So here we are it’s the end of August 2014, how was your summer? I know, it sucks.
Well, I think movie wise, it wasn’t as bad as people made it out to be. Yes, it only had a few highly anticipated movies BUT if it did have a ton of sequels and franchises, we’d be bitching about a ton of sequel and franchise movies. That said here’s my snapshot of The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly:
It certainly had it’s logic issues, boring characters and is anyone else a bit tired of Bryan Cranston?, but overall a solid big budget Godzilla movie. Which, included some standout scenes like the trestle scene and a wonderful finale in San Francisco. I wish Gareth Edwards was allowed to flex a bit of his character development muscle he showed in ‘Monsters’ but he still managed to deliver one of the best giant monster movies of the decade.
X-Men: Days of Future Past
I thought Bryan Singer’s return to the X-Men show was terrific. I was hoping for a little more X-Men in the future and, yet again, Storm is reduced to just rolling her yes white but the 70s story was engaging and fun. The acting was particularly good from McAvoy and Fassbender. Plus mystique gets her best screen time in the entire series and, I still insist, Hugh Jackman is just now becoming a perfect fit as Logan. Dramatic, funny and setting the bar for the story. Plot holes be damned, this was a great movie.
Guardians of the Galaxy
I think this movie has the danger of being too hyped, since the story is pretty typical for a comic book movie, BUT James Gunn’s emphasis on character and humor, often very neglected areas in summer movies, was very well done. Plus the effects were fantastic and fitting. (Unlike Thor) and the concept has milage for future installments. I don’t wanna huff and puff this movie too much, since the rest of the web already is but I did enjoy it from beginning to end. Best movie of the summer.
Yes, Hercules. This movie was being dumped on before even being seen. Fanboys hate the Ratner so this movie was DOA when it landed. Yet I thought it was silly popcorn fun that didn’t take itself too seriously. It was what Scorpion King wanted to be, a modern Beastmaster and Hercules is exactly that. Fun!
Yes, it’s just another giant Baygasim for 3 hours. But it did deliver what I love about his films: amazing stunts, huge set pieces and terrific 3D. The CGI is still dodgy and his omission of even just general logic deserves the blasting it gets from critics but I enjoyed it for what it was. Plus after 3 movies, you only have yourself to blame if you hated it.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
I’m glad they’re fully committed to making movies just for kids with ADD but i seriously can’t remember this movie. I laughed at some jokes and I didn’t hate the CGI or even Megan Fox but that cliche plot and hyper hyper editing did zero favors for this movie. That said I still did enjoy it but in that guilty pleasure kinda way. Let’s just say I wore my 3D glasses all the way to the parking lot so no one would see me. …You know who would have directed the shit our of this movie? Eli Roth. I shit you not. He knows potty humor, building tension and getting the most out of FX. Heads up Mr. Bay, he needs the work too.
Great idea with the perfect casting and yet they just had to muddle it up with pedestrian storytelling and very dodgy CGI. If you can imagine Tim Burton phoning it in, even more than usual, then you get Maleficent. Which is too bad it came perilously close to having some good moments and revealing Jolie as more than just her icy persona.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Technically a very good movie with some astounding CGI performances but, sigh, it just kinda bored me. the build to the climax of the movie was just so typical. Some people are bad, some are good, mistakes can seem villainous but are often just misconceptions and blah blah. If they didn’t lean so much on the preach and had more Gary Oldman it would’ve been elevated to great.
Edge of Tomorrow
Mr. Cruise may be a falling star but his decisions to get behind interesting movies is still a good quality in his pocket. Plus it features the very very underrated Emily Blunt. Frankly, the time twisting concept was much easier to swallow here than Inception and proof that a strange boundary pushing plot does have it’s place in Hollywood. That said, despite its plot twisting concept, I still felt the movie was pretty predictable. Once the we figured out the main force behind the time wrinkle it all fell into genre cliché and the last 30 minutes was rather run of the mill. I’ve gone back and forth on this but I’d have to say there’s nothing here that makes me really love this movie. Except Emily of course.
Major disappointment. What do you love most about the Expendables? Now take that out and fill the middle of the movie with boring characters you don’t want to route for. Plus they missed an opportunity to flesh out the Expendables history and even offer some redemption. Oh well, why go out with a bang when you can go out with a whimper.
Atlas shrugged for liberals (and I am a liberal), an anti-elite nonsense fable for drum beating hippies to watch and drink the “fuck da man” cool aide to. Brazil for dummies. I anticipated every frame of that movie and nothing surprised or interested me. Hey, guys, don’t make me rally for the capitalist pigs with whiny dystopian nonsense but that’s exactly what Snowpiercer does. I wanted the Train to crash and the polar bears to eat anyone alive.