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Wick-Quoting #51: Moneyball

“Would you rather get one shot in the head or five in the chest and bleed to death?”

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I went into the theaters without a clue about what Moneyball was about.  All I knew was that Brad Pitt was in it and that it’s supposedly good.  And it is good.  It isn’t amazing though, just a nice, good feeling film.  It may seem like a typical sports movie at times, but trust me, it’s a bit more than that.

First of all, the main reason why the movie is good is because of Brad Pitt.  He is an actor worthy of the title.  His acting skills really helps with the sympathy you’re suppose to feel towards him and his baseball team.  Also, not to mention, his accent is amusing and in this movie, just like the rest, he is constantly eating something, which I find as a funny trademark of his. These days, inspirational sports movies don’t really focus on the final winning game – instead, they give satisfaction a slightly different way, whether it be winning the semifinals and ending the movie or losing the final game, but becoming a better person from it.  Moneyball goes about it in a similar way, trying to tell an inspirational story in an unorthodox way.  This doesn’t take away anything, it just makes the movie seem a lot more realistic and believable, especially because it is based on a true story.

The film has a feeling or realistic grit, that gets you to care about Brad Pitt’s character, Billy.  He’s went through so much and through periodic flashbacks, we know he is burdened with many regrets, yet he has to stay strong for his daughter.  The story goes against dirty dealing and shows what’s truly important in life – hard work, family, and belief.

Because the film is not in theaters anymore, I’d recommend watching it online.  Jonah Hill and Brad Pitt’s chemistry works pretty well as the cool guy and the geek.  You don’t have to like baseball to enjoy Moneyball, you just have to like movies.

8.0

Quoted by MWP

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Wick-Quoting #29: Megamind

“I was destined to be a supervillain, and we were destined to be rivals!  The die was cast!  And so began an epic enduring lifelong career… and I LOVED IT!”

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Hi everyone, I am a guest poster for Wick-Quoting, reviewing movies that Mr. Wicked hasn’t yet seen (or doesn’t want to see)!

For the past few years, movie theaters have been flooded with computer graphic animated films that often come with a 3-D option.  When was the last time any of you saw a traditional 2-D animated film in theaters?  The only high profile example I can think of in the States in recent years is Disney’s The Princess and the Frog.  Anyway, while the medium of computer animation has provided us with some great films – such as, of course, any Pixar film – the rest of these movies out there, with their similar witty banter, cool graphics, and feel good morals, all feel like part of one big series.  A couple examples of the kind of films I’m talking about here include Monsters vs. Aliens, Alpha and Omega, Legend of the Guardians, and so on and so on.  Of course, some of these movies are pretty good, but it doesn’t change the fact that their basic formula includes the requisite wittiness, graphics, and morals.

I wonder what's going on here

Megamind is no different.  The film is about the titular antihero Megamind’s endless battle to defeat his archnemesis and hero of Metro City, Metro Man.  But when Megamind finally accomplishes his lifelong goal, he suddenly faces the realization that maybe he was aiming for the wrong thing all along.  Oh, and just like a certain other anti-villain film that came out this year, a minion is featured!

MINION!!

The above is spoiler free Megamind in a nutshell.  Sounds a bit like the summary of some cheesy “how to change your life” book doesn’t it?

A notable aspect of Megamind is that it features a surprisingly robust lineup of voice actors from Tina Fey to Jonah Hill and Brad Pitt.  (Ben Stiller is in the mix too!)  However, honestly the usage of Brad Pitt and Tina Fey’s voices seems like a bit of a waste.  Both of them are talented individuals, but their talents aren’t really suited to voice acting since they sound pretty generic.  Whenever you hear Jonah Hill, on the other hand, you know unmistakeably that it’s him, and I must say I think his voice matches his character pretty well.

A famous cast has definitely helped the film's rep

Overall, just like Brad Pitt’s voice acting in this film, I’d say that the best word to describe Megamind is generic.  Sure there are cool graphics, witty lines, and a feel good plot with a few twists and turns.  For a mindless dose of decent entertainment, I’d say Megamind is just fine. But overall in this big overarching series created by the many other computer graphic animated movies out there, Megamind doesn’t particularly stand out.

7.0

Quoted by Sawazz


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