Movie Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Just saw “Strange Magic”

AL Strange Love

This movie is what would result if “Epic” and “Moulin Rouge” survived a head on collision with George Lucas.

Despite the incredibly detailed modeling and animation there is not much else in this joke of a song-catalog musical. What’s really annoying is that there are little elements of good peppered throughout the film but there isn’t much payoff to them. It also doesn’t help that the established songs used such as “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and “Wild Thing” are more obnoxious than memorable.

“Gnomeo and Juliet” is a much better version of what this was suppose to be in more ways than one; since “Strange Magic” was apparently inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.

Just saw “Left Behind”

Left Behind

If you can get past the made-for-television quality it can actually be engaging.

The main goal of this movie, and the book series that the movie is based on, was to illustrate what the rapture might look like and how the remainder of humanity would deal with the situation; basically a more realistic version of “This Is The End” with Seth Rogen. Unfortunately it is still bogged down by limitations that most faith based films suffer from; low production quality and sermonizing dialog just to name a few. Nicholas Cage however does liven things up with his usual off-beat personality that any lesser actor would have made too stoic.

Not the best attempt but I did leave the theater curious about what would happen next.

Just saw “The Equalizer”

The Equalizer

A fun action movie whose main purpose is to say Denzel Washington is awesome.

As cool as it is to have a good guy be near-perfect its just so hard to make him/her interesting except during the moments of violence that contrast his/her kindly behavior. Denzel’s character is a man who’s past is revealed over time but it’s never really used to give the story more depth, most of which is already established in the beginning by referencing The Old and and the Sea and Don Quixote books the man is reading. Fortunately the action scenes are great and there is a awesome last fight which makes up any short comings of the film.

There could have been more to this but that would get in the way of saying Denzel Washington is awesome.

Just saw “The Boxtrolls”

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A movie that looks so beautiful that you can’t help but notice the sub-par story.

This was a concern that I had after the later trailers came out revealing details of the plot and characters. The story is not necessarily bad but it’s presentation is so mishandled that there is no overarching theme like there was in ParaNorman or clear a adventure like there was in Coraline. However the movie does try to compensate for this lack by having a cast of bizarre and awkward characters that feel as if they came from a Monty Python universe. I’m not sure how consistent that is with the book the movie is based on but it is something to enjoy along with some witty dialog and astonishingly beautiful and detailed practical stop-motion animation.

Although I have mixed feelings I am ultimately disappointed and hope Laika Studios will do better again in the future.