Friday, June 10, 2011

'Spolsions and Stuff: A Movie Review of I Am Number Four (Plus How I Learned to Forgive Micheal Bay A Little.)

I watched I Am Number Four the other day almost against my will. I had heard it described as "Twilight with aliens," so you could probably understand my leeriness. However, I did enjoy the movie, especially since it was not corrupting yet another brilliant fiction character, the alien.

My friend gave me the disc to put in the player, and I hesitated and gave him a skeptical glance. The name MICHEAL BAY was written across it. I have not forgiven Micheal Bay for the atrocity that was Transformers II. (I do realize that was because of the writers' strike, but he still made a mediocre movie from that script.) I almost didn't watch it at that point. I could see it being a vessel for Micheal Bay's explosion fetish. My friend, undeterred, put the disc in and made me watch it. Arms folded and a frown, I sulked on the couch as it began.

My negativity did not last long. It quickly became apparent that this was not a Twilight-clone, and there wasn't an explosion in the first ten minutes. There was hope for this movie still. The movie progressed, and I really enjoyed it. It was quite a well-written story, and was cast very well. Sure, it did focus quite a bit on the love interests of the movie. But the story came first. The aliens, if unoriginal and uncannily humanoid, had a neat back story, and the conflict between the two groups was fascinating and very well choreographed. Also, explosions.

I was surprised at the lack of explosions. There was maybe three big ones, tops, and very few and sporadic smaller ones. Micheal Bay really held back on this movie, and I respect that he can make a good movie without relying on that endless box of TNT he has.

Overall, I give the movie an 8 out of 10, and I almost forgave Micheal Bay for Transformers II. Everybody goes home happy.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Mutants, Cuba, and... Kevin Bacon? A Movie Review of X-Men: First Class

Sorry for the lack of posts, I'm stuck in a bit of a lull between high school and college, and it's taking it's toll.

I went to go see X-Men: First Class this past Saturday. I have not seen X-2, The Final Stand, or Origins: Wolverine. I have always liked mutant movies such as these, I just don't get to watch them enough. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, and it's excellent acting.

Many were leery of recasting roles that were played by greats such as Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, and feared that would have a negative impact on this movie. McAvoy and Fassbender brilliantly depicted the friendship, rivalry, and disagreement between Prof. X and Magneto. The acting was astounding, and well-cast.

The storyline was interesting, with a bizarre(for me) twist: the main antagonist was played by Kevin Bacon. He did a brilliant job, but I had never seen this side of Bacon's acting, and I was pleasantly surprised by his role. I hold only one thing against him: He used the power that I had come up with for an upcoming Mutants & Masterminds game, which was both amusing and annoying. The visual effects weren't game-changing, but were very aesthetic and not terribly over-used.

I had no particular qualms against this movie, but is wasn't life-changing. I give it an 8.5 out of 10.