Movie Review: Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)

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Finally, we are here. The fourth and final part in this action movie franchise. Not that I had any planned reviewes for these. I really saw the first one pretty much on accident (a happy accident) and then the sequels have been sprinkled into my life at pure random. But now we are at last here, the last movie in this awesome franchise.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Lethal Weapon 4”.

Once again we get to follow the craziness of LAPD detectives Riggs (Mel Gibson) and Murtaugh (Danny Glover). And in this one they have to try to stop a deadly Chinese crime lord that is related in one way or another to immigrant smuggling and counterfeiting. Just like all the other movies, the premise is simple. And just like the sequels it is also executed in a pretty simple way. The first movie had surprising depth to it, but all sequels (including this one) stay really simple in style and execution. And while I don’t mind too much because of the fast pace and entertainment factor of the plot, it is sad that it didn’t feel a little more… deep. The only thing put in here that sort of raises the stakes is the fact that Lorna (Rene Russo) is pregnant in this movie, but that isn’t too prominent in the movie. But to sum it up, the plot is entertaining, but not really that great.

The chemistry between our two leads is just as great as ever. You know, despite it being six years since the third movie came out. So yeah, their chemistry is still great. And their performances are still great nothing else to say there. Also, I’m glad to see that newcomer Jet Li fits into teh plot perfectly and also gives a great performance as a really badass guy. We also get another newcomer in the form of Chris Rock who I can say was servicable at best. Look, I got nothing against him, I think he is overall a really funny guy, but he didn’t fit that perfectly in this movie. It is also a shame that Rene Russo isn’t the badass woman she was in “Lethal Weapon 3”, instead she is thrown to the side and pops up every now and then. Oh well, she at least gives a good performance whenever she’s in front of the camera. But I swear, if I ever have to listen to Joe Pesci (as Leo Getz) say “Okay” one more time, I will hurt something. Overall he was fine in the movie, but he was also annoying. This movie lost a little in character compared to the other ones, but it is still not bad.

Once again, the score was done by Michael Kamen, Eric Clapton and David Sanborn. And once again it is pretty fucking great. Perfectly creating tension for the action scenes, perfectly lighting the mood when the we need to chill out and jsut perfectly capturing every feeling/style it needs to capture. It is really a terrific score that we got here, but that is something that has stayed consistent throughout all of the movies.

I think it’s safe to say that if you give Richard Donner (R.I.P) a camera and a pretty big budget, he’s gonna make something great. “Lethal Waepon 4” from a technical standpoint is pretty amazing. The shots look great and everything is steady and nice. Which segues me perfectly into what I wanted to mention next which is the action. Yeah, it is as awesome as ever. Like I said, it is all very steady which is great because we actually get to see what’s going on. The action gets a lot better thanks to the inclusion of some martial arts in this one. The action is one of the aspects which bumps up “Lethal Weapon 4” quite the bit as a movie. Also, the comedy in the movie worked really well, I really did laugh at it a lot.

This movie has gotten some pretty mixed reception. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 52% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 37/100. Roger Ebert gave the movie 2/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6,6/10.

“Lethal Weapon 4” is pretty much everything I expected and wanted from a “Lethal Weapon” movie. A decent story, fun characters, great music, great directing & action. While two of the actors might be slightly annoying (Rock and Pesci), everyone else did a great job. I also can’t deny the fun I had with this movie. Time for my final score. I’m still too old for this shit. My final score for “Lethal Weapon 4” is an 8,54/10. I do think it’s worth buying.
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My review of “Lethal Weapon 4” is now completed.

Despite this being a good movie, I still found a serious lack of Gibson-mullet.
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Movie Review: Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)

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You might remember that I reviewed the first two “Lethal Weapon” movies a while back, you might also remember that I liked them quite a bit. Well now after several months, it is time to review the third one in the franchise! So… here we go!

Sirs and madams please stand back, because this is… “Lethal Weapon 3”.

Once again we follow LAPD sergeants Riggs (Mel Gibson) and Murtaugh (Danny Glover). Murtaugh only has a week until retirement, but that doesn’t stop him from getting dragged into aonther giant case, this time he and Riggs together with an internal affairs officer (Rene Russo) have to try to take down an arms dealer (Stuart Wilson) who used used to be an LAPD officer. And from that… chaos ensues. While the plot is really fun to follow I feel like it isn’t as interesting as the previous two movies. In this movie they focus less on character development and focus more on chases and explosions and extreme action. Don’t get me wrong, I love all of that shit, but it just isn’t as interesting as the previous movies since they had really good character development. Also, for some reason they decided to shoehorn in Leo Getz (Joe Pesci) into this movie. In the previous movie he was a fun character that was integrated into the plot in aa good way, but here he just feels forced.

I think it is pretty fucking obvious at this point that Mel Gibson and Danny Glover have excellent chemistry. In the first “Lethal Weapon” they were great together, in “Lethal Weapon 2” they were even better and in this it has reached it’s peak. Their chemistry in this movie is fantastic, you notice that these two actors have a lot of fun working together. Newcomer Rene Russo is also really good in the movie and have really good chemistry with our two heroes, especially Mel Gibson who she banters with excellently. And Joe Pesci as Leo Getz is fine, he just feels so shoehorned into this movie. And I swear to fucking god, if I have to hear him say “Okay” again, I will snap! But overall the characters in this movie are all good. Sure, the villain is not that great, but everyone else makes up for that.

Once again the soundtrack was done by Michael Kamen, Eric Clapton and David Sanborn. And once again it is great wit ha great mix of typical action movie songs, smooth jazz and some rock n roll. There were also two tracks made for the movie. One is called “It’s Probably Me” which was done by Eric Clapton and Sting, the second one was “Runaway Train” by Eric Clapton and Elton John. And both were great songs that fit the movie in different ways.

Okay, my research now gives my feelings about Leo Getz feeling shoehorned in some much needed evidence. Apparently he wasn’t even in the original script. All scenes he were in were written in after the script was completed. Why they had to put him in the movie, I do not know. But now I at least know why he felt forced. Moving on! Once again Richard Donner steps up as director after the two first ones. And once again he is triumphant at making the movie fast, fierce and really well-directed. The camera work is great and the action scenes are awesome as always.

This movie was received decently. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 56% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 36/100. Roger Ebert gave the movie 3/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6,7/10.

“Lethal Weapon” has a plot that isn’t too interesting, a meh villain and a forced in Leo Getz. But it makes up for a fair amount of that with fun action, great characters, great music and great direction/camera work. Time for my final score. Jeff! Where’s the freaking envelope!? *Envelope flies into face* Ouch! I’m too old for this shit! My final score for “Lethal Weapon 3” is an 8,54/10. It is definitely worth buying.
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“Lethal Weapon 3” is now reviewed.

You have the right to remain unconscious. Anything you say ain’t gonna be much.

 

Movie Review: Nightcrawler (2014)

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No, I will not do a joke again like the one I did with my “Birdman” review. I can however say that the title got me a little confused the first time I saw it. I was like “A movie about the X-men character? What the fuck?”. Then I saw the trailer and it wasn’t about the “X-men” character. So now I am finally here to talk about it.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Nightcrawler”.

Louis Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a dedicated young man looking for a job. Then one night he finds out about this  rather unknown and probably illegal profession where you go with a camera to a crime scene as soon as possible and get footage that you sell to news stations. And from that point on I was intrigued and interested in the story. Sure, the premise is different but simple, but that’s not all. It is also a deep character study into the mind of a (possible) psychopath. The study of Louis, his interaction with people and situations and the look into this world of crime-reporter-thing makes for one of the most clever and compelling stories of modern days.

The characters all have some kind of arc that they follow and it all works out well. And I have to get it out of the way, Louis Bloom is probably the creepiest fucking character I have seen in a movie since the Dementors from “Harry Potter”. And Jake Gyllenhaal plays him so well that I didn’t see anything but this creepy and loathsome guy who will do anything to get the footage and the perfect shots. Rene Russo is also in this movie as the sort of news station director he sells the footage to and she is also great in this movie. Also, Bill Paxton is in this movie and he is as entertaining (and kind of dick-y) as always. I mean, he’s Bill Paxton, that’s how it is. Overall I think all the characters and performances in this movie are great.

The score by James Newton Howard is fantastic! He uses a lot of synth and a fair amount of electric guitar in this movie to really help capture the feel of the Los Angeles night life. The music was sometimes creepy, sometimes suspenseful, sometimes action-y but always great and euphoric. I absolutely adored the score for the movie.

This movie is directed by Dan Gilroy, a first time director… but you would never guess it in how well this movie was directed. I got pretty much the same reaction as when I saw “Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang” for the first time and found out it was Shane Black’s directorial debut. Would I say this movie is perfectly directed? Not really, no. But here is the thing, it doesn’t need to be perfect, it just needs to be great and it was. I also have to mention one thing about Gyllenhaal again… fuck he got one creepy smile in this movie. It is really noticeable especially since he lost a pretty good amount of weight to play this character. But that smile is creepy any way you look at it… jeez!
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This movie was very well-received when it came out. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 95% positive rating with a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 76/100. And on imdb.com it has an 8,0/10. “Nightcrawler” was also nominated for 1 Oscar in the category of Best original screenplay.

“Nightcrawler” is an excellent thriller with a great plot, a creepy/fantastic performance from Jake Gyllenhaal and great performances from all the other actors, a great score, great direction and one of the most suspenseful third acts I have ever seen. Time for my final score. Oh there you are Lou, do you have the footage? Great! Thank you! My final score for “Nightcrawler” is a 9,83/10. This is an excellent movie that of course gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”
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Review of “Nightcrawler” is now completed.

Creepiest. Son of a bitch. Ever.

Movie Review: Thor – The Dark World (2013)

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Superhero movies are honestly one of my favorite types of movies. They can feature fun stories in combination with great action and good acting. Also they are fun to watch because the main character usually has some kind of awesome superpower (That we can never have because we’re regular mortals). Right now the leaders of the superhero movie empire are Marvel. And I agree they make some great movies (My favorite probably being X-Men 2). But a few years ago they came out with a movie based on a superhero comic series based on norse mythology…hmm. That movie was “Thor”, based on the comic series based on the norse god of thunder. It was a movie that got mixed reception. To be honest I was one of those that thought it was fairly good. If I have to put it somewhere within my score system I’d say it is one the “rent” spectrum. But can the sequel to it be better? Or will it just be even worse? Let’s find out!

Ladies and gentlemen…”Thor: The Dark World”.

The story follows both the events of both the first movie and “The Avengers”. In the realm where our hero Thor (Chris Hemsworth) lives he fights some bad guys. In our realm we see his love interest from the previous movie, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), being on a date with this guy Richard (Chris O’Dowd). Their date gets interrupted by annoying sidekick Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) who gets Jane to a place to do science stuff. With the help of some local kids (almost forgot, their in London) they find this weird portal thing. When Jane later discovers this great power after she gets lost, she wakes the dark elves led by the evil Malekith (Christopher Eccleston). So of course Thor finds her and wants to help her (Not aware of Malekith), much to his father Odin’s (Anthony Hopkins) dismay. But when they find out about Malekith, it is up to Thor to stop him. But he is not all alone. He has help from a bunch of people. For example the handsome (and now with a different actor) Fandral (Zachary Levi), the beautiful but dangerous Sif (Jaimie Alexander) and his not very trust worthy, but always enjoyable “brother” Loki (Tom Hiddleston). And that is kind of the plot in a nutshell without giving you too many details (given you have not seen this movie yet). And while my explanation of the story is vague, at best…it is actually rather interesting. I like how they use fantasy in mix with science fiction/technology without going full steampunk on us. To sum it up in a short way: Woman discovers plot mcguffin, evil elf wakes from his long-ass nap, Thor has to save everyone. And while that is not my favorite way of explaining things, that is what it is. It is kind of a standard story, but it is like I always say: It is not the concept that is important, it is the execution. And the execution is pretty good.

The characters are…yeah I don’t know really. One example is Thor…I can’t relate to the guy. Why? Because he is essentially a god. Am I a god? No! I am just a dude with a computer. I can relate to human beings…not norse gods. Most other characters are like him…superhuman beings. And most other humans are pretty…nothing special I suppose. I have to complain though about one character…and that is who I called the “Annoying sidekick” Darcy. She serves no other purpose than to be “Comic relief”. Her voice annoying, her lines are lame and just…ugh! But the movie makes up for that…ish by having the always sassy and great Loki. I fucking love this guy! He always has something to say…and everything he says is excellent. That’s it really. So yeah…the characters are like a fruit salad…mixed. You might dislike a few parts…but there are a few sweet and tasty things in there.

The music…here I can return to giving a bit of praise. It is big and epic! And I don’t throw around the word “epic” a lot. Fun thing is that the soundtrack was composed by one of my favorite composers; Brian Tyler. Just listen to the soundtrack for the movie…you’ll know why I like it. Then go listen to everything else by Brian Tyler…do it…NOW!

Thank fucking Christ! Why am I like that? They did a thing with this movie that I like more than the first movie…they got rid of the fucking dutch angle! YES! If you’re wondering, a dutch angle is when you film a movie in a 45 degree angle. It is for the most part used to show a person’s mental instability in a scene (Suc has paranoia or disorientation). Problem is director of the previous movie, Kenneth Branagh, used it a little too much…and it had no “mental instability” scenes. The dutch angle were just there all the time. But thanks to Alan Taylor (the director for this movie) we don’t have it anymore…and I am so thankful for that. Also, the action in this movie is amazing…not kidding. I love watching Thor and the other people kick asses in this movie.

Reception for “Thor: The Dark World” was overall pretty good. Not the best when it comes to the Marvel movies, but still not bad. Rotten Tomatoes holds a 65% positive rating. Metacritic has the lowest score I’ve seen with a 54/100. imdb.com has a 7,2/10 score on the movie (at the time of this review).

“Thor: The Dark World” has a lot of great things going for it. Good story, good acting, great action, great visuals…no dutch angle. But it also has it’s fair share of flaws…such as annoying sidekick Darcy, not the most relatable characters and…not much else really. Just a few thigns in the plot that are only nitpicks. But now that I have ranted on about that…let’s give this movie a score, shall we. My final score for “Thor: The Dark World” is an 8,66/10. While not perfect, it is still a lot better than the original “Thor” and definitely worth buying.

My review of “Thor: The Dark World” is now completed.

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