It was boring, the characters were vastly over acting in places and it was hard to keep up with all of the underhand comments they were making to one another. It was as if they made an attempt to make the series "edgy" with its over dramatized camera angles and movement along with constant feeling of death through the next door. Along with this the lack of humour as seen in all of the other series really dulled my experience of watching the show. They truly did not take into consideration the things that previous Stargate fans used to love and the foundations that made the original series so darn good!.
Overall a severe disappointment as a fan of the franchise. I really hope that for any future series they take into consideration the needs of the fans and stop trying to fix something that isn't broken!
Being the last book of the Harry Potter series you would expect all of the lose ends to finally be answered, however in this film I feel as though things were missed, events that would of made the film so much more than it was.
Of course they would split the arguably most important part of the franchise into two. But now looking at it, i wish they hadn't. Yes i love the cartoonish like graphics for the retelling of the Deathly Hallows story brilliantly narrated by Emma Watson but I found the entire film to be on the verge of boring. That says a lot since all previous films have been in my opinion outstanding. This film concentrates on to much of the storyline and no action. It lacks any gripping scenes and almost makes you want to fall asleep in the long conversations the characters have about nothing.
However, i do see why they decided to follow this course of the splitting of the book. But i feel that they have forgotten the main audience to this franchise. Young people. These people are less likely to want storyline and are more wanting of action and dramatic death scenes instead of discussions about "what are we going to do now?". That being said Dobby's death scene had to be one of the most emotional scenes in the whole film. It was truly heart wrenching the way the characters reacted and the sound of the lovable dobby's voice slipping away. That scene was pure class, was a shame we had to wait most of the film for that one moment however.
Overall the film needed more "lets go" and less "lets sit and talk about it", but if your a true lover of Harry Potter, i cant see why this film isn't an acceptable penultimate film to the franchise.
Great for the eyes, dull for the brain
For the eyes, this film hits it on the spot with its high quality CGI and convincing almost real looking battle scenes between the now well known transformer auto bots. The scenes of huge explosions and mind blowing action scenes will leave you on the edge of your seat. However, like previous films the storyline is weak, and this time Imean REALLY weak. Although in someways believable, the storyline has so many plot holes that leave you thinking "why did he not do that earlier?" and moments like "come on, kill him already!". This would be great for the younger audience but is almost belittling the older audiences to this film. The actors also lack some of the most basic acting skills. Carly (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley) lacks one of the most basic needs of an actor. Emotion. Her performances are completely dull, her face couldn't look more boring. Of course the casters only wanted her for her "outstanding" good looks, but you'll soon become fed up of her scenes which lack any depth and any sense of realism. This includes the many incredibly cheesy love scenes between Sam and Carly where there "loving" relationship which is portrayed in all of the stereotypical ways you would expect to see, but acted so incredibly badly.
Overall, this film is great for its CGI, but if your IQ is higher than 12, this is not a film to be taken seriously.