Sunday, November 24, 2013

Movie Review: Catching Fire…is of course on Fire

If you liked the book you will like the movie! For once Hollywood got it right and kept the movie
exactly like the book. No random changes for no reason, no leaving out important parts, and no adding in useless scenes. I have never seen a movie be as close to the book as this, one so the movie is 2 ½ hours long but it has no slow points so you won’t notice.

This one is better than the first, for so many reasons: this book was better than the first, the acting is better, you see the true nature of the government, and the love triangle gets more tangled. It also helps
that it is chock full of top actors besides the ones the series made famous (Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutchinson, & Liam Hemsworth) Woody Harrelson,  Donald Sutherland, Elizabeth Banks, Phillip Seymmore Hoffman, and the list goes on.

A lot of parents are worried about the violence in this movie and of course it’s there it’s a game of killing but its not gory or outlandish. If you think about it this is nothing a younger audience hasn’t seen before and not just in movies. In school a lot of elementary kids read Lord of the Flies, which is another premise of kids killing other kids not for survival but domination.

If you’re a Hunger Games fan you won’t be disappointed get to the theaters now. Agree or don’t agree share your reviews at www.yourmediaworld.com.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Man of Steel out for rent this week

Not in the mood for romance or romantic comedies this week? Me neither and all the new release seem to be that Best Man Holiday or About time or is it just freezing outside all the more reason I say stay home and curl up with whatever is the latest streaming rental.  And that latest streaming or on DVD would be Man of Steel. Some of you super Superman fanatics may have seen it but not me the review on www.yourmediaworld.com convinced me to wait until its was available for rent.

Man of Steel has an all-star cast Henry Cavill as Super Man and Amy Addams as Lois Lane. Not to mention Super Man has two infamous fathers Kevin Costner and Russel Crowe.  Even with this remarkable cast the movie is just so-so. The movie develops a new side of Super Man one we didn’t see with the original Christopher Reeves version. Also builds a new Lois Lane story where she is more involved and Super Man’s real father plays a bigger role. The problem with everything being more elaborate and everyone having a bigger part makes the movie longer and more drawn out. While there was action throughout it just tended to drag on. For the girls that watch the action movies for the eyecandy and romance only 1 of these is delivered. Henry Cavill looks amazing but the romance between Superman and Lois Lane is just not there.  So if you want some action for 143 minutes (although it seems like more) and you want to see the new take on Superman you will be mildly entertained just don’t have such high expectations.

This movie didn’t live up to what Warner Brothers was trying to do, build a new franchise as they did with Batman/Dark Knight but they  are already working on a another movie with this Man of Steel this one is Batman vs Superman. Unfortunately, they cast Ben Affleck as Batman…you would think he would know better from his previous superhero attempt.  I guess that will be another rental.

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Movie Review: Thor the Dark World…better than the first

Better than the first and already earning $86.1 million, owned the weekend box office. Good movie for both guys and girls has all the action the guys need plus the sappy love story for the girls….not to mention the eye candy with a few obligatory ab shots to make a girl swoon. After seeing the first Thor I wasn’t inclined to see the second but at the rate the Marvel movies were going I thought there was a good shot it could be worth it, and it paid off.

The story line is more exciting than the first with the entire universe on the line and the love story is that much more developed star-crossed lovers, a god who is king and a mortal how can that ever work. The villains this time are “evil elves” starring Christoper Eccleston, for you Doctor Who Fans, who are trying to bring darkness to the entire universe. I think as much fighting and running around it was not as focused on them as all the action around and caused by the “evil elves.” Bringing back Loki, Tom Hiddleston, the character we all love to hate and giving him a soft side so you hate him a little less is brilliant so when he turns evil again, as all villains do, you will hate him more than ever.

Without giving anything away the ending of the movie is shocking and makes you wonder WTF, it definitely provides the jump off for the third installment of the series. Finally, don’t leave the movie before the credits are through as there is another scene starring The Collector, Benicio Del Toro, and creating yet more questions and another hook for the third installment. Share your thoughts and reviews at www.yourmediaworld.com.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Movie Review: Enders Game...don’t bother watching this game

Based on the classic novel by Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game is the story of the Earth's most gifted children training to defend their home planet in the space wars of the future. If you haven’t heard of it watch the trailer at www.yourmediaworld.com.

It is hard for any movie based on a book but I think this one was at a disadvantage. The book had a lot of character development and we were allowed to hear the thoughts of the main character, Ender, so we could understand him. Ender is a complicated character and just seeing him on screen without understanding his thoughts doesn’t explain why he does what he does. The movie also fails to demonstrate what a brilliant strategist he is, they just say look what he is doing its brilliant, which is a let down to say the least. Furthermore since a movie doesn’t get your time for more than 2 hours you don’t get to understand the development of each of the characters with Ender and why they come to respect him. In the movie they just suddenly start. Since this is a war movie and he has to lead understanding how smart he is and why they respect him is important. Ender and his friends must save the world and they do it without knowing it, essentially they tell them they are just playing a game when in actuality its real war ships and they are killing enemies and friends alike. They find out afterward and have to deal with the consequences of all those deaths on their hands. Since they are some sort of “super children” with genius IQ’s the majority of them are not phased by the deaths.  Ender is left to deal with the morality of the situation and what he has done. The ending of the movie shows Ender’s morality and leaves room for a sequel, as there are four books in the series so far, but I won’t be seeing a sequel.

The movie does get to boast a great cast Harrison Ford, Viola Davis, Ben Kingsley, and Asa Butterfield (star of Hugo). Unfortunately, a great cast can’t always guarantee a great movie. Even though this movie is number one at the box office right now I say skip it wait until it comes out on cable. While the scenery is great to see on a big screen I still say wait until its on repeat on TNT.  Don’t agree? Think you should run out and see it? Share your thoughts and reviews at www.yourmediaworld.com.