June 10, 2008

Everything You Know Is About To Change Forever.

Posted in Action, Adventure, Family-Oriented, Fantasy, Movies at 2:25 am by inflickted

Prince Caspian“The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” is the second movie loosely based (there are a lot of discrepancies between the film and the book) from the fantasy series of author C.S. Lewis. Like the first of the franchise, the strength of this fantasy adventure lies in the juxtaposition of two separate worlds and our ability to view Narnia through the eyes of the four young protagonists. You experience their lives, exploits and their hearts. What more do you expect from the author and Disney?

So with any other epic film, you’d expect grand fight sequences, spectacular effects and dramatic themes and storylines. Prince Caspian definitely belongs to this category and definitely delivers on what is asked of it. It is safe to say that this sequel is better. But by not much.

One line can summarize my whole review: “Too many fights, not enough magic.”

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June 7, 2008

Prepare For Awesomeness

Posted in Action, Adventure, Animated, Comedy, Family-Oriented, Movies at 8:35 pm by inflickted

KF PandaFinally a summer blockbuster movie for the kiddies! Wait… It’s for adults too?! Seriously?! Awesome! Kung Fu fanboys get another serving of glorious fight scenes and lots of martial arts; but this time, it’s more vibrant, colorful and hilarious! A familiar story with a great new package, Dreamworks brings forth pandemonium with “Kung Fu Panda!”

I love seeing the more rounded characters get into the spotlight for something other than being spherical. As goes my adapted pseudo-dictum, “I’m in shape! Round is a shape!” Though its story is almost like anything you would expect from a family oriented cartoon movie, the movie delivers it with much gusto and action that it all seems new!  I adore the coolness and “Bodacity” of this movie. Filled with high kicks, swift punches and talking animals, “Kung Fu Panda” is pure awesome! And…as the movie states… There is no charge for awesomeness!”

Disclaimer: The word “awesome” will be used excessively!

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June 3, 2008

He’s Back…

Posted in Action, Adventure, Family-Oriented, Movies, Sci-Fi, Suspense at 6:36 pm by inflickted

Indiana JonesSummer blockbusters have gained the notoriety for being “critic-resistant”. Big budget flicks which offer spectacular distractions for the entertainment craved masses, and no matter how bad the critics say the movie is, it still manages to make money.

“Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” is the embodiment of a summer blockbuster. It is the long awaited and much dreamt about 4th follow-up on the Indiana Jones franchise. I have seen two of the previous sequels (“Raiders…” and “Last Crusade”) and they were beyond great, especially the first one.  Many have wondered whether Harrison Ford still has it in him to create another awesome adventure movie despite his age. As I entered the movie theatre, I did not expect the movie to surpass the first installment, but I did expect it to be a great sequel; which it was.

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June 2, 2008

Go!

Posted in Action, Adventure, Family-Oriented, Movies, Sci-Fi at 7:55 pm by inflickted

Speed Racer

I am telling you now I am unfamiliar with the English-adapted-anime-turned-movie called Speed Racer. But I do have some idea. I’ve seen show on cartoon network (although I didn’t really watch it). I remember that the cartoon is very shallow (plot-wise) and the voice actors are seemingly on crack as they issue their lines.

And the movie isn’t different. Spectacular Saturation is a great way of describing the action and the effects the movie has to offer. But at the same time, the film is challenged by its limited script. Speed Racer challenges us to see the movie in the different perspectives of a movie-goer. One may see it as an offering which is all style but no substance and dismiss it. Another is based on the notion that the style’s scope is so innovative and intricate that it is seemingly art. Of course each perspective is to their own and cannot be imposed. So which is mine?

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May 26, 2008

Armor Up. Fully Charged.

Posted in Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Movies, Sci-Fi at 9:32 pm by inflickted

Iron ManIt is so rare that I am blown away by a movie. Usually, I love a movie because of its deep evocative story line, or maybe the stellar performance from the actors or maybe the excellent direction and cinematography. Rarer even that it is a mainstream movie. “Iron Man” captures a piece of excellence in every category, leaving me stunned and speechless. If you can’t tell yet, I loved the movie. It is a masterpiece among its peers and fulfills every need of a movie-goer.

The thing about “Iron Man” is that, without Robert Downey Jr., it wouldn’t have worked. Despite the great effects, excellent direction, soundtrack and script, you just can’t see it without Robert Downey Jr. But of course, the actor is also nothing without all the things I’ve mentioned. This is what you call perfect chemistry. Ha! I can’t believe you can already tell the rating I’m gonna give based on the first two paragraphs! Please, stay and continue reading how much the movie made me swoon for “Iron Man!”

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The Battle For Eternity Is The Fantasy Of A Lifetime

Posted in Action, Adventure, Family-Oriented, Fantasy, Movies at 7:27 pm by inflickted

The Forbidden kingdom

When I first saw the poster for a movie, my jaw dropped. Jackie Chan AND Jet Li, in one movie?! KEWL! Two of Asia’s biggest stars finally working together in one project! Just think of all that martial arts goodness! Plus, the poster wasn’t too bad! The billing for Jackie Chan and Jet Li’s names was cool. Jackie Chan’s name was written horizontally and Jet Li’s was written vertically across Chan’s, which was a smart in order to avoid any who-is-the-bigger-star issues.

The tandem idea, though a little late in the game (you gotta admit, Chan and Li is past their prime), is a welcome addition to the world of martial arts films. The problem is, the story isn’t really about them. When you see the poster, you get the impression that they ARE the main characters. But they’re not. Despite this fact, the movie, “The Forbidden Kingdom” promises to be full of action and entertainment.

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April 6, 2008

A Person’s A Person, No Matter How Small

Posted in Adventure, Animated, Comedy, Family-Oriented, Movies at 11:06 pm by inflickted

There is a general opinion that the two live action movie adaptations of Dr. Seuss’s books fall short and do not achieve the atmosphere the books create. I grew up without any real exposure to Dr. Seuss’s work, so I got to appreciate “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “Cat in the Hat” purely off their film viewing merits. And I must honestly say I didn’t completely dislike them. Jim Carrey was excellent as the Grinch but I can’t say the same for the rest of the actors. As for Mike Myers portraying The Cat, he was off-putting but the movie was entertaining all the same (ironically, thanks to the rest of the actors).

Since then, the wife of Dr. Seuss was quoted saying her husband’s work will never be adapted in live action films. Thanks to advanced technology in animation nowadays, we who are still getting to know these great stories are given a chance still to appreciate them and see them come to life through the silver screen. Another great story from the wonderful author, Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears A Who!

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