Saturday, November 30, 2013

Movie: The Amazing Spiderman

My rating on a 1-10 scale: 8.5

Genre: Superhero, adventure

Series or set: Spiderman

Number in series: 1st

Primary actors: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone

Length: Two hours

Based on: The comic books, I suppose

Time period: Present

Rating: PG-13

Year it came out: 2012

My overall opinion: First off, if you have any arachnophobia, don’t watch this, and especially not on a big screen. You’d die. There are spiders everywhere. However, provided that you don’t have arachnophobia, I think that if you’ve enjoyed other superhero movies, you’ll probably find this one to be a great movie! The graphics are good, and the whole film is packed with excitement and adventure and even a little mystery. This is an enthralling movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat for the whole thing! I definitely recommend this one for anyone who has previously enjoyed superhero movies – definitely glad I watched it.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Movie: Thor: the Dark World

My rating on a 1-10 scale: 9

Genre: Superhero, adventure

Series or set: Thor

Number in series: 2nd  

Primary actors: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston

Length: Two hours

Based on: The comic books, perhaps?

Time period: Present, fantasy

Rating: PG-13

Year it came out: 2013

My overall opinion: I enjoyed it so much! Do take into account that I’ve only seen the first Thor movie once and that was almost two years ago. I do intend to watch it again someday – I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. All in good time. However, despite comparing this one to a movie I haven’t seen for two years, I think this one was better – the graphics etc were amazing, the story kept me watching, it was just plain a good movie. Really good. Now, here we go on a few things I made notes to write about…because that’s how I do some movie reviews.


Darcy that girl: Apparently acted by Kat Dennings. She was awesome. She was just random and sometimes so annoying and such a pain and still so cute and fun and awesome and best of all – funny! Yeah, I really liked her. A lot. She was one of my favorite parts of this movie.

Mother: Oh, she was so sweet. Thor and Loki’s mom? Yup, her. I barely remember her from the first movie, but she was so lovely and elegant and such an amazing fighter. Her (I told you there would be spoilers…you’d better stop reading if you don’t want them) but her death was so sad…definitely the most touching and sad part of the movie. How her sons acted towards her made me sad. But she seemed like a beautiful woman inside and out. And did I mention I loved her fighting skills? I did.

Clothes: I really enjoyed seeing the clothes on a few of the characters in this film. Most notably, Thor and Loki’s mother had some lovely blue dresses that I am quite in love with. Then too, Jane had some pretty flowy dresses – and let’s face it, I’m really in love with Thor’s red cape. Because if I could have a cape/cloak like that? My life would be complete. Well, not quite, but seriously, it’s really cool.

Thor in general: What to say? I can’t write a review without mentioning him. He was a good hero, a little stupid at times, but hey – he’s Thor, what do you expect? ;) My favorite thing about him this time through was his voice. So deep, so rough, so Thor. I loved it. A lot. Listening to it for two hours? Wasn’t hard at all. And he’s not bad to watch for two hours either. I’m pretty sure they threw in one scene towards the beginning just to make the teenage girls swoon, and honestly, he’s a little too ripped for my personal preference. But I legitly don’t have any problem watching him on screen on a couple of hours. Oh he’s got problems for sure. But all in all, he’s super awesome. I think.

Loki’s humor: I mean, I could just do Loki in general, but since I’m still to decide if I feel sorry for him at all or not, I don’t know what to say. He’s very interesting. But. I do know? I love his humor. A lot. It gets me every time, even when it’s rather horrible. I mean, some of what he says is so offensive and making-fun, and yet, it’s still hilarious. And I still laugh. Even without meaning to. It’s just so cool. So yeah, I love his humor. And I really loved when he was Captain America for a little bit. That was…yeah. Funny. Poor Thor. I laughed.

Clown elves: For those of you who may not know, I can’t stand clowns. At all. I hate them. A lot. Like, a huge lot. So the elves who had faces that were almost like clowns were really freaky, especially the eyes. It wasn’t as bad as Dark Knight, but we all know from Lord of the Rings that that’s not what elves look like, silly. Not even bad elves. So yeah, I didn’t like the clown elves at all. But I suppose they weren’t bad as far as villains go.

Endings: For those of you who went to see it, did you see BOTH endings? Because guess what – not only does Marvel add ONE ending during the credits, they added two, same as in Avengers. Thankfully, some people clued us into that and we stayed all the way through the second extra ending. Make sure you do, especially if you like happy endings, because that one is and it made me happy. Very happy. Extra endings are cool.

So, there you have it – what I thought of Thor 2. Have you seen it? What’d you think? Comment and tell me! :) And just a word to the wise, long comments are my favorites. :)

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Movie: The Dark Knight Rises

My rating on a 1-10 scale: 8.5 high

Genre: Superhero, adventure

Series or set: Batman series

Number in series: 3rd

Primary actors: Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Morgan Freeman

Length: Two and a half or so hours

Based on: The comic books, I think?

Time period: Present. Or maybe future. But basically present.

Rating: PG-13

Year it came out: 2012

My overall opinion: So. I’ve seen the first two Batman movies (Batman Begins and Dark Knight), the latter twice. I didn’t love them. Didn’t hate them. But yeah. Not a huge fan. However, I knew I needed to see this one and am so glad I did! I feel like I’ve seen a lot of not-so-positive reviews for this third Batman movie. I don’t agree with those reviews. This one was hands-down my favorite. Action scenes were amazing and gripping. Mystery was intense.

And then. There was Anne Hathaway. As a general rule, she’s not one of my favorite people. Not that she’s bad. But I haven’t been a big fan of any movie in which she starred. Until now. Let me just say…Cat Woman is amazing. Aka Anne Hathaway. She’s my new favorite superhero. If Cat Woman is a superhero. And here we take a short break…Captain America is my favorite superhero. Then Thor…and I think he ties with Iron Man. And THEN Batman. But if Cat Woman can count as a superhero, she pushes them all down a notch and takes first place. Now, back on topic. Cat Woman was amazing. She was a strong and fierce woman. And while I can’t fully emulate her way of doing things or her fashion, she was pretty awesome. And I think she deserves her own movie…does she have one yet?

So. Because Cat Woman was in this one, it was amazing. Batman…well, he was kinda old and not with it as much as in the earlier films. Understandable, perhaps. I don’t know. But this movie was good and I liked it a lot and it’s definitely one I want to watch again someday. Do take note: it’s got one scene in particular that’s worth skipping. Otherwise, it’s not too bad, but as always – research this one before you watch it.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Movie: Becoming Jane

My rating on a 1-10 scale: 8

Genre: Period drama, biography, life

Primary actors: Anne Hathaway, James McAvoy, Julie Walters, Anna Maxwell Martin, Maggie Smith

Length: About two hours

Based on: Jane Austen’s life

Time period: 1800s

Rating: PG

Year it came out: 2011

My overall opinion: I enjoyed this movie rather more than I expected to! Anne Hathaway wasn’t bad as Jane, though younger and prettier than the real Jane, I think. And James McAvoy as the main guy! Never did decide exactly what I thought of that. It was certainly a very interesting casting choice. I just know him as Mr. Tumnus in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe so. The movie seemed well-filmed and moved along at a good pace – kept me watching. Not riveting, but. Unfortunately, due to a problem with my ear-buds and my DVD player, I had trouble hearing – the music way overpowered the dialogue. I didn’t realize this problem was fixable until quite a bit later. This hampered my enjoyment. Thus the very average rating. There was, as is warned about, brief nudity – not sensual, just a bit awkward. All in all? I’ll watch it again so I can hear the dialogue. Didn’t love, didn’t hate.