I'd seen this in the theater, remembered it being pretty bad, but then one of you, my fellow Letterboxd'ers, reviewed it recently and was positive enough I decided to give it another spin. I'll give that positive review this much: the cast and locations are suitably grimy. In fact, big props to the casting department as this is one of the most overall unattractive casts in any major Hollywood flick ever: it actually does feel like physically this could be…
Decent sequel with a few chuckles here and there, but I didn't laugh as much as I thought I would. Some of the bits go on too long and some of the blatant ad-libbing isn't quite as funny as I think the cast and director found it to be at the time. This movie also demonstrates why comedies generally fall around the 90 minute mark: at two hours this feels about half an hour too long. Still, the cast are all game and Ferrell delivers both some laughs and keeps 'heart' with the character. Passable.
There are so many problems with the Hobbit it's difficult to decide where to begin.
The first though is the overblown runtime and the shocking amount of filler. Never have I watched a movie where I could so easily go through and literally remove half- and not only lose nothing, but substantially make the film better by doing so. There are scene after scene of bloat, whether they are standalone segments that could be removed entirely since they have no…
Man of Steel isn't quite what I was expecting. I had avoided the previews as I typically do with a movie I intend to see anyways, so I was pleasantly surprised that by-and-large we avoided 45 minutes of growing-up-in-Kansas and Clark being a clumsy newspaper man. Some of these typical elements are sliced-and-diced into flashbacks throughout the movie, which is a refreshing change (vs say The Amazing Spiderman), but at the same time doesn't give quite the build up of…