The Host (2006)

The Host Movie Review

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The Host Movie Review

The Host is a 2006 South Korean horror film directed by Bong Joon-ho and starring Song Kang-ho. It is a competent, yet somewhat overrated horror flick.

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You are dimwits, right to the end.

I’ll see you in hell

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The Host Movie Review

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So basically the film is about an aquatic mutagen monster that starts attacking humans and not only killing them, but also spreading a virus that affects humans. The protagonist needs to save his daughter that was dragged into the sewers by the creature. That is the plot here and it’s definitely your typical monster flick, but done surprisingly well, I gotta admit.

It is competent in its action and effects. Yes, the creature isn’t great looking for today’s audience, but back in 2006 it was definitely terrific. The action is very well executed and every attack is well filmed and I really liked those scenes. The creature was so well utilized and although the film is never scary, it utilizes on its monster and setting really well.

But on the other hand, The Host doesn’t really have a lot going for it thematically speaking and in terms of the message. It is an emotional film at times and its characters and relationships are well established, but I never really got why the critics love it so much and praise it when it isn’t deep at all. Its criticism of America was on-point and I guess it realistically portrays paranoia and what would happen during an epidemic and catastrophe, but it doesn’t have anything else going for it.

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The Host Movie Review

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I liked the protagonist and you can see why Song Kang-ha is famous in South Korea as he really is excellent here and killed it in a difficult role. Others are very forgettable in comparison to him. The movie’s humor is your typical kind of Asian humor that sometimes hit but at times missed the target. But I do respect The Host for featuring a diverse tone.

The score is forgettable, but the cinematography is very good and the film is very well directed and made overall. It has a bunch of memorable action scenes, but I wanted more dramatic elements and the film isn’t really original in any way. So it is a good film, but far from great.

The Host is a good film that features solid characters, a very good performance from Song Kang-ho, great direction from Bong Joon-ho, well utilized setting and creature and stellar action/horror sequences, but it isn’t really original or thematically deep in any way and it is frankly a bit overrated.

My Rating – 4

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Home on the Range (2004)

Home on the Range Movie Review

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Home on the Range Movie Review

Home on the Range is a 2004 animated musical western comedy film which is the 45th Disney animated feature film and one of their weakest.

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Call me crazy, but I think these cows got it in for me!

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Home on the Range Movie Review

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This is one of those films that are perfect for kids and I could see myself loving it as a child. I do think that kids should see it regardless what adults think and yes, adults are harsh to it. A bit too harsh if you ask me. Yes, it is one of the worst films to come from Disney Animation Studios, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad as even the weakest Disney flicks are passable and okay as is the case with this one too.

The film is a comedy for sure and it is a musical owing to an abundance of songs, but more importantly it is a western film and that is rare for animation which is why I loved those elements here. ‘Spirit’ from DreamWorks is certainly an infinitely better western film, but this one manages to recreate the 1890s period really well thanks to solid imagery and good southern accents.

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Home on the Range Movie Review

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The plot itself certainly takes the backseat to all of the action which is a big problem but it has its moments such as a memorable villain, somewhat well executed last chase and a wonderful ending that is emotionally resonant and sweet. But yes, the film is way too short in its running time to be having this much action in it.

Home on the Range features solid characters in my opinion. Not the greatest, but not bad either. I really liked the dynamic between the three cows and they serve as solid protagonists. Grace is somewhat typical, but Mrs. Caloway is charming and Maggie is quite good, though over-the-top at times. The relationship between the two is the strongest in the film and the casting of Judi Dench and Roseanne Barr certainly helped the movie a lot as they’re great.

Buck is annoying, I have to say. He is one of those sidekicks that only kids could like and to the rest of us, he is actually a waste of time here. Lucky Jack also wasn’t all that memorable and those two henchmen had some good moments, but were ultimately 101 Disney henchmen a bit too much. But I have to say that I really like Alameda Slim. He is a good mix of competent and goofy villain and I loved his singing and that it was used as a weapon. That needed to happen at some point in all these Disney musicals.

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Home on the Range Movie Review

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Home on the Range has one of the worst animations ever for Disney. I really did not care for it and it brought the whole movie down significantly. It does have some good details and, as I said, the period is recreated rather well, but the only standout scene is the villain song and the rest are forgettable and actually kind of cheap. Not only does the whole movie look too garish in its colors, but also quite unappealing in its characters as their angular designs are rather off-putting. That is something that ‘Hercules’ did well, but this one fails in my opinion.

Easily the standout aspect of the entire film is its soundtrack and the only truly good thing about it. I really liked it and these songs are very underrated in my opinion as they are not only a lot of fun, but refreshingly different in their country genre and fitting to the tone and setting of the film.

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Home on the Range Movie Review

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The titular opening number is actually incredibly entertaining and a good opening for a western film, very fitting to its style and I always say that I love when these films pay attention to its time period and setting which this one did tremendously. Will the Sun Ever Shine Again is very much the same case as with No Way Out from ‘Brother Bear’. It is just not needed as we can see the emotions ourselves and we don’t need the song to spell it out for us. Certainly the weakest song here.

Little Patch of Heaven is so good. Again very fitting in style, so well sung and with fine and charming descriptive lyrics, it succeeds as a very endearing and catchy country song and a very good theme for the entire film. Of course the highlight is Yodel-Adle-Eedle-Idle-Oo. I love this song so much and it is one of the best from Disney’s Second Dark Age. As I said above, it is a very effective scene for our villain and the greatest moment in the entire film, but I just love yodeling so I naturally loved this song as well. Again fitting to the film, it has good lyrics and the tune is just so damn catchy and the visuals are so psychedelic that you gotta love it.

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Home on the Range Movie Review

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Home on the Range is definitely too short and actually not all that engaging for that short a running time which is a big problem. The direction is quite weak but at least the performances are good. The dialogue is nothing to write home about too. In the end, it is in my opinion the ‘Oliver & Company’ from the 2000s – a Disney flick which is fun and with a great soundtrack, but so weak in almost every other way that it’s one of the company’s worst movies.

Home on the Range is definitely one of Disney’s weakest films owing to a standard plot, way too much action for its short running time, forgettable supporting characters and garish animation with unappealing character designs. But it is still not a bad movie as it is very good for kids owing to its cartoony and goofy approach, it has good performances and fine protagonists plus its country soundtrack is a lot of fun and quite underrated in its own right.

My Rating – 3

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War of the Worlds (2005)

War of the Worlds Movie Review

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War of the Worlds Movie Review

War of the Worlds is a 2005 science fiction film directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning. It is a pretty weak, troublesome remake.

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Lightning never strikes in the same place twice

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War of the Worlds Movie Review

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It is a remake of the eponymous 1953 film and is in my opinion so much weaker in comparison. It has not a single ounce of fun and wonder that the original possessed. It is a pretty dark in tone, sluggish in pace and ultimately uninvolving movie that is one of the director’s weakest efforts.

Now I get what Steven Spielberg was trying to do with this movie. He was basically making a family drama film and the alien invasion is just the backdrop to that emotional, character-driven drama. But in my opinion that concept is not great in this example as he thus managed to make a War of the Worlds film that isn’t really a War of the Worlds movie. He could have taken any other catastrophe and it would have been better that way. There was no need to take the source material of this caliber and not use it to the fullest degree.

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War of the Worlds Movie Review

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So that is the problem of this movie in a nutshell. It tries to be two things – an alien invasion sci-fi film and a moving family drama, but fails at both of those fronts as both parts are lacking tremendously. We get to see the alien ship near the end and that was interesting, but other than that, the entire first half almost seemed like a different movie how much it strayed from science fiction and when it got to aliens, it mostly copied the original in those scenes.

But why does it fail as a family drama? Well, it does succeed to a degree in it as it has some nice scenes and solid characterization, but the character development needed to have been exceptional to sell this premise and it just isn’t plus the emotionally resonant scenes come too few and far in between.

Tom Cruise is reliably good as Ray and he definitely is the best part of this film, both the actor and the character and his journey. Rachel is cute but forgettable and Robbie is your typical teenager who is just there to represent teenage angst. These are fine characters, but far from great and sometimes they weren’t particularly interesting to follow and the movie did not make me invested in them enough to care.

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War of the Worlds Movie Review

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War of the Worlds has solid special effects, but overly abundant action sequences which are solidly executed, but take away too much of the runtime. The movie definitely features a very weird pacing. The direction and acting are solid, but the cinematography is awful. It features such terrible retro color palette that feels grainy and overly dark to the point that it made the entire movie less exciting. So it started off strongly and it has its moments, but this is mostly a weak remake that fails to improve upon the already flawed original.

The 2005 version of War of the Worlds is a weak remake that is so much inferior to the original 1953 film. I get what Spielberg was trying to do here and the movie has its moments, but it rarely succeeds as an alien invasion film or as a family drama as it does not contain enough sci-fi thrills and the family drama is not deep enough to carry it through. Its color palette is also pretty hideous and it hurt the movie tremendously.

My Rating – 3

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Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)

Hellboy II: The Golden Army Movie Review

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Hellboy II: The Golden Army Movie Review

Hellboy II: The Golden Army is a 2008 fantasy superhero film directed by Guillermo del Toro and starring Ron Perlman. It is a satisfactory, improved sequel.

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We die and the world will be poorer for it

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Hellboy II: The Golden Army Movie Review

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Yes, I have to say that I liked this film much more than I liked its predecessor which was just an okay movie for me, but this one was quite solid although still far from the director’s best works. The reason why I liked it is because it is much lighter and less serious in tone and because it is basically a fantasy film in tone and setting.

It is a fun film which features a bunch of memorable set pieces. The visual effects are more than stellar and I agree with critics that the mix of old and new in their execution is actually quite interesting and pleasing. The score is forgettable, but del Toro’s direction is good and the film is visually dazzling enough to compensate for its many flaws.

One of Hellboy II’s flaws is naturally the character development. The acting is definitely very solid, but the characters are once again highly forgettable and overly abundant. Hellboy himself has some good moments, the rage parts being the best, but I thought that the rest of the characters never really got enough to do and some, such as Jeffrey Tambor’s character, were really shortened this time around.

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Hellboy II: The Golden Army Movie Review

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Hellboy II also features very odd pacing. I found the action scenes overwhelming and I was bored with them and I liked the fantastical parts much more as those were filled with fascinating creatures and highly memorable set pieces. But the first act was dull and the second act had its problems. The third is definitely the best part of the entire film as it is much more entertaining and memorable than the rest of the film.

It is weird but I would say it is almost too much taken from the comics. The style is great, but sometimes both of the films were even too stylish and although some scenes are pleasantly mysterious with great world building, they were offset by too much action in other scenes.

Hellboy II: The Golden Army still has overwhelming action and pretty weak character development, but it is ultimately an improvement over the original with a much more entertaining plot with a good fantasy angle to it and a lot of great set pieces, interesting creatures and great visuals.

My Rating – 3.5

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The Man from Earth (2007)

The Man from Earth Movie Review

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The Man from Earth Movie Review

The Man from Earth is a 2007 indie science fiction drama film directed by Richard Schenkman. It is one of the most shamefully underappreciated and unknown films I’ve watched.

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What if a man from the Upper Paleolithic had survived until the present day?

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The Man from Earth Movie Review

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The film consists almost entirely of one giant conversation between a 14.000 year old man and his friends. He tells his secret and we follow their discussions and various reactions. I love these kinds of films where the conversations are the name of the game and this movie gave me just that. The discussion is thorough and scientific, but just smart enough that anyone who has at least some general knowledge can follow and understand it. And that was so great about this movie which puts it leagues above the pretentiousness of ‘Primer’.

I loved the structure of the film so much. I loved the setting and how they sat around the fire and talked and of course the ending was really good. To me it ended in probably the most satisfactory manner possible as he lied that it was a lie, they dispersed and said goodbye and only Sandy knows the truth. Will overhears them and upon realizing  that John is his father, dies of a heart attack. That was tragic, but the two going on a road together was still a happy, though ambiguous ending which I really liked.

Of course its religious aspect is the most interesting thing about it and the twist about his background was really well handled and that scene was very dramatic and even disturbing in a way. I personally loved it, but I am an agnostic atheist and I can definitely see a devout Christian hating this movie. But to me the movie was so great as it gave us all types of conversations by having a biologist, a Christian, an anthropologist and a historian all in one room discussing it.

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The Man from Earth Movie Review

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As for the characters, John is great and you can definitely sense something is off and weird with him. His sense of wisdom and yet him being just regularly smart and not an all-knowing individual was a great decision to portray him. I don’t know about him being able to die as it was unbelievable to me that someone could survive thousands of years without ever dying.

There are only two problems in The Man from Earth and that is why it’s not perfect. Some of the score was great, but some of it was not well incorporated into the movie. The acting was mostly good, but some of the performances were certainly amateurish. Tony Todd and Ellen Crawford definitely gave the best performances here.

And the female characters are not the greatest and I wished to have seen at least one woman of science here. But I did like his girlfriend Sandy and Edith is a very good character and her scenes were some of the most emotional and powerful in the movie. And Tony Todd’s very likable and wise Dan was definitely one of my favorites.

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The Man from Earth Movie Review

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So The Man from Earth is the definition of a highly satisfactory indie flick and an immensely underrated sci-fi film. It is in my opinion one of the better, if not the best genre films and the fact that it is not on any of those top lists is very troublesome to me. It is such a surprising movie that thoroughly engaged me on an intellectual and even at times emotional level and it is one of the smartest and most original films I’ve seen in quite some time.

The Man from Earth is one of the smartest films I’ve seen in quite some time. It is a sci-fi drama that consists of just one giant discussion between a man who claims that he is 14.000 years old and his friends. The arguments are simply fascinating, thought-provoking and sometimes the movie was even very intense emotionally and the twist is well handled with the ending also being highly satisfactory. It is the example of a hugely successful indie sci-fi film and undoubtedly one of the most shamefully underappreciated and unknown films.

My Rating – 4.5

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Brother Bear (2003)

Brother Bear Movie Review

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Brother Bear Movie Review

Brother Bear is a 2003 animated adventure film which is Disney’s 44th animated feature. It is such a shamefully underappreciated film that is the studio’s most underrated for sure.

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This year, I lost my dear husband, Edgar.

Stop tellin’ everyone I’m dead!

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Brother Bear Movie Review

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It follows a young Inuit boy Kenai who out of revenge kills a mother bear and eventually turns into a bear himself and develops a bond with her cub Koda. The story is deep and meaningful and perfect for children, but just fun and funny enough for adults to enjoy as well, not to mention very sweet and moving.

I will later talk about the cruel response the film received, but now let me state my favorite scenes here. The ending, though too happy, is immensely beautiful and highly emotional. I also loved their journey sequence which was accompanied by such a good song and every scene between the two brothers was simply wonderful.

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Brother Bear Movie Review

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Kenai is such a well developed Disney protagonist who goes through a lengthy change of heart and becomes a better person at the end. Even though that is typical Disney stuff, it is so well executed here that it worked entirely as his shift was smooth and well realized. Koda is one of the standouts as this realistic, bratty and sweetly annoying kid who talks too much. He is a fun and funny character and, as I said above, the relationship between the two is one of the best ever for Disney, heartfelt for sure.

Rutt and Tuke are a mixed bag. I am in the minority when I say that they are the worst part of the film and certainly not the best. They have some funny lines and it is interesting that they are Canadian, but they interrupted the flow way too often, they felt like regular Disney sidekicks that were thrown onto the movie for no apparent reason and mostly they were more annoying than funny.

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Brother Bear Movie Review

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Denahi and Sitka were solid for the little screen time that they got and Tanana is also a memorable presence who reminded me of Mother Willow from ‘Pocahontas’. But apart from her, I do not get why some say that Brother Bear is a rip-off of ‘Pocahontas’ and ‘The Lion King’ as I just don’t see those connections. And as for those bears in the third act, they were so incredibly funny that they made me laugh quite a lot.

Brother Bear is criticized for having very weak animation but once again I strongly disagree. Its animation is certainly far from great and nowhere near as artistic as you would want from Disney, but it is still in the line of other Disney flicks from the 2000s and certainly not weaker than many of those so I do not see why they chose to trash just this one movie and not the rest. I admired the change in its frame and animation from realistic to cartoony when he turns into a bear, that was very inventive. Although sometimes a bit too colorful, I mostly really liked the look of the film and some of the scenery was lovely. The characters also look good and Koda is very cute. The spirits scenes were the best animated and most visually dazzling parts for sure.

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Brother Bear Movie Review

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Brother Bear has quite a solid soundtrack which was again needlessly trashed by the critics (see the pattern here). Great Spirits sounds a bit too contemporary, but is a good, catchy opening for the movie. Welcome is somewhat forgettable and No Way Out is a fine song, but it describes the emotions that we see for ourselves on the screen rendering it totally useless.

Look Through My Eyes is wonderful, catchy and filled with fine lyrics and such a great chorus. And of course the standout here has to be On My Way which is definitely one of the finest songs from Disney’s Second Dark Age. It is a lot of fun, immensely catchy and certainly accompanied by a wonderful, important and charming scene. I personally really like Phil Collins and although his work here is of course very inferior to his work on ‘Tarzan’, it was still solid and I wouldn’t mind if we got more of his involvement in Disney productions.

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Brother Bear Movie Review

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Brother Bear has very good voice acting and it is mostly very well made. Its problems are twofold. One is the ending which was sweet, but a bit too happy and I wish that it was more tragic as somehow the film would have felt better that way. The second problem is the pacing which is all over the place as the first act is a bit extended, though definitely important in terms of storytelling, and the third act is certainly quite rushed. The running time here needed to have been longer.

I thought the action scenes were very well executed and pleasantly reminded me of those dark scenes from ‘The Fox and the Hound’. The film is very dark actually as it features two deaths in its first act and I liked that diverse tone here. The humor is fantastic. That old lady bear talking about his “dead” husband and him telling her to stop was absolutely hilarious and one of the funniest scenes ever in a Disney film. And that other bear suddenly talking in Serbian language was just such an unexpectedly hilarious moment which I just loved. The film was sometimes too simplistic in dialogue, but so incredibly emotional in many of its scenes that it honestly touched me quite a bit.

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Brother Bear Movie Review

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So, why is it hated so much? I honestly have no idea. I usually do, but this time around, the critics seem to be hating it for no apparent reason whatsoever. Koda’s character obviously influenced Russell from ‘Up’ and the entire bear setup here obviously influenced ‘Brave’ to the point that you can call it a rip-off. So Pixar stole two of its ideas and nobody ever talks about that which is so frustrating. But the film has 38% on Rotten Tomatoes which is just horrible leading to what is in my opinion the most underrated Disney film ever that is along with ‘Lilo and Stitch’ and ‘The Emperor’s New Groove’ the only legitimately good film from their Second Dark Age.

Brother Bear is weakly paced and the ending is a bit too happy, but the entire story is sweet and wonderful and it is filled with very likable characters with the relationship between Kenai and Koda being heartwarming. The film is frequently very touching, but it is also very funny with at times hilarious lines and also often quite dark. The animation and soundtrack are also quite solid. So the film is one of the best and rare legitimately good films from Disney’s Second Dark Age and in my opinion it is, out of all Disney movies, their most unjustifiably trashed upon and shamefully underrated.

My Rating – 4

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Unbreakable (2000)

Unbreakable Movie Review

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Unbreakable Movie Review

Unbreakable is a 2000 superhero thriller film directed by M. Night Shyamalan and starring Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson and Robin Wright. It is a mediocrity.

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Do you know what the scariest thing is?

To not know your place in this world, to not know why you’re here.

That’s… that’s just an awful feeling

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Unbreakable Movie Review

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I really disliked this movie and it is the director’s most overrated films that thankfully never reached more than its mild cult status. The plot is such a mish-mash of ideas bundled together into an incoherent mess that it thoroughly annoyed me. I guess I am frustrated by superhero movies pretending to be something they are not and this one is certainly guilty of that.
It is some sort of a superhero film, but it also tries to be a drama and a thriller and it fails miserably in every one of those genres and tones. Yes, it is that weak. The story certainly had potential, but it was ruined by awful execution, bland characters and one of the most obvious twist endings ever.
The characters are so bland and dull that they got on my nerves. The performances are solid, but Jackson’s character is an obvious villain from the start, the wife is boring and the main character is entirely forgettable and almost like a non-existent entity and a shell of a person. The romantic scenes were thoroughly unnecessary and they just plodded an otherwise boring and slow movie.

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Unbreakable Movie Review

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Yes, Unbreakable is so slow that it bored me to death. Nothing ever happens in the first half and whenever it tries to be serious, it just manages to bore. It is a pretentious mess for which Shyamalan is certainly the one to blame as the script and dialogue are admittedly okay. I was bored and frustrated immensely by this movie and it is one of the worst films I’ve seen recently.

Unbreakable had potential as the premise and dialogue are admittedly okay, but the characters are ridiculously bland and dull, its twist ending is beyond obvious and it is such a pretentious and thoroughly unsuccessful mix of genres which was very slow and extremely boring to watch.

My Rating – 2.5

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The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)

The Emperor's New Groove Movie Review

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The Emperor’s New Groove Movie Review

The Emperor’s New Groove is a 2000 animated comedy film. It is Disney’s 40th theatrical animated feature and one of their most underrated for sure.

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Uh-oh.

Don’t tell me. We’re about to go over a huge waterfall.

Yep.

Sharp rocks on the bottom?

Most likely.

Bring it on

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The Emperor's New Groove Movie Review

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I love this movie so much. I love it mostly for the humor, but let’s first talk about the plot. It is a pretty good story, though standard and overly familiar. Not to mention predictable. But I liked its zany, goofy nature in pacing, humor and animation and that mix of familiar ideas and cartoony style was great.
To me it is one of Disney’s most entertaining films of all time and maybe even the most fun. It is fun and wonderful from beginning to end, I loved its emotional approach and I loved that it was so well paced and always very well crafted in terms of storytelling and character development.
Kuzco is one of Disney’s finest characters ever! Yes, he is that good and, needless to say, thoroughly underappreciated. I loved his smart-ass, charismatic and narcissist personality and he truly is a great anti-hero. He certainly changed to the good side a bit too much in the end, but it was still done in that heartwarming Disney fashion so I personally didn’t mind.

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Pacha is kind of boring, but still an essential character for this movie and although on his own he isn’t as memorable, he is great with Kuzco and all of their shared sequences were outstanding. This is by far one of Disney’s most memorable and greatest duos as they are so fantastic together. I loved how their relationship progressed and it felt natural and emotionally rewarding.
Yzma is brilliant! Yes, she is also extremely underrated and one of the studio’s most interesting and entertaining villains. I loved her cartoony and over-the-top character and of course her relationship with Kronk is superb. Speaking of him, he is a typically dumb cartoon character who is always extremely stupid for sure. But Patrick Warburton elevated the material and of course he’s got many great lines. He is typical, but still so funny that I loved him regardless.

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The Emperor's New Groove Movie Review

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This is a chamber piece and only these four are utilized properly and I liked that as it led to such a great characterization for each one of them. But the rest of Pacha’s family is endearing and of course Bucky the Squirrel stole the show in those small scenes that he got. And I have to mention the other actors besides Warburton as they all did a great job. Eartha Kitt lends such a memorable voice to Yzma, John Goodman is as good as usual and of course David Spade stole the show in such a memorable, charismatic execution of his dialogue.
The Emperor’s New Groove succeeds as Disney’s finest comedy as it not just funny from start to finish, but frequently hilarious even. Thanks to a superb dialogue above all and strong characterization and good script, the film manages to utilize superbly all of its amusing scenarios and to play it for laughs beautifully. It is such an energetic and brisk movie that is almost always extremely funny which is such a huge accomplishment.
The squirrel scenes were so funny in their silliness, Yzma got some pretty great moments and I loved how she was turned into a cat with that funny voice. Kronk of course is very funny and I personally loved his cooking lines the most, so funny. Pacha is too much of a straight character, but that is still needed for such a heavily comedic movie. Naturally Kuzco is the funniest and most charismatic presence on the screen and my favorite scene in the movie is the waterfall sequence which is filled by some of the funniest dialogue exchange I have ever heard.

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The Emperor's New Groove Movie Review

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Of the two songs there are, I found Perfect World to be a forgettable song as a whole, but it still was fun, catchy and fitting in style to the movie and was a good opening number as storytelling and character development is concerned as it wonderfully introduces you to its main character in the quickest way possible. And My Funny Friend and Me is again forgettable, but featuring moving lyrics.
I truly admire The Emperor’s New Groove and it is quite possibly the best Disney film of the 2000s which was an incredibly weak year for the studio, but here they knocked it out of the park. However, it is still far from their best output mostly because it is at times too different from their style and almost feeling like a DreamWorks film plus it is a silly comedy with no songs and big heart which you expect from Disney. And it is predictable and it loses some of its steam near the end as it is an overly fast paced film.

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But it is still mostly well executed, directed and edited. I loved the performances and I also really liked its animation which was weird, but interesting and different. I liked its angular character design and all characters look authentic and recognizable with Yzma’s design being the finest. I loved some of the imagery and the film’s cartoony animation style I ended up liking a lot despite it being lacking in artistry.

The Emperor’s New Groove is certainly too fast paced and predictable, but still hugely entertaining and funny from beginning to end and even frequently hilarious owing to its many unforgettable, hysterical lines. The character development is superb and all four of the main characters are quite unforgettable. It truly is one of the best animated comedies ever and one of Disney’s most underrated films.

My Rating – 4

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About Schmidt (2002)

About Schmidt Review

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About Schmidt Movie Review

About Schmidt is a 2002 comedy drama film directed by Alexander Payne and starring Jack Nicholson and Kathy Bates. It is such a good, stupendous dramedy.

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You’ve got to appreciate what you have while you still have it

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About Schmidt Review

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This film surprised me with its quality. Yes, the first half is a bit conventional and it featured too much narration. The narration is fine and well done here, but I dislike that style as a whole personally. But it was still pretty good with some great scenes. But the second half is where the movie becomes great whereas it was just good previously. It is a great character study, but also very funny, highly emotional and with a couple of powerful scenes. The ending alone is just beautiful to witness.

I loved the characters here, so colorful. Warren is such a likable character and it was great to finally see Jack playing a sympathetic character for once. He is the heart and soul of this movie. But Jeannie is also good and I liked their relationship and of course Roberta is hilarious and quite unforgettable.

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About Schmidt Review

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The acting is top-notch. Unfortunately June Squibb didn’t get much to do here, but Hope Davis is pretty good and of course Kathy Bates is so strong in her crazy and hilarious role. But this is Jack Nicholson’s vehicle and he absolutely shines in this movie, delivering quite possibly the best performance of his career. He plays a different character than usual, he is understated, the facial expressions that he gives are comedy gold and he sold those emotional sequences majestically.

About Schmidt is a dramedy and it is one of the rare instances of it that you cannot really pinpoint its stronger emphasis as it is comedic and dramatic in just the right amount. Kathy Bates made me laugh out loud, but Jack’s facial expressions are genius and the movie was the funniest in those more subtle and realistic moments.

It is still a strong, relatable, realistic and emotional drama and I loved all of its aspects from the protagonist’s relationship with his daughter to the death of his wife to him helping an African kid. All of those themes were beautifully examined and powerful, culminating in a truly wonderful ending.

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About Schmidt Review

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About Schmidt is quite well edited and paced as it is never dull. The story was always interesting despite the first act not being the greatest. I absolutely adored its series of vignettes in its road trip, quite charming and quirky, especially the scene in the trailer. The film sometimes shifted in its tone abruptly, but it was for the most part quite polished in its shifts from drama to comedy and vice versa. The movie is weird, but mostly pleasantly so. The humor is outstanding and rarely have I seen a film that is both truly funny and truly heartwarming and dramatic. Another one of the highlights most certainly has to be that meteor scene which was just gorgeous and simply indescribable. To me About Schmidt succeeds as a series of vignettes much more so than a polished movie as a whole, but most of those scenes are so great that it is worth taking this crazy trip. I continue to have love-hate relationship with Alexander Payne, but I am happy to say that this is the only film I liked from him after ‘Nebraska’.

About Schmidt has a somewhat inferior first half and sometimes the tonal shifts aren’t the most skillful, but this is mostly a great film which is equally funny and heartwarming with some scenes that are absolutely hilarious and some that are emotional and simply beautiful. The characters are colorful, the script is very strong, it deals with a lot of important issues, it succeeds as a series of crazy vignettes and it features possibly the finest performance in Jack Nicholson’s career.

My Rating – 4.5

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Planet of the Apes (2001)

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Planet of the Apes Movie Review

Planet of the Apes is a 2001 science fiction film directed by Tim Burton and starring Mark Wahlberg. It is such a bad remake that is certainly one of the director’s worst films.

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Never send a monkey to do a man’s job

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I really disliked this film. It serves as a remake to the classic 1968 original, but not only does it butcher it, it also doesn’t know its own identity. It at times tries to emulate it by copying its scenes, but at other times it tries to change things and the result is wildly uneven and, needless to say, very messy.

I don’t know what Tim Burton was thinking when making this film, but it ended up being one of his worst movies as it is so bad. The storyline is so inexcusably complicated, but convoluted in a bad way as I never knew what the hell I was watching. It tried to be romance at times, but it failed. It mostly remained a boring, overly action oriented blockbuster film that is just action and almost nothing else throughout the majority of its running time.

The only good things about the film are the costumes which are very good and look more realistic and polished then before obviously and the effects are fine. The film isn’t terrible, but it is still bad and a two-star film in my opinion as it trades story and themes for action and campiness as yes, some scenes are so silly that I it baffled me what I was watching.

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It is overly dark both in its cinematography and in its approach and although it starts off somewhat promising, it quickly becomes bad, thoroughly uninvolving and completely misguided to the point of having to turn off your brain if you want to at least finish it off. The ending is ridiculously convoluted and to me just stupid. And let’s talk about Mark Wahlberg. Oh boy. I have to agree with most of my YouTubers in that his performance here is truly bad and his puppy expressions and always the same face and tone of voice hurt this film tremendously. The others aren’t too great either, but he totally butchered it as the protagonist.

Tim Burton’s remake of Planet of the Apes is such a butchered, misguided and thoroughly unappealing effort that I was surprised that he made such a bad movie as his movies are usually very good. The costumes are admittedly very good, but Mark Wahlberg’s performance here is so bad, the film is overly dark and action oriented and the plot is one giant incomprehensible nonsense leading to one of the director’s worst films and one of the worst remakes I’ve seen.

My Rating – 2

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