Sunday, March 2, 2014

January - February '14 Movies Digest

The last months were a bit overcrowded. Now I got some time to put everything together.

Fast & Furios 6

Acting: 3.5/5
Story: 3/5
Perception: 3.5/5

Rating: 3.5/5

This film series is probably one of the most common guilty pleasures of movie goers, and on top of that, if you put aside most of the logic and the laws of physics, they make very entertaining popcorn flicks. It most likely peaked with Fast Five, but this installment still delivers a good show down. The issue is that the plot is getting more and more over twisting and that in this case there were some sloppy aspects and discontinuities that are too obvious.

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

Acting: 3/5
Story: 2/5
Perception: 2.5/5

Rating: 2.5/5

The idea behind this whole story, with the demi-gods and everything, is a fun one. The problem is that there are many moments in the movie where things are forced to fit in.  It's still ok to watch thanks to decent pacing and most of the acting and to some neat cameos and secondary roles.

The Wolf of Wall Street

Acting: 5/5
Story: 4/5
Perception: 5/5

Rating: 4.5/5

Another grey area masterpiece from the Martin Scorsese. It is completely fueled up from beginning to end as most of its protagonists in spite of its three hours. No doubt, all the human and technical aspects of this production deserve nothing but praise, but the tone might have been infinitesimally different. There might be critics out there concerned about the 'frivolity' of this movie, but in my opinion that's less of an issue competed to almost unapologetic way that the whole story came out. But even with this too subtle a warning, this movie is over the top.

We're The Millers

Acting: 3.5/5
Story: 3.5/5
Perception: 3/5

Rating: 3.5/5

There's a lot of raunchy humor in this one, but the plot is crazy enough to be considered original; plus, the acting follows up nicely. All in all, it created a good number of crazy situations with its quirky jokes and that's all that matters.


Acting: 2.5/5
Story: 2/5
Perception: 2/5

Rating: 2/5

This is the definition of a forgettable movie. It most likely captured movie goers attention with its intriguing theory, but the final result is just dull, with a couple of slightly intenser moments.

American Hustle

Acting: 5/5
Story: 4/5
Perception: 3.5/5

Rating: 4/5

As the lives of its characters this movie has a schizophrenic side to it. It shifts tones and pace dramatically from one scene to another; granted it's the life of con artists but it may seem difficult to follow at times. Anyway, the cast is purely brilliant and the general perception of the world it portrays seems very authentic while showing the characters at the highest and lowest points. And once again Laurence will gather infinite praises for bringing front her typical wacko character that she embodies perfectly, but I think that Adams should get a lot more credit.     


  1. Is this post prompted by the Oscars?
    What, no later edits on how Leonardo failed to Oscar this year as well? Would love to read a special post on the Oscar results (maybe after you've watched the winner films).

    Anyways, I did not understand American Hustle - it felt like it wanted to show a real side of the world but failed.
    I felt The Wolf was, like you said over the top, but it had its moments.
    I couldn't watch more than 15 minutes of Anonymous and I haven't seen Percy (I don't think).

    Anyways, going to see The Book Thief today. I'm curious to see if it feels any different on a big screen.


    1. Sorry for this absence (I finally get a comment and it takes me ages to reply...)
      So, I'm not going to make a post-Oscar post partly because there were no surprises in my opinion, partly because more than half of the movies are too self-involved or to thick for me to deal with at the moment or ever.
      I'll probably see 12 Years a Slave and Dallas Buyers Club, but not Blue Jasmine nor Nebraska...and before all of these I have to see Captain America and Frozen. (I have my own real issues why should I deal with some fictional ones :p).
      For me American Hustle was spruced-up real, and don't thing there's something to understand. It's like The Artist, an ode to the represented time...a weird one, grant you that.
      For Leo, The Wolf was too exotic to grant him a win, especially with the McConaughey competition who had the subject and the weight loss on his side; The Aviator or Shutter Island were closer. But he's having fun and he'll get one at some point.
      Funny thing about Anonymous the first 30-40 min I was mostly sleeping.