Packed to the brim with Broadway stars and the sweeping songs throughout, Frozen just screams of a future Broadway show of the movie that Soccer Moms and Thespians will sing in their cars for years. I do believe that Frozen will be around for a long time, as a new classic.
After setting such a high standard with its creative output, we all knew at some point that Marvel Studios would give us a dud.
Up to this point, the biggest creative misstep has been Iron Man 2, but even that one had things to recommend about it. It looks like the second Iron Man has some company in the creative misstep column with the debut of Thor: The Dark World.
Personally I found it refreshing, and frankly somewhat of a relief, how fully this Thor movie was willing to be something of an exercise in high fantasy. I was impressed by just how much of the film took place in Asgard and the nine realms, and how much of the story’s focus was on the gods and their challenges as opposed to the focus being primarily on humanity.
It took close to thirty years, but Hollywood has finally found a way to adapt Ender’s Game for the silver screen.
Part of the wait was allowing technology to catch up with Card’s imagination (and that of his readers) to fully render the universe of Ender Wiggin on the silver screen. Another part was finding young actors who could help bring the characters to life on the silver screen.
Gravity stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, is directed by Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men), and is the story of what happens when something goes horribly awry during a NASA mission to install some new technology on the Hubble Space Telescope.
If you saw the trailer and you’re like me, you had 2 reactions:
1. Holy crap that’s terrifying!
2. How do they plan on making a whole movie out of that?!?
Well I’m happy to report that #1 is completely accurate and #2 is not a problem.
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.
I didn’t expect this to be a movie that was likely to capture the subversive spirit of the original. I was completely taken off-guard by just how much of a good time it turned out to be. There was barely a scene in the film that didn’t have me rolling in my seat with laughter. I found it to be smart, sarcastic, over the top funny, and thoroughly engaging.