As I mentioned, I am splitting it into two, just due to the sheer number of movies. Here is part 2!
Probably the best science fiction epic I’ve seen in a long time. It gives you just enough science to not sound too much like fiction, but does do a bit of a jump off of the deep end towards the end of the movie. It’s a great film, shot beautifully, and the story is awesome. I really enjoyed this movie, and yes the end does feel like this generations version of 2001: A Space Odyssey with the lack of science and pure fiction. However, unlike Kubrick’s classic, it does give some form of explanation to give it a nudge towards the somewhat possible, but still remains fantastical in practice. Still worth a watch for anyone that is a science fiction fan like myself. Also the score is amazing, it fits the movie and is a treat to listen to.
Amazing Spider-man 2
Oh did this movie underwhelm me, so much so it borderline pissed me off. I’m not as much of a spider-man fan as I used to be as a kid, but still. This movie is just a craptastic follow-up to a rather good start of the first one. The first movie had all this set up that would make us think that the Sinister Six movie could work. However in this movie, it ruins all of that setup, in favor of new setup that is completely pointless and utter crap. I’m sorry to those that like this movie, I am with Marvel on this one. Give it a pass. There are moments of good, but a lot of it is filler and should have been 2 movies with too many stories going on. Half the movie or more is just this touch and go crap between Peter and Gwen for f*** sakes. This is supposed to be a Spider-man film, not a romantic comedy between Gwen and Peter.
One major flaw this movie has is that it relies too much on technology to get the job done. Rhino is not a f***ing military tank suit with missiles! He is meant to be a really huge, imposing wrestler and brawler that happens to wear a suit with horns on it. Granted the suit is childish, but still he’s not a huge role and they made him so laughably bad in this movie. Avoid, and wait for Spidey’s appearance in Cap 3: Civil War, and Kevin Feige’s produced solo movies.
Guardians Of The Galaxy
Oh my god, is this exactly what I needed after Amazing Spider-man 2. Not to mention Cap 2 helped out a lot. This movie is awesome. Marvel took their space opera and made it enjoyable to all, while still respecting the lore. Sure it dates itself with references to Kevin Bacon in Footloose, but I don’t mind it. Everyone can enjoy this movie, no matter what age. The villain is great, Josh Brolin as -spoiler- Thanos is amazing. He is very imposing, and I can’t wait for Infinity War in the Avengers Split movies. Think of it this way, you wanted to know what the hell was going on with the mid-credit sequence in The Avengers was, well here you go. This movie gives a straight up tell all about what everyone was buzzing about. Not to mention this movie’s after credit sequence was hilarious. Kudos to Marvel for including a character that probably has no right to be in the MCU, but is welcome none-the-less. SEE THIS MOVIE!
22 Jump Street
This was a startling hit, I was surprised it lived up to the first one and surpassed it. The team of writers/directors are hitting that niche with the self-aware humor. It worked in the first movie and man does it work in this one. It makes fun of itself, that’s how good it is. Especially with the sequel set ups in the end that go all the way to 2020 Jump Street, where they end up in space. The movie is solid, with a great cast, and the villain is one of my favourite actors in the form of Peter Stormare. Sure he tends to be the stereotypical russian mobster, but he plays it so well. This is a very funny movie, and fans of the first one can see it without any problems. This is a film series that just seems to be getting better, not to mention the guys behind it being also behind the Lego movie. It’s great to see them succeed, because I enjoyed their work on the animated series Clone High. Definitely worth a watch.
X-men: Days Of Future Past
Wow, it may not be the original Days Of Future Past from comics or the 90’s cartoon, but it works. In terms of the existing Fox mutant continuity, it works. I thought it was going to be Bryan Singer wanting his toys back and crapping on Matthew Vaughn’s universe, but he tied them together pretty well. However, it’s not without fault. Shadowcat doesn’t normally have this power, it was just for the purpose of plot convenience that they gave it to her. Had they taken a little bit of time and flushed out Bishop more, and set up Forge, they could’ve made the machine do it. However, in terms of the movie’s science, the movie works as is. Also, it does set up the next movie and yes, Fox is going to do En Saba Nur himself, Apocalypse in the next movie. I will undoubtedly watch it, just because I still enjoy the actors in their roles. Although I wish Marvel could work out a deal to have more mutants in the MCU, like Wolverine and make him an Avenger like they’re planning with Spidey.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
This movie is a different pace from the other two, it’s a slow burner, but with a decent setup for part two, where all the pay off will be. Unlike the previous 2 movies, this one doesn’t feel like a rehash like Catching Fire did. This is a straight up war movie, with people fighting for their lives and independence from the government in which that tries to control them. Even with some of the laughably bad propaganda in the movie, but some of it is intentional. Due to the propaganda being faked. This is still worth a watch and a good set up for Part 2 in the fall. Worth a watch if you enjoy these movies. Julianne Moore is cold, but that’s due to the character, and she’s a great fit for her.
Big Hero 6
This believe it or not, is a Marvel property that Disney picked up when they acquired the comic book company. The movie is good, but my only gripe with it is that I’ve seen the story done numerous times before and I’ve seen it done better. Even though I may not be the target audience, I can tell you at least the kids will enjoy it, but Adults may get bored with it. Which is sad, because Disney can make good movies for all ages. I love the old classic animation they did, Aladdin is one of my favourite movies from them. Does this movie deserve an Oscar, hell no. The only other fault that gives me a bitter taste in my mouth, is knowing that the Academy when faced with animated movies, will ALWAYS vote Disney. Very few times will they go against the grain and vote for someone else if Disney has an animated movie in the running. The Lego Movie should have not only be nominated, but it should have won. It is a far superior film and can be enjoyed by all.
I was not expecting much, being that some movies by Denzel Washington are merely something for him to pay the bills, and sometimes they’re movies to which he does a phenomenal job. This is an example of a rather meh premise with an ok script, with Denzel acting his ass off in. He brings his A game in this movie and is bad ass doing so. It is an under-the-radar hit that all action movie fans can get behind. It deserves a watch, either on Netflix or rental. You won’t be disappointed by Denzel Washington in the role. It does however feel like the tv show (with the same name) in which some of the material if not all the material comes from. Especially at the end where he posts a classified ad online for him to help people.
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Holy hell is this an amazing movie. Colin Firth is astounding and bad ass in this movie. The script is solid, the action is awesome to see. The fight choreography and filming/editing is spot on. Whether or not its a good adaptation of the old tv series, is debatable. Although I’m not one to argue, I love this movie and everyone in it. I think of it as a twenty first century spy movie with all the grab of a James Bond movie, and the action of Mission Impossible. Matthew Vaughn does awesome work with this movie. I can see why he left Fox during Days Of Future Past’s filming to work on this. It is awesome. Samuel L. Jackson is a great villain. I want to see more of this franchise, as I enjoy spy movies and its a great start if they do more.
So, with this mega review catch up over, I can say that I’ll be back with more. I may post something on Friday, but who knows. I’ll also be posting a review next week of Furious Seven (As James Wan, the director puts it). Yes, that James Wan of The Conjuring, Insidious, and Saw. Interesting change of pace for him, make a Michael Bay-style Explosion happy movie but from what I hear, really good and enjoyable. Well, that’s then, this is now. So I’ll sign off, have a good one!