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Wonder Woman (2017)
Really wanted to love it
This movie had everything I could want: A female lead, Chris Pine, and fantastic reviews. I went in with high expectations, excited to see this film that nearly everyone was praising, and for its part, it did sort of fulfill those expectations... until the last third of the film.
The first two thirds of Wonder Woman were exactly what I'd read online; they were fun, funny, and exciting. Gal Gadot is charismatic, entertaining, and really connects with the audience. The chemistry between her and Chris Pine is fantastic; their banter in the first two-thirds of the film is really what makes it worth watching. Enter Lucy Davis and the film becomes even more fun.
The fun is what keeps the film afloat and keeps the audience engaged, and the fun is what is suddenly sacrificed in the third act. The movie abruptly switches from refreshingly light-hearted to tiresomely typical of a comic book movie. The villain reveal is obvious, but I could forgive that if the show down were at least interesting. Instead, it is reminiscent of just about every comic book movie and quite frankly becomes boring. The fun, smart dialogue and pacing is sacrificed for an overly long, predictable, and clichéd fight scene. All of the emotional and character-based build-up is set aside and I found myself honestly not that affected by any of the sacrifices or revelations. Overall, it was seriously boring and Ares was a waste of a potentially great David Thewlis.
This disappointment is in addition to the excess of characters suddenly introduced halfway through the film. We see Etta fairly early on, so I expected her to have a larger role - and I was quite looking forward to that because I enjoyed her, Diana, and Steve on screen together - but she was set aside for three predictable and forgettable characters, who were half-developed and honestly quite pointless. The three could have easily been combined into one, which maybe would have given the audience a chance to connect with him.
Overall, I found it a little difficult to review and rate this movie. As I said, I enjoyed the beginning and the middle and would rate those a solid 8.5/10. However, it falls apart at the end and quickly checks every genre cliché that it had so deftly previously avoided. It's worth seeing, but it's not the game changer that internet would have you think it is.
The Circle (2017)
Near the beginning of the film, Mae is asked what she's most afraid of. She responds, "unfulfilled potential." Well, Mae, you must be really scared of this movie because that's exactly what it is.
I went to see this, despite all of the negative reviews, primarily for being a fan of several of the actors; in this respect, I wasn't disappointed. I found all of the performances - especially John Boyega's and Karen GIllan's - enjoyable. Overall, from the performance standpoint, I thought the movie was decent, even if John Boyega (who plays the most interesting character in the movie, by far) was criminally underused. I enjoyed the music, as well.
Where the movie starts to fall apart, however, is in its structure. I found myself thinking about it afterwards, trying to figure out what about it that is just off.
I came to this conclusion: It's as if they filmed an outline or a rough draft of the film. The major plot points are there, some of the characters are developed, but the film just isn't connected yet. There are a lot of flat characters and subplots that could be further explored, and definitely some things to be trimmed. The climax of the film seems to be in an awkward place as well, almost as if it should take place 15 minutes earlier, or the movie should be a bit longer (even though it was already dragging).
In the end, I don't think it's nearly as bad as a lot of people are saying; I certainly don't regret seeing it. I just wish the film had fulfilled its potential because I really think it could have been quite good.
My recommendation: Either wait for the second-run theater or for the DVD. If you don't want to wait and want see it for the actors (like I did), I'd say go ahead and go, but just don't expect too much out of it.
Phil of the Future (2004)
I'm a 14 year old, who, like many my age, do not enjoy disclosing they like to watch the Disney Channel. I was obsessed when I was younger, and once again became slightly addicted due to this show.
There was nothing else on TV so I resorted to watching this, which I soon discovered I truly enjoyed. Phil of the Future has just the right amount of humor and humanity to not make it cheesy, but to make it a Disney Channel Show.
It is easily the most creative and best cast. I will be sad to see it go, and it's cancellation may discourage my Disney Channel viewing, however I truly did enjoy it.
V for Vendetta (2005)
When I entered the theater I was hoping to see a movie that I would add to my favorites list. A movie that would have many different emotions. I was hoping to see a great film. The movie went above my expectations.
In the first 10 or so minutes, I worried that there would be nothing but violence... but the next scene threw that out the door. With a bombardment of "v" words who couldn't smile? This film didn't only have humor and violence... it had so much more. More that you just cannot explain. For example: right when you have a serious point in the film, someone will ask a question... the answer will be so simple that you almost laugh.
Almost nothing turned out the way I expected, and I'm normally pretty good at figuring out endings. When it was over I just stared at the screen, as did my friend and my mom. It was over... yet not.
On the way home you just keep thinking. It feels as if everything you once thought was taken out of your head, then replaced, but with a new thought too. Will this really happen? that's one thing you wonder. This is a film you will want to see more that once, as you are blown away the first time.
This movie will not be my favorite... for reasons I'm not sure. It will be a movie I will buy and watch a few times for sure, but it just cannot be classified as my favorite... it's just not it's style. It doesn't seem right.
And also... as I went to sleep that night, I could not get Guy Fawkes face or the 1812 Overture out of my head. :)
Date Movie (2006)
Worse Than Cough Syrup Mixed With Old Milk....
I went to this movie hoping to have a bit of fun at guessing the movies it spoofed. I always was, of course, looking for a good laugh. What I got was a disgusted feeling. This movie was easily the worst I've ever seen. The only funny scene that I saw was about 5 seconds... the Star Wars spoof. But then, I only stayed for about 20 minutes because I couldn't stand it. It was just so disgusting, stupid, perverted and any other synonyms of those words.
PLEASE do not waste your money on this film. It will just waste part of your life. There is nothing funny about this movies, unless you like watching sick things. I wish I had asked for my money back, but luckily another movie had just started in the theatre next door.
I wish I could give this movie a negative number. Do not waste your money on this piece of crap. I'm warning you.
Finding Neverland (2004)
Amazing, simply superb
When you enter the movie theater you expect to see a mildly interesting film. With average child actors, a talented adult cast, and most important, the one and only Johnny Depp. But, Finding Neverland is much more than that.
It starts with Johnny portraying the legendary J.M. Barrie. He has not had much luck with his recent plays that send even the most important people in London off to sleep. He needs some inspiration, and that just happens to come from a family he finds in the park one day. The Davies brothers just lost their father due to cancer of the jaw.
Their mother, Sylvia( Kate Winslet) is having a tough time making ends meet. George(Nick Roud), Jack(Joe Prospero) and Michael (Luke Spill) have begun getting over their father's death. Peter (Freddie Highmore), the second youngest, is still mourning. One look at Freddie and you're blown away. He acts like someone with 20 years of experience. When J.M. ("James") decides to put on a fantastical show with his dog pretending to be a circus bear, the other boys are thrilled, while Peter says "it's just a dog."
James quickly becomes very dear to the Davies. Everyone except their Grandmother(Julie Christie), who does not believe that a widow should be around a married man, especially when his relationship with his wife is not going well. Sylvia does not listen to her mother and has James over often. It is best for Peter, for he is slowly warming up to James.
Throughout his time with the Davies, James has begun writing a masterpiece, Peter Pan. He soon submits the script to Charles Frohman(Dustin Hoffman), the producer of his plays. Charles is desperate for a success, and accepts it, even though he thinks that it's rubbish. It turns out to be the best choice of his life.
This film is like you were watching the first showing of Peter Pan. The cast is superb, the direction is amazing, the screenplay is incredible. Everything flows perfectly. There isn't one part I would change. This is one of the best films I've seen and I'm sure it will remain that way for many years. Grade A