Monday, June 25, 2012

Reel Rolls (May-June)

Mini movie reviews won’t hurt every once in a while! Here are three films I’ve seen the past months and a few kernels of thoughts I’ve popped after watching them. Feel free to share your thoughts about them, too! :)

The Avengers

The Avengers
“Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. brings together a team of super humans to form The Avengers to help save the Earth from Loki and his army.” [imdb synopsis]

Marvel’s juggernaut flick of the year, The Avengers, definitely took the cinematic universe by storm. Action-packed and peppered with just the right amount of humor, the movie’s rather basic plot is spiced up by the characters who—as we all know—are already big stars on their own. The world’s still enjoying the “hang over” from this movie up to now, spawning fanworks that you can make your jaw drop.

Everyone—including yours truly—is excited for Avengers 2.


Dark Shadows
Dark Shadows
“An imprisoned vampire, Barnabas Collins, is set free and returns to his ancestral home, where his dysfunctional descendants are in need of his protection.” [imdb synopsis]

A couple of  milliseconds: that’s usually how long it takes before I fall headfirst in love with Johnny Depp’s quirky characters in many Tim Burton films. Barnabas Collins seems to be one of the few exceptions. While he does deliver the usual morbid humor that can elicit dark chuckles from viewers, he seems to be a tad too underdeveloped for my palate. The other characters feel that way, too. And please, let’s don’t talk about deus ex machina, okay?

The story’s rather cluttered and a few portions are quite dry, but I admit it still managed to make me laugh a lot.

Snow White & The Huntsman

Snow White and the Huntsman “In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen.” [imdb synopsis]

As far as I can remember, it was Neil Gaiman’s short story called “Snow, Glass, and Apples” that introduced me to the world of fairytale reimaginings. It tells the story of Snow White from the perspective of the supposedly “evil” queen. Read it, I never saw the Disney version the same way again.

Anyway, this retelling starring Kristen Stewart is a decent movie, although it may sound a bit harsh if I say what I liked the most are the special effects. I love Queen Ravenna’s back story, though. It adds a couple of layers to her character, which is often dismissed as a one-dimensional antagonist in many depictions.


There’s a promise of a few good films this month, so maybe there will be another reel rolls post. I’m eyeing Brave and The Amazing Spider-Man at the moment! :)

Cheers and Ciao,

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