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 IRON MAN 3 MOVIE REVIEW – SPOILERS

I think my previous review was a bit lacking since I couldn’t discuss anything without spoiling the movie for those who haven’t seen it. So to get our think tanks in gear, I’ll do this other review with spoilers.

Positives

So Iron Man 3, as a sequel to the Avengers and as a finale to the Iron Man movies, it’s quite well done. In my opinion, it takes the out of this world factor of the Avengers and applies it in a relevant although far-fetched reality.  And it really does focus all of its time, literally all of it, to Iron Man’s character. You really do feel that Iron Man is struggling with almost dying and you sort of understand why he’s losing his mind. Although I do wish that they were more flashbacks to establish how terrifying it is for Tony to deal with that crap.

One of the coolest things in the movie were the suits. The suits flying in the air scene was awesome, although I may not understand all the references for the suit designs, I still enjoy seeing that much metal clashing with indestructible humans. The action scenes were very well done, although you do understand that the regenerating people were CGI, it was just enough CGI to convince you that this could really happen.

Tony and the kid. That was probably the funniest part of the Iron Man trilogy. It was such a good tandem that you can’t help but laugh out loud despite being inside the cinema. Also, Jon Favreau was so funny. I just love that guy, I think being over the top is his thing and he does it well. Ben Kingsley was also hilarious as Trevor and scary as the Mandarin. He just did the 180 very convincingly that I just love him in this movie.

Negatives

Guy Pearce’s “power”. I wish they elaborated more on how they can code your brain to regrowing your limbs and you breathing fire. I wish they really told you how they transferred the technology from plants to humans. They should’ve also elaborated how Guy and the girl became a tandem and how they collaborated on their ideas and came up with the plan to blow up the world. I didn’t really understand what they wanted to do. They just blew stuff up, kidnap the president, tried to pin it on the US to leave the middle east alone but since they were not earning money to do it (since they created a persona who supposedly paid them, which he didn’t), what were they trying to accomplish? Was I the only one who missed this?

The Maya girl. I forgot her name but I think she was underutilized. You don’t really understand where she’s coming from. She’s evil why? Is it for the money? Is she in love with Guy Pearce? Does she just hate Tony? They really don’t tell you. Because you can’t really say that she did it as an act of revenge to Tony because she wanted Tony’s help in the first place. She only sought his help after Tony got in between her and Guy’s plan. So you can’t really say she’s a demon, as Tony put it.

How did they build a loyal army to their cause? Is part of the person’s power mind control? I don’t get why these people would kill for Guy Pearce with just loyalty and gratitude.  Because as I said, I don’t think these guys were paid in cash, because where would they get it? From sponsorships? That is understandable but not established. In the beginning, they did try to get Tony to fund them but he refused, so if they did that, they must owe some people something, like the results of the project. But you don’t see other people using the technology other than Guy. So i’m not sure if it works out like that.

Lastly, I’m not sold with Pepper being a bad ass. I think the main thing I like about Gwyneth Paltrow is her quiet presence, that’s why when she turns into the aggressive regenerating (lizard?), it’s not at all convincing that she can take on Guy Pearce. I mean, Tony tried to kill this guy several times and failed, but she can knock him out with explosives? I mean he was contained in a suit which blew up?! and he was still alive. How can he die with a missile shot towards him? It’s just not as convincing as you would’ve hoped.

Despite the lingering questions left in my head after watching this and thinking about it. I still do think it was a good movie. It makes you laugh and makes you care on how Iron Man would turn up and despite the cheesy ending, I think the ending is appropriate because you know in the end, Iron Man will not stop being Iron Man. You understand that he is Iron Man, and it’s not a persona, he can’t help being a genius with a lot of time and money.

Do you have any lingering questions regarding Iron Man 3? I would love to hear your comments on this? Did I just not get it or this is also how you see it? Please leave comments below 🙂

IRON MAN 3 MOVIE REVIEW

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Alright, and the summer kicks off with the funniest Iron Man movie. And although I did like this Iron Man movie, I must say I like the first Iron Man better. Also, I must admit that reviewing this is a little bit out of my range because I have not seen any of Shane Black’s films. (Yes, I have not seen Predator or Lethal Weapon or Kiss Kiss Bang Bang because I am not a big action movie fan)  and I don’t even like Iron Man (because he’s always been compared to Batman, and as you know, I am a Batman die hard fan). But I’ll try to give it a good review anyways. 🙂

The movie stars Robert Downey Jr, Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow, Guy Pearce and Ben Kingsley and directed by Shane Black.  It’s the third and “presumably” the last installment of the Iron Man movies and deals with the Mandarin. It starts where the Avengers left off where Iron Man is still haunted by the fact that he almost died from going through a worm hole to save humanity and now he goes back to just being a genius with the knowledge that he can get squashed by aliens and he can only do so much to save himself and the rest of the world.

In general, this movie is very “Avengers-ish”. It’s fun filled, light hearted, highly humored and very kid friendly. You can really see how the tone of the Avengers was carried through and how they try to tie the stories in. The direction was great because the shots were amazing and the pacing was so good that it sucks you to the story. I did feel that there were little dull moments but it really doesn’t drag the movie at all.

The story wasn’t really original but it is done well. You do understand why Iron Man feels what he feels, why he is where he is and the story really centers on him. In my opinion, there were no side stories to this movie, the main focus is Iron Man and how he will handle what’s in front of him with this past traumatizing event haunting him. I’m not saying that that’s bad since the movie is aptly named Iron Man 3, I’m actually giving credit to the movie that they focused on the title character and they did it well. The twist did catch me a bit by surprise, maybe because I had no expectations of the movie but it was a fun twist. I do have a problem with regards towards the end with what happened with Pepper’s character. I just don’t buy that she can change that way. But all in all, the plot made sense and that’s all you really needed to do.

The acting was great, I really think that the actors understood what kind of movie the director was trying to portray that you feel that no one was out of place. Although I did feel that there was one character was underutilized in the story. But I have to say that Ben Kingsley was menacing as the Mandarin. When you hear that “you’ll never see me coming” line, it’s crazy awesome and makes you smile. It really does, because you think to yourself, this guy is out of his mind, I wonder what he’ll do to Iron Man. For Robert Downey Jr, I think he IS Iron Man, but I did feel that he overdid it at times. There were some moments that he felt too abrasive that it came out as in your face rather than smoothly but I don’t think anyone can play Iron Man but him. It’s like Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, they just are who they say they are and it’s crazy good. Guy Pearce is just Guy Pearce in a sense that he can really do a good villain, he’s just a great actor all around. Although you must know that I am on love with Guy Pearce.

And although this is not my favorite iron man movie and the movie might have its flaws, I still think that this movie is worth watching. To that, I give it a rating as a Must See. If you liked the Avengers, then you’ll definitely like this movie. It’s action packed (very much) and funny. It’s a great movie to start the summer movies.

Hope you liked this review. If you have any comments or suggestions, just leave me a comment below. 🙂

OBLIVION MOVIE REVIEW

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So I finally gathered enough courage to go to a cinema, spend money on a movie ticket to watch a movie this year. This is my first movie experience for 2013 and I must say I was disappointed. Very much disappointed. Just a heads up, the first part of this review is spoiler free but since I am a bit angry about this movie, there will be spoilers at the bottom so if you don’t like spoilers, stop reading when I you see SPOILER.

Oblivion stars Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Morgan Freeman and Melissa Leo. It’s directed by Joseph Kosinski and partly written by him as well. It’s based on the comic book created by the director and I think that’s all I can say that’s technical about this movie. It’s a story about earth and the aftermath of a war where earth becomes uninhabitable and humans flee to Titan, Saturn’s moon. Tom Cruise is a drone mechanic who fixes drone on earth while we are still recovering energy that we can from earth before finally leaving it.

I am not a fan of Tom Cruise or Joseph Kosinski. I just never liked Tom Cruise and I’ve never seen a movie from the director since I didn’t watch Tron Legacy (for those who are not familiar with me, I like my movies more than just a visually stimulating fantasy). But I went to see the movie because I saw Elysium’s trailer the same day and it excited the crap out of me. I am a huge fan of District 9 and I think Neil Blomkamp has got a lot of promise. So I thought to myself, maybe it’s time to gear up and start watching movies in the cinema again.

I did enjoy the first part a little bit, familiarizing what earth has become after the war, and what happened. You see all this great shots of after war earth and you think to yourself, oh yeah, earth’s done for. And when you see the half blown moon at the sky, you really think catastrophe. They also do give you hints at the beginning that something is off and something is not what they appear but if you look at the movie as a whole there’s really nothing more to grasp on.

And it really crushed me that sci fi isn’t given much love with this movie. Not that I’m a sci fi guru, but it really shoots close to my heart, I really got angry with this movie because not only there was no originality in the movie, there was really no depth of story whatsoever. It feels like a 9 year old thought of the twists and said, ok, let’s do it. Although the direction was not bad because the visuals were amazing but the pacing together with the storyline couldn’t hold your interest enough. The pacing is just awful, you never feel the story pick up. You want to think, ok, is this it? Is the story becoming epic? I felt that at least three times and got angrier everytime because it never happens. It leaves you with more questions that there are answers. I mean in any fantasy world you want to know how it got there, why there are like that, when is it set all that crap and it doesn’t have to make sense in our real world but it has to make sense it that world but Oblivion failed in that aspect. I mean yes, we get it, these are the remnants of an alien-human war but what now? Where has everything gone? What the hell is happening? These questions were not answered in my opinion even until the end of the movie. They do offer tidbits of information but it was never enough. Some of it makes itself sometimes too obvious or sometimes too vague that you see plot holes everywhere.

The action in the movie was OK and the technology was cool. His transporter (I forgot what they called it) and other things of the future were nice to look at but anything other than that was not impressive. The score I felt was not good. It kept trying to shove moments in you that they want you to feel epic about but it just ends up being a loud display of non-epic storyline that really doesn’t help the movie, AT ALL.

The acting from Tom Cruise was good and his “wife” was amazing at being wide eyed and technical. But I must say that his other love interest (I call her the cheap version of Catherine Zeta Jones) was not good. I also feel that Morgan Freeman was underutilized, they just wanted to record his voice so that the empty stupid dialogue would at least sound smarter and epic than what it really is.

SPOILERS (Stop reading if you wan’t to see this movie even without knowing why I hate it so much)

1. You never understand fully the setting of earth and Titan. It’s set in 2077 but we had the technology to send people off to Titan? They never told you how we won the war against the scavs. I mean how did we defeat a force who can blow up the moon? They never really explained what the scavs even are, which maybe be because there are no scavs. And the radiation zone? What is in the radiation zone, we were supposed to find out because Morgan Freeman said we should see it to find the answers but it’s just sand. I don’t understand how Tom Cruise got the point with just seeing the sand.

2. Oh yeah, humans are still alive and living on earth. And yeah, they are trying to destroy whatever is out there. But they never make you care about them. Yeah you meet Morgan Freeman, and there rest? They’re just there so you can say there is still a human population. That’s it, that’s all they are there for. You never give a crap about the human race and what they are fighting for. And the ending, the last 10 minutes of it were pretty stupid. YES. When I “got to the end of the tunnel”, I was expecting to at least be interested on what’s behind the curtain, but when I saw what it was, I got a little bit pissed. You will understand this when you see it or if you decide to see it.

3. The ending and I hated the 2 stupid endings. Yeah, there are so many freaking twists at the end you feel like they are trying to compensate for the rest of the shitty movie. The first one was the giant stereo. Yeah, the freaking alien was a giant stereo. On how it created rigs without hands, I don’t know? On why it needs to eat up other planets, i don’t know. Maybe it wants to play at a concert for the universe but needs at least 3 planets to consume so that he can play the music. Next, the thing with the kid. Yeah, his real wife lives because he leaves her at this cabin he built while on earth and viola! in 3 years, you see a child and her. Then turns out, it took the humans 3 years to find her because in that scene, she was found by the clone (yeah, Tom Cruise has a clone). In which you ask yourself, how the fuck did you survive 3 freaking years in that cabin? How did you give birth? What did you eat? Was the one pet fish enough to sustain both of your existences?

Since I’m starting to review new movies now, I’m adapting a more descriptive review rating than just 1 to 5. My new rating system from lowest to highest is as follows:

1 – Not worth watching EVER

2 – Watch it when it comes our on cable

3 – Stream it online

4 – Must see

5 – Must see NOW!

So to scale my first movie of 2013 in my new rating system. Oblivion – I say watch it when it comes out on cable. It has no originality, no depth just visuals which were impressive if you turn your brain off. There was no depth of story or even of character except from Tom Cruise maybe. It’s just not worth spending your money.

After watching this movie, it really gave me a fearful feeling for the sci fi movies coming out this year because there are a lot. I am hoping though that this would be the worst one since this is shown in May. I hope M Night makes it good with After Earth because Elysium is still a long wait ahead.

Hope you liked this review. If you have any comments or suggestions, just leave me a comment below. 🙂

MOST ANTICIPATED MOVIES OF 2013

In honor of the Oscars today and to celebrate the great movies that came out in 2012, I’m getting excited about the movies coming out this year. I know this maybe a little late since February is almost done, but with the exception of Warm Bodies, I wasn’t really very excited for the movies that came out earlier this year.

So in order to ramp up the adrenaline for going to the movies, here are my top five most anticipated movies for 2013.

5. Kick Ass 2 (June) – Katniss may still be fighting her butt off in Catching Fire and Brad Pitt is trying to escape from the Zombie apocalypse but my ultimate “action” pick for this year is the sequel to Kick Ass. The first one may not have been so successful but I was laughing the whole time I was watching it. Kick Ass, Hit Girl and Red Mist are going back for a second shot and I think it’s going to be a good one. The premise of the first movie was interesting enough and the cast was great. I’m so excited to see Aaron Taylor-Johnson, McLovin as I will always remember him in Superbad (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) and Chloe Moretz to literally kick some ass and spill blood in the process. Lastly, it really doesn’t hurt that the new villain for this movie is Jim Carrey.

4. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (November) – Nothing is more epic than LOTR, and although the first hobbit movie was not of the same caliber as The Lord of the Rings trilogy, I think this should still be on the top my list for two reasons. One, I read the book and there a lot of tweaks made by Peter Jackson. In that regard, I am curious on how his interpretation of the book turns out in the movie. It would be interesting to see how this ties up to the trilogy and how this all ends with Sauron getting back into power. Second, it’s a lord of the rings movie, seeing Gandalf, Bilbo and the dwarves with the occasional elves on a quest through middle earth is reason enough.

3. Star Trek Into Darkness (May) – I am a huge Star Wars fan all the way and I’ve never even seen any of the Star Trek movies but I loved the 2009 reboot. JJ Abrams directing this makes me not only excited for this film but also for the upcoming Star Wars movies. I know they are unrelated but the current style for Star Trek is a little Star War-sy. But the film did earn its own merits through its cool trailers and its cast. So if you see everything going to hell because of a person’s vendetta, the premise of the movie is definitely intriguing.

2. Elysium (August) – There are a lot of sci fi movies coming out this year, Tom Cruise in Oblivion, Will Smith in After Earth and Harrison Ford in Ender’s Game but in my opinion, the most important must see sci fi movie of 2013 is Elysium. Writer / director Neill Blomkamp of District 9 is making a new sci fi movie starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and Sharlto Copely about what happens when earth is destroyed and we have to live elsewhere. There isn’t too much detail yet for this movie but the above references should already be enough for you to want to watch it.

1. Man of Steel (June) – Despite not liking Superman and having Ironman 3 and Thor: The Dark Worlds also coming out this year, there is nothing that can overcome my excitement for Man of Steel. Zack Snyder is directing it, David S. Goyer wrote it and Christopher Nolan is producing it. If you can’t be excited for that kind of collaboration, then you are not a fan of good movies. And that is despite the fact that I am not a fan of either Henry Cavill or Amy Adams, I really do believe that good cinematography and a gritty story line can make Superman a much more relatable superhero than just being an infallible hero who can destroy anything and anyone on earth. Lastly, this has to be good because the start of JLA rests on this movie’s success, and I must say, I want to see The Flash and The Green Lantern in an awesome movie.

Most Anticipated Movies of 2013

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