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Well, this movie does meet the Beavis and Butt-head criteria for an outstanding movie, namely lots
of explosions and killings, but it never provides the kind of tension to grab the viewer the way that the original Taken did. Liam Neeson is always great to watch in any role, but the picture itself felt too formulaic and not sufficiently novel to get a better review. It is an okay way to spend a couple hours eating popcorn, but do not expect much in the way of excitement. Part of the ending is vague enough to suggest a Taken 3 down the road, which, given the box office success of Taken 2, we are almost sure to see in about 3 years. One can only hope for a better screenplay next time around.
I have to preface this review by stating that I love Spiderman, and have since he first appeared in
Marvel Comics during the early 60's. So to me, anything Spiderman is worth seeing. Putting that aside, this was still a good film, with great special effects, highlighted by Spidey's swings through Manhattan. I saw this movie in IMAX 3D and those scenes really stood out, though I have to admit that this was not much of a 3D movie overall. If I had seen it in 2D, I don't think I would have felt any great loss. I do have to state, however, that I am growing quickly tired of rehashing superhero "origins" over and over. Each time a lead in a superhero movie changes, it seems as if the director needs to tell us once more how it all happened. And even though this film adds a new little twist to the Spiderman origin, everyone knows that Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider. I mean everyone knows. Give it a rest. Nonetheless, a film worth seeing, well acted by the appealing leads.
Periodically, I learn about certain movies from my wife, who seems to be tuned into movies like this
one. I'm not sure how I missed reading about this one beforehand, but I am very glad that my wife knew about it and urged me to go see it with her. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a beautifully acted, moving story of a group of people who wind up at a dilapidated hotel (The Best Exotic Marigold) in India for a variety of mostly unfortunate circumstances. Initially, virtually all members of the group go there thinking that their life has come to an end for a variety of reasons, only to find--at least for some of them--that the best years may only be just beginning. I don't think I have seen a movie with a happier ending in some time, but, in this case, it all falls together so neatly and so beautifully that you can only leave the theater with a big smile and it didn't leave me feeling as if the ending were forced in any way. A terrific film-see it!
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