Monday, January 30, 2012

Movie Review - The Grey

I was talked into seeing this movie over the weekend - the last movie we saw wasn't that great (Young Adult bleh) so it's been a while since January is a slow movie month typically and things don't start warming up till March.

Regardless, the hubs read the Rotten Tomatoes numbers to me and surprised I was that it had gotten such good reviews.  I wasn't quite sure how both critics and users had agreed that it was 77% fresh but I decided it was worth a shot.  

Liam Neeson has never let me down.

In fact... I'm surprised there is still a list of things that Liam Neeson should punch that he hasn't punched.  Pretty sure all of those items are on his 2012 goal list.

Oh was I doing a movie review? Oh yes.  We don't know much about the dude Liam Neeson is playing other than he's suicidal, he keeps having flashbacks to a wife under a white sheet that likes to stare at him a lot, and he works in a really, really cold place with a bunch of other hardass dudes.  

For some reason they allow planes in the air during blizzards and of course, things do not go well once the plane hits the ground. 

In this alternate universe folks don't get frostbite if they leave their faces uncovered in the bitter cold for days on end, wolves are the size of small buildings, falling into a river doesn't result in immediate hypothermia, and you can successfully detonate a shotgun shell with a pointy stick. 

The first half of the movie is awesome. Then it slows down while you wait for the really annoying survivors to be eaten by wolves. This takes a long time. 

It starts to pick up towards the end before you're given another gigantic let down. 

I won't spoil the ending but let's just say that this movie has no replay value.  Watch it once and you're done.  You got all the info that you need.  There is no Inception mind twist in this movie. Still - worth at least one watch for the Liam Neeson punching value. 

Friday, January 6, 2012

2011 Movie Review Post

I saw a lot of movies in 2011 and thought I'd sum them all up in a post.  These are in no certain order.

Thor - May 6th, 2011 - I had terrible expectations for this film and was convinced to go see it by Ringo.  Given some recent disappointing showings of comic book films I really wasn't sure how this one would shake out.

I was pleasantly surprised during the film.  The villain was very "villainesque", we were given a pretty rainbow bridge to look at several times until the dude broke it, and I got to see an unrealistic learning curve of someone from another time adapting to the modern age.  Sir Anthony Hopkins deserved more screen time.

I'd see it again.  I did end up liking the film despite my best effort not to. It was one of my favorites of 2011.  Also looking forward to seeing him again in The Avengers.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 - July 15, 2011 - Being that the first part was a massive disappointment (which is no surprise given that the first half of the book is also a massive disappointment) I was hoping the second half would redeem itself.

For the most part the film did pretty well.  The epic battle was pretty epic.  I enjoyed the speech Voldemort gave at the end. I think my favorite bit was the scene inside the goblin bank vault.

My husband said this movie was his favorite because it was the last one he'd ever have to see of the franchise.  Lets hope J.K. doesn't let him down.

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