THE WOLVERINE (2013)
3 and a half out of 5 stars
When an old acquaintance summons Logan (aka the Wolverine) to Japan, he is forced to face his own demons – his identity as a mutant and his guilt from killing Jean Grey. What will Wolverine do when he is offered an opportunity to not be a mutant?
Logan: Go fuck yourself, pretty boy!
No X-Men movie is complete without Hugh Jackman saying “go fuck yourself”. Just saying. Hugh Jackman is Wolverine. Wolverine is Hugh Jackman. Somehow, he just looks like he’s born to play the part. I’m not sure there’s another actor who can look like and play Wolverine so perfectly.
Story-wise, the Japanese setting does make it more mysterious especially with the yakuza involved. Asian values does change the perspective of everything. Respect, honour, family and filial piety. Watching Wolverine getting scrubbed down is also a plus.
Tao Okamoto is really pretty as Mariko Yashida while Rila Fukushima plays a feisty Yukio, Wolverine’s self-employed bodyguard. These Japanese ladies exude charm and grace and they can still kick ass. Though I wonder what it must feel like for the Viper? Does she really not crave male company? Or does she dislike them because she can’t be with them? Nonetheless, her body is smoking hot!
STAY FOR A SHORT SCENE DURING THE CREDITS!
MOVIE 43 (2013)
2 out of 5 stars
This is probably one of the weirdest (worst?) movie anthology I have ever since.
It is probably meant to be crude, so try not to be too offended by some of the stories in there. It is also best to take with a pinch of salt and laugh at everything. One of the reasons I wanted to watch it was Emma Stone but I wasn’t really taken by her story with Kieran Culkin as her ex-boyfriend. The opening story with Hugh Jackman and Kate Winslet drew the most laughs along with the one starring real-life husband and wife, Chris Pratt and Anna Faris. There are some really random advertisements in between the segments and I think the Tampax commercial is the funniest.
Watch it if you’re really bored and want to watch A-list stars do and say silly (explicit) stuff.
LES MISERABLES (2012)
4 out of 5 stars
Based on the novel by Victor Hugo and the successful musical of the same name, Les Miz tells the story of Jean Valjean, a former prisoner who reinvents himself as the mayor of a town in France. He agrees to care for Cosette, the daughter of Fantine, after a terrible incident, all the while escaping Javert, a police inspector adamant on capturing Valjean.
The first time I saw the trailer for Les Miz, I cried. Maybe it was the songs that were sung with so much melancholy. So it’s no surprise that there were tears while watching the movie. Especially when Anne Hathaway, as Fantine, sings ‘I Dreamed A Dream’. There was sadness and anger in her tone of voice and she looked so devastated. Hugh Jackman was fantastic as Jean Valjean. It’s the first time I’ve heard him sing and he sounds quite pleasant. No wonder he’s won a Tony Award!
The other actor that I was mesmerized with was Aaron Tveit, who plays Enjolras, one of the students in the revolution fighting alongside Marius (Eddie Redmayne), the love of Cosette. Most people would probably know him as the jerk cousin of Nate, Tripp, in Gossip Girl but oh man, his voice is one of the best. He sounds the most natural among the male actors/singers and brought a lot of conviction in his voice. Amanda Seyfried sounds good but we’ve heard her in Mamma Mia! The Movie so no worries there. As for Russell Crowe, I shall let you decide for yourself.
I didn’t expect the whole movie to be just songs but since it was based on the musical, what was I expecting? Maybe a few lines of dialogue? But no, it is pure singing with probably less than ten lines of sing-spoken dialogue.
I don’t know what was the spark between Cosette and Marius (because I’m a cynic?) but I do know many of us identify with Eponine, the one pining for Marius. Is there no justice in the world of crushes?!
Watch it because it has been nominated for 8 awards at the upcoming 85th Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor (Hugh Jackman) and Best Supporting Actress (Anne Hathaway).
RISE OF THE GUARDIANS (2012)
3 and a half out of 5 stars
This is a story about Jack Frost, who helps the Guardians in their fight against Pitch Black, the Boogeyman, who aims to make children lose their belief in the Guardians and ultimately, lose the innocence of childhood.
Well, the Guardians are made up of Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny and the Sandman. This concept relates more to children in Westernized countries because they celebrate Easter and Christmas in a big way. I wasn’t sure what to expect but it was quite a nice film with cute bits like the elves with the bells and Baby Tooth!
It was full of laughs and I enjoyed the Sandman’s antics the most. I have probably heard the least about the Sandman and I am more familiar with the scarier versions of the Guardians, i.e. the evil Tooth Fairy. The Easter Bunny is quite adorable as well, even though it’s male. Dakota Goyo (Real Steel) voices Jamie and he sounds so hopeful – no wonder he has a meatier role in this.
STAY DURING THE CREDITS FOR AN EXTRA SCENE about the morning after. Watch the movie to understand!
REAL STEEL (2011)
– 4 out of 5 stars
I’m really glad I saw this during its last week of showing. Every boxing match is so exciting! I think if I saw this in the privacy of my own house, I would be punching the air and shouting.
And the moment Hugh Jackman starts to “box”, which is a moment of triumph for him and those around him, you just start to tear up and feel really proud that he’s still got that spark in him.
Dakota Goyo, the boy who plays Hugh Jackman’s son Max Kenton, is so adorable! He’s practically an adult trapped in a boy’s body. I love it when he dances with Atom! Robots do hip-hop!
X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE (2009)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars
Woohoo, here’s my last movie for April!
First of all, I want to say that the mutants are so good looking – the males are hot! Is it a prerequisite?
The movie focuses on how Wolverine became who he is with all the adamantium bonded onto his skeleton and lost his memories (and trying to get them back in the X-Men trilogy). You get to see his violent past complete with “bone claws”, as well as his relationship with another mutant, Silverfox. There’s lots of muscles, claws, and all sorts of weapons. As for the guys, there’s Daniel Henney as Agent Zero, looking suave shooting people. There’s Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson/Deadpool, good with his swords but bad with his mouth. Too bad both of them paid a price for their deeds, though I think Ryan Reynolds is too handsome for what he deserved at the end of the film!! Oh, there’s roguish-looking Gambit with his charged-playing cards, though I think I prefer the Gambit with the headband (like in the X-men cartoons).
One last thing: STAY TILL THE END OF THE CREDITS!
X-MEN: THE LAST STAND (2006)
– 4 out of 5 stars
Anyway, the movie was GREAT! I personally think it’s better than The Da Vinci Code. It’s quite sad to say many are killed off in this last installment (or is it not?) and of course, more characters are introduced. Political issues were touched on, and it simply showed that there are two sides of a human coin – good and evil. The more you try to suppress it, the more it wants to escape…
The ending was magnificent and I don’t know whether I should say this… but for those watching it, please stay right to the end of the credits for the coda, or in other words, a small little surprise to entice viewers about the next sequel or to cover a part of the story that was not revealed in the ending.
STAY BEHIND, OK?