Sunday, June 15, 2014

American Psycho - The Psycho Within Us All

Before watching this movie, I had no idea what this movie was about. It was just another suggestion for me to watch on Netflix.

Terrifying and intriguing. American Psycho really does something special with its themes.

American Psycho tells the story of Patrick Bateman, played by Christian Bale, a businessman with a tendency to want things in certain ways with no one in his way, basically the American Psycho. I couldn't really see a lot of clear-cut antagonists in the film. I guess Patrick himself was Patrick's enemy, not to mention the craziness of the people that he's had to endure.

The opening scene features the handling of some food on a platter as the opening credits roll out onto the gorgeous scene of a fancy eatery. In this eatery are Patrick Bateman and his closest associates.

I guess the opening showed the audience the stylish life that comes along with Patrick and people in his field. We don't really get a sense of Patrick being a psycho; instead, we get the sense that Patrick is just an ordinary guy like everyone else. It isn't until later on that we discover Patrick's mannerisms and actions that we start to become skeptical of this character that Patrick Bateman is becoming.

I didn't get this film at first. I didn't get this film until Patrick himself brought me to clarity in the end. And once I saw what the theme was, I couldn't unsee it. It's not so much of a big secret, but the idea is that everyone has this sort of facade that they have to cover the reality behind that mask. Though this is clearly shown with Patrick Bateman, many other of these business tycoons and Patrick's victims have a clear facade within them.

I actually might end up watching this movie again just to get a sense of the thought-provoking ideas that Patrick brings up. It's something to think about, that's for sure.

I give this movie a 5/5.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Maleficent - Villain's Logic Makes Sense

Before watching this movie, there was so much hype about it in commercials on TV, so I had to see it with the little ones.

Exceeded my expectations. No lie.

Maleficent tells the story of Maleficent, played by Angelina Jolie, a fairy caught up in a conflict between two kingdoms in the land. She falls in love with a human named Stefan, played by Sharito Copley, only to find that later on Stefan betrays her. Maleficent takes it upon herself to put a curse on King Stefan's daughter Aurora, played by Elle Fanning, in vengeance.

The opening scene features Maleficent's voice over explanation to the conflict between the two kingdoms and her place in her kingdom. I have to say that Disney is doing a great job with the CGI backgrounds. All of the art that is the awesome live action beauty of Maleficent must be appreciated first off.

Disney did something that I saw them and Pixar do with Up. I saw them take the audience through a range of emotions in the first ten minutes of the film, tearing on our heart strings to make this movie memorable. After that, however, there are fewer and fewer moments that are as valuable as those first couple of minutes.

I liked Maleficent as a character. The mystery and majestic nature that she evokes in her younger years. The way that she rose to become a vengeful villain in the eyes of the other kingdom. Maleficent is a force to be reckoned with.

I have to say that the only thing that I didn't like so much about this movie was the spontaneity. But once again, Disney is famous for having the most spontaneous moments to introduce a plot twist. I like when Disney is trying to get emotions across. Disney does a good job of that. However, Disney should not make moments so spontaneous. I mean, look what Disney did with Frozen.

Overall, the movie is really fun to follow and is a must-see until the very end.

I give this movie a 4/5.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

About Last Night - Golden Comedy, Sucky Plot

Before watching this movie, all I knew was that Kevin Hart was in this movie. Of course, I'd want to see this movie because of how funny I think Kevin Hart is.

Well the comedy was on point, but I think that everything else was just so transparent.

About Last Night tells the story of Danny, played by Michael Ealy, a friend of the woman-loving Bernie, played by Kevin Hart, who comes across a woman by the name of Joan, played by Regina Hall. Simultaneously, Danny starts to develop a little something for Joan's friend Debbie, played by Joy Bryant.

The opening scene introduces us to the two guys, Danny and Bernie, each on completely different spectrums of life. While Danny is going through a break-up from a girl so dear to him, Bernie is at the top of his game in terms of women.

I think that the good thing about Bernie being played by Kevin Hart is the exaggeration in the way that he acts. The more that we see Bernie in the movie, the more that we like where the movie is headed. Even though that Bernie is not the main protagonist, we wish he would be.

The entire plot between Danny and Debbie seems so pathetic. I am certain that not a lot of the things about the relationship would stick in the audience's mind. I feel like the back and forth between Bernie and Joan was more entertaining than the placid love interest between Danny and Debbie.

The one thing I liked about the movie was the portrayal of how life converges in many different ways, sometimes not in your favor. However, the movie doesn't really teach anything. It's just a good laugh when Kevin Hart shows up, then everything else is just nothing.

I give this movie a 3/5.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Bedtime Stories - Cheesy Humor Is OK Humor

Before watching this movie, all I knew was that Adam Sandler's character worked in a hotel and the bad guy from Iron Man 3 was the bad guy in this movie.

It was pretty cheesy.

Bedtime Stories tells the story of Skeeter Bronson, played by Adam Sandler, a worker at a hotel once promised a bigger role in the functioning of that hotel, taken away by Barry Nottingham, played by Richard Griffiths, and given to Skeeter's rival Kendall Duncan, played by Guy Pearce. Things for Skeeter seem hopeless until he discovers that his nephew Patrick, played by Jonathan Morgan Heit, and Bobbi, played by Laura Ann Kesling, have magical story telling powers that cause anything that happens in the story to happen in real life.

The opening scene features the turning of pages in a story book presented by Skeeter's father Marty Bronson, played by Jonathan Pryce, each page representing the turning of a new story in a new place. This scene shows that although the story about to be told is told in real life, imagination can run wild in the mind.

I guess Disney tried to do the thing here where imagination outweighs the hardships of real life, just like in a lot of other movies that Disney makes.

However, this is the story of real life versus imagination and many of the things that occur for Skeeter should not actually occur. I get the spontaneous nature of children's films, but in my perspective, this movie should not be considered to be one that I would watch again.

Adam Sandler tries to deliver his humor in the way that he would in any other movie, but I feel that Adam Sandler sucks in terms of his humor if he doesn't curse. Really. Adam Sandler doesn't really function in children's flicks.

Once again, I can see where Disney was trying to go, but a lot of the good Disney movies occur because of the character doing things for themselves whereas others do things for the main character. That's why Frozen is better than this movie. That's why Cars is better than this movie. That's why Pirates of the Caribbean, possibly Enchanted is better than this movie.

I was expecting a bit more from Adam Sandler in this movie.

I give this movie a 3/5.