MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN (2014)
3 and a half out of 5 stars
WATCH IT BECAUSE…
1) Beneath all the time travelling, it is actually a heartwarming story of father and son.
2) Mr. Peabody is really talented and sarcastic.
3) The characters from the past are truly hilarious especially those from the Trojan war!
King Agamemnon: This is the smell of victory!
3 and a half out of 5 stars
Norman is an outcast at school because he can see and talk to ghosts – which are all over his town of Blithe Hollow. During the rehearsal of a school play re-enacting the execution of the town witch 300 years ago, Norman experiences a vision of the past and learns from his dead uncle that he is the only who can perform the ritual that can stop the witch from raising the dead and destroying the town.
To be honest, I was kinda scared when the zombies came out. I mean, even Norman, a fan of zombies – he watches zombie movies, has zombie toys, posters and bedsheets – was afraid, what about me? But it turned out to be quite funny especially when his buddy, Neil, was around. When the zombies were out, their reactions were even funnier!
STAY TILL THE END OF THE CREDITS for an extra scene for the making of Norman!
THE CHANGE-UP (2011)
– 2 and a half out of 5 stars
The trailer for this was really funny but it seems most of the movie was in the trailer. The part where I remembered I laughed the most was when both Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman peed on everything in their way during the blackout. Yup, peeing in the dark is very funny.
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars
Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) is a domesticated blue macaw that has been living with his owner, Linda, for the past fifteen years. A chance meeting with Túlio, an ornithologist, brings them all to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where Blu needs to mate with a female, Jewel (Anne Hathaway), in order to save his species. Trouble ensues when smugglers are after them and while Jewel yearns to escape, she learns that Blu cannot fly.
Rafael: Just tell her “you have beautiful eyes”.
Blu: (to Jewel) I have beautiful eyes.
OMG JESSE EISENBERG IS SUCH A CUTE BLUE MACAW. I think his real life awkwardness totally translates into Blu, which is absolutely adorable. The other characters like Rafael the Toucan and Luiz the Bulldog are equally funny. I like Luiz’s fruity get-up for the carnival and his saliva can actually be used as a form of lubricant! Nigel the Cockatoo is brilliant as the villain and he constantly antagonizes the other birds and monkeys. One of my favourite parts was the fight and they announced “BIRDS VERSUS MONKEYS!” The way these animals fight is so damn hilarious!
Both Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway contributed to the soundtrack! Though it’s not the first time we’ve heard Hathaway sing, it’s definitely the first time I heard Eisenberg sing! OMG he sounds so awkward – I like!
FUNNY PEOPLE (2009)
– 3 out of 5 stars
Funny People, though directed by Judd Apatow, is not really funny at all.
It’s about a celebrity comedian George Simmons, who has been diagnosed with a life-threatening disease. When he goes back to do stand-up comedy again, he notices Ira, a struggling stand-up comedian, and decides to hire him as his personal assistant. George notifies Ira of his illness and Ira tries to help him re-connect with the people he cast aside – his comedian friends, family and ex-fiance, Laura.
The funny parts are the processes, I think. Like when they visit George’s doctor with the very thick accent, they start making fun of him and even the doctor starts joking with him. The scene where Ira cries and spills snot all over their lunch. The part where Eminem disses Ray Ramano of Everybody Loves Raymond fame (“And I thought everybody loved you…”). Eric Bana is also hilarious with his thick Australian accent. I liked the part where his wife, Laura, fakes his accent in a horrible way and tries to quarrel with him – even he doesn’t get what she’s talking about.
Otherwise, the movie also makes jokes on the real-life situations of the actors. Like how Seth Rogen lost his charm after he lost the extra pounds, or how Jonah Hill looks like the XXXL-version of himself. Oops. But at the end of the day, it’s all about becoming a better person.
17 AGAIN (2009)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars
The story’s about Mike O’Donnell, promising basketball star, who chose the love of his life over basketballs… and comes to regret it 20 years later. He’s in the midst of finalizing the divorce and his job is going nowhere. An unexplainable twist of events happens and he’s back as his 17-year-old self and he thinks he has a chance to do it right, all over again. But his friend, Ned, is right. High school isn’t exactly the best place to relive one’s memories if his head had been stuck in the toilet bowl (that’s Ned). However, Mike thinks he can salvage the situation in his 17-year-old self.
Needless to say, there was squeals all over when Zac Efron appeared on-screen, and he gets topless a couple of times. The background love story between Mike and his wife, Scarlet, is so sweet! Ned also gets his own shot at love unexpectedly while acting as Mike’s dad. The LOTR link is really odd because who really learns how to speak Elf? One more thing, Ned has lightsabres – that make that buzzing sound everytime it clashes with another lightsabre? COOL!
KNOCKED UP (2007)
– 4 out of 5 stars
Knocked Up is more realistic as it plays on the danger of one night stands and how drinking REALLY mars your vision, considering how pretty Alison (Katherine Heigl) hooks up with average guy Ben (Seth Cohen) under the influence of alcohol.
The story picks up when she discovers she’s pregnant and contacts Ben, requesting for help and support during the remaining seven months of her pregnancy. However, Ben seems to need more help than her; he does not have any income/savings and he smokes pot and watch porn with his friends daily. I guess the main draw of the film is seeing how Ben matures from a no-brainer to serious Joe, and does his best to win Alison back after disappointing the hormonally-imbalanced her too many a time. It also talks about the ‘sacrifices’ each gender has to make after they get married or have a child. In this case, it’s all fast-forwarded since the pregnancy is unexpected. The delivery scene is hilarious too, though I must say parts of it were rather explicit. The ‘crowning’ image shown (3 times within a minute) is similar but clearer than what was shown during Science class is secondary school. At the end of the movie, you’ll start to think that Ben is really a good guy after all, well at least better than most of the friends he hangs out with.
I liked the movie. I like Knocked Up‘s soundtrack too. Nice and relaxing tunes. Their website is cute too – using pregnancy test kits to signify ‘loading in process’.