This show follows Korra, the teenaged Avatar, as she comes into her full powers and gets trained in how to actually use them, as well as how to be the Avatar. Of course, things don’t go smoothly and there are conspiracies to thwart, intrigues and mysteries to solve, lots of martial arts and element “bending”, action, and romance.
If you expected witty, fast-paced writing, a cast with chemistry, great acting and direction, nifty plots, and an overarching, twisty plotline — in other words, if you expected Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly or a movie anything like The Avengers — there are a lot of other shows out there that can fulfill this need, including the original NCIS which has all of those things. AoS has none of them, however.
I’m not a huge fan of concert movies, though, mostly because those movies spend a lot of time showing you how cool and/or normal the performers are and don’t spend enough time letting you actually see the concert. Or they’re stultifying dull. So, it’s no surprise that I fall on the Help! side of the movie concert house. As in, I like a fun, fictional story to go along with the musical performance.
This movie isn’t going to be up for any Oscars other than the technical ones, but, again, that’s not why anyone goes to see these kinds of movies. However, for what it’s aiming to be — a fun, popcorn movie filled with thrills, chills, and bad, badder, and the baddest guys around — it succeeds brilliantly.
As with the first RED, and Ocean’s 11, 12, and 13, this is a smart, funny, action-packed movie with a lot more twists and turns than you’re expecting. The cast is in top-notch form, and they continue to inhabit these characters as real people — there were no glitches in character between the first movie and this one.
This story is a fable, an American fairytale. And like all fairytales, it gets retold, and changed a bit in the retelling. There are evil monsters to overcome and a pretty woman and a young boy to save who also do a bit of saving themselves. There are mystical and magical animals who help our heroes along the way. The hero has to find out who the real perpetrators of evil are and find it within himself to overcome them.
I love animation. Almost all kinds of animation. I loved animation before it was cool. I consider a hot date to be the latest Disney or Pixar film, and always have. I go to animated movies whether I have a child with me or not, because I love the medium and I love the movies made for the medium. On the other hand, I hate 3-D. Almost always. So, I was a little wary, seeing as I was going to the 3-D screening of Despicable Me 2.
I am not a huge Star Trek fan. My grandmother was the original Trekker and she loved, nay adored, Star Trek in all its forms. I think they’re merely okay. I like them just fine, but I don’t care about “canon” on this series. Who did what to whom in which of the many versions and iterations of Trek means pretty much nada to me. I care about being entertained. And while I had a couple little niggles about J.J. Abram’s Star Trek reboot, overall I thought it was awesome.
To paraphrase my friend Marsheila Rockwell, who saw this premiere with me: If you want to see a great Joss Whedon movie, go see Serenity. If you want to see a great version of Much Ado About Nothing, get the Kenneth Branagh version. If, however, you want to see Joss’ palatial home and estate, then this is the movie for you.
Happy New Year! Or, as I like to think of it, Nerd Year. Yeah, I’m a total nerd, married to a total nerd, who raised a total nerd. We are out and proud, baby. And, as The Avengers has taught us, we are legion.
Everyone does Christmas and gift lists, but honestly, if you don’t have The Avengers already (or Firefly, or Dr. Who, etc.), or didn’t buy it for the nerd in your life, you need a lot more help than any column I can write will provide.