Average User Score: 6.6Aug 30, 2012Steven Spielberg knows what makes a film great. In this day and age, the theaters are flooded with computer animated cartoons and over-the-topSteven Spielberg knows what makes a film great. In this day and age, the theaters are flooded with computer animated cartoons and over-the-top teen comedies. War Horse is a return to the golden age of cinema: inspiring dramas that tug at your heartstrings. Based on the stage play of the same name (which is based on the novel of the same name), War Horse is a remarkable story of a young Englishman who forms a powerful bond with his horse. Tragedy strikes when World War I breaks out, and the two become separated as his beloved horse is drafted into the army. What follows is some of the best dramatic moments I have ever seen. As far as action scenes go, it's your typical war drama fare: the violence makes the situation more intense for the characters. One particularly notable scene is where several horses are pulling heavy artillery cannons for the German Army, but when any of them fall to the ground, they are simply euthanized and replaced. One of the soldiers becomes merciful and attempts to prevent this, which makes us feel sympathetic for someone who's suppose to be a villain.
One thing I like about this film is the music. John Williams has composed almost every Steven Spielberg film, so it's no surprise that he was called in to do this one. His orchestral score is perfect and the music alone is enough to make you cry. The sets are impressive, reflecting both the battlefields of World War I and the early 20th century architecture of the English and French countrysides. While I can't say War Horse is a perfect film, it still ranks among Spielberg's best. It's a timeless story that adds up to a great experience.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.1Aug 30, 2012Some films represent a director's vision for a masterpiece. Other films are nothing more than the wild fantasies of boys and men. TheSome films represent a director's vision for a masterpiece. Other films are nothing more than the wild fantasies of boys and men. The Expendables 2 is certainly the latter. It's an example that not all films have to be epic masterpieces or avant-grade art galleries. As a sequel to the first Expendables film, there is relativity little continuity. But with plenty of explosions, gunfire, crazy stunts and the world's greatest action stars, you have the perfect recipe for a mindless action romp. With corny one-liners, a satisfying climax and vehicle stunts that you wish you could try at home (but probably shouldn't), The Expendables 2 is great for bachelor parties and mens' night out. To sum it all up, The Expendables 2 is like a video game come to life, complete with a throwaway story, quirky jokes and more lead than a pencil factory (even though pencils don't use lead anymore, but how else could I have made that joke?"). If you want some serious drama, then this film is not for you. If you want to see some multi-million dollar action stars doing what they were born to do, then this film is the place to see it!… Expand
Average User Score: 6.1Aug 2, 2012Let me take you back to the early 2000s. The Dreamworks film Shrek was all the rage when it came out in 2001, and Pixar had its first seriousLet me take you back to the early 2000s. The Dreamworks film Shrek was all the rage when it came out in 2001, and Pixar had its first serious competitor. With two titans of computer animation battling it out in a huge colosseum of moviegoers, it seemed like computer generated imagery (CGI) was the way of the future. As with most innovations in the history of film (like the transition from black & white to color), studios have always taken the "Innovate or duplicate?" stance. Throughout the rest of the decade, there were so many computer animated films that it was like an infestation.
But enough about history. Let's talk about a film that has... history.
The first Ice Age film from 2002 is known by pretty much everyone. It was a beautifully animated tale about prehistoric animals bringing a human infant back to his colony. What made this film work so well is that it had something for everyone. Adults could enjoy the familiar voice actors and timeless story while kids delightfully laugh at all the silly moments.
Flash forward 10 years later and we have Ice Age 4. The animation is some of the best I have ever seen. The characters have such a great charm to them that even the villains look absolutely adorable. All your favorites are back: Sid, Manny, Diego, the possums, and of course the lovably mute Scrat. The jokes are still funny, the silly moments are still silly, and the touching moments are still touching. The only thing this film lacks is an original story. It's your basic "family gets separated and has to find each other" story, and please don't ask me to sing Somewhere Out There.
The film's biggest strength, however, is the characters. They have such distinct personalities that it makes for a lot of humorous moments. Simply watching these characters argue is like watching an animated sitcom. The way they propose different solutions to their problems makes for some very creative scenes. When all of it adds up, you have a fantastic adventure filled with adorable characters and delightfully silly moments.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.9Jul 31, 2012This film is every little boy's dream: All your favorite Marvel superheros coming together. For the most part, it works very well. TheThis film is every little boy's dream: All your favorite Marvel superheros coming together. For the most part, it works very well. The characters have distinct personalities and are a lot of fun to watch, especially when it comes to settling their differences. This is one of those movies that is more about action than drama. There are a lot of scenarios that look like they were taken directly from a comic book, and for a move that's based on a comic book, it adds a great sense of authenticity. Is there anything I don't like about this film? There are quite a few things that prevent it from being perfect, but there are so many moments where you cheer for you favorite heroes that any flaws you come across quickly become irrelevant. In other words, you find yourself in such a huge world of action fantasies that it manages to distract you from everything else. The Avengers is simply an ensemble like no other.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.4Jul 29, 2012Most film trilogies have the same problem: the last film puts too much focus on concluding the series, and as a result, they are oftenMost film trilogies have the same problem: the last film puts too much focus on concluding the series, and as a result, they are often inferrior to their predecessors. The Dark Knight Rises has absolutely none of the elements that make Batman films so much fun to watch. There are not enough action scenes to keep you interested, and the characters have some of the most awkward voices ever. Batman sounds like he has throat cancer, Bane sounds like an old man and Bruce Wayne sounds like a redneck. Catwoman is the only character I enjoyed watching.
The story is very bland, even by Batman standards. It's your typical "villian puts town in danger and the hero must stop him" story, but with a rather odd twist that just drags things on even more. The rarity of action scenes, "dramatic" moments that lack any real drama, and painfully slow pacing make this the worst Batman film since Batman & Robin.… Expand