12.31.2012

The Last of 2012 In Theaters!

Now that Christmas is over, let's take a look at some of the other films I've seen in theaters recently! But first.......we must announce the winner of the contest! A many thanks to all who entered. Maybe, just maybe we will have to do this again. But this time the winner is.......LAURIE ALLRED!

Congratulations Laurie. I think no one wanted this prize less than you. Haha! Thanks again everyone for their participation!

HITCHCOCK - An exceptional cast (minus Jessica Biel who was merely adequate) performs well....but with a script that is the equivalent to a Lifetime movie. Still, as both a movie fan and a Hitchcock lover, it definitely has its fair share of fun. Psycho is one of my favorite films of all time, so anything about the making of it I love...plus James D'Arcy and (surprisingly) Scarlett Johansson were spot on. It's too bad more of the focus wasn't more on the movie making as opposed to the silly relationship drama. As a result the film, though entertaining feels uneven. That's also due to tonal shifts....Hitchcock conversing with serial killer Ed Gein never really worked for me. Actually neither did the makeup of Anthony Hopkins. It was hard for me to see him as Hitchcock visually....even if he gave a good performance. I'd give the film a 6.7/10

JACK REACHER - This film is wildly entertaining. However I must admit, watching it so close to the Elementary shooting was extremely hard and a little unnerving... The film is incredibly violent, so if you are pretty sensitive to that I'd suggest that this film is not for you. I was expecting a very generic run of the mill action film, but the story and characters make this one far more memorable and above the average for this type of film. There's a good mystery at the heart of the film and seeing Tom Cruise's very cool Jack Reacher (trust me no one is more surprised at me typing these words than me...) unraveling the case is quite the delight. I'd give it a 7.3/10

LES MISERABLES - The film many people have been waiting for is finally here. The enjoyment of this film directly correlates to the expectations of the person going to see it. If you are expecting all of the cast's voices to be comparable to a Broadway production....you will be disappointed. If you love the story of Les Mis and just want to see it on the big screen...you will probably be pleased. I enjoyed the film, though I must say it took me awhile to get used to the fact that each and every word in the movie was sung. Usually in musicals I enjoy the breathing time between songs....so that accompanied with a few too many close ups kind of gave the film a claustrophobic feel at times. But the story, songs and performances make up for that (at least for me.) Hugh Jackman becomes Valjean and it's great to see. He has a very nice voice, but I'm not sure if he had the range for the part. "Bring Him Home" definitely felt refrained.... Though this could be due to the decision of having all the songs sung "live," a decision that probably hurt Jackman and Seyfried the most. That said, I still feel like Jackman was the only A-lister who could pull of this role, and I do enjoy his performance. I enjoyed everyone--- but Crowe (and to a lesser extent Seyfried) definitely seemed to be the weak link....still I think he has a nice presence even if he has a weak voice. But I thought he was decent. Let's just say it wasn't Pierce Brosnan in Mamma Mia bad. Eddie Redmayne, Samantha Barks (really Marius...choose Eponine. Chances are her feelings are a bit deeper than the infatuation you feel for Cosette...because she's known you longer than a day...) and Aaron Tveit were the standouts. Also I'm not a Hathaway hater (really don't get the hate) so I thought she did well acting wise. Her voice wasn't amazing....but it was serviceable. So yeah. I enjoyed it, but if you have sky high expectations and haven't seen this yet...lower them before you do. I'd give it a 7.9/10

PITCH PERFECT- I caught this film in the dollar theater and oh what a dollar theater experience it was. To be honest, it was kinda like the sing-a-long interactive shows they've been doing at the Tower recently because everyone felt the need to vocalize their love for the movie DURING the movie. It's understandable...it was pretty entertaining and definitely has quite a few moments of hilarity. Still...I'd like to be prepared for that kinda thing! Theater experience aside, I did enjoy this. Her love interest was absolutely adorable...but I'm not 100% sure she deserved him (as likable as Anna Kendrick may be..) Maybe he should walk into my life Purple Rose of Cairo style and I'll treat him right. However, the vomit jokes (and this is coming from a girl who likes vomit jokes) were a little too over the top. And some of the characters really only relied on one joke over and over. I get it. We can never hear what the quiet Asian is saying...that one girl is a lesbian, that other girl is a slut. I get it. But it did have enough genuine humor for me to probably watch again, i won't lie it was very entertaining. Oh and the singing was all pretty good actually in case you were curious :)

Well that's it for now. 2013 is going to be jam packed with new movies, and you can expect a preview on what the new year has to offer movie-wise in a few days!

3 comments:

Sarah said...

Thanks for the reviews. I will have to see Les Miserables one of these days...but I don't think I would mind waiting until it was available on DVD either.

Johanna said...

I can't believe that I didn't win the prize. Really. :)

Will let you know what I think after I've seen some of these.

Laurie & Clint said...

I am the champion! I am the greatest! I won! I won! I won! I'd like to thank the academy, and of course emily from Movies and mahem, without which I would not be here accepting this prize. And I'd like to thank all the little people in my life. Well I only have one little person- Thomas!