Director Paul W.S. Anderson brings another of his action-filled works to the theaters. Anderson doesn’t have the strength when it comes to directing story or character development. Instead, he gives his audience with impact, much like what he did in his previous works with the Resident Evil franchise. The historical eruption of Mount Vesuvius is a delight to see with its destructive glory; however, Pompeii’s delivery in its climax had a questionable catch.
Most moviegoers would be in awe after the destruction of Pompeii upon the eruption of the volcano. However, this delight has been taken away with an hour of bland drama and story between cliché characters which made the wait for the volcano’s glory a drag. The first half of the movie is filled with poor melodramatic scenes that feature a number of clichés that a lot of people have already seen throughout the years. Mixed in with the horrible dialogue and script, this aspect of Pompeii makes it utterly a disappointment.
The overused romance formula between the poor boy and rich girl drama doesn’t add to the totality of Pompeii. Compared to similarly-themed disaster movies like Titanic, Pompeii’s romance and drama story isn’t fleshed out smoothly and it’s obvious that a lot of these dialogues are forced to be dramatic. The buildup between the characters Milo and Cassia is slow and predictable when it came to their romance. Add to that the existence of the obvious villain in the personification of Corvus and his Roman comrades, Pompeii’s drama doesn’t stick with the audience and instead drags the story slowly.
After an hour or so, the long-awaited eruption of the volcano commences with an exciting turn of events with all the thrills and action. Fire rains from the sky along with lava and molten rock running down from the volcano on the unaware citizens of Pompeii. Compared to the first half of the movie, the destruction of the city didn’t disappoint. It not only showed a single point of view, but Anderson showed multiple views on what happened to the citizens of Pompeii.
The first half of Pompeii brings a bland romance-drama that drags on making you cheer for the volcano’s eruption. Coincidentally, the last destructive half of Pompeii was quite entertaining.
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Grand Budapest Hotel is Wes Anderson’s latest work with a cinematic and theatrical style to it. It’s a film only to be described as exquisite and elaborate that you can’t help but indulge in its story.
The Grand Budapest Hotel tells a number of stories within one sitting. First off, a girl pays a tribute to the statue of a deceased author (Tom Wilkinson) who then proceeds to narrates a particular trip during his middle-age (Jude Law) to a hotel, the Grand Budapest. Then, the owner of the said hotel, Mr. Moustafa (F. Murray Abraham) reminisces his time between the world wars while as a lobby boy known as Zero (Tony Revolori) under the teachings of the legendary concierge in the person of Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes).
The movie shows its strengths in the sense of expression and its underlying philosophical core. With its overlapping stories and remarkable cast, the Grand Budapest Hotel is a treat for anyone looking for a classical movie that exudes the feeling of drama brought mainly by Gustave. His relationship with the boy Zero is what drives the movie as it delicately seduces the audiences of its sequence of events that transpire. A woman has a premonition of her own death, dies and Gustave is blamed for the murder and hunted down by the police. Add to that the ruthless and foreboding assassin (Willem Dafoe) to the mix.
The pace of the movie is handled with elegance and delicacy that you might not know how to feel at the end of the movie. However, there’s one thing that’s you’ll be sure to experience – amazement. The Grand Budapest Hotel brings its brand of drama and thrill as conspiracies and suspicions slowly unfold. Your mind then indulges in how each story is revealed and how they all blend together in one big picture.
The Grand Budapest Hotel possesses a compelling story line that elegantly seduces the viewer to keep on watching as the many stories within stories unfold slowly. With the amazing cast and the philosophically-fueled storyline, the Grand Budapest Hotel is a movie that you won’t regret watching.
The Lego Movie
You may be wondering and a little bit turned off the first time you heard about “The Lego Movie” because of several films about toys that make it seem impossible to turn a ridiculous idea into something great. But “The Lego Movie” is one of those unique movies that just pique your curiosity and you end up watching something amazing. It was a ridiculous but an ingenious idea. “Why not make a movie with the Lego universe?” It’s an original idea that came out of nowhere and surprisingly, the movie was a blast that you just want to watch it again and again because of all the antics and the witty dialogue of each character. The fuel of this movie lies in the spin-offs, comedy, remakes, parodies and the amazing cast.
The star-studded main cast is led by Lord Business (Will Ferrell), Vitruvus (Morgan Freeman) and Emmet (Chris Pratt) who just add to the outrageously comedic story of “The Lego Movie”. The story goes on with the classic hero tale where the protagonist is to be the Chosen One after stumbling across an ancient artifact. Now the twist is that Emmet is mistaken as the Chosen One and add to that his quirky personality, hilarity ensues throughout the movie.
The only downside about “The Lego Movie” that’s apparent are the actions scenes. The creative combination of CGI plus stop motion has a clean and modern feel but this type of animation is hard to follow in some scenes. This may be the case especially when the movie is watched in 3D. But aside from that, the overall quality of the movie overshadows its flaws.
The “The Lego Movie” only aims for one purpose – fun. It delivers a fresh brand of comedy in its unique setting that rekindles that childhood memories with Lego that many of us have. Its amazing cast brings the colorful characters to life with their comedic dialogue and witty one-liners. There are a lot of parodies in the movie that are mashed up cleanly and quite extravagantly. Overall, “The Lego Movie” is a movie that you shouldn’t miss.
The Wind Rises
Hayao Miyazaki has done it again with “The Wind Rises”, his latest animated film that’s nominated for an Academy Award and will sadly be his last work. It’s sad to see the end of Miyazaki’s magnificent works. His previous works like “Princess Mononoke” has never failed the expectation of the audience with his magical films.
“The Wind Rises” is the story of Jiro Horikoshi, a fictionalized approach of Japan’s genius World War II plane designer who later designed the deadly fighter plane, Zero. The premise of the movie lies in the sky and how airplanes are beautiful dreams, as one character would put it. The young Jiro is a boy who has a dream of flying airplanes while gazing at the landscape below. However, this dream of becoming a pilot is hindered because of his nearsightedness. Not letting his condition become an obstacle, he decided to go to school to become an engineer instead and design planes, which he calls “beautiful dreams” so that others may fly. His partner in his dream is the Italian aircraft pioneer, Count Caproni, who shows him all the possibilities of flying.
Jiro’s dream isn’t a selfish dream, however. He noticed how Japan is behind other countries when it comes to technology. One good example of this is the scene where they still needed to use oxen to bring out a plane to the fields to conduct test runs and how they use wood to make planes, not metal. With the political unrest and the economic situation in Japan, Jiro fuels his dream more and journeys to Germany to learn more about aircraft technology.
The visuals of “The Wind Rises” are stunning. The character designs are well drawn and the backgrounds are beautiful. Miyazaki never failed its audience when it comes to these aspects.
“The Wind Rises” is a beautifully made film that shows us a boy who possesses a simple yet profound dream. In Hayao Miyazaki’s latest and last work, he showed us how ideals, dreams, turmoil and hardships can be faced by a young boy in the person of Jiro, ultimately to achieve his desire to fly, despite his shortcomings. Overall, “The Wind Rises” is a film that opens your mind with its story while hypnotizing you with stunning visuals.
3 Days To Kill
3 Days to Kill is a typical brand of agent-slash-father who wants to rekindle his relationship with his wife and daughter. The plot isn’t quite solid and there are times when some scenes are just overly predictable, but that doesn’t change the fact that 3 Days to Kill is entertaining on a certain level. The most irking thing about 3 Days to Kill is Amber Heard’s character in the persona of a CIA analyst who looks too young for her role and the spandex outfit that she’s caught wearing with matching wigs and lipstick. The family problems of the Costner family in this movie are quite predictable but there are values that make the film watchable.
Having Kevin Costner is the thing that holds the movie together. Doing away with the young and new agent who’s a victim of a manhunt, he has his unique brand of charm and appeal that makes him entertaining. The movie is fleshed out pretty simple and quite predictable. The old agent, weak due to his aging body and nearing the end of his life realizes what the most important thing in his life is. It’s not about saving the world; it’s about saving his family. Costner aims to reconnect with his wife and daughter before he bites the dust.
The action scenes aren’t bad but they aren’t good either. They’re usually made from explosively loud entrances and Costner just doing what he does best in action films. Add to that a little bit of humor, you have 3 Days to Kill in a nutshell. It’s not necessarily a good movie but it’s entertaining if you keep your expectations low.
3 Days to Kill is your typical action film with a blend of drama and comedy. Kevin Costner keeps everything real with his rugged role as the gun-toting spy. The plot of how Costner being a father wants to foster his relationship with his family seems common and the humor is oftentimes forced. The action scenes aren’t bad but they aren’t good either.
The latest Robocop, officially released this year is essentially a remake of the 1987 version, but with a few tweaks. The year is 2028 and miliatary company OmniCorp is creating what is know as a robot for the US Military. OmniCorp is looking to sell their robots for the purposes of civilian policing in the US, however the ‘Dreyfus Act’ is preventing this from happening. The CEO of Omnicorp Raymond Sellars (played by Michael Keaton) seeks to create a new style of law enforcement product which makes use of both human and machine, which in theory is more reliable at dealing with real life issues than just a robot, and hence may receive approval by the public. The search is on for a permanently disabled police officer to act as the core for their concept robot.
A car bomb wounds policeman Alex Murphy, who in turn is selected for the RoboCop program. With approval from his wife, Murphy is fitted into the RoboCop body and software uploaded. OmniCorp’s gurus are unsure that Murphy will be as good as a fully mechanical robot. However, so as to improve his performance, Murphy’s brain is modified which essentially makes him believe his decisions are brought on by himself, whereas he’s is actually only executing programs.
A public press conference is called to reveal RoboCop prototype and Murphy is emotionally overcome. So much so, he has a seizure while having the police database uploaded to his brain. OmniCorp is forced to reprogram his brain, so that he can no longer displays any emotion. At this poin, Murphy attends the press conference where he ignores his wife and son; at the same time he apprehends a criminal loitering within the conference. RoboCop is a PR success and proves to reduce crime rate significantly.
OmniCorp tries to prevent Murphy from seeing his wife, to ensure on emotions are messed with. However Clara manages to confront Murphy one day to talk about their son’s nightmares. Murphy overrides his emotional programming and visits his house. Upon reviewing the video of his accident, Murphy realizes that his son saw his body and was suffering trauma as a result. Murphy seeks revenge on the people that caused the accident. Upon trying to do so, OmniCorp realizes what is happening and shuts him down via remote control.
As the plot contineus, OmniCorp’s parent company, reviews the entire RoboCop program. It’s decided to remove the drone from society and Murphy’s body is rebuilt, so that he can lead a normal life once again.