I saw Star Trek today. It is sort of a prequel to the original TV show, the actors portraying the original cast being young and just forming together as a cohesive team on the Starship Enterprise.
I don't know if I'd go so far as to say this movie is strictly for Trekkie fans, but it would behoove a viewer to already be a fan of the first series - or at least familiar with it - to fully appreciate this movie, the cast, the personalities of the characters, and the sort of plot. As a Trekkie myself, I loved it.
This plot does include time travel for one of the key characters which was a little confusing to me. And it seemed to make the plot not fit in with other story lines in the Star Trek franchise.
One glaring discrepancy is how strikingly different and modern this Enterprise is in comparison with that of the original series. That would seem to make the Enterprise go backward in technology - which was also confusing. I guess it's a case where the less you think and analyze, the better off you are.
The acting is good and meets the quality one would expect, the characters enjoyable, and the special effects awesome. The soundtrack is nostalgically and comfortingly familiar. I saw it on an IMAX screen which enhanced everything all the more.
Don't want to give away too much more. A great escape from realities in your life for a couple of hours.
Last Edit: May 16, 2009 23:45:27 GMT -5 by texasgal
I saw Angels And Demons this afternoon. Tom Hanks (from DaVinci Code) reprises his role as Robert Langdon in this adaptation of Dan Brown's book of the same title. Instead of dealing with the foundations of Christianity, this story deals with the Illuminati, an historical underground group of scientists, and their battle with the Vatican.
I had read this book a few years ago and felt that the movie followed the book very closely and did it justice. Very well indeed. Even though I'd read the book, there were still tense moments. In fact, a couple of the scenes might be too intense for children. A couple of good plot twists at the end. Don't want to spoil it for those who haven't read the book so that's all I'll say about that.
Like DaVinci Code, this story is based on true historical facts with an overlay of fiction. Perhaps a very heavy overlay in this case as I can't foresee anything like Angels And Demons happening in real life. But a great tale. And a touching ending.
Loved the Rome on-location cinematography.
In a rare instance, I liked DaVinci Code the movie better than the book. But I liked Angels And Demons, both the book and the movie, equally.
Because A&D contains historical dialogues, it might not be everyone's cup of tea - as with DaVinci Code. But this tea was just right for me. Ron Howard does it again!
Edited to add: If you're debating, here's one thing I can suggest that might help: If you liked DaVinci Code, you'll probably like this one too.
Last Edit: May 18, 2009 21:32:27 GMT -5 by texasgal
Sorry for the triple-post! I seem to be doing that a lot lately.
Just saw Funny People this afternoon (Adam Sandler, Seth Rogan, Jonah Hill, Jason Schwartzman, Leslie Mann, Eric Bana). It was good but Wow! not nearly as funny as I'd expected. It was actually quite serious most of the time and dealt with serious, intimate issues. In a lot of ways, it reminded me of a Wes Anderson type of movie with the familiar themes of alienation, friendship, illness, death, betrayal and reconciliation in the end. Except this is much harder-edged.
There were some unexpected cameos, even a cameo of Owen! Not a live appearance; he appears on a poster on the wall in the background in a scene. The poster is shown long enough for the audience to notice. The poster isn't one we know; it was probably made just for the movie. It shows Owen with another actor (probably Adam Sandler although I couldn't quite identify him). Looks like a poster for some fictitious buddy movie.
Funny People seemed long too - 3 hours.
Very good and with a few chuckles. But if you're looking for hearty belly laughs you'll find few of them here.
Last Edit: Aug 3, 2009 18:28:56 GMT -5 by texasgal
Post by hutchshottie on Mar 28, 2010 13:23:18 GMT -5
Many times I have come across a movie and thought "i don't want to watch that!!" but did and enjoyed it. So the rule never judge a book............comes into effect. I am never going to judge a movie just by a feeling a have for it.
When The Hangover was realised I have thoughts of non stop sex related jokes, American Pie for the mature. I imagined it to be full of sexual references, men talking about women's private bits and running around drinking and taking drugs. I believed the title to say it all. Hangover after a night of sex, sex and more sex.
Well I was shocked. I watched this last night and won't say it was a laugh fest, but was a good movie. Funny, not full of sexual references or typical hangover images. The whole concept of them not remembering anything and trying to find their friend is a good concept. I enjoyed it and will always give a movie a go before I judge it.......................unless they make more American Pie movies. Which they should rename American Sex..........in my opinion
I adored "Stardust"! I think my review is somewhere on this thread. I thought Robert DeNiro was a scream! I never would have recognized Henry now from this movie though. I'm so glad you refreshed my memory! I can't wait to see him in Tudors! And any future projects he might have (please keep me updated)!
To anyone who hasn't seen "Stardust" yet, it's like a little bit darker version of "The Princess Bride". If you liked that movie, you'll probably enjoy it!
Oh Stardust. Love that movie but more because it talks about my home town here in the UK. Ipswich. Charlie's character talks about going to "ipswich" to buy the ring. When this was mentioned in the cinema I was in, we all cheered and clapped. Ipswich is famous!!!!
Post by meowencrazy on Mar 30, 2010 13:35:55 GMT -5
I saw the Princess Bride...finally...loved Cary. Googled him. The end.
George Clooney's Up In The Air is a wonderful movie...it just made me love George even more....
The Time Traveler's Wife is worth watching too....Eric Bana, as always, delivers a strong performance...Rachel McAdams is amazing as well...Its like a less detailed version of the book. I didn't like the book...but the movie is actually good.
Thanks for all the reviews. I haven't been to the movies in months & months, and there have been several movies I've wanted to see and missed. Cinemas are too expensive anymore unless you go to the matinee, and even matinee prices are getting steep. There's always dvd's! I've got a lot of catching up to do. Hooray for Redbox and Netflix!!