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Pitch Perfect

Reviewed by mell61

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

A nice balance between camp, humour and pathos. The music is pretty good, and the characters funny. a nice way to pass a couple of hours. Pity the 'Cups Song' full version didn't make it into the movie, but check it out on Youtube.

World War Z

Reviewed by mell61

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

I'll start by saying I've just recently read the book, and thought it was an amazing study in the impacts of an event, on society, which just happens to be a Zombie invasion. The movie, is good for a zombie movie, with some very intense sequences of zombie chases (probably could have edited 1 out without impacting the movie). Where the book is the narration of many people across the globe, here we have 1 person criss crossing the globe trying to outrun the undead. If you enjoyed this, go read the book then look back at this movie and consider that it could have been so much more!

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Reviewed by mell61

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

I enjoyed this adaptation, some decent editing of the original source material has produced a good film, without losing the heart of the story. With a heavy dose of vampires, werewolves, demons and young love, its a decent YA movie.

Pacific Rim

Reviewed by mell61

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

I really enjoyed Pacific Rim, its my idea of a good summer popcorn blockbuster, enough humour and action to keep you interested, but leave your brain at the door. Sit back and enjoy the ride, and have a little more popcorn.

Star Trek Into Darkness

Reviewed by mell61

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

I loved this movie, well paced, just enough character development to keep it interesting, action balanced with some humour. My 2 sticking points are Alice Eve as the doctor, her acting was clunky, never quite matching the pace of the rest of the actors. My other downer is Karl Urban as Bones McCoy, he came across as a caricature / impression of the original, each line being one of the 'dammit Jim I can't xxxx' sort, give the man some lines that are original!

Oz: The Great and Powerful

Reviewed by mell61

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

I was expecting to love this movie, and am rather perturbed that it was only ok. For me the biggest issues are James Franco and Mila Kunis, Franco is supposed ot be a charmer but the way he plays it he's sleazy, so I could never empathise with his Oz character. Kunis is weak in the role of Theodora, the character has a life change that really doesn't play well - i never felt that the situation require her going all witch! Some of the CGI is amazing, but a couple of images are weak (there is one of Mila skipping along the road, as the image pulls back it gets very bitty).

Cloud Atlas

Reviewed by mell61

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

A tale of 6 stories with gossamer threads linking them across time. With each of the main actors playing different character in different stories, we move from story to story, century to century. For me there were a couple of stand out segments, the futuristic story of an android becoming aware was very well told, as was the great escape from a retirement home. My biggest concern is that Halle Berry didn't have the acting range, so the story dips each time one of her characters appears. Of the ensemble, Ben Whishaw for me stole the show as a young composer. I'll watch this movie again, to see if I can catch all the threads next time round.

Sammy's Great Escape

Reviewed by mell61

  • Currently 2/5 Stars.

It always surprises me when so much money is put into production of movies, and so little into the script. Too sweet and saccharine for an adult to enjoy, borderline enjoyable for anyone aged under 8.

Wreck-It Ralph

Reviewed by mell61

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

Funny movie, basically Toy Story for arcade game characters. Title character is tired of being the bad guy and wants to be the good guy just once. Lots of gaming references throughout, however plethora of sweet brands got tired really quickly.

Quartet

Reviewed by mell61

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

I enjoyed this movie, a nice story, well told. It's not a game changer in terms of movies, but it was an enjoyable movie with a selection of great cinema talent. I suspect this will become a regular on TV.

The Sapphires

Reviewed by mell61

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

I really enjoyed this movie, its a simple story told well, you come out of the cinema humming the songs, and smiling for the outcome. Perfect November movie, to brighten dark evenings.

Skyfall

Reviewed by mell61

  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

A rollercoaster from start to finish, with a number of new character being introduced. A more personal story than past stories for both Bond and M. Bardem is the best bad guy yet, creepy, slightly mad and very charismatic, a perfect foil to Craigs Bond.