Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Mini Movie Reviews: Bulk Hit No 41

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1587310/
Maleficent
Haki and I both enjoyed this.  My girls won't be seeing it for a few years...but we found it was a visually stunning retelling that gives some weight to the seemingly arbitrary narrative points in the original tale.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1877832/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Loved it.  Iron Man is the only real Marvel franchise I really really like.  I have been briefly entertained by all the others, but nothing more.  But I thoroughly enjoyed the latest X-Men installment.  I'm a sucker for time travel stories.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1981115/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
Thor: The Dark World (2)
Meh.  Case in point, re. Marvel.  So-so.  A weak plot and a disappointing script.  A few stellar moments, but not a stand-out, for me.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2024469/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
Non-stop
Pretty good -- better than I thought it would be -- low expectations can be a good thing. I was guessing the whole way, and that's all I really wanted from it. 
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1839492/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
Ruby Sparks
I wish this was better.  It leans towards a B-grade feel instead of an arthouse/alternative one.  There are loads of F-bombs and generous servings of vulgarity.  It also made me all-out uncomfortable a number of times -- which may well have been the objective -- but I wouldn't recommend signing up for witnessing things that feel wrong.  Althoooough...fans of other films with real, flawed and actually quite horrible characters might like this.  I don't mind flawed.  But utterly unlikeable?  Notsomuch.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
I expected a weak and farfetched film, but wanted to see it anyway.  It was both...but a tiny bit fun, just quietly (I've found all but the first Pirates weak). 
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1985966/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
Stup'.  It is like this sequel takes everything lame and stupid that I tolerated in the first film and makes that the whole subject of the second.  (NB: I find the first film hilarious.)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1840309/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
Divergent
I read the books, and I thought this was an okay adaptation of what I had read, but I found it a little uncomfortable to watch in sections.  Not uncomfortable, "this is so wrong," but more, "this isn't coming off..." The score was ill-timed, the dialogue was lack lustre, and both unfortunately interrupted my suspension of disbelief.  And according to Haki, it is hard to believe someone is capable of action/fighting when they haven't mastered running.  The fight scenes weren't great either. Overall: Okay.  I liked seeing the story translated to the screen, but it didn't deliver what I'd hoped. 
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1959490/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
Noah
Crazy.  Violent.  Great for discussion...but again: crazy.  Awful content.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0338013/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
I re-viewed this recently, because a loved human sang its praises and I remembered an unmatched, distinct dislike for it; second chance time.  I still don't like it, sadly.  I see the moral there, I really respect the devices used, and even like the overarching concept -- but I don't think they're enough to redeem the film for Winslet's character being so unlikeable, the narrative so peppered with crass, nor me the overall bad taste in my mouth at its close.

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