Average User Score: 7.3Aug 21, 2014This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I thought the writing and the idea and the execution behind the film were excellent - let the character and the dialogue and the drama entertain the viewer. However I disagree with Locke's decision-making.
He is willing to destroy his own family, lose his job, and also probably *beep* over a bunch of other workers on the building project with his last-minute decision. I can understand him wanting to be there for Bethan, but when weighing that against the above, the obvious decision is NOT to see her.
What he should have done is tell his wife way sooner, and keep his job. But then, there would be no movie to watch...… Expand
Average User Score: 8.7Aug 20, 2014This movie was fun to watch but there are a lot of glaring problems with the writing. As long as you can suspend disbelief and accept everything that happens on screen then it works, but the ridiculousness starts to pile up very quickly.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.2Aug 10, 2014I finally decided to see this film, despite its low ratings. I was pleasantly surprised and can now safely say that I understand why the novel is such a central piece of American literature.
As for the film, the acting is top notch, and the only thing I really disliked is the modern music. Outside of that, I thought it was a very profound story with some great messages and a fascinating central character.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.0Aug 4, 2014The trailer is deceiving and looked way better than the actual film. The interesting parts from the trailer (Hercules fighting various mythical beasts) take up the first minute of the film. The rest is taken up by a horribly boring, predictable plot which doesn't even have any mythical elements to it.
The dialogue is cliche and cheesy. The characters are all stereotypes who don't get much development through the film. The action is painfully average, and there's a lot of poorly-done CGI. Giving Hercules a team instead of making him a solo hero (or at least, limiting it to 1 companion) is also a strange choice that I thought made the movie a lot worse. So was making Hercules into some mercenary type anti-hero guy - that just doesn't work for a mythological hero like Hercules.
Overall I'm highly disappointed. I didn't expect amazing writing, but at least I wanted to see some fun action with cool mythological references - maybe have a few Gods show up, mythical creatures, etc.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.4May 30, 2014The Great: My favorite part of the film is the speed mutant. It was just so cool to watch him in action. But if he had stuck around for the rest of the film, it would be too easy.
Great ending as well - we get to see all the changes in the timeline, and showing Jean and Scott as a small tribute and connection to the original X-men trilogy was nice. But most importantly, the older timeline is still remembered by Logan; so the previous timeline we saw still holds some meaning.
The good: Great humor - especially with Wolverine. Great action. The young versions of the heroes were handled very well - like making Young Charles a drunk / druggie, so he has something to overcome if he wants to save the mutants. They did a good job with building the characters of the three key heroes - Mystique, Xavier, and Magneto. The chemistry between Fassbender and McAvoy was great just like in "X-men: First Class", and I liked how even though they reconcile, Magneto still decides to do things his own way and act as the villain.
The bad: very formulaic story with tons of exposition. Like Young Charles not wanting to help Logan and then agreeing after a 10 second shot of Raven's picture. Or the X-men in real time being attacked right when Logan is about to succeed in his mission. The plot was incredibly predictable and everything is done by the Hollywood formula. Also, some of the character decisions (primarily Magneto) were pretty stupid - if he had just talked to Mystique after they stopped the assassination, there would be no point for the escalation that followed.
Overall though a very solid entry in the superhero genre and the X-men series.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.0May 21, 2014This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I have two big problems with "Godzilla". First of all, the human story does not matter at all. The ONLY THING that humans contribute to in this film is the awakening of the three beasts. After this, none of their actions matter. In fact, the human characters actually MAKE THINGS WORSE by trying to use atomic bombs. So you could literally remove the human characters from the equation, and not much would change.
Second, the actual meaty part of the film - the monster feature - wasn't executed very well. For one thing, we barely get to see much of Godzilla and his two adversaries. The only major fight happens in the ending of the film - out of a running time of two hours!
I also really dislike how they handled Cranston's character. He was the best thing about this film, and they just decide to kill him off early on to make the film easier to write.
On top of this, the human plot of the film follows a very formulaic Holywood formula which prevents us from caring much about the characters. Ken Watanabee literally spends the ENTIRE FILM with the same crazed "oh my god" expression on his face and the same crazy dialogue, while his female "assistant" is only there for exposition. Pretty much every character is this film is a stereotype.
Having said that, I did enjoy the backstory that they set up for Godzilla and the MUTOs (particularly the part about the atomic bomb "tests" in the 1950s). And watching giant monsters wreck cities was fun as well. But overall this film is quite disappointing.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.2May 1, 2014This movie is really difficult to rate. After I first saw it I thought of giving it a 2 but it's grown on me a little. I still don't think it's good though. There are two big problems with this film for me. First, the premise is just not believable (yes, I know this is a comic book film). Second, the plot is very poorly written, and the dialogue is so cringe-worthy that I was laughing half the time, especially during the "emotional scenes" that are supposed to build character. I see what they were trying to do with Captain struggling in the modern world, but it was executed very poorly. Even if you accept the premise, the film is so horribly predictable and bland, you know the villains and the outcome from the beginning. And don't even get me started on how useless the Winter Soldier is.
Here is a simple example of the poor writing in this film: at the beginning of the film, the bad guys try to kill Fury...by shooting his car with hundreds of bullets. Why not just assassinate him quietly, or at least blow up his car with a bomb or something?
The only redeeming factor is the action. I actually feel it was a lot better than the first film in that regard. The fighting style and the shield use were awesome, especially in the earlier scenes. I also loved the fight against GSP, to show that although Cap. is superhuman, a top-conditioned normal person can still make him sweat.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.5May 1, 2014This is my least favorite marvel film after Iron Man 3. The great villain is unfortunately completely wasted on this very dry, stereotypical, by the numbers film. There is too much humor, and even the action looks boring and uninspired. The final sequence is one of the worst of any action film I've seen. It feels like nothing of this matters, including the characters.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.4May 1, 2014Like another review said, this movie is not terrible by any means, but it's not good either. It's rather bland and mediocre. I can't think of a single scene that stands out for me, versus the many great scenes from Dark Knight.
The action is meh as well, nothing really great. The plot is very convoluted (too many things happening, a lot of plot holes, jumps in time, poor writing, etc) and there are too many characters, most of which we don't really end up caring about. Robin seems like an almost useless character, and Catwoman never rises above being a sexy stereotypical woman in a bodytight suit. Meanwhile I feel like we don't even see enough Batman. The whole sequence at the prison is also really boring and silly, and the ending of the film is very weak.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.7Aug 10, 2013This movie is bad, plain and simple. Better than "Wolverine:Origins", but that's not saying much. The story is completely irrelevant and flat. The villains are generic and uninspired. The romance plot is forced and unbelievable. The stakes and character development are non-existent. The action is dry, shaky, bloodless and cartoonish. I feel bad for Hugh Jackman for once again not getting the script that he deserves.… Expand