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Average User Score: 5.1May 31, 2016This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. How f*cking stupid. If I hadn't been obligated and forced to see this POS in my classroom, I might have turned it off the second Percy started fighting a Gargoyle-like creature and his longtime friend all the sudden gained donkey legs. -__-
Makes no sense and I don't care. 1/10… Expand
Average User Score: 8.2May 6, 2016A return to form for Marvel after disappointing movies like Age of Ultron and Ant-Man.
Pros: - Loved the themes about patriotism andA return to form for Marvel after disappointing movies like Age of Ultron and Ant-Man.
- Loved the themes about patriotism and liberalism, they really were thought-provoking to the point you question which side is the most righteous. For one, Tony Stark defends heroes should be controlled/monitored by the government, and that's fine but it prevents these "vigilantes" from having the rights to choose, and that could be deadly if they don't have much space to stop "the bad guys". On the other hand, Steve thinks they have the right to choose what they do. The conversations we have about these two themes never get repetitive and it builds up the conflict between Stark and Rogers just fine. Those two were never best buddies, despite Stark's "So was I [your friend]" assertion. They were also measuring d*cks back in 2012's The Avengers.
- Once again, the Russos Brothers nailed the action and visual panache that made "Winter Soldier" so robust. The best action in the film includes a 15-min battle in an airport, when heroes go toe-to-toe.
- Crammed the characters excellently. The movie never felt, for a minute, overloaded or messy. The conflict was streamlined enough to make the movie more focused than "Age of Ultron" ever did. Additions like Black Panther were a nice touch, and allowed for some nerdgasm moments.
- Spidey!! Despite only a half hour of screentime, his presence was the thing I was most excited about this movie. And it surely paid off. Tom Holland so far nails the character, and Marisa Toomey as Aunt May is good too, even if the actress is a little bit young for the role. And just seeing Spider-Man fight Bucky, Falcon, Ant-Man and Cap himself was a joy I never thought I would experience in a live-action movie. For those who haven't seen this movie yet, be sure to stick around after the credits (not mid-scene, AFTER) to see a special tidbit that happens to Peter.
- Weak villain. His plan is ultimately disappointing, and the backstory as to why he becomes so dangerously mad is half-baked.
- Third act. Very disappointing.
Overall, the third Captain America adventure fulfills its promise and delivers blend of drama, comedy and action. It features old and new characters, and most important, it is not overstuffed and is surely an exciting, well-directed and acted piece of gem worth watching.
Score: 8.5/10… Expand
Average User Score: 7.0Apr 1, 2016This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. With a movie called "Batman v Superman", you thought it would be epic, gritty, exciting, well-acted and well-directed. If that thought came across your mind, you might have been tricked by April Fool's Day jokers (not intended, I swear). "Dawn of Justice" is the kind of movie I'm more than tired to talk about, simply because it doesn't refrain from other generic super-hero formulas. The Marvel Cinematic Universe became essentially a big advertisement for movies that won't come, and that was painfully obvious when "Age of Ultron" came around. Liking this less than the latter one might be baffling for some DC fanatics, but that's because I got some enjoyment out of Avengers 2. Sure, it was a CGI-fest just like this one, however the cast seemed that they were having fun, and the action wasn't ultimately boring. But that's from my perspective. That was not the only issue the movie had. The movie is clearly overloaded with too much setup and establishing new characters (like Bruce Wayne) that tries to be 3 different things: a Man of Steel sequel, a Batman reboot and an ad for the Justice League film.
So much fuss around Ben Affleck portraying the Caped Crusader, and he was easily the best part of the movie. I don't understand how fans thought he would make much of a damage in a movie where Zack Snyder is the director and David S. Goyer is one of the screenwriters. Nevertheless, Affleck rised to the occasion and brought a sense of darkness to its character that was unlike the other live-action representations of Batman. His interaction with Alfred were a standout, and it was just amazing to see the bat of Gotham make a return to the big screen. Henry Cavill was solid, but not in the same page as Affleck. Too often he was more of a blank face than anything else. His character, though, had a nice arc. I liked that Superman didn't think he was the hero Metropolis or the entire world deserved, and that he could not give the hope that the 'S' on his suit stands for. It was a pleasant theme, one that could have gotten a more dramatic punch if it weren't for the other subplots looming around. Amy Adams was good, but her character did struggle with being relevant to the plot, and most of the time, she was just... there. But the weakest element is, for sure, Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor. Firstly, totally miscast. And secondly, who directed his performance? Nobody? Excusing laughable things like Luthor's p*ss in that jar, he was over-the-top, cheesy... and nothing else, really. His presence makes zero sense other than to make the titular battle begin, which is more than I can say about him.
The action wasn't a helping factor either - though the warehouse scene was awesome - and was more chaotic and bombastic than entertaining. I can appreciate the absence of the shaky cameras, but the dreary color palette and the need for explosions and everything happening at the same time was exhausting. Doomsday looked horrible. So was the final battle. What the hell was that?
As a Justice League setup, it might have worked, but as a piece of filmmaking, "Batman v Superman" was a movie I was hyped to see. I truly wanted to like it. With that said, this movie falls short in the same category as those mediocre super-hero movies called The Fantastic Four. Loud, overstuffed and most definitely "not fun", this is a movie ONLY for fanboys.
Score: 4.5/10… Expand
Average User Score: 7.4Mar 23, 2016As expected, this movie was inferior to its predecessors, making it a very mediocre output in DreamWork's track record. Maybe entertaining forAs expected, this movie was inferior to its predecessors, making it a very mediocre output in DreamWork's track record. Maybe entertaining for the little kids, but not so much for the more matured. I didn't laugh more than five times during my viewing of this film, and yep, that is a pretty bad signal. Having in consideration that Kung Fu Panda 3 was relying on slapstick and cheap humor every minute and then - even with the non-Po related scenes - it's really sad to see this kind of work being this dull, especially when Jack Black is voicing a dork, big panda and J.K. Simmons the bad guy. If something, that allowed for some great casting choice. Some of the actors meant to portray the rest of the Furious Five were underused, per usual, leaving the fantastic Bryan Cranston as Po's biological father to do the heavy lifting. His performance wasn't stellar, but he did good given the material involved.
The plot is thinner and a stupid excuse to show off more bright animation, but even the latter didn't stand out quite as much as it did in previous installments. The fight scenes looked more like concept arts than real animation, which I deeply loathed. Logically, this movie is necessary, but if the plot is something like: "Bad guy wants to destroy character X because he adores power", then you know what you're getting into. It sounded really vague and not in the least interesting.
The comedy is repetitive, the plot is half-baked, and really there isn't anything worth mentioning besides the cast and animation. There few laughs in the theater I was in, and some moments of dullness. It's rare but I almost fell asleep during it. Almost. Watching a panda cracking jokes and going from one place to another is not my idea for entertainment. But then again, who cares? It is a movie made for children.
Final Score: 5/10… Expand
Average User Score: 8.0Jan 24, 2016This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I haven't posted many reviews on this website recently, as I was focused on my daily studies, but I took the time to see this movie, and it was surprisingly great. I knew I was going for a slowly paced movie, but it actually didn't hit me as one. It never got boring, nor too slow for me. The violence is so awesome in this movie. Either the bear scene, or Leonardo DiCaprio's character covering himself inside of a horse's dead body, it was friggin brutal. The bear attack was especially frightening. What I like about this scene is how the bear interacts with Glass. He first attacks him, smells him and goes away for a few seconds, than Glass grabs his gun and shoots the bear, although the bear attacks him again, and shakes the poor guy like dogs do to the rugs. Then the bear stops one more time, and few seconds later, the bear takes his shot one more time, but Glass stabs it, and they both fall off, with the bear on top of Glass's body. It's amazing how they edited and choreographed this particular bit.
These excellent scenes aside, I can understand people having problems with the "revenge thriller" trope that gets a little predictable in the end, but I liked the symbolism, as Glass used his strength and his memories about his family to stay on his feet and seek punishment for the man who killed his son. Cinematography, just great. There was parts where Glass must have wondered: "Wow, if I die, at least I die watching this God's masterpiece". It sounds silly, I know, but that's the effective way I can describe it. It's purely amazing.
The camerawork is fantastic. I don't quite remember if it had one-take action sequence, but there parts where shots last very long, and I loved that. The shot where the horse and Glass fall down is fantastic. This movie also needs praise for its sound design. Seriously.
"The Revenant" is a pretty good December film. If anything, I think DiCaprio should win that Oscar. While I liked Matt Damon's charismatic performance in "The Martian", Leonardo really stood out here, as the icing on the cake. And Tom Hardy was great here too.
Final Score: 8/10… Expand
Average User Score: 6.9Dec 19, 2015This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This is a movie that will probably improve upon second viewing. Though I'm not sure. Given how bad my theater experience was today when seeing this movie, I came close into not giving my take on Force Awakens. However, since it's the most anticipated movie of the year and everyone is not so shy about expressing their thoughts on it, I find myself baffled to say that, unfortunately, Episode VII is not the best Star Wars movie, nor the best movie of 2015. It's an entertaining movie nonetheless, but there some weak elements to be had. Now, there was like 20 annoying brats in front of me, who were constantly screaming, laughing louder than it was normal, and deliberately launching popcorns at someone of their group. This is the third time in a row that I happen to encounter a bunch of retarded, uncivilized kids in the cinema. It's annoying. I think my local theater should have an *sshole detector device. Kidding, but this is a serious matter. Why do people come to see movies if they're just gonna distract everyone from seeing the movie? Now you're all asking me to stop addressing this issue, and just go straight to the analysis, which what I'm going to do. Now, with these kids, I too often lost my focus. That's why I was unsure if I should put my thoughts on the film.
Now, visually, it's a Star Wars movie. The use of practical effects is definitely much appreciated. Characters, planets, explosions, everything is a treat to look at, but once again, what were you expecting in this franchise? Even ugly is beautiful here, and that's including that weird merchant creature in Jakku. The color of the lightsabers are also fantastic, and I'm pretty sad we didn't have much time to rely on them. Most of this movie was largely composed by firing, mystical forces and aerial combats. I think the writers should commence to realize that those space ships action sequences are getting duller and duller with each movie, they should stick with the immensely fun lightsaber fight scenes. But that's more of a biased opinion.
The plot is simple, and they drag it. I thought Luke Skywalker was going to pop up in the middle of the movie, and fight some Stormtroppers, but he only appears in the end, and doesn't say a word. To add, the final shot was awkward, I needed a reaction from Luke himself. Most of that reaction is now left to the imagination.
The villains are quite a mixed bag, and I have no intention in making a full analysis about them. Only wanna to say that Kylo Ren isn't as intimidating as his grandfather, Darth Vader, and that I thought Snoke was just a copycat from Emperor in the previous films.
Final Score: 7.5/10… Expand
Average User Score: 8.3Dec 13, 2015It's a pretty good conclusion to the classic trilogy, "Return of the Jedi" is overall a bit too long, but thankfully it entertains, thanks toIt's a pretty good conclusion to the classic trilogy, "Return of the Jedi" is overall a bit too long, but thankfully it entertains, thanks to its improved action beats and decent performances. Admittedly, the dialogue is repetitive. I can agree with that. How many times did the Emperor kept saying "Now you will die" or "This is the end of the rebellion"? Nevertheless, I liked the atmosphere, the settings and the special effects were usually good. So friggin' excited for Force Awakens. Friday seems like a light year away.
Final Score: 8/10… Expand
Average User Score: 9.0Dec 13, 2015While I don't think it's a masterpiece -- I'm holding that thought for Force Awakens when it comes out -- it's still pretty excellent. ThisWhile I don't think it's a masterpiece -- I'm holding that thought for Force Awakens when it comes out -- it's still pretty excellent. This movie allowed for some sheer entertainment. Lots of classic, great characters like Yoda, Han Solo, Darth Vader make their appearances, with the former having his debut on the original trilogy. Good action, although I still prefer the lightsaber duels to the prequels. Great comedy, and great drama all-around. The "I am your father" scene is another classic.
Final Score: 9/10… Expand
Average User Score: 8.8Dec 5, 2015Where the legend started... "A New Hope" is overall a great movie, although I thought the action was relatively weak on this one. But theWhere the legend started... "A New Hope" is overall a great movie, although I thought the action was relatively weak on this one. But the characters were great, the special effects back at that time... outstanding, and there's some classic quotes to be had such as "I find your lack of faith disturbing" or "May the Force be with you".
Score: 8/10… Expand
Average User Score: 6.6Nov 29, 2015If there's anything good about this movie is Jennifer Lawrence. And she portrays Katniss very well. Everdeen (still a dumb name) is prettyIf there's anything good about this movie is Jennifer Lawrence. And she portrays Katniss very well. Everdeen (still a dumb name) is pretty much weighed down by the 3-movie war, and her facial expression is more than an indication of that. So while the movie worked on that aspect, it ultimately dragged too long. I like using the word "drag" because intensifies that notion of something being slowly, really slowly drawn out, which happens here to my annoyance. Another thing, splitting the franchise's major conclusion is beyond irritating. It's tiresome, makes no sense, and affects the two-part films in predictable outcomes. If you want to make a movie about Snow's conflict with Katniss and build the world around them, that's fine by me, but for that, you have a long runtime, and editors. Yes, that's what editors are for. I hate when movies like these start off where the predecessor concluded. It just feels like I'm watching an extended episode of a TV Show and I pause at the very middle, one year later I continue the episode. This year's Maze Runner did it the same thing, though that movie was more of a crapfest.
Visually, it's sound -- no question about it. The CGI is passable, and the cinematography is amazing. The camerawork is fine when the action isn't taking place in the cliché-ridden sewers scene. That scene with the zombies was more clichéd than anyone could fathom. The writers must have found their ways into copycatting similar jump scares, cheap jump scares. There's that scene where a character stares at the bottom of the sewer, and the last second is riddled with zombies coming out of nowhere. Yeah, 3 seconds ago everything was so quiet, I'm not buying that. It's just one of those few familiar YA tropes that really isn't effective.
Do I recommend this movie? Only if you're a fan of the genre or even of Lawrence. I liked the action, the effects, I even liked the theme of the film, but this thing is getting so tiring. It's like eating stale bread from a stale store... oh well.
Final Score: 6.5/10… Expand