Franken Movie Review: Movies I’ve seen lately…

So, as promised, here is the frankenreview of movies I’ve seen between the postings I made about Batman: the Widening Gyre and Drive.

The Adventures Of TinTin, Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Haywire

The Adventures Of Tin Tin in 3D:

The movie itself is really well done and adapted from 3 of the classic Tin Tin comics. The animation is very well done, and the 3D in this movie works, although I’m not a huge advocate of 3D, its one of the few that 3D is done well, and because its animated motion capture, the 3D does enhance well. The Scottish accent that Andy Serkis (Lord Of The Rings and Kong), puts on Captain Haddock is interesting, and done very well. This movie as a whole is a fun ride, perfect for people of all ages, and fans of the Tin Tin lore, new and old. The action sequences while highly unlikely in some instances, are entertaining to see, and not implausible like that of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom Of the Crystal Skull. It made me feel like a kid again, watching the animated cartoon in front of the small TV in my family home. Definitely see this movie. Spielberg and Jackson do a wonderful job with this movie, and make me look forward to the coming sequels in this franchise.

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol IMAX:

This movie is done very well, and the action suits the characters. It brings Tom Cruise back to the action star again, instead of being the scared, desperate man out to save himself and his loved ones (Mi:3 and War Of the Worlds). Jeremy Renner also joins the cast, and does incredibly well as Brant. Unlike the previous films where are only ties to previous iterations of the film series, were characters; this movie uses not only characters, but also plot developments from the previous film. Simon Pegg as Benji, leaves the lab and becomes a field agent, as if he were a fan following in the footsteps of his idol (Ethan Hunt). Although this isn’t new, but its nice to see it as a fresh perspective for the film series. The action is jam-packed and awesome in this film. Stunts are plausible without being completely over the top, as in one instance, Ethan hurts himself while in the middle of a fight in a technologically advanced parking structure. Instead of trying to just save himself or friends or family, Hunt is out to save the world. Brad Bird and J.J. Abrams help bring this fantastic movie into the light, and bring the movie series back into the centre ring for action flicks. This is definitely a watch, not necessarily in IMAX like I saw, but worth watching on DVD and Blu-Ray when released.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011):

This movie is excellently portrayed in its cast selection and very well done as a movie. I can’t really comment too much on the adaptation of the book, as I have yet to read it. For those of you interested in it, but not yet seen it, the plot follows the path of a columnist Blomkvist (Played by Daniel Craig), who is down on his luck with his magazine, he received false information about a person he was writing an article about, and got bad press for it. He is contacted by a wealthy, retired businessman Henrik Vanger (Played by Christopher Plummer) who wants to find out what happened to his grandniece, who went missing and is presumed dead 40 years before. Blomkvist enlists the help of a young woman Lisbeth Salander (Played by Rooney Mara), a researcher and computer hacker to help him solve this mystery. I don’t want to reveal too much about the plot, as it is a great film to see. I will warn people now, that it is not for the faint of heart, or children, due to the violence and scenes of rape in the movie. Those of you who can stomach such things and want to see a great mystery flick, check this out! The atmosphere is exquisite in the movie, the pacing is intentionally slow, as per the usual mystery movie, but it keeps you interested along the way to ensure you enjoy the movie’s ambience and tone throughout. This is a movie worth checking out, if you enjoy these books, and movies from David Fincher (The Social Network). I’m definitely interested in the coming sequels, that have yet to be officially announced, as both Craig and Mara have said they would like to play the roles again for the other 2 stories.

Haywire:

This movie is a little different from the previous ones, while it is shot well, the plot moves at a good pace, it can go either way with what people may enjoy about the movie. I thought it was a good flick, worthy of a rental, or stream on Netflix. It isn’t one of the best, I will admit, but the action sequences are very well done, and fight scenes choreographed near perfection. They use the environment well, with the fight scenes, as anyone with that kind of training would use walls, and other items around them to get the job done. I was surprised to see Michael Fassbender in the movie, I had very little research behind the flick prior to viewing, so I thought it was nice to see him in another movie since X-men First Class. I also do plan on at least checking out Shame, as I hear it’s a good movie. The basic plot has been done before, many times, but at least it’s presented in a style that we can recognise and relate to. The movie is presented in a fashion where you see the character at a particular part in the story, to which referred to as the present time. Then as the movie progresses, time moves forward in the present, while backtracking and explaining how the character ended up at that point, and then once explained, moves forward until the very end, when more backtracking is needed to find out one critical point the main character needs to know. This technique is very prominent in the Ocean’s movies, and as this movie is directed by the same director, Steven Soderbergh, as I’ve noticed that a lot his recent movies, like those of the Ocean’s movies and Haywire, are presented in the same way. The character portrayals are done very well, some may have called the main character’s portrayal to be flat, indicative of the actress, Gina Carano. However in my opinion, the character dictated that behaviour, and the actress was just letting the character’s personality to be known. The other actors in the movie, such as Michael Douglas, Ewan McGregor, Antonio Banderas, and Bill Paxton do a good job for their characters, as they are good actors to help support this movie. Tatum does a really good job playing his character, and makes me want to see more of his movies, if they’re like this one. He was always the one playing the muscle-bound, highschool girl magnet in previous movies, but with this serious role, he can definitely be said to be a good actor for this time. The movie overall is a little predictable at times, as the basic plot has been done numerous times before, and relies mainly on its cast, action and fight choreography to make it through. It is worth at least a rent for most people who want to see this formula of movie again.

Well thanks for checking out the Franken movie review of some of the flicks I’ve seen lately. I might do the new Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance movie, as I’ll probably see it on a Tuesday Night Matinee with friends, as I hear good things about its presentation, despite misgivings with Nicholas Cage.

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