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Average User Score: 7.4Aug 27, 2014The Fault in Our Stars Movie Review
Despite The Fault in Our Stars having an extremely sensitive and emotional subject matter, I had aThe Fault in Our Stars Movie Review
Despite The Fault in Our Stars having an extremely sensitive and emotional subject matter, I had a smile on my face for much of the film.
The Fault in Our Stars is based on the best-selling novel by John Green. It’s the best book to movie adaptation I’ve seen in a long time. I say this because it avoids both book and movie clichés, nicely, while offering a fresh look at the teen’ romance genre.
Director, Josh Boone tells the story of a sixteen-year-old cancer patient played flawlessly by Shailene Woodley. Woodley’s character is forced to attend a support group where she meets a boy. They quickly become friends and we watch as their relationship blossoms into something more. The boy-meets-girl plot may be old, but it’s far from stale.
Gripping, realistic characters and down to earth stories helped ground the messages in this movie. Never once did the ideas brought up in the film feel forced. The creators did an excellent job at leaving the big questions about life up to the interpretation of the viewers. Yet enough of the simple plot points were answered to leave us satisfied.
The acting was brilliant and made the whole film work. Each character was likable and had arcs; whether they were important to the story or not, they were still entertaining. The dialogue was realistic throughout the movie, creating an immersive experience that carried viewers into the world of the characters.
Unfortunately, the film did suffer some off-beat moments and a few scenes felt slightly prolonged. There were also a handful of tear-jerking scenes toward the end, that came across as forced.
The Fault in Our Stars offers great performances that are well worth the watch, and the heartfelt story is one that will make you stop and evaluate life. Put this film on your must-watch list of 2014.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.7Aug 27, 2014Once in a while a film comes along that not only makes you step back and look at the way movies are made, but forces you to reflect on howOnce in a while a film comes along that not only makes you step back and look at the way movies are made, but forces you to reflect on how your own life is unfolding; Boyhood is one such film. Boyhood took 12 years to create, and the unique storytelling style is a refreshing break from many recently released movies.
Boyhood tells the story of a family going through a string of milestones. The film is easy to relate to because many of us are currently experiencing, or have already reached, each of these phases.
As time goes on, the film grows with the characters, further captivating the audience. Scenes mature along with the cast, gradually becoming more intimate and open. The vision, dedication and follow-through it took to create such an epic project is clearly evident on screen. We’ve had some great films come out in 2014, but nothing even remotely close to Boyhood. The film-making technique that is showcased in this piece of art is truly something special.
As for Boyhood’s near three hour runtime, I would change nothing. The few minor complaints I had during the movie were washed away after seeing the perfection in this touching story.
Boyhood is easily the best film of the year, a masterpiece I wish every person could experience. It’s a life-impacting creation, and when people ask me, “What’s one of your favorite movies?” I will reply Boyhood, for years to come.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.8Aug 10, 2014For a film that takes place in a car, during it’s entire runtime, Locke is surprisingly exciting. Of corse, the concept couldn’t have beenFor a film that takes place in a car, during it’s entire runtime, Locke is surprisingly exciting. Of corse, the concept couldn’t have been pulled-off were it not completely thought-out and efficiently executed.
Locke tells the story of one man, over the coarse of one night, while driving in his car. In order to avoid spoilers and get the most out of the unpredictable plot twists, I won’t reveal too many details.
What Tom Hardy delivered to the screen was one of the best performances of the year. The way Hardy, as an actor, sucked me into his character was unlike anything I’ve seen in cinema. The brilliantly executed, single character aspect was the most exciting part of the movie. Much of the tension was built around how Tom Hardy sounded and his mind-grabbing voice inflection. When he got nervous I could put myself in his shoes...when he got angry I sank in my seat.
The reason the emotion worked so well was because it felt like the viewer was in the car with Hardy. Many times in movies, certain situations that would be shocking in real life, come across as less intense. For example, the way death is portrayed in various films is not as uncomfortable for the viewer as it would be in reality. My point being, the level of emersion this film captured, felt so real, I would flinch when Hardy dropped the F-bomb. I felt like I was siting in the backseat of his car, watching his life crumble. Lighting, editing and the soundtrack all helped encompass the mysterious tone that raised uncertainty throughout the film’s entirety.
My only complaint with the film is its abrupt ending; I would have liked to seen the plot carried over into a different setting as a closer. But, if you see Locke, which I highly recommend, you’ll understand where the creators were coming from when they ended the film the way they did. Sometimes, I just like seeing a visual close to what’s been eluded to.
Locke is a great film, movie lovers can’t miss. Hardy's compelling solo roll is the most Oscar-worthy performance yet this year, one worth seeing.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.9Jul 1, 2014Creepiness not only shows up in Hitchcock’s films, but it is intertwined in his life. The movie follows the making of perhaps Hitchcock's bestCreepiness not only shows up in Hitchcock’s films, but it is intertwined in his life. The movie follows the making of perhaps Hitchcock's best film, Psycho. It also delves into Hitchcock’s personal life, dealing with his wife and their partnership with making movies. In my opinion the best part of the film is the behind the scenes glimpse we get to see of how Psycho was made. The recreated time period was handled well, making the viewer feel immersed. The plot veered from showing the actual making of Psycho more than I would have liked. Instead of focusing on the behind the scenes element, which I considered more entertaining, they focused more on the relationship between Mr. and Mrs. Hitchcock. Not that this was a bad thing for the film but it was not the most entertaining route. The two leads had great chemistry and were fun to watch play believable roles. The cinematography was clever and editing ran smoothly. Acting was well executed, with great performances from Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren and Scarlett Johansson. The film was an informational adventure that motivated me to watch more Hitchcock films.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.8Jul 1, 2014Walking out of this movie I have to say disappointment seemed to overwhelm any redeeming quality. The movie wasn't a total flop, it had it’sWalking out of this movie I have to say disappointment seemed to overwhelm any redeeming quality. The movie wasn't a total flop, it had it’s pros and many cons. On the big screen, the film looked amazing and the attention to detail really showed in the CGI. Set pieces looked spectacular and were very believable throughout the whole film. Bryan Cranston did an excellent job and in my opinion saved the movie from being a complete fail; he interjected feeling into the show that other characters struggled with–this made for a strong start. Cranston’s character did not get as much screen time as I would have liked to see and the protagonists roll was passed down to a much harder character to follow. At that point, about forty-five minutes in, the movie became a mess. I spent the remainder of the film trying to ignore simple mistakes that stacked up. There was so much potential in this film to capture the emotions of the people on the ground, witnessing thousands of deaths. Instead of doing so the makers focused on the monster movie element which just became another summer movie blockbuster. Passing realistic time was the biggest con in my opinion, everything happened way too fast and that didn’t help the pacing at all. The last half hour of the movie was pretty shallow with a cookie cutter climax that was not only unrealistic but a compromise to the show's overall potential and integrity. Despite the many problems with what could have been a more meaningful storyline, it looked great on the big screen and kept me entertained for the first forty minutes. In the end Godzilla was loud, flashy, and made out as a hero, even though he likely stomped hundreds of people to death as he made his way through San Francisco. … Expand
Average User Score: 7.9Jul 1, 2014Although I was excited to see this movie, I didn’t get around to watching it until now. The film follows the true story of Oscar Grant leadingAlthough I was excited to see this movie, I didn’t get around to watching it until now. The film follows the true story of Oscar Grant leading up to the tragic events of New Year’s Eve 2009. At first the film’s setup seemed a little basic. I had to remind myself that this was a true story and the filmmakers were shooting for a very realistic portrayal of Oscar Grant’s life. To about the forty minute mark this movie moved pretty slow but never once became boring. In my opinion this is one of the most important aspects in film and if makers can keep you intrigued while capturing realness then you know they did it right. The acting was down to earth, gritty and the cast made the movie feel real. The cinematography was personal and made me feel like I was right there. This was one of the heaver films I have seen and it really hit me. I have to admit I teared up in the last twenty-five minutes. I can’t really bring forth anything wrong with this movie, besides the fact it was slow moving in the start but that was all justified in the end. Fruitvale Station is a spectacular film and I highly recommend it, just prepare yourself for some pretty intense moments.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.3Jul 1, 2014Flight just might be one of the best dramas of 2012. Denzel Washington plays a pilot who was able to save many people in a plane failure byFlight just might be one of the best dramas of 2012. Denzel Washington plays a pilot who was able to save many people in a plane failure by pulling an amazing stunt. The plane was consisted doomed along with everyone aboard due to a mechanical malfunction. Denzel’s character was able to gain enough control resulting in the safety of many of the passengers on board. The crash scenario the film portrays acts as only the driving point and set up for the following events. We soon find out the pilot may not be as heroic as the public views him, as information surfaces proving that the pilot was intoxicated. This leads to a very realistic series of events that builds tension and raises questions. Denzel Washington’s performance in Flight was spectacular and the way he unveiled his emotions was perfect. The cast was packed with excellent talent from John Goodman, Don Cheadle, and Bruce Greenwood all of whom played entertaining roles. The soundtrack was different than most dramas, but worked really well with the way it was edited together. My only major gripe with the film is the time taken to introduce characters that in the end didn’t really matter. Flight did an exceptional job of dealing with some heavy content, intense moments and heartfelt scenes. In the end, Flight soared.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.6Jul 1, 2014Still too early in the wave of summer blockbusters to conclude which one will top the list for me, but I have to say, Edge Of Tomorrow washesStill too early in the wave of summer blockbusters to conclude which one will top the list for me, but I have to say, Edge Of Tomorrow washes ashore to claim the top spot, so far. It’s like Groundhog Day on crack, in a good way. The 113 minutes runtime follows Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt as they try to figure out how to stop an alien race before they take over the world; sounds simple enough. Early in the film Tom Cruise gets infected by an alien, causing him to relive the same day over and over. This film was a refreshing take on Si-Fi action due to creative turns and clever character arcs. The editing was top-notch, the best of the year in my opinion. Camera work made you feel like you were in the action and complimented, really well, the editing and acting. Another thing this movie really nailed was the strong female role played by Emily Blunt, it’s the strongest female role I've seen this year. Don’t dismiss this film as being “just another human vs. aliens” movie, because it’s much more than that. The unique, time-reflecting transitions interjected throughout the whole movie, keep your focus. Quick, timely references to past experiences, rather than drawn-out flashbacks, really helped move this film along at a perfect pace. The only thing I can pick apart about this film is the cheesy unrealistic climax that seemed to take the easy way out. This annoyed me because the movie was perfect up until then. With a little more effort I felt like they could have made a better climax. Another thing this movie did really at was interjecting humor in all the right places. Overall I found this movie very entertaining and surprisingly clever. Edge Of Tomorrow is epic and if you get the chance definitely check it out on the big screen.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.2Jul 1, 2014Adam Sandler has succeed at disappointing me with his films since 2010, and Blended failed to break the mold. The film follows two familiesAdam Sandler has succeed at disappointing me with his films since 2010, and Blended failed to break the mold. The film follows two families who are stuck together while on vacation in Africa. The result is a hit and miss due to shallow, poorly timed jokes, terrible acting and a predicable, cliché formula. It was hard to see a potentially good comedic storyline go to waste. I was slightly entertained with some of the creative one-liners and simple jokes, but that’s it. Drew Barrymore was very distracting during the film because of her subpar acting and the fake character she portrayed. All the characters in the movie felt unrealistic to the point of not being entertaining. The conflict between comedy and what should have been a serious subplot, simply didn’t mesh. Emotionally, this movie would almost suck you in, then a lame comedic, very unnatural moment would ruin it. Blended is a mess that wouldn't be a tragedy to skip.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.0Jul 1, 2014I don’t really see how watching people yell at one another for two hours could be entertaining, but August Osage County seemed to avoidI don’t really see how watching people yell at one another for two hours could be entertaining, but August Osage County seemed to avoid complete disaster. This film follows three sisters that are brought back together to their childhood home after a family crisis. The three sisters are faced with taking care of their drug addicted mother while dealing with one another’s many problems. The editing and camera work were well done, but nothing exciting. Thanks to a huge cast full of talent and the acting was smooth and natural. The many verbal fights in the film worked only because of the skilled cast. There were many instances in which the verbal battles gave me this awkward feeling of wanting to sink in my seat, to me that screams realistic fight scenario. So for being a realistic film it was well done, but for being a enjoyable film, not so much. It’s safe to say I did not get much entertainment out of the film but came away with a realization that I never want to end up like anyone in this film. In the end, redeeming qualities don’t shine though and viewers are left with unsatisfactory closure. The acting was some of the best from last year, but that’s about all I got out of the film. Overall the film consists of watching people’s many problems unfold with hardly any solutions.… Expand