San Diego Comic-Con International is still chugging along and I'm sorting through all the news that been coming out from the convention. I'll have a summary of the most interesting "bits and pieces" by tomorrow night. In the meantime, here is a guest post by my friend the Mad Blogger who shares with us not one, not two, but three reviews of current summer movies. See them and judge for yourselves.
This summer, I saw three movies: Prometheus, Brave, and The Amazing Spider-Man. Of these three movies, there is one hit and two misses. Here are my reviews for each of these movies.
Prometheus (4 of 5 stars)
This film serves as the prequel to the Aliens franchise, and focuses on how the creatures were formed. Set in the late 21st century, the story centers on the crew of the spaceship Prometheus as they follow a star map discovered among the remnants of several ancient Earth cultures. Led to a distant world and an advanced civilization, the crew seeks the origins of humanity, but instead discovers a threat that could cause the extinction of the human race.
By far, this is the best of the Summer movie season. A big misconception here is that the movie contains unanswered questions. However, if you examine the movie closely, you'll see that all relevant questions are answered. I also love the homage to Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick with a plethora of references to 2001: A Space Odyssey. If you like your science fiction on the intellectual side, and favor a movie that makes you think, this film is for you.
Tip: How cool is a movie when it comes equipped with a truckload of "extra" footage? As an example, check out this clip, which showcases the motives of a much-younger Peter Weyland (played by guy Pierce).
Brave (3 of 5 stars)
This Pixar animated film is set in the highlands of 10th-century Scotland. The protagonist of the movie is a skilled archer named Merida who defies an age-old custom, causing chaos in her kingdom. After consulting a witch for help, her family becomes cursed and Merida is forced to 'be brave' to undo the spell herself before it is too late.
The film is passable for a Pixar movie, and therein lies the problem. When you see a Pixar movie, you expect greatness. However, Brave falls flat, even when you watch it in 3-D. If you have little kiddies, they will love the movie. On the other hand, if you are expecting the adult innuendos typically laden in a Pixar film, you are in for a disappointment.
Tip: For iPad/iPhone and Android owners, there is a game called Temple Run: Brave. You can download it by accessing the links below:
The Amazing Spider-Man (2.5 of 5 stars)
OK, for the three people left on the planet who do not yet know this, high school student Peter Parker is a science-whiz orphan living with his Uncle Ben and Aunt May in Queens, NY. He is bitten by a radioactive spider, and acquires the agility and proportionate strength of an arachnid. Along with super strength, he gains the ability to adhere to walls and ceilings. Through his native knack for science, he develops a gadget that lets him fire adhesive webbing of his own design through small, wrist-mounted cartridges. He dons a costume and is known as 'Spider-Man.' However, he ignores the chance to stop a fleeing thief, and his indifference ironically catches up with him when the same criminal later murders his Uncle Ben. Spider-Man learns that 'With great power comes great responsibility!'
Far too much of the movie is spent on rehashing the origin as to how Spider-Man came to be. As a result, we are left with a paper-thin plot of Spidey's matchup against the Lizard. Also, aside from Andrew Garfield, none of the characters packs any type of wallop. Emma Stone falls flat as Gwen Stacey, and you feel as if she is sleepwalking through this movie. Sally Field and Martin Sheen are simply not convincing as Aunt May and Uncle Ben.
Most important, yet here is another Spider-Man movie that is not faithful to the comic strip. Will they ever get somebody to create a decent Spider-Man film?
Tip: If you see the movie, don't leave when the credits roll. If so, you'll miss the new villain in the upcoming sequel. Also, when you get to the library scene (you'll know it when you see it), stay focused. 'Nuff Said and Excelsior!"