Guardians of the Galaxy

I’ve just got back from seeing Guardians of the Galaxy.

Take note Sci-Fi movie makers! This is your competition! This is what you need to aim to outdo!

It’s very cool. It looks great. You quickly start to give a crap about the characters. It doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Favourite Character: Groot. I challenge anyone to come out of the film and not want to say, “I am Groot”, in response to any situation. :)

I didn’t really fancy it when I saw the trailers. A couple of people were talking about how good the reviews were, so I thought I would give it a go. I’m glad I did. It’s excellent!

Cheers

Tim…

Edge of Tomorrow

I went to see Edge of Tomorrow today.

You will see reviews that say it’s a Sci Fi version of Groundhog Day, and that is kind-of true, but in a good day.

It’s not overly endowed with plot, but it’s a pretty good Sci Fi flick. I think from now on Emily Blunt should be in every film!

Cheers

Tim…

Godzilla

OMG (Oh My Godzilla)! What a total pile of steaming, festering dog crap! It is incredible how they managed to spend $160 Million and produce something with less credibility than Sharknado, which only cost $250,000!

I really don’t think it has any redeeming qualities. How, in a world that brought us Cloverfield and Monsters, can so much money be spent on such a worthless pile of guff like Godzilla. In my Cloverfield review I mentioned how bad the previous spin of Godzilla was. This respin is no better.

I really can’t be bothered to explain why it was such a putrid pile of excrement. Who the hell gave this 7.3 on IMDB? I would rather watch Pacific Rim, and that was total toilet as well…

Cheers

Tim…

X-Men : Days of Future Past

This morning I went to see X-Men : Days of Future Past. It was very cool!

Don’t get caught up in the whole time travel thing. It really isn’t a big deal in the whole scheme of things.

My favourite characters were Blink and Quicksilver. Evan Peters plays Quicksilver, who has one of the coolest scenes in the whole movie. Bingbing Fan plays Blink. You don’t see too much of her in the film, but what you do see is awesome.

Hugh Jackman looks like he came from the planet steroids. He’s always in good shape for these films, but this was something else. Either there were some visual effects in operation, or there are performance enhancing drugs involved.

If I had to criticise one thing, it would be James McAvoy. I think he’s a good actor, but he tries too hard in this film. It feels forced to me…

Anyway, well worth the money IMHO!

Cheers

Tim…

Divergent

I’ve just got back from watching Divergent. It is a really good film!

Don’t believe any bullshit comparisons to that crappy Hunger Games. It is so much better than that rubbish! It’s probably a good idea not to read any summaries of the plot either, since it sounds kind-of stupid on paper. In the film it makes a lot more sense and just works.

Very pleased I went to see it. One of the better Sci Fi/action films I’ve seen is quite a while. Much more worthwhile than that spider-thing…

Cheers

Tim…

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

I’ve just got back from watching The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Wow, that is one seriously long film! At 2 hours and 22 minutes, it’s a good 1 hour and 22 minutes too long…

I guess there are two sides to this film:

  1. Action Scenes: During the action this films it is brilliant. Really over the top stuff. Bright, flashy and really cool.
  2. Everything Else : I don’t give a crap about character development in an action film. This re-imagining of the franchise is turning out to be even more whiny than the Toby Maguire version.

The film really could have been edited down massively and I would have come out agreeing with the film title. As it was, it’s “The Amazingly Long and Whiny Spider-Man Too!”

Cheers

Tim…

300 : Rise of an Empire

I went to see 300 : Rise of an Empire yesterday.

My feelings on this were a bit of a mixed bag. I was not the biggest fan of the original 300 movie at the cinema, but I have subsequently warmed to it. This film adds a bit more story about the lead up to the first film and fills in more details about what happened after, so it is kind-of like a combined prequel-sequel. Visually it was quite similar to 300, but it felt a little more low budget to me, like a longer, high budget episode of the Spartacus TV series…

The action sequences tended to follow a similar pattern of,

  • Fast shaky camera with no focus.
  • Slow motion slash.
  • Ultra-slow motion blood splash.
  • Repeat.

I did like the back story of how Xerxes became a God King. During that sequence I got really into the film, but after that the film started to meander and drag on a bit. By the end I was starting to nod off, so too was my pregnant friend, but her husband thought it was brilliant.

As is often the case, if you like the first you will probably like this. Just don’t hold out any hope that it will push the envelope, because it won’t.

Cheers

Tim…

PS. While Spartan’s had Scottish accents (see first film), it appears Athenian’s  had Australian accents! You learn something new every day… :)

Thor: The Dark World

I’ve just got back from watching Thor: The Dark World.

Unlike lots of people, I actually liked the first Thor film. I also liked the character in The Avengers, so I went into the movie with high hopes. Some parts of this film are totally awesome. Some parts are a little bit boring. Some parts are like a low budget DR Who episode.

The dark elves were really cool, a bit spooky and dead tough when they were on every other planet, but put them in London and they just run around looking like dodgy extras in a Power Rangers episode. A few minutes earlier they were shooting everyone with super laser stick things and killing Gods. Now all they can do is chase people? Seriously?

 did the bad guy really well. I’m a bit bored of Loki now. He’s too predictable. I still think Thor is cool.  as Heimdall is a great character. Pity they can’t make more of his part. Everyone else is pretty well disposable from my position. I find ‘s character pretty annoying. Apart from a couple of scenes where she looked completely evil, she was a bit of a non-entity.

I think I’m going to like this film a lot more when I’m watching it on TV, so I can check my emails during the dull bits. I couldn’t get a signal in the cinema, so I was forced to watch them. :(

Cheers

Tim…

 

 

 

Riddick

Pitch Black was an awesome film. It kind of came out of nowhere and delivered a Terminator meets Alien vibe. The sequel, Chronicles of Riddick, was a completely different style of film. I liked it, but I it wasn’t what I expected. Riddick is the third film in the franchise and it tries to revert to the Pitch Black formula.

Let’s be real about this. You go to a Vin Diesel film to see him be a total bad-ass with swagger. Riddick is the ultimate embodiment of that. He’s a psycho killer anti-hero. If he breaks his leg, he’s gonna reset it himself and pin it together with nails. If he gets stabbed, he’s gonna burn the surface of that wound and carry on fighting like he’s not been touched, regardless of the internal injuries! That’s what he is. That’s what he does. If you can check your brain in at the ticket desk, then you are going to enjoy it. :)

If I were looking for fault, I would the pacing of this film was a little off at times and it tried to hard to be Pitch Black, but who cares? Did I happen to mention it’s got Vin Diesel in it and he plays a bad-ass. Nuff said! :)

So if you are a fan of Vin Diesel and the whole Riddick thing, you are probably going to like it. If not, then back away slowly and don’t make eye contact!

Cheers

Tim…

Elysium…

I’ve just seen Elysium at the cinema…

The Good: Let’s start by saying it is visually stunning! Earth is now a sprawling shanty town with people living hand to mouth. In contrast Elysium is futuristic, high-tech, clean and inhabited by the ultra-rich. The shots of Elysium in space are great. That’s what sci-fi films should be all about. The scenes on earth have a very real quality about the special effects and are very reminiscent of District 9, which is hardly surprising as it’s the same writer/director. The contrast between Earth and Elysium is very striking and works well. There are some robots that remind me of the old units in I Robot, except these ones have a serious attitude problem. All this makes for some very nice stuff I would like to see again.

The Bad: The characters are really weak and lack consistency. They just don’t have a proper identity and it is hard to really give a crap about them. They throw in a sick child for a sympathy vote, but it lacks anything that really makes me attach with the characters. Admittedly, the “rich verses poor”, “them verses us” thing does get to a working class boy like me, so I naturally wanted all the rich people to die. :)

The Ugly: At times it really goes overboard on the shaky camera crap, which just bores me. There are a few very odd scenes where they quickly cut between long distance clean shots and shaky close-up crap, which is really quite strange. I would have expected someone at the studio to notice it looks really stupid, but apparently they didn’t. Perhaps it’s art, or something like that. A few of the fight scenes degenerated into Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots, which did nothing for me.

So believe it or not, I actually did enjoy the film, but there were lots of flaws that could have been fixed quite easily to make it amazing. Such a pity! Of course, I’m probably wrong because I heard the guy sitting next to me tell his girlfriend/wife, “That’s the best film I’ve ever seen!”  :)

Cheers

Tim…