Monday, April 4, 2011

Recent Movies

Sucker Punch: Wow, what a great movie! It comes down to a dream within a fantasy. or perhaps more fantasy in a fantasy. Cute girls with guns and swords--perfect movie, right? The main character is Baby-Doll, whose mother dies and is taken in by a sexually abusive step-father. Baby-Doll accidentally kills her sister while trying to protect her. He sends her to a corrupt mental instituion. It's there she begins to fantasize about escaping. All the girls have cutsie nicknames like Sweetpea or Rocket. There's also The Wise Man, who gives the girls mission briefings (everything they need in the real world, Baby-Doll imagines they get through incredible mission dream sequences) and spouts poetic sayings like Confucious or Bazooka Joe. It takes place in the 1960's, but the dream sequences take place in various places in history on crack. WWI Trench warfare combined with steampunk Germans, modern automatic weapons, and future-tech Meks. Then WWII bomber planes with orcs, dragons, and dudes in armor. Finally, Vietnam-era Huey Helicopters with robots and future trains with bombs. On the surface, it's an incredibly dark story but a positive track with friendship and freedom. The music was great, with one track getting my attention: Queen songs cut together with some dude rapping. Usually I hate the bastardization of such classic songs--huge Queen fan, here!--but this actually rocked and put a modern twist in the movie. One scene that should have had a different song but didn't. The Huey scene. On the side of the chopper is the painted name and logo "Cherry Bomb." This would have been a perfect opportunity to put The Runaway's Cherry Bomb song, but maybe they couldn't get the rights. Because it is a dream, time works differently. At first, you're not sure if it's all a dream in her head before a critical moment, but then you find out the stuff she did before the critical momet (sorry, don't want massive spoilers) matches what they did in the dream sequences. The action sequences are incredible, mostly with Baby-Doll doing feats of anime-and-video-game-inspired martial arts. There is so much more I could write, but this what came out first....


Kick-Ass: I read the graphic novel as well, and this was a little more sanitized than that. I like Mark Millar's work, his ideas are incredible and smash typical comic-book norms, but he does have a tendency to go too violent and over-the-top. The break out star is the little girl who plays Hit-Girl, trained by her ex-cop father to kill bad guys. There's one scene where she violently kills an apartment full of bad guys with the old "Banana Splits" cartoon theme music. Probably one of the more brilliant movie ideas. There's another massacre scene with Joan Jett's "Bad Reputation." I think the songs themselves in the movie were covers by other bands, though. Oh, and the girl who becomes our hero's girlfriend? Way too hot for him. He becomes friends with her originally because she thought he was gay, but then he reveals his secret identity as Kick-Ass and that he's not gay. And thanks to this manipulation, she bangs him. In the comic, she yelled at him and embarassed him in front of the school. Movie-wise, I like the fact he gets the girl. Anti-Spiderman.


Inception: I think I have to watch this movie several more times before I get it completely. A buddy pointed out that the jack is his wife's totem, not his. So everytime he spins it to see if he's still in the dream, it's his wife's state that he's seeing. The end confused me a bit too, because it looks like the jack stops mid-spin, and spins a different way. Also, all of the character's front names spells out DREAM.


Takers: Meh. Only cool scenes are during the two heists, made better with T.I.'s gangster commentary. Anakin Skywalker was in it, dressed like some Rat-Packer, and made some bad acting choices. If people thought he was stiff in Star Wars (I'm not one of those people, by the way), wait till they get a load of him here.


Jonah Hex: Didn't know what to expect, but it was pretty good. A good western, but too much 21st century commentary. A terrorist with the ultimate weapon and suicide bombers? The whole bit about Jonah's face got a bit old, but they owned up to that. Meghan Fox is flippin' gorgeous, and is not believable as a Old West Hooker.

Coming soon: New Fast and Furious, Captain America, Thor, Green Lantern!!

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