Indiana Jones Review

I was very disappointed when I heard awhile ago that they were going to do another sequel to Indiana Jones. The trilogy was one of the better action movie series that came out of the 80s, and this seemed like a very cheap attempt at capitalizing on former popular movies, not unlike Rambo and Rocky which also needed to be left back in the 80s. Yet here we are with the 4th in the series, and despite despising the idea, I had to go and give them my money to warrant the movie in the first place.
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Iron Man

I went to see Iron Man yesterday, going in on a rather mixed note. My roommate had seen it at work, where they go see a movie once a month, and said that it was terrible. Yet I had high hopes on the other side as it looked amazing in the commercials and I loved Iron Man, who was one of my favorite if not the favorite Marvel character of mine. After all Iron Man was essentially Marvel’s answer to Batman. The guy with no super human abilities, except his extraordinary amounts of money and ingenuity. And Batman is like my favorite comic book hero.

So I went to watch it, and overall I have to disagree with my roommate. I thought it was pretty darn good. Was it the best super hero movie out there? By all means no. I think X-Men 1 & 2 were far better, as was Burton’s Batmans as well as Batman Forever. I did find this movie better than Spider-Man and The Hulk however, and X-Men 3 of course (which was just hideous), and certainly better than all those crap ones that people don’t even remember being made (like that newer Punisher movie). Daredevil I think is just below it, I know a lot of people didn’t like that movie but I think it was pretty good all the same.

My real big complain about Iron Man was that half the movie was Iron Man researching and building the various versions of the suit. It got really boring through much of the first half because of it. I also thought this idea of putting Stark in the terrorist hands at the beginning of the movie then going back in time to see how he got there and then going into it was counterproductive and out of place in the movie. I think the only reason they did it was because early tests of the original movie didn’t bring people into the movie fast enough so they decided to throw action into the first part even if it didn’t really fit. All it really did was made me confused for much of the first 20-30 minutes of the movie for no particular reason that I can summize.

Once you get past this stage, the movie got much better, but unfortunately this was too late in the movie. They did end well which I think is how you generally want to leave a story. But in essence you got like a 30-45 minute movie which is kind of sad. The animations were great, but most of it you had already seen in commercials. In fact I think 85% of the Iron Man shots had already been advertised, which shows you just how little Iron Man was actually IN the movie.

I must give props to the acting however. Jeff Bridges did a suitable job, nothing special, but boy did he look different. If you showed me a picture I wouldn’t be able to recognize him. Robert Downey, Jr. was phenomenal, the part was made for him. It was as if the cartoonists watched his acting 20-25 years ago when they first started imagining this character. It was uncanny. Paltrow did a suitable job as well, she did what she could with a part that was almost completely irrelevant to the movie, but the charm she brought to the part really did it justice.

Overall, I can’t give the movie higher than a B and it is bordering on B-. I did really enjoy the movie, but they really needed to speed up the pacing of the first half of the movie, have less convulited scenes and they were a little too over the top in some of the dialog (the line from Stark saying “they say the best weapon is one that doesn’t need to be fired, I respectfully disagree” or whatever that is always on the Iron Man game commercials has to be one of the worst lines of the movie, and really cheesy but there were a lot of such cheesy lines that we could have really done without).

Minor props on a sidenote is the Star Wars reference in there. I am not a huge Star Wars fan, but I found it to be funny as hell… far more funny than many of the jokes in the movie.

Nim’s Island

I saw Nim’s Island over the weekend, and obviously this movie wasn’t going to be one of the better movies of the year being a children’s movie, but I thought I’d give it a little review anyway.

The movie itself really felt like a modern re-imagining of Swiss Family Robinson with a family who lived on a deserted island in the South Pacific that wanted to be left alone and didn’t want others to taint the island. The island was complete with a nifty little tree house (at least part of it was in the tree and no where near as good as the one in SFR), and invaders from a cruise ship named the “Buccaneer” and animals that the girl talked and played with.

Jodie Foster played the role of an adventure writer which brought an often humorous aspect of the movie, but in the end turned out to be rather pointless. She spent the entire movie getting the courage to make it to the island to help Nim, only to get there the night before her dad returned. I think her part was really necessary only because the other storyline was fairly thin in content…

Overall, i did like the movie. I thought it did a great job of bringing out the imagination of children and adults alike. In the end, I do believe this was the point as using your imagination was a strong theme throughout the movie. Nim was constantly in an imaginary world thinking of what it would be like to be in this book that Alex Rover wrote, and Alex herself was also constantly imagining the world itself as well as her fictional character whom she talked to throughout the movie. It really sparked something in both me and my daughter who saw it that I really do think it was worth watching for just that reason alone. On that end I think it copied Swiss Family Robinson really well, a movie that did the same exact thing when I was a child.

Horton

I saw “Horton Hears a Who” this weekend. I was really excited about it because I love Dr. Seuss and it looked great. After seeing it I gotta say, it was. I really loved it, I think it kept fairly true to Seuss, though I haven’t read this particular book, the movie made me want to. Continue reading “Horton”

Juno Reaction

I went and saw Juno in the theater finally. This is probably a good time to say that while I’ve previously given a fairly bad review of Sundance, when given a choice between Sundance and other local theaters (as Juno was) we have chosen to visit Sundance largely because it is a nicer place than the often trashy and gaudy theaters that usually are around, have fewer commercials, and has way better popcorn. Though think they stopped making my danishes which sucks because I loved em. Maybe the sort of high price isn’t that horrible, and lately they’ve taken 2 more mainstream movies in a time, though largely still artsy in spirit movies, to give them more solid movies always in the theaters.

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