Monday, April 21, 2014

Movies Reviews: Muppets: Most Wanted, Noah, The Grand Budapest Hotel & Divergent

Movie Reviews

Muppets: Most Wanted
What a joy it is that the Muppets have been reborn with the last 2 movies. This edition has a great transition to the current plot, filled with musical numbers that will have you tapping your foot. Clean smart jokes are throughout and a fresh. The star of the show is Ty Burrell who plays a French Interpol agent. He makes Steve Martin's rendition of Inspector Clouseau look like Pauly Shore. Tina Fey is wonderful with a Russian accent, but perhaps the best part is the onslaught of cameos that only The Muppets can pull off. B+

Noah
First, I have to say that Russell Crowe is an asshole and Emma Watson is a stuck up bitch. That said, Noah wins this blog's: Best Picture out of 4. Everything you loved from Requiem For A Dream & Black Swan, comes together to bring this cinematic explosion

The Grand Budapest Hotel
So disappointed. I love Ralph Fiennes. He is one of my favorite actors. I love the director, Wes Anderson. But, I didn't love The Grand Budapest Hotel. Perhaps my expectations were too high after all the hype the movie was given based on the countless stars in the flick and success Anderson has had in previous movies. However, t
his movie was too long, too slow, awkward, and finally not nearly as funny as it could have been. Definitely a RedBoxer.

Divergent
The trailers and previews caught my interest. There had been lots of buzz about the movie on the internets. And finally the Today Show, America's last bastion of exceptional hard news, gave the movie a good pump.

The movie from the previews definitely looked like this was best to be seen in IMAX, so I spent the extra $3 for the full experience.

I went into the movie with a some expectations, but not many. Let the horror begin...

1. The not so lovely protagonist, Tris, played by Shailene Woodley looks like she just got her braces off. Literally, she has the look on screen of a 16 year old girl with a little baby fat left.

2. The male protagonist, 4, yes his name is a number is played by a James Franco look a like ironically named Theo James. Despite thinking Franco was on screen half the time, James is the only actor that brings a multi-dimensional character worth watching.

3. The cinematography was blurry. In this supposed city in the middle of nowhere didn't have a director that could edit out views of the Hancock Building in Chicago.

4. There is actually a make out scene between James and Woodley that makes you so uncomfortable you almost want to call the police to prevent statutory rape.

5. The crowning achievement of this "work" is that we don't even know what divergent means or what powers it gives you. The most one can gather is it is some type of mental power, but it is never explained and when a meanie like Kate Winslet is trying to kill you for a "power" that consists of a name, but nothing else, the movie becomes asinine real fast.

There you have it. I finally got out the review!



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