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I can't remember the last time I sat through a movie in a theater and didn't laugh even one time
but that's what happened with Ted. The movie is sweeter than you would expect, Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis are cute together and the Ted special effect is done well enough that you forget you're watching a special effect and not a character pretty quickly. In short a lot about the movie works--except for the fact that it isn't funny. At all. The only funny scenes were already in the trailer so they weren't funny again when seen in the movie. I really wanted to walk out of Ted and wish I could have gotten my money back.
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This would be an OK movie if it were made by Disney or Dreamworks but Pixar has been making
exemplary movies for so long (with the notable exception of both Cars films) that expectations are inevitably much higher. Brave doesn't really come close to matching Pixar's better films. It starts out fine but around the time the witch's curse takes effect on the lead character's mother the movie falls into a creative rut that it never gets itself out of. Unlike most Pixar movies Brave seems like it was made without a completed script or at least without a script that was ready to be animated--the whole second half of the movie is so predictable and uninspired that you don't even need to watch the movie to know everything that's going to happen. The animation is excellent, as always, and Brave is certainly a good movie by any standards other than Pixar's, but if you're expecting a classic like Up or Wall-e you will end up disappointed.
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Disappointing sc-fi flick has excellent visuals and 3-D and uniformly strong acting. Unfortunately
it's also a talky bore that tries too hard to be serious and profound without managing to engage the viewer much. As a popcorn flick Prometheus is even worse--offering (by my count at least) just one suspenseful sequence involving Noomi Rapace and an automated surgery machine. Prometheus also doesn't feel much like an Alien prequel despite a handful of familiar elements (sinister android, untrustworthy company rep) and a few overt references thrown in at the end which seem to be there mostly so this could be marketed as having something to do with the Alien series. This just doesn't feel anything like those films--even Alien 3, the worst of the series by far, generated more thrills than this talky dud. If you're going to see this pay extra for 3-D since it's one of the only things that actually works.
Charlize Theron makes a fierce villain and there are a handful of nifty visual effects but
otherwise pretty much nothing in this faerie-tale adventure movie really works all that well. None of the action is exciting and the movie is never as dark and violent as it needed to be to pull off what it was trying. Kristen Stewart is a very odd choice for Snow White--she isn't a bad actress but she's also pretty far from being a great beauty and having characters repeatedly refer to her as one doesn't make it so. She will never be more beautiful than Theron, although I think the filmmakers were counting Snow White's inner beauty plus the fact that the evil queen would age if she used magic or didn't steal the youth of young maidens into the mix to justify how the plain Stewart could be judged more beautiful than the stunning Theron. There's also no functioning love story in spite of the fact that the movie needs one after Snow eats the poisoned apple. This was a boring dud.
Boring movie. Charlize Theron makes a fierce villain (at least in the first half of the movie) and
there are a handful of nifty visual effects but otherwise pretty much nothing in this faerie-tale adventure movie really works all that well. None of the action is exciting and the movie is never really as dark and violent as it needed to be to pull off what it was trying. I was so bored by this movie after 20 minutes that I honestly wanted to walk out. Some people will probably enjoy this but I thought it was crap.
Sasha Baron Cohen returns to the purely scripted format of his Ali G movie (which went straight to
video in the USA) with this silly hit or miss comedy about a dictator adrift in New York after a scheming aid betrays him and his trademark beard is cut off, making him unrecognizable. There are a handful of gags that are but-gusting, tears in your eyes funny, but unfortunately most of the movie is more silly than amusing. This is probably worth sitting through once (if you pay a matinee price) for the handful of inspired moments. Honestly the only people in the theater who seemed to really be enjoying the movie were some 14 year old boys who were laughing themselves silly--they are the perfect audience fir this crude, dumb movie in spite of it's R rating. When I was a 14 year old boy I probably would have found a lot more of this amusing as well.
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