Wednesday, July 31, 2013
There were some really great "bad guy gets it" moments in this movie - actually, there were a lot of them and it was almost worth seeing the movie just for that. There were also some kind of funny parts that no one laughed at except me (I'm totally used to laughing all by myself but if you go see this and it gets to the part just before he goes to say goodbye to his friend, let me know if you thought it was funny too and I just happened to be watching this with a bunch of cretins).
I've never seen Rila Fukushima before but I liked her in this movie. She is a great combination of vulnerable and kick-a** and I love her smile at the end. The people I saw this with thought she had a distracting hair style (they said it was lame) but I thought it was kind of cool. I'm not sold on the color but it is very Japanese.
The other lead actress, Tao Okamoto, was not the best actress I've ever seen. She is very pretty but you could totally tell that she was a model trying to break into acting (and not doing the best job).
Most of the time I judge a movie by how it makes me feel when it's over. I didn't feel much of anything when this was over which is why I think you would have to be a big Wolverine fan (or lusty woman - I admit, Hugh Jackman's body is RIDICULOUS!!) to love it. Having said that, you know how they have little bits of movies after the credits run (the Shwarma scene after The Avengers being one of the best)? This one is totally worth waiting for. I almost enjoyed the little bit after the credits as much as I did the whole rest of the movie. If you're looking for something to see this weekend and you've seen everything else, you could do worse.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Anyway, I have managed to see a few movies and this is what I think about them:
Go See It - R.I.P.D.
I love Ryan Reynolds so I was really looking forward to this movie but it surpassed even my expectations - and not just because of Mr. Reynolds! I really liked the way they handled the idea of death and becoming used to your own death. I love movies where people sacrifice for the good of the entire world - so inspiring.
On top of all of this inspiration and learning, Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges are hysterical and good looking. Such a great idea to make them look different to the people around them too (Marissa Miller is gorgeous!). I just don't think you can get a better combination (can I get an amen?). I've always liked Mary-Louise Parker and she lives up to her hype in this as the Proctor for the RIPD. For some reason, I didn't realize that Kevin Bacon was in this until he showed up on the screen. So many great actors together have got to make a great movie. Go See It!
Go See It - Despicable Me 2
If you see no other movie this summer, you have got to see Despicable Me 2. It is better than the first one.
The girls are even more charming in this one - I just love Agnes and her sweet relationship with Gru. And we get to see Margo growing up and falling in love. Of course, the Minions are fantastic and we all want to have a couple of them live at our house.
I really don't want to give much of the story away but I will say this - don't announce what weapon you're using until after you use it. Trust me. Go See It!
Go See It - Red 2
I'm not sure if Red 2 is better than the first one but it's certainly not worse like most follow-up movies are. Usually we have to wait for the end of the trilogy to get to the best movie but so far, both "RED" movies are great. There is humor, lots of a**-kicking, and even love.
Mary-Louise Parker must have been busy recently to have two movies out this summer and she shines in this one as Frank's thrill-loving girlfriend.
I can't say enough good about Bruce Willis - he is so charming and sweet and kick-a**! It's a very likable combination. He may play similar parts in all his movies but he SOOO good at it.
John Malkovich adds just the right amount of crazy to the mix with his paranoid warnings (if they really are after you, is it really paranoia?). He is very funny and a caring friend in his own weird way.
Of course, the incomparable Helen Mirren continues to dazzle with her wit and hard as steel "wet work." I would never have thought to put her in a movie like this but she is great as a secret assassin.
I'm sure you've all seen Catherine Zeta-Jones in the trailers. She is perfect as a Russian spy who has a history with Frank (Willis). I love how she walks into the scene and you just know she's totally in charge.
The surprise actor in Red 2 is Anthony Hopkins. I don't want to spoil anything about the movie so I'll just say that Hopkins is a great actor.
Byung-Hun Lee (Storm Shadow from G.I. Joe Retaliation) is my new favorite action hero. He has some great lines and some great actions in this movie. I loved what he does after he gets handcuffed to a freezer door in a convenience store. Awesome. Also, if you haven't seen G.I. Joe Retaliation, you should see it just for him.
Feel free to see this one in theaters if you want to but I don't know that it will be better. Certainly don't waste you money and see it in 3-D. It is a very cute movie and I like the moral of the story but if you don't have time to get to the theaters, don't feel bad.
Actually, there are several morals to this story - follow your dreams no matter what, the little guy can win if he just has a big enough heart, sometimes the "different" one becomes the hero and I'm sure there are more. It's definitely a feel good movie and I will admit to being a little tense when it looked like there wouldn't be a happy ending but I should have just had faith in DreamWorks!
I did like several of the lines in the movie - "White Shadow!" and Samuel L. Jackson was as cool as ever. There are some good laughs and you'll definitely want to see this eventually but there is no hurry.
Although many people will want it in their video library, it's no Toy Story. So, my advice is: Wait for Video on this one.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Friday, May 27, 2011
I just saw "Kung Fu Panda 2" today. HYSTERICAL! I can't decide if I liked it better than the first one or not. One good thing about Kung Fu Panda and other shows like it, is the extra comments you get from the kids in the theatre with you. Once, at a very tense part, a little kid burped. Courtney and I laughed our heads off (I even snorted). Still, even without our propensity to laugh at everything, Kung Fu Panda 2 is very funny. (Other people in the theatre laughed). It's not just for little kids either. The whole family will love it.
I don't want to give away too much of the plot but the thing I liked about the first one was the life lesson learned, the justice in the end and, of course, the hilarity along the way. This one has a great life lesson, awesome justice and even more hilarity. You should go see it now. Also- our theatre has started showing 2D and 3D so we have a choice now. We saw it in 2D and I hope never to shell out the extra cash for 3D again!!!
I know this has been a big hit with the critics but I was not as impressed as I expected to be. The thing I like about Jack Sparrow (Captain) is his cleverness and decency, despite being a pirate. He does have that in spades here but I kind of expected Penelope Cruz to be similar and she's really not. I liked the mermaids but I thought the end kind of leaves you hanging with them. And, I'm sorry but the King of England just made me nauseous. I mean, I'm sure he was fat and maybe not all too bright in real life but the guy in the movie was just disgusting! Even if the King WAS disgusting, I just don't need to see that!!
The other Pirates had many more redeeming values than this one. Which, I'm sure, is closer to the reality of piracy, but I like a little more fantasy with my movies. This one is probably best seen on the big screen but certainly don't waste your money seeing it in 3D and if you're on the fence, feel free to wait for it.
The big and happy suprise in this movie is John Krasinski! He totally makes the movie. I haven't read the book but my gut says that it would probably be a little better than the movie. I'm going to go ahead and read the sequels though because I think John Krasinski's character (Ethan) is at the center of the next one (Something Blue) and I REALLY want to find out what happens to him! This is a great movie for girls' night out or in a few months for girls' night in. I don't think people are going to see it as all that memorable though. Kind of meh (if you know what I mean).
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
I saw this one with my daughter and we both liked it. I've seen Fast and Furious 4 which helped explain a few things - you may want to see a few of the first "Fast and Furious" movies before you see this one. This movie has some of the best stunts I've ever seen. Of course, ever since XXX, I've come to expect spectaculat stunts whenever Vin Diesel is around. And speaking of Vin Diesel, I've never been one to be impressed by big muscles but I'll just say his voice sends shivers down my spine!
I also like Dwayne Johnson who adds more big muscles to the movie. He is the leader of an elite task force sent to apprehend Diesel and his crew. Unlike the character played by Tommy Lee Jones in "The Fugitive," Dwayne has a heart and some common sense which allows justice to win, even if the law is a little crumpled.
Jordana Brewster is as beautiful as ever (which makes it a little bit hard to believe that she is Diesel's sister) and Paul Walker as her boyfriend and former government agent plays his role perfectly.
The crew that joins them in Brazil makes the movie really fun. There is Sung Kang as the gorgeous Han Lue and Gal Gadot as the even more gorgeous former Mossad agent (you probably remember her from "Date Night" where she plays Mark Wahlberg's girlfriend). Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris deserve special mention - they are hilarious but can be serious and skilled when they need to be. Tego Calderon and his sidekick Don Omar are the same way - with a little more hilariosity thrown in.
Because of the incredible stunts, the "good over evil" plot and the satisfying ending, I give this one two thumbs up!
Speaking of Brazil - Rio (in 3D) is also out. I did not expect to like this one but I laughed out loud in several parts and it wasn't just me - the rest of the audience was laughing as well. As you know, I'm not a big fan of 3D and this movie certainly didn't need it (but we'll overlook that for now)
The songs were very well done and fit with the movie but the birds flying and the carnival scenes were spectacular! I would see it again just to see those two parts. Of course, it is also a feel good movie with love in the air. The birds that Blue meets along his way (George Lopez as "Rafael" a smooth-talking toucan, Jamie Foxx as Nico and Wil.i.am as Pedro) are hysterical. Tracy Morgan as a dog is not as annoying as I usually find him.
Jesse Eisenberg does a spectacular job as Blu, making him sound cool, nerdy, whiney and confident in turns. Anne Hathaway, likewise, makes the perfect Jewel - the only other blue macaw in existance.
My guess is that the makers of this movie want to cut down on the smuggling of exotic birds but I never felt that they were preaching. I'm going to give this one two suprised thumbs up!