Archive for December, 2008

Review: Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

Sequel to an okay movie, results in an okay continuation of a group of flaky animal characters. Mostly designed to have only one outstanding trait, it’s clear it’s still geared towards children. Hence, the jokes are not of the highest quality, but they’re just okay.
Casually comparing with the original, this one does seem to have a more streamlined and dense story with slightly more depth. But overall feeling is still the same. Really okay for a one time viewing.7+.

Review: The Day the Earth Stood Still

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Keanu Reeves headlines another big sci-fi production, and the looming title makes you curious. The movie however, seems a bit small scale, even with moderately budgeted effects. The movie poster makes it looks like Independence Day times 5, but the movie doesn’t reflect this.
The story is linear all the way, and it follows a predictable path. Characters are that interestingly written besides the obvious cliches, and a text book ending is something you didn’t wish for as well.
This movie is disappointingly average. So much for a Christmas box office surprise.6½.

Review: Pride and Glory

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Dark cop drama that has to have it from family conflict. Disappointingly, most thrills are subdued due to the fact there’s no real hidden agenda, and the viewer gets to see and know about things at the beginning. After that, it follows the path taken already by many many other movies. There’s totally no surprise left, and even with good acting (Jon Voight, Edward Norton and Colin Farrell), it feels a bit disappointing.
Director Gavin O’Connor throws away chance to show what he’s worth with big stars (previously only directing smaller movies), with most blame going to his own weak script.6½.

Review: Body of Lies

Monday, December 15th, 2008

Lies it is. Mainly the trailer, which is so cut up and edited, it seems more than the movie really is. The conflict is not as you expected and is only mild and monotonous. The story isn’t that good either. There’s some drama, but overall, it’s mediocre.
As a drama actor, DiCaprio is okay, and Russell Crowe is cast well as an obnoxious supervisor. The story doesn’t take much out of them though.
Since The Gladiator and Black Hawk Down, it seems Ridley Scott doesn’t seem to be able to make any intense movies anymore (Kingdom of Heaven *yawn*). Will Nottingham be his downfall (a Robin Hood movie) ? 6½.

Review: How to Lose Friends & Alienate People

Monday, December 8th, 2008

Simon Pegg has enough comedies under his belt to start carrying his own movies (slightly type cast), and this one is no different. Your average comedy, being fairly predictable combined with lots of moderate laughs. It doesn’t go anywhere near anything extreme, so you’ll have to do with the lot of slightly interesting characters (small roles for Thandie Newton, Megan Fox, Gillian Anderson and the likes).7-.

Review: Nights in Rodanthe

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

Love at first sight, and then some. It doesn’t feel right though, how this thing is meshed together, throwing in Diane Lane and Richard Gere together. It’s too contrived, and then the story is also predictable as hell. Not much depth in the characters, even thought it’s a pretty chatty women flick.6½.

Review: Baby Mama

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

Saturday Night Live’s alumni bundle together for a movie, and with Tina Fey mostly out of character, it seems almost refreshing. Paired with Amy Poehler it’s still not a laughing riot. It’s your average comedy, following a predictive path. Greg Kinnear as the romantic male lead works pretty well, as well as parts of Sigourney Weaver and Steve Martin, while most of the other SNL cast have cameos.
If you’re up for easy non-extreme jokes, this movie is for you.7-.