Greetings, my internet homies. I have been absent, yes I know, but I am here now. And I have movies.
Movie: The Wolverine
Description from IMDB: When Wolverine is summoned to Japan by an old acquaintance, he is embroiled in a conflict that forces him to confront his own demons.”
I am quite fond of the x-men. I am quite fond of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. However, I didn’t really love this movie.
The story takes place in Japan and often has the vibe of a cheesy kung-fu movie. It was too long, the villainess, Viper, was too over the top bad. There were actually a few characters who were over the top bad, but she was the worst offender.
Jean Grey made a couple of appearances in his dreams. She seemed to be trying to talk him into dying, which was weird. Yes, I know she was just symbolic of his struggle to want to keep on living, blah, blah, blah, but it was still creepy.
The fight scenes, which consisted of martial-arts style combat, were pretty awesome. One occurs on the top of train. That was pretty kickass. And, of course, another bright point of the movie is shirtless Hugh Jackman. Yes! I’m always up for that.
One character who I thought could’ve been a bigger part of the story was Yukio. She had this bright pink hair and badass fighting skills, and reminded me a bit of Leeloo in The Fifth Element. For much of the movie, she was kind of sidelined. Lame.
The Wolverine is okay but not awesome. It gets a C.
Movie: The Great Gatsby
Description from IMDB: “A Midwestern war veteran finds himself drawn to the past and lifestyle of his millionaire neighbor.”
I haven’t read this book in forever and a day, so I apologize that I can’t tell you how faithfully it keeps to the book.
Everything about this movie, especially at the beginning, is artful and deliberate. The action has a kind of rhythm to it, like the characters might break into song at any minute. Don’t worry; they don’t. The actual soundtrack fuses old with new, which is cool and befitting of a movie that energetic.
I also liked the fanciness. There’s plenty of it. Glamor, money, shiny cars, mansions like castles. It’s all so very pretty look at.
The Great Gatsby has substance as well. The sadness is almost as intense as the happiness. I really just want to give Gatsby a huge hug. The movie gets an A.
Now for trailer time. HAVE YOU SEEN the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer? I have! Okay, at first, I was unfamiliar with Guardians of the Galaxy. I figured it would be dorky like the Green Lantern, and let’s face it, no one wants that. After seeing the trailer, I know that I must see this movie in the movie theater. It reminds me a little of Ice Pirates. Does anyone but me remember that little flick from the 80s? It has this gritty kind of crude, yet comic vibe to it that I dig.