Movie Megamind 2010

Director: Tom McGrathWriters: Alan J. Schoolcraft, Brent Simons

Stars: Will Ferrell, Jonah Hill,Tina Fey and Brad Pitt

Synopsis: Megamind is the most brilliant super-villain the world has ever known… and the least successful. Over the years, he has tried to conquer Metro City in every imaginable way. Each attempt has been a colossal failure, thanks to the caped superhero known as “Metro Man,” until the day Megamind actually defeats him in the throes of one of his botched evil plans. Suddenly, the fate of Metro City is threatened when a new villain arrives and chaos runs rampant, leaving everyone to wonder: Can the world’s biggest “mind” actually be the one to save the day?

Review

Fun! Fun! Fun!

Fresh twist to such a movie! I absolutely loved it! I suppose any one around my generation too will love it because of the ‘spoofs’ of some old movies and songs.  Needless to say the kids loved it because of the storyline and quite nicely done CGI 3D animations though a little shy of a Pixar one. This is one movie I recommend for both kids and adults! It is about time again (after a long wait) they made an animated movie that shows that bad people may have started being bad due to circumstances or for whatever reasons, but they too can change and lead decent normal, happy productive lives when they care and do good for others.

Movie Ip Man2

Starring – Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Siu-Wong Fan,Sammo Hung Kam-Bo, Ka Tung Lam, Darren Shahlavi …

Plot: Centering on Ip Man’s migration to Hong Kong in 1949 as he attempts to propagate his discipline of Wing Chun martial arts.

Well unlike the first one, the fight sequences are very much different and perhaps even packs less of a punch.  However the overall storyline is still pretty good and Sammo Hung larger than life presence is as always welcomed.  Perhaps I was seated too close to the screen, hence most of the fist fighting was like a blur to me unlike the first one. In the first one, I could almost feel the blows! Blow by blow…

Life’s lessons on dignity, respect, honour, tolerance,charity and much more is nicely woven into the movie storyline just like in it’s predecessor.

If like me you rated the first one a 9 then you’ll probably rate this one a 7.5 which needless to say is still worth watching!

Movie Iron Man 2 (2010)

Starring: Robert Downey, Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson
Director: Jon Favreau

If you were expecting non-stop, comic book style fighting action then you’ll be utterly disappointed.  I on the other hand, loved their chosen route on character development and story telling.  It was akin to watching a Star Trek movie, where you have both the Science and human intricacies all woven in together.

We also get to see the highly talented Robert Downey expand on his brilliant scientist,playboy,suave billionaire, role as he explores the often dark side of human nature when faced with  the likelihood of an untimely death.  Even Gwyneth Paltrow was brilliant in her repressed role as Stark’s right-hand, nanny,love interest!

Don Cheadle is indeed a welcome replacement as Lt Col James Rhodes as he lends his character more than just credibility. And how can we ever forget the visually stunning Scarlett Johansson with her slick moves as Natasha Romanoff aka Natalie Rushman.  As for the villain in the movie, if they were going for a ‘never judge a book by it’s cover look’….well then Mickey Rourke nailed it! I mean a beefy, highly tattooed physicist?! Well then again this is a Character out of a comic book named Crimson Dynamo. 😆

Well this movie definitely gets two thumbs up from me!

Movie – The Bounty Hunter 2010

Starring: Gerard Butler, Jennifer Aniston, Christine Baranski, Jason Sudeikis
Director: Andy Tennant

Synopsis: Milo Boyd (Gerard Butler), a down-on-his-luck bounty hunter, gets his dream job when he is assigned to track down his bail-jumping ex-wife, reporter Nicole Hurly (Jennifer Aniston).

A Romantic Comedy without the comedy or romance! Arrgh!

After watching the movie The Ugly Truth, I was expecting to laugh as hard as I did in that one, but all I could manage was a grin and only because  the supporting casts had funnier lines.  What about the romance? Well Gerard and Jennifer’s chemistry in this movie can be described as trying to light a match in the rain. 

And of the two of them, I must say I am more disappointed with Jennifer Aniston as she comes across as lacking range and depth in both the comic and acting department.  Or was it just the script and overall storyline to be blamed instead?  Naw I believe it was the whole package!

So don’t waste your money or time watching it at the Cinemas, just wait for the DVD rental to be available or if you can wait even longer then, for it to be aired on Television.

Movie: Clash Of The Titans 2010

Starring: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton
Director: Louis Leterrier

Let’s me review this movie as I always have in plain simple English.  This movie left me wanting! My kids enjoyed it obviously for the polished over the top CGI mythical creatures but they too felt that the original 1981 version was scarier!  So doesn’t that say quite a fair bit?

Star studded it may be but rather jaded in my opinion, when such a talented casts is presented with a lacklustre script. And yes we all know that Perseus is different from humans in that he is a demigod, but does he really need to be so different that he speaks with a thick Australian accent? Couldn’t he (Sam) lose it like most of his fellow countrymen when they starred in leading roles in other Hollywood movies?  What about the Black Pegasus? I am fine with him being black, but why show the rest of this white brethren?  What is that suppose to convey? He is different from the rest? Duh! Brother of a different Mother? Ha ha!

Also WHY have a script at all? When you can have large scaled CGI creatures fill in the gaps at almost every turn! Was there a need for it to be in 3D?  *Sighs*  Thank goodness for the lovely Gemma Arterton and Alexa Davalos, these beauties did brighten up the otherwise dull sets.

*Takes a deep breath* Okay not all of it was negative, here are some of things I did like….

  • The grandeur of Mount Olympus
  • Some of the fight scenes
  • The lovely ladies mentioned above
  • Medusa, not as scary looking as the original but nicely done all the same

Yes there is much entertainment value, just don’t go watching it with high expectations!

Movie – How To Train Your Dragon

Starring: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, America Ferrera, Craig Ferguson
Director: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders

Synopsis: From the studio that brought you “Shrek,” “Madagascar” and “Kung Fu Panda” comes “How to Train Your Dragon.” Set in the mythical world of burly Vikings and wild dragons, and based on the book by Cressida Cowell, the action comedy tells the story of Hiccup, a Viking teenager who doesn’t exactly fit in with his tribe’s longstanding tradition of heroic dragon slayers. Hiccup’s world is turned upside down when he encounters a dragon that challenges he and his fellow Vikings to see the world from an entirely different point of view. –© Dreamworks

This has got to be one of Dreamworks’ finest movie done todate! Original and truly a treat for the whole family!  So what if the Vikings in this movie sound Scottish! And the kids in it have normal American accents.  It is an action adventure fantasy with a great storyline that you’re not likely to forget.

This movie in my opinion is way better than Alice in Wonderland and isn’t that saying it all!  I highly recommend this movie!


Movie – Alice In Wonderland 2010

Alice in Wonderland 

Starring: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham-Carter, Crispin Glover
Director: Tim Burton

 

Well the movie can’t go very wrong when the kids tell you after the movie that they loved it can it?  Well let me begin with what they did right….The Cheshire cat looked great compared to the one the creepy looking one I grew up watching and so did Twiddle Dum and Twiddle Dee.  In fact I loved practically all the colourful characters and costumes except the Mad Hatter himself.  Why? Because he looked more ghoulish then he did mad! And to worsen the situation, was Johnny Depp’s inaudible heavily accented dialogue!

No surprise that Tim Burton’s version would not include the fun memorable riddles such as “Which King Of England wore the largest shoes?”  However I must say the 3D sets and CGI is almost breathtaking and flawlessly sewn in well with the human characters.  Also in my opinion, the Red Queen was magnificently played by Helena Bonham-Carter.  No other character comes remotely close.

Overall I would rate it a 7 out of 10…and that is being generous!