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.
– 4 out of 5 stars
This movie revolves around two sisters, Justine (Kirsten Dunst) and Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg), during the events of Justine’s wedding and the impending collision of Earth and another planet, Melancholia a.k.a. the end of the world.
Justine: That I know things. And when I say we’re alone, we’re alone. Life is only on earth, and not for long.
Those slow-motion shots in the opening sequence really grabs you the moment you start, and the music doesn’t help either (Wagner’s prelude to Tristan and Isolde). Each time the music plays in the movie, it sets a really ominous tone and it kinda freaks me out.
These two sisters are as different as chalk and cheese and while Justine suffers from depression, Claire has a case of over-anxiety. It’s interesting to watch how they deal with the end of the world and I guess you never really know until that moment approaches. As the story unfolds, you start to notice the bits that were featured in the opening and also signs that Melancholia is drawing near.
Kirsten Dunst won Best Actress at the 64th Cannes Film Festival.
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (2011)
– 4 out of 5 stars
First movie of the year and it’s R21 (they checked my ID!).
The opening credits was fantastic. I can’t remember the last time the opening credits of a movie completely blew my mind. Not to mention how Immigrant Song crept into my mind after that.
I had watched the Swedish version (review: here) and though I still think Noomi Rapace plays Lisbeth Salander perfectly, Rooney Mara wasn’t that bad either. She brought this otherworldly, ethereal sense and vulnerability to Lisbeth. Rooney Mara doesn’t do the mohawk much but I think her extreme fringe and bleached eyebrows did it for her.
The rape scene is still haunting, particularly when Lisbeth showers and there’s blood in the water. Another one I didn’t expect was the cute kitty in the shed. But that’s what writers love to do, isn’t it – make you get attached to something then rip it into shreds under your nose. I guess you can tell the kitty wasn’t cute anymore.
The ending was different from the Swedish version, and from what I read online, from the book as well. It was sadder and showed Lisbeth’s vulnerability and Mikael as a jerk, basically. So angry at him for lying to Lisbeth!
Well, Rooney Mara really proved herself as an actress and I hope to see her in more challenging roles in future. And her fringe is really getting to me, she just carries it off so well. And I just want to add that it was hard selecting the poster for this post because I really wanted to post the one where she bares her boobs but I guess my blog isn’t ready.
– 4 out of 5 stars
Thor (Chris Hemsworth), son of Odin, is the successor to the throne in Asgard. However, his rash and arrogant ways destroys the truce between Odin and Laufey, leader of the Frost Giants in Jotunheim. Odin strips Thor of his power and banishes him to Earth, so that he may learn humility and prove himself worthy of the throne.
OMG CHRIS HEMSWORTH IS SO HOT!
He put on 10kg of muscle to play Thor and I think it paid off really well. He looks good arrogant and was also funny when he brought his “ancient” ways into the modern world (ie. smashing his cup for another cup of coffee!). Norse mythology has always been interesting, so having hot people playing gods are a plus.
I liked Sif, the Goddesss of War, too. She’s the only female warrior fighting alongside Thor and she knows her weapons. Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is just really creepy and I can see right through him, man. He appears to defend his brother but he’s actually stabbing him in the back!
There’s an uncredited cameo by Jeremy Renner (HOT!) as Hawkeye and Stan Lee as always in movie adaptations of Marvel Comics characters. This movie, and the upcoming Captain America (Chris Evans) is building up to the hype of 2012′s The Avengers! Stay till the end of the credits for a sneak peek of what’s to come in The Avengers!
ANGELS & DEMONS (2009)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars
Saw Angels & Demons today and I must say it was way better than The Da Vinci Code. The movie was well-paced and I can’t really compare it with the book cos I last read it three years ago and haven’t found the time to re-read it yet. But going on a tour of churches and rich Catholic history with Robert Langdon was sure fun, though I didn’t like the gory parts about the abandoned eyeball, branding and deaths of the good people. Vittoria was amazing – running around Rome with heels and her tight pencil skirt. I also liked how she tore the page out of the book – cool! The “sacrifice” of the Camerlengo made me tear a little, but after that I’m not sympathizing with him even though I understand the reasons that made him do it. The means just don’t justify the end. Oh, I thought the guard who was locked with Langdon in the Vatican Library looked cute. 3 and a half out of 5 stars.
Of course, how can we forget about ambigrams? Fascinating, isn’t it?
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.
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD’S END (2007)
– 4 out of 5 stars
Finally watch POTC3 today. It’s totallyunlike me to catch it 10 days after the opening of such a fantastic movie.
Great action/effects, wonderful acting, more mysteries/questions unravelled and the story just gets more exciting? The scene with The Black Pearl and the crabs was simply amazing (unity is strength), Chow Yun-Fatt’s “Welcome to Singapore”, the Keith Richards cameo, the maelstrom, the treachery amongst the pirates, Calypso etc. Although the ending was sweet and all that, it was still kinda sad.
Plus, I have something to comment. Why does everybody leaves once the credits start showing? Are they giving out free popcorn outside the cinema?? If not, then STAY! I mean, it’s not like the papers didn’t say there would be a coda (definition: a conclusion or closing part) after the show. A true POTC fan would know there’s a coda? Unless they didn’t stay for the first two, then I’ve got nothing to say. Well, I don’t mean any offence to those who didn’t catch the coda. =/
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN’S CHEST (2006)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars
It was thrilling but not as exciting as the first. Strangely, some parts reminded me of King Kong, especially the part on the cannibal island and the Kraken. Johnny Depp was still as charismatic and I must say there are many surprises in the story. There are even a necklace of toes, the cartwheel sequence and those ugly and scary creatures of the sea on the Flying Dutchman.
Watch out for the last part where a character from the first instalment makes a special appearance. Well, the movie ended with a really long commercial break that will last about one year? Not sure if my anticipation will last that long, but as long as it’s got to do with pirates, I’m in.“Aye aye Captain”