Paired with the first one, this is turning out to become one of my favorite animated movie series. How To Train Your Dragon 2 is simply gorgeous to look at. The cinematography, the detail in the scenes, and the sense of scale all make for a fantastic movie-watching experience.
The story, and the drama, seem to be a little much. There’s a lot packed into this movie. And, while I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing, it transforms this from simply an animated family film to bordering on an epic.
It will be interesting to see how they finish the trilogy.
It’s not that I didn’t like the movie, it’s just that it wasn’t what I really was hoping this movie would be. I wanted far more evil. I wanted something far more dark and brooding. I wanted this to solidify that Maleficent, the character, was the most evil of all Disney characters, ever. Unfortunately, it didn’t do any of those things.
I think the only thing I liked about this movie is the Lana Del Rey cover of “Once Upon A Dream”.
I know that I’m late to the party. This is simply a very fun, action movie. It’s what I envision comic book movie adaptations to be. It doesn’t take itself seriously. It has a great, classic soundtrack. My only regret is that I didn’t see this on the big screen (I rarely see any movie in a theater) when it was first released.
An interesting documentary, watched yesterday. At the very least, it’s a start to educating and spreading awareness. But, there’s still much work to do if we truly want to solve some of the issues it brings up.
After the 1998 (American) “reboot”, I was really turned off from watching anything that wasn’t a Japanese release of the series. But, last night, I was very pleasantly surprised with Godzilla (2014). I felt that it was even one of the better films of the entire series.
- The characters: Wow, far better acting and character development than one would expect.
- The story: it had one! And the way it was built was perfectly entertaining.
- The visuals: every shot was engrossing and kept drawing the viewer more and more into the story itself.
Ocean Heaven (also known as Ocean Paradise) has been in my Netflix queue for a while. Jet Li has always been one of my favorites and it was interesting to see him in a modern, dramatic role. I think he did very well with the character.
The story, and some of the issues it brings to light, hit home for me as they’re things that I encounter through my day job. There are a lot of stories like this, taking place all over the world. I especially love that this movie came from China, where people with Intellectual Disabilities used to be hidden.
I finally got around to watching “The Warrior” (also known as “Musa” and “Musa: The Warrior”). It’s been so long since I’ve had a chance to watch any Korean movies. This one was a good reminder of why I love them so much.
I love the sheer emotion and suffering that most Korean movies build into their characters. At times, it boarders on the over-dramatic much like soap operas do. But, with the epic-like saga and primitive backdrop of war, the pain and suffering of each character seems to fit right in.