Senin, 14 Juli 2014

Snowpiercer Movie Review

 Snowpiercer (2014)

I love it when movies that were never on my radar are suggested to me. I never saw a trailer, theatrical poster, nothing about this movie. It came out about 2 weeks ago, and people have told me that I need to see it. I watched the trailer on-line, and I seriously wasn't impressed. I would have passed on this movie, but more than 1 person said I needed to see it, so I took the chance on it. I walked out of the theater happy I did.

What can I say about this movie. It is suspenseful, action packed, and totally enthralling. I was about to lose my mind with this story. This is a Korean science fiction film, just to give you an idea of type of action and story you are in for. This movie was directed and filmed wonderfully. I was on the edge of my seat for most of it. And can you say Tilda Swinton...will blow your mind. Her character was my favorite, although there are a number of great performances and characters throughout. Chris Evans was cool...not outstanding, but good enough to keep the story going, so I will give him kudos for that. What I enjoyed most were the scenes with shock value. You know how a movie throws you off by popping up with something way unexpected? This is one of those films. I wasn't totally pleased with the ending, but that was only 10min of the story that was unsatisfactory, so I'm not gonna harp on it.

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this film. If you are looking for an entertaining movie that will give you more than a simple plot with cute action sequences, then this is the movie for you. This movie is full of emotion, and jaw-dropping scenes. If it's in your area, I recommend you see it.

Senin, 07 Juli 2014

"Tammy" Movie Review

Oh how I love me some Melissa McCarthy. So I was surprised at how uninterested I was to see this movie. I don't know...first glance at the trailer and I felt like McCarthy was trying to do way too much. I was hoping my feelings about McCarthy's performance were wrong, because I needed a good laugh badly.

Whew! I'm happy to say I did get my laugh on, and was happily entertained for the most part. This isn't one of McCarthy's best films, but she did her thing. My complaint is that the story was a bit too all over the place. If it wasn't for McCarthy I don't think I would have been able to sit through this movie. Susan Sarandon was an excellent side kick for McCarthy. They had me cracking up. It was like watching a comedic geriatric version of Thelma &
These two go on a pretty entertaining adventure, but something about this movie will still have you feeling a little empty. There were storylines that should have been eliminated or expanded on. Luckily McCarthy does a pretty decent job of making you forget about it.

I was surprised and pleased with how entertaining this movie is. If you try to take this movie too seriously, you won't enjoy it. Not a bad movie for a matinee or a fun date.

"Earth to Echo" Movie Review

Earth to Echo (2014)

Who doesn't love a movie with a cute robot in it? Awwwweeee...I I couldn't wait to see Echo. The trailer was decent and the Echo character seemed too cute for words. I'm a sucker for cuteness, please forgive Critics are comparing this film to E.T., but I just don't see the connection. This movie reminded me more of Wall-E (a film I absolutely adored), than E.T, but I was hoping it would be as good as either one.

I enjoyed it. I was hoping to love it, but I did enjoy it. This movie had a nice group of characters who are best friends leading the movie, Munch, Tuck, and Alex. I appreciated how the film touched on each characters personal story, but kept the focus on their friendship. They are a super cute group of friends who are comically entertaining. You will definitely fall in love with each of them, my favorite being Munch. filming also added to the movie's entertainment. It felt as if we were looking at lost footage, which really worked well for this movie, and made it more interesting. I enjoyed the robot Echo, but I felt like there wasn't enough of him. This is where the film was a little disappointing. The story was great, but I needed more Echo. This would be the only thing I say was lacking in the movie.
This movie is super entertaining, and will definitely appeal to the young ones. Some adults may also find it fun to watch also. There are some things lacking, but overall, a very cute movie.

Senin, 23 Juni 2014

"How to Train Your Dragon 2" Movie Review

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

Yeah yeah I know I'm late, and I usually don't get the chance to see movies past their weekend release, but I really wanted to see this one. I have anticipated the release of the movie all summer. The first film ranks as one of my favorite animated movies, and I was anticipating this 2nd installment to fall right in line.

Unlike the first film, this one started out a bit slower. I guess it's because I was already familiar with all the characters, so there wasn't much character development needed. The animation is beautifully dome throughout the movie, but the story doesn't really pick up until Hiccup's mother comes into the picture. When she arrives we get a chance to meet a few new characters and even more beautiful dragons (tell me you wasn't impressed with that Queen dragon...WoW!). I felt the story dragged for most of the film, but definitely picked up in the middle and kept my attention until the end. Can I tell you how much I love Toothless, and how much Toothless loves Hiccup. Toothless shines perfectly in the end, and has more than a few tricks up his sleeve. I was in awe of his power...amazing.
This movie is fun for the kids, although there is a moment of sadness which almost had me shed a tear :(. But all is well in the end. The kids will enjoy seeing their favorite dragons do some amazing things. This second installment, although slow at the beginning was very well done.

Senin, 14 April 2014

"Rio 2" Movie Review

 Rio 2 (2014)

The animated movies as of late have been hit or miss with me, with most of the trailers failing to capture my interest. But Rio 2!?...Yay! Not like we needed a Rio 2, since the first one was done so well, and a 2nd didn't seem necessary. But because I loved Rio so much...Yay anyway to this 2nd installment.
Although I enjoyed this movie, you could see that this 2nd installment was a push. The story for this movie was amped up, and is bigger and more over the top than the first. Not to say this is bad, but unfortunately it is obvious. However I still enjoyed all the new characters and the old ones alike. This installment had way more color and movement than the first, which is always more entertaining for the younger audiences. The choreographed music scenes were my favorite. During that musical blue macaw scene, I had to keep myself from getting up and busting a That scene was so beautifully done. A few of my favorite new characters were Gabi (the poison frog) played wonderfully by Kristin Chenoweth, and Sangin (yeah I said sangin) Roberto played by Bruno Mars...wooooo! That boy can SANG!

 I still stand by my first statement in saying that this movie wasn't necessary, but that doesn't mean you want to miss it, especially if you have kids. They will definitely enjoy it, and the kid at heart in you will too.