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Brother Bear (2003)
Way More Fun Than You'd Think
While I must admit, it is no Lion King (or Finding Nemo) at some point you just have to say "Who cares?" Because obviously very few films can get that good .. and I must admit as well, half the time I started making observations about how similar it is to The Lion King (Whispering to my friend "Ok, so that rock thing Koda is pointing at just HAPPENS to look like the giant skull from the elephant graveyard, right?")
True, the plot wasn't as great as it could have been, but gosh I've rarely seen a movie this year as funny as this movie! The Canadian Moose (Meese? Mooses?) stole each scene they were in, and I'm sure friends and I will be quoting them for weeks on end. The trailers gave the movie a vibe that only the stuff we saw in the trailers would be funny and good, and that's why it hasn't been one of the most anticipated films of the year. We think Koda is going to be this pain in the side, but almost similar to how we accept Donkey from "Shrek" he ends up being very cute and adorable, and I for one didn't mind him talking so much.
It may seem like this film is a "kiddie film" that only little toddlers will laugh at, but hey, I'm a teenager and my friends and I laughed as much as any kid or adult in the theater. Not being an adult, I can't really tell if my parents would like it, even though I have rather the same taste in movies as them, I think it really depends on what kind of humor you like to listen to. I found very little (maybe one line) of potty humor (such relief it is to go to a movie and not feel like you want to toss away your popcorn ... you'd think movie theaters would lose money after a while from all those sick jokes), but I don't see why so many critics comment on this film as "something the kids will like, but the parents will get a headache from", especially when this film is truly one of the cutest and funniest films of the year.
The action will scare younger kids, I'm almost certain of that, except for those who grew up seeing "The Lion King" and aren't so shocked to see death... of course I eventually shed a few tears as it is sad (but who didn't cry when Mufasa died?). I'd also like to point out that the message of the film (not the one they intend on) comes out fuzzy ... what I got out of other than the whole brotherhood and circle of life theme stuff is that animals are good and men are evil ... what the? I keep hearing this from animated movies ... and I still don't get how they come up with that answer ... though I've noticed other movies tend to fallow in that pattern.
Overall .. through my ranting and raving, it really is an enjoyable film, if not for adults, for sure for anyone my age or younger would appriciate it... and by the way, the animation is glorious and I really hope Disney desides to bring back traditional animation, cause some how it won't be the same if every single animated movie was CGI.
The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
Has its Ups and Downs
Well don't want to get too deep into conversation about this as I only have so much typing time right now, so I'll get down to the basic...
It's a great movie ... if you are into the action, and special effects. And I must admit, there are some that are very impressive, and some that just made me twitch because you could tell a character was CGI or not.
As for story ... there were plenty of amusingly funny lines, but there were some scenes I think could have been taken out, I mean after a 10 minute fighting scene I think it gets a little boring after a while, and then 5 minutes after the fight scene it goes back to another 10 minute scene. Oh, and I'm SO sure they needed the rave scene, I'm sorry, although my friends seem to think it's the best part of the movie, it's just a bore waiting to be ended, and all it did was disturb me when ever I saw the holes in Neo's back.
Now, the freeway scene, which for half of it was amazing, and the other half was just ... eh .. like when Trinity drives the motorcycle in the wrong direction on the freeway it really seems like the camera is just fallowing her through and under the cars. However, when there is a fight on top of the truck, you can SO tell they use that old fashioned way of filming one of those scenes with the screen moving while the characters fight ... just so disturbed me, but I guess that's probably the best they could do.
Well I guess it's about a 7/10 ... I'm pretty sure ... it's great and all but sometimes I feel the rabbit hole can only go so far.
Plenty of Jazz!
I hope there are no spoilers here ... there may be a couple ...
It is rare you'll ever find a movie you'll keep humming the words along hours after you've seen the film. At first I thought it looked really good, but I thought it wouldn't be my type of movie.
Boy was I wrong! This movie is one of the bests I've ever seen and I rushed to buy the soundtrack afterwards. You'll laugh at some parts, jump at the gun shots, feel tear-y for the poor girl who was innocent and hung, and want to jump up and sing along once you knew the lyrics.
I hope to see the play someday, but for now, this movie is 10 out of 10! Lets hope the oscars are passed down to these guys!