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Average User Score: 7.6May 14, 2019A fun movie that really taps into the inner child of anyone who grew up wishing they were granted superpowers, and could rise above what cardsA fun movie that really taps into the inner child of anyone who grew up wishing they were granted superpowers, and could rise above what cards life had given them.
The humor is good, the journey is meaningful, with a strong emphasis on family, and the villain - although not phenomenal - is portrayed well enough on screen that I did not want him gone at the end.
The strongest emphasis is on the comedy, though, and if you're interested in a hero's journey that's fun and wholesome, Shazam delivers.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.9Mar 20, 2019This film wasn't a complete waste of time, because I managed to fall asleep at some point. Unfortunately, Nicolas Cage's yelling and screamingThis film wasn't a complete waste of time, because I managed to fall asleep at some point. Unfortunately, Nicolas Cage's yelling and screaming woke me up twice, which merits further point deduction.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.1Dec 15, 2018Should've been treated with an ice axe to the head before production.
Not funny. Not amusing. Not entertaining. A movie about a kid, whoShould've been treated with an ice axe to the head before production.
Not funny. Not amusing. Not entertaining. A movie about a kid, who thinks he's the reincarnation of Hermann Goring, and then attempts to steal all the art in the US, to put in his wine basement, would be way, way better.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.2Nov 25, 2018This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. So, what did I just watch? I guess that if the movie tried to make the point that you shouldn't try to mess with the climate, because you'd destroy the planet, and then the polar bears would eat the remaining few survivors, then yes, it has a good message.
The woman that looked just liked a top EU bureaucrat, and told folks to know their place, really did remind me of the actual EU and how it treats common Europeans that dare to question its elitist decisions.
Now, I know the director thought he was creating yet another socialist-environmentalist preaching, but like all socialists, his understanding of the world is that of a child, so I can only value his art as unintentionally comedic. Other than that, I guess the people with socks over their eyes and night-vision gear looked pretty menacing, and Ed Harris seems to be the same character everywhere now, but he's Ed Harris, so it evens out.
I hope there would be a sequel, though, with the suited mid-life man who looks like another EU bureaucrat returning from the dead again, and murdering everyone with his hands. He was a riot.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.5Nov 24, 2018It's a really fun film, that manages to both entertain and make you laugh. It also nailed the awe of flying a spaceship for the first timeIt's a really fun film, that manages to both entertain and make you laugh. It also nailed the awe of flying a spaceship for the first time better than the serious shows ever did.
As a side note, I never thought Sigourney Weaver was attractive, but in this movie... damn.
In short, a pleasantly surprising film.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.0Nov 4, 2018I am not sure what had transpired in Peter Jackson's head between making the excellent LOTR films, and the Hobbit trilogy, but with each newI am not sure what had transpired in Peter Jackson's head between making the excellent LOTR films, and the Hobbit trilogy, but with each new film, we're getting a bigger visual spectacle, which is more devoid of any real depth behind the flashy visuals.
The last one, The Battle of the Five Armies, is about war. Now, I know a thing or two about war, and this was NOT war. It is perhaps what a 4 year old might think war looks like: devoid of all reasonable positioning, tactics, use of terrain, and even consistency in troop performance, but filled with "cool" moments. From Elves jumping over a phalanx of Dwarves straight into a charging enemy, ruining the whole point of the bracing formation AND making sure they will themselves be skewered on their allies spears; to a group of lightly armed peasants somehow holding a city against an army of heavily armored, battle hardened orcs; and finally heroes that slaughter hundreds of enemies with the same ease a grown man can crush ants with his boot - thus nullifying any sense of threat, or dread. More can be said about the fact that seeing someone dancing on screen with a couple of swords and perfect choreography is not a replacement for watching a protagonist overcome real adversity.
In short, if you liked seeing Legolas and Gimli fighting in the first films, get ready to have then multiplied by 12 or something, and buffed by 100.
What was the purpose of it all? It's the movie equivalent of blowing up a yearly city budget on a fireworks display. Was it all meant to be an empty, ludicrous spectacle? Was it meant to impress simpletons? Was it easier to pay the CGI department than hire a consultant who has actual knowledge in warfare, and a writer who knows storytelling?
I am sorry that this is the state of the film. I am sorry that this was, for the most part, the state of the entire trilogy. I am sorry that it did not move, inspire, or captivate me - because we'll never get another Hobbit film. This is it.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.6Sep 15, 2018The Equalizer 2 provides a solid experience. The directing was excellent - a certain scene later on displayed a mastery of camera angles,The Equalizer 2 provides a solid experience. The directing was excellent - a certain scene later on displayed a mastery of camera angles, cuts, and intensity of action in a controlled manner, rather than the over-the-top, tiring trend of today. Some have already mentioned that the plot has issues - it is not focused enough, at least in the first half of the movie. Possibly too slow of a buildup towards the third act. However, I think that does not detract much from the experience. It does allow for character development, and gradual introduction of personalities, especially for viewers who did not watch the first film.
Denzel Washington's acting easily carries the film. The villains were forgettable, unfortunately. I also found the scene with the "office rapists" that can be seen in the trailer terribly contrived and ill-convincing.
Despite it all, if you want some solid, mature action, and a likable main character, this film is a worthy watch.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.3Aug 20, 2018An intense film that really manages to confer the error that sudden brutality can bring to someone used to living in a civilized nation.
TheAn intense film that really manages to confer the error that sudden brutality can bring to someone used to living in a civilized nation.
The children, however, reacted with an entitled stubbornness that doesn't seem likely outside protected suburbia, especially when people are being chopped with machetes a couple of meters away.
Pierce Brosnan got too little screen-time for my liking. I was hoping he'd play a bigger role, but that would reduce from the feeling of terrified suspense, which I guess is what the makers were aiming for.
They also managed to shove in an anti-western, anti-corporate message that nobody asked for, possibly to please the same people that hated the movie anyway for its "xenophobia."
In summary, an above average experience, but nothing Earth shattering.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.0Dec 30, 2013I came with some very low expectations to this film, and was pleasantly surprised.
The humor is witty, nerdy, and smart; the plot is a lightI came with some very low expectations to this film, and was pleasantly surprised.
The humor is witty, nerdy, and smart; the plot is a light parody of the genre, as well as current trends among youth; and there's even a surprise cameo by a big star that the ladies can't seem to get enough of.
It was enjoyable all the way through.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.7Aug 19, 2013This film is a fairy-tale ripe with witches, princes, magic, and romance, which manages to capture a sense of wonder that is missing in soThis film is a fairy-tale ripe with witches, princes, magic, and romance, which manages to capture a sense of wonder that is missing in so many other fantasy movies. The characters, though not particularly deep, all possess consistent motives, which contribute naturally to the development of the intricate plot.
The overall tone, despite plenty of violent and cruel events, is lighthearted, and entertaining throughout the film, mostly thanks to superb acting by veterans like Michelle Pfeiffer.
Only the lead male character is lacking in presence, but that didn't detract much from my overall experience.… Expand