Movie Review: How To Train Your Dragon 2

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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.  

Movie Review: Maleficent

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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”.

Movie Review: Godzilla (2014)

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.

Three reasons:

  1. The characters: Wow, far better acting and character development than one would expect.
  2. The story: it had one! And the way it was built was perfectly entertaining.
  3. The visuals: every shot was engrossing and kept drawing the viewer more and more into the story itself.

Movie Review: Ocean Heaven

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.

Movie Review: The Warrior

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.