Movie Review: The LEGO Movie

Where do I start? 5 out 5 starts! No no, wait, 10 out of 10. That’s more fitting.

This movie was amazing. Though I do have a very immature and childish view of the world, so this hit every single spot I loved. It’s LEGO, which automatically makes it awesome. The story line was actually very well done and clever. The amount of adult humor that was inserted (pun intended) into the movie was great. I was laughing every 10 seconds, literally.

I think the ending twist was exceptionally well done. The LEGO movie had a very Toy Story 3 feel to it because of this ending. It sent a very powerful message, and really hit me in my adult/child feelings. I won’t put any spoilers into here. My only advice is to go see this movie. You will not regret it! The theater was full of adults, so it’s a great movie for all!

PS. Great Valentine’s Day movie!

Happy Watching!

The Cabin in the Woods: Movie Review

If you’re like me, when you saw the trailer for this movie, the first thing that went through your head is: Hunger Games rip off. It’s not quite the same, but a similar concept.

I’ll rate this movie a 3 out 5. If you like blood shed, zombies, and other things that are meant to be frightening but are not, this movie is for you.

I really wasn’t a fan of the movie. The concept was just silly, I was not able to relate to the characters, and the ending was disappointing. If you liked the Scary Movie movies, you’ll probably enjoy this…to some extent.

In a movie where you cheer when most people die and are not at all disappointed or upset when absolutely everyone dies….well…there’s really not much to say about it. The reason I gave this movie a 3 and not a 1 or a 2 is because it was mildly entertaining–but once again, in the Scary Movie sense. There’s enough gore to keep you going, enough freaky things to keep you interested, but this is not a movie that will keep you up all night or have you checking under your bed for monsters.

The final word here is: you do NOT need to watch this movie before you die. You are not missing anything. If you DO feel bored one night and are in the mood for mindless bloodshed, bust out this dvd. Don’t take a trip to the theater.

Happy Watching!

The Hunger Games: Movie Review

This review will not be as great as my Harry Potter one since I waited a while to see the movie after reading the book, but I think I can still provide a decent review.

After reading the many conflicting reviews online–some claiming it sucked, others claiming it was awesome–I’m here to provide my very own opinion.

So first of all, I’m giving this movie a 3.5 out of 5. Yes, a point 5 is in there.

As a movie, this was a pretty good movie. Considering the fact that this was rated PG13 (I think…) it’s just gruesome enough. A lot of people complained about the the shaky camera work, about how there was not enough brutality/actual games scenes, but I think it was done pretty well.

The movie needed to provide a solid base/background on the whole Hunger Games concept, how the districts work, etc. And quite frankly, they should have provided more information on some of the districts–the thing I’m thinking about in particular is the type of bread made by each district, and having bread from district 11 sent to Katniss after she honours Rue’s death. However, I don’t think it was necessary to the movie and would have just been seen as a boring addition by most of the audience.

I disliked that Katniss was not given the mockingjay pin by Madge, that she was not visited by more people after she voluteered as tribute, that Peeta and Katniss were not talking on the roof and testing the force-field, that Katniss was not in the audience when Peeta proclaimed his love, and many other tiny anachronisms. But I DO think most of these things were appropriate to change/leave out for the movie. However I also believe that some of these small things will help set the ground for the rest of the movies in this series.

As with most book-adaptation movies I strongly recommend reading the book. You just get so much more details and learn so much more about the districts and history. In my opinion, books are always better.

So to sum up, this is a definite must see movie. But you don’t need to rush out to the theaters to see it. You can wait for the dvd.

Happy Watching!

Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1

Yes, I did it. I watched this movie…I am ashamed. Just to make things very clear here, I am in no way, shape or form, a Twilight fan.

However, I did read the books, and now I have seen the movies. I’ll admit that the books have been a guilty pleasure for me. They’re easy to read and are a decent teen series. Anyway, this isn’t about the books, this is about the movie.

Breaking Dawn, Part 1. Sadly, I have to give this movie a 3 out of 5. I’ll admit…it wasn’t the worst thing out there. I absolutely despised the previous movies because they were TERRIBLE adaptations of the books. And if anyone knows me, they know how much bad adaptations anger me (see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows reviews if you need confirmation of this).

To get to the point, I liked the fact that this movie followed fairly closely to the events of the novel. I would have liked to see some more bruising of Bella (yes, I am evil), and more showing of how much the transformation into a vampire burns your insides. Now I can’t criticize this movie as much as I could Harry Potter, because I don’t really remember the book, but I’m sure there are other facts that are missing that would irritate me had I remembered them. But all the bad stuff aside, it was a decent movie. Out of all the Twilight movies, this definitely was the best, but lets be honest, that’s not hard to beat.

Now, even though I’m giving this movie a pretty good review, I will still recommend that you wait for it to come out on DVD to watch it. I don’t think it’s worth the trip to the theater.

-Happy Watching!

Pearl Harbor (2001)

Since I’ve been here at school, studying away like a sucker, I haven’t been able to get out and about to see any new movies. I have however, been able to watch movies I have. So today, I will review Pearl Harbor.

I must say this movie is one of my favorites. It’s a fantastic love story, but also a wonderful tale of friendship, and let’s not forget, history. And for a movie that focuses a great deal on a love story, there is plenty of action there for the male viewers. A lot of inspiring scenes and the movie in general is heart touching.

The romance between Evelyn and Rafe is heartbreaking. The perfect couple, beautiful together, is separate by war. When Rafe’s plane is shot down into the ocean, his body is not found and he is reported dead. Danny, Rafe’s best friend, brings the new to Evelyn. Her heart is shattered and she turns to the only other person who loved Rafe as much as she did: Danny. Soon, a romance emerges there and Evelyn ends up carrying Danny’s child. Soon after Danny and Evelyn’s romance begins, Rafe makes his way back. He survived the crash, praying to God everyday that he would never leave Evelyn if he could only make it back to her. And make it back he did, sadly a little too late. As you can imagine there is turmoil between the two best friends and of course between Rafe and Evelyn. All too soon, both men are summoned to war after a devastating attack on Pearl Harbor.

The ending: tragic. I will not give out details, just go and watch this movie. This one will be on the top of my playlist for a long, long time.

5 Stars out of 5!

Rise of the Planet of the Apes: Movie Review

Oh where do I begin? I want to give this movie an honest review, but I don’t think it will turn out that way. Why? Because to me, it was a comedy! Anyway I’ll give this a three stars, but its definitely not a must-see movie. You will not be missing anything if you never see this.

There were a lot of heart-touching scenes in the movie. Seeing the main guys father suffer and eventually die from Alzheimer’s is possibly the toughest thing. The girlies in the theater were definitely tearing up. Being a pet owner, I was sad when Caesar (the main ape), had to be left at the animal shelter. And it made me angry to see how the apes were mistreated. But I gotta say, does San Francisco REALLY have that many apes around?

If you watched Harry Potter, you’ll like seeing Mr. Draco Malfoy (aka Tom Felton) killed by an ape. Actually he killed himself because it was pretty stupid what he did. Who knew that water + electricity do not mix?

Anyway, not much to rave about on this movie. But I did enjoy the laughs. In conclusion, don’t see the movie. It’s not worth it in theaters. Wait until it’s out on DVD.

Happy Watching!

Cowboys & Aliens: Movie Review

Another review coming at you. I’m quite picky about movies, at least ones that I’m interested in, so this one will be no different. At least it won’t be as long as the Harry Potter one =).

So I give this movie a 4 out of 5.

I know it’s gotten some bad reviews, and honestly, I can see why. But it was a very entertaining movie, so I have to say it’s a must see.

There were some dumb parts. For instance, the aliens have a bracelet thing that can explode shit (which Daniel Craig comes equipped with). But apparently when cowboys kill aliens, they can’t pull off the bracelets off the aliens and use those. And some inconsistencies with the fighting include the fact that at one time, a pistol can blow an aliens head off, and other times, a guy can be shooting at the alien 10 times, but the alien still rapes him. And by rape, I mean kill. Also, the aliens seem to have massive rocket launcher type guns. The cowboys just don’t have the sense to use those after they kill the alien. Oh well, cowboys still win. Oops, should I have called spoiler alert on that one?

I must say, the story line is pretty creative. I enjoyed the flashbacks of the main character (Daniel Craig). Those were well done and interesting.

One big flaw, in my opinion, is the lack of finding out what the aliens need the gold for. Watch the movie to find out what I’m talking about here. Or I can just explain it now…the aliens are on earth to mine for gold. Apparently it is as valuable to them as it is to humans. But why they need it…nobody knows. We never find out. Sigh. Sequel? I think not…

Anyway, the movie is alright. Lots of action, good story. Worth seeing in my opinion as long as you don’t get hung up on the details!

Happy Watching!

Friends with Benefits

Yet another movie review. This one won’t be as long as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2, I promise!

I give this puppy a 3 out of 5 stars.

It was a pretty decent movie. For a chick flick, the comedy aspect was huge in the first half. The movie theater was bursting out laughing, even all the guys that came along with their girl friends.

The disappointment came in the end, when the movie took the typical chick flick turn and the couple ended up happily ever after. Oh, did I forget to call spoiler alert on that one? My bad.

Justin Timberlake is a terrific actor, in my opinion. Much more talented than when he sang. Mila Kunis is pretty great too, I still love her from That 70’s show!

Anyway, I recommend seeing this movie, it was funny, entertaining, and the sex scenes were pretty amazing. Oh the nudity…you get to see both actors butts. And some side boob from Mila.

So yeah, must see movie! Enjoy it =)


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Oh my dear fellow Harry fans, I don’t know how to do this. While I love Harry Potter (the books), I find the movies to be quite atrocious. But I’ll try to keep an open mind while writing this very long Harry rant.

Major Spoilers incoming!

To start off, I think I’ll do a two part review (don’t worry it’s all in the same post). So one, as a movie, HPatDH2 (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2…if you needed that clarified) was good. As a portrayal of what actually happened in the book, it was a suuuuuuuuckfest!

So, as a movie, I’ll give it 4 out of 5 stars. As a book reader, I’ll give it a 3 (still out of 5). It’s not varying much in the star ratings…but I’m not too good at those. Read the details of my opinion to find out what you really think.

Where do I begin with this mess? I’ll start with the bad and hopefully end with the good. There are many, many reasons why I find this movie horrible. Many of you may say it’s just small details that the producers/directors all that gang left out, but to me, it is important. So let’s dive right in!

1) The Elder wand cracking when Voldemort (I’m going to call him Voldy from now on) used it. That does not happen at all.
While we’re on the subject of wands…the last “epic” battle between Harry and Voldy. In the book, Harry fires the Expeliarmus (excuse my bad spelling as this will happen with names and stuff) while Voldy fires the, I believe it was the killing curse. Anyway, since the Elder Wand actually belongs to Harry, Harry’s expeliarmus hits Voldy and the Elder Wand should fly to Harry and hit Voldy with the killing curse. While there IS a bit of this in the movie, it’s not as clear as it could be. There is no struggle of wand lights between Harry and Voldy, no holding curses for 5 minutes, none of that. But I guess for movie purposes, they needed to put it in. Moving on…

2) [These are going to be out of order, I’m sorry]. When Harry, Ron and Hermione go somewhere and they need to hide…they hide behind tables or BEHIND things. Did everyone suddenly forget the minor detail of Harry having an invisibility cloak? Like…come on…it’s one of the deathly hallows!

3) Harry, Ron, and Hermione sneaking into Hogwarts. did Luna beat them in? That’s just minor…but she was in there with the other students waiting to welcome Harry. I just found that to be odd. But while we’re in Hogwarts…Harry does not pose as one of the students, does not step out during Snape’s speech. There’s supposed to be time killing, trying to figure out and find where that horcrux is. I mean it would have been a waste of movie time, but people need to know that it wasn’t so easy.

4) The diadem. When Harry goes looking for it in the Room of Requirement and finds it in a box. Uh…BIG question mark there. The Diadem is supposed to be sitting on a troll bust (or some kind of statue…I don’t remember THAT much detail). Harry remembers this before going into the room because earlier he put something into the cupboard thing that the troll was next to.

5) And since we’re here, in the movie Harry can hear the horcruxes talking to him. NO! He CAN’T. It’s not that easy. He needs to look for them. He needs to find them like a regular person finds things. Otherwise, it would be as easy as using the accio spell, which we all know does not work on horcruxes.

6) Moving right along. In Belatrix Lestrange’s vault when the gang is looking for the Cup (not the Stanley Cup, the hufflepuff one). The items ARE supposed to multiply when you touch them..they kept multiplying after they hit the floor and no one touched them. Also, Hermione yells out for them to not move. How will not moving prevent you from touching things if the room is pretty much FILLED with these things. You’re surrounded by them! If you’re not touching them, they’re touching you. You’re screwed. Also, these objects are supposed to burn you. Harry holding on the the Cup is supposed to be painful. He’s supposed to want to let go (and risk losing the real one in the mess of the multiplying ones), it’s supposed to be hard!

7) The hinted at romance between Neville and Luna? Guess what, it never happens! Read the book.

8) Harry doesn’t tell Hermione and Ron to kill the Snake, he tells Neville. And then Neville does it, and THEN they start the huge epic battle. Harry doesn’t run around the castle fighting Voldy. The battle is confined to the Great Hall.

9) During the epic battle while Harry is not running around the castle. Harry does not give Voldy a hug and say “Let’s end this like it started, together” and jump off the castle. They don’t fly around together groping at each other’s faces.

10) Memories cannot come from tears. Period. Snape gives his memories to harry by pointing his wand to his temple and pulling them out, just like everyone else before him did. Also, the scene with Snape’s death does not take place in a boat house. It happens in the Shrieking Shack. Why would that have been so hard?

11) After Harry is killed, Narcissa walks over to him to check that he’s dead and asks Harry if Draco is ok. Harry NODS. NO HE DOESN’T! Everyone would see a nod! Everyone would see his head move! Keep it like the book and have him whisper yes!

12) Where did Voldy get that many followers? Last time I checked, he only had like 30. Instead of paying this huge amount of people to dress in black, take those 30 people from the Goblet of Fire when Voldy came back to human form, and use those. I guess that wouldn’t be epic enough…but who WOULDN’T buy the fact that children wizards who barely know any spells can defend themselves one on one with pro dark arts?

13) Harry breaks the Elder wand without fixing his own before that. Harry LOVED his wand. He tried fixing it with another wand. The Elder wand is ALL POWERFUL. It’s the only one that can fix Harry’s. But that’s okay. Harry doesn’t need a wand.

14) Where’s the part about McGonagle becoming headmistress? Disappoint.

15) They did not make Neville look badass. He still looked like a joke. Disappoint.

16) Voldy dies and turns into flying pieces of paper? Lame.

Goodness me. I think I’ll say what I did like now. I’m sure I’ve missed a crap ton of stuff about the disappointments, but this is getting pretty long.

Good things:
1) The story of Snape’s love for Lilly.

2) The emotional connection between McGonagle and Harry.

3) The scene where Harry dies and goes to King’s Cross. Very well done. (except when they kept beating us over the head that Snape loved Lilly. WE GET IT!)

4) The beginning…duhh. Very accurate conversations with Griphook and Olivander.

5) Loved the scene in Gringotts with the waterfalls that removes all disguises and stuff.

6) Absolutely LOVED Helena Bonham Carter’s acting as Hermione trying to be Bellatrix. Oh dang…I’m going to have to enter a disappointment with this scene…Hermione (as Bellatrix) is supposed to give the goblin Bellatrix’s wand as identification. Also…the imperius curse looked like someone getting high…lame. But good acting! Lol

Okay, I’m going to wrap it up. I’ve discussed this far too much with others and here lol.
Um…final word…go watch it, see for yourself how well/poorly done this is. And please read the books. You are not a real fan unless you do.

Happy Watching!

Horrible Bosses

I rate this sucker a 5 out 5. Yeah, that’s right! I NEVER give such high reviews, but this movie was HI-wait for it-LARIOUS! Tons of laughs all around! The theater was cracking up the whole show!

A minor mishap with the projector lead to a short break during the movie, and the movie was concluded with free tickets to see another show. Guess what’s next? Harry Potter!

Anyway, Horrible Bosses, go see it. Definite must see movie.