Vieve’s View on Jack The Giant Slayer? Meh.

Hi Peoples!

This is Vieve here–Nedi’s daughter–to keep you updated with films that sometimes my mother is just too busy to watch. ūüėÄ ¬† ¬†Or films I do not care to see… ¬†ūüėČ ¬†I will call these posts Vieve’s View on…

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hopefully, it will help fill in some film gaps.  Thanks, baby girl!  

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Finally we were able to watch Jack The Giant Slayer. ¬†Sure, it didn’t look like the greatest movie, but it seemed like it could be fun! (Also, Ewan¬†McGregor looked NIICE :P) Well my mom completely passed out–that should tell you something–and my best friend and I were left alone with a crappy movie. ¬†The beginning of the film looked great visually and story seemed promising. ¬†There were plenty of beautiful scenes and the animation/graphics were well done and they connected to the story to help it flow.

Then they fast forward and you are thrown ten years into the future with characters that are not very well-developed and that then seem to fall flat. ¬†Even my weakness for Bill Nighy‘s voice or McGregor’s excellent armor–and great hair–and plenty of suave acting could salvage the film. ¬†The film is very predictable, as we might have expected–and all though the film is one full of adventure, the typical¬†obstacles, the typical conclusions, some cool graphics, a typical Hollywood romance, and of course plenty of action–in the end, I got all that I was expecting but the key ingredient was missing…character development.

I couldn’t care less for any of the characters–especially for Jack. ¬†Nicholas Hoult is a fine actor but this role does not allow for much and has no real arc or growth . ¬†Now, for the¬†villain. ¬†Wait. ¬†Is there a definite villain? ¬†Like my mom says–a villain can make or break a film and in this one it is broken. ¬†Okay– another ¬†big issue I had with the film was the ending. What was the point? Who is the boy? Why?

I understand what Jack The Giant Slayer was trying to do– a fantasy adventure romance– but where Matthew Vaughn executed that idea perfect in Stardust¬†, unfortunately director Bryan Singer fell short. ¬†(Real shame, Singer has yet to come back since X-Men…I hope he finds his groove again–soon.)¬†

A little part of me wishes I would have just fallen asleep and cuddled with my mom–she enjoyed herself the most, I dare say. Yet, I am glad I stayed up–I was curious about Jack The Giant Slayer and now I know. ¬† Disappointment. ¬†So, if you are curious? ¬†Be warned. ¬†Proceed at your own risk. ¬†ūüėÄ

Well, this was fun.  I will be back with some other reviews.  Bye!

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Surprise. Surprise. Warm Bodies is not as bad as it could’ve been.

And it could have been really bad. ¬†A zombie love story?? Really? ¬†Well, yes, and the best part is that it works! ¬†Warm Bodies mixes romance, comedy and a bit of action in a refreshing-fun way. ¬†Although it borrows from standards in each genre–together it creates a whole new experience–and scores high marks just for its cleverness alone.

My first draw was Jonathan Levine. ¬†I loved 50/50 and had to give Warm Bodies the benefit of the doubt, since he adapted the script (based on¬†¬†Isaac Marion’s novel) and was directing it. ¬†And I must say, Levine does not disappoint. ¬†He takes his time and makes the right choices here. ¬† ¬†By keeping it light and poking obvious fun at the mythology, he is able to allow you to accept the premise and even start to care for the characters.

It also helps that the cast is perfect. ¬†I think a zombie protagonist is a hard sell, but Nicholas Hoult makes it look easy. ¬†In the hands of a lesser actor, it could have been stiff or unbelievable–instead he is charming and funny–this guy has talent. ¬†Teresa Palmer is less talented (let’s be honest)–yet, she warms up to you and you can’t help but cheer for her and understand her choices. ¬†I credit Levine for that. ¬†Add the wonderful Rob Corddry (zombie best friend), Analeigh Tipton¬†(human BF)¬†and a restrained (and awesome) John Malkovich and you have a solid cast.

I enjoyed Warm Bodies way more than I expected. ¬†It’s light and fluffy–but also creative and unlike any movie other movie out there. ¬†Even with the Romeo and Juliet overtones–Levine is able to find a fresh approach to…well…everything. ¬†ūüėÄ ¬† Original–fun–unique twist? ¬†Hey, that’s better than most. ¬†I will take it.

Warm Bodies Official Trailer #1 (2013) – Zombie Movie HD – YouTube