KICK-ASS 2 (2013)
4 out of 5 stars
Yeah! Finally got to watch this movie that I’ve been anticipating since I watched the trailers. My favourite line has to be:
Hit Girl: Act like a bitch, get slapped like a bitch.
Kick Ass is back and he’s joining up with a group of similar-minded vigilantes to fight crime in New York City. Meanwhile, Red Mist is intent on revenge against Kick Ass for his father’s death and reincarnates himself as The Motherfucker along with his group of super villains.
They are still humans but they dress up as costumed superheroes to fight for justice and for revenge – depending which side you’re on. There are new characters like Colonel Stars and Stripes, Night Bitch and Dr. Gravity. Personally, I find the costumed couple pretty hilarious because everyone knows the power of a loaded handbag or a charged-up baseball bat.
Sometimes, I get a little teary-eyed while watching. Maybe it’s because these so-called superheroes are just teenagers who are trying to make a difference but people around them get hurt instead. Maybe it’s because they willingly give themselves to protect their city. It also begins the age-old question if we are allowed to take justice in own hands. Personally, I still prefer the first movie because there are more fighting scenes with Hit Girl though this one is not bad. Go adrenaline rush!
STAY TILL THE END OF THE CREDITS FOR AN EXTRA SCENE!
THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE (2013)
3 and a half out of 5 stars
Burt Wonderstone and Anton Marvelton (Steve Carell and Steve Buscem) have been performing magic in Las Vegas for many years. Their sales are hurting due to stale performances and an up-and-coming street magician known as Steve Gray (Jim Carrey).
The reviews haven’t been kind but if there’s one thing I’ve taught myself – if you like it, watch it!
First of all, don’t their name sound magical? And I kinda love Steve Carell’s wig – it seems to have a life on its own. His character even wears spanx! I was giggling away when they performed to Abracadabra because it is so cheesy but the song is just so catchy! Jim Carrey may be have been the “new face of magic” but his aptly titled programme “Brain Rapist” describes his acts to a ‘T’. What I liked about this movie is that it brought the feeling of wonder and excitement that one experiences with magic. It’s all trickery but what matters is the execution and I felt Alan Arkin’s character really brought a nice touch to the movie. The final trick was pretty funny though I wished they didn’t show us HOW they did it so we can preserve that little bit of magic.
MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS (2011)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars
Based on the children’s book by Richard and Florence Atwater, Jim Carrey stars as Tom Popper, a successful realtor who receives two crates of Gentoo penguins from his father, an adventurer who passed away at the Antarctica. Initially, the penguins create havoc for Popper and he decides to give them away but has second thoughts when his children and ex-wife start bonding with him over the penguins.
OMG the penguins are all so cute! Now I feel like watching all films related to penguins (Happy Feet, March of the Penguins, etc).
Nimrod is the klutz of the six and there’s a moment involving a snow globe that is really funny. But my heart is set on Captain because she was the first penguin and I guess she kinda imprinted on me somehow. I liked her stint at the zoo! And I find it adorable that the penguins enjoy Charlie Chaplin, because life imitates art imitates life (Chaplin was imitating the penguins’ walk). Jim Carrey is working with animals once again and I loved it when he taught the penguins to dance. Madeline Carroll from Flipped is in it and she’s growing prettier! An enjoyable and family-friendly movie!
YES MAN (2008)
– 3 out of 5 stars
Then I saw Yes Man, thanks to 91.3FM (my current favourite radio station). Carl is leading the average American lifestyle, likes to isolate himself and refuses to accept larger responsibilites after his divorce. It all changes when he attends a “Yes Man” seminar and finds himself in situations he would never find himself in if he didn’t say “yes”. The movie is totally funny, I think I laughed throughout the entire running time. His boss is totally weirded out and their Harry Potter-themed party was hilarious – the Dobby costume was kinda sick, by the way. The full-body roller blading thing that they did in the end was really scary!!