Archive for December, 2011

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE – STILL POSSIBLE

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When you think of Tom Cruise and the abundance of films he has been in, the Mission Impossible series is most likely one of the first to come to mind. Well, he is back at it again.

The IMF request the unique skills of  Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) to solve another mission until all goes wrong and they are implicated in a bombing of the Kremlin. Tom and his team are forced to go rogue and their mission if they chose to accept it was to clear their name and make things right.

Brad Bird (Ratatouille, The Incredibles) is the latest director to take a shot at directing version 4 of the series and he didn’t look to reinvent the wheel.  The film had all the usual action scenes and dare devil moves similar to the first three versions of the series, but he added more of a comedic spin to this one. The funny scenes threw us off for a moment, but the laughter became refreshing after we got over the initial shock.

This is a definite must see and worth every penny of a full price admission ticket. Although its difficult to find something bad to say about the film, we will mention that if your tight for money, save a few dollars by not seeing the IMAX version. It’s cool and all, but you will get the same effect seeing the regular version.

THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN

ADVENTURES OF TINTIN – WIN WIN

WORTH BOTH A MATINEE OR FULL PRICE ADMISSION TICKET

We must admit that we expected a lot from this film. The commercials were well produced and the press material that we saw was outstanding. We certainly are glad we weren’t disappointed.

TinTin (Voice of Jamie Bell), a well accomplished reporter, purchased a model ship which held all the clues to a hidden treasure left behind by the Haddock family. The model ship received so much attention that TinTin became curious to understand why. The more he dug for answers, the more he learned -which led him on an adventure unlike any other.

We could tell from the commercials that the graphics and animation were going to be top notch and we weren’t disappointed. In many of the scenes, we almost forgot we were watching an animation film considering it looked so life-like. The story telling was compelling and intriguing which kept kids and adults entertained throughout.

We do feel compelled to mention that there were a few scenes which may be borderline too much for kids, such as a shooting/killing scene and continuous scenes referencing liquor. Every parent is different and knows how much their child is exposed to on a daily basis so use your own judgement on this one.

Overall. this was a great film for the entire family to see and it’s definitely worth the price of any admission ticket that fits your schedule.


THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO – WATCH OUT! SHE’S SPITTING FIRE!

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Director David Fincher tries to put his spin on the Swedish film series authored by Stieg Larrson. Although we are getting a little restless about the number of “re-imaginings” that seem to go on in Hollywood while originality falls by the wayside, this is one series that does not disappoint. We found the original trilogy of films great despite watching sub-titles, so we anticipated this would at least be entertaining and easier on the ears.

Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara share the spotlight in this thriller that keeps you guessing (well, if you haven’t seen the foreign version). The result is a more polished product that doesn’t stray much from the original, but the story is compelling enough to be seen again. Mara is a perfect Lisbeth, complete with emotionless expressions and stealth moves. She has the right mix of quirky and mysterious for this role and it comes together well.

Sources at Sony have confirmed that the American production of the sequel was indeed given the green light. Expect Craig & Mara to reprise their roles for the second chapter as well as the finale (if the audiences warm up to the series). We think that this a sure way to heat up the winter months.

SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS

SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS – BOREDOM SOLVED

NO MYSTERY ABOUT IT – WORTH A FULL PRICE TICKET

Guy Ritchie achieves an impossible feat and makes a sequel better than the original film.  He doesn’t do it alone, however, as the updated storyline and writing help put a modern spin on the detective duo of Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) & Dr. Watson (Jude Law).

Fans of the first film will be delighted to see that Holmes has met his match in a new nemesis, Professor Moriarty.  He has the intelligence and just the right amount of evil to draw viewers in.   Without giving too much away, Moriarty has targeted Holmes and those around him and stays one step ahead of the clever detective throughout the film.

Although the movie drags in spots and could really be shorter, we were pleased overall at how it came together.  Moriarty played by Jared Harris excels and pumps adrenaline into the Sherlock Holmes series of films.  The ending practically guarantees another chapter in the battle between Moriarty and Holmes but go check it out to see for yourself.