Tuesday, April 1, 2014

March '14 Movies Digest

Some heart and some action!

The Lego Movie

Wits: 4.5/5
Story: 4.5/5
Perception: 5/5

Rating: 4.5/5

You don't need to be a fan of these plastic bricks to enjoy this movie, but if you're one, like me, this is a fantastic ride. First of all, visually it is brilliant and flawless, and the soundtrack gets to you easily. Then the story has enough twists and turns and a nice sentiment to it. And finally, the choice of hints is quite cool. In the end, it really make you think about buying new Legos.

The Grand Budapest Hotel

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

Rating: 4.5/5

Another Wes Anderson delight! Probably one of his most elaborate stories yet, with a bunch of unexpected situations, that are magnificently delivered by the cast filled with A-listers: the concierges' scene was absolutely brilliant! And for some nitpicking: around the half of the movie the pace really slows down, more than I've expected, but then it catches up well enough to recover the lost ground.

300: Rise of an Empire

Acting: 3.5/5
Story: 2.5/5
Perception: 3/5

Rating: 3/5

It is better than what I was expecting but far behind of its predecessor. First of all, tackling the bigger picture of the Greek-Persian wars made them take a lot more liberties and not only on a detail level as it was done with 300; and that disturbs me a little. Secondly, it is basically the same thing, so the 'wow!' effect is no longer there. And thirdly, the visual modifications like the gallons of fake-muddy blood and giving up the 300 tri-color theme also made it less appealing. Luckily the two main protagonists are good enough to save some of it.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Acting: 3.5/5
Story: 4.5/5
Perception: 3.5/5

Rating: 4/5

And with this one the full-length previews for the Avengers 2 are done. And as expected it's more grounded than Thor 2 and Iron Man 3, even though it also got its fair share of witty lines.Still, the veterans acting qualities aren't enough to counterbalance the main boy-scout attitude. Also, the filming style was a bit 'bipolar' at times, quickly switching from nice panoramic short to strange angles and shaky-cam. Anyway, the huge plus of the movie is definitely the story which is intricate and twisted to the right amount. Now, I'm waiting to see the series tie-in.

!!!Somewhat of Spoilers below!!!

Bonus on The Winter Soldier: Even Marvel admits Hawkeye's uselessness. This would have been a good opportunity to develop the B-grade Avenger, with all the S.H.I.E.L.D fuss, but instead they chose to introduce another character. Let's hope he'll be more fun than Cap.  

On a side note: It's a known fact that some major characters are missing from the Avengers because of studios' rights. But I wasn't expecting the feud to start over Magneto's offspring: the Maximoff siblings. Moreover, between the two of them I would have gone for Wanda aka The Scarlet Witch, but as it seems it's Pietro (Quicksilver) who's for the moment credited for both X-men: DoFP and Avengers 2. On top of all this both actors come from the Kick-Ass franchise and once again Marvel/Disney has the upper hand since they scored the protagonist compared to the friend that wasn't even recast for the second installment. Still Fox has Sir Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and...a certain Hugh Jackman. Anyway, let's see how this match develops. 

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