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'Frozen' is your typical Disney story about true love, but it's a different kind of true love that made me feel even more touched than a typical Disney love story.
'Frozen' is about a princess who goes on a journey to find her sister, who accidentally uses her ice powers and ends up giving her kingdom an eternal winter. Joined by an ice trader, his best friend, who just so happens to be a reindeer, and a talking snowman, the princess must find her sister and return her to the kingdom before someone else finds her first.
'Frozen' is your typical Disney movie. Fantastic music, humour and animation makes the wheels turn for this fantastic joy ride. Kids will adore the colours and characters that are brought before them, and adults will enjoy the humour and the music that they may remember from older Disney films.
'Frozen' couldn't have come at a better time. With the year lacking great children's films, 'Frozen' comes out just before the holiday season, which is great marketing for Disney considering how many kids will want anything for Christmas that has to do with 'Frozen'. I recommend adults pick up the soundtrack. It's a fantastic listen as the music is just breathtaking.
Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez do a fantastic job bringing this Disney Musical back to what made Disney movies such as Beauty and The Beast and The Little Mermaid amazing. Kristen Bell, who voices Anna and who I've never heard sing before, does a great job keeping up with Broadway star Idina Menzel, who voices Anna's snow queen sister, Elsa. The highlight of the film is Idina Menzel singing the song 'Let It Go'. The emotion and her voice sends shivers down your spine and the scene while she sings it is just absolutely gorgeous to look at. The Demi Lovato version, which plays over the credits, is also very good, but not as good as Idina Menzel.
Josh Gad, who voices Olaf The Snowman, does a great job playing the comedic sidekick character. Olaf adds to a long list of fantastic Disney characters that make you laugh. He does a hilarious musical number about a snowman who wants to take part in summer. The last half of the movie hardly had any music, which I would say would be the only disappointment. You have great performers such as Jonathan Groff, who some may know from Glee, and Idina Menzel. I just felt like they should have sang one more musical number.
'Frozen' is your typical Disney story about true love, but it's a different kind of true love that made me feel even more touched than a typical Disney love story. The bond between siblings is something most of us can relate to, and throughout the film, you feel the bond between these two sisters. Take your children for a day/night out and go see this film. I guarantee the whole family will love it. Also, try to show up for the short film 'Get A Horse', which is a short film staring Mickey and Minnie Mouse. The short film brings back the old school Mickey shorts and gives a modern look to them. It's something you don't want to miss.
'Gravity' will probably be nominated for a bunch of Oscars and I'm honestly praying it wins.
'Gravity' is about two astronauts who are stranded in space as their space shuttle is destroyed by space debris coming from a destroyed satellite. They must struggle to survive and get back to earth before it's too late. I have never seen a film quite like this before. It's visually stunning and has a very emotional element to it that is hard to ignore. I must say, lots of tears were flowing from my eyes. The cinematography is breathtaking. The whole movie felt like I was actually in space with these two astronauts, experiencing what they were experiencing as they tried to get back home.
I saw 'Gravity' in I MAX 3D, which is probably the best format to see it in. The 3D was perfect, and this is coming from a guy who hates 3D. There are only a few films I have seen that actually worked in 3D and this definitely tops them all. Most of the films setting is in space, and I must say, the visuals were absolutely astounding. Every details of space seemed to have been made to absolute perfection. An Oscar for visual effects will be given to this film. If it's not, I've lost hope.
Steven Price's score was the best I've heard in awhile. It's definitely one I'd love to listen to on an off day. The music really made the movie just that much more emotional. Alfonso Cuaron is well known for directed 'Children of Men' and 'Harry Potter And The Prisoner of Azkaban', so we know what the man is capable of. His talents are put on display more than ever in this film. He also wrote the screenplay, which is really well written. There's only so much you can talk about while in space, but the screenplay was perfect with such an emotional impact.
I've always had a soft spot for Sandra Bullock. She always gets to me, whether it would be making laugh or making me cry. She knows how to tell an emotional story and make you feel impacted by it. Her performance in this was amazing, with her ability to make me laugh and cry at the same time. I've never seen anything like this from her before. George Clooney was also great in this film. He played a calm and more laid back character. He has some great one liners as well.
'Gravity' will probably be nominated for a bunch of Oscars and I'm honestly praying it wins. The film was visually and emotional breathtaking and is something that shouldn't be missed. I was originally not going to see it, but decided to take a chance. Thank God I did. I recommend 'Gravity' to someone who just wants to watch a great film. I guarantee you will be in awe throughout the film. The runtime is perfect. At just an hour and a half, you will leave the theatre satisfied. I'm happy that I'm getting to see all these great films. Usually, I skip out on them to go see the blockbusters. I guarantee that won't happen anymore.
12 Years a Slave (2013)
12 Years A Slave is the film of the year.
12 Years A Slave is about a free black man named Solomon Northup, from upstate New York, who gets kidnapped and sold into slavery. The film follows the mans journey to survive and get back his freedom.
I haven't seen a film quite like this before. It's one that doesn't let back on the cruelty and torture that was brought upon slaves in the 1800′s. It's wasn't comfortable to watch at times, but that was the point. You aren't supposed to think slavery is a light topic. 12 Years A Slave is a film that will bring tears to your eyes. They aren't treated this way, but most of these slaves are innocent. Families torn apart to serve others and who get tortured when something wasn't done right or they look at their superiors the wrong way..
The performances were breathtaking. Chiwetel Ejiofor was just brilliant as Solomon Northup, a man who is fighting to survive and get back to his family. You can feel the mans heartbreak and fear just by his facial expressions. That's what makes a fantastic actor. Michael Fassbender, who plays a cruel plantation owner, was also very good. There wasn't a moment where you didn't hate him. Newcomer Lupita Nyong'o was also fantastic and Brad Pitt made his 5 minutes of screen time as powerful and meaningful as he could. He played a Canadian Carpenter who felt strongly about the topic of slavery, and who gives a great speech about his feelings late in the film. Pitt plays the more sensible type in the film, and his performance will bring you to tears when you feel a sense of relief knowing there's a character with a heart like his.
Hans Zimmer has to be one of my favourite composers. His music can break your heart, get your adrenaline pumping or keep you smiling. His music added to the heartbreak of the film. When tears are rolling down your eyes, it's hard to stop from crying out loud when his score comes on. I don't usually comment on a soundtrack, but Hans Zimmer was a fantastic choice for this film.
The film length is perfect. I understand people can't sit through a 2 hour and 20 minute film, but with a film like this, it's great because of the impact the runtime has. You get to feel and see the pain that the slaves have. Needless to say, this film has taught me a lot about history, and how to treat people. To people who are looking for a light fun film, than 12 Years A Slave is not for you. Don't walk on thinking this is going to be all light and fluffy, because I can assure you, it's not for the light hearted. Slaves are being tortured and mistreated in the most brutal ways and you sometimes have to turn away or cover your eyes, but as I said, that's the impact the film is supposed to have on you.
Needless to say, I loved 12 Years A Slave. It was a film that is great for a History class to go and watch. It's a great topic of conversation and will make us think twice about the way we treat people. 12 Years A Slave is the film of the year, but I know, with a year ending soon and still a lot of Oscar films to come, there's still a lot to look forward to. You get a rare type of film every few years. A film that will win a deserving amount of Oscars or will make you want to scream when they don't. This film is that film.
Cloudy 2 is a cute, family friendly film that won't have adults yawning while their kids are jumping for joy.
Cloudy 2 starts where the first left off. Shallow Falls is a mess due to the food storm that Flint's FLDSMDFR machine caused. The characters are forced to leave their homes and later find out it's been invaded by food animals. Scientist Chester V, CEO of Live Corp and Flint's hero, is tasked to clean up the island. He sends the Flint and his friends back to clean it up and deactivate the FLDSMDFR machine before more food animals get made and the problem gets worst.
Cloudy 2 is a cute, family friendly film that won't have adults yawning while their kids are jumping for joy. It has some great laughs and the animation is very colourful for the children. To say I wasn't enthused to see this film wouldn't be a lie. I saw the first one and thought it was very well done, but I just wasn't buying the concept for the second film. The concept, however, worked wonderfully and some of the food animals are deemed the best part of the film, especially a little strawberry named Barry, who is just as cute as any cartoon character you've seen before. He has the best scenes in the film and will put a smile on anyone face.
The actors in the film voice their characters with energy and hilarity. Some of the actors make it impossible for you not to laugh. Some of the highlights are Andy Samberg and Terry Crews, who voice Flint's goofy friends Brent McHale, who dons a chicken costume for most of the film and calls himself Chicken Brent, and Officer Earl Devereaux, a cop that takes his job very seriously. My only issue was with the villain, Chester V. He didn't really do much and I felt to be pretty annoying. He didn't really seem to fit in with the colourful, energetic characters. He, at some points, took a little bit of the energy out of certain scenes. Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 is great night out with the family. It'll make you laugh, but it may scare younger children. The scary food monsters have good intentions, but some kids may not understand that at the beginning and may get overwhelmed by the loud roars and overall appearance.
I was pleasantly surprised with how this film turned out and to say their won't be a third helping to this franchise would probably be a lie, but I won't let it down so easily next time. If you love films like Shrek and you've seen the first Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, be sure to check out this hilarious follow up. I guarantee you'll have a smile on your face at some point during the film.
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Prisoners is a well-acted, disturbing crime-thriller that will make you think about letting your kids wander off alone.
Prisoners is a well-acted, disturbing crime-thriller that will make you think about letting your kids wander off alone. When two little girls are kidnapped, Detective Loki (played by Jake Gyllenhaal) is set out to put together the pieces of the puzzle. He has Alex Jones (played by Paul Dano) in custody, a boy who owns an RV the girls were playing on, but let's him go because he has an IQ of a ten year old and he can find no evidence against him. Convinced Loki's not doing he's job right, Keller Dover (played by Hugh Jackman) takes matters into his own hands and kidnaps Alex and torture him for information about his daughters whereabouts.
The film is a 150 minute disturbing piece of work that will get to you if you have children in your life. It's a dark film that holds onto you and never lets you go. The entire time, I was thinking of my nieces and nephews and I must say, a film has never gotten to me as much as this one did. It was almost like I was in the film, living on what these people were going through, and I must say I was terrified to tears.
The film had a lot of twist and turns. I suggest you don't read any spoilers, as the film is perfect without knowing what happens. Although, this is the type of film where people will probably want to check out spoilers, to know the fate of the young girls, I strongly suggest you don't.
Hugh Jackman, who showed off his vocals and acting skills in Les Miserables, gives us one of the most sinister good guys characters you'll ever see. He's a very talented actor, and I feel an Oscar nomination coming his way. Who really surprised me in this film was Jake Gyllenhaal, who played Detective Loki. His character was very sympathetic to the case and I feel Jake Gyllenhaal deserves kudos for his work. He's grown into an amazing actor. I enjoyed him immensely in End Of Watch.
Prisoners is one of those films you talk about after walking out of the theatre. The film is very twisted and suspenseful and I feel it's runtime was perfect for the film. Keep in mind, the film is very dark. The events that happen in this film can happen in real life, which I hated about the film, but that would be the point of the film. The film can relate to people with children in their lives and you'll just want to go home after the film and hold them. Will I ever see Prisoners again? I'm not too sure I'd want to be put through the haunting experience again. One things for sure, it was an amazing film.
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Curse of Chucky (2013)
Curse Of Chucky strays away from the Comedy aspect that Bride Of Chucky and Seed Of Chucky brought to us and goes back to the Horror aspect that the originals were loved for.
Curse Of Chucky is a straight-to-video Horror sequel to the Child's Play series. The film is about Nica, a paraplegic girl who gets a package delivered to her. The package ends up being Chucky, a doll possessed by a serial killer. Nica is unaware of his capabilities and who sent it. Nica's mother throws Chucky in the trash, only for her mother to be found dead the same night, a death that is speculated to be suicide. Nica's family comes to her home to live there, as her sister and Nica are given the house, only for Nica's niece to find the doll, deciding to keep it as her own. The doll comes to life, and starts picking off people one by one.
Curse Of Chucky strays away from the Comedy aspect that Bride Of Chucky and Seed Of Chucky brought to us and goes back to the Horror aspect that the originals were loved for. Believe it or not, Curse Of Chucky delivers, most of the time, with the scares. There are a lot of twists and turns that keep you connected with the original films. The film concentrates a lot on character development for the first 45 minutes of the film, and than the mayhem ensues. I felt the film could have jumped into it a little quicker, as I felt I was waiting to long for things to happen. What could have been left out was the lesbian relationship between Nina's sister and the nanny. It was very unnecessary and ruined the build up for me. It was one of those "WTF" moments that didn't really fit in. Other than that, the film introduces the characters wonderfully.
If you are a Chucky fan, than you'll love the story. The story is put together nicely. It connects the originals and the spoof films (Bride of Chucky and Seed Of Chucky) together to make a beautiful finale that I did not see coming. You'll finally get a finality to the series. This is a straight-to-video film that probably should have been released in theatres. It didn't feel like a straight-to video Horror film. Whether people would go see it in theatre is debatable, however, as people may feel the film has ran it's course. It has a few scares that I didn't even expect for a Chucky movie. Child's Play was probably my most feared Horror franchise when I was a child. There was something about a doll killing people that I just found scary as hell. Bride Of Chucky and Seed Of Chucky, though stupidly fun, ruined that for me. I wouldn't count those as Child's Play films, as they take away about what we loved about Chucky. I no longer feared to have my dolls in my room while I slept.
Brad Dourif, who's been the voice of Chucky since day 1, is as amazing as ever in this instalment. His sinister laugh and creepy voice has become a trademark for Chucky and I can't think of anybody else who could play him. Fiona Dourif, who plays Nica and is Brad Dourif's daughter, was amazing in this film. She brought a good "Scream Queen" vibe to her role. She was a big surprise to me.
If you're a fan of Horror, and can forgive some of the clichés in the film, than you'll love Curse Of Chucky. it brings a lot of twist and turns that I wouldn't have expect in a straight- to-video horror film. If you do watch, make sure to stay tuned after the credits for a nice surprise.
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The Hangover Part III (2013)
The Hangover 3 is probably the worst in the trilogy, even losing out to the lack-luster 2nd instalment that everyone found to be too dull and boring.
The Hangover 3 is the conclusion to the trilogy. The story revolves around Alan, who has been off his medication for awhile and is up to a lot of bizarre Behaviour. The Wolf Pack, which consists of his friends Stu, Doug and Phil, takes Alan on a road trip to Arizona to get some help, only for them to get stopped by Marshall. Marshall is after his half of precious gold that Leslie Chow stole from him, and taking Doug as insurance, he tells the rest of the wolf pack that they must get Chow and his half of the gold to Marshall in three days or else Doug will die. How are the Wolf Pack involved, you ask? Well, you need to watch to find out. That's if, you can survive the first 20 minutes.
The Hangover 3 is probably the worst in the trilogy, even losing out to the lack-luster 2nd instalment that everyone found to be too dull and boring. The Hangover 3 manages to take away most of the comedy aspect of the first two and turn it into a dark thriller, which some may find a little bit too much to handle. The film manages to let you know what your in for in the first 5 minutes, with Alan driving with Giraffe on the highway only for him to decapitate it and cause a big accident. The scene is probably the funniest thing about the film, but even than, the scene wasn't even funny.
The first hangover is probably one of the funniest movies I've ever seen, so to top that would be impossible. The Hangover 2, while at least tried to be wildly funny, was basically the same as the first The Hangover, but had nothing much to offer. The third strays away from "The Hangover" formula and goes into a less comedic, more thriller type film. The film fails in that aspect and makes us wish the series ended after the first.
I bought this film thinking I was going to get something funny. I love the first Hangover and could tolerate the second, but I didn't know this film would be this dull. It had nothing going for it, and concentrated too much on Leslie Chow and Alan, who may have stole the show in the first Hangover, but you get tired of them in this one. Maybe you can't have too much of a good thing.
Man of Steel (2013)
Man of Steel isn't short on action.
Man of Steel tells the origins of Superman, starting from his birth on Krypton to him learning to belong and becoming Superman on Earth. Superman must come to know more about his past so he could understand his special abilities. General Zod learns of Superman's destination and goes after him to get something that could help revive the deceased planet of Krypton, but not while putting the people of Earth, and Earth itself, in danger.
Man of Steel isn't short on action. The last hour is basically non stop destruction, while the first hour and 20 is basically Superman's beginnings. The action gets a little over-the-top, with characters getting thrown through buildings and I mean A LOT of buildings. Millions of people die as buildings are collapsing. It just gets a little too much. Although, the special effects were very well down and some of the action scenes were fun to watch. The random zoom-in during scenes were sometimes annoying. It was a bit overused, but it worked at times, especially when Superman was flying.
The dialogue gets a little hilarious at times. A scene in particular is when General Zod, while fighting superman yells, "either I die or you do." I couldn't help but think to myself, who wrote that line? Of course, one of you are going to die. Superman obviously knows that. It was just one line I just couldn't stop thinking about after the film.
Obviously, the few lines with dodgy dialogue weren't the actors fault. As a matter of fact, the acting was actually very good. Henry Cavill played a very good Superman/Clark Kent. He was quiet, but he looked great in the costume and looked exactly the way I envisioned Superman. Michael Shannon always plays a great bad guy. He was very animated as General Zod, and like I said, his few dodgy lines weren't his fault. He made the best of his character. Russell Crowe and Kevin Costner were also good as the emotional characters. Russell Crowe plays Superman's biological father Jor-El and Kevin Costner who plays the "adoptive" father Jonathan Kent. The two fathers love their son and just want to see them be the best man he could be.
The music was also very good. I always love Hans Zimmer's work. His work in The Dark Knight was a particular favourite for me. He never fails to make an action scene that much more epic or a emotional scene that much more emotional.
I've never followed Superman very closely, so I can't compare it to the comic book or the old movies. All I know is that the film didn't mention Kryponite and there was no Lex Luther, which is okay with me because I knew it was an Origin story. I enjoyed Man of Steel. I waited awhile to see it, but I must say it was worth the wait and I will probably buy it eventually. I can forgive it for its flaws. I'm excited for the Batman vs Superman sequel coming out in 2015. Let's hope there's less random zoom in scenes.
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The Lone Ranger (2013)
The Lone Ranger is dumb fun, with a bunch of Corny Jokes from scene-stealing Johnny Depp.
The Lone Ranger is about a man of the law turned outlaw, John Reid (Played by Armie Hammer), who's brother was killed and him wounded by a man out to find some possessions that will make him rich. Reid is joined by Tonto (Played by Johnny Depp), a Native-American warrior who is trying to help John Reid, while having his own problems with the law.
I have never watched The Lone Ranger prior to this adaptation so I have nothing to compare this to. I can't say if it was a perfect adaptation of the television series, so I'll just review it as if it was a lone movie and not an adaptation.
While watching, I didn't know how to feel about what was going on. The writing was pretty bland and the acting wasn't great but i was so mesmerized by the set pieces and Johnny Depp that I just found it so hard not to enjoy, but with a runtime of 150 minutes, you tend to get restless and just want it to end.
The movie starts a long while after the events happen, with a kid talking to an older Tonto at a museum. Old Tonto then tells the kid the story about The Lone Ranger. They could have done without this, as I felt jumping back and forth from the story to the story teller was often confusing, and made the pacing a bit uneven.
The Lone Ranger is dumb fun, with a bunch of Corny Jokes from scene-stealing Johnny Depp. The problem I had was with the "emotional" back stories. I've seen films lately where the back story had little meaning to the impact of the film. It should be more emotional so we can feel more for the character. It shouldn't be mentioned and not reacted to because you tend to forget why this is all going on, and then when they refer to it late, you wonder what's happening. The movie jumped from a scene and would refer back to that scene after a half hour, making it hard to keep track with what was happening.
The music was great. Hans Zimmer never disappoints with his scores and I found the action sequences to be more enjoyable and intense. His work resembled the work he did in Pirates Of The Caribbean, which also directed by Gore Verbinski.
The action was great. It was sometimes overkill a little. Sometimes, you just wanted it to end. You've seen the actors jump from one train to the other like six times before the sequence actually ends and you get pretty sick of it.
The acting was pretty bland. The dialogue was sometimes boring and hard to follow, and the actors seemed to be overacting just a tad bit. It may have been that they didn't have much to work on from the script though.
You can't go wrong with Johnny Depp. His dumb humour makes for good fun. I enjoy his work and I think he has a lot more great work to come.
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2 Guns (2013)
2 Guns is a great film for those who love a great action movie.
2 Guns is about 2 men, one DEA and one Naval intelligence officer, who know each other as criminals and not as what they are. When they go to a bank to rob the money that belongs to a drug kingpin to convict him of money laundering, they realize they've been set up and a whole bunch of bad guys commence and try to kill them for stealing the money. There are a lot of twists and turn as we learn the secrets of why they are after the two for stealing the money. Both are betrayed by their people and mayhem ensues as they are forced to figure out the clues to why they were set up and are finding troubles on who to trust.
2 Guns is one of those movies that you have to pay attention to throughout the whole movie, as there is so much information to take in. Every thing ties up nicely at the end so it's very hard to be confused, but if you don't want to wait that long to figure it all out, I suggest you pay attention. I'd compare this to such films as Safe House, which also stars Denzel Washington, which I do recommend.
The chemistry between Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg were great. They looked like they were having fun with their buddy roles. It's not everyday you see a movie when Denzel Washington is having fun with his role. He usually plays the serious types in this movie. In 2 Guns, he was the serious one while Mark Wahlberg was the smart-ass comic relief, but when the two are paired together, they feed off each other nicely and it makes for a fun ride.
The action wasn't too over-the-top. It was violent at times, but it didn't go to overboard at making it too much action and less story. That is what I enjoy about action movies. You can still have your adrenaline pumping with the action but still be attached to the story. This is one of those movies that doesn't stray too far with what's going on, and doesn't make it hopeless to follow. When all is said and done, you find the resolution to be quite relieving as you didn't find yourself confused.
The movie had a lot of funny moments. Most of them coming from Mark Wahlberg. We've seen him in comedies such as Ted and The Other Guys, but we haven't seen him have this much fun. He didn't take him role seriously and him and Washington fed off together perfectly.
2 Guns is a great film for those who love a great action movie. Action isn't just all about the shooting and the car chases. Action needs to have more feeling and purpose then that. I feel 2 Guns had that feeling and purpose as the story made you feel for the characters. You really wanted them to get out of this situation because you knew and understood the danger they were in. They had nowhere to go but they knew they had each other to get by.
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