PACIFIC RIM (2013)
5 out of 5 stars
THIS HAS GOT TO BE THE BEST MOVIE I’VE SEEN THIS YEAR.
Set in the 2020s, Earth is at war with the Kaijus (Japanese for ‘giant monsters’) that have emerged from a portal in the floor of the Pacific Ocean. The humans have created Jaegers (German for ‘hunters’), giant robots controlled by two pilots whose minds are connected via a neural bridge. As the kaijus evolve and become larger and more powerful, more Jaegers are destroyed faster than they can be replaced. In their last bid to fight off the Kaijus before they take over Earth, a group of Jaeger pilots from different backgrounds gather for the final fight.
Raleigh Becket: There are things you can’t fight – acts of God. You see a hurricane coming, you get out of the way. But when you’re in a Jaeger, you can finally fight the hurricane. You can win.
The Jaegers are really magnificent! Every fight scene is interesting to watch because different Jaegers are operated by different people and each person reacts differently to attacks. But I was really absorbed when Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) and Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) were engaged in stick fighting to test their compatibility. #mindblown
Mako Mori is super badass! No doubt raised by another badass, Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba). Warning: DO NOT TOUCH HIM!
Charlie Day provides most of the comic relief alongside Ron Perlman. My only grumble is that the version I watched dubbed over Hunnam’s and Elba’s Japanese speaking parts. What’s a girl got to do to hear hot people speak Japanese?
It’s my first time watching Charlie Hunnam on the big screen. He’s soooo fine! He’s soooo clean-shaven! He’s English! I’m totally Mako when she glances through the peephole. For those who don’t know, Charlie Hunnam is known for playing Jax Teller on Sons of Anarchy. He’s also usually bearded. But he’s still sooooo hot!
– 4 and a half out of 5 stars
RYAN GOSLING! (AGAIN!)
This was way more bloody than expected. If I didn’t know better, I would think they were all trained to slash arteries. *splash*
This is the must-see Ryan Gosling movie of the year! Mechanic and stuntsman by day, getaway driver by night, Gosling is the ultimate representation of a man. Always seen in his signature satin scorpion jacket, he gives his all to protect his neighbour, Irene (the lovely Carey Mulligan), when she is implicated in a heist gone wrong.
I love the elevator scene, though it must have frightened Irene. I can hear the bones crack. And his driving is so good, it really inspired me (for the duration of the movie). The ending was bittersweet, and I guess it was expected in a sense because bad guys will always be bad guys.
The soundtrack is also very groovy! Electro-80s-synth pop!
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars
It seems quite sad that Rapunzel: A Tangled Tale will be the last Princess movie from Disney, because it’s a really nice story with a refreshing twist.
A magical flower that grows with the power of a single drop of sunlight has been the source of youth and immortality for Gothel, an old lady when she discovered it. Centuries later, the Queen is heavily ill while pregnant and this magical flower cures her. However, Gothel tries to claim her youth from the baby but realizes that the magic only exists within the baby’s hair. She steals the baby, locks her in a high tower while the kingdom mourns for the lost princess. The baby grows up to be Rapunzel, who yearns to watch the floating lights that happens on her birthday. Gothel refuses her request and a chance encounter with notorious thief, Flynn Rider, enables her to fulfill her wish.
With almost every animated feature, there are always adorable characters to look out for – this time it’s Pascal the chameleon and Maximus the horse! Pascal doesn’t speak but his actions are super hilarious; he helps the naive Rapunzel deal with Flynn when he first arrives in her tower. Whereas Maximus is one strong determined horse, with only one goal in mind: to capture Flynn! I love the scene where he chews the “wanted” poster of Flynn.
The pub thugs are really funny too (the mime!) because they are all softies at heart! Awww… I would say the ending is standard Disney (happy ending) but with a twist and loads more spunk (the hair!).
Rapunzel: I’ve been looking out of a window for eighteen years, dreaming about what I might feel like when those lights rise in the sky. What if it’s not everything I dreamed it would be?
Flynn Rider: It will be.
Rapunzel: And what if it is? What do I do then?
Flynn Rider: Well, that’s the good part I guess. You get to go find a new dream.
HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY (2008)
– 4 out of 5 stars
I finally caught Hellboy II! It’s not the usual comic-book fare but I think it’s not bad. When it first came out a few years ago, I was one of the few (or many, I don’t know) to dismiss this movie cos I didn’t understand what it was about and probably didn’t bother to understand it too. But now, I’m converted. Hellboy is actually quite a badass; unapologetic, sarcastic and misunderstood but is human at heart. Though he sometimes feel like he doesn’t know his place on Earth.
Anyway, Hellboy II takes place when Prince Nuada of the fantastical realm tries to break the truce between his kind and humankind. He starts by reuniting the three pieces of the crown required to command the indestructible Golden Army, which will unleash havoc on Earth once awaken. Comes Hellboy and his team in BPRD (Bureau of Paranomic Research and Defense), who comes to save the day, regardless of how the civilians see him and question his nature. The creatures are all magnificent in a sense, but I was super-disgusted with the Tooth Fairies. Don’t be mistaken about their “cute” innocent exterior, cos they are one of the worst of their kinds. According to the Creature Anatomy, all they do is “eat, excrete and multiply” and they don’t leave any corpses behind simply because they consume “calcium, meat and organs”. And, get this, they go for your teeth first. The new character, Johann Kraus, was also hilarious in the way he pronounced “focus” with his German accent – it sounds like a swear word. All in all, it was a thrill ride with all the creatures, humour and action all packed into one movie.