Friday, December 23, 2011

Gods, Muppets and Holmes

So I saw another group of movies and didn't put reviews up here in a timely fashion.

First off was Immortals. Clash of the Titans meets 300. Mythology on crack. The actor who will eventually play Superman did a decent job, shows he has the acting and action chops. Not worth it in 3D. The scenes with the gods are my favorite, but they were portrayed as young hot, ab-filled gods. Zeus was an old man. The fighting scenes with them were pretty cool and looked like an old painting. The most uncomfortable parts had to do with Mickey Rourke and the enemy army. In order to join this army, you evidentally have to get scarred, wear a mask and have your manhood smashed to bits by a psycho with a big hammer. Painful. We know this because it happened to a traitor, and the reasons behind this were never really explained. Freida Pinto--an Indian actress, not a tasty mexican platter, is gorgeous in the flick, but her character was little over the map.

The Muppets: One of my favorite TV shows growing up, Jason Segel (the writer and human star) did a great job, but I think he has something for hot redhead elementary school teachers (see both Amy Adams in this flick and How I Met Your Mother--a favorite). I had a smile on my face the whole time! One of my favorite parts is that the Muppets had a cover band performing their hits at dive bars. The Moopets. HA!

Sherlock Holmes II: Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law (now thankfully out of the annoying spotlight after being in like 20 movies in one year and sleeping with his kid's nanny) are great together and have truly encompassed their characters. Stephen Fry as secret agent Mycroft Holmes was brilliant, couldn't have asked for a better actor. I just didn't want to see him partially naked though. The old guy playing his butler was great too. The supposed death of Irene Adler was glossed over a little too much for my taste, as I find Rachel McAdams to be distractingly beautiful and a strong female presence. The flick had its trademark slow motion and fast forward, Matrix-like effects too. There was a dancing scene in the movie but it was so weird, so LSD, fast paced, it was too weird to forget or not mention. As a Sherlock Holmes fan, I knew what was going to happen at Reichenbach Falls, but I liked the way they went about it. The final battle between Holmes and Moriarty takes place entirely in their genius minds, trading punches and strategies. It would have been better if they left the end a little more to the viewer's imaginations. Good flick, but the World War plot has been done before--by the same character (Moriarty) in the under-rated League of Extraordinary Gentlemen flick a few years back.

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