Movie Review: Mockingjay Part 1 (Spoiler-Free)

“Miss Everdeen, it is the things we love most that destroy us.”

–  President Snow

 

mjayposterI should start this review by saying I have read all of the Hunger Games books. I think this is important because for book-to-screen adaptions like this, book fans such as myself will have a far more critical outlook on said film. I’m looking less at the story being told and more at how the film crew manages to tell it.

That being said, let’s get cracking.

I’ll start this review off bluntly and say that Mockingjay Part 1 did not in any way top Catching Fire. Instead, this movie was more on par with the first film of the series: faithful to the material, and quite in the spirit of the franchise, but woefully lacking in adding any new, smart touches to the story.

Here’s what I mean. If you recall, the first Hunger Games movie was well-done, but it took an hour and eight minutes to get to the actual Hunger Games. Parts of it felt like they dragged on, especially the opening, and overall I thought as well as the story was told, it lacked crisp direction.

Conversely, Catching Fire blew me away. The plot moved at lightning pace and was neatly presented in a smart, concise way. What’s more, the movie took on a personality of its own—while remaining faithful to source material, of course. For example, who can forget Johanna’s famous elevator dressing scene? Or President Snow’s line: “They’re holding hands. I want them dead.” I found myself laughing aloud much more than I’d anticipated. At the same time, there were small touches, such as the shot of the door closing right before the man in District 11 is shot in the head.

The makers of Mockingjay Part 1, for whatever reason, pounded their fists on the table and said, “You know that first film? The one that’s the worst in the series? Let’s make another one like that!”

I hope I’m establishing a clear picture here. Mockingjay isn’t at all a bad movie, it just fails to leave any sort of dent in comparison to Catching Fire. I’m willing to say it’s a slight improvement over the first installment, with about the same number of slight chuckles, and a remarkably similar sluggish pace.

I’m sorry if I sound harsh; I actually do quite love the entire series, but I’m a relativist with these sorts of things. Catching Fire is one of the closest things to a perfect film I’ve ever seen. Mockingjay Part 1 is woefully forgettable by comparison.

Much of the fault, I think, lies with the circus clowns in Hollywood who made the moronic decision to split this movie into two parts. If you were afraid that would affect the pace of the narrative, you were completely right. The story—while executed as best as it can be—is still awkward, contains about ten minutes total of real action, and is painfully full of filler scenes/dialogue. I would have gladly paid double the price of a movie ticket to see one incredible movie, rather than two diluted ones.

All this to say, I enjoyed it. Once it gets out of the shadow of its predecessor, it still brings many of the mostly-good elements of the first film to the table. We see uprisings in the districts…at this point, slightly trite, but still well-done. The film does a good job of setting up its finale, which hopefully will be the best installment yet. I also did enjoy the scene of Katniss singing the “Hanging Tree” song.

(And of course, who’s really surprised that J-Law can sing, on top of everything else?)

In Conclusion: While this movie contains many of the sluggish mistakes of the first film, it still stays faithful to its source material and does an impressive job of laying the groundwork for the real finale. It’s successfully made me excited for Part 2…and Prim should have a blast, also!

Too soon?

Rate: 7 out of 10.

If you liked this review, be sure to check out my reviews of the first Hunger Games Movie as well as Catching Fire!

Movie Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

“I once told you that secrets have a cost. The truth does too.”

–  Aunt May, “Amazing Spider-Man 2”

 

“Impossible,” my veteran readers whisper to themselves as they see the title of this post. “His movie reviews are always ridiculously late. They’re never on time, let alone early. He must be a Time Lord.”

You got me, guys. After nearly two years of wondering who I am or what I look like, it’s finally revealed: I’m Doctor Who.

Real-life photo of me! (Okay, not really).

Real-life photo of me!

Just kidding.

Anyway, due to the lucky combination of an advance screening plus a light homework night, I’m able to write this movie review a few days before the film hits theaters. For that reason, I’ve made sure to keep it spoiler-free.

For anyone unfamiliar with the franchise: After the debacle that was Spider-Man 3 in 2007, Hollywood decided to let the series simmer down for a few years, then rebooted it in 2012 with The Amazing Spider-Man. Most of the comic book fans were pleased enough that a sequel was thrown in the works, and now, here we are.

In the first film, we saw Peter embrace his alter-ego and fight Dr. Curt Connors, AKA the Lizard. Now, we get to see him up against two new villains: Electro and the Green Goblin.

When I heard that, I yawned at the first one but got excited over the second. The Goblin has always been my personal favorite of Spidey’s foes.

Which is why I was slightly disappointed by this movie. While it improves on several things from the first, villain selection isn’t really one of them. The character development of Electro literally begins and ends with his name. 

Still, my eyes were on the prize: Green Goblin. Finally, right? I couldn’t wait for them to introduce Harry, develop a complex friendship between him and Peter, and put that to the test when the alter-egos kick in.

And now, having seen the movie, I’m picturing the screenwriters sitting back in their meeting room chuckling to themselves. “Oh, you wanted the Goblin to be a big part of the story? Mm, looks like you’ll have to wait a few more movies for that to happen. Oh and, screw you.”

I suppose that’s my biggest irk towards the film: out of the two villains, it picks the awesome one and gives him minimal screen time/development backstory, and the main antagonist isn’t even cool.

But let’s move on. Other points of the movie: well, like I said, if you enjoyed the first one, everything in that is pretty much done here too, except slightly better. We do learn a little more about Peter’s parents, which is satisfying. Gwen has more screen time, and I appreciate how her story role plays out.

Honestly, there’s not too much wrong with this movie, except that most of its action scenes are unrealistic to the point of being redonkulous.

I think the only reason I didn’t enjoy the film too much is because it’s just like the first: an unnecessary reboot to a franchise that should’ve been left alone for a few more years, in my opinion. If you’re one of those people who agrees with me, you might find this movie a bit useless. If you loved the first one, you’ll love the second even more. Either way, Amazing Spider-Man 2 probably won’t change anyone’s minds.

One last major issue I have with the movie is the ending. I could forgive the hackneyed plot for the bulk of the runtime (which at 140 mins is a bit too long), but the final scene turned out to be the straw that broke the cinematic camel’s back in my case. The filmmakers had such a good thing going with an ending montage, and I was just starting to get emotional. Then one last villain entered the stage in a pointless setup for the sequel, and he let out a laugh so spectacular that it nearly drowned out my own.

Overall, this movie for me was just kinda, eh. If you liked the first one, then go crazy; you’ll be happy. If you think this reboot is slightly unnecessary, as I do, then this certainly won’t sway your opinion.

Hey, at least Peter finally stops using Bing in this one.

Rate: 5 out of 10.

Movie Review: Non-Stop

Fighter Pilot: “Agent Marks, our fighter squad has you in our sights. Do you hear me?”

Bill Marks: “We’re running out of time! Do YOU hear ME?”

 

 

Well! This is a bit late, isn’t it?

My veteran readers are well aware that by some law of physics or another, it’s impossible for me to post movie reviews on time, when they would actually be helpful to people. As it was, I’d post a movie review a few weeks late and apologize for the delay. Then I’d promise the next one would be on time.

And my readers and I were all like:

So, anyway, my implied policy now is, movie reviews must be late. Also, I’m crazy busy. Which is why I’m posting this now, even though I saw the film on its release date eleven days ago. As usual, I’ll keep this free of spoilers.

The setup:

For anyone who isn’t familiar with Non-Stop, just think Taken on an airplane. Liam Neeson portrays Bill Marks, a nearly retired air Marshall who’s detached from his family and a former alcoholic. During a flight to London, he receives a text message saying that if he doesn’t wire $150 million dollars into an account, someone on the plane will die every twenty minutes. But this threat turns out to be the start of a much bigger plan.

It’s a simple but enticing premise. No, the movie won’t rock your socks off or anything, but it more than lives up to its hype. From the moment the plane leaves the runway, the action kicks off and doesn’t stop until…well, I won’t spoil how it ends. But it’s a pretty crazy flight.

What I liked:

As you might expect, the film’s number one asset in my opinion was Liam Neeson. Let’s momentarily set aside the fact that I have a huge man crush on him and will see pretty much anything he’s in, as long as he’s shouting at and/or killing someone.

(But seriously. This man could recite phone book to me and I would be thoroughly entertained.

And if you didn’t think there was a video out there of Liam Neeson reading Justin Bieber lyrics, you haven’t looked through the internet as hard as I have.)

Ahem. Anyway.

Apart from that, he still does well in this role. If another actor were the lead, I’d probably give this movie an average rating. My bro Liam makes it highly enjoyable.

Other assets: since you’re wondering, no, it isn’t a stupid plot. As far as I can tell from my experience, mystery thrillers tend to either play out how you’d expect, or they pleasantly surprise you and keep things interesting. Non-Stop does the second. You won’t be mind-blown or anything by the big reveal, but you probably won’t figure it out, either.

The action is excellent. Just picture everything cool you can do with an unknown enemy, mystery plot and Liam Neeson all mashed together on an airplane, and it’s done in this movie. Liam Neeson makes several takedowns which drew applause from my fellow moviegoers in the theater.

Have I mentioned Liam Neeson yet?

What I didn’t like:

Okay, so when you REALLY look at the plot, you can find a few holes. No gaping ones, but this movie doesn’t exactly hold up under microscopic inspection. I personally don’t care that much. It’s an entertainment film! It’s not supposed to have any grand message or flawless storyline. Its only job is to keep you on the edge of your seat, and I think it accomplishes that.

In conclusion: This movie lives up to its promise, and while it’s not the most mind-wrenching film of the year, it’s one of the most thrilling ones I’ve seen in a while. Plus, you know. Liam Neeson.

Rate: 7 out of 10 Liam Neesons.

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Movie Review: Catching Fire

President Snow: “You fought very hard in the Games, Miss Everdeen. But they were games. Would you like to be in a real war? Imagine thousands of your people, dead. Your loved ones, gone.”

Katniss Everdeen: “What do I need to do?”

 

hgmcfFirst of all, don’t worry, I won’t put any spoilers on here!

You might remember me reviewing the Hunger Games movie with a somewhat critical eye. I said how I thought the first film was nicely done, but just didn’t feel as exciting or cool as the book. For anyone who shared that concern—or any concern at all, really—fear not. The second Hunger Games movie sweeps in and blasts away any flaws in its predecessor.

Show of hands: who read the Harry Potter books, loved them, then saw the movies and loved them just as much? If you’re like me, you followed that pattern, and you noticed something: what makes the HP movies so great is that they don’t just adapt their source material line for line. They include most of it, but then give it a new feel, sort of.

For example, the sixth Harry Potter, my favorite one. In the book chapter one, we have a meeting between the ministers talking about the growing threat of Voldemort. In the movie, we have an awesome action sequence of a bridge being destroyed as Death Eaters sweep through London.

If you loved touches like that, buckle up. Catching Fire achieves the near-impossible goal of turning the source material into its own thing, while at the same time being a faithful adaption. Oh, if you see this movie and have any problems with how it was adapted, please blast me in the comments. Please. Even my most critical friends couldn’t find anything wrong with how this book was translated into a movie. Was a scene from the book cut here and there? Absolutely. Were new scenes added? Sure. But the feel is identical. No, it’s even better, because the movie is so energetic and fast-paced that you’re going at light speed for the whole ride.

You know how when you watch a really good scene in a movie and you’re just sitting there gripping the armrests, holding your breath to see what will happen? This whole movie is like that. It doesn’t let up.

What I’m trying to say is that this movie found what the first one was looking for. I personally was quite bored the first fifteen or so minutes of The Hunger Games. And even the rest was sorta…eh. Good adaption, but in the end, it felt too familiar. We’d seen it all before.

Forget that here. Oh, forget that here. I won’t spoil anything, but for anyone who knows the story: do you know how President Snow makes a big announcement about halfway through the book? Like, really big?

You’d think that would just show Katniss crying afterwards or something. But no, this movie goes all-out. We see Peeta falling to the floor, Haymitch throwing something at his TV, and Katniss breaking down her own door to run out into the woods and sob. All while an epic score plays and it shows a montage of Panem.

Think I spoiled it? That was just a taste, my friends; a single example of the tone this movie takes on. Every scene is better done than in the book. There’s quite a bit more humor, too (I laughed out loud at Johanna’s interview).

And of course, Jennifer Lawrence. She really is at the top of her game in this movie. Don’t get me wrong, she was great in the first one. But now she seems older, more mature, more like a hardened adult warrior who’s still vulnerable. They couldn’t have picked a better actress for the role.

I could spend pages breaking down all the awesome scenes and touches in the film, but I think I’m better off just telling you to go see it.

So, go see it. Now!

In Conclusion: This movie is spectacularly done and takes on its own tone while still being faithful to the book. If you loved the first movie or even if you didn’t, see this one now. It’s a whole new experience.

Rate: 9.5 out of 10.

And You Thought It Couldn’t Get Worse (Movie Review: The Sea of Monsters)

“I was brought in after they already had a draft of the script which, quite frankly, didn’t work. With the draft that was originally done, the only thing wrong with it was that it was TOO faithful to the book. So first and foremost, I had to think of a wholly different way of adapting the novel. ”

–  Screenwriter Marc Guggenheim

 

somposterDo you love terrible film adaptions? Then we have the perfect movie for you! The second installment in the Percy Jackson film series will not only lower your opinion of Hollywood’s ability to adapt novels, it’ll squash all hope you had left for the PJ film franchise as a whole!

But wait, there’s more!

This movie goes beyond traditional butchering of source material. What makes it really shine as an abysmal adaption is that it moves on to the other novels in the Percy Jackson book series, picking pieces from the rest of them so as to butcher their content as well.

Doesn’t it sound great?

I don’t mean to sound scathing here, but honestly, this movie sort of deserves it. However, in the interest of fairness, I’ll attempt an objective review of it as a whole.

So, we have the adaption of the second book in the Percy Jackson series, meant to be a sequel to the 2010 adaption, The Lighting Thief. In this, Camp Half-Blood is attacked, and Percy and his friends must set out to find the Golden Fleece, the only thing that can save their camp from…uh, more attack.

Also, Luke is trying to resurrect Kronos, who was never mentioned up until this point in the entire film series. Nor is it ever explained who Kronos actually is. But hey, no biggie.

I’ll start off by listing what I liked. There were exactly two parts of the movie I thoroughly enjoyed.

The first was the opening scene, which features Luke, Annabeth, Grover and Thalia running for Camp Half-Blood when they were kids. Unfortunately, this scene only lasts around a minute, but it was arguably the best minute of the film.

The second was when the trio meets Luke for the first time in the movie. I think Jake Abel, who portrays our favorite villain, really brings him to life and does the best he can with the lines he’s given. His speech to Annabeth, ending with “you disappoint me the most,” was solid.

However, the negatives aren’t to be ignored here.

Let’s see…here are a few good ones: Percy goes to Camp Half-Blood without any attacks; he doesn’t meet Tyson until he gets there and Chiron introduces them; Grover isn’t kidnapped by Polyphemus; Clarisse is included but not in any key part of the plot (she also looks around twenty-three); we still never see Ares; they never go to Circe’s island; and one of the worst, Annabeth and Percy don’t have any of the meaningful one-on-one conversations they have in the book.

Actually, they really don’t have any one-on-one conversations at all, actually. Wait, do they still like each other?

It takes about forty minutes for our friends to set out for the Sea of Monsters. They literally sail for probably twenty-five minutes, and they’re at the Cyclops’s lair. They escape with Grover and the Fleece…

Which Luke immediately takes and uses to resurrect Kronos.

No, I’m being serious. The coffin opens, and Kronos is reformed. Not in the way he is in, you know, the books, but rather as a giant monster-type thing who dies around two minutes later.

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Man, Hollywood, really scraping the bottom of the barrel, aren’t we?

Overall, this movie amused me, because I was sure going in that nothing could be worse than the adaption of The Lightning Thief, which I blogged about earlier. But sure enough, when the movie was over, I could say with total sincerity that they actually did a worse job with this one. For starters, none of the Olympians apart from Dionysus (who virtually has no role) appear. No Zeus, Hades or even Poseidon. I suppose that’s why the removed the word “Olympians” from the franchise title.

Come to think of it, did they keep anything from the first movie, other than the cast members?

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Oh. Never mind.

Hey, at least Annabeth was blond, right?

In conclusion: pretty much everything in this movie is discount except for the CGI. The acting is unimpressive, the dialogue is discountable, and the plot is virtually nonexistent. Good job, team! Can’t wait for part three!

Rate: 2 out of 10.

Let’s Talk About That Post-Credits Scene (Sort-of Movie Review: The Wolverine)

“As I told you once before, you are not the only one with gifts.”

–  Oh, I’m SO not spoiling who said that

 

If anyone is here to actually read my thoughts on the movie The Wolverine, then okay, let’s get this over with: it was not good, not bad. Definitely my least favorite X-Men movie, but it sounds like a lot of people disagree with that. It had good action scenes and some good humor, but in my opinion there were too few mutants and way too many ninjas. I did like how they incorporated Jean into it, however. There should’ve been even more of that. In any case, it was a solid film, at least worth watching when it hits DVD.

Okay! Whew. Now let’s get to the REAL reason you should pay $9.50 to walk into the theater.

For anyone who hasn’t already heard, this movie has a post- (or should I say mid-) credits scene. It’s approximately one minute long, and that minute is worth more than the entire rest of the movie. Why? Because it takes a single message and shoves it in your face, so intensely that you can’t help but believe it: that the next X-Men movie is going to be the best X-Men—and possibly one of the best movies, period—ever.

There was plenty of reason to be excited for it even before this post-credits scene. Let’s look at all the reasons X-Men fans should be struggling not to pee their pants when it comes to the upcoming installment, Days of Future Past, due to hit theaters next summer:

  • Bryan Singer, the original director and writer of the first two X-Men movies, is returning to write, direct and produce this one.
  • The entire cast of the X-Men prequel, First Class, is returning.
  • The entire cast of the ORIGINAL X-MEN SERIES is returning. Storm? Yep. Rogue? Yep. Iceman? Yes, sir. Kitty and Colossus? Oh, yeah. William Stryker, Wolverine’s creator? Heck yes. Wolverine himself? You got it. And of course, Magneto and Charles Xavier, played by their original actors? Why, yes indeed.
  • Days of Future Past will involve time travel, which means the actors from First Class will mix with the actors from the original trilogy to explore our favorite characters at all the coolest—and most important—parts of their lives.
  • The film will be shot in 3D. Not really a super selling point, but still exciting.

Okay. Now, as promised, let’s talk about that post-credits scene. If you have the money to spend, I’d go and see The Wolverine. It’s a good movie, and seeing the post-cred scene for yourself is better than reading about it. But if you have no interest in Wolverine and just want the goods on the minute scene, well, here we go.

The scene involves Logan walking through an airport two years after the events of The Wolverine, AKA three years after The Last Stand. He’s about to walk through security when metal coins sitting next to him start to float into the air.

Oh yes they did. Hi there, Magneto.

That was tasty enough. But then after Wolverine threatens Magneto, he notices that everyone around them has frozen. This is a trick that true X-Men fans will remember well from X2. And yes, exactly as you’re praying, we turn to see none other than Professor Charles Xavier himself, fully alive and well.

Me in the theater:

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“As I told you once before, you are not the only one with gifts.”

Okay, so I did spoil who said that. But come on, let’s get talking!

Sadly, there isn’t all that much to do other than talk. Speculation is all we have right now. But it’s exciting speculation. This is like Avengers, except better, because it’ll presumably link up all of the X-Men movies in a super juicy, action-packed film from the original writer/director of the series himself. That’s one direction I wasn’t expecting this series to take, but boy am I glad it is. Can you imagine how much story they could pack into this? And when you throw in the element of time traveling, no character is off-limits. Maybe we’ll see another surprise visit from Jean, or Scott, or Victor Creed?

The only thing I know for sure? I’ll be one of the first in line when Days of Future Past hits theaters. Mark your calendars, people. Because on May 23, 2014, we can expect some box office records to shatter.

6 Random Movie Inconsistencies That Bother Me

“This sucker will stop a knife.”

–  Lucius Fox, when giving Batman his armor

  

1.  Oz: The Great and Powerful—The Psycho Wizard

This Wizard of Oz prequel was solid; I liked it. James Franco played an excellent balloonist.

For those who haven’t seen it (spoilers): The balloonist shows up in Oz and meets this girl who he falls in love with. But then, this girl’s older sister—who happens to be the Wicked Witch of the East—tricks her into thinking the balloonist is playing her. The girl’s rage is so much that she transforms into the Wicked Witch of the West and sets out to destroy the balloonist for his trickery.

That’s all well and good. At the very end of the movie, the balloonist (now the Wizard) speaks with the Witch of the West and tells her he’s sorry for everything, and wants to work things out.

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He says if she should ever stop wanting to kill him, just give him a visit and they can reconcile. The Witch screams “NEVER!” and flies off into the distance while the balloonist watches in sorrow.

But Hold on a Minute There…

The only problem with that scene? In Wizard of Oz, when Dorothy shows up to meet the Wizard, he orders her to kill the Wicked Witch of the West! More specifically, to get her broom, but somehow I don’t think the endgame he had in mind was simple thievery of cleaning equipment.

So in short: how does a Wizard decide to kill a woman who he’s specifically hoping will some day want to work things out and marry him?

Answer: he doesn’t! The screenwriters of the Oz prequel should’ve bridged that gap and ended the movie with James Franco wanting to get rid of the witch, not reconcile with her. Because Wizard of Oz was written first, and now I’m forced to believe the titular character has a severe case of bipolar disorder.

 

 2.  X-Men: First Class—Xavier’s Mobility Miracle

I love the X-Men movies. My least favorite was actually the most recent installment, X-Men: First Class. It was pretty good, but there was one major point of the movie that irked me: in the end, Xavier is confronting Magneto when one of the agents starts shooting at him. Magneto then directs the bullet into Xavier’s back, which causes his paralysis for the rest of the franchise. Pretty cool explanation, right?

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But Hold on a Minute There…

First Class is the most recent one to be released in the series, but it’s the very first one chronologically. It takes place in 1962, Origins takes place in the 70’s, and the trilogy is in the “not too distant future.” So, if Xavier gets paralyzed in 1962, why do we see him at the end of Origins

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…walking around?

And for those who don’t like Origins, you can always sample X-Men: The Last Stand, which shows Xavier walking around with Magneto “twenty years ago,” which would be in the 80’s. Conclusion: First Class took Xavier’s legs out of commission way too soon.

 

3.  The Dark Knight Rises—A Speedy Recovery

I’m going to assume we’ve all seen the final Batman movie by now; in any case, if you haven’t, there are minor spoilers here.

There are quite a few plot holes I could pick on here. One of them I already mentioned, that being that Batman’s armor will supposedly “stop a knife,” yet doesn’t do a very good job when he gets stabbed.

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“This was a horrible lapse of judgment on my part.”

However, I have larger filmography fish to fry. My real issue is with the bit a little before the stabbing, where Batman escapes the prison. After having his back literally snapped, Bruce somehow manages to recover without the help of any trained physicians. He then climbs out of the prison, which is apparently located in Morocco, North Africa.

But Hold on a Minute There…

How in the world is Batman back in Gotham only ten minutes later? Granted, that could be longer in movie time, but there’s a bomb set to go off within hours. That means that it couldn’t have taken Bruce more than an hour or two to get halfway around the world. Unless he has a flying craft stashed somewhere—a distinct possibility, I guess, since he’s Batman—there’s no good reason for his instant transport.

 

 4.  Inception—Why the Whole Movie Was Unnecessary

I promise not to pick on this movie too much, considering how much I liked it.

For anyone not familiar with Inception: Leonardo DiCaprio’s character is on the run and isn’t allowed back in the United States to see his kids. He’s hired to break into a guy’s mind and implant an idea there. If he pulls it off, his boss will tug on enough strings to let DiCaprio back into the United States. The whole movie is based on DiCaprio getting back to his kids. And admittedly (spoiler alert), when he does at the end of the movie, it’s a touching scene.

Plot twist: the entire movie was a dream.

Plot twist: the entire movie was a dream.

But Hold on a Minute There…

Not to be all basic or anything, but…erm, why couldn’t Michael Caine, the kids’ surrogate caretaker who was completely aware of the situation, just fly the kids out to DiCaprio?

Answer: because none of the movie would’ve happened, and this movie is great. But still, that plot line should’ve been tweaked.

 

5.  Iron Man—Actor Replacement Time!

I want to be fair here: sometimes replacing actors is beneficial. I loved Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk in Avengers as opposed to Norton in The Incredible Hulk. There are also times when you literally have no choice but to replace an actor, such as in Harry Potter when Richard Harris (the first Dumbledore) died in October 2002.

Then there are times when Hollywood gets in the way, communication is screwed up on both ends, and the result of the mess is an actor either walks away or is fired. This has happened in many cases I can think of, but the movie franchise I was hurt the most by was Iron Man. In the first (and best) movie, we had Terrence Howard playing Rhodey, Tony Stark’s best friend.

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But Hold on a Minute There…

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You can’t just switch out an actor! Well, obviously you can, but not without guaranteeing the sequel will be worse than the original! I liked Terrence Howard. A lot. And it doesn’t matter how good Don Cheadle is, I think the original actor would’ve been better.

 

6. The Lightning Thief–What’s Up With Annabeth, Seriously?

“She was probably my age, maybe a couple of inches taller, and a whole lot more athletic looking. With her deep tan and her curly blond hair, she was almost exactly what I thought a stereotypical California girl would look like.”

But Hold on a Minute There…

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“The camera adds ten years.”

Um.