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Way too maudlin, melodramatic and predictable. Only saving grace Woodley's performance, I kept admiring how easily she contrasted the vitality of the character in Divergent. But other than that, way too long and torturous, especially for such a predictable script.… Full Review »
As a massive Godzilla fan, I was a bit of a skeptic going into this movie, but as time went on and the more I learned about it the more excited I became. I was not disappointed, but yet I was a little bit. This movie did Godzilla right. The monster I mean, his character was just what he needed to be. This was very important to me and I was happy to see it, considering how wrongly done the 1998 version was. Overall, the movie isn't really anything special, the cast is a bit lackluster and the acting/script isn't much either. It drags on for a long time and Godzilla is seen few and far. Director Edwards went on and on about this "cinematic foreplay" he would be using and I was surprised how much of it was used. We were TEASED with Godzilla. Showing fights but then not really and stuff like this. I initially was very frustrated by this, but after a second and third watch see what he was going for. The combat in the end is stunning. Absolutely jaw dropping. Technology has truly come far to create the king of monsters and his foes so perfectly. Now I don't speak for everyone, but I would estimate that if you are a godzilla fan like myself, this movie is generally between 7/10 and 10/10 and if you are not, I would say 5/10 to 8/10. It depends on how much you are willing to put up with to get to the monster. Overall, I'm pleased with the reboot. The king is back and next movie needs to be intense. I feel Edwards was afraid to just go all out with this movie and make it a monster bash for fear of harsh criticism, so they really tried to use human feeling in this, that's fine and all, but I would hope at some point we can get to a monster bash movie. I won't complain too much, but with all these visual effects, a destroy all monsters type movie would instantly be one of the greatest movies of all time in my opinion. I will give Godzilla (2014) an 8/10. Good movie, not a great movie, +points because GODZILLA… Full Review »
"The Drop" stars the late James Gandolfini, Naomi Rapace and British actor Tom Hardy in this film written by Dennis LeHane (based on his short story "Animal Rescue") and directed by Michael R. Roskam. At first glance, and certainly from the trailers, this appears to be a stereotyped gangster film toned down from New Jersey to Brooklyn with Mr.Gandolfini suitably cast as the main character. Unfortunately, actually quite fortunately for the viewer, this is not the case. The main character is, in fact, played by Tom Hardy (with a Brooklyn accent so genuine it would make my neighbors in Bensonhurst proud). Mr. Hardy is indeed a unique and exeptionally gifted performer.. Like the movie trailers, what you see initially is not what you get for Mr. Hardy’s character, Bob, is deep and caring and, although Bob himself may not realize it, a kind of knight in shining armor-type who lives in a black/white world of right and wrong. He gives an extraordinary performance that, for no other reason, should compel the would-be viewer to go to see the movie.
Of course one must acknowledge the "elephant in the room" as the late Mr. Gandolfini graces the screen in his last film appearance and reminds us once again of that which the entertainment community lost as a result of his untimely passing. That being said, Mr. Hardy, in the vernacular of his Brooklyn film brethren, steals the film and each scene he is in. I feel confident that if Mr. Gandolfini were with us today, he, the true professional that he was, would be the first to appreciate and acknowledge that performance as much as any of us. I give the film an 8.0 with much of the rating belonging to Mr. Hardy's participation in the film.… Full Review »
People who hate it, need to remember It`s a "true story," so they can only work with what happened.The bad guy is on this one is twisted, and you can`t help, but to want him to be caught.This movie is pretty dark in every way. I think it`s worth watching, but nothing special.… Full Review »