Ted Review

Upon first hearing the premise of Ted, I was very intrigued. Just based on the idea, I felt as though it could be enjoyable and I was very interested to see where they would go with it. Fortunately, Family Guy creator didn’t get too repulsive of vulgar with the story he was telling and actually surprisingly enough seemed to care about the story almost as much as the jokes he was making. All around there were some dry spots, but it was an alright film.

Ted tells the story of a boy who wishes his teddy bear to life and the friendship that has lasted even into adulthood. The idea is that the main character, John (played by Mark Wahlberg) is getting too old for his teddy bear and he should move on with his lovely girlfriend (played by Mila ┬áKunis). This is supposed to make for some type of drama as he’s always choosing between the girlfriend and Ted.

The storyline doesn’t make much sense to me because I don’t see why someone can’t have a best friend and a girlfriend, but it is what it is. There is more to the story as a creepy father and son who are obsessed with the talking teddy bear get involved. It is first and foremost a comedy and there are a good amount of laughs, but it certainly left you wishing there had been more antics thrown in involving this sleazy, talking teddy bear.

It attempts to pull at your heart strings, but at the end of the day I don’t know what you could’ve done with this story, but they choose the comedy route and it felt as though it was missing some comedy in place for a alright story that was very inconsistent at times. It was as if the story was fighting the comedy when most good comedies find a balance between the two. It wasn’t a bad movie. It did its job for the most part, I just easily could’ve seen it being done better.

Grade: C+

Black Swan Review

Black Swan isn’t something that you can simply call a movie. It’s an emotionally draining experience on all accounts and in that way it is brilliant. There have been many movies that in the past had pushed the envelope on visual and idealistic levels and no I’m not gonna say that Black Swan did it best or was the most “wacked out”, but I will say that I’ve truthfully never seen a movie that pushes the envelope so beautifully.

Something film critics enjoy saying is “I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen” or “it was impossible to blink”, implying that the images and story at hand were so moving that you didn’t want to miss a thing, that’s exactly the case with the film Black Swan. It tells an original story we’ve never seen before in an intense and visceral way. The exact story that Black Swan was attempting to convey was told and told flawlessly. I can’t ask for anything else from a filmmaker.

Black Swan is the story of Nina Sayers, a ballerina who is chosen to play The Swan Queen in a new rendition of the “classic” ballet Swan Lake. The role takes its toll on Nina and a rivalry emerges between sweet Nina and another reckless ballerina in the troupe. Black Swan isn’t a story that should be told in writing though because the way this story is told on film, even the greatest writer couldn’t give it justice.

Natalie Portman is absolutely breathtaking as the main character that requires a pitch-perfect performance. This is the role that she will be remembered for. Kunis was actually surprisingly good as Portman’s rival. Sure she wasn’t amazing, but she definitely was able to find her own stride. All the performers did their jobs and did them well, but at the end of the day, its truly Portman’s movie. She’s the one who deserves praise and she deserves a lot of it.

Now I’ll say it again, Black Swan tells a story we’ve never seen before and it tells it flawlessly. There are a lot of movies out there that are told flawlessly and its your job to develop an opinion on which stories you get the most enjoyment out of watching. What I’m saying is that Black Swan isn’t for everyone and even though it was flawless, it might not be one of your favorite movies because of the content or it might be the greatest you’ve ever seen. That’s up for you to decide though.

Grade: A

The Book of Eli Review

The Book of Eli is the perfect example that even some of the best actors out there performing admittedly pretty great can’t always save a movie from falling flat. I’m not gonna lie I think both Washington and Oldman gave pretty great performances, but I did not like the movie as a whole at all. Post-apocalyptic movies always have that same gritty and deserted style as does The Book of Eli and it works, but even that couldn’t save this corny story.

This was new territory for Denzel, he was still that tough kind of character that we’ve seen him in many times before, but it was played so differently hear. He played the role as if every action was necessary and at the same time morally straining. When it comes to Gary Oldman, I always love his work. He is so fantastically versatile and you know you have an ace in the hole when you put him in the role of the villain. Arguably his greatest screen presence is seen in The Professional as Norman Stansfield, which is another movie I’m not a huge fan of, but I absolutely love him in.

The movie as a whole was weighed down by a pretty awful script, an even worse supporting cast, and worse of all, effects that tried so desperately hard to be intriguing, but failed miserably. The Book of Eli is just another waste of time concerned more with its fight scenes and the money it will bring in than the actual art behind the tale they could be telling.

It’s always sad to see some of your favorite actors in a movie you don’t enjoy, but it doesn’t make me question them because they were still able to give good performances. Obviously it was their attached names that drew me to this film. They weren’t enough to save this project obviously. I don’t doubt for a second that they will be acting in masterpieces again soon.

Grade: C-