Movie Review: Spider-Man 3 (2007)

And so we come to the end of this review series on the Raimi-directed “Spider-Man” movies. It’s been fun revisiting this franchise. So let’s talk about the final part!

Ladies and gents… “Spider-Man 3”.

Peter (Tobey Maguire) seems to finally have his life under control. But that soon takes a dark turn when a mysterious space goop enters his life and changes his for the worse. All the while a super-powered petty criminal (Thomas Haden Church) roams the city after having escaped from prison. ALL THE WHILE Peter finds himself in some love triangle drama with Mary-Jane (Kirsten Dunst) and Gwen Stacy (Bryce Dallas Howard). ALL THE WHILE his- fuck this. Just… fuck it. There are elements in the plot that are good. But overall, it’s a god damn mess. It has more threads than a spider web, and they are all (for the most part) paper thin. Like I said, there are some nice parts here too, some finely handled dramatic/emotionally charged bits. But they all find themselves tangled up in this scatterbrained web.

The characters here are mixed. Some are nuanced and interesting, and some are Topher Grace as Eddie Brock. The returning core cast of Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, and James Franco are all great in their roles, and do wonders with the material they’re given (which sometimes isn’t great). Rosemary Harris as Aunt May is still the warm, comforting presence she’s always been. J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson is still an absolute blast to watch. As for new blood, there’s Thomas Haden Church as Flint Marko/Sandman. He’s given a surprising amount of development, and gives a really solid performance. And then we have the aforementioned Topher Grace as Eddie Brock. Look, Grace is not a bad actor, and he actually does a good job playing an absolute slimeball here… but he feels miscast for the character of Eddie Brock. And the stuff they do with the character here… just, no. Overall, decent cast.

Unlike the first two movies, the score in this one wasn’t composed by Danny Elfman. Instead, musical duties were handed over to Christopher Young, who I think did a great job. He incorporates Elfman’s iconic theme wonderfully, while still bringing his own flair to a lot of the other tracks. There are some emotionally charged pieces here that really work well within the movie.

As we’ve pointed out already, “Spider-Man 3” was, like its predecessors directed by Sam Raimi, who I think mostly did a great job here. I say mostly, because compared to the other two, there’s a lot more leaning on CGI for various things in this one. Which also makes some bits look a bit wonky, especially a chase scene early on in the movie. There is cool stuff to it, but overall the green screen effect looks kinda unfinished. And there are a few CGI humans in this movie, and they were a bit distracting. But with all that said, whenever it doesn’t use shit effects, it looks good. The action scenes in this are generally great, with one fight scene some ways into the movie being one of my favorite parts of it.

This movie has gotten some mixed reception. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 63% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 59/100. Roger Ebert gave it 2/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6,2/10.

So while “Spider-Man 3” is a bit of a let-down compared to the first two, it’s still an enjoyable superhero movie. It has a messy plot with good moments, mostly good characters, really good performances, great music, and good directing/action with only a few wonky effects. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “Spider-Man 3” is a 6,95/10. So while flawed, it’s still worth a rental.

My review of “Spider-Man 3” is now completed.

Bit a downer to end this series on. C’est la vie, je suppose.

Movie Review: The Next Three Days (2010)

What would you be willing to do if a loved one was falsely imprisoned? How far would you go to get him/her out? Ponder this as you read this review.

Ladies and gentlemen… “The Next Three Days”.

After his wife (Elizabeth Banks) gets arrested for a murder she didn’t commit, John Brennan (Russell Crowe) aims to do anything in his power to get her out. so now we have our little drama-thriller. And is this plot any good? Kind of. The idea itself is pretty interesting (if unoriginal), and there are some solid dramatic moments throughout that made me feel really invested in the story, but the plot does have some issues. For one, there are a whole load of implausibilities in this movie, situations where the outcome makes no fucking sense. And the pacing at times isn’t very good. Both of these problems drag the plot down quite a bit, but not enough to make me think that it’s total shit. Just that it could be better.

The characters here are good. There are none that I feel are bad, but not everyone gets the same amount of development. Russell Crowe plays John Brennan, the man at the center of this story. Over the movie you seem him go from the average, loving, family man to something else due to this whole crazy situation with his wife. It’s an interesting character journey. And Crowe gives a really good performance. Elizabeth Banks plays Lara, John’s wife and the woman who gets falsely imprisoned. I’m not gonna say too much about her development, as that’s best left experienced rather than explained. But I can say that Banks is great in the role. Then you have Ty Simpkins as Luke, the young son of John and Lara. Sure, he doesn’t get that much development here, but he still works pretty well among the characters. And for someone so young, I thought Simpkins did a really good job in the role. Then we have Lennie James as a cop who gets involved with all this. Again, not that much development there, but his characters still works very well within the plot here. And James is really good in the role. Then you get a bunch of really solid supporting performances from people like Olivia Wilde, Daniel Stern, Jason Beghe, Aisha Hinds, Liam Neeson, and more. It’s a well acted movie.

The score for the movie was composed by Danny Elfman, and it is quite good. It’s emotional, tense, and overall well composed. Sure, it’s not necessarily one of Elfman’s best, but it’s certainly really good. The movie also uses a whole bunch of licensed tracks throughout, with Moby being the most frequent artist used throughout. And all the tracks work pretty well for the movie to elevate their respective scenes slightly. Good music.

This movie was written and directed by Paul Haggis, and is apparently a remake of a French movie called “Pour Elle”. Now, I haven’t seen that French original, so I don’t know how accurately this represents it, but as a movie on it’s own I think Haggis did a good job. The movie is pretty well shot and everything has a pretty nice flow to it in general. He even manages to create some half-decent tension in some scenes throughout.

This movie has gotten some mixed reception. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 51% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 52/100. Roger Ebert gave it 2,5/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,4/10.

While it’s not anything truly great, “The Next Three Days” is still an enjoyable drama-thriller. It has an okay plot, okay characters, great performances, really good music, and good directing. As for flaws, there are points in the plot where it’s a bit implausible, and the pacing is a bit draggy at times. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “The Next Three Days” is an 8,11/10. While flawed, it’s still definitely worth a rental.

My review of “The Next Three Days” is now completed.

This is the third movie in a row I’ve watched/reviewed where Jonathan Tucker has popped up. It’s like that guy is following me everywhere… and it’s a bit eerie.

Movie Review: Man on a Ledge (2012)

I am not very fond of heights. Sure, it could lead to a pretty awesome view or two, but overall I don’t see the purpose of being high up. Especially if shit gets fucked and you fall off that height. Just increases the chance of your death. So I’m gonna stay on the ground, thank you very much.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Man on a Ledge”.

Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington) is a man on a ledge (hehe). And as people gather to witness this man’s apparent suicide attempt, police psychologist Lydia Mercer (Elizabeth Banks) gets brought in to try to talk him down. All while a heist is happening in the building across the street. So now we have our plot. And I’m just gonna say it, the idea behind this movie is actually really good. However the execution on the other hand is not that great. While not the worst execution of a plot ever, it is still really bland and convoluted, not making a lot of sense. It also lacks the tension that so clearly could be achieved from this premise. And the twists throughout are… not great. They often add to the convoluted aspect of the plot that I mentioned earlier, not making too much sense. So overall the plot is… meh.

The characters here are meh… there’s no other way to put it. None of them are particularly interesting. At least I didn’t want to hit them for sucking (so that’s something). Sam Worthington as an actor is the very definition of hit and miss… more often miss than hit. But to give credit where it’s due, his performance here isn’t bad, it’s fine. One of the better performances I’ve seen from him. Elizabeth Banks plays the police psychologist brought in to talk Worthington off the ledge (presumably through the window, rather than off the ledge towards the street). And she’s fine in the role. Jamie Bell plays Worthington’s brother, and he was fine in the role. Genesis Rodriguez plays Jamie Bell’s girlfriend in this and she isn’t very good in the role. Sure, the material she’s given isn’t great, but her delivery isn’t very good either. Edward Burns plays a cop who is on this case, and he’s fine in the role. Anthony Mackie plays a cop who also happens to be an old friend of Worthington’s, and he’s good in the role. Titus Welliver plays another cop who’s a douchebag, and he’s fine in the role. We also get Ed Harris as a businessman that is important to the plot, and while he isn’t in the movie too much, he’s great… he’s Ed fucking Harris… presumably collecting a paycheck. So overall the acting here is… fine.

The score for the movie was composed by Henry Jackman and it was fine (using that word a lot in this review). I am usually a big fan of Jackman’s work, he’s composed a whole bunch of scores that I’ve liked. But the stuff he did here was generic action-thriller stuff that you won’t remember in an hour. It’s just there and it’s… fine.

This movie was directed by Asger Leth who did a fine job. And by fine I don’t mean like a fine wine, but just… fine. His directing here doesn’t build a lot of tension, and it doesn’t give us any awesome shots, but it’s also not offensively bad. It’s just fine, passable directing that works for a bland action-thriller like this. The action scenes too, they’re okay, nothing memorable, but nothing awful.

This movie hasn’t been very well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 31% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 40/100. Roger Ebert gave it 2/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6,6/10.

“Man on a Ledge” is an okay thriller. It has a meh plot, meh characters, okay performances, okay music, and okay directing. The main flaws with this movie is that nothing stands out in this movie… all of it is just passable. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “Man on a Ledge” is a 6,12. While not great, it is maybe worth a rental.

My review of “Man on a Ledge” is now completed.

Meh…

We now have a trailer for the “Power Rangers” reboot

They’ve got, a power and a force that you’ve never seen before. They’ve got, the ability to morph and to even out the score. Nooo one, can ever take them down. The power lies on their siiiiiide! GO GO, POWER RANGERS!

Hello there guys, and that’s correct, we now have a trailer for the 2017 movie reboot of “Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers”. Only that this time they decided to simply call it “Power Rangers” because of course they have to confuse us. I mean, first thing they did was cast a black guy to play the blur ranger, which itself is no big deal… but they did the same thing in “Power Rangers: Dino Thunder”, so now my brain is just gonna focus on that. Also, what’s wrong with calling the new one “Mighty Morphin'”? I mean, I think it would actually make it sound even cooler but nope… no Morphin’ of Mighty Rangers. Sorry, I’m nitpicking here in a joke-y way… but I am a “Power Rangers” fan, and I pick up on tiny little details like that. So what is this movie all about for anyone who lived under a rock and didn’t know ANYTHING about the “Power Rangers”. Well, five teens with attitudes get recruited by the mighty Zordon (Bryan Cranston) to become “Power Rangers” so an evil witch named Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks) from doing her evil shit. That’s basically it. That is the original premise of the show, and it seems like they are bringing that along for this new movie as well, with some slight changes. Firstly, the way they get their powers reminds me a lot of the movie “Chronicle”. Basically, they find alien stuff, they get super powers. In the original show, Zordon just asked his robot, Alpha 5 (Voiced in this new movie by Bill Hader) to bring in five teenagers to stop Rita. Ah, times were simpler once. Secondly, this isn’t colorful and campy like the original show, this looks like it’s a lot more serious which has both pros and cons to it. Pros, it won’t be as laughably dumb. Cons, it might not be as fun. Okay, it wasn’t as plural as I thought it would be… but still. Do I think this looks great? Not really. I wasn’t hooked by this. If you loved this trailer, great, you go ahead and love it! But me on the other hand… I’m staying a skeptic for a while. “Power Rangers” (the rebootification) is set to be released in March of 2017.

So what are your thoughts? Are you looking forward to “Power Rangers” (the rebootification)? And are a fan of the original show? Leave any and all answers in the comments.
Have a good one and enjoy the trailer.

Movie Review: The Lego Movie (2014)

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I grew up playing a lot with lego. I didn’t always know what the hell I was doing, but I had a lot of fun. Most times I honestly improvised and built random things. One time when I was like 11 or 12 I was just bored one day and somehow managed to build a big star destoyer (Star Wars) looking thing. I was proud of it… and then a few days later it fell off the shelf and turned into a million pieces. But my childhood is not important right now! What is important is the fact that in 2014 there was an upcoming movie about Lego stuff. It seemed like an interesting cashgrab idea. To be honest I was really skeptical about it at first, but then the trailer dropped and it looked awesome. So now I am finally reviewing it. So how is it? Is it simply a boring cashgrab or is it a pretty awesome animation?

Ladies and gentlemen… “The Lego Movie”.

This movie follows Lego minifigure Emmet (Chris Pratt). He is just another guy in the crowd. But one day he happens to fall onto a “Piece of Resistance” which apparently is a sign that means he is the “Special One” who will stop the evil Lord Business (Will Ferrell) from gluing together everything in the world. But Emmet isn’t alone! He gets help from badass chick Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks), pirate Metal Beard (Nick Offerman) and Old Wise guy Vitruvius (God, er I mean Morgan Freeman). At first the story only seems silly, but as it goes on it adds layers and turns out to be a pretty clever story with some genuinely heartfelt moments. I was surprised with just how clever and even thought provoking it could become. But i really liked it. The only weird thing is that there were some (in my opinion) really weird shifts of tone in the movie. Those dragged everything down a little bit, but not too much.

The characters in this movie are so unique and varied that it’s crazy. I absolutely loved it. Emmet himself is this regular type of guy who gets dragged into all these crazy adventures, so I liked the fact that Chris Pratt voiced him since he really got the sort of “Normal Guy” voice (if that makes sense). I am not going to go through with every character because that would take too long. I will however mention that I found one character surprisingly awesome; Bad Cop/Good Cop (Liam Neeson). He had awesome dialogue (like everyone else) but also really got some really good slapstick when it was needed. I was also surprised at how great Liam Neeson portrayed him in the movie. I know the guy is a great actor, but lending his voice to a kids movie… damn. Overall, all the characters were great and well-acted.

The soundtrack in this movie is pretty great. Since this movie is set a little all over the place, I was glad to hear that they could capture the feel of every location with the music. Want good Wild West music? Got it! Good action music? Boom! This movie got some great pieces of music. And I guess I have to give my two cents on the very popular song “Everything is Awesome” from the movie. It is pretty cool, actually. Not my favorite song in the whole wide world, but it was definitely good.

Since this is an animated movie I will have to talk about the animation in it’s very own segment because that’s how I roll. The animation in the movie is really great! And here is the charming thing about it: It is completely CGI but looks like stop motion animation. Everything looks like Lego, but was made in a computer… how crazy is that!? It all looks fantastic and it gives the movie some much appreciated personality. Everything looks like Lego, nothing looks like added CG, everything is Lego!

Since this is a comedy, is it funny? Yes it definitely is! the comedy is fast-paced and clever… which is why the kids won’t get it. There are a lot of jokes that they will not get, but the adults will probably laugh their asses off at. But kids will laugh at a lot of the slapstick in the movie and also look at all the pretty colors and explosions. This is also a parody of all typical “The prophecy says you are the chosen one” “No I’m not” movies and it does it gloriously. It was also fantastic to see all these characters you recognize from all over the place converge on one place and just… AWWW!

Is this movie well-received? Oh yes! On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 96% positive rating with a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has an 83/100 rating. And on imdb.com it has a 7,9/10. The movie is also (at the time of this review) nominated for 1 Oscar in the category of Best Original Song (Everything is Awesome). What? No best animated feature nomniaton? That’s odd.

“The Lego Movie” is clever, hilarious, well-acted, beautifully animated and really charming but is dragged down a little bit by weird shifts in tone. So now I am finally gonna give you my final score. No, Vitruvius, I am over here! OVER HERE! No, not the plant! Finally, thank you! My final score for “The Lego Movie” is a 9,42/10. It is definitely worth buying!
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Review of “The Lego Movie” is now done.

Everything is awesome…