Tuesday, January 4, 2011

An epic of epic epicness.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)So, the title of this blog actually came of a promo movie poster for the film. I knew the premise of the movie and have seen other films with Michael Cera, so I figured out "why not?"

The first films with Michael Cera to come to mind are: Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist, Juno, and Superbad. The first of the three being the one I enjoy the most.

I have not heard much about the movie prior to watching it. It is adapted from a  comic book or graphic novel about a guy who fights his girlfriends ex-boyfriends, I believed.

My synopsis: Recovering from a break-up, Scott Pilgrim is a mess. While dating a much younger girl, he meets and falls in love with Ramona. Unknowingly, Scott must fight (Mortal Kombat or Streetfighter video-game style) her seven evil exes to win her heart (and the game?).

Highs: Two things that I absolutely enjoyed about the film was the soundtrack and the style of the film. Being part of a band, Sex Bob-omb, Scott rocked it with his friends much like you would expect in an early-90s Seattle instead of the Canadian version. I know the film was adapted from a graphic novel, but I could not help but feel that I was stuck inside of a video game that was a mix of a fighting game and some sort of role-playing game. The graphics and special effects of the movie definitely led you into that feeling. The story-line was definitely linear, but there were plenty of surprises. I won't spoil those for you. The band battles are awesome!

One thing that this movie brought to mind is how Michael Cera is always getting caught up with a partner or girl with baggage. In Juno there is a pregnancy and here it is the Evil Exes. 

Lows: I'm at a loss for this one right now. It has been a few days since I have watched the film. Maybe the lack of a sequel could be a low point?

Final thoughts: Take a look at this one. I was certainly surprised and the geek in me was certainly satisfied!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Not quite the Bomb.

The Hurt Locker (2009)
The Hurt LockerI have really been wanting to check out this film. I have seen many war films over the years: Apocalypse Now, Full Metal Jacket, Platoon, Jarhead, Green Zone, Black Hawk Down. Those are the first few that come to mind. So, when the film came up on a cable this last weekend, I put it ahead of some football viewing and spent the better part of two hours watching it.

I knew that it had won six Academy Awards, so I was pumped to get this bit of couch time. I'm usually a sucker for the Best Picture Winners. I've enjoyed all of them I have seen since the turn of the Millennium. I admit I have not seen Million Dollar Baby or Slum Dog Millionaire, but I have enjoyed the rest without exception.

My synopsis: While fighting continues in contemporay Iraq, a bomb squad works to eliminate explosive dangers while evaluating their lives at the same time. Some find this their love, while others feel there is more to life.

Highs: The cinematography is well done and there is plenty of action. Some of the bomb scenes are exciting and somewhat intense. Main character is an adrenaline junky.

Lows: There seems to be a lack of a narrative. The characters are not in control of the situation and get moved from place to place almost without cause. I thought the film was going to go someplace with the revelation of a corpse bomb, but that continued to go nowhere. I know the main character's attitude towards the thrills, but the only character arc is in a supporting role of Sanborn where he goes from wanting the thrill to a normal life. I expected more.The suspense was lacking in my opinion. If you want a "bomb" film with some suspense, go check out Blown Away.

Final thoughts: I cannot say this film is a waste of time, but I cannot say it ranks at the top of my list of war films. I think there is so much more that could have been done with it. There are more worthy "true-life" war stories from Iraq or Afghanistan out there. How did it win the Oscar? Were there no other great alternatives? Like I said, the bomb scenes were decent, but...