Up Review

I would like to start by pointing out that Pixar has never once let me down and they certainly haven’t with their tenth film. At this point I seriously doubt I’ll ever be disappointed with a Pixar movie. No matter what it is, whether it’s about colorful and funny monsters or even a rat with a keen sense for food, you can always expect a masterpiece and it’s no different here. Up was a fantastic movie and I can’t wait to own it.

It’s the story of an old man whose lost a loved one and can never let her, or the house where they grew old together, go. When he’s deemed a menace to society and is sentenced to a retirement center he decides to take a trip to South America like he promised his wife he always would with her. He does so by attaching millions of balloons to his house and using bed sheets as sails. When Carl is finally away from the many people that don’t understand him and his love for the person that is no longer around he gets an unexpected visitor. A young wilderness explorer named Russell whose trying to get his “Assisting the elderly badge”.

The relationship that unravels between this grouchy old man and this excited young boy is nothing short of beautiful. Like all Pixar movies there are a wide variety of characters that we meet along the way and a brilliant moral to be learned at the end. The movie was brilliantly colorful and the ideas were fluent and innovative. I loved this film as I do all Pixar movies. Sure this wasn’t their best, but it was still a fantastic movie worthy of praise.

Grade: B+

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Terminator Salvation Review

Anyone who has a passion for movies must have been noticing all the reviews around for Terminator Salvation. It’s average grade has gotta be something around a D+ on a grading scale, while we got   Rotten Tomatoes projecting it at a 33%. Let me begin my review by saying that yes, this was not that great of a movie, but it certainly doesn’t deserve the terrible reviews it’s getting. I think most critics are grading this film by comparing it to the movie it could’ve been other than just grading it as the movie it is.

What I mean by that is, obviously McG had the right idea when you look at the trailers. Taking a classic series n putting it into this crisp and gloomy post-apocalyptic wasteland. Then having a good well-known actor play as the main character. All looked well in the world of Terminator, and of course the movie wasn’t able to deliver as much as you would have hoped, but nonetheless, the film was better than critics are saying.

Like I said about the trailer, the movie throughout was visually pretty awesome. The action sequences were intense and fun to watch and threw in some very new ideas to action scenes, which nowadays most films aren’t very intuitive with their action scenes. The acting was nothing spectacular and I expected more from Christian Bale and instead just got a bunch of unmotivated anger. I actually preferred Sam Worthington’s performance to Bale’s. And Sam Worthington was a no named actor for me, some of you might have seen him in others, but I haven’t.

My biggest problem with Terminator Salvation is that there was no story of its own at all. It just expected us to have known everything about the series and just built off of that. Then at the end, the film has gotten no where. At the beginning, a war is going on and at the end, a war is going on. Not much is accomplished and it seemed that they weren’t even trying to throw out a good movie, they just wanted to give audiences a movie with a lot of action, robots and explosions and they wanted to make a lot of sequels just so the can make a quick buck. I’ll leave you with this comment; you don’t really need to see this film, it’s not that great, but it is better than most are saying.

Grade: C

P.S. There was a little cameo that made me extremely happy with this film.

Star Trek Review

Walking into Star Trek I wasn’t expecting much. I actually didn’t know what to expect, I hadn’t seen a trailer and I hadn’t once seen a Star Trek episode or movie. All I knew was the names Captain Kirk, Spock, Sulu, and Scotty, and a few of the alien species names. I had no knowledge of the show other than a few names and a few famous quotes. I was just never that interested, but I was interested to see why there was such a following and I thought this would be a good place to start. As it turns out, I was right.

My expectations were certainly exceeded for many different reasons. First of all, I wasn’t expecting anything out of the actors mainly because the two main characters were being played by actors I had never heard of. I thought the acting was actually pretty top-notch, nothing oscar worthy of course, but very entertaining and believable. Chris Pine was able to perform fantastically with Kirk’s huge ego and same goes to Quinto with Spock’s highly intelligent dialogue, also more minor characters that I loved were Simon Pegg as the famous “Scotty” and Eric Bana did a fantastic job as the menacing Captain Nero, the main antagonist of this film. 

Everything about this movie was very colorful and visually appealing. It told a story that needed to be told and it told it very well. Everything about the film was just exciting, the action was big, colorful, and fun, while the dialogue was quick and executed very well. I have never seen a Star Trek episode or movie before this one and I most certainly will see the many sequels that will follow this one. I would recommend it to anyone who’s in the mood for entertainment. You don’t have to be a fan of the series, I’m can attest to that.

Grade: A-