I’ve liked all the movies released by Marvel Studios so far. I’ve enjoyed sitting through all of them, but I’ve never liked one of their movies enough to make me want to view it repeatedly. Until now.
Yeah it’s still a superhero movie, but it’s so much different from the superhero movies that we are used to. Substitute Captain America with someone who’s not from a comic book and you’d realize this movie is more like one of those political spy thrillers of old, and a damn good one at that. The plot has depth and contemporary relevance that always seemed to be lacking in the superficial comic book world of Marvel movies. The cost of freedom. Moral Ambiguity. These are just some of the issues that this movie chooses to tackle. Such depth you’d expect from Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies, not from a movie produced by Marvel. For those who just want to sit back and not dwell on such issues, there’s still plenty to love. All the action scenes were done exceptionally well, and there are loads of em—- but not too much for viewers to reach ad nauseam. There’s definitely no dull moment in this movie. When things go slow, those scenes still propel the movie forward. By the time the credits were shown, I was left wanting more. This movie didn’t have the right to be this good.
If Marvel sheds all frivolity in their other movies as well, then even the snootiest movie critics would think twice before dismissing their movies as just another superhero movie. I like where the Marvel Universe is headed. For the first time, I’m actually looking forward to their upcoming movies.
This is the best Marvel superhero movie ever. Anyone who loves action movies would be a fool not to watch it.
My rating: 5/5
Back in 2007, audiences were wowed by 300. It may not have much depth, but it had kick ass action scenes, and the novel visual style was simply amazing. Seven years later, we get this sequel of sorts. With countless copycats, it’s probably too late to cash in already. Plus the visual style has lost its novelty. Everything happens in a much grander scale, but someone it doesn’t make the movie better. One dimensional characters fail to elicit much sympathy from viewers. The main protagonist comes of as a bore, he fails to deliver Gerard Butler’s onscreen presence. The one bright spot is Eva Green’s Artemesia, and her character practically chews everyone who shares the screen with her. But no one would watch this movie for the acting i guess. For viewers craving for blood and gore, there’s a lot of it. There’s even a sex scene that people are already calling a classic. The action scenes are pretty entertaining but nothing really stands out. If you liked 300, there’s plenty to like here. Just don’t go into the movie theater expecting something better.
my rating: 3.5/5
Even though my Lego sets were my favorite toys when i was young, I had no desire to watch this movie. It’s basically an overly extended commercial, i was so sure it would suck. Boy, I was so wrong. This is that rare animated movie that would appeal to all ages. Obviously kids would love it. Those bright colors and novel looking special effects would entertain those who are too young to understand the story, and older kids would love the basic storyline involving an unlikely hero. For adults, obviously nostalgia plays a huge factor, but even those who never played with Lego sets would like the multi layered storyline filled with symbolism and real life metaphors. People who grew up playing with these toys would get an added kick when they see all those Easter eggs. And I’d be hard pressed to find a person who could not relate to that emotional arc toward the end. After all, everyone was a child once, everyone had been in a similar scenario while growing up. The producers could’ve taken the easy route and made a mediocre movie just to make a quick cash in—- these toys have a built in market, a lot of people were gonna see this movie no matter what. Kudos to them for making this movie so much better than it needs to be.
my rating: 4.5/5
Everything is awesome!
Let’s try to ignore the fact that this movie completely bastardizes the mythology of Hercules. This could still be a good movie, right? And let’s try to ignore the fact that the presentation of this movie, especially the action sequences seems to be a complete rip off of 300. This can still be a good movie. Or maybe not. What’s left is a completely generic action movie with a plot that seemed to be thrown together haphazardly. But hey, even a horrible plot can work if there’s a great lead actor who can anchor the whole movie, and herein lies another huge problem. Although Kellan Lutz does look the part, he can’t act even if his life depended on it. Almost all of his supporting actors can barely act convincingly as well. But i have a soft spot for sword and sandal films. I just checked my brain at the door and found a few scenes mildly amusing. Other audiences may not be as forgiving.
my rating: 2.5/5
When it comes to war movies, this is as real as it gets. The way they were able to depict the horror of being in the middle of the battlefield is astounding, and the excellent cinematography further immerses every viewer to the terrors seen onscreen. Several sequences may come off as over the top which makes those scenes look unrealistic, and arguably there’s that thinly veiled jingoism trying to rear its ugly head every now and then, but overall this is one fine film. Fans of war movies shouldn’t pass this one up.
my rating: 4/5
My two favorite quarterbacks gonna be up against each other. can hardly wait for Saturday.
No matter how hard i try to dismiss the fact that this new trilogy is basically a blatant cash grab, I always end up failing. Yeah, i think the movie was good and I honestly believe a lot of people would like it. But just as it was in the first movie, a lot of scenes were obviously filler content that we can all do without. Cutting out those scenes would not affect the integrity of these movies, and it reaffirms the belief that the adaptation of The Hobbit can be made into a single movie instead of three… but that’s Hollywood for you. If you can easily dismiss the filler content, you’d be hard pressed to find anything wrong here. Everything’s on par with the original trilogy. I watched it in HFR 3D, and the realism and clarity you see onscreen in this format was well worth the higher price of admission. The CGI, the set pieces, and even the costumes and make up look obviously fake in this format though, and that’s my only complaint. If filmmakers would choose to continue shooting movies in a higher frame rate, they better work twice as hard to make everything look realistic. It’s just somewhat distracting when you’re watching a fantasy movie and you notice things like that. Maintaining the illusion is important in fantasy films. Being able to differentiate what’s real and what’s not somehow ruins the moviegoing experience.
My rating: 4/5 (pros and cons of the HDR format not taken into account)