Heh… I’ve been so lazy of late but anyways, here’s my first post ever in 2012 and of all things it’s a movie review. Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynold makes for a weird pairing on paper but I’m glad that I caught this one last weeked.
Safe House is all thrills & spills with a cast that does a great job of sucking you into a cloak & dagger world of the CIA. Ryan Reynolds makes for a great rookie CIA agent and you can’t help but like the fella in the role. Denzel as always is magnetic on screen as the rogue agent Tobin Frost.
Give this one a spin. You won’t regret it. Safe House gets an exciting 5 out of 5.
I didn’t expect a drama about cancer but that’s what I got in Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s new movie 50/50 with Seth Rogen.
If you’ve had a loved one who’s gone through cancer then I think you might wanna give this one a miss or bring along some tissues cos’ the movie has really moving moments in the character’s live as he battles a rare form of cancer in his back.
Cancer is a really awful disease and the toll it takes on both the patient and loved ones is immense. In a self-centred world movies like this are very much needed to help us have bigger hearts to love & care for those who are going through a lot.
I give 50/50 a decent 3 out of 5 because of the subject matter. It’s not one for the whole family but if you want something that’s different then catch this one cos’ it’s on it last legs on the Malaysian circuit.
Happy Feet Two
Happy Feet Two had its moments but story-wise it wasn’t as good as Puss in Boots. The penguins were super cute though and if you love music the movie had great takes on Queen tracks which music lovers would appreciate. The whole eco message and how all life is connected is much stronger in this one compared to the first.
I kinda disliked the whole Bill the Krill (voiced by Brad Pitt) thing that they had going cos’ it seemed like they were trying to emulate Skrat from the Ice Age movies. The character felt very contrived and odd.
Let’s cut to the chase. I give Happy Feet Two a Queen-rocking 3 out of 3 because they had Queen stuff in the movie. Heh.
Puss in Boots
Antonio Banderas is always cool and that thick accent definitely suits the character of Puss in Dreamworks’ new animated flick Puss in Boots. The Shrek take on fairy tale characters abound in here and there are genuinely funny moments that make Puss in Boots a great watch. Kids will love the colourful characters they’ll encounter throughout the story and adults will definitely enjoy the makers’ take on characters such as Humpty Dumpty, Jack & Jill and the legend of the Golden Goose.
I watched it in 2D but the movie seems like it might have some decent 3D effects in it but then again I think I’ve given up on 3D movies for now as it seems to be more a gimmick then something that truly gives you a wow experience.
I give Puss in Boots a meowing 4 out of 5.
The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn
I loved The Adventures of Tintin!!! I managed to catch a sneak preview during the Hari Raya Haji break and my family who caught it with me loved it too. There was adventure, thrills and laughs; all done in Spielberg-style. I don’t think I’ve read the actual comic book this was based on but I certainly enjoyed the movie just as it is.
Anyways, I won’t go into detail about the plot but I think it follows the comics quite faithfully. In any event I would definitely recommend Secret of the Unicorn to everyone.
The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn gets a woah-woah 5 out of 5.
What's Your Number?
Anna Faris got quite a few laughs out of me and even though the movie had a lot of sex and references it turned out to have a story that I connected with especially in Chris Evans’ character.
I really didn’t have any expectations for this one and it was a nice surprise to find that the movie had really good moments and some really, really good lines. Anna Faris is really funny and the chemistry between her & Chris Evans is tangible.
The movie made a lot of sense about love and you do get a glimpse at how the world views sex. I mean sure I think all of us want sex (or maybe it’s just me) but it just didn’t sit well with me to see how the characters treated it. Anyways, if you can look past that part of the movie; you’ll actually find a decent story with decent characters who are looking for acceptance and to be better.
I give “What’s Your Number” a 3.5 out of 5 for making me laugh and for reminding me that I don’t have to measure up if I am just me.
“In Time” turned out to be an interesting watch and the whole idea of people living on borrowed time made me think a fair bit about our mortality and how short life is. Conceptually the movie is really interesting but the plot drags on a fair bit and the movie could’ve used a few more snips in the editing room cos’ it clocks in at 1hr 51mins.
The romance between Justin Timberlake’s character Will Salas and Amanda Seyfried is somewhat contrived but nothing comes close to the flat romance between Anakin Skywalker & Padme Amidala… heh. Cillian Murphy deserves a special mention as the upright Time Keeper Raymond Leon and I think he’s one to look out for in future although the roles he gets cast for seem to be somewhat similar.
I give “In Time” a time-shortening 2 out of 5. If you’ve got nothing much better to do this weekend then give this one a spin. Justin Timberlake is somewhat cool and oh! Olivia Wilde makes a cameo in this one which made for a nice distraction. 🙂