Monday, June 10, 2013

A Good Day to Die Hard

I was NOT impressed with this movie!  This “felt” like a 5th movie in a series – and one that needs to just hang it up!  The original Die Hard movies are classics and this didn’t compare at all.  John McClane was like some cheesy version of his former self.  And he can somehow survive almost ANYTHING and come up pretty much unscathed – some of what was fun in the originals was how beat up he got.  Who doesn’t remember him going across that broken glass with his bare feet?  There wasn’t even anything worth remembering in this one.  You’d think that being in Russia at Chernobyl and things blowing up all over would be exciting, but you’d be wrong!  Bruce Willis was like some side-kick almost the whole time and finally turned into “John McClane” about the last 15 minutes of the movie – other than that, he was trying to be a dad and connect with his son he’d lost track of over the years and spouting one-liners he was hoping would catch on.  He even throws in his famous "Yippee-ki-yay" toward the end as if that’s going to save this movie!  It didn’t!  This was just horrible!!!

A Good Day to Die Hard

You know – some things aren’t better the 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th time around.  Take for example – the latest Bruce Willis movie in the Die Hard series.  It was just a lame movie all the way around and a sad excuse for a Die Hard movie.   Bruce Willis is still a great actor – but this movie didn’t need to be made.  Like Eric said, there wasn’t John McClane in this movie.  It just seemed like Bruce was walking through his role.  It felt like a sad attempt to hold onto something that was great in the 80’s but now just seems old and out of date.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Identity Thief

I want to like this movie better than I did.  It’s not that I didn’t like it, but I’d say it was just alright.  I was expecting it to be a LOT funnier - but it wasn't as dumb as I was thinking it might be, either.  There were definitely some stupid/over the top scenes - and quite a bit of language - but there was also more story to it than I was expecting.  The movie made me feel sorry for Melissa McCarthy’s character, even though she’s the bad person who stole the identity of Jason Bateman’s character.  Even he felt sorry for her after awhile.  It was much more emotional and touching than I thought it would be.  Maybe it just wasn’t quite what I was expecting?  Depends what mood you're in, I guess!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Warm Bodies

This is a quirky movie.  When I first started watching it – I didn’t think I was going to like it.  I’m use to “real” zombies that look and act like death - so I thought, how am I ever going to like this movie??  But I did!  I was genuinely surprised by the story and that I did get involved in it.  This isn’t a horror flick, even though there are some elements of “scare” in it, this isn’t an “eat your brains and shoot them dead” movie even though there are some elements of that, too.  It’s a love story – a zombie that turns back into a human love story.  That is the premise of this film.  Our zombie, R, who lacks any remembrance of his past, narrates the story from his point of view.  Even though he’s a zombie, he can still feel and think and care – but he just can’t express himself.  A group of young people looking for supplies for their city set out in the dead world and along the way, R and his friends run into them and well – let’s just say – not all of them make it.  But there is a certain girl that does – her name is Julie.  How does R know this?  He eats the brains of her boyfriend and his memory becomes R’s.  Yep, he kills the boyfriend and saves the girl.  From there, we follow the two as they find themselves learning about each other - a corpse and a human??  That is unheard of!  But the love story continues as R saves Julie and Julie saves R and the whole world of the undead starts to change.  It’s the power of love that begins the change back.  It’s a different movie but if you sit back and go with it – you might like it more than what you thought you would.