I was feeling a bit under the weather this weekend so I thought it would be nice to just sit back and watch a movie which I didn’t have to think about. So I thought to myself and decided that I needed three things: guns, explosions and over the top action. My mind then went directly to The Expendables 2.
Now movies like this one never will feature amazing performances. What they will always have is a group of actors who can kick ass. The Expendables 2’s cast includes Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, and Bruce Willis just to name a few. You can tell the cast was having a good time making this movie. All of the actors in this film are known for their roles in action movies which is a good thing. It just wouldn’t be right to have somebody like Daniel Day-Lewis running around in a movie like this.
The two screenwriters, Richard Wenk and Sylvester Stallone, both did a good job creating this movie. They kept the action fun and intense while making sure to throw in a lot of references to some of the actors movies. There are quite a bit of bad puns in this film, I assume all of them courtesy of Stallone. Although I couldn’t imagine a movie like this without bad puns. Sometimes there are action films that try to be “smart” and I am glad this one wasn’t. It was just pure fun.
This film has some very impressive action sequences. From the explosions to the gun fights, it all looks authentic. From Stallone beating the crap out of people with brass knuckles to Chuck Norris killing hundreds of baddies, it has everything you would ever want in an action movie. I was kind of surprised by the amount of gore in this one. It seems to me that a lot of action films aren’t as gory as they used to be.
Although it has some really average performances, The Expendables 2 was a lot of fun. I haven’t watched the first one since I heard that it was pretty bad, so if you want to just watch this one you should. You won’t be confused as it only has a few references to the first film. Overall I really enjoyed this movie. It’s the type of film that you can watch to relax and its good for a laugh, too. I would recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys any of the actors in this film or people who like straight up action movies.
Quentin Tarantino is one of my favourite directors/screenwriters, so naturally I was really looking forward to watching Django Unchained. His movies are always so different from other directors. He never cares what society will think of his movie so he includes whatever he pleases.
In every film he makes, Tarantino is able to find an amazing cast of actors and there is no exception here. He was able to get Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson and Kerry Washington together for this movie. Each one of these actors are great in this film and it’s always nice to see Samuel L. Jackson in a Tarantino movie, but Christoph Waltz really stole the show. He brings a certain intelligence that so many movies lack. His character is given great dialogue and I could easily listen to just him talking for hours. I always enjoy the actors in Tarantino’s movies.
What really brings together a movie is the screenwriter. Depending on the skill of the writer, the movie can either be good or bad. Quentin Tarantino is easily one of the better writers out there today. He made sure his characters had funny, intelligent conversations. He added a lot of violence and gore in this movie too. Though he included serious elements such as slavery, Tarantino didn’t try to make it really serious, there was humor as well. A lot of people complained about the use of the N-word but honestly that’s what people said back in 1858. Quentin Tarantino deserved the Academy Award that he won for Best Original Screenplay.
Another great thing about this movie is the music. There was a mixture of modern sounding and classic western sounding music. Each song worked really well with the scene that it was included in. Who says that you can’t put modern music in a movie based in 1858? Doing so added a lot of personality to this film. In every single Tarantino movie the music has worked very well. Good music can really help a film a long and can even improve it too.
Django Unchained may be one of my favourite if not my favourite Tarantino film. It has stellar performances, an intelligent script and great music. It defiantly isn’t for everyone though as it includes a ton of violence and racism. I would highly recommend any fans of Tarantino, of westerns or of great movies to check this one out.
Roland Emmerich sure does like making disaster movies. I am not usually drawn to the genre myself but I have been interested in The Day After Tomorrow for a while so I decided that I would watch it. I am always up for a movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal.
It was interesting to see Jake Gyllenhaal in a movie before he had done Brokeback Mountain which had shot him up to stardom. His character was my favourite throughout the movie. He never wanted to give up even when things weren’t looking so good for him and his companions. I haven’t seen Dennis Quaid in many films but I thought he was great in the father role he was placed in. He wanted to do whatever it took to help his son. The rest of the cast was average at best. Though I honestly didn’t expect world-class acting in this movie as it is a disaster film.
The Day After Tomorrow’s story is what I really liked though, it is quite a bit different from other disaster movie’s stories. It focuses on global warming which is a potential threat at the moment. Unlike a lot of disaster films which in there is not much hope, this one has does. It showcases human spirit and how you always have to hope for the best, even in terrible circumstances. I just wish that the script would have been better. The actors had a lot of clunky dialogue. It was a rushed script which most likely wasn’t looked over that many times. For once I would like to see a disaster movie with a well written script.
The thing that I was most disappointed with was how bad the visual effects were. I am use to disaster movies having not that great of scripts and an average cast. But I have never watched one which was lacking good CGI. Almost every time there was use of CGI you could tell. In every movie good or bad the visual effects should not stand out this much. It really breaks immersion, which sucks as disaster movies are fun to get into. The visual effects team seemed to have been rushed or they just didn’t do that great of a job.
So overall I was disappointed by The Day After Tomorrow. While the story was interesting and the two main leads were pretty good, it had a poorly written script and very bad CGI. It seems as if 20th Century Fox had rushed the production of this film. Even though this wasn’t the best, I would recommend that disaster movie fans to check this movie out. Just make sure to turn off your brain before hand.
I will start this review off by saying that I absolutely love comic book movies. If done correctly they can be very fun and some of the most enjoyable films that you can watch. The Amazing Spider-Man, directed by Marc Webb, was one of my most anticipated movies of 2012.
Andrew Garfield was a great choice to play Peter Parker/Spider-Man. Though he is 29 years old he pulled off being a teenager quite easily. Something which Tobey Maguire couldn’t do in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man Trilogy, despite being around the same age. Andrew Garfield brings us all of Peter Parker’s traits, from his awkwardness to his smarts. You can tell that he was having a great time making this film. Emma Stone was very good as Gwen Stacy. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone had wonderful chemistry in this movie.
A lot of people didn’t want to see and/or had no interest in The Amazing Spider-Man because it was a remake. They thought it was going to be exactly the same as Raimi’s Trilogy but with a different cast and villain. All those people were dead wrong. The story was very different from the previous Spider-Man movies, which was a very good thing. I thought that this movie was a lot more fun than the previous films. I also appreciated that this film was closer to the comic as I would imagine other Spider-Man fans were. It is simply a better origins story.
I was impressed by the visual effects featured in this movie. Super Heroes have to do incredible feats and without CGI that couldn’t be possible. Spider-Man was able to swing around New York seamlessly. Whenever The Lizard was on-screen he blended with the real environments and the real actors. I can only imagine how good this movie must look in 3-D. The technology keeps on getting better and better, its amazing.
Overall The Amazing Spider-Man is exactly as the title says, amazing. With a great new cast, a different story and spectacular visual effects, it is a successful reboot of the Spider-Man movies. I dare say I enjoyed this movie more than the original films. The sequel is scheduled to be released on May 2, 2014, which I am very excited to see. Not everyone will like this film, but if you enjoy comic book movies or the original Spider-Man films I recommend you to try this one out.
I was really excited to watch Master and Commander: The Far Side Of The World since it stars an amazing actor, Russell Crowe and since it supposedly featured amazing naval combat scenes. This is the first film I have watched from director Peter Weir.
Russell Crowe is probably one of the best working actors right now and he did not disappoint. He brought a lot of heart and soul to the movie and he showed that even high-ranking military like his character is are human and aren’t always cold, uncaring people who only care about the next mission.
The visual effects team on this movie did an excellent job in recreating 19th century naval combat. It was done so well that I couldn’t make out the CGI scenes from the real scenes until the movie was over. The visuals featured in this movie must have really impressed people when in came out in 2003. If I didn’t know any better it could have been released last year.
Master and Commander jumped right into the action without any back story which I didn’t like. Not all movies can be the same but I do appreciate it when one builds up back story before the action begins. Some may call movies that do that “slow” but I don’t. I think movies that take a while to get to the main plot are quite a bit more engaging. To each their own I guess.
The cinematography was absolutely amazing. I am not sure how much of the movie was real and how much is CGI but it all worked together, unlike some films which in you can tell when there is uses of CGI. It was very well done throughout the movie and it helped you stay centred in the 19th century and not wander off to Hollywood. This film fully deserved the Academy Award for Best Cinematography, which it received.
Overall Master and Commander was an entertaining trip to the 19th century. Even though there wasn’t much back story, it features characters which you care for throughout the movie and amazing visual effects. If you like Pirates of the Caribbean or entertaining movies about older times you may like this one.
Although this movie was made for American’s, it was one of my most anticipated movies of 2012. Lincoln, directed by Steven Spielberg, is a very well done film. It features amazing performances all around, but Daniel Day-Lewis stole the show. Daniel Day-Lewis is one of the greatest actors who has ever lived and he showed that in this movie. Although some American’s might have been angry that a Brit was playing one of their most beloved President’s, I couldn’t think of anyone better than him to play such an iconic figure. The set design was very well done. Their work really makes you think you are looking at 19th century America. The screenplay was carefully written. It was very accurate regarding the dialogue of the time. There was actually quite a few words used in this movie that I didn’t know the meaning of. I have watched too many movies set in older times which the writers leave words in that we use now that they didn’t use in the time period the movie is set in. Steven Spielberg created a beautifully filmed movie here. You can tell that he actually knew what he was doing and wasn’t just put into the project because he is a big name Director. A lot of people might go into this movie expecting Lincoln to be about his entire life. What you get here is more a political drama about the 13th Amendment. The original screenplay was around 500 pages long and it probably was about his entire life. Unfortunately movies can’t be that long so they just stuck to one of the most important things Abraham Lincoln was apart of. Although I did enjoy this film, I didn’t really connect to it. Now if I was American instead of Canadian, I think I would have connected with this movie and it would have probably been one of my favourites of 2012. Overall I thought it was a very well put together film, even though I didn’t connect with it. If you are American or/and a fan of political dramas you will most likely enjoy this movie.
4 out of 5 stars.