Saturday, February 27, 2016

Fury

There is a long list of very good World War II films. Although the genre used to be extremely popular among movie-makers in the late 20th century, hardly any WWII movies are produced now. This is why when I saw previews for Fury, I knew I had to see it. Believe me when I say I was in no way disappointed by this change-up to the genre either. While still showing the perspective of Americans fighting in the European theater, it was all about a tank crew. The true beauty of this movie, though, was how incredibly dark everything was. From the weather, to the attitudes, and even the fatigues of the men were more worn down, ratty, and less colorful than I have ever seen in a WWII film. I also believe movie set in this time period cannot go wrong Brad Pitt playing the lead. He has the best hard-nosed, Southern accent that he always gives himself for these flicks. I was happy to see slightly dim-witted Jon Bernthal as apart of the tank crew, and Shia LaBeouf did indeed perform well. However, I do question the legitimacy of the final battle scene of the movie. I'm sorry, but one tank and crew could not hold up hundreds of Germans with armored vehicles and anti-tank weapons of their own, but it did make for an amazing firefight! This movie deserves an 8/10 for reinventing the World War II genre, but the realism is a little lacking.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Avengers: Age of Average

Contrary to my last review, Avengers: Age of Ultron was pretty much like most other Marvel superhero movies. It starts off with the whole Avenger crew killing countless no-name henchmen that never stood a chance since it was the beginning of the movie. This is my biggest pet-peeve with superhero movies. Why do any of these men agree to fight someone who cannot be hurt by their weapons and can drop them with little effort? Anyway, the antagonist of the movie is created by the ever-self-indulgent Tony Stark, played by the equally self-indulgent Robert Downey Jr. This antagonist is the world's first artificial intelligence. This highly intelligent being can move to different host bodies that it designs itself using the internet, and it has access to all information on the internet. Sounds pretty impressive, right? Maybe even a little overpowered for the group? Nope. In the final battle, the AI uses extremely advanced technology and raises half a city into the sky. It also possesses an entire army of Iron Man robots that should be just as powerful as Iron Man. Fortunately for the citizens of the city, the Avengers destroy all of the robots with ease and defeat the all powerful AI along with its extremely powerful body, because the villain doesn't use any of the powers it was able to throughout the rest of the movie. Oh, and the Avengers did all this while pulling the civilians on the floating city to safety. For being painfully average, I give this movie a 5/10.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Deadpool

I just finished watching the latest movie installment in the Marvel series Deadpool. Before watching this film, Marvel movies hadn't really caught my attention. They are always just different super-suits plugged into the same superhero-movie formula. Although Deadpool did fall victim to some of this since it is his origin story, it was very different and original and broke from the normal superhero molds. First of all, it is funny to see Ryan Reynolds in any movie, and to see him in the lead role with his sarcasm is perfect for Deadpool's character. The number 1 factor that sets this apart from other hero movies is the swearing and vulgarity. It is absolutely hilarious to hear the quips and insults that would never appear in any other Marvel movie. Also, since Deadpool can break the 4th wall, as in he knows he's in a comic, he makes real-life references to things other than Marvel comics. Unfortunately, Deadpool is given a supporting cast of other minor superheroes that are honestly hard to care about. Rating this film, I give it an 8/10 for meaningless side heroes and a cliche ending where Deadpool must save his girlfriend from the villain, who's superpower of not feeling pain is extremely underwhelming.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Nightcrawler

Nightcrawler is one of my favorite recently-released movies. It was released a little over a year ago and is about a poor guy with no friends or family finding out about the money that "nightcrawlers" make by selling footage of gruesome or gory news stories to news stations. The main character, Louis Bloom, is played by one of my favorite actors, Jake Gyllenhaal. Early on in the movie, you see that there is something definitely wrong with Louis, but as the movie progresses, you witness Louis reveal himself as a total sociopath! Naturally, not having any feeling for others, Louis begins to create the "accidents" that he sells to the news. One great example is when he sabotages a rival nightcrawler's breaks in his van, sending the rival flying into a telephone pole, almost killing him. Not to worry though, Louis is right there to capture the bloody mess! The film reaches its climax as Louis and his assistant, Rick, tail a pair of hitmen, and purposely wait to call the police until the men are in a public, affluent area. When the police arrive, there is a shootout and a car chase, which ends in a nasty car crash for the cops and criminals, all caught on camera. As Louis and Rick approach the crash site on foot, Louis tells Rick that the gunman is dead and Rick should go get a close up while Louis stands back. As Rick moves in for the shot, the injured gunman fatally shoots Rick, but is then killed by police. Louis persuaded Rick to do this just so he didn't have to pay him, and he could get a good shot of Rick dying. I give this movie a 9/10 for Jake Gyllenhaal's amazing performance!