ROBOTS, BLANKS AND SHELLS

theworldsendTHE WORLD’S END (2013)
4 out of 5 stars

Finally, the Cornetto trilogy comes to an end!

Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead made cop movies and zombie movies hilarious and now, The World’s End does the same to science fiction movies.

Gary King (Pegg), an alcoholic, resolves to track down his friends from high school to complete their epic pub crawl of 12 pubs back in their hometown of Newton Haven. Halfway through their pub crawl, they realize something is off about their town and set their way to make things right and leave the town in one piece and at the same time, drink a pint at each pub to complete their journey.

To me, the bromance of Pegg and Frost have always been the core of these films and it is proven here again. It is also fresh to see Martin Freeman not being so serious and W.T.F.-ing all the time. The way these guys smash aliens and fight them makes it very entertaining. Aliens have never been destroyed that comically before, right? I say, British humour is in a class of its own.

DON’T EAT THE LOTUS FLOWER!

PERCY JACKSON AND THE LIGHTNING THIEF (2010)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars 

Why are children storybooks nowadays so interesting? There’s magic, there’s myths and there’s mysteries – all in one.

Anyway, the latest book-to-movie adaptation is Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. When Zeus’ lightning bolt is stolen and Percy Jackson is the prime suspect. It wasn’t till his substitute teacher transforms into a monster (the Fury) that Percy realizes he is the son of Poseidon and he has 14 days to find the bolt and return it before war breaks out between the worlds.Watching this should be like a brief kids version prelude to Clash of the Titans (coming soon on 1 April 2010) because there’s Zeus, Hades, Medusa and the introduction of half-men, half-gods a.k.a. “demigods” (eg. Achilles, Hercules and Perseus – played by hot Sam Worthington). And I was trying hard to figure out who was Jake Abel in the opening credits until he appeared as Luke and I realized he was in Supernatural as the Winchester’s half-brother!

Anyway, the movie has pretty cool effects especially when Percy manipulates the water around him to his advantage. Funny scenes include Percy’s reaction to being given a pen as a “powerful weapon” and Persephone’s lusty lingering looks at his friend/protector Grover.

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MAMMA MIA! THE MOVIE (2008)
– 3 out of 5 stars  

“You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life…
See that girl, watch that scene, dig in the dancing queen…”

I saw Mamma Mia!! A feel-good movie though I must say, I didn’t feel comfortable when they first started singing Abba’s songs in the first 30 minutes of the movie. I couldn’t really link them up with the story but after a few songs, you roughly get the hang of it. The male cast singing sounded a little odd to me; since you don’t normally hear Pierce Brosnan (former Bond 007 agent), Colin Firth (Mr. Darcy) and Stellan Skarsgard (William ‘Bootstrap Bill’ Turner in the Pirates of the Caribbean) singing Abba tunes. The photos of the cast in their younger days were hilarious, as is the ‘head banger’ term associated with Colin Firth. My favourite parts were when there was this ‘procession’ of womenfolk singing and dancing along to Dancing Queen, and the ‘mini-concert’ the cast had after the movie ended. OMG, they were all in spandex.