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Man of Steel is an updated retelling of an old legend. Kal-El is a man
who was born on the planet Krypton to a man named Jor-El. Jor-El as
depicted in this film is a moral leader. He does not agree with the way
Kryptonians have been running the planet. They have been spending all
of their resources to a point to where Krypton is about to be
destroyed. Jor-El sees this, and because he wants his son to survive in
a world where he can make a difference, he sends Kal-El to Earth. On
Earth, he is raised by a couple of farmers who name him Clark Kent.
They soon start realizing that he has special abilities that no one
else has, and this creates a lot of complications in his childhood.
Eventually Clark finds out who he is, and that he is supposed to use
his special abilities for good as Superman.
However, there is another man from Krypton named Zod who was born to protect Krypton. I am not going to go too deep into what Zod wants, but I will say that he wants something that has to do with Kal-El. He also wants to do something that will affect the people of earth in a negative way, so Superman has to stop him.
I really liked this version of Superman. It made me appreciate the character even more. As an audience we get an understanding of how Clark grew up. He did not like being different, there were times he really wanted to blow up at people, but he couldn't do that. He also was always willing to use his powers to do good, but he couldn't always do that because the Kents knew that he needed his powers to be revealed at the proper time. I really got a sense of how Clark is a great moral hero, and after watching this movie, I can see that he got that trait from his birth father, Jor-El. Without spoiling anything, I will tell you that his morality does get tested in the end.
The director, Zack Snyderwho is also known for directing 300did a great job at giving us a visually appealing film. I have noticed from both this and 300 that he uses color in such an interesting way that it keeps me wanting to look at the screen. Another thing about his direction that is just awesome is the action scenes: they are phenomenal! I am going to say that this has some of the coolest action scenes I have ever seen. There is such a cool stylistic, comic book feel to them especially when Superman fights the Kryptonians. It is fast paced and crisp. One thing I love about it is that Zack Snyder likes to emphasize the first and last part of a punch while rushing everything in between. This adds to the feeling of watching a comic book because in a comic book we may see only the first and last part of a hit, but we usually do not see everything in between.
All the performances were very well done. I especially enjoyed the performance of Amy Adams, who played Lois Lane. When I first heard that she was going to play Lois I wondered how it was going to work. I was wondering if they were going to dye her hair black. However, I saw in the trailers that they did not do anything with her hair. It turns out that this is one of those times where performance is more important than looks. She did a good job at portraying Lois as a sarcastic, spunky woman, and I looked forward to every scene she was in.
I do not think anyone could have casted a better Superman. Henry Cavill does so well at portraying Superman as a confident role model with a strict moral code. I also enjoyed watching Cavill portray him as he transitioned into this character. He is not always confident with himself until he finds out who exactly he is and where he came from. One can see a sense of responsibility that Superman immediately gets after this, and with that responsibility there is a sense of confidence about him.
All of the performances were well done. Russell Crowe as Jor-El was very well executed as well as Michael Shannon as General Zod. Some of the parts were less phenomenal than others, but overall the acting was very well executed by the entire cast.
It was not the perfect movie, however. It did lack some character development that would have made it better. This is especially true with Lois Lane. Amy Adams played her very well, but in the end all I knew about her was that she was sometimes sarcastic and spunky. It would have been nice if there were more scenes showing the audience more about who she is. This would make us care more about her especially when she gets into risky situations. However, with that being said, this movie was primarily about Superman, and after seeing this movie I came to know and like that character even more.
I also felt that the story was probably a little over complicated. Without giving away any spoilers, there are some concepts in this movie that I felt were probably part of some deep Superman lore that an average audience member would have a difficult time picking up on. I felt that this point could have been simplified a little.
With that being said, I think that this movie is well worth watching. It has great visuals, an interesting story, and great performances!
I went to see this movie with my little brother, and a little bit into
it I realized something: this movie is for kids. Now don't get me
wrong, there are some excellent kids movies, but it seems like Disney
was so worried about the demographic of children there that they dumbed
it down for them. A lot of the voice overs almost sounded like they
were talking down to the audience as if it was all supposed to be for
kids. I thought it would be better because George Lopez was one of the
voice overs, and I really like him as a comedian. However, it wasn't
With that being said, I don't know if I'd say I totally hated it. There were some funny moments in it. There were two characters in particular that were actually funny and they were an iguana and a rat. I noticed that one of those characters was voiced by Cheech Marin who everyone will recognize. As I mentioned above, George Lopez was in it, and I must say he did have some funny lines also. I actually think the worst voice actor in this movie was Drew Barrymore, I just think she should stay out of voice acting and stick with live action movies, because she really didn't do it for me.
I do realize that voice acting is kind of a weird thing to be judging, and I usually never notice it, but a lot of the voices-the beginning in particular-just felt like they were talking down to me like I was a little kid. I felt like some all-star cast was trying to read a bed-time story to my little sister.
So overall, it had some funny moments, but it was kind of forgettable. I probably won't see it again unless I can catch it on Disney Channel one day. I would say don't waste your money, but if you just want to see a movie to watch with your kids and make them entertained for an hour and a half, go ahead and see it.
"Emma Smith: My Story" was an excellent movie. It is very hard to find
words to express how good it was. When I went to it, I learned a lot
from it. I learned about a very strong woman that I didn't really know
much about. I also learned of the truthfulness of Joseph Smith's
teachings. He is the prophet of God, and this movie does a lot to point
this out. I felt the Spirit touch my heart multiple times while
watching the movie. I am going to go on a mission soon, and while
watching this movie, I knew that what I was setting out to do was the
right thing to do. By the end of the movie I felt my heart racing, and
I had to muster all the strength I had to not cry.
As far as cinematics go, it's not that important with this movie. It was very well done for what it's purpose was. It's not the type of movie you look at the script and acting to judge quality, it's a movie that fulfills its purpose. The purpose of this movie was to do several things. One it was meant to tell the story of Emma Smith and all her struggles and to show her role in Joseph Smith's life, two it was to bring the Spirit into the hearts of those who watched it (assuming their hearts were opened), and three it was to further testify of the truthfulness of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It achieved all three of these purposes with flying colors!
I just saw this movie last night, and I've got to say, I can see why
people have rated it so high. After I walked out of the theater this
man told me "It was sure different that's for sure," and he was exactly
right, it was different but it was different in a good way.
Part of what makes it different is the fact that there is very little dialogue. The movie forces you to pay attention to the action rather than what they are saying. This isn't very hard though because the action and the scenery is very intriguing to watch. For example when the robot named Eve is first introduced she floats around the land in such a way that is very beautiful, and very pleasing to the eye.
What makes this movie especially great is the amount of character development it has achieved with the lack of dialogue. Wall-E never talks except for when he says his name or the name of Eve. This movie shows rather than tells, and that is quite an accomplishment. Rather than Wall-E telling someone what he desires, this movie uses various ways to show it.
With this character development comes the concern for the characters. Throughout the movie you are concerned about what is going to happen to Wall-E and his robotic friend Eve, but mostly for Wall-E because he is so fragile. In the beginning, Wall-E makes friends with a cockroach, who's name is never given, but despite this, I often felt concern for the bug, and I wanted it to survive.
Another thing that makes this movie different is that it is a social commentary. The thing I liked about this is it's not all about environmental issues (though there were some), but it is also about social issues that we as humans are headed towards-though they are shown in the extreme. I won't reveal what these issues are, because you will have to see it for yourself.
Wall-E is certainly different from any other Pixar movie, but that is what makes it great! 10/10
This is definitely the coolest action movie Hollywood has made in
years. Casino Royale has it all: awesome action scenes, a
well-developed human character, and a great plot.
The action scenes were incredible and were capable of keeping anyone awake and at the edge of his or her seat. The best scene was in the very beginning where James Bond is chasing a man through a construction yard. The man is very athletic and does some amazing stunts, and James Bond, who isn't near as athletic, does some cool stunts but not near as amazing as the man he chases.
Which brings me to the next point, the well developed character. James Bond is usually an emotionally detached man who is incapable of any human characteristics at all. He starts out as an egotistical loser who only cares about himself but his character goes through many changes throughout the movie. I can't reveal how these changes come or what they are because I would spoil this incredible movie to readers.
Along with the character, the plot line was very believable, and it was summarizable in one sentence: James Bond has to enter a high-stakes poker tournament to keep a lot of money from being one by a major terrorist organization. This mission that Bond has to do is very believable because it is dealing with a subject that is very real: terrorism.
The one word descriptions of this movie: awesome, amazing, excellent, brilliant.
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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was an excellent movie. There was a
great plot and great special effects to go along. The cast, for the
most part, did well on their parts; the new characters (namely Rita
Skeeter, Mad-Moody, and Voldemort) were especially well casted.
The story is about Harry Potter in his fourth year in Hogwarts where he has to enter the triwizard tournament, a deadly series of contests between elite wizards. The Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, Mad-Eye Moody, gives Harry Potter advice on how to win the tournament. In the end Mad-Eye Moody's advice was intended to be given to Harry so he would be killed by Voldemort. Mad-Eye Moody also ends up to be a different person because he drank the polyjuice potion.
Fans of Harry Potter would really like this if they aren't expecting things to be perfectly like the book. It is impossible to make a movie completely true to the book, and if one considers that fact, this movie is excellent all around.
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Jak 3 is the sequel to Jak II and Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy,
and it is supposed to answer all the questions the players had while
experiencing the first two games. This is, of course, true. Jak 3 takes
place about a year after Jak II where Jak gets banished to the deserted
Wasteland and is joined by Daxter and Pecker on their own free will.
Out on the wasteland they are rescued by these barbarian guys and taken
to a city where the only rule is survival of the fittest. There are
many events that happens to Jak and Daxter while in this city, the
wasteland, and Haven city which is about halfway into the game.
This game was probably the coolest game I have ever played because the game play is so fun that one could play for hours, mission after mission, and not notice the time pass by. There are more weapons in this games (including all the weapon upgrades per weapon there are about twelve different weapons in the entire game). There are also these really cool cars you can control. The best part of the game, though, is definitely the plot line. There is a great plot in this game with a lot of character development so you get to know the characters very well.
The things this game promises are all there, it does conclude what the trilogy was about, it does tell about who Mar really was, and it does explain who the Precursors are (which ends up being very unexpected). The thing about Mar, however, was a little bit too predictable. I knew before even playing Jak 3 who Mar was going to become, and if one who reads this thinks he or she knows who it is without playing it, chances are he or she is correct. Aside from that this is an awesome game and I recommend it to anyone, thirteen or older, who wants to play a great adventure game with plenty of action. I give this game ten out of ten stars!
I saw Lilo & Stitch 2 with my little brother while we were traveling in
the car and I found that it was really good. It had a lot of funny
moments in it and the ending had a really good message to it.
I thought that this movie would be kind of like Stitch the Movie which had the sole purpose of kicking off the series and not that great of a plot. I found however that the story was a lot better, they had some pretty good subplots to it, and it was both funny and poignant.
I would recommend this movie for many people, though it does have an appropriate "PG" rating, but I only give it eight out of ten stars because it just wasn't good enough to get the tenth star.
Jak II is a video game that is the sequel to Jak and Daxter: The
Precursor Legacy. This game starts out right after the first one when
they find a precursor "rift gate" and they end up finding a way to
power this gate. Once they get the gate powered up it ends up leading
them to a place called Haven City which is a huge, dark, futuristic
city where people drive around in hover cars, people are trapped behind
the walls, and guards called Krimson Guards scout the place. When they
get there Jak gets caught by the guards and taken to a prison where he
is tortured by the baron, Baron Praxis, with dark eco experiments. When
Daxter finds him two years later he finds that he has turned into some
kind of monster (at least at the right times). The rest of the game is
mainly about how Jak and Daxter are seeking out Baron Praxis to kill
him, it is also about how they recover their friends and try to impress
a group of rebels against the baron called the Underground.
When I started the game about a month or two ago I didn't think it would be all that great. I would go to the store and laugh at how much different Jak II was from Jak and Daxter, but when I borrowed it from my friend and actually played it I became addicted. The game has a game play that I think is so much better than most games I've played. I actually came to love this game more than the first one, Jak and Daxter, and that is saying a lot because I was a huge fan of it. If you play till the end the ending is not a disappointment, Naughty Dog didn't only provide extraordinary game play, they also provided an ending that, though obvious, you would never have guessed.
Despite the first game, however, this game was not intended for children, its language, violence, and crude humor gave this game a well deserved T rating. If you are not one for crude humor I would encourage you to get past it because the game is that good.
Jak II is probably my favorite game now!
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Kingdom Hearts is a great game with a plot line that is really good and
surprisingly dark at times. This game is about a boy named Sorah who's
island is destroyed and Sorah is put on another world by some portal he
found after destroying a monster later revealed as the Heartless. The
game is somewhat about this boys adventures with Donald, Goofy, and
about every other Disney characters you can think of.
You don't have to be a huge fan of Disney to like it, though. This game not only offers a story for the kids it also offers action packed game play that makes it feel almost like it isn't an RPG. Fans of fighting games where you beat people up might enjoy this game because you have a "keyblade" which you use to fight these monsters called "Heartless" away, and the game isn't really one of those turn based games where you have to wait for an enemy to attack (often being a fifty/fifty chance of HP getting low), this game is actually a game where you can block attacks and hit as many times as needed (just so long as you know what you are doing).
The game is also for the Final Fantasy fans everywhere who love the series and have played all the games because the people who made this game cleverly added some characters from various Final Fantasy games to Kingdom Hearts. For example there is a world where you fight Hercules and Hades has basically hired Cloud to kill you (something like that really).
So if you are getting bored with all the other RPG games I would recommend Kingdom Hearts: it has an intriguing story line, familiar characters, and game play that you are sure to enjoy.
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