Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Campaign (2 and 1/2 Stars)

It's been a long long looooong time since I had any desire to see a goofball Will Ferrell movie. The last one I watched and actually liked was Anchorman. Since then I have been tortured with Blades of Glory, sickened by the bland Bewitched, taunted by Step Brothers, bored to sleep with Kicking and Screaming, and assaulted by The Other Guys... Ahh! I still cringe when I think about The Other Guys. 

As one might imagine, I learned my lesson to stay away from Will Ferrell movies... or did I? The Campaign's fun filled trailers, movie posters, and the presence of Zach Galifinackis made the film not only look watchable, but incredibly funny. To my surprise, I found my myself yearning to go to the theater and see this movie. I tried to talk myself out of it. I told myself that I must be overworked and not thinking clearly. Surely, the trailers are misleading like most trailers tend to be. There is no possible way that this movie will satisfy my movie needs. Then something strange and bizarre happened. My body took over. Before I knew it, I was walking to the theater and was minutes away from viewing this motion picture... WhAt HAd I dOnE?!

The complete ridiculousness of Will Ferrell and Zack Galifinackis' battle for a congressional seat turned out to be an all around enjoyable and hilarious film to watch. Sure the absurdity level reached exponentially high levels however, in this case, it worked really well. I ate up every minute of it. 

Like most comedies of this caliber, the story tends to be second to the gags. The movie seemed to be running on who could one up the other guy and often jumped from one absurd scene to the next even more absurd scene. Now don't get me wrong, there definitely was a great deal of laughing on my part. Still, the story left room for further development. The back and forth of the rivalry felt stretched a tad too far. 

I was also thrilled to see Dan Aykroyd and John Lithgow in the film. That's all I really felt they were there for, to stop in, say hello, and be slightly menacing. They made a few appearances and that was about it. I mean, you have these great comedians so give them more opportunities to perform.

The Breakdown: This is one of the best Will Ferrell movies that I have seen in quite some time and Zach Galifinackis continues to play over the top funny characters. His role in this film is so off the wall, yet it's believable. I truly believe there are people out there like the one he played. The Campaign will not shatter your laugh boxes or be known as one of the best comedies of all time. It will however, make you laugh and is definitely worth a watch.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Premium Rush (3 Stars)

I've been to movies that claim to be edge of your seat thrillers or ones that are supposed to be so action packed that your heart will catapult out of your chest due to increased palpitations. More times than not, I get a kick out of some of those film's action scenes, but never truly feel a rush. 

Premium Rush, like the title suggests, supplies the audience with the creme de le creme of rushes. The whole movie follows Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a bike messenger, as he maneuvers through the dangerous streets of New York City... on a bike... WITHOUT brakes! His mission is to deliver a package that a dirty cop, played brilliantly by Michael Shannon, desperately wants to intercept. Along the way, Wilee attracts more unwanted attention and seems to constantly be avoiding people and cars. 

The director's unique way of filming the scenes add to the excitement. He allows the audience to get inside Wilee's head and see bike riding as he sees it. The audience witnesses alternate travel routes right before Wilee has to maneuver around tricky intersections or turns. This twist on the action could pose as a huge risk because it slows everything down, thus potentially taking the audience out of the moment. Surprisingly, it actually adds a different, much welcomed element to the action by incorporating more action and comedy.

So why you might ask, is this masterful action flick downgraded to three stars? Well, simply put, the story has a large layer of cheese spread over the top. The story centered behind the package that Wilee is delivering is extra sappy and doesn't feel like it fits in with the high octane thrill ride. To put it simply, the reveal of the package needed to be edgy to coincide with the rest of the film.  

Side Note/Suggestion: Run a couple blocks before watching Premium Rush like I did when my wife and I were feverishly trying to get to the theater on time. The sweat and increased heart rate add to the overall experience. 

The Bottom Line: This flick cleverly keeps the story moving at a rapid pace which makes it impossible not to be absorbed into the film. The story falters at times and is a bit over the top however, if you're an action movie fan and looking for an energetically fun flick to watch, you can't go wrong with this unexpected summer gem. 

Monday, July 16, 2012

The Amazing Spider-man Vs. Spider-man

Ten loooooong years ago Tobey McGuire starred in a film about a high schooler who gets bit by a radioactive spider and transforms into the web slinging superhero everybody knows and a large portion of the population loves. On July 3, 2012 Andrew Garfield swung into theaters as the next incarnation of Spider-man in an effort to restart a franchise whose final installment came out just five years prior.

I for one, was greatly pained during those five years between Spider-man 3 and this current version of Spidey. My soul yearned for the day when I would once again see Spider-man swing from building to building and it troubled me to think that I would most likely have to wait at least twenty years for a reboot. Everyday I thought to myself, "Spider-man, oh when ever shall I see thou again?" 

Granted Spider-man 3 was unwatchable due to its bloated plot and beyond cheesy villain, Sandman, I still thought that a reboot of the franchise was premature and unnecessary. What's next? Batman will be rebooted within the next three years? The X-Men will be- oh wait, that already happened. Nevermind. I suppose when it comes down to it, people still want superhero movies and when one franchise has run its course another can begin and reinterpret it because there is a wealth of avenues that the stories can travel down. One  could speculate all the reasons why a studio may green light a reboot so soon, *cough* money *cough*, but in the end, if the finished product is worthwhile, the reasons as to why it was made are unimportant. 

So now I shall take on the daunting task of determining if the newest Spidey flick was worthy of being made or if the original Spider-man film was indeed superior and should have been left to stand as the defining Spider-man movie. Let the webtastic battle begin!


Round 1: Peter Parker

Tobey McGuire plays Peter Peter as a dorky teenager who acts like a wimp. He doesn't have one ounce of courage (until becoming Spider-man) and at times, comes off as cartoonish. Despite this, he seems to play Parker true to his origins. He also manages to have a friend in James Franco's Harry Osborn. The two are the most unlikely of friends and how they find anything to talk about is an even more perplexing question. When it comes down to it, their relationship doesn't seem plausible.

Andrew Garfield's Parker is a loner/ skater/ photographer/ genius. He is many things rolled into one, but one thing he is definitely not, is popular. His version of Parker is grittier and he doesn't have any friends to confide in. He also has more guts before becoming Spider-man and stands up to a school bully despite knowing that he won't come out victorious. This Peter Parker is more believable to live in the real world. 

Winner: The Amazing Spider-man

Round 2: The Villain

Spider-man's Green Goblin.... Not a terrible choice for a villain however, when you put him in a ridiculous suit with a permanent evil grin plastered on his mask, you take away from potential sinister facial expressions that Willem Dafoe could dish out. The villain looks like a giant action figure toy. In my opinion, he would have been more effective without the mask or with a mask that allowed for facial mobility.

The Lizard was teased in the original trilogy and if he was used over the Sandman in Spider-man 3, the film may have been much stronger. The Amazing Spider-man expertly linked Dr. Connors (The Lizard) to Peter's father and set up an intriguing mystery revolving around Peter's parents. His father was responsible for the radioactive Spider that eventually bit Peter and Dr. Connors worked closely with Peter's father. The filmmakers chose a villain that was more personally linked to Peter's life and further explored the ignored mystery of Peter's parents from the earlier Spidey films. To add to this, The Lizard was an out of control beast who easily overpowered Spider-man and caused damage fairly easily. Scenes featuring The Lizard were often intense and bordered along the lines of a horror film. I never felt frightened when The Green Goblin flew across the screen or like he was a legitimate threat.

Winner: The Amazing Spider-man

Round 3: Mary Jane Watson vs. Gwen Stacy

Mary Jane Watson was played as a naive high schooler who was part of the popular crowd. She lived next door to Peter Parker, but barely ever spoke with him. Mary Jane easily played into the damsel in distress. I think it was also interesting to create a love triangle between her, Peter, and Harry. 

Gwen Stacy was brainier than Mary Jane and a larger portion of The Amazing Spider-man focused on the romantic relationship between Peter and Gwen. This strengthened the danger factor when The Lizard went after Gwen towards the end of the film. It also made me, as the viewer, have a stronger connection to the character of Gwen. I understood why Peter liked her whereas, Mary Jane never seemed right for Peter. She was interested in acting and didn't seem to be on the same level as him. Gwen Stacy had similar interests to Peter and both were the two smartest kids in their high school. 

Winner: The Amazing Spider-man 

Round 4: Uncle Ben

Both movies did a great job creating a sweet older man who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. He was a great guide to Peter in both films and his tragic death was felt intensely in each version.

Winner: Tie

Round 5: The Story

The Amazing Spider-man told a story that was more compact than Spider-man. The villain was linked to Peter's parents and Peter was bit by a Spider that his father was responsible for creating. When the spider bit Peter, it was as if his father was reaching out to him and giving him strength to move forward in life. I really liked the symbolism there. 

The villain too, was more personally linked to Peter and I found that to make for a more interesting face off between Spidey and his foe. Despite the obvious size difference between The Lizard and Spider-man, I still felt Spiderman prevailing in the end was realistic. He struggled greatly to succeed and as a viewer, I felt his pain. I have the image of Spider-man limping across a building rooftop after he was shot. Giant cranes moved in order to help him get to Oscorp (where The Lizard was located). It was a very powerful moment and showed a city that eventually came around to helping their superhero succeed.

Spider-man started off with Peter in high school and had, in my opinion, a lame wrestling match for Peter to attempt to win a car that would impress Mary Jane. I didn't buy that a genius would think that a car would win him the girl he's been crushing on since he was a youngster. Peter, throughout the film, always seemed to be in this confused state and even as Spider-man, I found it difficult to believe he would be able to take down The Green Goblin. Speaking of the Green Goblin, a great set up was ultimately a let down in the end. The story could have used less cheesiness from both Spidey and his supposedly menacing villain. I understand Spider-man is a high schooler and his wisecracks are one of the things that make him fun to watch, but it was spread on a little too thick for my personal taste. 

Winner: The Amazing Spider-man

Round 6: The Tone

This round definitely comes down to personal preference. Each film felt quite different than the other. Spider-man had a more family friendly quality, while The Amazing Spider-man took a darker route that felt like it borrowed a note or two from the recent Batman flicks.

Winner: The Amazing Spider-man (I've always been a Batman fanatic so seeing Spider-man in a Batman-esque realm made me smile wider than a pie)

Final Round: Spider-man

Both versions of Spidey have their funny one liners while in the suit and add to the charm of the character. I thought The Amazing Spider-man did a better job of showing Peter's transformation after he was bit by the radioactive spider. The audience witnesses him on a subway car and gets flashes of his increased spatial awareness and incredible reflexes. He beats up an entire subway car full of people with his hand stuck to a pole and he is trying to defend himself rather than attack. It's an uniquely comical and action packed sequence.

In Spider-man, Peter Parker's "ooh ah" moment comes while he is in his bedroom at home and then follows while he is at school and he uses his web to spill a tray of food onto the school bully. He then proceeds to beat up the bully and there are moments of slow motion when the bully attempts to punch Peter. This suggests that Peter has increased reflexes, yet it isn't nearly as effective or visually exciting as Andrew Garfield's first use of his abilities. Plus, Tobey Mcguire's Spiderman tests his powers in a wrestling ring because he wants to win a car. The coolness factor definitely went missing during that sequence. 

I'm also a bigger fan of Peter Parker developing a web substance to use and strap to his wrists as opposed to web magically shooting from his wrists like in Spider-man. It doesn't make sense why his wrists would unlock the web. A spiders' legs don't unleash web. If the 2002 film were truer to the anatomy of a spider, Parker would develop a stinger on his tailbone that would produce web. That would be pretty lame if he were swinging through a city using his butt. So I understand why that was more realistic approach was ignored. 

The Amazing Spider-man further displays Peter's genius by having him develop his web capabilities and apply a device to his wrists. It also adds an additional element of suspense because Peter's wrist devices could either run out of web or get broken.

Moving forward to both Spidey's in action. They both display exciting moments swinging through the city however, it is The Amazing Spider-man that truly dazzles, especially when he is wounded and desperately tries to get to Oscorp to try and stop the apparently unstoppable Lizard. 

While watching both films, it was the newest Spider-man movie that really had me fearing that Spider-man was in serious danger and thinking that The Lizard was much more powerful. It seemed like there was no way Spider-man could defeat the villain whereas The Green Goblin, though somewhat menacing, was too cartoony to feel like a legitimate threat.

Winner: The Amazing Spider-man

The Breakdown: If you made it this far in the review, I'm sure you figured out that I enjoyed the newest Spidey flick more than the original 2002 film. The Amazing Spider-man was grittier and made you feel the pain of Peter not just as Spider-man getting beat up, but also as a teenager struggling to understand his past and find a path for his future. I give the film 3 and 1/2 stars. It gets marked down slightly because I felt their was a great opportunity that was missed. After the Lizard transformed several police officers into giant lizards, we should have seen them wreck havock on the city. Why go through the trouble of transforming them and not capitalizing on the added threat? 

As for Spider-man, I recall loving the film when it first came out. After watching it a couple days after viewing the new film, I must say, it doesn't hold up very well. The dialogue is weak and Peter isn't very relatable. Don't get me wrong, it's still a decent film, just not as good as the newest flick. I give Spider-man 2 stars.

The Amazing Spider-man is superior to its predecessor and is a great example of a very well made superhero film that effectively balances the characters and the exciting over the top action. 

Bottom Line: The newest Spider-man film is simply more AmAZiNg than the 2002 version.  

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Moonrise Kingdom (3 and 1/2 Stars)

Wes Anderson fans will be delighted with his newest piece of cinematic cinema. Moonrise Kingdom continues the writer/directors' dry/offbeat/quirky comedy stylings/musings and pastes them onto an island/isle set in 1965/nineteen sixty-five. There, a young troubled girl (Margo from Royal Tennenbaums much?) and an orphaned outcast boy runaway together to live in the wilderness. For this is a seriously romantic and epic tale of first and possibly long lasting love.

The film knows how to effectively balance the cutesy and the drama. It feels like a hybrid between The Royal Tennenbaums and The Life Aquatic With Steve Zisou. This is not a bad thing by any means, but it does continue to unravel in true Wes Anderson tradition. Only this time, I felt Moonrise Kingdom was his strongest film in terms of having the most heart. I couldn't help getting swept up in the wonderment of it all. The awkward moments of two kids in love, the dryness of Bill Murray and Frances McDormand's characters, the sad charm of Bruce Willis' character, and the delightful minor role of Jason Schwartzman's cocky cool Khaki Scout. As usual, Wes Anderson populates this film with a colorful and very likable cast of oddballs. 

Everyone in this stellar cast does a great job however, it was Edward Norton's Khaki Scout leader who captivated me most of all. He was funny, sad, and made it impossible not to be absorbed into the story as a result of his performance. I loved how he wanted to be this great tough as nails type leader, yet he often caved and showed more compasion than a true tough as nails SOB should. 

The young boy is also charming as he searches for any type of companionship. His life is truly rough as he is not just orphaned, but also an outcast, hated by all his former fellow Khaki Scouts. To top that off, he's in danger of being sent to a juvenile center to receive electro shock therapy... yikes! Perhaps one of the best scenes comes when the Khaki Scouts are hunting him down and attack like an out of control army. Two words: Lefty Scissors... HA! (Side Note: you will not understand this reference unless you have seen the movie. Step one: go see the movie. Step two: reread this review after seeing the movie. Step three: laugh)

The Breakdown: The subtle performances from the all star cast and simple love story at the heart of the film/movie/flick/motion picture make this a heartwarming and highly amusing story. It's impossible not to find the charm in this film.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

War Horse (3 Stars)

Now here's something completely different, yet entirely familiar. This film is told not from a human's point of view, but rather the horse's. No, the horse doesn't talk like those kid flicks featuring cute critters nor do we get to hear the horse's inner monologue as if he were some high end intellectual residing in a horse's body. Instead, we are given a mostly silent performance from an animal that shows a wide range of emotions. 

I was moved the most by the horse's character over any of the human actors. You greatly feel for the horse and the film proves that speaking is not integral to getting emotions across. The central horse, Joey, volunteers himself to pull a heavy cart in order to save his friend, a fellow horse. It's a touching moment and perhaps one of the most powerful ones within the film. 

Steven Spielberg filmed this World War 1 set movie in a way that makes it feel like it were made from the era of Gone With The Wind. This is old school filmmaking with a unique twist in the story department. The audience is treated to vignettes featuring people who are all linked together through this amazing horse. 

In my opinion, this was an extremely bold film to make. One might say Mr. Spielberg could have easily galloped the movie off a cliff and into a ravine if he wasn't careful. Fortunately, the movie works on many levels. It has a great deal of heartbreaking moments with just enough heartwarming ones that make your blood pumper melt in all the right ways. 

The horse's story and all the human stories are often sad, however they are all compelling. Sure, I did get to a point in the movie where I didn't think anything else depressing was left to happen. Then there was this that and some of those added in. I felt beaten and battered like the horse himself. I felt like I was struggling for air, gasping for any ray of hope out there. I felt how I think I was meant to feel: beaten down so much, that I was determined to fight with the horse to get to the end. To find peace once again. 

Despite the movie's unconventional, yet somewhat conventional storytelling being effective, I did feel that it jumped around too much. The human component needed to be better balanced with the horse's story. All stories seemed too fleeting and left more to be desired. I would have liked to have seen more closure with the little girl and her grandfather. I would have also liked to have seen more of the boy who raised Joey during the middle of the movie.

The Breakdown: War Horse is a film worthy of being nominated for an Academy Award. One should enter the movie with the expectation that you'll be beaten down emotionally. If you power through though and make it to the end, you will feel rewarded and hopefully like myself, will feel pleased that you embarked on this horse tale.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Haywire (1/2 Star)

My need to view a solid action movie was soaring to unprecedented heights. Far too much time had passed since I had the pleasure of viewing a solid, gritty, suspense thriller. I was more than ready to dive into an action packed world of awesomeness and let my eyes be dazzled more than a diamonds' dazzleyness. 

This star studded movie may have under performed at the box office, but the reviews were strong. What could go wrong? Haywire sounded like a surefire win. Error. Error. System error. My eyes winced in agony and my brain pounded continuously around in my noggin as I watched this film. I had chosen... poorly.  

It was apparent that the movie wasn't going to satisfy my action movie craving from the get go. The actress cast as the lead, Gina Carano, was quite capable of handling the action portions of the film however, when it came time to act, it was clear that she lacked the neccessary experience. 

This was amplified when the rest of the cast that populated the movie were anywhere near her. The more seasoned folks like Michael Douglas, Channing Tatum, Antonio Banderas, Bill Paxton, Ewan McGregor, and Michael Fassbender made Gina Carano's performance look even more amateur. Putting a professional fighter into a central role opposite these individuals was a puzzling casting decision. 

It was distracting watching Gina Carano "act" like a real person. I mean, giving a robotic and emotionless performance might have worked if Gina were playing a robot. In this particular movie, I'm pretty positive she was supposed to be human. What was the clue that led me to this conclusion? Well, there was no mention of any robots or any moments including science fiction within the movie therefore, I believe that I successfully deduced that Gina's character was indeed supposed to be a human. So, for being a "human," it was difficult for me to feel any connection to her character whatsoever. 

Since we're on the topic of characters, all the characters lacked depth and had forgetable lines of dialogue that neglected to further the story along. One puzzling relationship was the hint at a romance between Gina Carano's character and Channing Tatum's character. That needed to be explored more and if done so, could have created much stronger characters that someone maybe might sorta have had a vested interest in. When the movie was all said and done, I cared nothing about any of the characters. Honestly, I don't even remember their names.

Haywire also struggled as it attempted to be an art house action film. The jazz score laid over the action scenes made it seem like the director, Steven Soderbergh, was going for an old fashioned sixties type spy movie feel. Instead, it ended up being bizarre when the main audio was muted in favor of music that didn't line up with the action taking place. I was jolted out of the movie throughout most of the action scenes. These are the moments that are supposed to redeem even badly written films! I found myself thinking, "No, not another boring action scene. Please, I'd rather have one of those boring scenes with talking." In case you didn't pick up on my inner thoughts just a moment ago, that's not a good sign when I'd rather watch a scene with useless and flat dialogue. 

In addition, the action scenes that did exist, were scarce. There were some good fist fighting moments, including one between Michael Fassbender and Gina Carano. Still, the action scenes felt like a sad imitation of the Bourne movies. Haywire was trying to be cool and landed as far away from the mark as possible.

Care to hear more issues with the film? Great! Let's continue. The story was extremely confusing. The editing was a failed attempt to tell the story out of order, most likely to try and make it interesting. That attempt did not work out. It just added confusion. From what I gathered, Gina Carano played some type of off the grid government agent. Then somehow she was the target. Add more confusion. Subtract common sense. Divide by boredom. That equals exactly what you think it equals... Huh?!?!?! 

I think it came down to Ewan McGregor's character getting revenge on Gina Carano's character. She apparantly broke up with him. I think that was essentially the gist of it all. Unfortunately, by the time I caught up with the mess of the so called story, I had already checked out of the film. Haywire required one to take extensive notes in order to understand anything that was going on.  Then, one would have to take those notes to a gibberish translator and have them piece them into a logical story.

The whole time I found myself yearning for suspenseful action movies that were done right. For example, The Italian Job, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol or Oceans Eleven (a good Steven Soderbergh film!). The audience knows who betrayed who and for what reason and there are great moments of comedy and action. The characters in those films are also fun to watch and I cared about where their stories were going.

Breakdown: Haywire had all the ingredients to be a great action thriller, but it let everything get jumbled so much, that I couldn't tell which way was up. The movie was a wasted a good cast and wasted money on a film that should have never been made in the first place. Steven Soderbergh appears to have lost his magical director touch. This film, like Contagion (another one of his films), did not devote enough time to character, leaving the audience clueless as to who they should be rooting for. Add in the jazzy score over the action, confusing story, lame action, and an inexperienced lead actress. All of that kept me from enjoying this very blah film. Skip this flick. You aren't missing anything unless you are looking for a good nap.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Daybreakers (2 and 1/2 Stars)

In a unique twist, vampires have consumed so much human blood, that they are now the dominant life form on the planet. Any humans not already turned into a blood sucking creature of the night, are either treated like crops in a disturbing blood harvesting plant  or are on the run from the ever so thirsty fanged immortals.

Sam Neil plays a deliciously evil antagonist, while Ethan Hawke works as a scientist attempting to find a blood substitute (all blood will be gone in less than a month!). If vampires don’t get their human blood, they start getting all crazy and creepy looking with giant wings (they represent the homeless population). Essentially, they become large bats that will even attack other vampires in order to get blood. Once they do this, they jump to the next level of crazy: batsh*t crazy. Obviously, a vampire drinking another vampires’ blood will make them a little cuckoo. I know if I drank another human's blood, I'd most likely be a a bit twisted in the noggin too. I don't ever plan on testing this theory of mine, rather I will trust in what I believe to be true. 

Tensions rise as it becomes apparent that a blood substitute won’t be possible. The film does a great deal right and the excitement buildup grows and grows until the final act of the film. Like so many other movies that have such a unique, promising premise, Daybreakers falls victim to the lame ending syndrome. It builds and intrigues with each new development. Then as if I was bitten and all the warm human blood flowing through my veins was replaced with vamp blood... it goes cold. The so called exciting ending seems too restrained and the final confrontation between Ethan Hawke and Sam Neil's characters, though good, lacked the oomph to push it into the realm of memorability. What I'm getting at is that the movie flatlined before the end credits rolled and didn't give a satisfying close to a truly original idea. Although the action was there in the end, the writers needed to expand the action out of the hallway of the blood harvesting plant and take the battle to a more exciting location(s). Perhaps incorporate some type of rooftop battle that begins in the night and escalates to when the sun begins to rise. This potentially, could have been more visually stunning and helped the action build, literally, to more exciting heights. 

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Also, I would have liked to have been scared more. The movie played like a thriller and that worked fine, but it missed opportunities to capitalize on the horror of everything that was taking place. I mean, there are vampires everywhere you looked. Give me more horror! Perhaps additional development and screen time with the human characters would have created more hair raising moments. Alas, we shall never know. 

The Breakdown: Daybreakers turns the traditional vampire story on its head and creates a wonderfully dark world where most everyone lives forever. The population deals with unique problems (Coffee drops down to having only 5% blood in it- No! I need my blood!). It is exciting to watch and will keep you entertained. Unfortunately, it misses key moments to up the action and the horror, leaving it just a little above average. 

The Bottom Line: If you like vampire movies and are looking for something different from the usual tales spun, take a bite out of this flick.