Movie Reviews

A while back I laid out my movie rating scale. I’ll paste it here again and then give the reviews of the movies I’ve seen recently.

1: Don’t bother seeing it
2: See a friend’s copy
3: Rent it
4: See it in theaters
5: Buy the DVD

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull – 5.0/5.0
I was taught in film class last year that Indiana Jones was the movie George Lucas made “according to the rules” after he failed to create a successful title (THX 1138) on his own terms.

The movie is fabulous and has plenty of references to the older movies for die hard fans. They also hint at the possibility of more Indiana Jones movies to come.

Unlike the first three Stars Wars, Indiana Jones does things “the right way” and does a good job of it. Wonderful adventure movie. I have to give it a 5/5.

Gone in 60 Seconds – 5.0/5.0
I watched this movie again recently. While my entire family loves cars, but I grew up as a computer person. I still enjoyed the movie tremendously, though.

While the movie is about stealing cars, it has wonderful undertones of family and friendship. It’s a perfect case of doing the wrong thing for the right reason. I rate it 5/5. Get your hands on a copy and add it to the collection.

License to Wed – 4.5/5.0
Robert Williams! One of the few actors I actually know by name.

I’m a religious person whose religion puts an emphasis on family, so I was a little worried about what this movie might do. However, the movie was about the 50% divorce rate and what one pastor does to have a 100% success rate in the marriages he preforms.

Delightful comedy, though I feel it could have had a little more in their relationship problems. Not my perfect type of movie, but still very good. 4.5/5. See a friend’s copy or rent it, and if you like it, grab yourself a copy.

The Bourne Ultimatum – 4.5/5.0
I’ve never read the books, so I can’t say how it compares to those. And I was very frightful of this movie after the horrible “shaky cam” adventure of the second one. I mean, when the guy puts a piece of paper on a phone book to stabilize it, the camera should NOT be jumping around! But that’s not this movie.

This movie does make use of the shaky cam, but it’s dialed back enough to be tolerable.

Lots of crazy action and twists. Really exciting and plenty of awesome. I feel the series is tainted because you really have to watch all three to get the full story, and the others aren’t as good, but it’s still a great movie in itself. I’ll give it a 4.5/5. Watch it, love it, buy it to complete the series.

AvP: Requiem – 1.5/5.0
The one word I can use to describe this movie is “excessive.” I was expecting something like the first AvP, which felt like fanfiction. But it wasn’t BAD fanfiction. Instead, I got some really disgusting stuff that tried to shock you instead of entertain. A horror instead of a horror/action movie.

Also, my experience with the predalien was from the video games (which rock). They changed the lore considerably, and the predalien’s design a lot, too. I don’t think it does him justice.

I’d rate this a 1.5/5. If you have to, watch a friend’s copy. Otherwise, stick with the first one.

Enchanted – 4.6/5.0
I really didn’t know what to expect when a friend recommended this. The description says it’s a cartoon princess that gets trapped in the real world. I’ve seen displacement movies before, and a lot of them are really bad. Instead of being interesting and excited, they’re just uncomfortable.

Fortunately, Enchanted is a delightful romantic comedy pitting a Disney princess against a no-nonsense divorce lawyer. The effects from 2D to 3D were fantastic.

The only complaint I have is that I’d like to have seen more actual animation in the movie.

I rate it a 4.6/5.

The Golden Compass – 4.8/5.0
While the movie was fantastic, the aftertaste of a child actor dilutes it just a little bit. Still, what she did was amazing. There were Bourne Ultimatum moments where the pieces just clicked into place and you have to cheer them on for their brilliance in handling the situation.

The CG was really beautiful, and while it’s part 1 out of more (it doesn’t have a real ending) it’s still great. 4.8/5.0, definitely a keeper.

Cloverfield – 4.3/5.0
I finally got to see it!

I watched it with a friend and my mom, and neither one liked it, though. So it’s apparently not a movie for everyone.

If you’re not familiar with it, it’s shot in a “hand-held camera” style. The only shots you see that aren’t from the character with the camera’s perspective is when they film the TV showing the news.

The “real life” style of the shooting made the movie that much more awesome. I loved how you only got the actual actor’s perspective. That’s a severe limitation that makes for interesting challenges, and I love how they overcame them so well.

They also made wonderful use of color, which I originally dismissed as “hand held camera” issues, until I realized that the color overlays they were using really fit the moods of the scenes.

I have a few issues with the movie’s realism/logic. You’ll see them yourself when you watch it. I don’t want to spoil them for you.

If you like giant monsters (yes) and you like “real life” heroes (yes) and you like new things because everyone’s doing the same-old same-old (yes) then you’ll like this. I give it a 4.3/5.0. I already own it, and if you like it, you should own it, too.

The Seeker – 4.0/5.0
A random book-to-movie that I knew nothing about but ended up renting. It’s about a young boy who has to save the world. Imagine that.

It’s a good movie with good effects and good storytelling. But it didn’t have anything that stood out to me and said “love me!” It was simply a well done movie. 4.0/5.0. I won’t be buying it, but it’s a good one to watch.