The Campaign has a very talented cast behind it. Will Ferrell, Zach Galifinackis, Jason Sudekis, Dylan McDermott, John Lithgow, and Dan Akroryd are the main pieces here. But it really is Ferrell and Galfinackis’ film. If they don’t deliver good laughs and or work well together, the entire film would be pointless and it could easily fall apart the second the film begins.
Luckily, that is not the case with The Campaign. It is actually a very hilarious film, both Ferrell and Galifinackis have their fair share of laughs but they leave room for the supporting cast to have even their moments to shine. Their chemistry and back and forth humor and cruelty to each other is just so entertaining to watch. It has some of the most memorable jokes this year.
The Campaign follows Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) who is pretty much the generic congressman that has the most votes, but the thing is there is no one else in the entire town that is running. So it’s a walk in the park for him, but when two CEOs seize an opportunity to oust Cam by putting up a rival candidate. Their man: naive Marty Huggins (Zach Galifinackis), director of the local Tourism Center.
One of my favorite parts of the film is how much it represents and pokes fun of the stereotypical politics. Each character represents one of the many stereotypes you can find, and I thank the writers for writing this so cleverly. But if those type of jokes aren’t your cup of tea the film has plenty of other jokes to follow. It’s a very raunchy film and very consistent from start to finish.
The film does compare well with the other comedies that have come out this year. I really enjoyed The Watch, despite the negative reviews around it. I thought Ted was hilarious and somewhat original. The Campaign is easily funnier than both of those but in my opinion 21 Jump Street is still the funniest film of the year so far. Though, I will still be picking this film up on Blu-Ray when it is released.
There aren’t many flaws, It’s just a really funny, silly, and enjoyable comedy. But when it does go in the serious direction it does start to lower the laughs at points, and the serious direction the film has to offer isn’t very interesting or involving, I personally would have liked to see a bit more jokes in that dry spot. But maybe that’s asking for to much because of how much they were already delivering.
Overall : The Campaign is a hilarious, fun ride from start to finish and I highly recommend everyone to see it.
I give The Campaign a B+
The Watch is a film I’ve been looking forward to seeing for a while now, mainly just because of everyone that was behind it. Akiva Schaffer directed this and he also made Hot Rod , which is a very underrated comedy. The writers are made up of Evan Goldberg and, yes, Seth Rogen. The cast includes Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill, Vince Vaughn, Richard Ayoade, and Will Forte.
My first comment on the film is that I think it deserves a way higher rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It is currently sitting at a 16%. While it isn’t quite the comedy I was looking for, considering all the people that were behind it. I still thought the film was consistently funny from beginning to end, and even the Sci-Fi side of the story was solid. It had a good mix of action, sci-fi, and humor.
Everyone here is good. Ben Stiller is a solid lead, Vince Vaughn is better than he usually is. I like the guy, but he just seemed to have a different role here than he usually does. Will Forte plays this suspicious cop, and he is really funny in the role. He has one of the funniest scenes in the film. Easily, hands down, the two people that steal the show are Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade. They have the best laughs throughout and are the most energetic in the film.
One other thing that surprised me a lot about the film are the visuals .The visuals here are surprisingly really good. These weren’t just generic aliens, you can tell that the people behind the visuals did put some effort into making these aliens somewhat unique than aliens that we have seen in other films. Even the action in the film, towards the third act, was done quite well and was pretty awesome. I won’t lie about that.
As for flaws with the film, yes there is plenty to nitpick at. Ben Stiller and Rosemary DeWitt have a side story about not being able to have kids and it felt really out of place and unneeded. It does sort of get off to a slow start, and even then the film goes on longer than it should. My main problem with it are the twists in the film, one specifically at the end does seem a bit out of place, as if the writers just wrote it in halfway through production.
But despite some flaws that I had with the film, It is a very funny comedy that I would recommend to anyone who is a fan of this type of humor, or even a fan of one of the actors in the film. They all have a chance to shine and the film is just really fun and entertaining. I enjoyed my self a lot during The Watch.
So, I’m going to give it a mild B+ rating.
Christopher Nolan finally brings us the long awaited conclusion to my favorite trilogy , “The Dark Knight Rises” . Now that it’s here I’m proud to say I found The Dark Knight Rises to be a perfect conclusion to the trilogy. It’s a masterpiece and just one of the most satisfying films I’ve ever seen before. There are no words for how epic it is and how well it concludes the trilogy.
All of the cast here is great. Christian Bale returns as Bruce Wayne/Batman, This film takes place eight years after The Dark Knight. Batman has taken the fall for the crimes of Two-Face (Harvey Dent). So Bruce Wayne doesn’t know what to do with himself, he is lonely and never leaves his house. The only person he really has is Alfred. Speaking of which, Michael Caine is brilliant in the film, he had me on the edge of tears at one point.
Anne Hathaway nearly steals the show as Catwoman/ Selina Kyle , she is slick and her line delivery is perfect. Exactly what Catwoman should be. Tom Hardy is a great villain here as Bane, he is really menacing and you can tell he went all out to get in shape for this role. Gary Oldman is great as Gordon, as usual. I always enjoy his character and chemistry with Bale. Joseph Gordon Levitt is a really good side character, he has a lot of effect on the plot and his performance is great.
As far as the rest of the cast – Morgan Freeman, Marion Cotillard, etc. are all great, not a single bad performance here. The writing here is great, it is smart dialogue and the film is perfectly plotted. A lot of twists and turns throughout. With this great script, the film manages to keep you very interested despite the nearly three hour running time. Bruce Wayne’s struggles to become Batman again.
I really liked the way Bane’s character was written. He knows Gotham is riding on a lie, he knows there is no Batman, and he knows if there is another villain coming in like The Joker, It will just be the cops so they can’t do much about that. That’s what I really liked about him, he’s smart yet destructive and intimidating physically and mentally. He really is the perfect villain and we have Tom Hardy to thank for adapting him perfectly.
The action and visuals in the film are great, throughout we get a lot of cool action sequences. Especially the last forty or fifty minutes, it’s a full out epic battle in the city between Batman, the cops, Bane, and his army.All of which are perfectly shot. The visuals in the film are great, one specifically is The Bat, which is pretty much like the Batwing, but of course they don’t call it that. It’s done really well and I liked the design of it a lot, It looked very realistic.
The first half of the film rides on showing what Gotham is like, where all these characters have gone. What is Gordon up to, What is Bruce up to, What is Lucius up to? Is Gotham a clean city or is it terrible now? It builds up the destruction of Gotham from Bane throughout. Then the second half relies on the struggle of Bruce Wayne to become the Batman again. Shake off the weakness.
Once we get into the last fifty minutes or so of the film, It gets extremely intense. I have never seen such a gripping third act before. But, the last four or five minutes of the film.. Wow. Honestly, one of the best endings ever put to film. I know that is a bold statement and if it gets me hate, It gets me hate. I honestly do not care, because this ending was pitch perfect. I just haven’t felt this satisfied with a film before.
Overall It’s a perfect Batman film in my opinion, It shows that Batman can be broken at times. But it proves he is something more than just a man, something more than just Bruce Wayne. He is a symbol for Gotham and a hero.
I give The Dark Knight Rises an A+. I’m certain this will be in my top five films at the end of the year, if not my favorite film.
So, Like many of you I’m excited to see The Dark Knight Rises. I’m leaving in a few hours, and I will write my review as soon as I get home. I’ve been, well, anticipating (Trying to find a different word than anticipating, but my vocabulary is rather shitty.) this film since the credits for The Dark Knight rolled back in 2008.
I have high expectations, Nolan is a god who can do no wrong so of course I’m pumped. I’m going to drink plenty of water and red bull, pack some snack packs. So, don’t worry about me. I’ll be perfectly fine. I’m just happy we are finally here. The time moved quick and I’m ten hours away from witnessing the final Batman film.
PHASE ONE OF ANTICIPATION
I’ll post my thoughts later, I know it will live up to my expectations! I KNOW IT!
I hate to be that one guy that has to say this, but I think it’s time for these animals to retire. The Ice Age franchise has been running for about ten years now. The last one made a billion dollars, so of course they are going to make a fourth installment. I like the first one a lot, It was a different animated film then what we were seeing back then. The second film is fine, It has it’s moments here and there but it isn’t nearly as good as the first.
The third film is entertaining and inventive. It went back to the original roots of the first film. Now we are here with the fourth film, and this is honestly the laziest excuse of an animated film I have seen in quite sometime. Everything here is so recycled, there is no originality and not once does the film even attempt to entertain someone other than small children, and even they may get bored in this!
It’s not a terrible film. It’s just really unoriginal and unneeded. But let’s start with the good things about it. The animation here is great, it’s bright and colorful. You can tell that the design team put effort into creating the visuals. Scrat, the main promoter of the franchise and the Squirrel who has been chasing an acorn for ten years now. He’s always my favorite part of these things and I enjoyed every scene with him.
Sadly, we aren’t with Scrat the whole film. Maybe ten minutes at most, the plot we have going on here follows the lovable animals that we met throughout the franchise. Specifically Diego, Sid, and Many. Along with Many’s wife, Ellie, and their daughter, Peaches. The continents drift and the family is separated leaving Ellie and Peaches with a bunch of outcasts to survive while Many, Sid, and Diego are stranded and being chases by pirates while trying to find their way home.
My main problem with this film is the message it tries to sell. It’s always fine to have a good, decent family value in the film. But this is really annoying because while the message is good, it is presented in such an annoyingly eye rolling way with a bunch of famous pop artists voicing the “bullies” (ex. Niki Minaj , Drake.). Never once does it try to surprise you or take it in a non-been there, done that route. It’s all predictable and see it coming from a mile away.
I know, I know. It’s the fourth film in a children’s franchise. I get it. But the Ice Age franchise also needs to meet us halfway with entertainment where we can accept the laziness in creativity. Some kids might enjoy the bright colors and silly situations that the characters get them selves into. If they liked the last three, they will like this one. That’s perfectly fine, but I don’t like animated films that can’t apply to everyone.
It’s just a really dry animated film with not many redeeming qualities but it also isn’t so terrible that I’d give it an awful rating.
So, My final rating: C-
I wasn’t the biggest fan of the original Spider-Man trilogy but back when
we were clear from any sort of information, no casting, no director, when it was first announced that Sony was rebooting arguably the most successful superhero franchise (for the time it was out). I, like many others were not very happy. But after getting footage, pictures, casting, and a great director many including myself were starting to warm up to the idea of this reboot.
So we are here, the reboot is about to be released and I was really looking
forward to seeing it. I was lucky enough to see it recently in IMAX 3D. As
I said earlier I am not a huge fan of the original franchise but that being
said I loved this reboot, it is really an incredible superhero film. Marc
Webb has made a second masterpiece.
Let’s go into the performances. Andrew Garfield is a fantastic Spider-Man.
Not only by his appearance and physical ability but the way he talks,
cracked jokes while taking down bad guys. He was better than Toby. Emma
Stone is fantastic as Gwen Stacey, 100 times more likable than Kristen
Dunst. Rhys Ifans is great as The Lizard and Dennis Leary is very good as
Captain George Stacey.
The action in the film is very nicely shot and coregraphed. The practical
swinging surprisingly mixes in well with the visuals in the film. The CGI
for The Lizard I was skeptical about going in but it really grew on me as
the film went on. The action scenes in the past three were good but there
wasn’t anything memorable. But here, Both the bridge and school fights are some of the best I’ve seen this year.
The Director here is Marc Webb and something I was looking forward to
seeing from him is good chemistry between Peter and Gwen because he
directed 500 Days of Summer which in my opinion is the best romantic film
in many years. Sure enough there was great chemistry and writing not only
between them but the whole cast, the writing seems genuine. Realistic,
even. Also, The soundtrack to the film is great, that is a small detail I
had to add in.
Did we desperately need this reboot? No. But I am glad we got it because we have earned a true Spider-Man film. A masterpiece of a superhero film that goes way deeper into the origins of Spiderman than the original and in more detail and depth explains why he does what he does. I’m surprised how much I loved this movie, I even would say I enjoyed it just as much as I did The Avengers. I’m still shocked I made that statement.
I’ve been trying to find a flaw for this film and I can’t, so I’m going to
do the only thing I can.
I give The Amazing Spider-Man an A+