Ridley Scott’s return to the world he created in Alien is a decent one. It’s a compelling watch but in typical Alien-fashion you can’t help but know that the entire cast is marching inexorably towards certain doom.
The biggest problem I have with Prometheus is the fact that the entire mystery of the xenomorphs gets dissipated at the end of the film. Also there are quite a few holes in the plot that doesn’t quite add up and the question of the origin of man that figures as one of the themes doesn’t quite work as well as it should.
The cast deserves a special mention especially Michael Fassbender who plays the synth David 8 and even though she doesn’t make quite as big a role as she did in Snow White and the Huntsman, it’s nice to see Charlize Theron making a come back.
Po the Panda kicks Professor Charles Xavier’s band of merry mutants a notch this summer. I caught both X-Men: First Class and Kung Fu Panda 2 this week and I really liked the latter a whole lot more. Both movies were decent but Kung Fu Panda 2 was a whole lot more entertaining and left me in stitches last Tuesday.
Jack Black’s a hoot as Po and the makers have really outdone themselves. Kung Fu Panda was good but the sequel is way better. It has the 3 things that I always look for in most of the movies that make the cut:
It was funny.
It had some life lessons.
It had great characters.
I give a hilarious 5 out of 5 to Kung Fu Panda 2 and I think it’d be great in 3D. Maybe I’ll go catch it again if I have some spare time or if I have friends who haven’t yet seen it to go with.
X-Men: First Class
X-Men: First Class is a decent watch. Michael Fassbender as expected was excellent in the role of Magneto and the movie does serve as a lead up to the older X-Men movies; which isn’t a surprise seeing as how Bryan Singer had a part to play in the making of this movie. James McAvoy on the other hand wasn’t that great as a much younger Professor X but then again that’s probably me having a different vision of Xavier from the comic books.
The Cuban Missile Crisis would have made for a great story but somehow the plot failed to deliver. Thankfully January Jones serves as great eye candy as the super sexy Emma Frost (whom I really love in her current comic book incarnation).
January Jones as Emma Frost
X-Men: First Class would kinda disappoint fans of the comic books but then again I’ve got Iron Man as the standard bearer when it comes to comic book flicks. I give X-Men: First Class a so-so 3 out of 5.
As a huge fan of the X-Men and having grown up with them as a teen I am pretty stoked with the upcoming X-Men: First Class movie. Hopefully it’d be a return to form for the franchise as the last 2 movies were pretty crappy. X-Men United was a total waste of time and the same goes for Wolverine: Origins. The Cuban Missile Crisis, JFK and mutants.
What else can we look forward to in the new movie? A young Magneto is worth a visit and featuring him makes the movie a whole lot more interesting. Hopefully the makers would do justice in portraying Xavier’s complex relationship with the his friend & foe. Michael Fassbender certainly looks the part so here’s hoping that he’ll be able to pull it off. I’ve gained a greater respect for the character since my recent acquisition of Magneto Testament and it’d be a blast to see the Master of Magnetism on the side of the angels this time around.