I went on a bit of a movie watching spree yesterday.John Carter - 4/5
This was the first time I've been to the theaters in a long time, and I really enjoyed myself. This movie is not what I was expecting, but a fun ride nonetheless. I thought I would see a big budget, action movie like Michael Bay would put together. But this movie is clearly intended to be driven by the plot (that's a change these days
). It is obvious that the movie struggles to condense the book to 2 hours at times. I think the key to this movie is to go in with an open mind. I very nearly changed my rating to a 3 after reading other reviews. But I remembered that I did enjoy the film, and while most of the negative comments you'll find are accurate, I didn't notice those things until they were pointed out.Hugo - 2/5
This is not my type of movie. When I watch a movie, I like to escape from the problems of the "real world." So I'm not usually overly impressed with dramas. That being said, this was a beautiful movie to watch, and most of the characters were well done. There were others, however, that just didn't seem to fit. It was almost jarring the differences in some of the characters as half of them seem to belong in this film and the other half almost belong in a slapstick comedy. This is a good film if it's your sort of thing, but for me it was just a beautiful, not-quite mediocre, experience.How to Train Your Dragon - 4/5
This was a fun movie. I like animated films, so I'm a bit biased Cowboys & Aliens - 3/5
This type of movie is right down my alley. Grab the popcorn, turn off the brain, and watch the pretty pictures. Unfortunately, with this type movie it's hard to have your cake and eat it to as the character development was a little thin. So don't go in expecting too much and you might just have a good time. I was a bit annoyed by the stern expression Daniel Craig used for most of the movie because he looked like he was sucking on a grape. As a side note, there was a lot more alien blood and guts than I was prepared for. Not recommended for the kids.