Well, I’m not entirely sure how well this will go, but it’s one of my favorite plays, if not my favorite play, by Shakespeare and I do love Joss Whedon. I guess we just have to trust him. I just have two reservations about this movie- 1) I really, really loved the earlier one (no idea when it came out and I don’t feel like looking it up but it starred Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Denzel Washington, and the dude who played Wilson on “House”) and 2) I really don’t care for Alexis Denisof, which I realize is prejudiced of me, since he’s done plenty of good things since annoying the crap out of me on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, but that was my first impression of him and I can’t shake it. “Angel” didn’t help the situation either, as the show took a serious turn for the worst once the Irish guy was killed and he showed up. But I did like him “Dollhouse”, the few episodes he was on. And yes, I am a Whedonite. I said I was a nerd.
I have deep and abiding love for this series. I saw the first one when it came out in theatres the first week it came out, cuz it looked awesome, and was just blown away. Just completely blown away. I left it and didn’t say anything to my friend for a full three minutes before saying “I had no idea you could do that with a pen.” So I was nervous about the new movie. I mean, I get that Matt Damon can only do so many of these movies, they’re very physical and he’s in his, what 40s? Also, for the most part, Jason’s part of this story is over. He might need a small part later on, but mostly, his part is done. So I got why they were moving on to another character, especially since there’s so much more story to tell, but I was nervous. I mean, a lot of perfectly good series, both book and movie, have been ruined by this sort of thing. But, when I saw it, I was actually very pleasantly surprised. Especially since pretty much everything I’d read online was complaining endlessly about it. I don’t see why. I mean, okay, so yes, the first hour is kind of slow and you do find yourself going “Geez, we’re still in Alaska? Really?” But they’re building a story here, you have to be patient. Especially since the first part of the story is taking place concurrently with “The Bourne Ultimatum”. But that’s the cool part! It’s like they’re taking you by the shoulders and going, “Okay, yes, all of that has been happening over there, but if you’ll look over here, you’ll see all of this.” Which I thought was really, really awesome and a great way to lead into this part of the story and introduce us to our new guy, Aaron Cross. Who, btw, is really cool, fully as capable as Jason, and appears to actually have a sense of humor. He’s also played by Jeremy Renner, who I now officially love. He’s an incredibly likeable actor and and a really good actor period. He does a great job. Playing, I can’t say opposite so let’s say beside, him is another of my favorite actor’s, Rachel Weisz, whom I’ve loved since “The Mummy”. She’s a really great, smart actress and pretty much always plays great, smart characters and this time was no different. Her character, Marta, is very cool and she actually saves Aaron at least twice. She isn’t just a damsel. I really, really hope that they don’t kill her off like they did Marie.
I won’t give anything else away, since I want everyone to go see so that it makes lots of money and they keep making these movies, just rest assured that I tend to be kind of picky and I’ve seen it twice.
Allow me a moment to geek out, if you will. I love Batman. Not a little, but a lot. And not just in a “I like the character” or “I think it’s awesome the way he punches people in the head” although god knows that’s true. What I love about him is his darkness and how he fights it, his torment and how he turned it to good, how he stands side by side, and even above, the greatest superheroes that DC comics could come up with, almost all super- powered, and all he has is his strength, his intelligence and his raw will. He never gives up and he never stops. He may lose hope but he will never stop trying. He will always find a way. He is the most human and the most superhuman of all the characters I have ever run across, and I love him for it. And when I go to the midnight showing of “Dark Knight Rises” I am fully prepared for the strong possibility of his death, though I will likely end up sobbing like a little girl in the theatre. They brought in Bane, and that can only mean one thing, not to mention both Chris Nolan and Christian Bale have both said they won’t be doing another Batman movie. I have a faint hope that he will simply be paralyzed and live the rest of his life that way, happily and with Catwoman, but I realize that his is not a character that lends itself to a happy ending.
But anyway, this movie promises to be epic and I cannot wait.
This was just a terrible movie. Just- just terrible. Like, I was watching the climax and I turned to my sister and asked how much longer we had left. That’s how bad this movie was. I hadn’t read the books before, I’ve just started the first one today, but I could tell you even then that it was clearly a good story that was incredibly clumsily translated to movie form. Like, the shift from book to screenplay severely hurt it and then the same guy who did that tried to direct it. And if I had to guess I’d say he had never, in his entire life, directed a movie before. It’s the only explanation. And they changed things that made absolutely no sense. Like Lyra’s uncle/ dad in the movie is a good guy, complicated, but by all appearances a good guy. I’ve read about fifty pages of the book and a quick peek at the ending and already I can tell you he is very much not. And they made how Lyra ends up in the cupboard to overhear the stuff about Dust and to save her uncle from poisoning way more complicated in the movie than in the book. Isn’t it usually the other way around? What was the point of that? And also, the chick who played Lyra was kinda obnoxious. I almost expected a golden glow to pop up around her head during this movie, proclaiming her role as the Chosen One. She never showed any fear or doubt or hesitancy, any of the things that one would expect from a, what ten year old girl, who’s on a big, life threatening adventure. There’s no character development or insight into who she is. They call her brave, but as she never shows any fear, I wouldn’t call her brave. Without fear, there is no courage, so if she had no fear, she had no courage, I don’t care what they said.
On the upside, it had Ian McKellan in there and I always enjoy him. And the giant, talking warrior bears was mildly interesting. Not as much as I expected mind you, and not nearly as interesting as that last sentence really called for, but they were what, in any other movie, I would call a high point. I’ll let you know about the book, but honestly it can’t be worse than the movie. I’m not sure that that’s possible.
It has Tom Cruise in it. Of course it’s terrible. Glad to see I was right though
I’ll never listen to Journey the same way again.
Call this film a cautionary tale.
Perhaps the message was: never move to L.A. You’ll end up a stripper, or a member of a boy band, or a filthy politician, or in love with a rock god, or worse…you’ll become the rock god and never find real love.
Cautions all. Here’s another one: Caution: don’t see this movie. Never before have I yelled mid-film, “This is the worst movie I have ever seen!” And I’ve seen some bad’uns.
First, it’s a musical. Hairspray and Mama Mia meet Spinal Tap minus Christopher Guest. Someone should have let this all star cast in on the inside joke before they took it too seriously.
Some, like C.Z.Jones played it camp, like a native of the theater would. She was awful. I’m so embarrassed for her. Her redemption? Possibly only the presence of Bryan Cranston…
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I’m torn on whether or not to see “Snow White and the Huntsman.” I mean, it looks really good, but it has Kristen Stewart in it, and I’m pretty staunchly anti- Kristen Stewart. Chick cannot act. Like, at all. She doesn’t emote, you can’t see her think, she has no screen prescence, nothing. She’s pretty, and she played Bella. That’s it. And there’s a reason she was picked to play that grey, washed out character. I don’t like her. However, “Snow White and the Huntsman” looks really, really good and it has Chris Hemsworth (Thor) in it. That counts for a lot. That man is unbelievably hot. So, there’s that.
I do think I’ll end up seeing it though, and I’ll show you why (I hope I’m doing this right): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROtBbOcdFxo&feature=branded
And if that didn’t post right, just look up Florence and the Machine, Breath of Life. Beautiful song and apparently it’s a song in the movie, so they end up showing scenes from it in there… I think I’m gonna end up seeing that movie. But I can’t condemn an entire movie based purely on one actress right? No matter how bad she is? Hell, maybe she’ll surprise me and actually do well. You never know. I’ve been greatly surprised before.
Oh and here’s a funny story, though no one else seems to appreciate it as much as I feel like they should, cuz it’s hilarious. Maybe I haven’t been telling it right. Okay, so when I went to seen “Hunger Games”, I saw it on opening day and I ended up sitting shoulder to shoulder with some random chick who was somewhere around sixteen or so, if I’m any judge. Anyway, the previews were going and one for “Snow White and the Huntsman” came on and, like I said, it looks good. And I said so out loud, because well, I think out loud sometimes. And I believe my exact words were “Well, I’m generally anti- Kristen Stewart but that does look good.” This was at the end of the preview, btw. And, then, immediately afterward, comes a preview for the (thankfully) last “Twilight” movie, and the chick next to me, no shit, let’s out this full on fangirl shriek like you would not believe. Really loud, really close to my ear, immediately after I basically just bashed her apparent heroine. Awesome.