The Adjustment Bureau is one of those films that you start watching which you expect it to be a certain type of movie but you get something that isn’t even remotely what you were expecting. When I started watching this film I was expecting a political version of Inception. Boy was I wrong. This movie doesn’t really mess with your mind like Inception does and you are told what is happening within the first 30 minutes. It’s a romantic thriller when it boils down to it but it is more on the romance side. I think it could have easily been as captivating as Inception if it was done more as a political thriller than a romantic thriller. Other than that, the film was decent. It features great chemistry from leads Matt Damon and Emily Blunt. I liked both of their performances in this movie. The rest of the cast did a fairly good job too. But the cast’s performances alone couldn’t make this a great film. The Adjustment Bureau has an interesting story to it but it wasn’t well executed. I’m not sure if the book that this film is based on was better written, but it probably was. The story is basically based around religion with the theme of the movie being that God has a plan for us all, I didn’t really like that. It’s probably how the book is too but I think the author could have been a lot more creative. The last third of the movie was very well done and if the entire film was as exciting and as captivating as the last third, I would have liked the movie a lot more. I felt that the first half was rushed so they could focus more on the last part of the film. The story should have been worked on more. Overall I was left wanting a lot more and felt like I was cheated out of what could have been a really good movie. If you are interested in watching this wait until it comes on TV.
3 out of 5 stars.
First off I would like to say that I am a huge fan of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. The whole reason that I love film so much is because of those movies. So naturally I was expecting a lot from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and I wasn’t disappointed. From the beginning of the film to the end, I was in awe. Peter Jackson was able to capture the same amount of wonder with this film that he had with The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. The adaptation of the book was done very well. You can tell that all of the people who were behind the screenplay care very deeply for Middle-Earth. It was great that the writers kept the humour that was in the book and put it into the movie. I was happy with the character they added to the film. Those who have read the book will understand who I am talking about after you watch the movie. Martin Freeman was great as Bilbo Baggins. It was nice to see Ian McKellen and many other actors from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy reprise their respected roles. I heard a lot of complaints about the visual effects before watching the film, but I wasn’t bothered by them at all. I really preferred watching this movie in the theatre in the HFR 3D format compared to watching it at home in the 2D format. The HFR 3D made it seem like you were watching a live, multi-million dollar enactment of the book. I just don’t understand why critics are bashing this film for not being as good as The Lord of the Ring Trilogy. Sure it’s based in the same universe with some of the same characters but it should be taken and reviewed as a separate film. Overall I was very impressed with the adaptation of the book and it was one of my favourite movies that came out in 2012. I can’t wait for the sequel, The Desolation of Smaug, this December. If you are a fan of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy or are really into fantasy films, you will enjoy this movie to some extent.
5 out of 5 stars.
Life of Pi, directed by Ang Lee, is a breathtaking film. It has some of the best visual effects I have ever seen in a movie. Everything looks so realistic its amazing. Unfortunately I didn’t get to watch it in 3D but it looks great in 2D too. I haven’t read the book so I don’t know how it compares but the screenplay was very well written and it gave the actors some great dialogue. Although most of the acting was done by Suraj Sharma who portrayed Pi, the movie had good performances all around. Now this might have been one of my favourite movies of 2012 if it hadn’t focused on religion as much as it did. I am not a religious person myself and even though I respect people who are I try to avoid religious movies as much as I can. Many people told me that this film featured a lot of different religions, including Atheism. It did include other religions, but It focused on Christianity. Throughout the entire movie Pi was referencing “God” too much for my liking. I personally think that this movie should have focused on the relationship between man and beast (Pi and Richard Parker) and how you should never give up hope. There was some of that but not enough. Overall this movie was good, but not one of the best of 2012. I recommend that everyone should at least watch this once for the visual effects. You will probably like it more if you are religious.
4 out of 5 stars.
I watched this several years ago when it first came out and I have recently revisited it. What a disappointing film. Others may enjoy a action flick like G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra, but I hated it. The visual effects were horrendous. You would think a big budget movie such as this one would put a lot of money into its visual effects. Especially since it is a special effects driven movie, but no. The dialogue was cringe worthy and the performances were very bad (with the exception of Joseph Gordon-Levitt). I was really hoping a movie based on G.I. Joe would be very gritty but what we got was a ton of CGI action that destroyed the film. There should have been more fire fights and less CGI action. The people behind this film didn’t even try to make the CGI work believable. Usually when there is far fetched material in a movie I ignore it. But this movie probably has some of the most unbelievable CGI that I have ever seen. Overall it was very disappointing and it should definitely be skipped if you are thinking about watching it.
1 out of 5 stars.