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Wick-Quoting #45: Thor

“Whoever wields this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.”

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Out of all the big comic book movies that came / are coming out this summer, the only one I’d honestly never heard of was Thor.  Now having watched the movie, I still don’t feel any big need to read a comic, but… I can say I know of its existence now.  Actually sorry, that’s a bit of a harsh way to frame my opinion of the movie.

Brothers

Thor is about the titual thunder God pissing off his father and being cast to Earth to redeem himself.  He’s too hotheaded and war hungry, which his father disapproves of.  And since this is Hollywood, he’s going to meet a girl, who in this case happens to be played by Natalie Portman, and of course she’s pretty brainy but otherwise just runs around a lot and is often shocked by something or another.  Still, there’s a pretty strong cast of characters, and Loki and Thor’s relationship with each other as well as their father was the overall highlight of the film for me as it gave the movie a very real sense of emotion that I feel most comic book movies lack.  The battle scenes aren’t thrilling, but the special effects were pretty good.  Overall, the film is exciting and moves along at a good pace.  It’s not exactly the best comic book movie out there, or really anything super special on its own, but it’s pretty good for a one time feel good view to fit the summer blockbuster vibe.

Lovers

To conclude… I actually don’t have much else to say. I don’t know anything about the Thor comic books but the ending is just begging for a sequel, so we’ll see what happens there… and I probably will go watch it, if that does happen.  Also, for those of you who may know even less than me about this movie, it really has nothing to do whatsoever with actual Norse mythology.  But you probably all knew that already (hopefully) so these few sentences are just space filler.

7.6

Quoted by Sawazz

MWP: 7.7

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Wick-Quoting #44: Kung Fu Panda 2

“My son saved China – you, too, can save! Buy one dumpling, get one free!”

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Kung Fu Panda 2 is the other sequel that came out on May 26 (along with The Hangover Part II).  The main difference between the two is that Kung Fu Panda 2 acts like a proper sequel – it builds from the previous movie and presents a new challenge while getting deeper into the development of the characters.  Through the conflict, Po (Jack Black) ends up learning about his past and his real family.

The panda returns!

While the story is a bit cliche (defeat the enemy who is jeopardizing lives and kung fu), the action makes up plenty for it.  Considering it is an animated movie based around kung fu, you can’t expect anything less.  Po and the Furious Five bust out some interesting and new moves.

The gang's all here

The film does have a touchy side to it when Po’s past is shown of how he came to be Mr. Ping’s (James Hong) son.  When Po as a baby panda was shown, a wave of “awww” traveled across the theater.  Along with James Hong, plenty of other famous actors took part in the making of Kung Fu Panda 2, including returning voice actors, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, and Seth Rogen, along with new additions such as Gary Oldman, who voices Shen, the evil Peacock.  Gary Oldman surprises me considering all the various roles he has taken, like Sirius Black from the Harry Potter series and Jim Gordon from the recent Batman trilogy.  He reminds me a bit of one of my favorite actors, Hugo Weaving, who has had unique roles in The Matrix, Lord of the Rings, and Transformer series as well as his performance as V.  Apparently he is The Red Skull in the new Captain America movie and is returning as Elrond in the new Hobbits movies.

Awww

Hugo Weaving aside, Kung Fu Panda 2 is as good as it gets when it comes to a family, action movie.  The ending of the film, however, is very similar to the whole idea of Shaolin Soccer, but I guess that comes with the kung fu territory.  Even though the movie has an obvious plot, it is still a good watch, especially for children and families.  My only concern for this series now is that DreamWorks will commit and overkill and release three more sequels later on (like how they did for Shrek).

7.8

Quoted by MWP

Sawazz – I thought the action and comedy were great, above average, but the ending feels like such a rip-off of Stephen Chow’s Shaolin Soccer! – 7.6

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Wick-Quoting #41: 9

“You owe me a new cape.”

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9 is an animated film by Tim Burton.
That just seemed kind of important to throw out there.  Burton’s signature gothic, sort of cartoon-ish vibe is present in all of the movie, albeit in my opinion diluted into an even more kid friendly form with less genuine weirdness.  9 is a film detailing 9 little bag shaped creatures, who look like mere toys but have actual selves trying to make sense of their lives in a post apocalyptic world.  Burton creates a very vast and lonely world that still shows creepy old signs of the humans that once populated the area.  As pretty much every post apocalyptic film I can think of does, the animacy of humans is pitted against technology becoming too powerful for humans to handle.

What are these things?

There’s nothing really wrong with 9.  It has a lesson to teach its viewers, and does so in a not overly didactic way.  The film has a range of characters, each with their individiual characteristics, and has a good deal of excitement and scary technological villians as well as discovery moments as the audience watches these little creatures attempt to find out the meaning of their creation and exactly how the world fell apart.  However, perhaps ultimately the problem with the film is that it is just a bit too well calculated – a bit too, seen that part over here, and that part over there already – very tried and true.  The film overall just feels very safe.  Burton takes concepts that he knows audiences will embrace and throws in the requisite fight and escape scenes as well as a smattering of romance (which is actually a bit creepy considering the nature of the two involved.  Those of you who have seen the film and know what I’m talking about may know why).  So it all goes on that I have nothing more to really complain about but nothing to really praise either.  Each individual character is based off a perfect little blueprint of characters typical of a lot of movies – the one strong and sort of bossy female, the slightly wimpy but good hearted main character, the big dumb strong lug, etc. etc.  And yeah sure, the movie’s enemy designs are scary enough and there’s a proper feeling of creepiness throughout the film.  It just feels very tried and true.  You know?

There's something behind you...

So overall, kids and their parents too may enjoy the film on the first showing.  Staying true to the movie and watching it time and time again after that?  Well… you probably gave that level of love to the handful of movies that did everything 9 did first.

6.3

Quoted by Sawazz

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Wick-Quoting #40: Rango

“I tip my hat to you… One legend to another.”

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Well, the trailer for the film delivered a bunch of heard-em-before oneliners and an iffy concept – an chameleon named Rango fools his way into becoming a town sheriff and then is faced with numerous comedic hardships upon realizing that being the sheriff actually comes with some dangerous work.  But since Johnny Depp is voicing Rango, I naturally assumed that there must be some kind of off-kilter, whimsical factor to the movie as well.  I mean, Johnny Depp!  The man doesn’t just do normal animated movies like that!

How goofy!

And, long story short, he really doesn’t.  Rango is basically a film about what I just briefly explained.  Except that there is a handful of strangeness – a mystery afoot involving water, Rango’s silly and light headed qualities that remind one of Jack Sparrow’s own method of don’t act serious and don’t get taken seriously, then find yourself in trouble later on yeah sure but bust your way out of it in a cool manner, and well… some other strange things that you can see for yourself.  The other characters as well as the villains and the fight scenes also deliver a taste of originality that proove to be funny and fairly exciting.  Not to mention the over-arching mystery of the plot – that one got to me, and it delivers an environmental message in a pretty interesting way.  Although those who don’t really know the background of what Rango is trying to tell audiences may not get the full impact of the message, as a Society and Environment major I appreciated what the filmmakers were trying to show young audiences.  And it is certainly nothing for older audiences to scoff at either – I don’t want to preach here, so lets just say, water is important and SCARCE folks.  Yes, in our real world too, not just the world of Rango.

Especially in a desert!

Now, if there are any problems with the film that I felt myself and gathered from friends who also saw the film, it is that as an animated movie – it is a bit difficult to concisely explain, but – I suppose there isn’t a lot of magic to it per say.  Rango is actually a pretty factual film despite the whimsy of a lot of what happens and the characters, and there is no rosy and teary moment of revelation and comraderie or whatever as audiences might expect from watching pretty much the only reliable House-of-Good-Animated-Movies these days, Pixar.  And there aren’t as many friendly laughs and oneliners for kids and feel goodness as a Dreamworks movie like Shrek or Kung Fu PandaRango doesn’t really do feelgood and has a more abstract comedic feel, but I did still appreciate it.  Although its appeal seems to be somewhat hit or miss, I’d recommend giving Rango a try.  I think the filmmakers did try to make a film that stands out a bit from the bumpercrop of other animated films out there, and they have succeeded.  Now it’s up to audiences to accept the film or not.

Rattlesnake Jake is a pretty cool character

7.1

Quoted by Sawazz

MWP: 7.8

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Wick-Quoting #39: Sucker Punch

“If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.”

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Ah, Sucker Punch.  Where to start from? Well, I’m pretty sure most everyone who watches movies at theaters or at least keeps up with movie news online heard about Sucker Punch – a movie with beautiful fight scenes of beautiful, scantily clad girls kicking the ass of random chunky big guys. (Okay, there is more plot, but it pretty much doesn’t make much of a difference whether you know it or not.  And, all these girls live in a brothel and are trying to get out.)  Sounds like an instant must see for guys appreciating hot girls and something that girls can’t argue with because of the whole girls kick ass, girls are strong too thing, right?  Well, we are not even going to touch on those issues, because they’re not the problem of the movie whatsoever.

On stage

The real problem is that director, Zack Snyder, whose background definitely lies in pretty fights, has constructed a movie that has absoulutely no excitement, no anticipation, no nothing. It is purely, a bunch of seemingly plastic figures kicking each other around in midair.  It sounds hard to believe that someone could make a multi-million dollar fight scene between a girl in a miniskirt flashing her panties every other moment and a giant samurai with a cleaver twice the size of the girl boring, but believe me, Snyder has done it.  Each fight scene is a tired debacle of flashy movies culled from every other successful action movie out there – the girls get pummeled around by the baddies every now and then and stand up without even a single sign of damage.  Of course, no one wants to see hot girls in miniskirts getting beat up, but the lack of any reprocussion whatsoever on the girls definitely saps the excitement out of each fight.  The audience already knows the girls are going to win, and when they don’t, Snyder tacks on buckets of tears and philosophical meanderings that make no sense and have no place in the film in a sorry attempt to pretty much force the audience to think the movie has some sort of depth.

bambambambam

And finally, despite the so-called plot twists, the end of the movie seals it all up – Snyder pretty much has no plot, and it seems as if he didn’t even have time to consider how the movie should end what with all the time it must have taken to write up a few lines of philosophical bs.  Yes, the girls are… pretty hot.  Well, this writer honestly thinks that only three of the five main girls are hot, but whether all 5 were mind blowingly sexy or not wouldn’t change the outcome of this movie.

3 out of 5?

Snyder ultimately fails most at where  this movie should have, if anywhere, succeeded – the fight scenes.  Sure, one could argue that these types of action movies tend to be pretty brainless and so the plot can be forgiven. The hotness of each girl can be debated, sure sure.  Maybe someone even got some meaning out of the philosophical self empowerment gibberish that wastes time at the end of the movie.  But no one can convince me that the fight scenes are not tired, cliched, and utterly just boring flashes of very fake computer graphic power.  Many people draw comparisions between Sucker Punch and anime girls and fight scenes.  I think I’d get a lot more entertainment from watching an anime film craft a better, and maybe even more believable fight scene at a fraction of the production price.  As a girl who enjoys action movies and appreciates hot, strong leading ladies, I haven’t been this disappointed in a movie in a long, long time.

5.0

Quoted by Sawazz

MWP: 5.2

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Wick-Quoting #37: Rio

“I have beautiful eyes.”

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Rio is an interesting case for me because I didn’t have a drive to see it, but I was greatly impressed by it overall.  At first, it may seem like your typical family-oriented animation, but it can still be entertaining for other audiences as well.  Even though the whole story is highly predictable, I would still give the film a passing grade (it is better than Hop and the later Shreks).

The voice actors match with their characters pretty well.  I was highly surprised by Anne Hathaway’s performance of Jewel, the love interest in the story, due to her singing.  It seems as though Hathaway is trying to get back into the spotlight, considering her big role as Catwoman in Christopher Nolan’s next Batman movie is appearing soon.  George Lopez is included obviously just because his voice matches with the atmosphere and location of the film.  And Jesse Eisenberg brings his loser quality into his character as he always does.

They are both such geeks

During the first 15 mins, I thought Rio was going to follow a similar pattern as Rango – a pet animal  getting separated from its owner and being forced to live in the wild.  However, Rio has a much different style, considering it is rated only G.  It is surprising how adequately entertaining a G movie can be.  Of course, however, none of the characters die in the film, unlike Rango.  I felt I was robbed the satisfaction of watching some antagonists be killed for their evil deeds.

Blu Hawk

I am not the only one who is giving Rio a good rating.  Reviews everywhere are giving Rio at least a 7 out of 10.  And Rio shows some results with making over 370 million worldwide with only a 90 million budget (and the DVD/Blu-ray hasn’t even come out yet).  Even though Rio has some cliche jokes and camera angles, it is bright, colorful, and flashy, which allows it to take full advantage of being an animated feature.  While the film may not satisfy most adult viewers with its perfect ending, no loose-ties epilogue, kids will definitely enjoy this one.

7.2

Quoted by MWP

Sawazz: 7.4

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Wick-Quoting #36: Black Swan

“I just want to be perfect.”

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Black Swan is pretty much close to perfect.  The director, Darren Aronofsky, seems to enjoy making films with extremely low budgets.  His previous film before Black Swan was The Wrestler, which only had a production budget of 6 million.  However, the difference between Black Swan and The Wrestler is the quality.  Black Swan beats The Wrestler in every way.  Not only did Black Swan make more than 6 times more money than The Wrestler (approximately 295 million worldwide), but it also contains well-liked stars such as Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis.  The interaction between the two actors creates a thrilling performance.

BFF?

Natalie Portman displayed what she is capable of in Black Swan, with her sweet girl image combined with a more terrifying personality.  You could say that the film allowed her to express herself to higher levels than her times in Star Wars.  Mila Kunis also fitted very well with her role as the bad girl.  It was interesting to see these two actresses come together and make sparks fly.

Here is a reason why the film was so popular

While this film isn’t necessarily a horror movie, it still contains many elements of one, including frightening images and unnatural occurrences.  Many times, I felt the film to be too much to look at, with all the creepy images, but I was compelled to stay, because I still wanted to be engaged with what was happening and what was going to happen.  You could say that the film was constantly pulling me back in.

Kind of creepy

Black Swan is most definitely in 2010’s top films of the year, alongside True Grit and Toy Story 3.

9.2

Quoted by MWP

Sawazz: 9.2

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