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 So, I love watching giant monsters fight. Love them so, so much. Pacific Rim is one of my favorite new movies (yeah it came out a while ago but I’m sure you know what I mean) and it’s one of the only things I like about the Transformers movies. The second and third still blow in my opinion but when the fourth one comes out I’m going to watch it. So I was wicked pumped for Godzilla and…it wasn’t what I expected.
 
Like many people when I went into the Godzilla movie I expected the king of monsters to wreck some shit and spend its time beating up some monsters. And you know what, all of that did happen…just not exactly in the way I was expecting.
 
This movie centers on the human characters and how they’re dealing with these giant monsters that have woken up. The main character we follow through all of this craziness is Ford Brody, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, as he tries to make it back to his wife, Elle Brody played by Elizabeth Olsen, and child, Sam Brody played by a dead-eyed soulless child Sam Brody. Ford is also dealing with his strained relationship with his father played by Bryan Cranston.
 
But since the movie focuses on the human characters how do they hold up?
 
Well…Bryan Cranston was amazing. He wasn’t on screen for long but from his introduction to his exit he was great; the emotions, his struggles as ‘the one man who saw it coming’ were wonderfully played. Aaron Taylor-Johnson on the other hand…
 
I don’t think Aaron Taylor-Johnson is a bad actor. I liked him in other things but here he comes off as pretty emotionless. I don’t know if that has anything to do with his character being a military man or if he was directed that way but yeah, I kind of felt disconnected from him. Like I wanted to get back to his family but that’s because families being separated from each other like that but I just wasn’t connected to him. Elizabeth Olsen was only really there to be worried about her family and scared but she did it well.
 
Actually, I think that’s a good way to sum up the whole movie. it did what it did well. That doesn’t mean it was perfect or the best thing to hit the big screens but I found it entertaining and enjoyable. Which is exactly what I want in a giant monster movie.
 
Also when Godzilla actually got to wreck shit it was awesome!
 
My Rating: 3.5/5

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I watched The Maze Runner movie a few days ago and held off writing this up because I needed to process all of my feelings towards it. So after a lot of thought I can safely say that I liked it. But I think the fact that I read the book kind of ruined it.
 
Allow me to explain.
 
I really fell in love with the books: the characters, the relationships and the writing. Honestly, the story is very silly– I feel this way even more since I started the sequel– but it is still an entertaining read. Hell, one of my favorite things about the book was the relationship between Newt and Alby and the relationship between Chuck and Thomas. I simply don’t think the movie delivered on that.
 
Now, the movie did a lot of things wonderfully. I think most of the interactions in the movie work. Dylan O'Brien is a very talented actor and the rest of the cast was wonderful as well. There was a lot of chemistry there. I think Will Poulter was a real stand out in the movie. My favorite was the dynamic between Gally and Thomas.
 
Acutally, Gally in general is much better in the movie than in the book. I understand his feelings and motivation a lot better than in the book.
 
But other rather important  characters felt a bit lack luster. Like Alby and Chuck. Simply didn’t hit me as hard.
 
That’s my main criticism of the film.
 
The set and sound design were wonderful. The maze looked huge and impossible. They way the doors moved and the maze shifting were amazing and gave a them a great sense of weight!
 
The designs of the Grievers were terrifying. A mixture of spiders. scorpions and some king of weird gelatinous monster. I actually jumped a couple of times.
 
I felt like the story, for all the changes they made, was tight and concise. I’ve seen fans of the books complain about aspects of the movie so it’s really up to each person to decide if the movies worth it or not.
 
My Rating: 4/5

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Recently I watched Divergent. I had planned on watching this way back when it came out in March, but I wanted to read the book first. It’s something I try to do as often as I can.
 
And I couldn’t get past the first 200 pages. So I didn’t see the movie.
 
But I decided to watch the movie, spoiling the book (that I still plan on reading) for myself, trying to see if it would be better or at least entertaining.
 
It wasn’t, I will try to explain.
 
I will talk about the good first.
 
I think this movie looks nice. The living areas for each faction were unique and distinct. The gray, simple houses of Abnegation couples with the fact that they all looked the same really drove home their individuality. The Erudite building was all white, bringing to mind modern and futuristic. It was all very nice.
 
The music and costumes were simply okay. Nothing special or anything like that but nothing that I felt was wildly out of place. So good job there.
 
Now for the bad.
 
I’ve never seen Shailene Woodley or Theo James in anything other than this movie, and based on their performances here…they seem pretty boring. I mean, they weren't bad, they did their parts just fine, but they were boring. But to be fair, everyone seemed a little bored during the movie.
 
I also think the plot is ridiculous, but I also felt that it was ridiculous in the book. One thing I was sad about as I watched the movie was the lack of characterization Tris’ friends got. They were barely characters and I didn’t feel any emotions between the any of them. This was especially true for Al. That really bothered me because while I was struggling to read the book I did enjoy Tris’ relationship with her friends; her relationship with Al was my favorite. And it was completely missing in the movie. Boo.
 
Also, the movie completely dropped the ball on the romance between Tris and Four. I haven’t read it in the book but in the film it came out of nowhere and was pretty weak. I didn’t believe it at all and rolled my eyes at all the ‘I love yous’, they didn’t feel earned.
 
I won’t comment on the last third (?) of the film because I’ll be here all day. Just know that I was thinking, “This is ridiculous and stupid” the whole time.
 
I don’t know who this movie would please, people who haven’t read the book probably won’t be too entertained and fans of the boo will probably be disappointed since this movie is so mediocre. Oh well, just another lame YA adaptation. Hopefully The Maze Runner will be better.
 
My Rating: 2/5

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For those of you who don’t know The Book of Life is a movie produced by Guillermo del Toro and it was directed by Jorge Gutierrez. It is an animated comedy that follows a young man named Manolo who is struggling between fulfilling his family’s expectations and following his heart. We follow Manolo through three fantastic worlds where he must face his greatest fears. (paraphrased from a summary written by 20th Century Fox).
 
Now I had seen a lot of trailers for The Book of Life and I couldn’t have been more excited. For one reason it was because it was centered around Mexico and the Day of the Dead. This is a topic that I haven’t seen explored in too much american media so it was nice and fresh. The other reason is because of the animation, which is beautiful and very distinct. I believe it’s from the same people who gave use the cartoon El Tigre and if you’ve ever seen that show then you’ll be able to see the influences.
 
What’s missing from that paraphrased synopsis is the part about the love triangle. Now, love triangles are kind of hit and miss in media. They can either be well written or completely unbearable. Here…I thought it was cute. There was no point in the movie where I was rolling my eyes because the love triangle was getting in the way of the story. I also found everything else easy to follow, the character’s actions were understandable and I was never scratching my head at any other their actions.
 
Okay…so I was scratching my head a bit at the mayor’s, Maria’s father, actions but I rolled with it for the sake of the movie.
 
I love most of the characters. Manolo was a sweet heart and always tries his best. Joaquin can be seen as a bit of a jerk but you really get the sense that he cares about Maria and his friends. Maria is a cool character. She reminds me a bit of Fiona in some aspects but she’s still lovely.
 
All in all this movie was thoroughly enjoyable and I think everybody should go watch it.
 
My Rating: 4.5/5

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Personally I wasn’t too interested in seeing Big Hero 6. The movie looked fun and entertaining enough but it didn’t call me to go out and see it. Good thing it was Veteran’s Day and I had to watch my siblings. Haha.
 
This first thing I want to say is that the animation is beautiful. I think Disney has made progress with their 3D animation. I can’t really explain it but the animation feels less…fakey than it looked in Tangled and Frozen. All of the characters looked nice (reused character designs aside) and the backgrounds were lovely. The flying scene was simply beautiful.
 
The story is pretty simple I think. The protagonist, Hiro Hamada, is out to capture for revenge the person responsible for his brother’s death with the help of Baymax the nurse-bot and a group of friends. That’s the basic plot and it’s fine. Some of the pacing was a bit off, too fast in places but it mostly fine. Hiro’s relationship with Baymax is the core and it works really well. How these guys make you fall in love with a robot is beyond me (it’s for toys I know), but god I want a Baymax. Tadashi and Hiro’s relationship, what little we see, was also well handled and I found myself wanting a bit more of it.
 
The other characters fall kind of flat. They don’t go beyond their stereotypes but were still fun to watch and I wasn’t rolling my eyes at anyone’s antics.
 
This movie was a fun time, the animation was beautiful and I’m glad I got to see it. I recommend it to all.
 
My Rating: 4/5

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