EYEING THE BIG PICTURE

nowyouseemeNOW YOU SEE ME (2013)
4 and a half out of 5 stars

Four magicians collectively known as the Four Horsemen pull of a bank heist in the midst of their show and draws the attention of the FBI agent, an Interpol detective and a former magician who earns his keep by revealing other magicians’ tricks.

First of all, JESSE EISENBERG! OMG I just love it when he rattles off like nobody’s business. There were a group of girls screaming for Dave Franco but I’m not really into him. Sure, his fight scene with Mark Ruffalo has got to be one of the most unusual and original ones I’ve seen. Flash paper, a slicing deck of cards, mirrors and all sorts of magical apparatus were used in this fight.

It is perhaps a little hasty to give it such a high score but my mind was really blown after watching this movie. On hindsight, it seems a little all-over-the-place and the conclusion may be a little hasty because I figured it completely during the end credits. What I liked what how they used simple magic tricks on a large scale (you have to watch to understand what I’m talking about). The whole thing may be a little mind-boggling but when was the last time your mind was boggled?

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WE’RE A TIME BOMB.

THE AVENGERS (2012)
– 4 and a half out of 5 stars

By now, who hasn’t seen The Avengers?

So Nick Fury, director of SHIELD, assembles Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Hulk, Hawkeye and Black Widow to form the Avengers, in order to stop Loki from enslaving the human race.

Iron Man: If we can’t protect the Earth, you can be damn sure we’ll avenge it.

The action scenes were to die for, especially when they were showing off and fighting among themselves. What can I say, I love havoc. I didn’t watch the Iron Man movies so I wasn’t introduced to Black Widow earlier but I was pretty impressed with ScarJo and her dexterity. Guess I should make time to watch those two Iron Man movies before they release the other Marvel movies. I didn’t like the aliens much which I attribute to their disgusting vertebrae structure.

Hulk: Puny God.

Funny scenes are aplenty, with each superhero trying to outsmart and outwit each other. Most of it came from the cocky billionaire philanthropist Iron Man and the Hulk – both created a good bromance considering both of them share a science background. Of course, my fangirl heart melts whenever they offer a helping hand to each other.

Needless to say, STAY FOR THE EXTRA SCENE after the first credits. You’ll get a glimpse of who’s the next villian now that Loki’s back at Asgard, hopefully with some TLC. For those living outside the US, don’t bother staying till the end of the credits for that Shawarma diner scene.

A CHICKEN AND A PONY

THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT (2010)
– 4 and a half out of 5 stars

First of all, let me just say that The Kids Are All Right is available at the Cathay Cineleisure because it can only be released on one print. That’s because the film “normalises a homosexual family unit”. Well, at least they bothered to show it in Singapore. That said, I can officially announce that I have watched all TEN films nominated for Best Picture at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards! It’s a FIRST!

Back to the film, Nic (Annette Benning) and Jules (Julianne Moore) are a married lesbian couple who conceived kids using the same anonymous sperm donor. Their family is turned upside down when Laser (Josh Hutcherson) persuades his sister, Joni (Mia Wasikowska), to contact their biological father (Mark Ruffalo).

Nicole Allgood: You’re an interloper. This is my family. If you want a family, go and make your own!

Watching this film has been a real eye-opener. I mean, you don’t really see much lesbian films out there. They pretty much operate like a conventional family – one’s the breadwinner, one’s the housewife, one’s more strict, one’s more laidback… you get the picture. It’s interesting watching which parent wants the children to eat their vegetables, write Thank You cards, or is the only one bothered about the hair in the toilet. I liked how they interchanged their parental roles effortlessly.

But like all relationships, they have their difficult moments. This is a complicated case because the one causing the friction is the sperm donor, who happens to be a complete stranger before they initiated the meetup. Annette Benning and Julianne Moore deliver heartfelt and raw performances and it’s really hard to take sides because their actions and reactions were reasoned throughout the film. But I guess it’s how they dealt with it that matters. It had 4 nominations at the 83rd Academy Awards and Annette Benning won Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy at the 68th Golden Globe Awards.