Average User Score: 7.1Nov 20, 2015This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The world and life of both the Hunger Games and Katniss Everdeen is a wonderful tale. The sad post-apocalyptic world is an interesting story while keeping us on the edge of our seats. The final chapter could have extended this and had a finale that would have been fantastic in scope. Sadly this didn't live up to the hype many was hoping for. The flaws out way the good in this final chapter.
Everdeen now has to deal with the aftermath of Peeta almost killing her to try and fight a enemy that never sleeps. The resistance takes President Snow's last defense before the Capital. They push onto the capital where Snow has made an assortment of traps to stop the forces of the resistance. Though President Coin won't allow the "Mockingjay" to die in the front lines, so she sneaks onto the battlefield. Armed with a team of people introduced in the last movie, Everdeen has to face her face last obstacle. The 76th Hunger Games has begun.
The movie starts off halfway into the movie. Like many other part 1 and part 2 movies in the past (Harry Potter and Hobbit), the movie have to of course fill in minutes by giving the audience filler. Like the Hobbit, it drags for great amount of time. However, the pacing issues aren't really the biggest flaws. They're relevant and easily scene, though the director decided to not clump them all together. Can't deny that they're there though. Moments where we're just given some exposition while other scenes of them not doing anything are thrown at us for three minutes at a time.
It would be acceptable if those moments drove the story along or made for great character development. Though they're plainly obvious fillers, which bong down the time and kill the action and adventure tone. Scenes that could have kept an amazingly different pace, are slowed down so the movie won't end too early. The main source for this was the last movie. The last movie ended too far into the book, because nothing really happened in the last one. They had to end it at the part with Peeta because the movie would have felt boring otherwise. This results in the final chapter only being a quarter of the book that's stretched out into a 2 hour and 17 minute affair. Again, this wasn't even the worst part of the film.
The worst parts of the film is the tone switches. The grim nature of the film is switched for cheap gimmicks throughout the film. The problem with talking about these gimmicks is that it will spoil parts of the film that are key. That won't happen in this review, but there might be a spoiler review coming up soon.
There's been many stories of Suzanne Collins (author of the books) rushing the last book because of some contract disputes. It really feels like it in this one. *Small spoiler* Instead of us getting to know some of the characters in the film, she just kills them off because she really hits home the dread of the world. The sad and grim nature of the last book is translated into the film. However, the director and screenwriters still don't give even a small amount of time dedicated to character development for these characters. They're thrown into the film and are instantly taken out. This just makes the whole experience feel like a gimmick. Also, characters loved in the first two films are sometimes gone without any remorse. Some of these characters are gone and nothing is said about them afterwards. Characters which are beloved in the film. This doesn't always have to do with them dying though, but just disappearing from the film all together. Don't know if fault has to be laid on Collins or Francis Lawrence (the director). Though its a flaw that should be addressed. All of these flaws lead to one of the most disappointing endings this year.
The end to the film won't be spoiled for those who haven't watched it. However, there's key parts of the ending that are extremely flawed. Some of the characters who die are randomly in locations for them to get killed in. Also, there's certain little tiny flaws (people would maybe say it's nitpicking) that are thrown right in the audience's face. It's hard not to notice them and it turns the film into what it was trying so hard not to do. Some might not find the ending predictable. However, it really was. The predictable ending steams from a rushed ending. It feels like a house without anything holding it up. This knocks down every other great aspect of the previous films, resulting in a conclusion that feels rushed while also being dragged on for a couple of minutes. The director seems to rush into the ending while not really having a clear cut one. It's convoluted in a unnecessary way. It's not necessary the directors fault, as he has to rely on material that's flawed on its own. The grim and not happy ending is very refreshing, and gives the true tone of what the final chapter is trying to portray. However, the flaws can't be overlooked.
Overall, the great things about the movie are overshadowed by the good. The actors did a fine job, but the movie doesn't allow them to shine besides Jenifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson (which character is the only one who gets any character development in the whole movie). The movie is better than the last one, because stuff actually happens, however it doesn't give the series the great sendoff it deserves. The film is similar to Spectre, a somewhat fun movie, overshadowed by flaws.
Average User Score: 6.9Nov 17, 2015There comes a time in each industries life that indicates they’ve simply given up. The movie industry seems to be moving in that direction asThere comes a time in each industries life that indicates they’ve simply given up. The movie industry seems to be moving in that direction as movies this year are either sequels, adaptations or even remakes. These types of films shouldn’t be considered bad but they do remind the audience that Hollywood has simply run out of ideas. Spectre is a prime example of studio “giving up”. It seems to wander like a zombie in an industry plagued by repetitiveness.
Spectre not only destroys any hope for another great bond movie, but squanders what could have been a great send off for Daniel Craig. This train wreck completely ruins everything that the Craig era of Bond movies stand for, and it seamlessly tares down all of the great moments from the past films. This leaves us with a hollow shell of a movie about one of the most iconic characters in Hollywood.
Spectre is another Daniel Craig James Bond movie. Bond has just received a tape M left for him with simple instructions. To kill someone. This someone is the leader of the secret organization called Spectre. It’s an illicit organization does crimes to somewhat keep a balance in the world (reminds me of the Syndicate from almost every media). Bond has to go on another adventure that eventually links all of his past endeavors. They all link together somehow through this organization. Bond has to find out a way to stop this terrorist group before it’s too late.
The main problem with the film is the quite silly approach this time around. Skyfall succeeded mostly on a grim take that really allowed the audience to connect with the character. Craig doesn’t want to be Bond for a while, stating that the character has grown stale over the years. This is extremely true as we see a completely different character this time around. The screenwriters have resorted in giving us a bond that’s a cliché resemblance of the past.
To think of it as a whole, the movie is a cliché of the past. Instead of giving us a great plot with interesting characters, we’re treated with hollow characters, laughable dialogue, a cliché plot, a disappointing villain and many other atrocities.
Clichés are given to us on a silver platter which we’re supposed to swallow without saying a word. Though they’re extremely laughable in mostly every scene. There’s more than one part where the villain survives what should have been a killing blow. The audience watches as small little occurrences pop up that help drive the story along. At one point Bond so happens to wake up as a mouse in sitting the middle of the bedroom. Instead of shooting it, he lets it go back into its home in the wall. This allows bond to find a secret passage.
This lazy writing is just one of the many things the screenwriters do. Some blame has to fall on the director, Sam Mendes. The blend of old school bond and new school bond doesn’t mix at all. This allows for cheesiness into the film.
Casino Royale and Skyfall seemed to take themselves seriously enough not to have elaborate action sequences. The movie throws all that out of the window with actions scenes that seem to never end. A ten minute chase scene and then a ten minute fight scene. At one point bond is chasing a helicopter, with a boat and destroys it with his gun.
The movie isn’t all that bad though. The direction of the movie is very well done and the cinematography quite good. Although the actions scenes seem long and out of place, they’re very well-choreographed. Other than Lea Seydoux, the actors do a pretty great job. The portrayal of James Bond isn’t the best, but Craig tries his best with what he’s got.
Overall, Spectre could have been an amazing Bond film that really gave Craig a sendoff he deserves. However, it’s a movie bogged down by clichés that never seem to end. Ultimately this leads a movie that simply can’t be taken seriously. The connection to the last films is an interesting story, but it’s ultimately a cliché. Spectre is for those fans wanting to live the glory days of James bond films or can look past clichés that have plagued James Bonds films in the past. However, it could have done away with what’s ultimately the worst script in the series.
Average User Score: 8.8Jun 20, 2015My review on inside out
This exceeded expectations and more. Pixar is back with this one (until they make cars 3 of course). The fiftiethMy review on inside out
This exceeded expectations and more. Pixar is back with this one (until they make cars 3 of course). The fiftieth movie in the Pixar saga is an instant classic. This is the funnies Pixar movie sense find memo and is the third best in the franchise. Only find memo and monsters inc. top it and that's saying something.
The movie focuses on the emotions of humans. How emotions start, how they grew, and now they evolve. The movie is simply brilliant. This is the most or second most smartest movie ever. (Only movie to maybe top it is spirited away). The whole process that these emotions go through it amazing. They sleep, they have emotions themselves, etc.
The world they live in is the most impressive part of the movie. How each core memory has its own world, how dreams have their own world, and even how imaginations have their own world. This all constructs who we are as people.
They story is of how the core memories getting messed with and then sent away with joy and sadness. They have to get back to headquarters in order to ha panniers and Riley's (main character) whole existence. Though it won't be easy as they both will have trials and potential disasters to overcome.
It's a movie with great emotion as the forefront. It leaves you sad and happy (irony and mind blown). It's a great insight into what happens when someone gets depressed. The subtle things are also done so well. The little details in the worlds, the things they say, the things they do, etc, all add up a movie that is by far the best move of the year.
Overall I'm impressed that Pixar took a step back and really but their heart and soul into this movie. It shows on the screen. This is not just another great movie from a great studio, but a triumph of what the human mind can do and accomplish. 9.7/10… Expand
Average User Score: 6.4May 22, 2015This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. What actually could have been like a toy box movie just turned into a cliche movie that really is 40 years too late. The movie is a fun movie for a good majority until you actually get to Tomorrowland. Then the movie just falls flat and down the rabbit hole until I was uninterested. The acting was great and all (even for George Clooneh. Aka most overrated actor). Though the story turns into a cliche mess of themes we've seen and then they beat you over the head with it. I like it, I really enjoyed watching it for the acting and the adventure.
The acting was really well. Britt Robertson was pretty great (although some of the dialogue was poorly done), Goerge Clooney final didn't step in the same shoes to act the same way he always does, and the best acting came from Raffey Cassidy. This is the first time I've seen a kid that dint annoy the living **** out of me. She was great and really the star of the movie in my opinion. Her pose and complete skill at taking over the screen was fantastic. Also for an actress to only play in two parts previous is astonishing.
The premise is great and really shows how wonderful the movie would have been. This could have been trike a toy box. Creating this Tomorrowland in your head. What is this place and why is it so cool, *spoiler* Thiugh when we arrival is when everything goes to ****.
We see that everyone is gone there and only a few are left. We then see this plot that the world is ending from global warming and disaster. We see the same message that humans are greedy and that we basically did this to ourselves. So Tomorrowland builds a machine to show people their future to make sure they don't keep going no done the same path of destruction they are set on. I get that. Then why is Tomorrowland empty? Never explain where everyone went. So the end evil guy is just going let earth die because he thinks that they've done this to themselves. Though some how the machine that tells everyone the future or a glimpse of it is the one at fault. The evil guy doesn't want them to destroy for no reason explained. Trending is sort of rushed with no real purpose. Evil guy dies and then they have to change the mind set of people on earth. Also to rebuild Tomorrowland. Though there should be no reason to do so. My did everyone leave. Someone explain.
Overall the movie was well done, the visuals were gear, acting even better, etc. Thouh what we are left with is a sloppy storyline and even sloppier finish. What could have been great turned into a short of mediocre mess. 6.5.… Expand
Average User Score: 4.3May 21, 2015Is there a rating for -10. Only movie to warrant a zero. This however managed to do that and isn't only disturbing. It poses a questions. HowIs there a rating for -10. Only movie to warrant a zero. This however managed to do that and isn't only disturbing. It poses a questions. How **** up do you have to be to like this movie let alone make it. Also it poses that "humans are more **** up than I thought"… Expand
Average User Score: 8.6May 17, 2015This movie isn't for everyone because everyone won't simply get it. That's fine but don't hate because you simply don't understand it. TheThis movie isn't for everyone because everyone won't simply get it. That's fine but don't hate because you simply don't understand it. The style is unique, the characters are even more unique, and the setting are down right unique. A place of only sand, water, sky, and some dirt; coins be this interesting is beyond me. Also above my pay grade which is nothing.
The movie is supposed to be set during the first and second one. Though it's crazier than any Mad Max before. This is the movie that Miller would have made first if he had the same visual effects back then. It's like a acid trip gone right. Car chases, hi octane cars, and a visual effects so that has been lost over the ages.
Practical effects over visual effects make MM the best movie of the year. The story keeps you engaged. If you loved the road warrior, then you'll love this too. The road warrior is slightly better because of it being a timeless classic but this does it justice. A movie that will have you on the edge of your sit but you will be wanting to let go and join the ride.
Again this movie isn't for people without the ability to comprehend it or those who simply don't understand. Though don't go watch it. For those fans of the original and of people who just love quality movies. Go watch it. Overall it's an awesome chapter into the amazing world of MM and will satisfy those who can appreciate an old movie in a new movie era. 9.5/10… Expand
Average User Score: 8.1Mar 11, 2015John Wick: The Review
The awards season has rolled its head around once more. Either you love it or hate it, but it comes every year. OneJohn Wick: The Review
The awards season has rolled its head around once more. Either you love it or hate it, but it comes every year. One movie that didn’t receive any recognition is a movie called “John Wick” starring Keanu Reeves. John Wick was a stylized action movie that was unique enough to warrant high praise like an Oscar nomination. This beautifully choreographed action movie with Reeves shooting his way through the Russian mob. However, the movie has only received minor praise by winning some rewards and nominations. While getting snubbed from all major award ceremonies. However, John Wick should be considered on that top tier of movies in 2014.
This Chad Stahelski directed film is set in New York and came out last October. It’s Stahelski’s first major film and Reeves comeback movie. Besides “47 Ronin” it has been 6 years since Reeves stared in a major motion picture. It hasn’t been since 2003’s “Matrix Reloaded” that he’s stared in a movie that got positive ratings from critics. Reeves has also accumulated six Golden Raspberry Awards or Razzies for short. The Razzies is an awards ceremony that gives awards for the worst in film. The movie has earned Reeves some critical praise for his portrayal of the mob hit man.
The movie centers around a man named John Wick (Keanu Reeves). It begins with his wife (played by Bridget Moynahan) who had just died from an undisclosed illness. Wick had just settled down after getting out of hitman business. His last link to a normal life was just taken from him. His wife has one last gift for and it’s in the form of a puppy. John Wick has felt a short of comfort in the fact that a piece of his wife is with him and he now has a companion. Makes his loneliness bearable.
Unfortunate events lead to the house being broken into, the car stolen, and the dog killed. Set on revenge, John Wick tries to find the men who did it. Wick discovers from a friend that the son (Alfie Allen) of the Russian mob boss (Michael Nyqvist) was involved. Wick is ultimately pulled into the life that he tried so hard to get away from. This sends him down a tale of revenge and despair. Wick tries to seek revenge for the last thing in his life that he held dear to his heart.
John Wick is ultimately an action movies. This doesn’t hurt the movie at all, as the movie gets A in every category. The movie is a beautiful display of camera perfection. The cinematography is what sets it apart from most movies these days. Everything has this blue colorful tone around the lens. The camera gives colorful detail and Johnathan Sela. (Cinematographer) dominates at his craft. This camera allows the subtleness of Stahelski direction allows the movie to shine.
Though the best part is both the dialogue and the acting. Keanu Reeves history doesn’t affect his fantastic work in this movie. Delivering a performance that could rival Bruce Willis in the movie “Die Hard”. His diameter is very subtle like the movie is trying to be. He delivers the splendid dialogue like it comes out naturally. “People keep asking if I’m back, yeah I’m think I’m back!” The realistic and phenomenal performances leave the audiences wanting more.
Overall, “John Wick” might have some action clichés. However, the movie accelerants past most movies of this year with a great plot, breathtaking performances, and dialogue that will impress Shakespeare.
Letter Grade: A… Expand
Average User Score: 8.2Feb 11, 2015Very good movie. It's a smart tale about a guy who is one of them smartest people to every exist on this planet. It tells the true story ofVery good movie. It's a smart tale about a guy who is one of them smartest people to every exist on this planet. It tells the true story of Allen Turing, who is almost like Sheldon from the Big Bang theory. Socially awarded but a genius (also ironically that the actor and the character is this movie are both gay). The movies really only weakness is that it's slow and has parts that shouldn't be in the movie. There's also parts that seem Hollywoodized because of the original story maybe being "too boring". Though that is does hinder the movie, the movie is still one of the best movies in 2014. Like I stated before, it's smart and it knows it. Overall I'm satisfied with this great tragic tale of a man just trying to help people. 9.4… Expand
Average User Score: 6.5Jan 22, 2015This is a movie with a lot of idiots saying this and that about it. Simply it's intense, inspiring, and sad. Throughout Chris's life he hadThis is a movie with a lot of idiots saying this and that about it. Simply it's intense, inspiring, and sad. Throughout Chris's life he had tragedies. From his friends to himself. There has been speculation that Kyle was more of a **** than the movie shows. This might be true but he still shrived to help his fellow marines and fellow people out. He said that he loved killing the enemy. I don't mind this because....they were the enemy. Like he said, he will stand proud and answer to every shot he took to his creator. The ending is where it left our theater silent. You could hear a pin drop because people didn't expect something like that.
The best part is Cooper's performance. From Hangover to this, Bradley has completely revamped his career. Another great part of this was story, it just kept you engaged and the dialgogue was on point. The amazing part of this is...it's all real. These men went through this as they tried to fight for out freedoms. Give them respect that they deserved. For all the evil, it was done by people who told them to do it. He had unstoppable power to get the job done and protect those he loved the most. Overall it's the best or one of the best movies to this early 2015. 9.3.… Expand
Average User Score: 9.0Jan 17, 2015Best animation movie of all time. It shows Hayao's fantastic art direction, storytelling, characters, etc. Nothing can stand in front of itBest animation movie of all time. It shows Hayao's fantastic art direction, storytelling, characters, etc. Nothing can stand in front of it and nothing can hold up to these standards. Masterpiece of brilliant intelligence.… Expand