>Thor: Review

>    Is it awesome? Yes. Is it awesome in 3D? No, but keep in mind I was roped into watching it in 3D because I figured that the theater I went to was not even capable of 3D. I bought my ticket anyway, unsuspectingly.

     “Here’s your 3D glasses, sir.”
     “What, but…”
     “Enjoy your movie!”

I had no choice. I’d already paid and was trying not to bend my ticket even though the lady by the door was going to tear it in half.

It doesn’t even say 3D on my ticket!


     Chris Hemsworth, who you may recognize as Kirk’s dad from the 2009 Star Trek reboot, is excellent as Thor. In the comics, Thor was proud, sometimes on the verge of arrogant and just plain tough. In the movie, Hemsworth plays him just as he should be. I absolutely love when a movie sticks with its source material. There’s no sense in screwing things up because people want comic book movies to be like the comics. Don’t get me wrong, even if you’ve never read any of the comics you’re still going to like this movie. I’m sure the ladies will especially like Hemsworth. I want a beard like that!

     I guess I should explain who Thor is. He’s a god (of thunder!) who lives in Asgard, which is home of the gods. His weapon is a hammer named Mjolnir and Thor is the only person worthy and strong enough to wield it. He can call up lightning at will and is super strong. There, now you know. Because, knowledge is power!

     Now, to the actor that surely everyone will recognize: Anthony Hopkins. No, he’s not playing a twisted killer like Hannibal. Hopkins plays Odin, Thor’s father and ruler of the gods in Asgard. He is also excellent which he always is in anything he plays. Thor also has a half brother named Loki. He’s the god of magic and is kind of a trouble maker.

     One of my favorite parts of this movie is the Frost Giants. They’re so evil and I love the way their ruler talks. His voice just oozes with malice and the red eyes only accentuate the voice. Another awesome aspect of this movie is Thor himself. I don’t mean the actor, I mean the fact that he’s just so awesome. When you watch him fight you’ll know what I mean.

     So, back to the movie itself. Thor is cast down to Earth to basically just learn a lesson, but keep in mind that it is an important one. While Thor is gone, his half brother, Loki, causes trouble for everyone in Asgard. On Earth, Thor meets Jane, a scientist-star gazer played by Natalie Portman. This is where the humor comes in. Let me say that it actually is funny and not just cheap laughs for the sake of trying to get you to like the characters. Along the way the movie introduces things to you such as the Destroyer, the Rainbow Bridge and even Heimdall the gatekeeper.

     Seriously people, go watch Thor. It’s definitely worth your time and money but avoid it in 3D. There were a few aspects of it that were cool in 3D but not worth the extra three or four dollars per ticket. The theater I watched it at was not equipped for a 3D movie and I think everybody else knew it too. I kept noticing everyone straining to look through their glasses to focus in on the screen. Hollywood will just about tack 3D onto any movie just to draw in more crowds and more money. Avatar, while you were good you also started a very bad trend. Thanks. As for me, Thor was killer good.


>Green Hornet: Review

>Were you wondering if Seth Rogen’s attempt at a “superhero” movie was any good? So was I.

It’s a-ight…

     First off, let me say that I’m not really a big fan of Seth Rogen. He was funny in Pineapple Express with James Franco, but I could care less about anything else he’s in. In the Green Hornet he plays Britt Reid, son of a successful (successful means wealthy…) newspaper owner. Of course he’s a playboy with no job just sleeping around, living the good life. Like, why would anyone do that?

     Let me also say that I want a coffee machine like the one he has in the movie.

     Anyway, tragedy strikes and Britt meets Kato, played by Jay Chou who was one of the reasons I kept watching. Kato has been making and modifying things for Britt’s dad for quite some time and they decide to fight crime. Of course with every hero there has to be a bad guy. This bad guy’s name is Chudnofsky…weird, right? Christoph Waltz who you might remember as the Colonel from Inglorious Basterds, is pretty awesome. He was awesome in IB and hasn’t lost any of his charm for this movie. He’s quite obsessed with being scary.

     Sometimes the comedy works and sometimes it doesn’t. Kato and Chudnofsky are the two characters that made this movie for me. The action sequences are pretty neat but left me wondering how exactly it all happened. Sometimes movies make people a little to awesome…you know? The ending is good too. Not because it ended, just because it’s neat. Worth a dolla? Make ya holla!

>The Fighter: Review

>     Let me just say that I am not usually a fan of these types of movies where the team is down and out or this is somebody’s last shot for a comeback. Ever since Remember the Titans, all these types of movies have been the same. Not this time. Not The Fighter.
     Yes, it is a story of a comeback, of someone being down and out, but there is so much more. This is a movie that’s more than boxing. It’s about the pain that comes with it, inside the ring and out. I’m not going to say too much about this one. I don’t want to give anything away that might take away from your experience, which I hope is or was as good as mine.

     Mark Wahlberg, (also an exceptional actor), plays Mickey Ward who is not so much a washed up fighter as he is somebody just trying to make it in the boxing world. A fight here, a fight there, as something he enjoys but also needs to do.

     The thing that is going to keep you tuned in is Christian Bale. This is a role that he is going to be remembered for. Yeah, he’s also Batman in the Christopher Nolan films, but this one will have to go on the same shelf. Bale plays Dicky Eklund, a washed up fighter who once had a fight with Sugar Ray Leonard. Did I mention that this is based on a true story…? It is. Now you know.

     Of course your going to pull for Wahlberg but you won’t be able to look away from the performance that won Christian Bale an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. Melissa Leo and Amy Adams playing the mother and the girlfriend respectively, were also nominated for Best Supporting Actress. Uh huh, two actresses nominated from the same movie, they’re that good. Leo won, playing the mother but I almost think I liked Amy Adams better.

     Overall, a great movie. There’s a few surprises in it and an excellent soundtrack. This one will knock you out…no pun intended…ok, maybe a little.

>Love and Other Drugs: Review

>What is it, you ask, that the title is implying? That love is also a drug…HELLO?!
     I must say that I was looking forward to watching this movie. Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway…how could you go wrong? This one rarely does.

     Gyllenhaal plays Jamie Randall, a fast talking salesman type that you can’t help but immediately like. That’s a good thing since he gets a job being a Pharmaceutical Rep selling drugs to doctors. Gyllenhaal (that’s hard to spell…) really keeps the first half of the movie going, just with his acting alone. It just seemed to me like he was having fun with his part. I know I’ve said that before, but who wouldn’t have fun acting? You’re getting paid good money to pretty much play pretend, come on people!

     Now, we meet Maggie Murdock, played exceptionally well by Hathaway. She’s sweet and has a few problems of her own. They don’t immediately hit it off of course but that’s what movies do. You can be so charming and then get that big grin smacked right off your face for trying to peek. Just watch it, you’ll know what I mean.

     The only problems that I had with this movie were the guy who plays Gyllenhaal’s brother and the slow parts, which weren’t many. I just didn’t think the brother was funny even though I’m sure he was meant to. Not to me.

It works as a romantic comedy and was worth the dollar I paid to rent it, (thank you very much, Redbox). I promise there is good things in it for guys and gals. ; )

>Due Date: Review

>     So, I rented Due Date yesterday, with a free rental code from Redbox I might add. That’s not really relevant to this review though, is it?

     Anyway, Due Date stars Robert Downey Jr. as Peter Highman who gets into a minor conflict on a plane with Ethan Tremblay, played by Zach Galifianakis. Galifianakis is still basically playing the same character he played in The Hangover, but it still works for him. Peter lands himself in an argument about terrorists with Ethan and gets taken down by a U.S. Marshall. This, of course, gets taken care of but lands them both on the no-fly list. Peter has to get to L.A. because his wife’s due date is in five days. Since he can’t fly, his only choice is to drive but he reluctantly ends up with Ethan. There’s the plot, take it or leave it.

     I have to say that I didn’t really enjoy the first half of this movie. Things only really took off when Ethan has to score some pot while Peter has to watch the drug dealer’s kids. I guess in the movies, it’s ok to punch a kid in the stomach to get him to leave you alone. I thought it was hilarious.

     I think the true test of a comedy is: Does it make you laugh out loud? This one only made me actually laugh a couple of times. The situations are funny but they’re not LOL material. Like I said, the second half is much better than the first half.

     Overall, I think due date had an excellent cast which also included Danny McBride and Jamie Foxx who helped things along: Danny being a crippled war vet who beats the crap out of Iron Man; Jamie who may or may not be that baby’s daddy. There were a few other things that make you wonder where do movies draw the line? I mean, they’ll put anything in a movie these days. But, hey, I’ll watch anything.


>Hop: Review

>     So, I watched Hop this past weekend and I think it’s good that we have an Easter movie come out. We don’t really see any movies that are related to Easter anymore, even though this wasn’t really about “Easter.” But, the good news is that it was a good movie. A family movie, I might add. Not really directed toward the 18-35 year old male crowd that I inhabit. Hey, I enjoy a family movie just as much as anybody else!

     Hop is about E.B., (guess what that stands for?) voiced by Russel Brand with his wonderfully, British, accent. E.B. is currently next in his family’s line to become the Easter Bunny. Hop actually opens with E.B. playing bongos on top of one of the Easter Island heads. I also thought that was a nice touch; their Easter headquarters on Easter Island. Irony, anyone?

     I won’t say that E.B. doesn’t want to be the Easter Bunny, but he wants to be something else, like a drummer per say. His father, the current Easter Bunny, is very adamant about E.B. becoming the next Easter Bunny. The father is played by another British actor, Hugh Laurie who you might know as Dr. House on Fox. It’s nice every now and then to hear how he actually talks. So, E.B. takes off to Los Angeles and meets Fred O’Hare played by James Marsden. I forgot to tell you that Fred narrates the beginning and says this is the story of how I became the Easter Bunny. What?

     Fred and E.B. cause problems for each other in L.A. while E.B.’s father is under a lot of stress, mostly caused by his second-in-command, Carlos, voiced by Hank Azaria.

     I don’t want to give everything away in my review so I’ll wrap it up right here. Hop is a good family movie complete with good laughs, excellent animation and leaves you with a good feeling at the end. Even David Hasselhoff makes an appearance as himself, which was actually one of my favorite parts of the movie. I still think some kids are going to be leaving the theater asking, “Why did that man want to be the Easter Bunny?”

>Battle: L.A.: Review

>     Before I get into my review I would like to talk about “moviegoing” as I experience it. Everytime I go something always goes wrong, whether it be the temperature inside, the popcorn  from last month or

someone constantly talking. These things aside, I always go, knowing that one of these things is inevitably going to happen. I love going to the movies and I hope that I am always able to go.
     Or…we could do what my girlfriend says to do to avoid all of that…we could go to the Drive-In and avoid the bad food by bringing our own. We could avoid people talking because we’d be in the car and we’d control our own temperature. But, the Drive-In is only open during the summer.


     Battle: LA is set in 2011 (oddly enough) and that is actually one of the first things about this movie that I liked. We’re always thrown into the future or back into the past, so it was nice to see a movie that set us right in the present. Aaron Eckhart, (The Core, Dark Knight) plays Michael Nantz a staff sergeant with the US military. Of course he’s playing a tough guy but he’s got some emotional baggage too. You’ll figure it out. Also, let me just say that how he got a chin that dimpled is beyond me. But, I do like Eckhart and he gives a solid performance throughout the movie.

     Getting ready to go into retirement, Nantz and the rest of his base become aware of a meteor strike about to hit Earth. Naturally, they’re not meteors. They’re aliens come to steal our resources and wipe us off the planet. Simple and to the point. Nantz goes out with a squad of marines to evacuate some trapped citizens at a local police station. He is, however, under command of a newly graduated, top-of-his-class lieutenant who is still green. We all know that eventually, Eckhart is going to have to take command.

     This movie does have some great production in it. The dust that always hangs in the air and the broken buildings add great detail. The sound effects are also complete with defeaning explosions and crackling gunfire. The aliens themselves are pretty cool too, but I don’t want to ruin anything. The gunfight on the bridge has to be my favorite part of the movie.

     Eventually, Michelle Rodriguez (Resident Evil, Lost, Avatar) makes an appearance with an alternate mission for Nantz and company. I really like Rodriguez and it’s too bad that they didn’t give her a bigger part. She’s got the ability to be a great supporting actress but I didn’t feel she was given ample opportunity in this movie. Even Michael Pena (Crash) made it into this movie and he’s another that didn’t get much screen time.

     Overall, Battle:LA is a good movie. The plot and characters are nothing that we haven’t seen before but it does have great production value in it. The detail and action are really what keeps you interested. Eckhart is given some cheesy dialogue but he makes it worth listening to. Defintely worth going to the theater for.

Saxon Davis March 22, 2011