Hercules Review

Hercules_w300GRADE: B-

RATED: PG-13

WORTH SEEING IN 3D? I DIDN’T SEE IT IN 3D, BUT I DOUBT IT.

WORTH SEEING IN RPX? NOT AVAILABLE IN RPX.

Hercules (Directed by Brett Ratner) is a surprisingly decent popcorn flick. When I first found out that Dwayne Johnson was going to play Hercules, I couldn’t stop laughing. In the end, I was thoroughly entertained throughout the film’s two hour run time. Dwayne Johnson gave the best performance I’ve ever seen him deliver, and the supporting characters were well done as well. Hercules’ friends were definitely one of the best parts of the film due to the fact that they were the film’s comic relief. The film takes place three years after the popular myth that we all know and love. Hercules and his team are now mercenaries and get hired by John Hurt’s character to assist Thrace in war. The plot also contains a pretty good plot twist, but I won’t put it in here. The narrative was simple, but entertaining enough to keep the audience (or at least me) interested. The dialog was was good most of the time, but suffered from some corny lines. The only real issue was that I felt it didn’t have quite enough action scenes. In most movies that wouldn’t matter, but this movie was heavily reliant on action, while the existing battles were brilliant, it would have been nice to have a few more in there. If the plot was a bit more thick it might not have been the biggest issue (although like I said, it was fine). Overall, Hercules was a good movie that really came out of nowhere.

Boyhood Review

Boyhood-300wGRADE: A-

RATED: R

NOT IN 3D

NOT IN RPX

Boyhood is an outstanding movie,  filmed over the course of twelve years. The acting was stellar in this almost documentary feeling drama. Ethan Hawke showed his greatest performance I’ve seen him do yet, and he perfectly captured all of his character’s essence. Ellar Coltrane also did a great job, he played Mason, the protagonist, we see him grow up in a way that looks nothing but natural. The audience is carried through all of his milestones and he was great at making it seem like we were experiencing all of these milestones with him. Patricia Arquette was great as Mason’s mother (especially in a talk with her and Mason at the end of the movie) and she had great chemistry with her character’s kids. Lorelei Linklater, who was a first time actress and the director’s daughter also did a great job as the sister. Their sibling rivalry felt very real and the audience could easily sense her maturing. The film chronicled the events of a boy’s life from the age of six to eighteen, he has a sister who is two years older than him and his parents are divorced. His dad is an irresponsible parent in the beginning, but changes drastically throughout the film. His mom is constantly trying to remarry and it never goes well. It’s extremely satisfying watching him pass boyhood’s milestones, and although I haven’t passed plenty of them (I’m thirteen) I felt like I was while watching the movie. The movie’s only flaws were that it didn’t always tell you how much time had passed, which made it very difficult to know how old he was in the beginning. The movie also felt overlong at some points, besides that Boyhood was a great movie and it’s definitely worth a look.

Transformers: Age Of Extinction Review

GRADE: F+

RATED: PG-13

WORTH SEEING IN 3D? Only reason

WORTH SEEING IN RPX? If you’re gonna be bored, you might as well be comfortable

Transformers: Age of Extinction (directed by Michael Bay) is a terrible film. The acting was dreadful and not even Mark Wahlberg showed more than two expressions throughout the entire film. The narrative is unfocused at best and the plot disappeared entirely towards the middle. The dialog was seemingly written by a team of ten year olds and was extremely corny. While the effects were good, they got old about 70 minutes into this 165 minute behemoth. While watching it, I could tell when the plot tried to twist on the audience, but it was all dull and predictable. The film takes place 5 years after the events of Dark of the Moon, the Autobots are being hunted by an evil government teamed up with the Decepticons. Cade (Wahlberg) is an inventor that makes zero profit and devotes his life to inventing and his daughter, Tessa (Peltz), one day he stumbles upon Optimus Prime and powers him up once again, they meet up with some new Autobots and Bumblebee to stop the Decepticons. Oh, right, the government was also apparently trying to make Megatron clones that didn’t look like him. The film also makes the mistake of killing off the only decent character 30 minutes in.To follow up on what I said about the dialog I will leave you with this:

Optimus: When you look to the stars, pick one, and think of it as my soul.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Review

GRADE: A

RATED: PG-13

WORTH SEEING IN 3D? NO

WORTH SEEING IN RPX? YES

Dawn Of the Planet Of the Apes (directed by Matt Reeves) is an outstanding Summer Blockbuster. It is nothing like the stereotypical blockbuster (lots of blowing up, but with poor acting and story. If that’s what you want go see Transformers: Age of Extinction.) This movie is emotionally wrenching and has very, very good effects. Jason Clarke was excellent as Malcolm, who was the main protagonist (besides a motion capture Casaer). Keri Russell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Gary Oldman all boasted strong supporting performances. Andy Serkis was also mind-blowing once again as Caesar, the lead ape. Serkis and the advanced technology used were able to turn a man and his expressions into the mannerisms of an ape. Motion capture is a giant step from CGI showing more realistic figures. Andy Serkis is an amazing motion capture actor and plays iconic roles in popular movies, but is still not well known. If you aren’t familiar with him, he played Gollum in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Dawn takes place in 2026, which is ten years after Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Most of humanity has been wiped out by the Simian Flu which is a disease created in a lab in Rise. The Apes have taken over the San Francisco woods north of the city. The apes prosper and have a great ruler, Caesar, one day a human shows up to their base and it goes downhill from there. Peace is temporarily brought by Malcolm, but that doesn’t last long as you can see in the trailer. Serkis and Clarke’s chemistry was outstanding, the entire time you believed that two characters of a different species found trust in each other. Most, if not all elements of this movie are perfect and it is definitely worth a look.