+ Solid story, it's Shakespeare, and a nice tribute to him too
+ Any lame parties and dated lines are fun in an ironic way
+ Good soundtrack
+ Characters were stereotypes but they work well
Overall it's a successful teen rom com but the genre makes it feel meh. As good as John Hughes films but not as funny or relatable as Superbad was.
It's alright but has some flaws.
• Having a moment saying "if nobody says not guilty then we won't discuss this anymore" played for tension 20 minutes into the movie is moronic.
• Every point made about dissecting a piece of evidence was laborious
• I tried to see if there was any symbolism in the rain and when they turned the fan on but I couldn't see any.
• Some of the men were borderline caricatures.
It's still entertaining…
Their first day of school is hilarious, with Tatum's character failing at being popular by being a bully and then having adventures on drugs. Some reviews pointed out how it mocks teen movie cliches but the second half of the movie plays it straight with an awkward thrown in romante and a "you're off the force" plot point. It just loses the humour.
Lily Collins- She's the reason I watched this movie. Hottest girl in the world but she can't act.
Taylor Lautner - Embarrassing how shit he was. Director gave him way too many extreme close ups. It made everyone elses performances oscar worthy in comparison.
Action - That poster shot of him sliding down the side of a building holding a gun? Nah don't expect any mission impossible style stunts here, he was sliding down an escalator after misplacing his gun.…
This movie was so bad it mad me sad.
- The action set pieces disappointed me. It was just very few people on CGI sets made it seem like a cheap reenactment from History channel
- It took itself too seriously like Cowboys and Aliens. After a cool moment where they introduce the famous old beardy Lincoln the film then grinds to a halt with drama about the son dying and Lincoln's guilt. I would have preferred an Army of Darkness style S-mart ending in the Whitehouse.
+ The underground railroad twist was neat.
+ Some good stunts in the car chase in the first half hour
- most of the action was incomprehensible thanks to editing
- the script was bolted on to the die hard name to sell tickets but it seemed to be a mixture of the hottest video games of 2008; CoD Modern Warfare and GTA IV.
- Looked worse than a ps3 game. It's always obvious what was cgi and it all looked unimaginative. The final 'epic' fight was just cloned polygons on a checker board floor, like computer animation 101.
- The acting is terrible. Johnny Depp kept using his pirate voice. Ann Hathaway should never be taken seriously as an actress again as she just kept he arms raised with less emotion than a pantomime fairy.
- The changes to the story to make it like a generic fantasy instead of a weird acid trip for kids.
+ As far as dramas go this is incredibly powerful because of how relatable every character is (even while being cliché). We all go through moments about what our purpose is. It also feels private and personal.
+ Dat iconic soundtrack
- Some people make fun of the more iconic artistic moments of the film like how he's jerks off to fucking rose petals and the acting during the floating bag scene ("sometimes the worlds so beautiful I just can't take it"). I can go with it but these criticisms stick in my head.