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I enjoyed this far more than I expected. It's far superior to the Sam Raimi films in every aspect. It has a couple of weak points, the Lizard FX are fairly inconsistent in terms of quality and there's a few moments that are a little too over the top. But all in all it's an enjoyable movie and a must see for comic book fans.
Utterly disrespectful premise, executed with all the subtlety of a bear in an office cubicle. Acting is abysmal, camera work is shaking, editing is slow often lingering on things like closing doors and random trees for just that touch too long. There's nothing new about it, and everything had been done and done better by other movies. Avoid!
I had no idea what to expect going into this. Was totally surprised by the Méliès link. It's a nice looking film for the most part, but some of the more grand shots are obviously cheated with CGI, which is unfortunate and surprising for Marty. Both child actors do great jobs in this.
A really good action flick this. I've enjoyed all the Mission: Impossible series so it's no surprise I enjoyed this, despite Cruise grinning like an idiot most of the time. Renner was a good addition to the team.
Enjoyed this a lot, but I loved the first one too. I think there's a bit too much slow motion in this one, so I think that drops it slightly below the first, but only slightly.
BORING. I was so bored during this movie, I never felt for any of the characters and certainly never felt the feeling of dread I think the movie was aiming for. Unless you have an interest in the science in this movie, don't waste your time.
It's a nice feel good film. I was never much of a Muppets fan but I enjoy the movie. The songs were catchy and it had plenty of laugh out loud moments.
It starts off pretty slow and never really gets beyond being mediocre. There's much worse films to watch but this isn't exactly going to have you laughing for any length of time.
This is a proper fun movie. I personally think it's better than all but the first Shrek movie and really does stand on it's own. The 3D is fairly well utilised throughout. Humpty Dumpty is pretty freaky looking though.
I thought this was excellent. I love hockey so this was a must see for me. Sean William Scott puts in a great performance and it's hard not to feel bad for him. I think a lot of people might go into this expecting full on slap stick comedy ala Dodgeball but this movie is far more than that. It proves Scott can act and also proves the Canadian accent is hilarious.
I enjoyed this. It's not a monster movie as some critics have suggested. It's a survival movie. It's quite bleak but that's the intention. I thought Neeson was solid and the other actors do their jobs well despite not exactly being even b-listers.
So it's getting critically panned. You know what I say to that?
Fuck the critics.
I loved this movie. I went in wanting to like it, hoping it would live up to my expectations as I waited a long time for it, and it totally surpassed them and blew me away.
I'll put this in perspective for you. I know this wont win me any popularity contests but I'm a Michael Bay fan. I'm an action fan. I don't mind if action films are big and dumb sometimes. I jump on for the ride and let it take me away. And this is what I did with Battle:LA.
It's most definitely a war film before it's a sci-fi film. I'm not a soldier so I wouldn't know how well the marines in the movie are depicted but it totally worked for me. There's not a whole lot of character development but there's enough to let you know who everyone is, and for me, to like the characters.
It pulls a bit of a Skyline unfortunately at the start. It begins with the Marines heading into battle for a minute or two. But then shifts back to before it happened for maybe 15 minutes of build up. I hated it in Skyline but it's not as bad here.
As for the complaints the critics have been leveling at it. I thought the acting was completely fine. Certainly wasn't a moment where I thought something didn't work. The dialogue does have a few moments that are a bit cliched but come on, it's a big popcorn action movie. Back in the 80s movies were built on cliche, don't see what peoples problems with it now are.
One thing I feel I should address is the shakey cam and the editing (oops that's two things). A lot of this movie is shot handheld. And while at first that might sound horrible, actually for the most part it's very restrained. There are one or two times when it doesn't work, but they're rare. As for the editing I thought it did a perfect job of letting you know what was going on and where everyone was etc. Obviously when there's intense firefights going down the editing gets quicker but it's not at Bay's level.
The visual FX are very strong throughout the film. Again there's rarely a moment that it doesn't work or takes you out of the movie. The aliens looked pretty cool I think, though you never really get a lingering look at one of them. It's great to see them operate like a proper military. Makes them much more threatening.
For me the film feels like a more restrained Bay film. There's plenty of epic sequences and yeah it might be a bit low on characterisation but I totally got drawn into the events of the movie and was actively rooting for the Marines come the end of the movie.
One thing I haven't heard anyone talk about is the score. Now I've had the score for a couple of weeks now and I loved it before I saw how it worked in the movie and I think it's one of those instances where the music makes the movie even better. Reminds me a lot of John Murphy's work (28 Days/Weeks Later, Sunshine, Kick-ass). I think it adds plenty to the visuals.
I can totally see how this movie wouldn't be everyones cup of tea. But it's the perfect movie for me. Action, Sci Fi, Epic Scale. I loved it, couldn't ask for more. I hope others get the same out of it as I did.
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