Average User Score: 5.9Nov 18, 2015The only dialogs and characters 'The Craptom Menace' successfully did manage to deliver are the droid's. The rest are awful as they are ****The only dialogs and characters 'The Craptom Menace' successfully did manage to deliver are the droid's. The rest are awful as they are **** But this **** is what I grew up to love and still does (somewhat).
In the end of the past millennium came several big blockbusters that eventually changed the movie industry. The CGI-era was introduced with several big blockbusters like 'Jurassic Park' and 'Independence Day'. But in 1999; 'Star Wars' was back and it arrived with glamorous effects that was way ahead of its time. But was the man named George Lucas still up for the job? Fans of the original films were disappointed and still are, even though it's been more than 15 years since. But it still managed to inspire a new generation of fans, like myself, to this universe that takes place in a galaxy far away.
Today; I'm still not sure if this is a somewhat good or a bad movie. I grew up with this space-opera and it still got a place in my heart. 'Star Wars: The Phantom Menace’ is still a movie full of stupid and hilarious flaws. The plot isn't simple, thats a big flaw right there. It's not that subtle, it keeps going, and it therefore often is very unpredictable (which is a good thing). But much of the story is vaguely written. Add a stupid amount of plot-holes and tonnes of silliness too; then you got this flick. George Lucas got a great feel for adding stupid and non-important subplots that just do more harm than good. The cool and entertaining podrace is one example. This is 'Star Wars', and I’m watching a race. Not a race to death but as in sport. Sure it’s the story of Anakin Skywalker and we see him in his younger age as a skilled and powerful pilot, but it’s still a race. Is this really a prequel to the 'Star Wars' George Lucas once invented? As mentioned; it’s a very messy and high-paced flick, which is noticeable near the third act. We see events take place on the ground, up in space and so on. The story is so spread out on different characters that no emotion nor empathy to them get’s real. Other disturbing aspects with the plot are the stupid and illogical decisions many characters keeps making over and over. It doesn't make anything better that many of the dialogs are expressed when the characters are sitting down, talking and debating; rather than during intense moments like what we saw in ’The Empire Strikes Back’.
The center of the film isn’t on one specific character and because of that; the whole movie is more of a ’previously’ than an origin story. ’The Phantom Menace’ should have been so much better if the center of the plot was on one character and one alone, and then develop and focus a great story on that specific individual. Not to add more non-important ones like Jar Jar Binks. Our main characters are on the other hand very well presented, and a very good performance from Liam Neeson! Nathalie Portman however; is very one-dimensional and dry with her dialogs. When it comes to the characters, are there not that much depth nor backstory to them. We don't really know that much about them and they don't impress that much if you must compare to the original films. The plot is as mentioned very high-paced, which I’ve grown up to love with its space-opera and action. But it might be a ”too plot centered” movie. There's no time to get to know our characters nor get to understand them. Our main protagonist Darth Maul is another example. He’s a very cool and badass villain, but how much do we know about him? How much does he say -- he’s just a baddie.
One aspect of these prequel-films are the incredibly forced moments where characters must show their emotion and what they see and think; through dialogs. Many dialogs are unnecessary, we know stuff, but they say it anyway. Look at the main protagonist and antagonists when they are confronting each other; how much interaction do they have on an emotional level? Do they really interact?
This was supposed to be the origin story of legendary characters like Darth Vader and Obi-wan Kenobi, but is it? It’s definitely a movie of many flaws, but it still got some positivity. I’ve always loved all the action, space-opera, battles, sound effects, music, cinematography and of course the overall adventures of the main antagonists. The main lead from Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan are somewhat solid but of course not that deep or relatable. The CGI are on the other hand very mind-blowing for a movie that came out over 15 years ago. I’ve always loved this movie, and I still do. Yes, I'm overly entertained by a ****ty movie that shouldn't be okay to like at all. But this was my first entry to the galaxy far away, and it still got a place in my heart. But it still is a pretty awful movie from a critical viewpoint; with horrible dialogs, one-dimensional characters and a very vague story. Add childish humor with fart and poop jokes and too-many-to-mention accidental save the day-moments; welcome to ’The Craptom Menace’.
Personal rating: 80/100
Critical rating: 42/100… Expand
Average User Score: 7.9Oct 31, 2015A somewhat less action-packed sequel, but that totally is a great and critical movie-flick.
Mission Impossible is back, with Tom CruiseA somewhat less action-packed sequel, but that totally is a great and critical movie-flick.
Mission Impossible is back, with Tom Cruise still hanging around with his great performance to action and acting. Rogue Nation starts pretty fast with a stunning opening-sequence and a beautiful first act that's touching, artistic and beautiful. Simon Pegg co-stars as the somewhat newcomer to the spy-genre and contributes in his own funny & entertaining way. The plot progresses in a less action-packed version, and it place more energy to dialogs and chemistry between characters rather than on action. It’s one thing that might be boring for some, and awesome to others. For me was it a somewhat boring ride with all the dry dialogs and more talking than doing. But the dialogs are of course still very good even though that there are some classic “obvious reaction dialogs” and that I expected more action. The action that is present is on the other hand very intense and somewhat unique. Some of them stands out as a brand and original concept, meanwhile others are the same that we’ve already seen. Rogue Nation is a very stunning and, on my behalf, a critically acclaimed movie that got many things from strong actors to a well written story. The villain however, got no depth, and some of the minor characters are so non-existing due to lack of plot-details around them. Some of them are just there for a specific reason to enlighten the power of the film. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation is still a great movie, even though I was deeply disappointed due to lack of action and a less interesting plot that made the dialogs a bit dry. The plot is still slightly unique, even though I expected more due to the trailers, but the humor is still what I was hoping for! So random and hilarious!
It’s obviously a disappointment from my point of view because the movie isn't that much more intense than the trailers, and it’s not that rememberable either. I expected a lot more, even though it really is a stunning and critically great action-flick with exquisite acting, a well written script and well visualized characters.
Personal rating: 70/100
Critical rating: 80/100… Expand
Average User Score: 5.3Oct 31, 2015What a marvelous idea, to make a film made of several episodes of the tv-show with the same name. George Lucas is full of surprises. "Jar JarWhat a marvelous idea, to make a film made of several episodes of the tv-show with the same name. George Lucas is full of surprises. "Jar Jar is the key to all this".
The show starts in a very fast way with tonne of action and blasters coming from every direction. The plot is quickly introduced and we follow Anakin and Obi-Wan through the struggles of the war. My first impression is the cinematography, which is so smooth and well combined with the events that happen throughout the whole movie. The action is actually pretty good. It got some moments of intensity and entertainment and it does deliver. But this is only one part of it. Later on the plot becomes a bit "meh"; it started to lack entertainment from a long-term perspective. It's no surprise why, it's the structure of the film that's the most crucial. Having three or four episodes of the tv-show with the same name combined into one film comes with some disadvantages. The tempo keeps going up and down over and over, and the plot keeps getting messier and messier. It shouldn't have been a movie, not by a long shot! The plot isn't as good as it could have been, but as a tv-show, it would have worked excellent! The negative aspects doesn't stop there; because the basics are very non-flawless. The characters are very well visualized but some of them does make very Illogical decisions, that they never would have done in the prequels. This is just for a few characters but it's so non-admirable to the source material. The main characters are good when it comes to interaction, but there are a lot of dry moments that could have been better. This includes the dialogs, which can be very dry, fact-based and very Lucas-alike (characters that show their emotions and tell what they think). That's a big flaw right there, we don't need to! We are human beings that can relate to characters through just a brief look at them.
There are a few positive aspects with this show, and except for what just was mentioned; are the a lot of connections with the prequels, both details and twists to those films. The plot is as mentioned very messy, but it can still be entertaining with a good villain and a somewhat okay tempo of action. But the flaws are very big, and that includes the horrible CGI. This is coming from a 2008-movie where CGI is supposed to be well-developed. Even the early days were better. Still, some details like ships are still somewhat okay to look at, but the rest can be so horrible that it's barely watchable. The last aspect that really is bad is the editing, especially when it comes to action-sequences where frames can be disorientated and very horrible done in a very flawed way. There are very few long and constant shots and it therefor can feel too CGI-ish and not real.
"Star Wars: The Clone Wars" is one of the most flawed movies I've seen. But personally; do I still find it somewhat okay even though I've already forgotten mostly of the plot.
Personal rating: 60/100
Critical rating: 36/100… Expand
Average User Score: 8.7Oct 9, 2015Christopher Nolan’s first ambitious and paradoxical ride of entertainment. ‘Who follows the followers?’
We follow this young writer,Christopher Nolan’s first ambitious and paradoxical ride of entertainment. ‘Who follows the followers?’
We follow this young writer, constantly trying to find depth to his imaginary characters. He starts to follow people and, of course, meats this thief. He gets obsessed with this character and gets into his life and sooner than later a companionship was formed. As Christopher Nolan’s next movie; “Memento” (2000), “Following” got the same (but less) complex non-linear structure but also the identical theme and compassion. It constantly jumps from different timelines and it keeps the audience interested with the story and its surprises, twists and turns along the one-hour movie. The whole plot is very ironic as it is paradoxical and smart. It got a lot to tell about obsession, trust, perspectives of different personalities & everyday life. It’s entertaining for one type of person, slow and boring for another one. But it worked excellent for me, because it’s so clever and I quickly got into this odd grayish cinematic flick.
The characters are very well presented, even though the acting performances aren’t flawless and that there isn’t that much time spent on introducing our characters in a more profound and less dry way. But there’s great development to our main individual, through his ups and downs we see his frustrations over all the struggles he must face with his new companionship. The stunning aspect with “Following”, is just as Nolan’s newer creations; the structure. Which is so smart and it puts everything we get to know in a brand new perspective, especially the third act which had some big twists and turns, both for the character and the main plot. The interesting part is that the soundtrack is hinting a bit, that something odd is going on, that something isn’t right. And it really is a stunning non-linear movie that’s enjoyable and highly unique, even though it’s 17 years old.
It might have some less-flawless aspects, including a non-perfectional editing and cinematography. But it really is a smart, iconic and of course a complex ride of entertainment, and that’s what keeps impressing my critical and personal viewpoint.
Personal rating: 80/100
Critical rating: 84/100… Expand
Average User Score: 8.7Oct 6, 2015Another masterpiece from the imaginative Christopher Nolan. Inception explores the depths of the human consciousness and bends the rules ofAnother masterpiece from the imaginative Christopher Nolan. Inception explores the depths of the human consciousness and bends the rules of everything logical. Dreams, obsessions and basic human aspects are a classic trait, and it never fails to deliver excitement from both from the tempo and the flawless characters. A stunning, ambitious mind-bending movie of art, that might not work all the way due to its over-complexity and a perhaps too ambitious plot, so the dialogs can be a bit too informational. But that's not something everyone will notice, and not something you should harken too. Because it's a classic sequel of the Nolan-franchise.
Personal rating: 88/100
Critical rating: 93/100… Expand
Average User Score: 8.1Oct 3, 2015The non-space opera, non-action and non-emotional enduring version of Interstellar. But that stands out as an original, highly entertainingThe non-space opera, non-action and non-emotional enduring version of Interstellar. But that stands out as an original, highly entertaining and beautifully directed sci-fi-adventure of science.
The year was 2013, and ’Gravity’ broke all expectations. Both the critics and the audience adored the space-drama. It opened an almost closed subgenre; the more realistic and scientifically accurate side of sci-fi. It smashed the box-office numbers and it’s going to be the movie that changed the space-genre. 2014 delivered an ambitious and mind-but also a heart breaking-sci-fi adventure of the relationship between a father and his daughter. Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’ couldn’t match ‘Gravity’ and its box-office numbers, but it managed to bring big directors to the genre. 2015 is no exception and one of the most influential directors in the genre of space/horror is back; with ‘The Martian’ – the third installment in this realistic-science(-fiction) adventure that Gravity managed to put on the map.
‘The Martian’ stars Matt Damon as the leading role, and he subsidize with emotion and surprisingly much humor to the film. The direction by Ridley Scott is without any doubt excellent with the extraordinary cinematography and realistic views on Mars. The science-aspect is just as present and it keeps giving the movie realism in a not very distant future. We follow Mark Watney’s struggle to survive on the hostile red planet, and he’s very self-entertained, funny and extremely optimistic. Just his presence is exciting and the movie therefor never felt boring. He struggles with these almost impossible tasks, we see him develop through his ups and downs on his journey back to the blue planet. There’re much human traces like humor, attachment and morality, and it really is about one character, left alone by himself. So uniquely done!
It’s not a movie that’s action-packed nor high-paced; it’s a well preformed and well written art of work and that really is entertaining. It’s one aspect that might result in lost of interest by some individuals, but there are some incredibly great wow-and-high-paced moments where you really want to be there, and experience it by yourself! The 3D is better than the average movie, but doesn’t add anything extraordinary to the experience. But something that totally did is the soundtrack; so fitting and baffling to the specific character and moment! But the dialogs might drag the movie down a bit; they can feel forced to the audience from time to time when it comes to facts, etc.
The plot is not one-dimensional (but sometimes a bit predictable); it covers many characters at different locations (even planets). We have strong leading actors and well visualized characters. One minor concern is that it might have too many smaller roles, they absorb some of the excitement and focus of the movie. It loose some of the magic, especially in the third act. The main characters could also have had a greater attachment, there’s no strong chemistry between them. But these are just minor aspects that could have been even greater, and it really is good movie, even though the ending might be a bit too rushed and could have covered more of the climax.
’The Martian’ might not be flawless but it got a strong and funny lead from Matt Damon, and very rememberable moments that you should love to experience by yourself. It really is a realistic sci-fi flick full of humor, adventure, optimism and hope. It’s the 2015-Interstellar.
Personal rating: 8/10
Critical rating: 8/10… Expand
Average User Score: 8.8Oct 2, 2015Disney continues to impress with this clever and creative creation. An ambitious animation that truly could have gone disastrous, but ended asDisney continues to impress with this clever and creative creation. An ambitious animation that truly could have gone disastrous, but ended as a critical and box-office masterpiece.
‘Inside Out’ might at first glance look like a childish 1.5 hour-‘Minions-sequel’. But that’s just what the kids will see, meanwhile we older individuals will embrace this amazingly visualized plot where emotions and everyday problems are experienced. Everything from within is seen from a new perspective, and it truly is a ride of joy, emotions and surprisingly much action-sequences. The concept works for everyone; both the humor, the relatable and enduring aspects. The characters are just as relatable, there’s much development to them too and they are so well envisioned in a such beautiful-animated way. It’s like magic.
To take our ordinary life and put it out in different characters with specific emotions; that’s an ambitious idea, even for Disney! But they managed to come up with this extraordinary world that works so well, and that totally makes one crave for more popcorn! It might be one of the most flawless movies of 2015, with its stunning focus on imaginative and deep characters. The first 15 minutes of the opening shots might be a bit too fast and it could have been a bit less rushed – if you look at such small critical details. It also got some very minor fact-based reaction-dialogs. But the rushed opening later on did slow down considerably, and truly managed to grasp the depth of the characters and the clever plot that never stopped being inventive! So to keep it short; ‘Inside Out’ is without any doubt another great animation by the Disney-Pixar corporation, and that got a lot to tell about family, emotions, everyday life and every individual’s own mind. Go watch it.
Personal rating: 8.5/10
Critical rating: 9.5/10… Expand
Average User Score: 6.4Sep 22, 2015Tomorrowland; the movie that was going to stand out as an original sequel-killer failed to deliver a stronger box office-performance, and ofTomorrowland; the movie that was going to stand out as an original sequel-killer failed to deliver a stronger box office-performance, and of course a less messy and entertaining plot. Who could have thought the team-up of the director of ‘The Incredibles’ and the writer of unaccountable episodes of ‘Lost’ could result it such a popcorn-disaster.
So the movie starts exactly how you think it would, with a young dreamer called Casey Newton and her journey to the mysterious place called Tomorrowland. The plot is very focused on just that, to get to the land of dreams. It’s very optimistic too. It got a lot to tell about us humans on a basic scale, in a way that might be considered a bit cliché-ish though. But the plot is very uncertain after the second act. The movie keeps going but it’s not really clear where we’re going. And because of that; the excitement was lost and the movie failed to deliver. It felt boring and non-entertaining on a personal level at several occasions. The opening sequence didn’t add to that, which felt annoying, childish and overly messy. But let’s not forget the movie and its strength, and there are some of them!
There are a lot of beautiful, realistic and fascinating shots where Brad Bird really did a big difference! The whole ride into this world is so realistic, and not to mention the spectacular action and sci-fi. Just the basic idea of this extraordinary place is wonderful and original. The ride to go there and all these adventurous events is a superb idea! Add somewhat inventive intense action to the film, and you get some awesome moments! But it’s as previously mentioned, a not so great movie. The plot is so one-dimensional and it’s not really explained in the detail what’s going on. It’s messy, weird and it got some smaller plot-holes here and there.
But what about the basics? How’s the characters, actors and dialogs? Well they’re are all great! George Clooney is flawless, as usual. Strong characters and understandable and relatable dialogs are present as well. But there’s some vague chemistry between the main characters. ‘They doesn’t have that strong bond’.
So to keep it short; Tomorrowland is just as Jupiter Ascending. The basic idea is fundamentally great, but the execution of the plot is so weird, non-interesting and silly. No feeling either. But the idea is great and it really is inventive, original and a fun ride into the imagination. But less great than the expectations.
Positive aspects: Highly original, realistic and stunning cinematography, action and characters.
Negative aspects: An overly messy and childish structure, plot-holes, uneven storytelling and a non-interesting plot.
Personal rating: 6/10
Critical rating: 5.5/10… Expand
Average User Score: 8.2Sep 18, 2015The Star Wars franchise 'ends' in one of the most uniquely way ever seen in movie history.
As expected; Star Wars: Return of The JediThe Star Wars franchise 'ends' in one of the most uniquely way ever seen in movie history.
As expected; Star Wars: Return of The Jedi continues where The Empire Strikes Back ended. It starts with the same high-paced and highly entertaining plot as what the fifth entry had. The opening scene and its first 30 minutes are actually the best in the whole franchise. It continues with the fun and nuanced characters and the beloved chemistry we all have fallen in love with. Surely; it's no Empire Strikes Back, but it still stands out as a great film! It might be less inventive with a somewhat similar plot as episode four, and much less chemistry between the characters. But it's still very good! We see Luke develop, changing to the better, having to choose from the better good or loose to the hate. A wonderful character arc! There's so much emotion to the movie too, not to mention depth and power to the plot! But as previously mentioned; it's not as stunning to the eye as the previous movie, not as flawless or powerful neither. But it still stands on its own as an entertaining and somewhat characteristic movie. Yes the effects are old; but it's very good for a movie that came out in the 80s, so don't you dare to criticize the movie because of that. One thing that drastically worsened the ending was the newer special edition. It totally ruined the ending. I mean Anakin Skywalker as a ghost, really?! Not to mention the stupid and unnecessary new CGI-footage. A stupid but understandable attempt to connect the prequel with the original movies.
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi is an awesome movie. The story is magnificent and beautiful, not to mention the fantastic music, the great actors and the high amount of action! But it suffers with a less inventive plot and less depth to the characters.
Personal Rating: 8/10
Critical Rating: 7.5/10… Expand
Average User Score: 6.3Sep 17, 2015People really need to stop comparing sequels with their predecessors. Sure this continuation isn’t as great as T2, but that doesn’t necessaryPeople really need to stop comparing sequels with their predecessors. Sure this continuation isn’t as great as T2, but that doesn’t necessary mean that this movie sucks! Which is sadly does to at several occasions.
+ Fun connection with the old movies, an awesome opening scene, much humor (much more than the previous movies), great action-sequences (even though they aren’t that unique) and great actors. Emilia Clarke and Arnold did a really great job, they both blend perfectly into their characters. The non-linear storytelling was a big surprise in my opinion, because I did expect a bad reboot of the exact same story we saw in the old T-movies. But it wasn’t bad, yes it might be a bit too complex and it did become confusing but I really enjoyed the more complex and surprisingly great plot of the movie. The music is great, but there’s no feeling in it, it could have been better. The last great aspect is that it really is an unpredictable movie, and it did surpass my expectations!
Yes, it’s no T2. But it’s no Salvation either. Sure the old and more scary theme, that we saw in T1-T3 sure is gone; Genesis didn’t feel scary or as thrilling as the old movies. But it got its great aspects as previously mentioned, but it really isn’t a flawless movie!
- Confusing and odd storytelling made me feel left out of the movie (but still great because I like movies that need the audience to think). The trailers ruined the movie like hell too, I’ve never seen a movie that have been spoiled so greatly like Genisys. Almost every action-sequence throughout the movie have already been seen, what a waste! Sure there are some surprises here and there, but there could have been so much more if the trailers hadn’t spoiled so much! Another bad aspect is the story, some events are a bit illogical, they doesn’t fit the original characters in the old movies. The ending could also have been better, more developed and better written. Other smaller aspects are; lack of great CGI at certain places, and perhaps too many villains (but great villains!) at once. It did feel pointless sometimes, the villains were defeated so easily meanwhile the previous movies got a hard time doing just that. Genisys really did ruin the villains, they don’t feel like a threat, the scary feeling we got from T2 with the T-1000 is totally gone. Thank you Genisys.
Terminator Genysis is a movie full of flaws. I’m a bit confused due to many great, but also bad things with this movie. The humor and the action is the best things, but the villains, the trailers and the lack of terminator entertainment that we saw in T2 isn’t here anymore. But it’s not a bad movie. Sure it does stand out from the original movies, but guys; it’s a reboot and it’s a fun ride of action and humor. Don’t listen to the bad critics and don’t expect a great Terminator movie, go into the theaters or your living room and watch this insanely great action flick!
Terminator Genisys surely is overwhelmed with serious flaws.
Personal rating: 7.5/10
Critical rating: 5/10… Expand