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JUMP, VIRGINIA, JUMP!

JOHN CARTER
– 4 out of 5 stars 

Well, it took quite a while for me to find a poster that featured Taylor Kitsch’s amazing abs. So let your eyes savour it!

Based on The Princess of Mars books by Edgar Rice Burroughs, it tells the story of how John Carter, a civil war survivor who gets transported into Mars, otherwise known to the natives as Barsoom. Little did he know that he just fled from one war to another. Warring tribes are fighting for control over Barsoom.

Wow this is a really good adventure movie. Even if it’s based on material way older than the generation now, I thought the magic was there. The characters are real and the good ones fight with integrity and honour. There’s humour and there’s romance too.You really want to root for John Carter as he fights off those blue-blooded alien lifeforms and help Helium and the Tharks stop Zodanga. Like Tars Tarkas, you can’t help but be amazed each time John Carter leaps into the air. And Woola, his alien pet, is really cute too. He really displays all the good qualities of a dog. He gets the award for cutest alien.

And how amazing is Taylor Kitsch?! Too bad he cut his signature locks after this movie, but his eyes convey so much more. But his hair matters. Lynn Collins doesn’t only look pretty, she fights well too. Coincidentally, they were both in X-Men Origins: Wolverine as Gambit and Silverfox. Plus, the actor Daryl Sabara who plays John Carter’s nephew, Ned, is Juni from the Spy Kids movies! How has he grown!

But according to this article, the plans for a sequel is zilch and it’s such a pity because it has been such a long time since I have truly enjoyed a movie, its story and its characters so much. Your loss, Disney.

EVERYBODY LOVES MARSHMALLOWS

DR. SEUSS’ THE LORAX
– 3 out of 5 stars

Based on the children’s book by Dr. Seuss, the movie tells a cautionary tale about the harmful effects on the environment when trees are cut down excessively.

In this colourful version, trees are represented by Truffula trees – tall, thin trunks with fluff on the top – and evil corporations by The Once-ler (Ed Helms), who chops downs these trees to make Thneed, his multi-purpose invention that takes Thneedville by storm and ultimately destroys the Truffula forests. After years of artificial air, hope comes in the form of Ted (Zac Efron) who wants to find a real tree to impress the girl of his dreams, Audrey (Taylor Swift).

I didn’t know Zac Efron sounded so much like a little boy – he sounds so excited all the time! I wasn’t aware that Ed Helms would be inside. But his voice was really recognizable especially when he started singing. The Nard-dog would be proud. The forest animals are super cute too – that baby bear! But seriously, I didn’t expect it to be a save-your-environment message kind of movie but I guess the children nowadays need it because they lead a relatively extravagant lifestyle and are mostly spoilt brats. Fact.

SPY VS. SPY VS. SPY

TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY
– 4 and a half out of 5 stars

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH! TOM HARDY! GARY OLDMAN! COLIN FIRTH!

Alright, I’m done with my screaming. This is such so British I love it!

Gary Oldman plays George Smiley, a retired MI6 agent who’s been tasked to find a mole among them. He engages the help of Peter Guillam (Cumberbatch) to finish what his old friend left behind – clues to the mole. Things get even more complicated after Ricki Tarr (Hardy) barely returns from his mission.

Actually, I have no idea how to describe the story to you all but it’s definitely intriguing. It’s set in the 1970s, meaning that the spy techniques used are really  old school – tapes, recordings from bugs hidden in lamps, undercover spies who are in danger of dying and getting tortured. Plus, it’s British!

The acting is real good – Gary Oldman barely speaks or smiles and yet his face says a thousand words. One of the sadder scenes was when Guillam sent away his partner after Smiley told him clear his unfinished business. And I gotta tell you, be prepared to see grown men cry.

WILL HE JUMP?

MAN ON A LEDGE
– 4 out of 5 stars

Surprisingly, I really liked this so much so I was smiling when I came out of the cinema. I guess I just like it when the trailers doesn’t reveal too much about the movie – in a good way.

It’s all about Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington), who climbs onto the ledge of the top floor of the Roosevelt Hotel and literally stops traffic and gathers an audience in midtown Manhattan. He demands Lydia Mercer (Elizabeth Banks) as his negotiator to claim his innocence as his criminal past catches up.

Wow. I felt the movie was well-paced and there were enough OMG moments to make your heart skip a beat. That stupid helicopter!!! Jamie Bell and Genesis Rodriguez are probably the hottest heist couple ever. Those passers-by were entertaining too – egging Cassidy to jump, jeering when he almost fell off the ledge and this homeless-looking guy who shares the sentiment that it is always the average guy who gets implicated, while the rich guys get away with everything. Go homeless-looking man!

The climax at the rooftop scene could probably tell you how it ends and you’d be forced to agree with the homeless-looking man. Unless you watch the movie, you would never know.

THE BRIT AND THE ONE WITH SMALL HANDS

THIS MEANS WAR
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars

This was seriously one of the funniest movie I’ve seen this year.

Sure, the premise was done many times before – two guys fighting over one lady. But when these two guys are spies and have the skill and equipment to outwit and outplay each other, it is good fun to watch.

The funniest scene would be when FDR (Chris Pine) tried to impress Lauren (Reese Witherspoon) with his knowledge of art and Tuck (Tom Hardy) feeds his fake information through his earpiece. It was really ROFL.

However, you’ll realize that in the end, FDR and Tuck are made for each other! The way they look at each other, the way they rely on each other during their missions – that is true bromance in action!

CREATING YOUR OWN PARADISE

THE DESCENDANTS
– 4 out of 5 stars

George Clooney plays Matt King, a man whose wife slips into a coma after a boating accident. He has to care for their two daughters and the fact that his wife was having an affair before the accident. He sets on a trip to look for his wife’s lover while trying to understand his daughters better.

Matt King: My friends think, just because we live in Hawaii, we live in paradise. We’re all just out here sipping Mai Tais, shaking our hips and catching waves. Are they insane? Do they think we’re immune to life? How can they possibly think our families are less screwed up, our cancers less fatal, our heartaches less painful? Hell, I haven’t been on a surfboard in 15 years. For the last 23 days I’ve been living in a paradise of IVs, urine bags, and trachea tubes. Paradise? Paradise can go fuck itself.  

So, George Clooney in printed shirts and bermudas? Even better, watch how he runs. Anyway, it was more of a story of how father and rebellious teenage daughter bond over catching the wife/mother’s lover, which I think was pretty good for building father-daughter relationships because the way they acted on that porch against the wife/mother’s lover was amazing. So much rapport between father and daughter!

And Clooney’s transformation from angry husband to loving husband was a healing and touching process. It was probably spurned by the visit of the lover’s spouse but still, affairs aren’t an easy to thing to forgive, especially when the one who had it is unconscious.

EVEN GREAT MEN CAN BE CORRUPTED

J. EDGAR
– 4 out of 5 stars

Leonardo DiCaprio plays the lead, J. Edgar Hoover, in this biopic about the FBI director, how he rose to power and his personal, allegedly closeted life.

OMG. Leo and Armie! First of all, I have got to say that the makeup team that was responsible for Leo’s, Armie Hammer’s and Naomi Watts’ ageing were really good. I mean, even the whites in their eyes looked yellow and possibly filled with cataracts. And it was much more creepier seeing Armie Hammer old because he was balding much more than the old Leo.

The most prominent case on this movie is the Lindberg kidnapping and it told of how Hoover kept track of the serial numbers on the ransom money, hired experts on handwriting and wood – evidence from the case that would lead him to the kidnapper that went scotfree for two years. Seeing as how this takes place in the early 1900s, it was like CSI for the early ages.

Leo’s acting was powerful and convincing as usual, too bad he wasn’t nominated for an Oscar. There were quite a number of familiar faces too – Ed Westwick (!), Josh Lucas and Jeffrey Donovan (Burn Notice).