Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Movie review: After Earth and Hangover Part III on DVD today- rent it or wait for it to come on cable?

After Earth
After Earth stars Will Smith and Jaden Smith and that’s it; the move is almost entirely those two alone and just goes to show Nepotism will get you everywhere in Hollywood. One thousand years after cataclysmic events forced humanity's escape from Earth, Nova Prime has become mankind's new home. Legendary General Cypher Raige (Will Smith) returns from an extended tour of duty to his estranged family, ready to be a father to his 13-year-old son, Kitai (Jayden Smith). When an asteroid storm damages Cypher and Kitai's craft, they crash-land on a now unfamiliar and dangerous Earth. As his father lies dying in the cockpit, Kitai must trek across the hostile terrain to recover their rescue beacon. The premise sounds promising if you like futuristic sci-fi and Will Smith usually has the golden touch. Unfortunately, Will Smith couldn’t save this movie. The script was poorly written as Will and Jayden were talking I found myself rolling my eyes at all the bad lines. The subtle accents used, especially by Jayden, are terrible and seem to come and go throughout the movie.  As I said the movie is almost entirely Will and Jayden but actually it is mostly Jayden trekking through the woods and I just couldn’t connect with him, I felt like he was too much of a baby the entire time. Of course he finally mans up and finds his inner strength and saves the day, because every movie needs a happy ending, but then he says “ I think I wanna go work with mom” which I don’t think is cute or funny but defeats the purpose of everything he just did. I think there are plenty of other movies that have come out to rent this one can wait until its on cable.
Don’t agree? Think this movie was only 4 stars share your thoughts at www.yourmediaworld.com.

The Hangover Part III
The wolfpack is back…again. This is much like the first where Doug gets kidnapped and they end up in Vegas. They bring back almost everyone from the first movie including Mike Epps (black Doug), Heather Grahm (Jade the stripper), and the original baby.  Of course the original is the best because you didn’t know what to expect. I was actually laughing out loud a lot, which doesn’t normally happen with a third installment. Yes, there were a lot of the same jokes told a little different but it was still funny. Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong) escapes from prison in Bangkok and delivers his usual crazy one-liners and helped keep the movie funny. Melissa McCarthy even has an appearance as Alan’s (Zack Galifianakis) love interest. All in all this was a better movie than the second but nothing beats the first installment. If you didn’t catch it in theatres I would say this is a good movie to stream but I don’t know if its something you need to have in your movie library to watch repeatedly. Don’t agree? Think this movie was only 2 stars share your thoughts at www.yourmediaworld.com.

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