Baby Driver reminds me so much of 21 and that’s probably because of the “Spacey” connection and the whole thing about professional felons with an innocent guy in the mix.
I do like the overall feel of the film – its funky music and alert pacing mirroring Baby’s best asset. What I didn’t quite like is its story in general. It was unrealistic with flimsy dialogues especially coming from Kevin Spacey and Jamie Foxx.
On the plus side, I thought Ansel was amazing considering the awful script. The rest are cliche at best. I don’t mind recommending this at all. It’s got lovely music and Ansel’s face.
Director: Edgar Wright
Cast: Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Eiza Gonzalez, John Hamm, Jamie Foxx, John Bernthal
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Continuing the highly successful reboot of the iconic superhero franchise – the sequel of 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man saw Peter Parker’s (Andrew Garfield) childhood after being orphaned by his parents and was left to the care of his aunt and uncle. He also ended her relationship with Gwen (Emma Stone) to keep her safe.
Here we see Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) becoming the CEO of Oscorp after his father Norman (Chris Cooper) died. We also have Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx) whom Peter saved once and became obsessed with our superhero. Somehow, it stopped there. It’s too boxed for a sequel going around Peter and Gwen’s relationship to the impending attack of Max and Harry. The plot wasn’t much and it was too damn long if I’m being honest (it’s over two hours.)
The one thing that I liked about it is the way they humanized Peter Parker (almost the same way Clak Kent felt vulnerably close to the audience in Man Of Steel). I’ve to admit though that I’m not really digging Andrew Garfield as spidey (or perhaps I’m just unfairly comparing him with Tobey Maguire) but he’s okay I guess. He’s got this charming thing about him. Emma Stone of the other hand was LOVE. (I’m truly biased LOL) I just loved this girl. But hey, adoration aside – Gwen’s character isn’t much that it’s almost comical to think about her but you see, she’s very easy in the eye (Emma that is).
Did anyone thought how creepy DeHaan was as Harry? I think the word’s sinister but not than much. I don’t know what to make of him. I almost wished that James Franco’s brother took over the role. But being in between creepy and sinister could be a good thing right? Foxx’s character though, was simply out of place. It’s just lacking any back story and was just a poor excuse to abuse it’s CGI potentials.
In the scope of things, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was an improvement from its predecessor. It was something a non-Spider-man fan would “perhaps” appreciate although I’m not really sure if they’d be patient enough to sit through it till the end.
Director: Marc Webb
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Colm Feore, Felicity Jones, Campbell Scott, Sally Field
similar review posted at the 2014 Pinoy Exchange Movie Challenge.
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I was thinking when was the last time I enjoyed an animated film? I remember watching Rango and enjoying its depth. I remember from last year some of the best ones, How To Train Your Dragon and Toy Story 3.
Rio on the other hand wasn’t a big disappointment at all. I’m not a big fan of the film but it has its moment. Blue is a domesticated Spix’ Macau –last of the “male” of his kind was flown to Rio, Brazil to mate with the only remaining female Spix’ Macau named Jewel to save their species. Blue fell inlove with the stubborn Jewel who wanted to escape into the wilderness. The only problem that he’s got is that he doesn’t know how to fly. Both birds were abducted along with others by a group of smugglers and their adventure started from there.
The whole Rio vibe was very very cool to begin with but it does present a not so positive thing about the country. The graphics are less than impressive but the lines are very cool with the birds Nico and Pedro (voiced by Jamie Foxx and Will.I.Am respectively) stealing the scenes from the main protagonist.
I especially love the parade part and the bulldog. I think that was the best part of the film. Other than that, the film failed to deliver from its promising trailer.
Oh, the soundtrack was really good by the way which maybe the saving grace of the film.
I’ll give it a 5/10 rating.
Director: Carlos Saldanha
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, George Lopez, Will.I.Am, Jamie Foxx