It’s been a busy week for movie theatres, to say the least. Busy for myself as well, which is why I’m going to review all three movies in one compact, neat post that will hopefully help you to decide what film you’d like to go and see. Or, be like me and see them all inside one week and fry yourself to a cinematic crisp.
Despicable Me 2: It’s a fun movie that’s light years better than the original, and that’s saying something. It’s better than anything Pixar has put out in years, has Steve Carell and features little talking yellow Mike & Ikes. It’s a movie worth your time, if you have a family and want something acceptable AND fun for all audiences. The plot is interesting, Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig have great voice acting chemistry on screen, and the minions actually got this jaded, cynical reviewer to giggle on more than one occasion. Family fun at its finest.
The Lone Ranger: This movie got way more shit than it deserved. In fact, I’ll go as far as saying that I thought it was a great movie. It gave me the wild west fix that I didn’t know I’d been craving, the Johny Depp eccentricity that everyone loves, and an emotionally gripping story of corruption and the one man to fight it. The movie actually got me feeling upset during some of the heartfelt sequences (this hasn’t happened since The Notebook, people), and sheds light on some of the dark history of our country that we’d rather not acknowledge. Johny Depp piles the comic relief high, however, and things never stay sad for too long. If none of that won you over, the last fifteen minutes of this movie are steam engine chugging tomahawk swinging Armie Hammer shooting wild west goodness, and the sequence is so fantastic that it actually justifies price of admission all on its own.
Pacific Rim: Just like Man of Steel, the theme song is the best part. Don’t get me wrong, the movie itself isn’t bad, per say, just like how Man of Steel wasn’t. It’s just not amazing, not the revolutionary experience it was hyped up as. Hell, I’d rather watch the first Transformers movie over Pacific Rim, and so should you. But the one thing Pacific Rim nails (other than the theme) is the whole Japanese robot sci-fi anime vibe, which is a bit of an acquired taste but makes this the movie for you if you’re into that sort of thing. A cool cameo the film has to offer is Ellen McLain’s role as the Jaeger (giant monster-fighting robot) AI voice system. While she never mentions cake, my inner video game nerd got a warm and fuzzy feeling every time she spoke. The theme, unique genre and Ellen McLain aren’t enough to save Pacific Rim, but the movie did have some well executed ideas that make it a worthy watch at matinee price.