Posted on May 18, 2013 by Uncle Critic
Iron Man 3 the movie that everyone has seen and no one can agree on. It seems people are all over the place on this one, they like it, they hate it, they’re indifferent on it, and it’s kind of hard to gauge it if you’re thinking about seeing it. Shane Black is directing this one, all the familiar faces are back in their normal roles and this time we’ve got Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin. A big complaint I’ve been hearing about this one is Tony Stark spends way too much time outside of the suit, and that is a totally valid argument. I think there’s about fifteen minutes of ‘Iron Man’ in this movie. But it’s not a ruiner, Robert Downey Jr. is a great actor and he carries this without any iron suited help. Basically Tony got drunk and blew someone off way back when, now that person has turned into a villain and is out for revenge. They’re attacking Tony at his home and have bigger super villain type plans they’re also trying to get through. There’s really not a ton to say about this movie, if you’ve seen the other two you kind of know what you’re getting into and if you liked the other movies you should go see this one. If you haven’t seen an Iron Man yet, it’s not the best idea to start with the third in this trilogy, go see the other two first, they’re much better films. That being said I did enjoy this movie, it was pretty good, worth going to see for sure if you liked the pervious Iron Man movies, just don’t be expecting this to be the best of the three.
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Posted on April 27, 2013 by Uncle Critic
DC’s newest animated movie is Superman: Unbound, it’s an adaptation of the Superman: Brainiac arc by Geoff Johns. I was pretty excited for this one because that has my favorite version of Brainiac so even if they did just an alright job with it I figured it was going to be great. Sadly I wasn’t quite right. The movie is pretty decent though it is very lacking, as I feel the past few of the DC animated movies have been (not counting the Dark Knight Returns of course). Basically we’ve got Superman and Supergirl in Metropolis. One day a robot comes to town from space, Superman defeats it but Supergirl recognizes it as what brought the destruction of Krypton. Superman goes to find where the robot came from because they fear Earth’s fate may soon be the same as Krypton’s. Superman finds Brainiac’s ship and she shrunken Kryptonian city of Kandor. Fighting ensues, Brainiac comes to Earth and there’s more fighting, you probably get the picture. My biggest problem with this isn’t that it is sort of bland it was the animation. Whoever they had drawing this I hope they never work on another comic animated movie again because it’s god awful. Superman, Supergirl, Lois, Jimmy and more all look fucking terrible. That said if you can get past that it’s pretty decent, I’d redbox/netflix it before I bought it if I were you though because it’s not DC’s strongest release.
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Posted on September 21, 2012 by Uncle Critic
It’s been seventeen years since we’ve seen Judge Dredd on the big screen and it looked to be a push in terms of the two movies. On the positive side we don’t have the comic relief of Rob Schneider, though on the negative side we don’t have Sylvester Stallone, both are rated R and have a pretty good amount of violence. Turns out my pre-movie thoughts matched up pretty well with my post movie thoughts. What you get out of Dredd 3D is exactly what you expect. Lots of violence, tons of gun fire, some good old action fun with none of the shortcomings of the first movie. While I do miss the Stallone-ness of not having Sly in the movie Karl Urban did do a very good job, much better than I expected. The only other characters of note were rounded out pretty well as well. Olivia Thirlby took the role of Judge Anderson and Lena Headey was on the villain side of things as Ma-Ma. Dredd takes the rookie Anderson out to see if she can cut the mustard of being a Judge, after responding to a flag of three homicides things quickly escalate once they find the prime suspect. Ma-Ma locks down the block tower and calls for the Judge’s heads something that I couldn’t help but have flashback to The Raid with. Sadly there isn’t all the asskicking of The Raid but there is plenty of other things to keep you having fun, people being throw two hundred stories and an exploding head to name a few. My only real complaint about this movie was the use of 3D. I’m not a 3D hater, I know many of people that are but I actually like it. However I do recognize the difference between good use of 3D and poor use of 3D, this movie was definitely the later. 3D is in the fucking title and we get this second rate bullshit, I will give them credit for not using any of the eye rolling stuff shooting right out of the screen at you that is a sure sign of bad 3D but they just didn’t use it to the full advantage as far as making the film look better. This could have been a 2D movie with no consequences; hell it most likely would have been even more enjoyable that way, too bad it doesn’t appear that that’s going to be a choice for this release. All in all it was a pretty fun movie that I’d say go see for sure if you like action flicks. I can’t really say much as far as the movie being true to the comic because if I’m honest the Judge Dredd comics could never really hold my interest for very long.
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Posted on July 11, 2012 by Uncle Critic
The recent batch of DC animated movies have seemed to fit into the place of just being alright, while that’s better than a bad movie, I really want more, and I’ve come to expect more since I know they can do it. It took me a little while to recognize the story line however after Bruce Wayne gets attacked it clicked for me, this is taken from the ‘JLA: Tower of Babel’ storyline that took place back in 2000. The adaptation is pretty good, that’s not where this fails, it’s pretty much everything else. The voice acting isn’t that great in here, the animation is pretty decent but I felt it should have been better. And the biggest thing is the character designs. I don’t remember if some of these villains looked this way in that comic, but I don’t think they did and I pretty much hate a couple of them (Metallo and Bane being among the worst of the worst), it’s sort of a minor detail but it bugs the hell out of me. Anyway, master villain gather’s some of the Justice League’s most formidable opponents then steals Batman’s contingency plans for neutralizing the other members of the JLA (if it ever comes to that) and uses them against the Justice League of America. For all the faults this thing does have the plot is still there and is executed pretty well, especially the distrust of batman. The last five minutes are probably my favorite part, I’m not sure if that’s really a good thing or a bad thing I guess you’d have to be the judge of that. As with most of these recent DC animated movies, if you’re a DC superfan you’ll most likely watch it. If not, it’s a decent viewing but not required.
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Posted on July 9, 2012 by Uncle Critic
Superman vs. The Elite is DC’s newest addition to their series of animated movies. Overall they’ve done pretty well with these, very few of them seem to be bad, this one is based on the “What’s So Funny About Truth, Justice & the American Way?” storyline that was published in Action Comics back in 2001. Personally I’d forgotten all about this story so it had that weird parts of it were new but I still sort of remembered it. From what I remember of this they did a pretty good adaption, the damage on Superman during the big final fight is the most beat up we’ve seen him in any of the animated movies, not to mention he seemed pretty crazy and pissed off which was cool. Basically what’s happening here is this team of super heroes appears out of nowhere, they say they’re the good guys and they’re fighting the baddies, but they go for the permanent solution of being judge jury and executioner of everyone they battle. This doesn’t sit well with Superman, and Superman being against them doesn’t sit well with this new team, The Elite. Things break down pretty fast and there is of course a giant fight. The movie is only an hour and fifteen minutes, which I think is plenty for one of these. It’s not the best DC animated movie they’ve done but it was pretty decent. A good way to kill an hour and some, but I don’t know if I’d go owning this one.
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