Monday, 25 July 2011

The Tourist

The Tourist
The Tourist is a movie that had been on my to-do list for awhile but after seeing many awful audience reviews of it, I’d kept it on the backburner for quite a while.  After seeing it, I thought maybe everyone else had been a tad too harsh.  It’s not as bad as the reviews would have you believe.  

Starring Angela Jolie, it reminded me of her previous outing, Salt, without the huge stunts and effects of that movie.  Johnny Depp is also a very watchable actor.  

One of my favourite things about this flick was the setting.  Most movies use Venice, Italy as a backdrop, but The Tourist gives a great view of this magnificent place.  The city is just gorgeous.  

All in all, I would not say that The Tourist is the total waste of time most of its reviewers declare it to be.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Green is the Colour of Will

Green Lantern

I saw The Green Lantern back on its opening night on June 17th , 2011.  I usually don’t like to see movies as soon as they come out; I prefer to avoid crowded theatres, but the new Cineplex UltraAVX theatres with their reserved seating made it painless.  

I’ve been told that this is the summer of comic book movies.  A hardcore comic fan friend was interested to hear my take on Green Lantern.  He had attended the midnight screening as soon as it came out.  He wanted to know my thoughts, because as a non-comic book junkie I would not have any expectations.  

I like seeing movies when I don’t know what expect from them, it makes it hard to be disappointed.  I found The Green Lantern to be a fun roller-coaster ride of an adventure movie.  The best way I can describe it is that it’s Spiderman meets Top Gun meets Star Wars.  I have the feeling there would be a “meets Lord of the Rings” in there too, but I can’t in good faith say that, as I haven’t seen any of the LOtR movies. 

The only disappointment for me in this movie was the climatic battle, particularly the way it ended, it was pretty weak.  Also I thought the use of 3D in the film was well done, but for some reason 3D movies give me a headache and make my eyes hurt.

I had heard a lot about the principle actors in this movie, Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively, but have to admit that I had no idea who they were.  Reynolds reminds me a lot of a younger Ben Affleck and Blake Lively is an absolute stunner whose mere presence would make a movie worth watching. 

So if you like Spider Man or Top Gun or Star Wars, I’d say give this movie a shot, you’ll probably like it too.