mini-movie reviews…February edition

Megamind

Megamind

8/10 (+1)

Here’s a perfect 2-liner about the movie, “The supervillain Megamind finally defeats his nemesis, the superhero Metro Man. But without a hero, he loses all purpose and must find new meaning to his life. [source IMDB.com]”. What I enjoyed about this movie was the character of Megamind, especially as Will Ferrell embodied him. The excellent thing about voice acting is that the actor is given so much more freedom to explore the truth of the character, providing opportunity for very deep and intense emotional reactions. The story is interesting as well and I honestly wasn’t sure I was going to like it; seemed a little too post-modern for me. But I felt the writing was ok and the direction worked well for me. Score another one for Dreamworks!

Megamind: [answering a cell phone] Ollo?
Minion: Uh, it’s “hello”, sir.
Megamind: Oh… Hello?
[to Minion]
Megamind: Like that?
Minion: [gives him a thumbs-up]

Moon

Moon

9/10 (+1)

Very easily compared to 2001: A Space Odessy. However, it’s not, and that’s a good thing. “Astronaut Sam Bell has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, where he, working alongside his computer, GERTY, sends back to Earth parcels of a resource that has helped diminish our planet’s power problems. [source IMDB.com]”. Sam Rockwell plays Sam Bell who is pretty much the only person in the movie. Rockwell delivers an outstandingly precise performance in what is basically a one-man show; that is no small feat, especially in this age of blockbuster action movies with huge casts. The f/x are wonderfully simple. I very much enjoyed watching Sam Rockwell, he commanded my attention the whole time without any contrivances.

Sam Bell: Listen, why don’t you relax. Why don’t you take a pill, bake a cake, go read the encyclopedia.

Attack the Block

Attack The Block

9/10 (+1)

The first trailer I ever saw totally made me want to watch this movie. Then I read Mick Lasalle’s review and I wanted to see it even more! (I have determined that Mick Lasalle is my anti-critic…most movies I like, he does not get in any way shape or form).

The premise of the movie is utterly simple, “A teen gang in South London defend their block from an alien invasion. [source IMDB.com]”. It is in this simplicity where the movie truly succeeds. The characters are free to be themselves. For me, I enjoyed the characters and their growth and development during the course of the events in the movie. The dialogue was enjoyable too as the characters definitely communicated in a realistic and naturalistic fashion; I think this is both due to the script and the unaffected nature of the young actors.

If you want a much more in-depth and fantastic review, then check out Film Crit Hulk’s review here. It’s long but well worth the read 🙂

Jerome: This is too much madness to explain in one text!

Underworld: Awakening

Underworld: Awakening

6/10 (-1)

What can I say. I got what I expected. I mean, when you’re premise is as dumb and, well, frankly, stupid as this, “When human forces discover the existence of the Vampire and Lycan clans, a war to eradicate both species commences. The vampire warrioress Selene leads the battle against humankind. [source IMDB.com]”, then you dare not expect much.

The action was ok and that was all that I wanted or needed from this movie. Can’t say I recommend it though.

Selene: My heart is not cold. It’s broken.

Captain America

Captain America

8/10 (+1)

Of the superhero movies of late, this is definitely my favorite (Iron Man still tops my list though). The characters, while, for the most part pretty darn 2-d, Captain America himself is deliciously deep. Before I go on, here’s the summary, “After being deemed unfit for military service, Steve Rogers volunteers for a top secret research project that turns him into Captain America, a superhero dedicated to defending the USA’s ideals. [source IMDB.com]”.

Chris Evans totally pulls off this character which, I gotta admit, I had a hard time imagining. The director, Joe Johnston, definitely has a mixed bag of a career, but he manages to pull this one off fairly well. The overall comic-y feel of the action helped because they were consistent all. the. way. through., which doesn’t always happen.

I can honestly recommend this. If you see a superhero movie before you see The Avengers this summer, be sure to see this one…it’s worth it!

Abraham Erskine: [about his choice] Why someone weak? Because a weak man knows the value of strength, the value of power…

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