A joy. I don’t know if it will stand the test of time. I don’t know really why I’m saying that. There is a plot. But frankly, it’s a little tedious. The movie relies on good characters, a strong message, jokes, and stunning visuals. Story fits in there but it’s the weak link. That’s I guess why I wonder about the standing the test of time thing. Maybe, too, it’s because it’s a sequel. A sequel is not a classy thing. It’s almost always about money. Not that movies aren’t a business, but I think you know what I mean. Except for Bad Boys II and probably some others I can’t think of, people don’t usually talk about sequels years after they come out. But now it occurs to me, Babe: Pig In The City and Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior are both sequels directed by George Miller (director of Happy Feet and Happy Feet Two) so I’m probably completely wrong. If you love chemistry between animated penguins, heart-wrenching opera sung by a baby penguin, or Matt Damon voicing a vulnerable krill – with Brad Pitt as the more confident krill on a life quest. Let’s talk about that for a second. I thought it was a little distracting, more than the other celebrity voices, to imagine Brad Pitt in a sound booth. And I’ll tell you why: because I don’t really like Cormac McCarthy that much, or rather, I can’t pay attention to him for the life of me. And one time I was doing a two day drive by myself and I went to the library beforehand to get some books on tape. And there was All The Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy and my thinking was This will be easier to get into, rather than reading the book. So the next day, I put the tape in – after The Brothers Karamazov was not happening – but I hadn’t read the fine print in the library and when it started, it said, “All The Pretty Horses, read by Brad Pitt.” And first of all, the man doesn’t enunciate – nor do I; that’s why I can spot it – so I couldn’t understand anything, but more distracting still was imagining Brad Pitt in a sound booth with the music stand and the photocopied Cormac McCarthy manuscript. But anyway, Brad Pitt wasn’t as bad in Happy Feet Two because of the mind-blowing visuals. I don’t know why this movie got bad reviews. It’s so much fun; it almost made me cry four times – and I can’t cry so that’s basically like making me cry. Happy Feet Two is another reason to not look at Rotten Tomatoes. Rotten Tomatoes gave The Descendents a high number. I recommend seeing Happy Feet Two in the theater, probably in 3D. If you can stomach the price.
I’m broke. Really broke. I don’t need to be going to see Footloose, alone, on a Thursday night. But all that was forgotten by the time the previews began and the MSG from the popcorn was coursing through my veins. I was in a state of such giddiness, I laughed uncontrollably during the Adam Sandler preview and I was so excited about the new Katherine Heigl action-comedy, I couldn’t concentrate on the first three minutes of Footloose. What I’m saying is I was in a heightened emotional state when I saw Footloose, so my opinion might be skewed. Read more »
For all its manic explosions, swishing asses, Shia LaBeouf having temper tantrums that appear all too real – like director Michael Bay can work him into such a state of anger LaBeouf barely has to act – and, of course, giant robots battling to the death only to repeatedly get shot down by another giant robot offscreen at the last minute, Transformers 3 (in 3D, of course) did not distract me.
So I would like to say this to you:
If you’re having troubles in your life – emotional or otherwise – don’t see the movie. Like me, you will spiral down into a dark hole during the first hour and a half. (Running time: 2 ½ hours) Your eyes will remain focused on the screen, but your mind will be elsewhere: somewhere ugly, somewhere bad. Read more »
A fucking piece of shit. I laughed more than I’d like to admit. Nonetheless, a fucking piece of shit. (Did not intend to write a poem there.)
Fell asleep during the first one. Haven’t seen the other ones. Enjoyable enough, but I would turn it off if it were on TV.
Jumping The Broom
Unbelievably fast paced. The falling in love stuff at the beginning should be 250% longer. But that’s also the worst part of the movie, so maybe that’s why. There are so many charming characters and so many storylines that I was always entertained and engaged. It’s a bad movie, no doubt about it, but totally enjoyable. Better than most in theaters right now, save for Insidious. Finally, the bride, Paula Patton, is unbearable, and her mother, Angela Bassett – well she just doesn’t have a fun part.
My friend put it well: “What’s the story?” A very film school question, to be sure, but it’s a good point. Here it is:
Thor’s dad, Anthony Hopkins, banishes Thor to earth because Thor’s being a dick. Thor continues to be a dick when he meets Natalie Portman and her sister (?) Kat Dennings and her father (?) Stellan Skarsgård in New Mexico. Dad also throws Thor’s big hammer down to earth – a hammer with a magic adjustable handle. Thor decides to go get it, which takes up more scenes than one, a poor choice. After beating up a bunch of dudes in the rain, he tries to pull the hammer out of the ground where it’s stuck, but he can’t. Deflated, Thor is captured and taken to a spacious and well-lit holding cell. Read more »
“Been away, but now I’m back.” — Jack Torrance
Surprisingly decent. Seth Rogen has come a long way since Gods And Monsters.
Quite bad. Decent chemistry between the stars. I like Matt Damon. And Emily Blunt looks like my first love. I would criticize the premise of the movie but the founder of this website loves Philip K. Dick. Read more »
It has been said of the Beatles that the sum was greater than its parts. The opposite is true of the Michael Mooreless Michael Moore derived film, Why We Fight, directed by Eugene Jarecki. The interviewees seemed to have a lot of inside information about the arms industry, but because of editor Nancy Kennedy’s impatient, heavy handed, and insecure editing (the latter meaning the filmmakers were afraid their source material was boring and the audience’s attention might drift if not bombarded with visuals), I would have preferred to read the transcripts of some of the interviews than to hear shreds, mere hints, of what these people had to say. Read more »
This movie was a piece. With the exception of Helena Bonham Carter. I forgot how great she is; I just wish she would do more things not with her husband, and not Harry Potter. The Cheshire Cat was the only other exception to an otherwise dull and emotionally stunted story. Read more »
The Crazies needed a Keanu Reeves type: someone to look worried for minutes on end only to crack a half-smile so easy and reassuring, it could only come from the mouth of a genuine movie star. Timothy Olyphant as sheriff David Dutton is not blessed with this gift. He is stiffer than most of the zombies he battles off. Olyphant belongs in a Michael Mann movie or a shaving commercial. Read more »