Sunday, October 28, 2012
"The Perks of Being a Wallflower" is based on the best selling book of the same name. It was written by Stephen Chbosky. I am personally a HUGE fan of the book! I just recently read it, and I was very impressed. It is one of my new favorite books! So I waited for the movie to come to my area, and it finally did! My reaction to the movie is very positive! I will try my best to just review this as a stand alone movie. (There will be some Book to Movie Comparisons, but nothing with spoilers.)
"The Perks of Being a Wallflower" is about a freshman named Charlie (Logan Lerman), who doesn't have any friends, he ends up being befriended by two seniors, Patrick (Ezra Miller) and Sam (Emma Watson). They welcome him into there world and show him what it's like to have a good time.
The script in this movie is wonderful! It's sad, it's funny, it's heartfelt, and its great. It's also one of the reason's I really liked the movie!
The cast in this movie does a GREAT job. Logan Lerman was great, I wasn't really sure about him after seeing the awful, "Percy Jackson", but he did a good job in this movie! So did Emma Watson, who proved she can be great in anything! Not just Harry Potter. Some other people in the cast include Dylan McDermott, Nina Dobrev, Joan Cusack, and Paul Rudd. So the movie's actually got quite a familiar cast and they all did an amazing job! I have to say the best performance though came from Ezra Miller as Patrick, just great in the role!
Saturday, October 13, 2012
If you didn't already know, I am a HUGE Tim Burton fan! I have seen almost every one of his movies and almost always love them! So when I heard he was doing another stop-motion film, I was so freaking excited!! After seeing the movie I can say the excitement payed off because "Frankenweenie" is GREAT!!
"Frankenweenie" is fully in black and white, which I really thought added to the movie! And the setting is in the town of New Holland. Where a young boy named Victor lives, along with his parents and his dog Sparky, who's his best friend. One day Sparky gets hit by a car (Not a spoiler!) and Victor is devastated, but his science teacher inspires him to bring him back to life! And...it works! Now the challenge is for Victor to keep Sparky hidden, and lets just say that comes with some unintended consequences.
The movie's story really works! And I found it to be very interesting and even a little sad. That happens because this is a Tim Burton film, and you know your gonna get memorable images and an emotional effect. The script also includes cinematic references to classic monster and horror films, and I thought that was a great touch to movie! Along with all that, the dialogue in this film is brilliant! Thought is put into every line!
I am a pretty big fan of the first "Taken" movie, and when I found out they were going to do a second film, I thought it would be pretty cool! But then I thought about it and wondered what would they be doing in a 2nd movie! Well, they definitely found a way to pull it off. But not in a good way, and too bad the movie is no where near as good as its predecessor.
Unlike in the first film, it's Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson), and his wife Lenore (Famke Janssen) that get Taken! They get taken by the father of a kidnapper Mills killed while rescuing his daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace), in the first movie. Now its up to Kim, who avoids captivity in this film, to rescue her mother and father from the bad guys, and I must say she is a worthy opponent.
There's two problems with the story. One, it's the exact same plot as the first one (The only difference is in the first movie, they pulled the plot off, and made the movie great), and two, the plot go's absolutely no where throughout the movie and is very absurd! Therefore, I really didn't like the story, and after thinking about it a little, there really isn't a story. Along with that, they rely on flashbacks for all of the movies character development.