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A good sequel that keeps the series from falling into extinction
I didn't really know what to expect initially when I went to see Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. I was hoping it wasn't just The Lost World: Jurassic Park all over again, and I was pleasantly surprised by the end of it. The island part of the movie doesn't feel like a slog to get through compared to The Lost World, and it felt like two movies in one when it came to an end.
If you were expecting action and dinosaurs, you'll get that, but one thing that surprised was there were quite a few emotional scenes in it. The themes of greed and extinction lead to some interesting scenes spread throughout the movie, and I definitely got a bit of a classic Jurassic Park vibe to the movie in small doses. Is it perfect? No, there are quite a few cliches and predictable parts to it, but it didn't destroy the movie for me. I enjoyed both the first half and the second half equally, and I also got a bit of a Horror vibe to it in parts too.
The acting is decent. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are the same as they were back in Jurassic World. The new characters are good and the little girl in this one has some decent moments. Even Jeff Goldblum's appearance didn't feel wasted and made sense in the plot of the movie. The CGI/Special Effects feels more polished here, the music is good, and the directing seems much more solid compared to Jurassic World. Overall, I liked this movie but I think it's going to be quite divisive. It's impossible to top the original Jurassic Park, but I appreciate the new things they added to keep things fresh in the series.
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Marvel has set the bar super high with this movie!
I've enjoyed a large chunk of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. Not all of them worked for me, but I gotta say Avengers: Infinity War has set the bar really high for Superhero movies. Without spoiling anything (and believe me, this is a movie that works best without spoilers!), all I can say is there is a lot of darker and edgier stuff that will surprise you, as well as the Comedy you expect from a Marvel movie. However, perhaps most surprising was the main villain Thanos (Josh Brolin) having alot of character development in it. He's a bit more complex than your standard Superhero villain, but also very menacing and quite sympathetic too.
I worried about the movie having such a long running time and having to focus on a lot of the characters, but to Marvel's credit, they pulled it off extremely well and the 2 and a half hours running time went pretty quick. The action is what you'd expect from an Avengers movie, it was never boring to me and I found it pretty funny myself. No issues with the CGI and everyone acted decently in it.
The amount of discussions I had with friends and families after coming out of seeing it was insane, as well as the other audiences. Depending on how invested you were into the Marvel characters in previous movies will affect how you feel about it, but I think as a movie that ties and groups a lot of the characters together in one big Blockbuster, Infinity War has exceeded what I can hope for. It had action, emotion, comedy, and is pretty close to a perfect package you could expect from one of these movies. I can't wait to re-watch it and hopefully part 2 will live up to expectations.
A Quiet Place (2018)
A "Dumb, Illogical, and Loud" Place
Don't let the title of this movie fool you! A Quiet Place is not really all that quiet after all. Having constant scary music and jump-scares in "quiet" scenes actually hurts the premise of this movie. It really infuriated me, because this could have been one of my all-time favourite Horror movies if done correctly. Unfortunately, characters were making dumb choices non-stop that even under my suspension of disbelief was crossing the line. The logic behind what the monsters can and can't hear constantly changes, which is a sign of bad writing as the movie breaks its own rules to make sure certain events happen illogically. The acting and technical side of this movie were pretty good, as well as the monster design, but that's about it.
Overall, a fantastic premise hurt by sticking to clichéd Hollywood Horror movie tropes and a soundtrack that doesn't know when to stay quiet. Come to think of it, maybe the movie would have actually worked better without a soundtrack at all.
Alien: Covenant (2017)
People who didn't like Prometheus may end up liking this one
Call me the minority, but I actually quite liked Prometheus. I suppose many people were disappointed with it due to the lack of aliens, but Alien: Covenant delivers on that. I've got a feeling this movie will still be very hit or miss with people. This one feels more like it is calling back to the original Alien and ticking boxes. There are deaths, there are familiar creatures in there, but is that really a good thing?
Let's get the bad out of the way first. The CGI on the aliens is certainly quite shaky. I could tell straight away when they were not really there and I did end up missing the rubber suits in the earlier movies. Next, it could be argued it was really trying to be like the original Alien, but I don't think it comes close to that level. I wouldn't consider this a Horror movie, myself, but some could see it was trying to be like one. The movie could also be seen as quite predictable, but that's not always a negative.
If you were looking for aliens, then Alien: Covenant will deliver. The big muscle guys from Prometheus hardly appear in this, and are instead replaced by these "Prototype" aliens that aren't quite the Xenomorphs we come to know and love. The plot is basically these crew members on the Covenant ship go to this planet after a distress beacon sends them there. Things go horribly wrong and we have the Walter/David Androids played by Michael Fassbender returning from Prometheus. The other cast do a great job too, but Fassbender is still the highlight.
Ridley Scott continues to direct great visual scenes from Prometheus and the set design is top notch. It certainly looks like an Alien movie, but maybe that could be seen as a problem of it so trying to be an imitation of one. It didn't bother me personally, but it's kind of hard to be surprised at anything that's already been done quite a bit. There's a few good action scenes here and there, and I certainly didn't find it boring despite the slow start. A few religious and creationism themes from Prometheus return in this movie, but some questions are also left unanswered by the end that might annoy some viewers.
So, will this be more hit than miss compared to Prometheus? Well, I think it could go either way once again. Some who wanted to see more of the religious and creative themes, as well as a nice mix of aliens here and there could like it. On the other hand, some may see it as a failed imitation of the original Alien and just not working for them as they wanted. It definitely wasn't perfect, but what people want from these is never going to please everyone.
Beauty and the Beast (2017)
Just stick with the original '90s Disney movie
I don't know about you guys, but I was left thinking "What was the bloody point?" and came out feeling underwhelmed as everything felt weaker compared to the 1991 original. Emma Watson is not very good as Belle, and they didn't change it enough to make it stand out like The Jungle Book or Pete's Dragon remake. Disney felt really lazy here, sadly. I hope we see more effort in the future rather than just 90% the exact same movie.
Blair Witch (2016)
You can't win either way, Blair Witch
What were people expecting? The same movie as the original, or something extremely different? As for me, I thought Blair Witch was a pretty good modern take on the series. Is it perfect? No. Is it the same as the original? Well, they become quite tonally different halfway. In the second half, the new one tries something different at the cost of people moaning about it revealing too much now.
I personally am glad the new Blair Witch is not exactly the same. I thought it was logical for the sequel to build up from its simplicity to something more intense. The last 20 minutes in particular was quite nerve-wracking, and the ending is no worse than what the original Blair Witch Project did. I think the problem is that when The Blair Witch Project came out, it was a groundbreaking low budget film that made its scariness effective though simplicity.
The new Blair Witch didn't want to retread the "exact" same ground the entire time, so they tried to make the second half different to try and appease the people who found the first film boring as hell. The result is mixed on people saying it's too different from the original, or too similar to other found footage films. I think they got the balance just right here, and the characters for the majority of the time made reasonable decisions and had good equipment with them to justify all of the recording and situations they were in.
If there's a significant flaw I can point out with it, then the "jump scares" were maybe done too much to the point where a character says to stop doing that. However, make no mistake, this movie is pretty terrifying. I still prefer the original though, but of all the found footage movies I've seen, Blair Witch has quite a significant amount of effort put into it.
This is going to haunt me for the rest of my life
It has been just a little over 24 hours since I saw Ghostbusters, and it still haunts me at how awful it was. I wanted to give this movie a chance, tried to see it with an open mind, but alas it did nothing. When the first 5 minutes is the only slightly good part and only me and possibly other ghosts are watching in the cinema, you know it's going to gives you shivers.
Where did it all go wrong? Could the concept of the Ghostbusters being all women work? Well, maybe(?)... if they hadn't been written so annoying and obnoxious for me to give two craps about them. Let's make them have no funny jokes and whine all the time! The new secretary guy? Make him dumb and have all the women get the hots for him, oh and plenty of failed jokes one after another to go along with that too.
To be honest, the CGI isn't that great. I think the 1984 original had superior special effects. Oh, and the theme song? Way to go at ruining the iconic theme guys! What about the original Ghostbusters? Don't they appear as cameos? Yes (and this isn't a spoiler)... for like a minute each! What a waste! Any positives? Well, I guess you could argue it doesn't play out exactly the same as the original, except that's pretty much cancelled out for everything being written worse and reminded it's supposed to be a Comedy.
I adore the Ghostbusters franchise, I really do. Ghostbusters II gets a lot of hate, but it truly feels like a masterpiece compared to this abomination. If you can't give us characters to care about and not be likable or redeemed, why bother? Yes, some of the original Ghostbusters were jerks, but they all had a heart as well. Where were the laughs? Why change the iconic things about the series? You know what? Just stick with the Ghostbusters Video Game as the last Ghostbusters, and pretend this so called Ghostb... I mean Ghostjokers never existed.
The Good Dinosaur (2015)
The Good-ish Dinosaur
As with every Pixar movie, I had high expectations for The Good Dinosaur. Although there's a few decent things going for it, I don't know if I can quite call it genuinely good. There are some problems with it, most likely stemming from its development issues, but it also has quite a bit of heart and emotion to it, and some nice scenes here and there.
The movie follows an alternate world where Dinosaurs and Humans live together. A young dinosaur named Arlo unsuccessfully tries to fit in with his family and mark his place, despite having a timid yet cowardice personality. After an unexpected event happens, it leads him to start a friendship with a Caveboy named Spot. He becomes lost and tries to return home.
The story is pretty straightforward and some of the humour seems to be aimed more for kids, but it's still funny for adults in places. It is visually stunning, with cartoony animals mixed with realistic backgrounds and reflective waters, and the music is effective when needed to be. Our protagonist Arlo is both likable and relatable, which is always a good thing, and Spot has his moments in short bursts. As for the other characters, Arlo's father will be reminiscent to a certain Disney character, but that's not a bad thing, and the others seem to be not as important to the story, but have some development time in there.
I think my biggest problem with The Good Dinosaur is that it feels a little inconsistent and "Been there, done that" at times. The first half I feel is stronger than the second, and there's a bit of a homage to a specific genre in there. Most importantly, I cared about the characters, but maybe I was expecting more from Pixar I don't know. I seem to notice the more effective emotional scenes were either the silent ones, or ones that were kind of loosely based on previous Animated movies that popped right in my head at the time of watching, so not being entirely original could be considered a problem to some.
Despite the shortcomings, I found The Good Dinosaur entertaining. It's probably in the weaker tier of Pixar movies, but I wouldn't call it bad. It's kind of halfway between average and good, and I feel the troubled production and staff switching caused it to be a mixed bag, although good intentions are clearly shown throughout the movie. Kids will certainly like it, and adults will at the very least appreciate what the movie tried to achieve.
Inside Out (2015)
It's not THAT good!
Am I the only one who wasn't blown away by Inside Out? I mean, don't get me wrong. It wasn't bad. Just... alright. Easily one of Pixar's weakest, though. The whole thing felt average and I was wondering if the movie was trying too hard to make people cry. It's hard to explain, but basically it felt more forced than usual.
Some of the jokes were a bit hit and miss for me, and as each character is stuck to one trait pretty much the whole time, the jokes become repetitive. I thought Joy was one of the weakest protagonists we've had from Pixar since Brave, and Riley felt like a robot to me so I never really cared about her, unfortunately.
It's their most gimmicky movie as well. They go through different parts of the brain just to hope people will be visually pleased enough to look past the weak script and characters. Pixar has been a bit shaky the last three times, as anything not a sequel seems to get an undeserved boatload of praise. It was average at best, but seeing people put it as the best Pixar movie, is utterly baffling to me.
Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
Alien Sci-Fi action mixed with Groundhog Day creates a surprising gem
It's always great to see movies pull off already used concepts and blend them together as a new fresh coat of paint. In this case, a superb Sci- Fi action movie combined with Groundhog Day's main gimmick. Many movies fail to deliver in both special effects and a well structured story. Edge of Tomorrow is one of those which delivers both superbly, and will surprise many viewers where it cleverly repeats the same day over without feeling tired, as well as keeping you hooked to see how the story slowly progresses through each repeating day. There's also quite a bit of humour in there too, which was kind of unexpected and gave me a few good laughs.
The plot is about an alien invasion on Earth and Major William Cage (Tom Cruise) forced to battle against the aliens, despite never being trained for combat at all. After dying in battle, he finds himself repeating the same day over and over (with nobody else seemingly remembering but him), but realises there may be a link to the time loop and defeating the aliens.
The battle scenes are very well done, reminiscent of Saving Private Ryan and Starship Troopers. The CGI is top quality, and the 12/PG-13 violence is used effectively without feeling toned down. The director did a great job of using London as it's main setting, but there are also other surprise locations throughout the movie. Tom Cruise continues to prove he can still pull off action movies without a problem, and his developing chemistry with Emily Blunt feels natural here. Overall, one of my favourite movies of 2014. It really surprised me how good it was.
Taken 2 (2012)
Less serious, but still good fun
The original Taken was excellent. We saw Liam Neeson enter a huge action role in the likes of Bond and Bourne, and gave us a surprising hit. It seemed inevitable that a sequel would be made. Despite still being entertaining and filled with some clever scenes, Taken 2 never quite reaches the same level as its original.
The reason the original Taken worked so well was that Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) was racing against the clock to find his daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) in Paris after being kidnapped, giving him a reason to make quick decisions and pushing his boundaries with how far he'd go with violence and morality. In the sequel, the plot is pretty much the same, although he and his ex-wife Lenore (Famke Janssen) get taken instead of his daughter in Turkey. Essentially there's less mystery and suspense in this one as I feel the movie suffers due to its predictability and toned down violence for the PG-13/12 rating.
That's not necessarily a bad thing, though. Taken 2 works better as a popcorn movie than its original, having more action and car chases that keep you hooked at the movie's fast pacing once it gets going. The movie has some funny scenes, but there's also some stupid ones too which I will not spoil. I'm not sure if the movie's intention was to make fun of the original or not, but you'll notice the tone and humour of the movie is less serious than the original.
In conclusion, as much as I enjoy seeing Liam Neeson fight people in these movies, I don't think a third time will work with the exact same premise. In terms of entertainment and keeping me occupied, I'd give it an 8/10 for what it is. However, seeing another sequel for this might not be a good idea, but don't rule that option out!
Standalone, prequel, or reboot? It doesn't matter, good job!
It is hard to say too much about Prometheus without spoiling it. First of all, those expecting to see the original Aliens are not seeing this movie for all the right reasons. Yes, it is part of the Alien universe and set before the first movie, but it doesn't feature those Aliens and instead tells a brand new story of merging the two worlds together.
With Ridley Scott back to directing, Prometheus used the similar setup of making researchers explore an alien world, only this time there is a longer setup and more suspense driven to events unfolding. The ship in this movie is very reminiscent of the one in Alien, although it is different in design and has some new interesting gadgets and pieces of technology we haven't seen before. There's no denying that there are things people will pick up relating to Alien, and I'm really glad they didn't tone down the violence for 12/PG-13 rated audiences. Either way, you can watch Prometheus first before the other Alien movies.
On the acting side of things, I found Michael Fassbender's Android character David to be the standout for the movie. I also liked the protagonist Noomi Rapace and the supporting cast of Logan Marshall-Green, Charlize Theron, and Idris Elba. All strong performances, but perhaps if there's only one small complaint I could think of, is that maybe the supporting characters didn't get enough development time. Thankfully, Scott and the team keep the movie going at a very good pace with emotional depth at the right moments.
Overall, Prometheus on first viewing was what I expected, a movie using it's original base movie Alien as a structure to produce a new story with new characters/lifeforms to lead up to other Alien story lines. It is highly likely the references will become more obvious in sequels to this, but Prometheus manages to bring a story that works as a standalone but also a prequel at the same time, which is good for all viewing audiences, and I think Scott was trying to bring the grisly/dark atmosphere movies of Alien without being too in your face, which I thought was the right direction for this movie.
127 Hours (2010)
A simple plot based on a true story that kept me on the edge of my seat!
You know, when I first heard about this movie. I didn't really know what to expect, as all I knew was it was based on a true story about a guy getting stuck in a canyon due to a boulder. I decided to give it a shot and well, I was amazed by this movie. Danny Boyle continues to give us impressive cinematography and incredible performances in his movie, thanks to James Franco, who plays as Aron Ralston, the mountain climber who gets stuck under the boulder if you didn't already know.
I'm not going to go into any big spoilers, but it was amazing to see how the movie builds up to the main plot. After getting stuck under a boulder for 5 days, you're probably thinking "How is this movie going to stay entertaining?". Well, we witness some attempts of Aron trying to get out of the boulder, as well as using the equipment he brought with him with his backpack to try and survive. He also tries to keep himself awake so that he can live long enough to not die. When all normal attempts to escape fail, as a last resort, he does something very terrifying to get out. When this scene happened, I had to turn away in parts due to how extreme it was!
With good uses of hallucinations and flashbacks to keep the story flowing, Danny Boyle has managed to make this movie as realistic as possible. Great music, great filming, and stunning performance. 127 Hours is a fantastic movie about a real-life incident that may be too disturbing to watch for some people, but I'd consider it a must see on all grounds. Definitely worthy of getting nominated for Best Picture at least surely?
Saw 3D (2010)
The end of Saw?
Now this film is supposed to be the final one in the Saw series, and so you're probably wondering, does it end any good? Well, the movie does conclude the saga quite well, but also I feel the series really did lose it's steam after the past 3 movies. Most of the reoccuring characters are again killed off on this one, though Dr. Gordon's appearance in it was a nice touch to the first Saw and concluding the series, and has quite a good twist to it. The death trap puzzles in this one are as usual brutal and over the top again. However, as predicted, the main character gets screwed over by the end of the movie, though this time, he totally blows it (as he doesn't save anyone in this one!). Hoffman and Jill's conclusion are good, as it kind of goes back to a callback of Saw 1, though is it the end? Overall, if this is really the end, I'll say that Saw could have ended on a much worse outcome, though at least it ended on a "pass" A 6/10, and much better than Saw 6!
The Wicker Man (2006)
A "Classic" for the wrong reasons!
As a horror movie, its a 1 out of 10, but as a Comedy, its at least an 8 out of 10. Nicolas Cage's character had me in stitches in so many places, because his acting in this movie is SO bad its hilarious! The last 30 minutes of the movie is pure gold! He punches women constantly, can't figure out people are lying to him, threatens kids, attacks in a bear suit, and has so many unintentionally funny one-liner quotes its just ridiculous, such as "HOWDIDITGETBURNED", "NO! NOT THE BEES!", and "Killing me won't bring back your goddamn honey!". Hell, even the ending of the movie was funny somehow! I saw this at the cinema too, and the audience were laughing as well! It's totally worth buying on DVD as its dirt cheap now.
Ironically though, the "Director's Cut" is supposed to make it more horror-like, but it actually makes the movie even funnier! In conclusion, its a 'classic' for the wrong reasons!
It's not THAT bad!
I'm a bit shocked at the low ratings of this movie. It's no way near a 1 out of 10. I think its because if you were an adult when you saw this, you would give it a 1 out of 10 straight away. Like when I saw it when I was 8 or 9 years old originally at the cinema, all the kids enjoyed it, including myself, whilst the adults were just snoring away! They didn't even give it a chance! As of writing this review, at the age of 19, the movie is still OK in my opinion. The sequel was better, but I think Mewtwo was pretty cool in it, and its not that long either so don't just completely bash it just because it has the name "Pokemon" on it. Season 1 of Pokemon was awesome, and I wasn't even a huge fan of the anime! Finish it first, and sure there are some plot holes in it, but hey I still think the movie is entertaining. Overall, a 6/10 at best (as a teen/adult), but that means its passable.
Surprisingly good, I really mean it!
When I saw this back in the cinema, I had no idea what it was about. I didn't know what to expect and only know the basic plot. The movie came out as a Kill-Bill meets Spider-Man and Watchmen movie. It was a nice surprise, and definitely worth seeing (the person I saw it with wanted to see it again!) Kick-Ass follows a teenager in High School who wonders what it would be like to be a superhero and decides to be one himself: Kick-Ass. He stumbles upon other people following the same routine as him, but discovers its not that easy to pull it off in the real world.
Like I said, if you had no idea what it was about. Then you'll probably end up liking it a lot, and the movie is quite gory for what it is. Make no mistake, this is not a movie for children! I am glad to have seen this, and all the cast was great in it too! (Yep, even Nicolas Cage!). The movie in my opinion was not advertised enough (at least not in the UK) and I think quite a lot of people are going to miss it, but who knows.
Saw VI (2009)
6th time not so lucky
I've watched all of the Saw movies before this and although they weren't the greatest movies ever, they were entertaining and quite serious, and at least passable. The latest installment of the Saw series: Saw VI was something different and seemed kind of like a spoof of the previous ones.
The first scene of the movie had me laughing because of how unconvincing the acting was, and I was already thinking "this is not a good sign" since I've never laughed in a Saw movie before. The movie continues from Saw V and follows Hoffman carrying on with Jigsaw's plans by setting up another game with a health insurance guy and some other members, and Jill from the previous Saw movies is revealed to be helping setting up the previous traps and who would have guessed that right?
I don't know, it just seems that knowing that there's already a Saw VII in the works already, I kind of predicted the end correctly on who was going to die and survive. The traps themselves are not that good either, the only one I liked was the roulette roundabout one and the others were either rehashes or fairly lame. The plot twists were kind of predictable too, and there were a few unintentionally funny scenes in it which is not a good sign. So how much further can the series go? Well, maybe a movie more at best, but it could have ended here.
It just didn't feel right...
I had high hopes for this movie to turn out well, but it just became a bothering the whole time. I loved the original trilogy of the Indiana Jones movies but this one was just I guess you could say "Mediocre"? or "It's just not the same as the old ones" I think the first problem I had with it, was realising that Harrison Ford was just too old for Indiana Jones now. I mean its been what 20 years since the 3rd movie, and at places I felt if the movie was made 10 years ago perhaps I could've been more excited about seeing him on screen. They made the plot fit in with the aging but it was still an odd feeling. Don't get me wrong, his character portrayed in this movie is still quite true like the originals, but it was left too late in my opinion.
The next big problem, was the overuse of CGI. Without giving too much away, the ending part of the movie was absolutely overused and it made me go something like "It's Star Wars Episode 1 all over again". Seriously, the old Indiana Jones movies did have special effects but they were not as distracting as this. One of the problems with revisiting an old movie series and modernizing it is that it loses that spark and makes you realise that movies are just trying too hard nowadays and it gets worse year after year.
A lot of scenes which weren't really needed, the CGI could have been avoided or used more appropriately in places, and the acting was fairly good I felt Cate Blanchett's role was well played, but the guy Shia LaBeouf was kind of annoying in places and the plot was fairly predictable but I liked the concept because it was appropriately placed.
Overall, I was disappointed and felt like saying it shouldn't have been made. Although the movie is still entertaining and does have its moments, this Indiana Jones movie no way tops the original three, and despite good use of theme music and settings, I felt Spielberg could have done better but I guess its kind of hard after reviving a movie series from 20 years ago. Please don't make another sequel, or don't use Harrison Ford again if it happens!
Rush Hour 3 (2007)
It was very good but I think the series should end here
So again we are back with a sequel of the Rush Hour series. The first two were pretty good comedy movies staring both Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker as cop partners with a typical plot with good action mixed with comedy. This one follows the same structure, but how does it hold up?
If you liked the first two, you'd probably enjoy this one. There's quite a few decent action scenes and again Chris Tucker's character delivers a lot of the jokes and Jackie Chan's still got the awesome moves and stunts but is it just me or was the action a bit tamer compared to the other two? Not that its much of a problem since I still enjoyed it but just something I noticed. Anyway, usual plot including a kidnapping and this time they go to Paris, and the two meet up with a person who wants to be like a spy.
It was very good and I'm glad the series is still working but perhaps the series should end here. It's hard to tell, but usually 3 movies is enough and the first one started like 10 years ago so its a rather large gap. The movie delivered a few laughs, some action scenes, and for what it was I thought it stayed true to its previous movie structures. I'm glad that Chris and Jackie still work well together, but to be honest I think the series should end with this one before it goes overload and loses what made it fun in the first place.
The Simpsons Movie (2007)
Brilliant! The Simpsons are back at the top!
The Simpsons Movie exceeded my expectations. I knew right from the start that this wasn't going to disappoint. Sure, some might have said different things because of the later episodes of the show, but the movie manages to give the viewer a feeling of how and why The Simpsons is one of the greatest animation and comedy achievements of all-time. You'll recognise and laugh as much as you would with the TV show.
OK, some BIG spoilers now. The movie starts off with Itchy and Scratchy, and then is introduced with an Simpsons intro with Green Day, and things start to pick up fast. Though most of the first 20 minutes is pure comedy, it slowly builds up to the main plot. Lisa complains about the pollution in Springfield and meets up with a boy she likes, and during a church morning Grampa goes out of control and Marge gets concerned with the words he speaks. At the same time Homer adopts a pig but Marge keeps telling him to remove it and when he ignores her words it causes total disaster in Springfield and forces The Simpsons to move away from the town.
I was surprised to see how many of the characters were seen in the whole movie. The whole film felt it was going at a steady pace and all of the comedy moments never felt flat-out. The moments with president Arnold and Tom Hanks are just top and fell right in place. All of the Simpsons family had their share of the movie so none of the characters felt left out, except for Homer of course he gets the larger part! The animation is amazing and well done. It had that movie feel and didn't feel like 4 episodes put together. You could tell it was definitely designed as a movie from the start. It is highly watchable and entertaining from start to finish. I noticed a few good Simpsons references in the movie that referred to older episodes, but you probably won't spot them all straight away but either way you'd probably want to see the movie again since its so good.
The Simpsons still has its comedy, as the movie has proved and will definitely be loved by many people out there. As the show is almost heading for its 20th anniversary, the movie showed me that there is still some great comedy left in The Simpsons. All hope hasn't gone yet, but The Simpsons Movie will be a hit to pretty much all the audience and many will remember it as a top summer movie of the year, and perhaps one of the greatest animation movies ever. Don't be fooled into thinking a TV show to a movie sucks, this one is a BIG exception!
Hot Fuzz (2007)
Top comedy mixed with 'ridiculous' action + the Shaun Of The Dead crew = A British movie success!
Yes, Hot Fuzz met my expectations. For all those people worrying that Hot Fuzz won't be as good as Shaun Of The Dead, let me tell you that you're wrong and Hot Fuzz reaches to the top (no surprises!). Simon Pegg and Nick Frost star in another fantastic movie which I knew from the start wouldn't suck since so many know these two get along so well in movies. Action and Comedy fans will love it!
Hot Fuzz starts off with a top London cop named Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) who's so good at his job that it makes his police force seem bad in comparison. So he gets sent off to this calm and crime-free town and meets up with another policeman named Danny Butterman (Nick Frost). While both are there some strange and unusual accidents happen in the town, and Nicholas gets into suspicion and tries to solve the mystery. Will he work it out? And how will things turn out for the town?
Hot Fuzz will offer you non-stop comedy the whole way through and a smart top script from the writers Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg (Who wrote the superb comedy 'Spaced' and 'Shaun Of The Dead'). Shaun Of The Dead comedy exists in the film, and Simon and Nick play their parts in the movie exceptionally well as usual. Not to spoil too much but you'll love the action scenes, sometimes you'll wonder whether to laugh or be impressed with it because I had problems deciding as well!
So overall, Hot Fuzz lived up to the hype, and tops Shaun Of The Dead easily! For those comedy and 'Spaced' fans you must check this out straight away! At the moment it only seems to be out in the UK but trust me, everyone else especially the Americans will also love the British humour. Expect to see a lot of fun action as well, and a great day at the theatres. Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright, Nick Frost. You've done it again! Can't wait to see more movies from you lot!
Night at the Museum (2006)
Great fun! An excellent movie to end the year!
Night At The Museum was released on Boxing Day. Was it a success? I'd say yes, because it delivered what I would say an excellent blockbuster movie which was a great way to end the year. It's silly, memorable, and entertaining. All these three things combined together make up Night at the Museum. If you've been expecting a fun movie, this won't disappoint. A great way to end the year, not a disappointment at all!
Night At The Museum's story is simple yet fun. A man named Larry gets a job as a night watchman at a museum, but doesn't know that when midnight occurs the whole museum comes to life! Larry must do his best to keep the museum in control but it's not as easy as he hoped it would be. Can Larry cope with his new job or not?
Like I said, it was fun. Had some funny moments and was just a great way to end the year. It's not really a serious movie. It has memorable characters and rather scary moments for some of the kids (while I was at the cinema, a few children started crying when they saw the T-Rex) so be warned for those adults with children. Otherwise most of you will enjoy this movie and I'm glad this was the last movie I saw (2006). Hope to see more excellent movies next year!
Too many people bashing it. I mean, I could never consider it being a 'bad' fantasy movie, it entertains and is perfectly watchable.
Okay, I've never read the novel. Just got to see it, and I'm surprised to see how many people hated this movie (all the under 5 scores I mean). I thought this movie had way too much bashing on it. The special effects alone would score this movie pretty high. I mean, how can you not be impressed with the female dragon Saphira? Sure, the lead actor who plays Eragon isn't a big star but he wasn't bad and did pretty well. I thought the biggest problem with this movie was that it was way too short! I was expecting a lot more, but I knew from the start it was going to be no Lord Of The Rings. It was, at least what I would consider "reasonable" and what I was at least "expecting".
Eragon follows a poor boy named Eragon, who discovers a dragon egg, which then hatches (the dragon's name is Saphira) and it tells him he is the next dragon rider and he's the one who can stop the king and give peace to the land. Eragon has a few other followers with him as well, plus he gets some moves and magic skills. Typical fantasy stuff.
So, even if the movie wasn't totally original (I admit, it wasn't but I got over it) it entertained, or impressed me in some way or the other. Just get over the fact that it's not going to be one of the best fantasy movies ever. It's a good movie. Nothing more, nothing less. I would see the sequel, but I think the biggest highlight you'll get from seeing this is how good the special effects are in this movie. Other than that it's pretty much average the whole way through.
El laberinto del fauno (2006)
Pan's Labyrinth doesn't disappoint! An extremely well made movie and can't be missed!
I was eagerly waiting for the release date of Pan's Labyrinth to come, as it was one of my most anticipated movies this year. The day came today, when I saw it at the cinema. I came out, amazed and stunned on how well this movie was made and it truly lived up to my expectations.
Pan's Labyrinth follows the story between a girl and his mother, meeting her newly adopted father during a Spanish war. Her new father isn't very nice, and all he wants is something (no spoilers). The girl, named Ofelia then meets up with Pan in a labyrinth, and he tells her that she can be a princess and be an immortal if she does three tasks for him. However, it doesn't turn out as easy as she thought.
A wonderful movie is all I can say! It's not an all fantasy movie, it's about 50/50. Half it it focuses on Ofelia and the labyrinth, and the other focuses on the Spanish war. However, it all links up to the ending, so both parts of the movie are important. All of the acting is excellent and the creatures in this movie are some of the best I've seen in a movie. Pan and the Pale Man looked absolutely amazing.
All of this topped up with a highly polished and well written story can guarantee this will be mentioned somewhere in the Oscars. Del Toro has truly made a masterpiece, and this is what you really call a fantasy movie. Yes, all of the language is in Spanish but that doesn't mean a movie can't be considered a masterpiece. I quickly got used to the subtitles and I kind of liked the Spanish language used in the movie, since it was set in Spain and would be kind of silly with English.
So, overall, Pan's Labyrinth lived up to my expectations. If you've been looking for an excellent, well made fantasy movie for 2006, then this is your answer. Even if you hate foreign movies, you've still got to see it! Well written, brilliant acting, and a creative movie makes this one a movie you can't miss. I'm glad I saw it, and you'll love it too.