The Dark Knight Rises

This will be a very brief review.  There’s very little I can say about this film without giving away spoilers.  All I can say is that THIS FILM WAS EPIC!!!!!!!!!

It ended well, for the viewer and the characters.  We got closure, the characters got closure.  The way they ended Batman, if they wanted to, and if done right, they could easily carry on Batman without Christian Bale and his character Bruce Wayne.  Poor Bruce, they really tortured him in these three movies.  The way his story ends, it’s bittersweet, and you don’t want him to come back as Batman.  He has done enough, suffered enough.

When I asked my friend what she thought of Batman, her answer was:  ‘It was long!’ Yes Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy is LONG!  But you’re never bored and you’re always kept guessing.  Especially in The Dark Knight Rises, woof so many twists!  Personally, if you haven’t loved the previous two films, invested time in dissecting them and a fan of the comics you won’t really enjoy the third.

So, my opinion on Bane.  Awesome villain, ridiculous accent. I’m sorry, but if you create a character with such a menacing look, that whole face gear, huge hulk look, muscles everywhere, you can’t have this high pitched weird Irish accent. It just doesn’t work. It has to be low, rumbling and deep. Like Darth Vader. I enjoyed the evilness of Bane and his intelligence, and his insanity, it was terrifying.  But ye gads the accent.

I was surprised by Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character.  I thought he was going to be a villain!  Well he isn’t, he’s a cop, and a very likable character.

Here’s a little trivia, Christopher Nolan managed to assemble the majority of the Inception cast in this film!  We have Michael Cain, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Miranda Tate, Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy.  Also, for Stargate fans, you might spot an evil henchman played by Christopher Judge aka Teal’c.  YAY he finally figured out that he looks better bald!  I loved Teal’c it’s a pity he didn’t get more screen time, even if he just pitched up behind Bane in a couple of scenes looking menacing.  Also if you’re a Criminal Minds fan you may have noticed JJ’s husband, Detective William LaMontagne Jr., aka Josh Stewart as Banes right hand man. >< He is so yummy, pity he didn’t get more dialogue.

Oh my gosh, I haven’t spoken about Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/ Catwoman yet! 0_o wow, she was AMAZING!!!  She made the role her own, and was fantastic in it!  I especially loved her shoes!  A very clever accessory. I wanted her to have a whip, the fighting style they gave her was gorgeous, and the movements she made would have been complimented very nicely with a whip!  I liked her chemistry with Batman, I liked her saucy hardboiled attitude, and you could see that very, very, very deep down she had a slightly gooey centre.

I didn’t have much issue with this film, it was a fantastic watch, but there was one piece of logic that really, really irritated me because it was so unrealistic.  It’s the whole situation with Gotham PD.  And that’s all I can say, it’s a clever idea, but a bit unrealistic.

In conclusion: poor Bruce, he went through the ringer.  Bruce Wayne can’t be happy and be Batman, he can’t retire and be happy, he just can’t be happy ever!  I wouldd like to think of The Dark Knight Rises as the Batman ending and closure which the comic series will never have, because a comic series like Batman can never end.  A fantastic ending to an amazing trilogy.

Wreck-It Ralph

So I’m not a gamer, my sister and I need a walkthrough just to finish a game. We don’t have a ‘gamer brain’ as I like to call it. We are inept. That being said, a lot of my friends are gamers in some form or other, so often they’ll give me long in depth discussions of the games they are playing. Which I love, computer games/ playstation/ xb0x games sound so creative and exciting from the outside. Final fantasy is my favourite game, even though I haven’t played the games, the storylines are fantastically complex and original and different, and boy do they look good. so it’s understandable that I’m excited for Wreck it Ralph. Its different for Disney, it looks fun, and there’s a small army of video game references. It would be so awesome if Cloud from Final Fantasy ran across the screen, although highly doubtful.

Another highlight for me is that Jane Lynch is voicing a kickass space babe, and while I can’t say I’m a huge Glee fan, and find Jane Lynch’s Coach Sylvester a horrible mean bully, I must admit she can be funny and she fits this character perfectly. I also hate hate hate John C Reilly, I hate the type of comedy he does. I was subjected to Step Brothers, it was horrendous, and I’m scarred for life. That being said, his Ralph looks like a sweetie.

That little girl in the Candy land game looks like Agnes in Despicable Me. I think Disney should have tried a bit harder with her character design. And then there’s the zombie. Zombies give me nightmare, ridiculous I know but we are all afraid of something and mine would be the zombie apocalypse. But I find the zombie in Ralph’s support group oddly endearing.

Well this movie excited me, something decent to watch in the latter half of this year.

Chun Li from Street fighter in the left corner

Zangief from Street Fighter and Doctor Robotnik from Sonic the Hedgehog I dont know who the monster is.

Labyrinth

Labyrinth is a Jim Henson movie that came out in 1986 starring David Bowie as a glitter covered, spandex wearing Jareth the Goblin King, who kidnaps the baby brother of Sarah, played by jailbait Jennifer Connelly.  It is a strange movie, just because it has puppet doesnt mean its for kids, the puppets are actually kinda creepy, especially this one scene where is on a lack background and they start taking their heads off and throwing them around. seriouslyl creepy,plus theres all this of sexual tension between Jareth and Sarah, which is slightly disturbing since she is only 15.  The movie is one of those classic corny 80’s magic movies, a flop when released, but has a strong cult following.  I watched it often when I was little; it’s actually a bit on the dark side for kids.  So I grew up (well I aged), forgot many of my childhood films, got nostalgic and went looking for all my old favourites so I could re-watch them.

I recently came across a web comic that is a fan comic of sorts for Labyrinth and that’s what brought the film back to my attention.  The web comic is called Girls Next Door, created by a girl on Deviant art who calls herself pika-la-cynique and it’s about Sarah from Labyrinth, who is now in college, and the web comic begins with her new roommate, Christine, moving in.

Turns out that Christine is from The Phantom of the Opera, and both have weird, tortured, supernatural stalkers. Both girls are looking to live normal lives free from their ‘respective stalkers-slash-suitors’, which backfires drastically when the girls discover that their twisted obsessive stalker suitors are living downstairs!  Now the fun begins. I love this web comic; it’s full of angst, neurosis, funny gags, crazy antics, fan service, and guest appearances by other crazy film and book characters.  The writer/ artist seems to love Tim Burton/ Johnny Depp characters, and Legolas often shows up too.  He is portrayed in an unusual light, often the comic relief, plus, who doesn’t want more Legolas in any form.  I particularly enjoy the one or two Twilight crossovers.

There has been Sweeny Todd, Edward Scissorhands, Legolas and a lot of Pirates of the Caribbean, Twilight, Star Wars i.e. Leia, some Terry Pratchett, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Howl and Sophie from Howls Moving Castle, Jareth’s parents make an appearance as, I would say, the best two fantasy villains ever.  There is some Narnia, and Danny from Game of Thrones appears as well.  There’s a plethora of movie and book references and character appearances, and it is such fun to read and identify these references and see some of your favourite characters act in different ways and grow in different directions when not confined by the lore of their films.

This is one of my favourite pages because it is an exciting crossover with some of my favourite characters.  I especially love this page because an older version of Chihiro from Spirited Away is in it.  For some reason I find this depiction of her just so appropriate, and if I were to imagine an older Chihiro this is what she would look like.  I also love the little groups mentioned in this pages, the Wibsy’s and the Fangbangers.  It made me laugh;  it’s such a clever idea.

So, a bit out of order but this is the page before the one I’ve just shown, it is another example of how much fun crossovers can be if done cleverly.

I like to try and guess who they are before I cheat and look at the bottom of the blurb under the picture of Pika’s deviant art page, to see who’s actually in the comic that week.

I really love the relationship that has evolved between Sarah and Jareth, its complex and messy and the characters do grow, the writer has taken what was created in the 80 film and pushed it further, and doesn’t let the official film lore prevent further development.

Oh I forgot to mention that the main reason I love this web comic, apart from the great writing, dialogue and comedy, is the art.  I love the style;  I love the fantastic facial expressions that this artist creates.  I admire her style and talent.

http://pika-la-cynique.deviantart.com

Some other examples

X-men First Class

I’m a bit behind on my movie reviews, so I’m working backwards from most recent to oldest.

As I said earlier, I wasn’t very excited about this movie.  I really can’t understand why, usually any remote mention of X-men has me frothing at the mouth.  All I can say is that I got snobbish, which was something I never wanted to happen when it came to movies based on comics.  It’s a common problem with comic fans considering how difficult it is to translate comics to film and make it appear plausible.  In the old days comics just did not translate well to the screen.  It is movies like Iron Man and Thor and the earlier X-men movies that show that we are now capable of creating a realistic environment for our rather ridiculous comic book worlds.

Onto the movie.  I thoroughly enjoyed it!  I had to condition my mind a bit before going to see it, I had to remind myself that the X-men movies were creating their own lore and were not directly representing my beloved comics.  With that out of the way I was happy to accept that Mystique was raised by Xavier, that Beast had a crush on Mystique and that Havok, the younger of the Summers brothers would appear in a movie which is set in the Kennedy era and thus making him older than Cyclops in this X-men reality.  Brian Singer is again involved with the X-men franchise, helping to write the script.  While Singer claims that First Class should be viewed as a prequel to X-men, there are some problems with the continuity of First Class other than the whole Summers debacle that makes it difficult to believe.  My major problem is that if Mystique was like a sister to Xavier, especially with the kind of relationship they had in the movie, then there is no way she would have poisoned Cerebro in order to hurt Xavier in the first movie.  In fact Mystique of the movies is warm and cuddly compared to the comics.  My only other qualm with First Class was Emma Frost.  The chick had no curves!  She had no hips and no boobs, what’s the point of having Emma Frost prance around in her underwear if there’s nothing to admire? She was also fairly bland, the Emma Frost I know and love would imbed disturbing images in your head for just thinking that word in her presence!

When I first heard that James McAvoy was going to play a young Charles Xavier I just could not picture it, same with Michael Fassbender playing a young Magneto.  Actually I think it’s difficult for most avid X-Men fans to imagine either character as young, of Xavier with hair for that matter.  I really enjoyed the two, there was good character development although I feel that the relationship between Xavier and Erik (Magneto) needed to be over a couple of years, they have a solid bond in the movie, but it’s too solid for the short time frame the movie is set in (also Xavier and Magneto knew each other for years before they had their big fight in the comics).  The only thing that bothered me (and I wasn’t the only one to notice this), and I really don’t want to mention it because then other people won’t be able to look at the film the same way, was the ‘bromance’ between the two.  Now I may have only noticed this because I’ve read manga that have weird intimate relationship between men.  It bothered me, at one point I wanted to yell at the screen ‘Just kiss already!!’  It was worse than the bromance in Lord of the Rings.

All in all X-men First Class was a brilliant movie; it had a complex and engaging storyline which kept the plot moving forward.  The special effect in this film were brilliant, it seems that filmmakers have finally figured out how to pull off a proper super powered battle.  This film alone gives me great hope for next year’s Avengers movie (even though both films are produced by different companies).  I absolutely loved X-men First Class, especially the guest appearance of Wolverine (the hunky Hugh Jackman), that little scene made me howl with laughter, and even now still brings a naughty giggle (I’m sure someone had been sitting on that idea for years).

THOR

Now I’m not a big fan of the comics, I find Thor to be a bit like Captain America, big blond infallible guy with virtually no personality. Actually I’m not being fair, Thor’s not so bad, he’s actually quite interesting, or maybe he’s interesting because of all the characters that surround him. Whatever, I don’t know.

So I was really looking forward to this movie, I really wanted to see how on earth they were going to turn Thor from a fantasy comic book, into a realistic movie, set within the reality of the Marvel live action film franchise. I also wanted to see how they were going to pull off Thor’s helmet, which has wings on the side. Personally I didn’t see how they were going to pull off Asgard, or a fight scene between gods, I didn’t think movie special effects were advanced enough.

Well don’t I feel stupid.  Just visually Thor is a triumph, we are now technologically capable of pulling off proper super hero movies. Yes there have been several super hero movies before Thor that have rather big gobsmacking special effects, but I mean a full on power brawl, liiiiiiike those double comic page  spreads where everyone is throwing energy balls and lightening. Yeah, I’m sounding like an idiot, shutting up now.

  

So Thor, great movie, wish he had taken his shirt off a bit more. WHOA BABY what a bod. Perving complete. I really enjoyed the movie, like I said, I was curious to see how they were going to pull Asgard off, like the rainbow bridge that connects Asgard to Earth, or what Volstagg would look like, (such a sweet, huge character in the comics) how they would do all those Norse helmets, I mean they look great in the comic but how the hell do you make helmets look cool in a live action movie. Heimdall is super awesome in the movie, has such an awe inspiring look, he looks so much cooler than in the comic, my sister is totally in love with him and thinks he should have his own film.

I really enjoyed Anthony Hopkins as Odin the All-father, god of gods, he just had the right aura and gravity for the part, properly portraying an ancient ruler who has ruled for millennia and is wise and all powerful.  That’s where Liam Neeson failed in Clash of the Titans, but to be fair, it was a bad script and Zeus is a fairly juvenile, petulant, stupid, cocksure god who got totally owned by Hades. So Odin/ Anthony Hopkins = awesome god.

Loki, an emo god. They didn’t really explain Loki’s personality to the viewer. What I know from the comics is that he is a trickster (duh everyone knows that) what I mean is that his mischievous ways show more, whereas in the film he’s more……….. sadistic? unhinged? He’s definitely less light-hearted than the comic version of him .

Thor, woof what a bod, he should have been shirtless throughout the movie. I don’t think they had enough time in this movie to properly show the changes that happen to Thor, he’s just suddenly – after one night – nice and humble.  The changes should have occurred far more subtly and over a greater period of time, but it is a movie and one does have time constraints.  I think Chris Hemsworth did a pretty good job of portraying the all-powerful, vain, pigheaded god. Exactly how I would imagine one. Also, he was in the Star Trek movie, as Kirk’s daddy, he dies in the first 10 minutes, but what an awesome 10 minutes. My sister and I cried the first time we saw it (and several time since, what and emotionally charged scene).

I had a couple of fan-girl squee moments. One of the most exciting moments for me is when Thor’s breaking into the SHIELD compound and Agent Coulson calls for some eyes in the sky, and out comes HAWKEYE!!!!! WOOOOOOOOOOT Hawkeye is played by Jeremy Renner. I like Hawkeye, and it got me really excited because, featuring him in the movie, even if it is an unaccredited 3 minutes,  just makes the Avengers movie that much closer to a reality. They’ve been setting up the Avengers movie since Iron Man in 2008, all those little after the credit clips that set the fans foaming, most epic of them all was the Iron man one which has Samuel L. Jackson playing Nick Fury. (I mentioned in my Iron Man 2 review how the Ultimate Marvel series based their Nick Fury on Jackson). Anyway the after credits scene for Thor was very exciting, it had THE COSMIC CUBE. Here’s the funny thing, I have no clue what it is exactly, it was part of a very big Captain America story arc a couple of years back, like it was seriously epic, and I followed blogs on it vaguely, but I cant say more cause it will spoil Captain America: The First Avenger  (I think).

So Thor was a very satisfying movie, amazing special effects, stunning sets, killer helmets, an awesome bod, and some really good gags. Thor was a really pleasing movie, in fact it left my sister wanting to go read the comics, and she’s never said that about any other comic book based movie we have watched together ergo, VERY GOOD MOVIE!!!!

OOOOOOOOOOO and since Thor is setting up Captain America and The Avengers here’s the new Captain America: The First Avenger full trailer. I’ve been meaning to put this up for a while. I’m getting very excited for this movie, it looks fun.

I suck and the X-men

Ok I seriously suck, it’s been a VERY long time since I posted. I apologise, it was a mixture of laziness and other activities.

So first up:

The X-Men: First Class trailer has just been released, and I must say, it looks cool.  BUT I’m pissed with this movie, and here’s why:

THIS IS NOT THE FIRST CLASS OF X-MEN!!!!!!!!  Firstly, the original X-men were Jean Grey, Cyclops, Beast, Iceman and Angel (Warren Worthington).  This movie has Xavier (sporting hair) and Magneto with Beast, Emma Frost (who was only introduced as a villain when Uncanny X-men debuted in 1963), Angel Salvadore (who has only existed for the last 10 year,s and was by no means a pleasant character) and a mish-mash of other characters, villain and hero alike, which just don’t mix.  Just looking at the character line-up leaves me speechless.  What the hell are they up to?  One of my peeves is that they’re introducing Havoc, aka Alex Summers, little brother of Scott Summers aka Cyclops, the problem is that this movie time wise predates Wolverine Origins where we get a young Cyclops.  This movie seems to be set in the time of Kennedy, which is I don’t know when!?

Just looking at the characters I feel this movie could be a possible disaster, I don’t know how it will work, but the trailer looks damn cool.

AND some more X-men. This time its X-men the anime!!!!!!!!  KAAAAAAYYYYY SO COOL.  This year a lot of the Marvel stuff has been turned into anime.  Iron Man was the first, it looks pretty good but I haven’t found the time to watch it; now there’s Wolverine.  The preview trailer made me shriek in horror and I can’t bring myself to watch further than the first 5 min of the first episode. Wolverine looks too pretty, it’s just not natural.  The X-men anime looks awesome.  I was worried that they would take the idea of the X-men and totally deviate from what it is, but it looks like X-men, smells like X-men, hey maybe it will even taste like X-men.  I can’t wait to see Storm’s look, she’s got her modern punk hairdo, from Ultimate X-men.

X-men the anime teaser

Iron Man Teaser

I think this was just a demonstration of what they could do, what their style would look like.

This is the opening intro for the anime:

Wolverine:

Waaaaaaay too pretty, this is the opening intro to the anime, which is a hell of a lot better than the teaser, which still makes me cringe.

I honestly don’t know what they were trying to do with the character here.

RIGHT onto more goodies from Marvel:

Next up the second Thor Trailer:

HooooWeeee this looks AWESOME!!!!!  I especially loved the bit with the taser, that was hysterical. As I’ve said before, I had serious doubts about a Thor movie, but this looks INSANE.

And now……THE CAPTAIN AMERICA TRAILER!!!!!!!

Well actually it’s just a TV Spot, not a full on trailer. 🙂  This looks good, but I have a small problem with them using Chris Evans.  Firstly he’s already in a Marvel franchise; he plays the Human Torch in the Fantastic Four.  Secondly he’s too funny an actor to play such a straight laced Boy Scout.  It’s like taking a comedian (can’t think of a good example) and making him Batman!!!!  Or Superman!!! These particular characters are so straight laced and up-tight do-gooders, comedy just isn’t their strong point. That’s why they have sidekicks.

Still I can practically taste the future Avengers movie.  That had better be epic.  What am I saying – it’s Joss Whedon on the script and directing, it’s going to be AWESOMLY EPIC!!!!!

Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon

Well I Suck!  The other day my sister came home after movies and told me excitedly about the Transformers 3 trailer.  To me this was seriously old news, unfortunately I had not put it on my blog!  What an idiot I am, how could I forget to put up the new trailer.  (In my defence I have been very busy, and had a bit of computer troubles, eh not really an excuse, ok ok I forgot).

Heeee doesn’t that look fun.  I love the whole linking it back to the first man on the moon thing, like when they linked the first movie to the first Mars probe.  And you will notice that the space ship the astronauts went into was full of dead Transformers!  Yeah I missed that the first time too.

Well, I love Transformers, the first movie the most, the second was good, but there was something about it that did irk me, I think it was those Cajun twin cars *shudders*.  The trailer doesn’t really give us much, but it’s a hell of a lot more than most teaser trailers.  I have absolutely no clue how this movie is going to work (I have a knack for figuring out my storylines before I finish a book, TV series, movie.  So it’s nice not being able to predict what will happen.)  I can’t believe Megan Fox was stupid enough to insult Michael Bay.  He’s a movie making powerhouse, she could get herself blacklisted, stupid wannabe.  Just because you’re hot doesn’t mean you’re going to get the role, acting and personality do count.  And I can’t say I’m thrilled with her replacement, the girl’s a bloody twig!  Actually, I think she is skinnier than Megan Fox. Seriously, the character of Sam Witwicky is a nerd, there is no way on earth TWO super models are going to hook up with him!!!

Transformers 3 will be out July 1st.