Thursday, June 27, 2013

RED 2, Movie Review

Wow, I must say, this line up of actors and actresses for RED 2 seems more impressive than RED.

Although this is the sequel, not watching RED is not important at all.

Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, are all back for the sequel. The interaction between Bruce Willis, John Malkovich and Mary-Louise Parker is very funny as Bruce Willis is overly protective but John Malkovich keeps teaching Mary-Louise Parker to be an operative.

There is a series of assassins sent to kill Bruce Willis, and as a retired superspy, Bruce Willis and his gang manages to recruit friends (and enemies) and hunt for a deadly weapon. I cannot reveal much more as the plot twist is pretty good, and interesting.

I really liked the pace of the movie, the scenes moved on seamlessly and there was great comedy from the veteran actor between action shots. There were many well done scenes which the whole theater clapped when it happened, and overall, it was a lot of laughs, and you will have a great time.

Very enjoyable movie!

Rating: 8.5/10

Friday, June 07, 2013

The Way, Way Back - Movie Review

The Way, Way Back is a coming of age story, set in Massachusetts.

14 year old introvert Duncan, a quiet and shy boy goes on a summer vacation with his mom and her boyfriend to Cape Cod area, where he meets Owen, the owner of Water Wizz, a typical Massachusetts Beach area water theme park and Duncan slowly opens up and finds his place in the world.

Although Steve Carell is in the movie, this is not a Steve Carell comedy. In fact, he is the boyfriend of Duncan's mom, and he is not a good guy, and he calls Duncan a "3" and puts him down all the time.

The storyline is rather emotional, and the characters are very believable. The pace and comedy is perfectly done and the 80's pop soundtrack makes the movie endearing. Steve Carell also shows that he can play a bad guy.

Overall, the movie does leave a feel good feeling and the whole movie feels right, and its very enjoyable to watch. Well done!

-- Robin

Rating: 8/10
Great for a Sunday Matinee...

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

The Internship - Movie Review.

Directed by Shawn Levy
Writing credits: Vince Vaughn (screenplay) and Jared Stern (screenplay)
                          Vince Vaughn (story)

This is a comedy about 2 middle aged salesman losing their jobs and joining Google for an Internship, competing with young "kids" for an opportunity for a job.

I watched it today in anticipation of a lot of laughs, but this movie really had a very bad start. In fact, the lack luster start made me want to walk out as it was dry and boring. The start was filled with many uninteresting characters which did not add much to the story, and their plan after losing their jobs was a convoluted process to enroll in an online class to be eligible for an internship opportunity at Google?

There is some kinda funny jokes, and a lot of misses, and it gets slightly better when the whole movie is set in Google. Looking back at what actually happened, this whole movie felt like a big advertisement for Google. It does talk about the corporate culture and products, and I could see a lot of potential for the movie to be much better, however the 2 hour long movie failed to impress.

A lot of references to many "Geeky things" fail to draw laughter in the tough crowd in the cinema, and the whole "Googlers, Googliness thing" is a weak attempt to put Google's "making the world better" agenda in your face.

The little bit of romance is simply, "meh" and the big finale was long and drawn out and you do not really feel for their victory.

However, the movie does make you think about how insecure your job situation is, and how people in their 30s and 40s are totally screwed by today's system.

I would say, there was much disappointment in the cinemas, and I would not recommend watching this at all. Still, I would say catching it when it goes to cable or watch it online streaming is not too bad.

Overall 5/10

If you are Google worshipping, this may be one movie you CANNOT miss.