Night at the Museum 3: Secret of the Tomb (2014)
- I'm not sure why this movie was necessary, but I'm glad it happened.
- Jedidiah and Octavian make these movies a thousand times better.
- Rami Malek (Ahkmenrah) is actually fantastic.
- I didn't know I needed that much closure from this series, but apparently I did.
- It's Night at the Museum, so it would've been fun no matter what.
The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies (2014)
- Some of the special effects look fakey, like Legolas running up a crumbling cliff. Just...no.
- Me during half of this movie: THORIN, NO.
- I will never forgive New Line Cinema for not naming this There and Back Again.
- But that final scene, where it loops back to The Fellowship of the Ring, almost makes up for that. Almost.
- It has some lovely moments. It has epic moments. It has eye-rolling moments. I'm left with a general feeling for this series that's somewhere between lukewarm and warm, but never more.
The Maze Runner (2014)
- The story is interesting, but the main character (Thomas) isn't. This flaw has more to do with how he's written in the book than the movie itself.
- Some pieces of lackluster dialogue might also be the problem.
- The Maze looks exactly like I pictured it.
- I love how the thing that confuses the boys more than anything else is Teresa. "It's a girl." "What do we do with that?"
- For me, it lacked the intensity of the novel. I'm not sure why.
Pacific Rim (2013)
- The male lead and the female lead don't end up together. I thought it was going to happen, but then they just hugged at the end. (Actually, it's bad that this is so rare, but that's a different story.) Their relationship is adorable.
- It focuses more on the action than the character development, but it has several quiet, tender moments that really get to you.
- It's refreshing to watch a movie that isn't a sequel, adaptation, or remake.
- Alright, fine. It's no masterpiece. It feels a little rushed, and it'll never win an Oscar. But...
- GIANT ROBOTS. PUNCHING GIANT ALIENS. MY INNER TEN-YEAR-OLD IS SCREAMING WITH JOY.
- I can't possibly cover everything about this movie in only five points, but I can sum up a lot with this: This is one of the most intense, suspenseful, and absolutely gripping things I've seen in a long time. (Also, I highly recommend watching it on a train. That only adds to the experience.)
- The pacing feels oddly episodic, since they move one train car at a time. It has this simultaneous slow-fast feeling.
- The worldbuilding of this=WOW.
- I did not see that ending coming. It changes everything. It's harsh, but it works so, so well.
- Dystopian ice age. Revolution that takes place entirely on a train that never stops. Chris Evans. What more can I say?
- Wait...is this a thriller or a nature documentary? Sometimes, it's hard to tell.
- I wish this at least tried to make some vague scientific sense. Or any sense at all.
- There is no character development other than Lucy's growing powers. She's punching things, blowing things up, and creating mayhem, but we're never given a reason to care.
- The ending special effects are cool. I'll give it that. But Lucy...becomes the universe? Um, okay.
- That's how I felt about the entire thing. "Um, okay."
- Visually, it's fantastic. It's colorful, vibrant, and exciting.
- The dialogue feels awkward and over-the-top, as does some of the acting. (Leonardo DiCaprio, I'm looking at you.)
- Then again, maybe any adaptation of The Great Gatsby has to be excessive.
- The overall movie doesn't seem to take itself seriously. I don't think that's the right tone for this story.
- It's pretty, but something about it felt off. I can't pin down exactly what.
- The special effects budget for this movie would be enough to run a small country, but it paid off. The visuals are utterly fantastic. It creates a gorgeous, detailed world that's just plain fun to see.
- The romantic subplot comes out of nowhere. There's no chemistry between Jake and Neytiri; the only reason it didn't surprise me was because you almost never see a movie without romantic/sexual tension between the male and female leads.
- In 2009, I kept hearing how anti-Christian this movie is. Um, what? Yes, I suppose it's anti-Christian if your definition includes the portrayal of any non-Christian religions.*
- I had also heard about its hard-hitting environmental messages--this, on the other hand, is absolutely true. It's basically a high-budget Fern Gully with some Pocahontas thrown into the mix.
- If you can look beyond the in-your-face subtext, it's an exciting, game-changing science fiction film. It's not the highest-grossing movie of all time for nothing.
- Much of this movie's brilliance is in its atmosphere. The eerie cinematography, the pacing, the often-frightening flashbacks...
- The intensity is on par with Snowpiercer, but in a completely different way.
- That ending. I...what...hold up... I'm so impressed. This is fantastic writing.
- It messes with you. You think you have it figured out, then it throws a bombshell at you. Then it subverts itself again, and you're left not knowing whose words to trust.
- It's a psychological thriller with heavy emphasis on the psychological. It's a smart movie that requires you to pay close attention--exactly my type of story.
What good (or bad) movies have you seen lately?
*Actually, if that's the case, then you might as well call The Passion of the Christ and The Ten Commandments anti-Christian. I don't think that's what those critics were going for. But that's beside the point.