May Movies!

June 1, 2009 at 7:12 pm (FILM)

So since this is new, I need to update my reviews for the past month!

Up First…. X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE (PG-13)

So I decided to go to the midnight showing of Wolverine with a friend of mine and I was expecting the worse. The reviews made it seem TERRIBLE. But… it wasn’t that bad. Yet, there wasn’t anything that good. The movie explains the origin of Logan/Wolverine from the X-Men series (as the title obviously states) and that is all it really does. If you know something about X-Men, you know how this is going to end. If you don’t, they hint at it the ENTIRE movie, almost to the point that it is annoying. It also explores the woman that Logan falls in love with, but really that almost seems to be an afterthought of the movie.

The real point of the movie is hot guys and big explosions–and there is nothing wrong with that! With Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Ryan Reynolds and Taylor Kitsch (the hot guy from Friday Night Lights and The Covenant), there is more than enough hotness to make up for a good plot or writing. There also needs to be recognition for the costume director of this film- who puts these gorgeous men in tight-fitting clothing or nothing at all. I salute you!

So if you are looking for a movie with a plot or decent writing, this movie is not for you. If you are looking for two hours of jaw-dropping “GAHHH”s and mindless escapism, check this out.

My Rating: C The plot leaves something to be desired, but the hot men make it not fail.

STAR TREK- (PG-13)

Now this is what a summer blockbuster should be! No doubt about it folks… the BEST movie so far this year. It has it all: action and SciFi geeky-ness for the guys, gorgeous men for the girls, and a great plot and excellent writing for all of us who like intelligent movies. Written by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Transformers, Mission: Impossible III, Alias), this script is awesome- filled with clever references to the original Star Trek and witting banter to keep you entertained- and I knew I was in for a treat seeing their background.

For all of you who think that they might ruin the old movies for you, have no fear! The story takes care of that in a very clever way, so that you don’t have to ignore the originals- you can appreciate them in their own right and take or leave the new Star Trek. With amazing visual effects thrown in, you shouldn’t miss this movie.

If you don’t know anything about Star Trek, don’t worry- they explain it all without making it ridiculous for those who know the story already. The story is about the beginnings of James T. Kirk, Spock, Leonard “Bones” McCoy, Sulu and the whole gang and how they all came together. The whole crew also comes up against some time-traveling, badass Romulans (played by the awesome Eric Bana and Clifton Collins Jr (LOVE HIM!) plus some other people, but I needed to shout out Bana and Collins) and an appearance by the original spock Leonard Nimoy (the entire audience cheered when he came on screen in my screening!). Trust me, the plot is easy enough to follow, but has plently of twists and turns to make this something different from the 1960s films.

I am in awe of director JJ Abrams. He has the right cast, a great story, and perfect effects.

My Rating: A-   Is this movie going to win any Oscars? (Besides Special Effects) Probably Not. Is this a movie to skip? Hell No!

ANGELS & DEMONS- (PG-13)

So Ron Howard had a lot to make up for from Da Vinci Code. Talk about a letdown. Did he do it? Well, kind of.. but not completely. Angels and Demons is just your run of the mill action film that you can take it or leave it. Really if you read the book, you will probably want to see it (but be forwarned- they did change some of the plot of the original story). If you didn’t, well I would say…save your money or go see Star Trek.

Angels and Demons is the precursor to The Da Vinci Code with Robert Langton running around Rome (instead of London and Paris) to find some anitmatter that will explode at midnight (instead of trying to find the truth to help solve a murder– really Dan Brown pretty much wrote the same plot twice and got two best sellers :/).  Basically the plot of this movie is that the Pope just died and right before Conclave (where the Cardinals are sealed into a room to decide on the next Pope), this antimatter and the four preferiti (the four most-likely candidates) are stolen by the Illuminati, a secret society (shocker!) of scientists who have been in hiding since they were almost eridicated by the Catholic Church.

The main reason to see this movie is Ewan McGregor. He (once again) is fabulous as Carmerlengo Patrick McKenna and makes up for Tom Hanks’s terrible accent that annoyed the crap out of you in The Da Vinci Code. And back to the changes from the book, I really think they are ok. They took out the most controversial parts of the book, but really, the story is fine without them.

My Rating: C+  Nothing to rant or rave about. It’s average.


TERMINATOR SALVATION- (PG-13)

I hate to say it, but this one is “eh” worthy too.  Nothing outstanding, nothing terrible. Despite all of the early press with Christian Bale’s outburst (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrvMTv_r8sA with some lovely media shots from American Psycho), I didn’t really know much about the story and to tell you the truth, it doesn’t really involve Christian Bale’s John Conner very much at all.

The story really revolves around Marcus Wright (played by Sam Worthington), a prisoner who donates his body to science and then wakes up 15 years later. We travel with him as he tries to figure out what has happened to him through out the entire movie, only occassionally checking up with John Conner.

Worthington is very good in this role; however, I’d like to see him play a character with a little more emotions and depth before I can pass judgment on his acting abilities. I thought Christian Bale was still playing Batman (he even uses the “Batman” voice once). And while I loved Anton Yelchin in Star Trek as Chekov, he doesn’t do much for me in this movie.

My Rating: C+   Just another sequel. But I would check out Bale’s rant- it’s pretty funny.

GHOST OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST- (PG-13)

So this is exactly like all of Matthew McConaughey movies you have seen in recent years with a dash of Scrooge and Tiny Tim- just for kicks! The plot is exactly as it looks in the trailer- a bachelor who sees no reason in quiting his one-night-stand ways gets visited by 3 (count ’em 3) ghosts who show him his past, present and future. Jennifer Garner is the one that got away and Breckin Meyer plays the brother *cough* Tiny Tim *cough*.  (Breckin- what happened? why are you in this movie?)

Everything is predictable and it gets worse- McConaughey just looks old in the movie so you don’t have anything good to look at. He looks far to similar to a very old looking Michael Douglas and it just kind of depressed me. No one really acts in this movie- they are all kind of there. Can anyone say “filler movie”?

My Rating: D  Just rent The Wedding Planner if you want to watch a girlie movie.


STATE OF PLAY- (PG-13)

Now this movie I was excited for. A thriller with good actors and supposedly good twists- I’m in. Oh wait… no I’m not. You think that with Russell Crowe, Rachel McAdams, Helen Mirren, Ben Affleck, Robin Wright Penn, Jason Bateman and Jeff Daniels (that’s three Oscar winners!) that it couldn’t fail. Well, you thought wrong.

The plot is so conveluded that it will be hard to describe. Basically, an aide to a congressman (Affleck) gets killed and Crowe and McAdams try to uncover the truth behind it and get a good by-line while they are at it. And, in the end, they find out that it is a lot more complicated than it looks. No one really shines in this movie while no one really sucks. They all just seem a little bored. As were we. Russell Crowe looks terrible (I don’t know why they make him look so bad for film roles nowadays) and Ben Affleck still can’t really act (Go back to writing and directing Ben!).

My Rating: D-   It gets a worse rating than Ghost of Girlfriends Past–that should tell you something. I also downgrade because I expected a whole lot more from it.


THE BROTHERS BLOOM- (PG-13)

Quirky. That is really the only word to describe this film. If you like The Royal Tenebaums and don’t mind a cheap knock-off of it, then I think you might like this film. That makes it sound a lot worse than it is, but its true. It starts off a lot like a Wes Anderson film, but soon leaves that behind.

The story is about two brothers (Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo) who are great con men, yet Brody really doesn’t like the life and wants to leave it all behind to find a new life. But, this is all he knows and his older brother (Ruffalo) keeps sucking him back in. He convinces Brody into conning one last person (Rachel Weisz), a very odd, ridiculously rich orphan who has never left home. This is where the adventure begins and really the story makes many twists and turns and revealing any of it would ruin the movie. There are several love stories in this movie, but the real one is between the brothers.

The scene stealer in this movie is Rinko Kikuchi, who once again says very little but everytime she is on screen, you can’t help but watch her. She brings a lot of humor and life to this role and it was much appreciated.

My Rating: C   It depends on your mood and how much quirkiness you like to determine if you would like this or not.

COMING UP- My review for UP! and My response to the The Twilight Saga: New Moon trailer world premiere.

CHECK OUT- The Sunshine Underground’s Put You in Your Place– great song from a really good UK band

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1 Comment

  1. Gayle said,

    Let me be the first to congratulate you on your new adventure. I loved your reviews and of the ones that I have seen, you are on the money. One difference…I am old, so Matthew M. looked good to me in Ghosts of Girlfriends Past!

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