Monday, April 2, 2012

The Iron Giant, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, The Hunger Games and Goon

All right, some new movies to talk about that I have seen recently. Definitely some good stuff out there right now and one movie from a while back that I have been hearing about and so thought I would check it out....

First movie up is The Iron Giant which came out way back in 1999 and if you are not familiar with this film, it is a cartoon. Directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Toy Story, Ratatouille and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol), this is not the type of animation that I think we have all become accustomed to seeing - it is old school. But the cool thing about it is that the movie totally works and it actually makes you want to see more animation like it. With voices by Jennifer Anniston and Harry Connick Jr. amongst others, the story centers around a young boy and his new iron machine friend who has come from outer space. The relationship they develop and the friendship that these two have is what makes you care during this movie and the ending is one you might not expect. You definitely develop an affection for the iron giant as he has a human side which I think we all knew would be there. Highly recommend this film and very kid-friendly for those of you with little ones out there.

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is a film starring Emily Blunt and Ewen McGregor and the salmon fishing that brings them together. It is a little more complicated than that, but if you have seen the previews, you get a pretty good gist of what is going to take place and probably how the two main characters are going to feel about each other at the end. While the story is good and while I am a huge fan of Emily Blunt, there were a few things I would have changed within the story and what takes place. A couple of things I would not change is the Amr Waked who plays Shiekh Muhammed from Yemen as he is a great character and one that I think everyone would want to become friends with. And probably the biggest surprise of the whole film was Kristin Scott Thomas whose character reports to the Prime Minister. She is hysterical and she has one line that had the whole theatre laughing out loud as it was very unexpected. Finally for those of you who are big fly fishing fans, unfortunately you do not get much in this film and so if you are expecting a remake of A River Runs Through It, sadly you are going to be disappointed. All in all, a good film, but one that you can wait for on Netflix.

Now onto The Hunger Games which is probably the most talked about and anticipated film of this spring. Most of you know the story as just about everyone and their sister has read at least one of the books in the trilogy series. I, myself, finished the book about a week ago and so have had this one on the radar for a little bit. And I was looking forward to it because I have only read the first book and so still don't really know what is going to take place in the second and third books. The film which takes place in the future stars Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss. Some of you know Jennifer from Winter's Bone which she was awesome in and received an Academy Award nomination a couple of years ago (highly recommend that film if you have not seen it by the way). Getting back to the film at hand, I was pretty impressed by the visuals throughout the movie as the director and producers did a good job of representing the Capitol and how it is described in the book. The citizens are way over the top and it is almost laughable how they live and the lifestyles they have. If you have not read this book, this probably is not making much sense, but in the end, the story is really about Katniss and her trying to fight her way through The Hunger Games - which is pretty much a battle royale fight to the death between 24 teenagers. Make sense? Yeah, if you haven't read the book, probably not! In the end, a good film and one that I would recommend seeing even if you haven't read the book. You will probably be shocked with what takes place and the whole premise of the actual Hunger Games. And everyone who read the book? I am going to assume that you have already seen the flick....

Lastly, yesterday I saw the movie Goon. Most of you have probably not seen or even heard of this movie, but I definitely recommend this one. It is the story of Sean William Scott, whom most of you know as Stiffler, and his unlikely rise from security guard at a bar to enforcer on a minor league hockey team. I had read some reviews on this film and knew it was going to be pretty good, but it was extremely funny and a very entertaining film. This one is not for kids for sure as the language is pretty out of control, but for us adults, there are some hilarious exchanges between the characters. Jay Baruchel wrote the script and I am for sure a fan of him and his work. Most of you would recognize Jay from The Sorcerer's Apprentice, She's Out of my League, Tropic Thunder and the voice of the kid in How to Train your Dragon. Basically I like everything he is in and so figured his writing would be something I would dig as well. I was again pleasantly pleased and Jay is even in the film playing Scott's best friend and host of a hockey show on local cable access TV. As with most sports stories, there is a love story aspect to this film and it is done very well. But in the end, this is a hockey movie and Scott's character Doug Glatt has to prove that he belongs, not only as a fighter, but as a player on the team. And of course, he has to prove that he can take out the other best fighter there is....Liev Schreiber who plays Ross "The Boss" Rhea, the baddest dude in all of hockey. So we all know what is coming....a showdown between the Doug "The Thug" Glatt and The Boss, to see who is the best fighter in the land. See this movie, you will like it.....and become a fan of Jay Baruchel, you will not be disappointed.

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