Man, I don't even know what to feel right now, just half an hour after watching an advanced screening of The Expendables 2. My adrenaline's pumping because of all the badassery, but I'm still kinda giggling from all the jokes that had me slapping my knee. It turned out exactly how I expected it to, and that's probably the best thing about it.
The Expendables 2 is directed by Simon West (Con Air) and stars about every action star who ever made it big in the 80's and 90's and then some - Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Jet Li, Jason Statham, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Liam Hemsworth and a buncha other people. The movie comes with a warning - those with weak hearts and weak asses may experience discomfort due to overwhelming asskickery.
At its core, it's a popcorn action movie. Don't expect anything deep, but you should strap in and sit back for one hell of a ride. You'll be pleasantly surprised and find that there's more to it than what's immediately obvious.
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Brave centers on Merida, a free-spirited princess who prefers shooting arrows and climbing mountains over being a lady. Always trying to teach her what is prim and proper is her overbearing mother and queen, Elinor. When suitors arrive to win her hand in marriage, Merida finally snaps and embarks on a personal voyage to escape a life that is simply not meant for her.
People have always been fascinated with archery. Sure, guns blazing and massive explosions catch everyone’s attention, but we all know that there is a certain elegance that comes with the bow and arrow. With the advent of Hawkeye from the Avengers and Katniss from the Hunger Games, archery has never been more attractive in popular culture. That is why Pixar was right on the money with Brave. Good thing for us that it also proved to be so much more than a story about a silly girl and her archery adventures.
Brave has a unique but simple story to tell. Since it is straightforward and easy to understand, the audience will find it effortless to focus on how the events unfold before their eyes. The film is brilliant with its twists and surprises. For something that deals with the supposed marriage of a princess, it barely has an ounce of romance in it, which is actually good this time around. Merida is an example of a strong heroine who stands on her own (well, mostly on her own) and fights for what she believe in. She deviates from the usual princess role and does not wait for a knight in shining armor to save her from her troubles. Instead, she decides to save herself and then some.
There was a time when I would have said that Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy was the perfect example about how to do a comic book movie. He took the material and removed the idea that comic book films needed to be campy: that there was no way that you could approach it from a serious angle. That's how we got all those crappy adaptations we did back in the 70's, 80's, and 90's. Remember Adam West's Batman? Remember Schumacher and the Bat-nipples?
Batman Begins not only re-booted a dying franchise that was killed by that idea, it also showed people that the material could be taken seriously and you could appeal to a larger audience that wasn't indoctrinated into the inner circle of geekdom and steeped in decades of Batman canon. It showed us that a movie based on a superhero didn't need to be outlandish fantasy: that these legends could, in fact, be real.
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Having girl problems lately? Is the fear of rejection preventing you from asking out your dream girl? Worry no longer, for Peter Parker, Spider-Man himself, lays it all down for us in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), the latest installment of the decade-old franchise. Just follow these simple steps and you’re good to go!
SUPER SPOILERS AHEAD! Read only if you’ve watched the film.
Step 1: Be the wallflower at your school. Bring your skateboard wherever you go.
Step 2: Practice your stalking skills. Get random pictures of your target when she’s not looking and use one of them as your wallpaper for your computer.
Step 3: Try to stop your local bully from harassing a poor kid. Get punched in the gut several times but make sure she sees this valiant but futile effort. If she doesn’t see it, then that’s it. You just got punched. Period.
What I'm about to say surprises even me. Remember, this is coming from a guy who was very skeptical about the Spider-Man franchise reboot in the first place. The Amazing Spider-Man was a very enjoyable movie and it's well worth the trip (or two) to the cinema.
From the very announcement of this movie, I already scoffed at the idea. C'mon, a reboot of a franchise only a little over 10 years old? "That's ridiculous," I thought. A few months later, they showed the costume and it was something I would sooner call a bastardization rather than a redesign. Even more months passed and they showed the trailer and it convinced me to give it a second look. And you know, I'm glad I did.
Marc Webb's rendition of Spider-Man isn't exactly the ground-breaking film translation of the most beloved superhero in comic book history that Sam Raimi's was, but it held together quite well on its own. Think of it more of an alternative take, rather than a straight-up reboot. There may be some value to classifying it as something more than just a superhero flick; it's more of Spider-Man meets 500 Days of Summer.