Wednesday, June 03, 2009

4 Movies, 1 Big Review

Oh yeah, I can't believe it myself that I've seen that many movies these past few weeks. I mean, that's a lot for a busy man like me, OK? Anyway, here goes...


Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
Saw this at the Odeon cinema in Birmingham. Man, what a small hall it was. It had the vibe of the already closed cinema at Amcorp Mall. Anyway, Matthew McConaughey's latest Rom Com is about this casanova Connor Meade (played by McConaughey, of course) who is haunted by the ghosts of his past girlfriends at his younger brother's wedding.
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It starts off with a pretty sexy scene that I really enjoyed due to the clever, um, writing. Connor's a much-wanted and desired photographer and we could see he thoroughly enjoys the many perky perks of the job. But little bro's getting married, so he goes back to their childhood home and bumps into an ex (Jennifer Garner). Meade then gets visited by his dead uncle (Michael Douglas) who was a buaya in his own day as well, and a few other ghosts after that. Meade is then taken through a journey to show how big of a scum he is, and yes, that he and the ex are basically meant to be.

I know it's a remake, but I've never really found Rom Coms with ghosts to be terribly funny. Or romantic. The chemistry between the leads was rather ok, but I've never seeen Jennifer Garner as the type who loves, but someone who kicks ass. So automatically the movie scores rather mediocrely for me on the Rom front. Final rating: 6/10


Night At The Museum 2
The problem with these sort of films is that the magic is always in the first viewing. You'll go ooooh aaaaaah the first time you see a cool new effect, but come the sequel, you'll be like, ok what else have you got?

NATM2 again stars Ben Stiller (of course) as Larry Daley, and we see more museum exhibits come to life, although at a different location. This time though we've got a funny pharaoh (Hank Azria) who plots to conquer the world (cue evil laugh). So of course Larry has to stop this from happening by taking possession of that magical tablet.

I thought Azaria's Pharaoh was weirdly funny but the romantic bits between Larry and Amelia Earhart (Amy Adams) was just unfunny weird. I mean, what's the point of raising romance when you know it'll never go anywhere seeing how the other person is already, I don't know, DEAD, and now "lives" as a patung. Like, euwww.
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Stiller himself looked too much like he knew what was coming, and I'd rate this performance as one of his least enjoyable ones. And what is up with not giving Ricky Gervais more to do lah? It's a crime, I tell ya. But the special effects are dazzling indeed and worth the ticket price. The paintings coming alive are especially cute and nifty. So my final rating for NATM2: 7/10


Terminator Salvation
Another Terminator movie? Well, why the hell not? Especially when you've got Christian Bale on the project and an ambitious director who's eager to prove himself yet again like McG. So here's the synopsis: "After Skynet has destroyed much of humanity in a nuclear holocaust, a group of survivors led by John Connor struggles to keep the machines from finishing the job." Got it? Good.
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The good bits? It's loud and, well, explosive. I'm sure they used the best explosive designers in the business cos when things go Kaboom, it REALLY goes KABOOM here. And the robots and terminators are really cool, especially the ones on bikes and that nasty T800 thing.

Bad bits? One too many explosions lah. And quite a number of plot holes (that have been pointed out on IMDB). I mean, by now, all the real hardcore Terminator would know the story inside out, so when you try to piece things together and one wheel is fitted wrongly, of course people would notice! But I'll just let you discover what those are on your own, ok?

Still, I quite enjoyed the flick and giving it a final rating of: 7/10


Monsters vs Aliens
"When a meteorite from outer space hits a young California woman named Susan Murphy and turns her into a giant monster, she is taken to a secret government compound where she meets a ragtag group of monsters also rounded up over the years."

Of course being an animated feature, you can expect the usual dose of over-the-top humour and excellent visuals that bring out the "whoa"s. And it's even better if you watch the 3D version, which was what I did. Man, can't remember when was the last time I put on those big ugly glasses at a cinema, but it was well worth the RM16. In fact, I would have paid RM16.50 if they asked me to!

The story itself was rather predictable and too slow at times, but the journey's what is all about. Highly recommended especially if you have kids to bring along. Final rating: 7/10

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