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I walked out of the theater feeling the same way I did back in 2007
after seeing Spider-Man 3. The film was very bloated. It was a simple
plot, but at the same time I felt overwhelmed with all these
characters, action and effects. It was a lot to keep up with.
I think the plot was the main problem. As stated in the title, it just seemed like a bunch of monotonous fighting. Basically the whole movie was: they fought each other, then they fought a bunch of bad guys. Hulk would throw a bad guy through a wall, Thor would hit someone with his hammer, Captain America would pop in and throw his shield at somebody etc... and it just went on and on and on. It was boring as hell. This is how I feel about Transformers. It's just 3 hours of big CGI robots fighting. Action scenes are suppose to leave you leaning on the edge of your seat.
The Avengers are all practically invincible, so what's the point? When you have two seemingly unstoppable characters fighting, there's nothing much at stake, so it gets boring. You could say the same about Superman II, and Freddy Vs. Jason, but those were exciting as hell to watch. I'm thinking it's cause they had better stories and weren't crammed full of crap. We seem to live in a quantity over quality society, and I don't understand why. It's always just MORE MORE MORE with people... but less is more. You can get too much of anything, and there's something to be said for proper pacing.
Also, there's so many over the top special effects in this movie. Special effects and action are great, but they're tools to enhance your story, and this movie was severely lacking in that department. When you got a film that's crammed full of all these characters, action and effects, it's a lot to swallow. Their individual movies were much more focused and grounded in reality. It never fails though, when you get a group of characters or even actors together in one big movie, their individual films are usually always better. They're like good soups. By themselves they're good, but if you mix 'em together, they're bad.
As much as I love super heroes, the past 10+ years they've flooded the market, and it's starting to get tiresome.
I'm never very good at rating films, but I'll give this one a 5 out of 10, which is so-so. I can't bring myself to say that The Avengers is bad, but I can't say it's good either. I'm trying to think of some positive things. Scarlett Johansson is stunningly attractive. Robert Downey Jr. delivers a good performance along with some good one liners. There's some spontaneous and amusing bits. There's some decent dialog here and there along with some cool shots, effects and action scenes... not to sound contradictory. I believe this movie could actually be greatly improved with some major re-editing... but even so, there's only so much you can do with editing. In it's current condition, it's a bit of a mess.
For any super hero fan out there, it's worth watching, but don't expect anything on the same caliber as superior super hero team movies such as X-Men or Watchmen.
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This is by far the worst installment in the Living Dead franchise. Its
cheesy and stupid as all hell. The acting is awful. The characters
suck. The story is boring and dull and isn't exactly unexplored
territory. The CGI effects are horendous! I understand that its easier
and faster to do special effects in editing... but the most important
thing is what is best for the film, not whats convenient for you ya
lazy old bastard! The scene where that guy stuck the fire extinguisher
in the Zombies mouth and made his head blow up... that had to be one of
the worst moments in cinema history. For one thing, why would the
zombie just willingly wrap his mouth around it like its a cock?! You
can tell that George tried to be more loose and comedic with this
one... which is stupid cause you can't just have 5 really serious
movies then make a semi-comedic sequel... but it wasn't funny... AT
ALL! It was so lame! The Zombie fishing was dumb, the girl riding a
horse was dumb, the dialog was dumb, everything was dumb!
I can't even think of one redeeming thing about this film. I cringed like a son of a b**ch through the whole thing and barely even finished it. I can't believe this is the same man who brought us such masterpieces as Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead. I mean what the hell George? Either the guy is bored or he needs money. Remember when he brought us a great Zombie film each decade? Now it seems like he wants to slop a crappy zombie film out every couple of years. But why?! Whats the point? There's nothing more you can do with this franchise. Its done! You're beating a dead horse with a stick George!
Land of the Dead was missing something that the others had. The others
all had a similar theme of a group of people thrown together. There was
of course character conflict and a feeling of claustrophobia. It was
like you're engaged in this game of survival. At times you feel
hopeless... yet at times hopeful. This one just didn't have that same
level of excitement or suspense. The acting compared to the others is
mediocre. The characters are not as interesting or relatable. The
computer effects (although subtlety used) got kinda annoying.
I think this may just be another case of a film maker getting a big (or bigger anyway) budget and just kinda going berserk. In these cases the story/characters (which are the most important elements of movies) usually takes a back seat to the action and effects. When you're given a small budget and limitations it seems like a lot of uniqueness and creativity can spring forth.
Don't get me wrong though, I didn't hate this film. I just liked the previous 3 a lot better. I wasn't as engaged with this film and had mixed feelings. I give it a 6 out of 10...