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Elysium Movie Review (No Spoilers)

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I know this is a late review but I just saw Elysium last Wednesday because it sucks to live in Manila. But anyway, for those of you who follow my blog, you know that this is one of my most anticipated movie of the year. Why? Because of Neill Blomkamp rocks and District 9 is awesome, that should suffice. So for those who still have Elysium showing on theatres and have not seen it, this is my review of Neill Blomkamp’s follow up to District 9.

 

Starring Matt Damon, Alice Braga, Jodie Foster and Sharlto Copley , Elysium is set in the dystopic future 2154 where earth is already a crap hole where poor people live to die. And those who have the money and power built themselves a shiny space station called Elysium just within earth’s orbit to live forever free from disease and the eye sore of earth’s predicament. The story follows a guy named Max who was orphaned at a young age who dreamed to go to Elysium someday.

 

The direction, cinematography and the effects were awesome. And I mean awesome! Despite the use of shaky cam, Blomkamp’s style is definitely unique. He uses the camera with his own touch of genius and it is amazing. I mean the shots of Elysium and of earth on the movie were spectacular, some shots you even think Kubrick. But I think my favorite part of the director’s genius was his effects because the robots were wow. I was just amazed on how he visualized the robots’ movements and how they were so life like. To me, these felt like non-abiding Asimov robots, think District 9 prawns but way better. The thing that let me down a little bit (maybe more than a little) was the story, because towards the end, the story did not feel seamless. It felt a little disconnected which was weird because I know Blomkamp understands story and character well (based on District 9). Also, the character developments were not as deep as you would want them to be. At the end of it, I was left with a few questions about the plot of this movie that I have yet to find the answers. But do not worry; I will post them on a separate review.

 

The acting for sure was superb. We all know Matt Damon can kick ass (he already did this as Jason Bourne), but he really captured the essence of desperation through trying times. You really felt his struggle to stay alive which was at all cost in this movie. Alice Braga of whom I was never really fond off because I hated I Am Legend, was really good in this movie. I really liked her for this role. Jodie Foster was a little weird, she was bitchy for sure but I never felt that she was as powerful as she thought she was (or maybe this was because people from Elysium had a false sense of infallibility, or at least that’s my theory). And of course, everyone was raving about Sharlto Copley in this movie but I have to say, he was better as Wikus. Not that he did not do a great job, he was an asshole, he was creepy, he was menacing but I felt that his power was still an exterior. Although I did wince a lot when he was on screen because I thought he was going to crush someone’s skull at any given moment. But from the cast, I was really impressed with Wagner Moura, he isn’t that well known because I looked him up because I never saw him before but he was good in the movie. Despite my questionable outlook on his character, I think he was the hope that the movie needed and he played being heroic well despite being a thug, which was weird.

 

Despite not being super wowed by Elysium which I thought I would be, I have to rate it as a MUST SEE. If you like action thrillers with great cinematography told Blomkamp style, this is a reason to go to the cinema this weekend. The action was still awesome, the cinematography was breathtaking and the robots were awesome.

Breaking Bad Series Review (Seasons 1 and 2)

Season_1_posterI’ve never been a chemistry person, despite being so much like math because of its equations (which I love); I never really got the hang of it. Maybe because you had to memorize a ton of symbols and atomic crap that it felt so much like history at times (which I hate) that I just never wanted to notice it. So when I saw the logo for Breaking Bad, I immediately got turned off because of the chemistry reference. Also when I read the synopsis and read chemistry teacher, I said, this is not for me. Don’t get me wrong, I loved my chemistry teacher in high school, he was so cool and so enthusiastic, it was just that I like physics and not chemistry. And not that I expected this to be a science show about chemistry experiments but I am the type of person that when I don’t understand the things people talk about in the show, I tend to lose interest (I’m just that type of nerd).

I never really wanted to see the show because not a lot of people are talking about it (this is limited to people I know), but after that one faithful day that I was done watching Hannibal season 1 and wanted to take a refresher from all the frustration and gore, I saw Breaking Bad (yeah, stupid choice for what I wanted but hey, it all turned out well).  So Breaking Bad is created by Vince Gilligan for AMC about an overqualified chemistry teacher (yeah, he got a Nobel plaque something), Walter White played by Bryan Cranston, who gets lung cancer and teams up with his slacker former student Jesse Pinkman (yo bitch! You’ll get this after you’ve seen the first episode) played by Aaron Paul as they
“break bad” and cook meth.

This series is about as much chemistry as the Big Bang Theory is about physics, and maybe even less so don’t worry about that aspect of it. This series is all about drama sprouting from human relationships, death, violence, morality, addiction, power and money. The plot and story of this is just so fascinating and the character arcs are so effing interesting. Of course the premise follows that Walt needs money so he turns to a drug producer using this chemistry skills to produce the best meth ever, but what everyone has to go through because of it is so tense that at times you just want to see how it all ends so you don’t have to hold your breath. The creator and the writers of this show are also a master of timing, I mean for the little humor that this show has, it really works. And the things that people get into, you really get tangled in the life of them that despite Walt turning into as asshole, you still feel for him and still on his side. I don’t want to get too much into details of what happen so not to spoil it, but take my word for it, the story of this is awesome.

The cast and the acting? Let’s just say Bryan Cranston won 3 consecutive Emmys and Aaron Paul won 2 so I guess that’s all the credibility it needs. They were just so good as their characters that you get hooked on how they eventually evolve into who they are. To further emphasize my point, when I saw Bryan Cranston in this role, I would have never thought he ever had an appearance in How I Met Your Mother because he was just so different in this. He owned being Walter White, from the good to the bad. Aaron Paul was also great in the first season as a slacker but come season 2 you get to see his real personality which isn’t what you thought he is which was really cool to see.

The supporting cast are also great, Anne Gunn as Skyler White was really good because she portrays that wife thing that wants the best for everyone without thinking about the consequences. She was good because she was annoying in her family role but she also had her own battles to take as she is pregnant with a baby when seasons 1 and 2 are happening. Dean Norris as Agent Hank Schrader, Walt’s brother in law from marriage to his wife’s sister Marie who is a bad ass in the DEA. He will get more involved as the story progresses so don’t put him aside like I did in the first season. RJ Mitte as Walter Jr was also a good supporting cast although his character isn’t more involved in the story for now (a good tidbit for this guy is he plays Walt’s disabled son with cerebral palsy which he does have in real life). Betsy Brandt, Marie Schrader, Hank’s wife and Skyler’s sister is also good as supporting cast as she provides a lot of talking points with her sister. All other cast and characters are great in the series, you never meet anyone in the Breaking Bad universe that is really a throw off, you can definitely kill them off, but they weren’t just there. Characters were always there to move the story along which was great for the series.

All in all, I just have to say that Breaking Bad is awesome, I don’t know why I waited so long to see it myself. And for anyone who has not seen this show, I highly recommend seeing it now as it is a MUST SEE NOW. Watch it and get your mind blown and think that the human drama in The Walking Dead is child’s play when you see Heisenberg transform from timid school teacher to an effing drug lord. The series will end this year as the last episodes started airing. I myself am only on Season 3 as of the moment will definitely try to see it as it airs towards the end.

If you like human emotions tangled in the choices people make and how to face the consequences of those actions, you have to see Breaking Bad. Even if you don’t like violence, you will have to give it props for every amount of emotion that they give into a character and the story.

Sherlock Series Review (Seasons 1 and 2)

poster-image-gambar-snapshot-download-movie-film-photo-video-clip-sherlock-tv-series-baker-street-londonNever was a fan of Sherlock, never read the books and was only slightly amused by the movies (there were two of them right?). But anyway, I saw this series because Benedict Cumberbatch kicked so much ass in Star Trek Into Darkness that I wanted more. I wanted to see him in more crap and what more can you ask for if you watch the series where he is the main character, and thus started the amazing ride that is Sherlock.

 

Take precaution, this series is a bit of a mind bender, as Sherlock is a genius in what he does, he always assumes that you see what he sees and therefore in the same state of mind as he is, which is the double edged sword of his story and his character. This is because you do feel that this is what makes Sherlock special, his special ability to deduce everything within moments of seeing what he does, but at times, you have to stop and think before you can get on board with his ideas. But fear not as in the series, he will rant a page of dialogue explaining what he sees and what it means so you won’t get lost.

 

The creators really thought about this before they went on and did it. There are a lot of allusions in the episodes that hard core Sherlock fans will definitely enjoy. I think one of the cool things about this series is the setting. As we all know Sherlock was set in the Victorian era (I guess that was in the late 1800, I may be wrong as you know I suck at history) but the series is set in the current time which makes it much more accessible to viewers (I think they finally got that Shakespearean language sucks and that no one wants to listen to it despite the cool content, so kudos to the creators!). But anyway, they transform the old materials to a new setting relating the books to an updated time, like taxis, cellphones, the CIA and the like. Although this is set as a series, it somehow feels like each season is a movie, a long movie as each episode is 90 minutes long with each episode tied with each other. But you can’t feel that time when you see the series as it is full of mysteries that will keep you guessing about what happened and what happens next (especially because the end of both seasons are effing cliffhangers).

 

Although the series has its fascinating stories, some twists and a lot of turns, the series is also dependent on the relationship between Sherlock and Watson, yeah, the bromance here is so apparent that you know they cannot be separated from one another (I mean that literally). Their relationship is very convincing which lends a great hand to great storytelling and acting.

 

For the cast, the only thing I can say about this is that Sherlock is Cumberbatch and Watson is Martin Freeman (can someone explain to me his last name? aren’t black guys the only ones to have that last name? anyway, as I have said a million times, history dummy). That’s it, everyone else you need to meet when you watch the series because I might spoil it for you if you know who is in the series beforehand. But in terms of the acting, Cumberbatch is awesome as Sherlock. At first, I did have trouble trying to relate Khan (oops! Sorry for those who have not seen Into Darkness) as being Sherlock, because for one, he spoke very  slowly in Star Trek. But I have to say, after the first episode, he is a better Sherlock than Robert Downey Jr. Not discrediting Downey but Cumberbatch is just better in my opinion. In addition to that, I also think that Freeman is a better Wilson than Jude Law (although the latter is definitely hotter). In this version, you really get to feel for Wilson, you really understand him as a character and not just someone who cleans up after Sherlock.

 

There’s really not much more to say other than this is a really good series. As a test to it’s quality, my boyfriend who is baffled by the English accent (and hates British humor, he just doesn’t find it funny) saw this series with me without complaint on the accent or the humor. So there, that’s the best testament I can give to those who feel skeptical about how good this series is.

 

I really think that Sherlock is a MUST SEE NOW. I think you can now see that about 90% of my reviews are MUST SEE NOW. Be it movies, books or series, and that is because I only things that are interesting to me and that I can recommend to everyone else. I just don’t to waste my time with crap and die tomorrow wishing I had spent my time better. And with the great shows that are on TV now, I think you can just find a show that you like in any channel and stick to that.

 

But I think this success is because TV writers now really are fans of what they write. I mean that is the brilliance of the current TV series today, the biggest factor of that is the creators and writers of these TV shows are fans first of the material. And from that they recreate the things that they love about the character or the story into something relatable which makes us, the audience, love what they love. They make something that is not palatable to the general audience and they make it as interesting as hell which makes it so successful. Well anyways, I just have to say, watch Sherlock. You will be surprised of how awesome it is even if you’re not a Sherlock fan.

Kick Ass 2 Movie Review (No Spoilers)

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As part of my top 5 most anticipated movies of the year, I couldn’t wait to see Kick Ass 2. And after watching it, I must say it didn’t disappoint. Because after an underwhelming summer season (not that all the movies sucked, more like some of the movies I expected to be awesome  weren’t as awesome as they should be) Kick Ass redeemed 2013 movies to a level almost near to Star Trek Into Darkness in my books.

 

Written and directed by Jeff Wadlow with the original cast (Chloe Moretz, Aaron Taylor Johnson, Christopher Mintz Plasse) gotten older and the addition of Jim Carrey, Kick Ass 2 is the story of what happens next after a normal citizen became a masked vigilante accidentally killing a mob boss with a psychotic son.

Kick Ass 2 picked up where Kick Ass left off (SPOILER ALERT!), so Big Daddy is dead, McLovin’s daddy is dead, Kick Ass and Hit Girl are still superheroes and Red Mist (or the Motherfucker) is out for revenge. Hit Girl has to deal with high school and being normal. Kick Ass who feels so vindicated and important having been the first superhero to be noticed has to face the choice of remaining to be a superhero to be someone or leaving it all behind to just be noone. And Red Mist being so pissed off at Kick Ass for killing his father that he chooses to use all of this money, to find Kick Ass and make him pay (in the funniest way possible, not funny haha alright, the funny holy crap what’s he doing kind of funny).

 

Despite being directed by a new director, I think Kick Ass 2 maintained the essence of the franchise. The laugh out loud, absurdly violent, could happen but really couldn’t in cool real life action. The story was a off course typical of a superhero sequel movie, not that it needed to be so original but knowing the predictability of this movie didn’t take any of the “oh shit” moments. The pacing was well handled because there were high school crap in between where Hit Girl had to mask (weird that it was the other way around) that she was the coolest thing since frozen yogurt and try to become normal. The slower parts definitely felt like a good build up to what’s about to happen because any time there was a high school scene, you know that a Motherfucker scene would come and that makes it all worth it. The one issue I had with the direction was the shaky cam. It was dizzying as all hell, it really takes away from the value of the good ass action sequence, it really sucked. But good thing not all action scenes were shaky cam so I am thankful for that.

 

The cast was awesome! Have to say never noticed how hot Kick Ass was in the first one but in this one, woo! He was definitely hot in a nerd look with the abs that can melt butter. Chloe was still good as Hit Girl, although she didn’t have as many ass kicking moments in this one compared to the first, she was still good at what she does. Although she did do this fake smile thing that annoyed the crap out of me during the movie. Not saying she didn’t act well, just saying she smiled in this weird slow moa la Joker style which was weird. Jim Carrey was also good in the movie, he captured the square but crazy kind of guy you know is out there. It’s very unfortunate that he pulled away support for this movie because he really was good in it despite being on it for only a while. The supporting cast was also good and acted well, didn’t really find them as a throw away to the quirky team of superheroes. But despite all of the good things the cast did, for me, McLovin hands down really did this one for me, every time he was on screen I was literally laughing my ass off. I was kind of embarrassed but didn’t care during the movie because I was snickering even when the scene was over. He just portrays comedic absurdity really well that I really wish he would do more movies.

 

In the end for the love of all things that are funny, don’t believe the stupid ratings you see on film critic sites, those people have sticks so far up their  aholes that they cannot distinguish good timing from stupid spoof movies. Absurdity, violence and McLovin? This movie definitely delivered what it promised and despite the use of shaky cam, it is still a MUST SEE NOW. If you liked the first movie, you will definitely love this one. And if you are a fan of good movies, I urge you to watch this one, this is one of the movies that really made me go, that was so good I’ll have to watch it again, which I have to say only happened to me twice this year (the first being Star Trek Into Darkness). I cannot stress enough that this movie will make you laugh, make you cry and make you wonder how is it all possible. It’s definitely one of my favorite films in 2013.

The Wolverine Movie Review (Spoilers)

As I have said, there were some loose ends in The Wolverine that bothers me and this is the time to put it out there.

As I mentioned in my spoiler free review, the 3rd act of this movie was a bit detached from the entire movie because it was so comic-y, kind of like the 3rd act in Iron Man III. To add to that, Viper didn’t do much and I could’ve done without her. I mean the master Yashida could’ve orchestrated the entire thing without needing Viper and just having the ninja guy fetch Mariko AND Wolverine with no problem. I mean if the Black Clan of ninjas have been protecting him all along, why the hell did they need the Viper. I didn’t find her at all interesting; the old guy could’ve been the villain all along without this chick spraying poison over guys’ faces. Some would say it’s to build the adamantium suit and to that, they never said a thing how qualified to do that in the first place. In the first place, Yashida seems to be on the edge of life saving technology even without the Viper’s help so she was just there so we can get a sexy villain who can change her skin without taking her clothes off.

Next on this rant, if you can call it that, was how much adamantium can he get from Wolverine, really? The suit was already built, along with 2 flaming swords, why take Wolverine’s claws. And at the beginning, they said what they needed from Wolverine was his immortality, I would love to get the explanation on how they planned to do this. In the course of the movie, they were able to hamper Wolverine’s powers to regenerate and nothing else. To transfer it to someone else which was supposed to be their goal, they had no ability to do, so I call bullshit. In addition to that, what did the little metal bugs do? And yeah, they suppressed Wolverine’s ability to heal, but how? No explanation was attempted to clear this whatsoever. I mean do they suck the life out of Wolverine then give it to the next person? So they store energy, are they made of adamantium? Nothing, they had no story about this and it sucks.

Whatever happened to Mariko’s supposed fiancé? After he got thrown off the balcony and supposedly lived, what next? For a guy who’s got yakuza connections and a government to back him up, this guy just backed the fuck down? I mean with the possibility of his good name getting slandered to the press, he made no move to shut Wolverine up in the hopes that his image won’t get tarnished.

If Mariko was so conservative, why sleep with Wolverine after 2 days (is it 2 days?) of just casually knowing him. I don’t know if it’s an Asian thing but if you are conservative enough to follow your father’s wishes on who to marry, I think it follows that you understand the concept of no pre-marital sex. Also, she said she was a master of knives? In no way did she illustrate this other than directly stabbing her grandfather in the throat but no knife throwing was made whatsoever. Also in the end, she became this business woman with swagger which doesn’t make sense because throughout the movie she really made it clear that she was a damsel in distress. Although I have to be clear about her, I did like the actress, I just wasn’t convinced about her character.

And I think that’s about it. If you read the spoiler without seeing the movie, I still feel that you need to see it. I mean these things can be overlooked when you see the good things about the film. And yes, these things bother me when I saw it but The Wolverine is still a good movie despite this.

The Wolverine Movie Review (No Spoilers)

thewolverine3dposterI was never a big fan of Wolverine, in fact, within the X-Men universe, he is one of the characters I really despise. Maybe it’s just his popularity or the fact that he sulked for an entire movie in X-Men I or maybe I have the same problem with him as I do with vampires, they live forever. But despite not being a fan of Wolverine, or Hugh Jackman, or the director of this film, I found myself buying a movie ticket because my boyfriend is a big fan and I needed to suck it up for him as he did for me in Pacific Rim.

The Wolverine stars Hugh Jackman as the iconic Wolverine directed by James Mangold whose repertoire is the weirdest set for a director I have probably seen. This is the 2nd attempted reboot of the Wolverine origin story (but it kind of isn’t an origin story because he has already been the Wolverine for some time before this which is at least 3 movies) as we try to forget the fucked up 1st attempt that is Wolverine Origins. Movie starts where X-Men: The Last Stand ended where Logan had just killed the love of his life in order to save humanity (that includes mutants). He’s become a loner, which is not new because he’s always been like that. But to grant the wishes of an old dying friend, he travels to Japan to say goodbye and his story begins.

First of all, don’t believe the trailer, from what I have learned from Man of Steel, the trailers now are in no way the same tone of the movie. Not saying that the trailer was awesome and the movie sucked, just saying that the trailer in some way undercut what the movie is. Secondly, as I have already mentioned, this isn’t really so much of an origin story than just a plain old stand-alone Wolverine movie.

 The direction and story was good (well, up until they went into the 3rd act which was a bit baffling or way too comic-y). The story and the plot was a great Wolverine story, you know that he’s haunted by the past, that he doesn’t give a fuck, that he just wants to be left alone but given the chance to kick some ass he will, you know, what we all know Wolverine to be. The cinematography was also good and I appreciate that they didn’t go to extravagant what the fuck it’s cool Japan to shoot the scenes (ala Lord of the Rings), they kept the locations simple enough that it makes sense and focused more on what Wolverine would do rather than shove beautiful sceneries down your throat. And the action scenes were amazing. I mean despite the effing dizzying shaky cam on the first big action scene of this movie, the action was awesome (and that is coming from someone who is not a big fan of action). They weren’t so big but the stunt work was so cool. I think it was a very thoughtful touch that you can really see the actors fly through the air and move around without it looking so much like choreography.

The acting was for the most part great. I mean no one can see any other Wolverine except Hugh Jackman and he really kicked ass a Wolverine. I mean the guy is in his 40s but he’s built like whoa, I mean, really, you can imagine he is a brick wall with claws that no one can get pass. Rila Fukushima as a supporting character was amazing. She had the bad ass thing down! Her action scenes were awesome! For me, seeing her kick ass in the movie was one of the things I looked forward to. The girl who played Mariko and Master Yashida were also good but of course shadowed by Jackman’s portrayal all the way. The viper girl, I didn’t really care for, in fact I wish she wasn’t in the movie.

I do have a lot of questions after seeing this movie as there were some loo se ends that they did not care to elaborate. But the bottom line for this movie is that if you are a Wolverine fan, go get your butt in theater and see it. For non-Wolverine fans, it is a good movie, you will definitely get your money’s worth. It is definitely a MUST SEE.  Please do stay for the credits as it will blow your mind (trust me, a few minutes of clip, will top the almost 2 hours you spent with Wolverine).

I will be posting a spoiler review right after this for those who want to know what I didn’t like in the movie. Hope you liked this review and I would love to hear the comments of those who love Wolverine (both in comic books and movies).

Pan’s Labyrinth Movie Review

pans_labyrinth5I was never a big fan of Guillermo del Torro’s work (ie Blade II or Hellboy I) but when I saw Pan’s Labyrinth, I immediately became enchanted with what he could create. And with the underwhelming taste that Pacific Rim has left me, I feel like it’s a good time to review this movie so we will not lose interest in del Torro’s magic.

 

Set in Spain after the civil war (or during maybe due to the resistance? Not sure, because this is a Mexican film but being the stupid history person I am, I don’t know what era this is in Spain or what the war was about, I just know that there was a resistance during the setting of the film), a girl finds herself being dragged by her pregnant mother to a military camp to stay with her stepfather; although this is not just about that, this movie has so much more to offer to the viewer that in the end, you will find yourself so connected to them that you feel their journey after this film.

 

As I said, this movie is not just about Pan’s Labyrinth, it is so much more than that. I guess the title came from where all these events were happening which is Pan’s Labyrinth. (But I do find the title a bit confusing as none of her tasks involved the actual going through the labyrinth itself. I think the title should have been The Faun’s Tasks rather Pan’s Labyrinth but I guess that’s a bit of a knit pick from the awesome drama history fantasy this is.) The central story is about Ofelia trying to go back to the underworld where she used to be a princess. She meets a faun who asks her to do 3 tasks before the full moon so that we could go through the portal and back to her real world. This plot of the movie was incredible and provided a good platform for the other stories to cling on to. I tend to think that this movie is about 3 women trying to find freedom in their own ways, Ofelia (the girl), Mercedes (the housekeeper) and Carmen (Ofelia’s mother). It’s hard to get into the details without spoiling it for you so just think that it’s awesome like that.

 

The story, the direction, the cinematography, the effects, the pacing; everything was so well done from del Torro that I instantly became a fan despite hating Hellboy I (yes, I didn’t like Hellboy, but I definitely think Hellboy II was a giant leap forward). It was just awesome, the world he created, the people who were in it, the stories they had to tell, it was incredible. He did this film with a love for both storytelling and cinema combined that it just touches your heart. However, on the other side of the drama and wonder were the little violences that could run Tarantino for his money, they were brutal, horrific and bloody. Some of the predicaments and costumes felt a little bit like Alice in Wonderland with a Mexican twist (a really really good meaningful Mexican twist) that at times you compare it to the story.

 

The cast was amazing. Ivana Baquero who plays Ofelia the main character was awesome, she had the right amount of wonder, smarts and innocence in the film. Despite standing for minutes after something shocking where you scream at the TV for her to run away and she doesn’t, she still pulls of the struggle between growth and innocence in that you really want her to come out of this alive. The girl who plays Mercedes was also great in the movie, you feel her sense of power and purpose throughout the film that you want her to succeed despite not knowing what it really is she is fighting for. Captain Vidal was also so scary in the film which makes him so effective as the antagonist to the film. He had so much menacing moments that you feel that you want him dead, but you also feel the human in him trying to express what he wants so you can redeem him (although just a bit of course). The faun was an odd character in this one because of course, he is not human, and in addition, I never knew until the end which side he was playing. But he provided an interesting point of doubt of what is real and what isn’t in the movie.

 

Everything about this movie is a magical. I think this is a movie not a lot of people has seen because it is a foreign film and reading subtitles in a movie sucks, but believe me, it’s worth it (that is coming from a person who refuses to watch anime as I hate reading subtitles). So I have to say, Pan’s Labyrinth is a MUST SEE NOW.

Despicable Me 2 Movie Review

Despicable-Me-2-PosterYes, despite being a serious person, I watch animations too! I do have a heart you know? And I have to say, I laughed a lot with this film. I am a huge minion fan, I even think that my favorite trailer of all time were the minions singing the banana potato song (how much do I love it? I sing pretty much all the time, so that’s how much).

 

So obviously Despicable Me 2 is a follow up movie to Despicable Me. In this one, Gru has left his evil villain ways to become a full-fledged father to the 3 girls he adopted from the first film (on how he formally adopted them, I don’t know as he doesn’t really scream, adoptive father but this is a kid’s movie, so I try not to think about that). However, unfortunately for Gru, he has to get back to the game as he is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to find a villain who stole a top secret formula who turns cuddly rabbits into rabid eating monsters.

 

I have to say that this movie is probably funnier than the first one and it because of the minions. In the first one, you see them and they are funny. But in this one, they got so much screen time that you wait for their next antic because you know it will be hilarious.

 

As a kid’s movie, it good but not great. The story is of course predictable but nothing about it is annoying. It isn’t the next Finding Nemo but it is a good movie if you have a kid. There aren’t too many lessons learned type of thing here but the entertainment factor is definitely there if you want to laugh.

 

The voice actors were good especially for Steve Carell and the Mexican (or was he Spanish?) guy. They really owned their characters and they gave it some life. Wiig though (the spy girl who recruited Gru) was a bit too pitchy for me, I think she was more annoying than Silverman as Vanelope in Wreck it Ralph.

 

All in all, if you have a kid and have nothing better to do on a Sunday, you can watch it. But for me, this movie is a WATCH IT WHEN IT COMES TO CABLE. I mean the minions were great but you can watch their antics online for free. In addition, they have their own movie coming up next year which stars Sandra Bullock and John Hamm so you’ll see them more. I just don’t feel that there is anything special in this movie and the laughs will feel forgettable after your next movie (probably except for the minion performance in the end).

World War Z Movie Review (No Spoilers)

World_War_Z_posterI have been a zombie fan ever since I saw Dawn of the Dead (the remake). And since then I haveloved them so much that compared to anything considered as “others” they are by far the most interesting to me. Yeah, they are mindless and yes they are plain but I do think they have more substance than vampires (well except maybe Dracula) or werewolves (yes, remember The Wolfman?). They just seem to emanate this truth about human behavior rather than a myth than they seem more attached to reality than most things, and that’s why I love them.

 

Yes yes, I saw this late but better late than never, and I must say that I was happy I still saw it despite being this late. So this movie was directed by Marc Forster (the guy who made Stranger than Fiction and The Kite Runner, two movies that I really loved) and starred Brad Pitt in a world where zombies are effing sprinters and people get infected within 12 seconds of being bitten, yes the virus is that fast.

 

The direction was good but the cinematography was awesome; there were definitely some shots there that you wouldn’t think whoa, human obliteration: zombie apocalypse. The first part was a bit chaotic and shaky but I guess that was how they conveyed the beginning to the end so it didn’t bother me that much. The plot and the story was of course, predictable in every zombie but the way the suspense was built was great. I mean I hear people holding their breath inside the cinema (is this really the correct way to say this?) from the tension being built during the scenes. Additionally, I don’t think the pacing was done so well because the first part seemed to drag a bit, then the middle was a bit long and the end was just “tadah! The end” wait for the sequel.

 

The acting was excellent, I mean Brad Pitt has always been an awesome guy since Se7en so he hasn’t been in anything crappy. But I think one of the stand out performances for me was his wife, don’t know the name of the actress but she was good. With the limited time that she got, I must admit I really liked her in the part. She knows how to handle herself and her children and be a good wife without being a pain in the butt to Brad. The other characters were fine, but since this is an apocalypse movie, you only get to see the protagonist since he is the focus of the entire movie.

 

And since this is a zombie movie, we have to talk about the zombie. The zombie here is no George Romero zombie; I mean these zombies were 28 days rage virus zombie who can run without freaking panting. They will totally give you a run for their money and eat you, if you saw the trailers they can built effing zombie ladders and walk over walls, that’s how fast they can run. Also, this movie isn’t very gory, it didn’t have much blood as I thought it would have. It somehow feels like the first season of walking dead, meaning it has very minimal blood.

 

The only problem I have with this movie is that you don’t get really attached to anyone (of course except for the main character). You know people are dying, cities are overrun by zombie but I don’t feel too much grief about it. Although you see the weight of the apocalypse, especially when they do aerial shots of cities full of zombies, you still don’t feel the urge to cry and panic for them. The human connection and relatability wasn’t really established enough.

 

All in all, I have to rate this movie a MUST SEE (if you are a zombie fan), if you aren’t, just wait for it to come out in cable. You really aren’t missing much if you don’t see it. Hope you liked this review and hoping to get your comments below. 🙂

Pacific Rim Movie Review (No Spoilers)

pacific_rim_posters_gipsy_dangerPlease do forgive my hiatus, as I was busy and did not feel like going to the cinemas, I felt that I could let the movies just pass and just watch it afterwards. (Note that bypassing World War Z was a mistake, but I’ll see it tonight so please don’t crucify me). I’ll be posting my review of it tomorrow and maybe another for Despicable Me 2. I’ll also probably me be watching Before Midnight but will see the 1st two movies first. But now, I cannot let the weekend pass by and not let you know if you should watch Pacific Rim.

 

As a child of the 90s who grew up with sentai with my Saturday breakfast, I was so pumped to watch Pacific Rim. Because not only were there cool robots, there were cool robotS,(emphasis on the S meaning plural). And I have to say after watching the movie; I am still a bit reserved on how awesome it was. Granted that the massive effing robots were freaking awesome (the details, the gadgets, the designs were well thought of), I do have a lot of qualms with the acting in the film.

 

Pacific Rim is about the Kaiju (giant beasts) coming out of the earth’s crust from another dimension and to fight them off, humans (meaning all human race) worked together to build a defense line of jaegers (hunters) through the jaeger project. But the main story revolves around this guy who used to pilot who faced this unfortunate event from being a pilot and he quit. But after 5 years, the jaegers were being declared obsolete by the government and funding will be stopped as they are trying to build a wall to fend off the kaijus (I think they were thinking, hey, it worked with the white walkers in Game of Thrones, maybe we can use them with Kaijus). To this, the head director of the program, Idris Elba is trying to build a team that will eliminate the root cause of the war to end finally end their cities from getting attacked by the beasts.

 

This movie is directed and co-written by Guillermo del Torro which makes it a mixed bag for me as I wasn’t the biggest fan of Hellboy I but I really liked Hellboy II and Pan’s Labyrinth. The cast are people whom I am not familiar with other than Idris Elba who was awesome in Prometheus so I didn’t really know what I was going to get with the movie in general.

 

Much like when I saw Man of Steel, somehow I felt underwhelmed with the movie. But let me be clear that the movie was spectacular. The graphics, the cinematography, the size was so gloriously produced that you can’t imagine the scale of the production sets made for this film. It is just that I didn’t like the two main actors, meaning the main guy who I can’t even remember the name and the Japanese girl who looked like she came straight out of a manga (due to the hair) with expressions like she’s performing in porn (yes, the please don’t hurt me but I like it look and voice).

 

The direction and the plot were fine, they weren’t great but they were ok. They made a clear enough movie that the giant awesome robots can blast giant freaking beasts in the gut. But the visuals and the details of the sets were spectacular; I mean I saw it in 3D and the amount of work that they put into the details of not only the robots but the sets were pretty cool. All the fighting scenes were awesome; it definitely feels like putting the fantasy battle of Godzilla vs a giant robot in your head a reality. The robots were amazing; each robot had a character of their own as they had individual gadgets that they used based on the people who pilot them. It was really awesome, if for anything else, if you really like robots, you can see it just for that.

 

And now, the thing that brought the film down for me was the acting. The main guy who I didn’t care for overacted to much that I wanted to punch him in the face. He doesn’t understand subtlety at the least. While watching the movie, I kept thinking I wish Tom Hardy would play the main guy so that it would be awesome, because he has that brooding damaged but will kick your ass feel to him. The other main character which was the Japanese girl was also an over actor. I just hated her and wanted her to die the entire time. So unfortunately with my distaste with the people on screen half the time, it somehow annoyed me to death. Idris Elba was cool in the movie but I felt he wasn’t the bad ass I thought he was going to be. But the fun part for me were the scientists who helped the project as they were reminiscent of the robot thing that helped every sentai show.

 

All in all, I have to say despite the irritating acting, I still liked Pacific Rim a lot. Not that I have the same feeling I had when I saw Star Trek Into Darkness but I wasn’t as angry as I was when I saw Oblivion. It a formula you know by heart but the visuals are definitely glorious, and for that I have to say it is a MUST SEE NOW (in 3D). Hope you enjoyed this review and I’ll be posting more reviews soon! Let me know  if you liked Pacific Rim or you don’t agree with my thoughts on it. 🙂