Thursday, January 13, 2011

Despicable Me

While certainly not my favorite animated film from 2010, this one was pretty funny. The movie is carried well by the zany minions and by Steve Carell and his ridiculous accent.
After a Pyramid of Giza is miraculously stolen, Gru, a villain whose criminal deeds have been undermined from the Pyramid heist, attempts to out-due all other villains by pulling off the biggest and baddest theft of all... stealing the moon.
While I was saddened that a great deal of the funny moments from the film were shown in the previews, there was still a lot of random and laugh-out-loud moments. There was a nice blend of storytelling and humor.
I think that the most annoying part for me was the music they chose to put in the film. I'm not talking about the score; I'm talking about the song excerpts. Most of the songs I disliked were performed by Pharrell, a rising R&B/Hip Hop artist. I have never been a fan of R&B/Hip Hop, so I naturally disliked his music. There's nothing wrong with the music, I just don't like that type of style.
Aside from that, the movie was good fun.

As far as questionable content:
The movie features some dance moves that are a bit suggestive and also features some minions making photocopies of their buttocks.

P.S. - The image used in this post is copyrighted by Universal Studios.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

After the success of the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise, somebody thought that it would be a good idea to take the popular Mickey Mouse short, "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" from Fantasia, and turn that into a full-length movie. Like Pirates, this movie had little to do with the thing it was based off of, minus a short tribute scene.
While the film had lots of potential and some pretty cool magic tricks, overall, the film came short in a lot of different aspects. The film felt very rushed (in the same way Eragon was rushed) in the sense that it felt like the filmmakers were trying to get through each scene as quickly as possible. This left little room for character, emotional, and situational development. Each scene would start to develop and then it would jump to the next scene.
The movie also came packed full of loopholes and "unnecessarys". That means that there were a lot of things and characters that had no logic or purpose in the movie. And they'd introduce something that would seem important, but it ended up having no real purpose in the film. That, and the movie was predictable.
Aside from those things, the special effects were nice, the music was well chosen ("The Middle" by Jimmy Eat World and "Secrets" by OneRepublic), and there were some pretty cool visuals.

*Spoiler Alert*
The thing I liked most in this film was the use of electricity to create music. My favorite scene was near the end when Dave was fighting Morgana and he used the lamp electricity against her; if you listen you can hear how the electricity generates the film's musical score during the scene. Subtle, but I thought it was a really nice filmmaking technique to employ. Very classy.
*End Spoiler Alert*

It had its comic moments and was overall fun, but don't expect very much.

P.S. - The image used in this post is copyrighted by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.