Rant by Tres
1. The Wolverine (July 26): This movie did NOT disappoint. It wasn’t as much of a back story as I originally expected, but one that I appreciated seeing with time skipping from past and then back to the present. The story is about Logan finding himself after he has killed Jean Gray (X-Men 3). It’s a struggle for him to find his way back, but he does. My biggest worry going into the movie theatre was the portrayal of the Silver Samurai. I hate it when CGI looks cheap and drawn on the screen. I thought it was well done. Great movie and one to add to my collection.
Added benefit…after the credits we see Charles, who died in X-3 also, and Magneto meeting Logan at the airport. He’s confused and doesn’t know how it’s possible at all…Segway into my number 1 looking forward to for 2014: X-Men Days of Future Past. (My movie review here.)
2. Ironman 3 : RD Jr’s performance was once again top notch. Personally suffering from panic attacks, some of his reactions were spot on, but he seemed to get over them a little quick compared to those who suffer from them. His panic attacks are brought on from his battle in New York against Loki and aliens. (Avengers) To be honest, I was disappointed a great deal in the Mandarin. Mandarin has always been one of my favorite Ironman villains, so seeing how they destroyed him really let me down. A key visual aspect for me in this movie was seeing all of the suits. Comic book fans realize that there are literally hundreds of different suit variations, where it seemed to confuse the non-comic community. Last disappointment: Pepper being some energy creature suddenly. This was an unnecessary path to go and a let down for me.
Heart break… RD Jr has been rumored to not reprise his roll as Tony Stark. Say it isn’t so!!! (Gene’s review here.)
3. Man of Steel
New suit: yes it looked great. It was sleek, yet classy. I liked the details they added and the missing briefs didn’t bother me. I really liked the style that it took and how they incorporated Kryptonian clothing to mimic its design. I still struggle with the murder of Zod. We dealt with this in one of our Moral Dilemmas. For this comic book fan, Superman doesn’t kill. So that drastic change in character still has me questioning what it will lead to in the next movie and in his character. I adore Amy Adams and loved her portrayal of Lois. The best part for me was showing the true inner struggles of Clark as he tries to hide from his true identity, while still being heroic in his journeys. (Plus the destroying of the semi-truck had me laughing louder than I anticipated.) (Eric’s review here.)
4. Thor: The Dark World
I can’t imagine a single actor out there being able to portray Thor better than Chris Hemsworth. This movie really brought us into the relationship workings between Loki and Thor. It was spot on with the comics: Thor loves his brother deep down and he has withheld punishments many times in history because of that compassion. With Asgard attacked Thor fights to save his beloved home and Earth as well. You finally see a new side of Loki: allowing you to see his love for his adopted mother and the way his heart struggles; yet his manipulation of the situation still comes out in the end. There’s more comedy in this one than I expected, but I didn’t feel like it took away from the movie at all. (Logan’s review here.)
5. Lone Ranger
As I stated in my looking forward to list from last year, I grew up on the old black and white show and admiring this character. I felt like Armon brought a new side to this beloved cowboy; he’s much more personal and relatable to. I didn’t expect all of the comedy in it, but I truly enjoyed it. I do feel like Depp stole the movie with his portrayal on Tonto. He has a way of conveying so much with a simple look that adds to this character. I’m hoping there will be a second one. (My review here.)
Those were my tops picks to see in 2013. Can’t say I was completely disappointed in a single one of my picks. Sure there were a couple of things I might have changed or tweaked here or there, but who doesn’t think that. Overall, I felt like my money was well spent on the few that I saw in the theatre.
Overall, The Wolverine still remains at the top of my list as my favorite for the 2013 year.
However, the 2 movies that blew everything else away for me was: Now You See Me and Frozen. I reviewed NYSM and I don’t think I can say much more. I can tell you I bought it on BluRay the day it came out and I have watched it at least 10 times since. FABULOUS movie!
Frozen was reviewed by Gene, I went reluctantly with my family to see it. I thought, “It’s just going to be another princess movie.” I was so wrong. LOVED IT!
(This picture also depicts us here in Indiana.)
I see many more movies through rentals than I do in the theatre. A few of the rentals that I enjoyed: Star Trek: Into the Darkness, Despicable Me2, The Conjuring, Shuffle, After Earth, The Outer Rim, Oz, The Great and Powerful, Les Miserables, The Magic of Belle Isle, and Olympus Has Fallen. I would recommend these as good movies to watch. Each I have watched more than once. (Some of my fellow writers would disagree, though.)
Don’t think that I recommend everything I see. There have been a few rentals that did nothing for me: Erased, Side Effects, Grown-Ups 2, Between Us, Mamma, At Any Price, and A Place Beyond the Pines are all movies that I felt like wasted my time. Each one had some good aspects here and there… But over all not much to write about that would sell it as a good thing to watch.
So overall, 2013 wasn’t a fabulous year in releases that got me ion the theatre. I really have to be intrigued to spend my $$ on tickets, snacks, and pop and this year I saved quite a bit of it. There may be a few that still come out on DVD that take me by surprise…but I’m saving money by waiting.
2014 seems to hold many more promising things to get me in those theatres and spend my $$. Hope I have a decent tax return.
Leave me your thoughts.