Recently I watched both The Hangover Part 2, and World War Z. So, I decided to try to put some more content out there by posting some more mini reviews.
The Hangover Part 2
So for comedies, very few times will a sequel be very good. They tend to suffer from what many call “Sequel-itis”, where the movie is just there to cash in on the fame of the previous movie. As such, this movie has that same issue. The Hangover was meant to shock and awe with its humor, and show us things that we wouldn’t have seen in most comedies. To push the envelope of people’s expectations, as it were. This one retraces those steps, very delicately, following the same formula set up by the first one, just with different circumstances.
The only funny parts I found were in the stupidity shown by the characters in their “logic” of the situations they’re in. A lot of the humor has been lost because its recycled from the previous movie, so it’s not a huge shock. It does have other plotlines in the movie, but they’re just there, not given any depth and the twists are expected and predictable. All-in-all, if you’re just into these movies to have a cheap thrill, you may enjoy it, but overall it’s just another sequel to a movie that was better.
World War Z
I was surprised at this movie. I’ve heard the issues this movie had during development, between Brad Pitt and the director having disagreements over the direction of the movie. (Warning, here is where the *spoilers* begin). While it is supposed to be based on the book by the same name, the author has come out and said the movie has nothing to do with the book other than a couple of characters and the title. As from what I’ve heard, since I have not read the book yet. Is that the book is set years after the main event which was the zombie apocalypse. This movie, is set within I guess you would call the same “universe” but does not use a lot from the book.
The movie chronicles the events involving Brad Pitt’s character, where he is a family man whom has retired from his previous job with the UN. He would be sent out to try to figure out what caused an event and find a way to stop it from getting out of control. In this movie, he’s doing that, but with a viral/bacterial plague that is infecting the population of the earth, and nothing so far has been able to stop it. The only thing governments and people have been able to do, is save as many as they can, and barricade themselves in isolated areas to keep as many alive as possible. Brad Pitt’s character goes around to figure out how the disease began, how fast it moves through the body, and find any means of stopping the infection from spreading.
Many people hear different things about the origin of the plague/disease, some think it’s from Korea, some think it’s from India, but in the end no one truly knows where it came from and how it evolved to create the Undead/Zombie epidemic it became. The movie is great, Brad Pitt gives a solid performance as Gerry Lane. The movie keeps us informed, but doesn’t point out the obvious all the time. It is an enjoyable flick that anyone can watch, as long as they’re not squeamish. I liked the movie, I thought it was an enjoyable experience. At least from an outsider’s point of view for the lore of the book. It has elements of Contagion mixed with 28 Days Later, with a little bit of Left 4 Dead in the mix. I’d definitely say give it a rental at least.
I’ll try to have some more posts up, to give my blog some continuity soon. I’ll put some news up soon, regarding thoughts on next-gen properties for games, and the evolution of the industry.