Category Archives: 2014 Movie Review

Dracula Untold (10/27/14)

3 Dracula Untold

I watched a couple movies in theaters this weekend, the first one I saw was Dracula Untold, it didn’t quite live up to expectations but I still think it was a good movie. The things I didn’t like about it were the fact that the dialogue and the acting were too cheesy (although this is an action movie after-all) for my liking, but it wasn’t bad enough to the point where I couldn’t enjoy the movie. The best thing about the movie is definitely all the action sequences and battle scenes, the protagonist (Vlad the Impaler/Dracula) is a legit badass, and I like how the film’s hero is not perfect and has to make some pretty difficult decisions throughout the movie. The story just seemed to move along nothing was really surprising, but I still enjoyed the movie. I think it’s a pretty good blend of historical fiction and fantasy. Overall I’d recommend watching the movie if you’re into the supernatural or if you just like big, dumb, badass movies. 3/5

Gone Girl (10/11/14)

4 Gone Girl

For the first time in a while I went to the movies today and I saw Gone Girl. Right off the bat I have to say that this is a pretty unique movie. I know it’s based off of a book but the story feels very original and unlike most other movies out there right now. The film is a great mystery/thriller that keeps you guessing who did what throughout the entire movie. The performances were great, Ben Affleck did a good job especially with all small things like subtle facial expressions and whatnot. The movie is a bit long at 2hr 26min and honestly the first half of the movie is much better than the second. Although the film did keep me on my toes I was able to guess some of the bigger plot twists before they happened which is always kind of frustrating. I also wasn’t completely satisfied with the way things ended, but nevertheless overall it was a very good movie. I would recommend watching it. 4/5

Hercules (8/9/14)

3.5 Hercules

Watched Hercules today and I have to say it was better than I expected. I was pleasantly surprised by the story which follows closely to the Greek myth of Hercules while also adding a few things of its own. All the action and fighting scenes were great. The Rock is a bonafide action star, and he fits the role of the muscle bound protagonist perfectly. The supporting cast is ok, I found it funny that all the characters talk in a British accent except the Rock for some reason. The dialogue is a bit cheesy but I didn’t go to see the movie to watch people talk, I went to see big dudes with weapons do baddass things. There were a couple of plot twists in the film that surprised me, which I see as a good thing. I always like it when I can’t predict what will happen next in a movie and there were definitely a few things that I didn’t see coming. The ending itself is a bit predictable but what matters more is what happens along the way. Overall the movie was not too long, it had great action, and it was entertaining so I would recommend it. 3.5/5

A Most Wanted Man (8/6/14)

3.5 A Most Wanted Man

Just got back from watching A Most Wanted Man, one of the last movies that Philip Seymor Hoffman was in before he passed away. It’s a very realistic film that deals a lot with espionage and counter terrorism in a post 9/11 world. The movie is slow paced and very subtle but it does the job it’s meant to do. There aren’t any big car chases or crazy action sequences, most of the time it’s just characters talking to one and other. The film is an espionage-thriller and it does a good job in creating suspenseful situations. Phil Seymour Hoffman was amazing as always, he really does become his character. Rachel McAdams was ok, it did bother me though that her German accent would change throughout the film. Another thing that I didn’t like is that there were no subtitles even though there are several conversations in Arabic throughout the film. The ending of the movie was a bit unsatisfying but that’s what you can expect from a movie as realistic as this one, after all real life is rarely as satisfying as fiction. Overall the movie is nothing spectacular but it’s worth watching just for Philip Seymour Hoffman. If you like thrillers and espionage films like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy you’ll like this one. 3.5/5

Guardians of the Galaxy (8/5/14)

5 Guardians of the Galaxy

Watched Guardians of the Galaxy today and it was fucking amazing. I’ll admit I was really looking forward to watching this movie, and I had some pretty high expectations, and it did not disappoint at all. It’s without a doubt my favorite movie of the year and it’s already one of my favorite movies of all time. It’s a perfect blend of action, comedy and drama. This movie will make you laugh, it’ll make you tear up, and it’ll have you on the edge of your seat the entire time. It’s even better than the Avengers and that’s saying something. The whole cast is awesome. Every single one of the 5 main characters is special and loveable in their own way. Zoe Saldana was great and so was Dave Bautista (who honestly surprised me with his comedic chops). Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel nailed their voice overs, they made the characters come to life. I was already a huge Chris Pratt fan because of Parks and Rec, but after this he’s probably now my favorite actor. There isn’t a single wasted scene in the movie, everything has its purpose and every line of dialogue is spot on. You don’t even have to be a fan of the comic books to enjoy this movie (I knew very little about them going in and I still loved it). I can’t say enough good things about it. Honestly the only thing I didn’t like is that it had to end, it was that good. I honestly can’t recommend this film enough, this is the type of movie that everyone can enjoy regardless of age or gender. I loved it so much I’ll probably go watch it in theaters again soon. If you haven’t already done so, go see it! 5/5

Lucy (8/5/14)

3.5 Lucy

I watched Lucy today and I have to say, even though it’s not the best movie out there right now, I still very much enjoyed it. The film deals with a lot of interesting subjects and themes regarding the brain and human being’s potential. It poses a lot of questions regarding what we would be able to do if we increased our brains capacity, which I find fascinating. The movie uses a lot of footage of wild animals especially when talking about human evolution which I thought was very clever. It’s an action movie after all so of course all the action scenes and stunts were really well made. There is one chase scene in particular that comes to mind. The movie deals with a super powered character so it’s fun to see how they show the powers on screen. There isn’t much to say about Scarlett Johansson’s performance, during most of the movie she talks in a monotone voice and shows no emotion so there isn’t really that much to analyze. One thing I didn’t like about the movie though was the lack of a credible antagonist. It’s hard to take the villains seriously when they don’t really pose a threat to the protagonist. The climax of the movie isn’t very suspenseful because deep down you already know what is going to happen. There are more than a few plot holes and the dialogue is nothing to write home about but let’s be honest, this is not an award winning film or anything of the sort. It is however a creative, somewhat unique and entertaining movie, so I would recommend it. 3.5/5

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

3 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Just got back from watching Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. I’m a little conflicted, I liked the movie and a lot of things were done right but at the same time there are too many flaws to ignore, it could have been so much better. Firstly the things I liked. Everything that had to do with the Apes was great, I like how the film showed how they interacted with one another and how they built their own little ape civilization. I also really liked the portrayal of earth after an apocalyptic event, I thought it was a pretty accurate representation of what would happen if humanity suffered through a major epidemic like in the movie. The action sequences and fights were well made, but it was mostly CGI. For the most part I liked the actors, but really all the human characters where mostly secondary in the movie, it was mainly about the apes, and even though I really liked the scenes with the apes I feel like there was a lot more they could have done with the human survivors. The filmmakers chose to focus more on the Apes and less on how humanity was dealing with the situation at hand. Now on to the stuff I didn’t like about the movie. The dialogue was kind of cheesy and not very creative honestly. What was worse though was that the movie was completely predictable. There was absolutely nothing that I didn’t see coming, every plot point you could see coming from a mile away. Right from the start you can already tell who is good and who is bad and who is going to do what. Don’t get me wrong I was entertained, but I liked to be surprised every now and then too. The best thing about the movie is most definitely Maurice, you’ll know him when you see him. Overall I think this was an average movie that could have been a lot better. 3/5

Godzilla (7/2/14)

3.5 Godzilla

Finally got around to watching Godzilla, and I have to say it was worth the wait. I’ll start off by saying that it is a far from perfect movie. I feel like all the human characters where just there to help move the story along and didn’t do much except watch all the action unfold. I also didn’t like that one of the main characters made an early exit from the film. With that being said I still thoroughly enjoyed the movie. The main focus of the whole film is Godzilla and the big-ass monsters he fights (and rightfully so). All the scenes that include Godzilla in action or even the other monsters are great. The action and destruction scenes are spot on, everything else though is a little blah. I did like that they showed the entire monsters clearly which is something that Pacific Rim failed to do which always bothered me. People are there to watch some big ass monsters fight, and in Godzilla that is just what they get. The final encounter lives up to the hype, I literally yelled in the movie theater during a certain climactic moment, it was that good. Overall the movie was bad-ass, everything Godzilla was great, but the other things could have been better. At the end of the day though I was entertained and that is what matters most. 3.5/5

Edge of Tomorrow (6/29/14)

4 Edge of Tomorrow

Watched Edge of Tomorrow today and I have to say, I really liked it. The film is set in the near future and it deals with some pretty unique and interesting ideas. This movie is like a combination of Independence Day & Groundhog Day if that makes any sense. Tom Cruise is his usual charming self and Emily Blunt is great at playing the bad ass female lead. The action sequences are on point and the technology used in the movie is really cool, I’m a big fan of those exoskeleton suits. I do wish they had gone into a little bit more depth as to the back-story of the alien invasion and things like that but overall I liked the plot of the movie. Of course there were some plot holes but that is to be expected from a big summer blockbuster. At the end of the day the movie is well acted, well made, entertaining and relatively unique. I very much recommend watching it. 4/5

Transformers: Age of Extinction (6/28/14)

2 Transformers: Age of Extinction

Just got back from watching Transformers: Age of Extinction and what can I say… I didn’t have the highest expectations going in and even so I was a bit disappointed. It’s your typical big, dumb, loud, summer blockbuster. It has great explosions, stunts and action sequences but terrible dialogue, cheesy acting, and a plot that makes very little sense. You would think a movie like this would be easy to understand and follow but I was truly lost. There are too many plot holes to count too many villains to keep track of and very little character back story which is sorely needed since the film introduces pretty much a brand new cast. Honestly, I laughed more times than I should have for an action movie, it was that ridiculous at times. The only good parts in the movie were the scenes that had TJ Miller or Stanley Tucci in them as they both did an excellent job providing the comedic relief in the middle of all the chaos. Still though it is not enough to save the movie. If you are a fan of the previous transformers movies and don’t mind sitting through a 2hr and 45min movie then you should go see Transformers 4, if not then I’d recommend you skip this one, trust me you’re not missing out on much. 2/5