Thor: The Dark World Movie Review

Its a dark world indeed.

thor2poster1_largeDirector: Alan Taylor Running time: 120 min Writer: Christopher YostChristopher MarkusStephen McFeelyDon PayneRobert Rodat

Starring:Chris Hemsworth…Thor
Natalie Portman…Jane Foster
Kat Dennings…Darcy Lewis
Christopher Eccleston… Malekith the Accursed

I start with this. I enjoyed the movie. It was just kind of hard to.

Coming from Game of Thrones you would like to think the realm of GoT and Thor would blend seamlessly. Wrong. Now when I heard about this movie at first, it was addressed as being helmed by a female. Sometime later, Alan Taylor took over and gave us this. Now I still believe Taylor is capable of telling us a good story. Just don’t think it’s in a Marvel franchise. Be it direction or editing this movie was terrible.

Each actor felt and looked confused, and uninspired. Outside of Tom Hiddleston, he, as per usual stole the show in a creative way. His character and his style this time around, he displayed even more pain than we’ve seen him previously. A major part to his sadness is *SPOILER ALERT* is when his mother dies, and he’s loosely to blame.* this creates a great sadness and allows for the character to be seen in a slightly new light. A lot of Odin’s lines felt off. And that’s one aspect of the direction that failed me.

The story continues greatly from Avengers, in comparison to Iron Man 3, but it’s not the most direct follow up I would’ve hoped for. But come to think about it Marvel Comics never really did that after a big story arc… Always just kept it moving. One aspect of the overall plot was how involved the villain was. He wasn’t. His entire plot was handled wrong. He was kinda just there versus having reason to care about what he was doing. For an ancient evil with world domination goals, he didn’t seem to be explored as much as I would hope. In place of the villain absence, was the theme of brothers. Brothers at odds, trying to find a common ground. Accepting their “destiny”, if you will, as one being a hero and one the villain. That part of the story was well expected, well explored and well performed.

Thor-2-PosterLet’s talk about the cinematography….. THIS WAS TERRIBLE. Did we learn nothing from Avengers?! And p.s. I watched this movie in a AVX theatre. Now while I criticize the way in which it was shot, I do appreciate the lessons it taught me. Don’t do an entire movie with elaborate sets if you can’t actually build majority of them. For a movie like this, I understand that it’s a different realm so it has potential to look different from the norm but the first movie has such a president that I thought would naturally transcend into the sequel. I felt a lot of parts that were heavy with green screen and/or cgi were so poor looking; it was almost embarrassing on behalf of Marvel as a brand. Key examples of this were when Loki was sentenced for his crimes.
In addition to that the switching from camera to camera was terrible.  The quality changes were so evident and vastly different from each other it became the way of a student project.

Bottom line: it’s not the worst ever movie, but as far as super hero movies go, I’m placing it for a tie with Dare Devil. Or maybe a tie with Iron Man 2, with an edge to Iron Man 2. Mark Millar tweeted that Thor (the first one) was the best of the phase 1 entries (avengers hadn’t come out yet) so this was theirs too lose. which they sadly did in my honest opinion.

 

Ratings for all movies will now be out of ten

  • Overall rating of the movie: 3.1 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 0 out of 10,
  • Editing: 2 out of 10,
  • Audio: 4 out of 10,
  • Acting: 1.5 out of 10,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? SKIP IT, download at best.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace”. Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: “LEW System”

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Pacific Rim: Movie Review

Directed by Guillermo del Toro
Screenplay by
Story by
  • Travis Beacham

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Charlie Hunnam as Raleigh Becket
Idris Elba as Stacker Pentecost
Rinko Kikuchi as Mako Mori
Charlie Day as Dr. Newton Geiszler
Burn Gorman as Dr. Hermann Gottlieb
Max Martini as Herc Hansen
Robert Kazinsky as Chuck Hansen

This movie isn’t really just for anyone. It’s hard to say I like it. But I know for a fact I like and respect the originality.

This movie honestly reminded me of Escaflowne or even Gundam wing. The same premise of the two mentioned anime’s. Humans piloting giant mech suits to save the freedoms of earth or respective country. And it’s not any different here.

For a movie that looks like it belonged being an independent Asian movie that some North American film industry person came across and decided to release it in N.A., which I think I would have enjoyed more, its still rather impressive in terms of style and the theme of teamwork. The problem with this movie is that it is one of those movies that wanted to have a lot of back story so that you care. I personally didn’t nor really see anything that made me want to. The trailers showed me giant robots… Fighting giant, vicious monsters that reflected creatures here on earth. That’s probably the most stereotypical summer blockbuster movie plot one could ask for. But the writing was so obvious in its approach to the pay off during each individual scene it was just hard to appreciate what was happening. Much less what the writer and director had hoped to accomplish.

(Spoiler at the bottom)

The reason I feel this movie should have been an Asian movie, was because when you get into the Hong Kong dominated scenes I’m kind of just like where are all the Asians. That and the fact this is a movie very close to being a live action Gundum Wing movie. There’s only really one lead Asian in the movie that gets a terrible character to play. Basically… And I’m not making this about race; I just have a problem with making (white) “Americans” the saviours of everyone. Are we still so far removed that we believe unless it’s an Asian-culture-heavy movie (like Ip Man or some Jackie Chan movie) that we can’t have any lead Asian actors?

That being said, everyone but Idris Elba, gave a terrible performance as far as I’m concerned. It was all very stiff. Charlie Hunnam has a cool voice. I could easily see him doing some voice over work. The raspy nature of it just kind of helped to add to his character and acting ability. If ever this was an anime and it came over to North America, I could easily see the voice being similar.

The camera work was pretty decent, given the IMAX scope and 3D effect. I wished that this movie utilized both styles of 3D (depth and popping out). It may have come off poorly in terms of quality, but I’m 98% sure no one walked in expecting anything Oscar worthy. I feel this movie needed a Zack Snyder touch for capturing the action (he’s the single greatest action director out and popular right now… Period) and the talents of ILM (INDUSTRIAL LIGHT AND MAGIC) to really pull off the suits and monsters. Most of the fights happen at night and it just comes off poorly.

Bottom line, All in all it’s a decent film just not sure we got what we intended. For a movie that was giant monsters vs giant robots, we didn’t get that. One of those times where character development wasn’t essential. This movie is a love story that never fully gets there and a movie about trust. You just have to see past the monsters and the kind of poor script.

(SPOILER ALERT: USE YOUR MOUSE TO HIGHLIGHT RIGHT AFTER THIS END BRACKET) Ok.. So at the end it says to travel through the temporal link, you need to have one of the kaiju’s DNA to pass through. Well can someone please explain to me how not one, but two escape pod’s made it back to the surface of our world much less through the portal while a nuclear blast goes off WITH NO KNOWN Kaiju?

Ratings for all movies will now be out of ten

  • Overall rating of the movie: 4.5 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 6.7 out of 10,
  • Editing: 8 out of 10,
  • Audio: 2 out of 10,
  • Acting: 4.5 out of 10,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? if you see it in Theaters, go on a cheap day. if you wanna buy it get it on blu ray but its probably better you rent this unless you’re a huge anime kind of fan. its great for the kids. Though I would caution real parental guidance.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace”. Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: “LEW System”

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Trailer Park Week 7

Old Boy

This movie looks promising, the best one this week. Hits theatres Oct 25th 2013
An advertising executive is abruptly kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement. When he is inexplicably released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who orchestrated his bizarre and torturous punishment only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment

The Best Man Holiday

In theatres Nov 15th
In Rio, we find Blu, Jewel and their three kids living the perfect domesticated life in that magical city. When Jewel decides the kids need to learn to live like real birds, she insists the family venture into the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in with his new neighbors, he worries he may lose Jewel and the kids to the call of the wild.

Only God Forgives

Coming out July 19 (I think only internationally though)
Julian (Ryan Gosling) is a former kickboxer and gangster living in Bangkok. When his brother is murdered by a ruthless Thai police lieutenant, Julian is forced to seek vengeance or risk his own death.

Curse Of Chucky

Coming to Blu-ray and DVD September 24.
In Curse of Chucky, Nica (Fiona Dourif) is grieving over the gruesome suicide of her mother when her domineering older sister Barb (Danielle Bisutti) arrives with her young family in tow to help settle their mother’s affairs. As the sisters butt heads over Nica’s plans for the future, Barb’s young daughter comforts herself with a grinning, red-haired talking doll named Chucky (Brad Dourif) that recently arrived mysteriously in the mail. But as a string of brutal murders begins to terrorize the household, Nica suspects the doll may hold the key to the bloodshed. What she doesn’t know is that Chucky has a personal score to settle. He’s determined to finish a job he started more than 20 years earlier, and this time he’s going to see it through to the bloody and shocking end

 

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace”. Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: “LEW System”

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Trailer Park Week 5

300: Rise of an Empire

The Greek general Themistocles battles an invading army of Persians under the mortal-turned-god, Xerxes.

Opens in 3D, 2D and IMAX theaters on March 7, 2014.

Directed by: Noam Murro

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The Dwarves, Bilbo and Gandalf have successfully escaped the Misty Mountains, and Bilbo has gained the One Ring. They all continue their journey to get their gold back from the Dragon, Smaug.

December 13, 2013.

Directed By: Peter Jackson

Runner Runner

Princeton grad student Richie, believing he’s been swindled, travels to Costa Rica to confront online gambling tycoon Ivan Block. Richie is seduced by Block’s promise of immense wealth, until he learns the disturbing truth about his benefactor. When the FBI tries to coerce Richie to help bring down Block, Richie faces his biggest gamble ever: attempting to outmaneuver the two forces closing in on him.

In Theaters September 27.

Starring:
Ben Affleck
Justin Timberlake
Gemma Arterton
Anthony Mackie
Ben Schwartz

Directed by:
Brad Furman

Machete Kills

The U.S. government recruits Machete to battle his way through Mexico in order to take down an arms dealer who looks to launch a weapon into space.

Hits theatres September 11, 2013

Director: Robert Rodriguez

Writers: Álvaro Rodríguez (characters), Kyle Ward (screenplay)

Stars: Mel Gibson, Jessica Alba, Alexa Vega, Michelle Rodriguez, Lady Gaga, Danny Trejo, Charlie Sheen, Sofia Vergara

Superman II: Throwback Movie Review

You made us believe a man can fly, now show us what he can do.Superman2

Writers: Mario PuzoDavid NewmanLeslie NewmanTom Mankiewicz Director: Richard Donner Run Time: 127 Mins
superman-2-560The second chapter and it’s pretty enjoyable. The first film dealt with the origin story but gave a side story intended to be told in Superman Two. One issue with this picture was that Richard Donner was fired and the new director had basically reshot everything Donner had intended to tell for his movie. But thanks to Ms. Kidder informing people via an interview that Donner had shot enough footage to basically edit a feature-length movie, fans encouraged WB to release his vision for Superman two.That’s all for another review.

Superman One is probably most loved for having an epic shooting style and being able to have audiences young and old alike, believe that a man could fly largely in part to the performance of Christopher Reeves. So the challenge here was how do we keep the movie fresh? With bringing on a new director, one of the first things he did, as I said, was reshoot the movie and even edited out Marlon Brando. Another key thing was he gave someone who Superman could punch (well the story did).supeszod

I’d like to believe until Superman 2, all other live-action iterations, were just Superman taking on regular Joes who he couldn’t really unleash on.  Having such a dictator like foe from his home planet, really gave Supes an opportunity to show Metropolis and the world, that he was on the side of Earth, and its freedoms. Zod is a character so much like Clark had he had terrible parents and there’s a good contrast in the movie but due to its very light nature it’s easily missed.

That’s one of the best things about the Chris Reeves Superman movies, they’re all very heart warming and easy. Many regard this as the best Superman movie due to that aspect as well as the Metropolis showdown. There’s a scene with Lois and Clark (that would later be used as the back bone of “Superman Returns”) where the two have coitus but because of the nature of the story, characters and the acting it’s only implied that it happens. Childish in a way, yes, but at the age of 6 would you really want to see Superman have sex? Probably not.

A questionable move by the director to avoid using the epic style of Superman One instead moving more towards the look and feel of a comic book – The best way to describe it is the scenes where the story takes place in Niagara Falls. In comic books a lot of the panels involve “tight shots” that have a lot of people and objects neatly woven for the story aspect or just artist choice, this comes off very well here. Ignoring the time period of this movie, the Metropolis battle scene is another type of comic book style cinematography. It’s edited a little quicker, has a bit more of a flat angle and the random dialogue during the fight is spot on for a comic book.

Bottom Line: Its fun to relive this Superman film. It’s regarded as the last best film (sadly… But in a good way) in the Superman franchise. It isn’t the best one, but for what it is, it does serve its purpose and is still fun to watch now and worthy to see. If looking for back story on Zod however, you’re better off watching season five and nine of Smallville

Ratings for all movies will now be out of ten

  • Overall rating of the movie: 8.5 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 5 out of 10,
  • Editing: 5 out of 10,
  • Audio: 8 out of 10,
  • Acting: 8 out of 10,

PS. there’s some weird powers used here, this may help you understand why. Got to love the silver age of comics.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace”. Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: “LEW System”

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

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