movie reviews - Jim Huggins — LiveJournal
Got to see three movies in four days over the weekend (which never happens) ... I'm almost movie-d out at the moment.
- Horton Hears A Who -- very well done. And family-friendly; nothing even remotely objectionable. It was nice to be able to take my 3-year-old out to a movie for the first time. Engaging, even for adults. A pleasant experience.
- 300 -- yeah, this was out long ago, but I got to see it this weekend on a free HBO preview. Good story with strong characters ... even the women, which is incredibly unusual to see. And the attempt to create a graphic-novel-ish visual experience was amazing.
- Vantage Point -- a wonderful adventure romp. I don't get the negative reviews it's been receiving ... yeah, it ain't no Citizen Kane, but it's not trying to be. It's a wonderful puzzle that keeps you engaged right until the ending.
Current Mood: cheerful
Glad to hear they didn't ruin Horton Hears a Who...I'd been kind of worried that they would.
Absolutely ... they've done a delightful job with it. Nothing in the least bit objectionable. (Well, my son complains that the vulture is scary, but he's supposed to be the villain, so what can you do ...)
Ok, I take that back ... everyone at the end of the movie breaks into an 80s power rock ballad, which is scary in a whole other direction ... brings back memories of high school ... why, when I was a student ... [slaps self]
|Date:||March 25th, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC)|| |
I haven't been terribly impressed by the previews for Horton Hears a Who, mostly because they seem to rely on pop culture humour (which is a failing of Blue Sky Studios, I've noticed), which means it won't be funny in like, two years. I'm sure there's nothing objectionable about it, but I feel like humour in a motion picture shouldn't have an obvious expiration date.
Then again, I could be biased because I thought the people I talked to at SIGGRAPH from their company were really kind of rude and condescending. That was a little disappointing.
I just watched a few of the previews ... they're not reflective of the movie as a whole. Yes, they're all in there ... but scattered across 90 minutes of movie, it's pretty dilute. It's not like we're talking Aladdin or anything (though you can see that they definitely wanted to do the same sorts of riffs at times ...).
|Date:||March 25th, 2008 09:09 pm (UTC)|| |
Heh, I guess I just tend to hold ridonkulously high standards for animated films (wonder why...). If I ever have kids, they're going to hate me for filtering films by quality. :p