The name is Mater, Tow Mater

So yesterday I decided to hit the latest addition to the Pixar Family Cars 2, and see if Pixar could still make a good sequel.  I’m happy to say that Pixar has once again crafted a fun, adventurous, and entertaining film that will please a lot of fans of the studio’s work.  However, I must admit that I was surprised by this movie is the amount of maturity in this film and the fact that it is only rated G, but we’ll talk about that later.

Cars 2 starts out with a fast and flashy sequence of spy car fun as we watch the skilled spy car Finn McMissile (Michael Caine) infiltrate and oil rig fortress.  After some exciting chase scenes, clever use of gadgets, and a catchy spy action tune, McMissile escapes and wonders who in the world can help save the world.

Cue Mater (Larry the Cable Guy), as we see the happy go lucky tow truck ride down the road and helping people in that innocent manner that made him famous.  As he helps tow a poor broken down car, Mater gives us the back story of what Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) has been up to in the past, which mainly involves racing and winning the Piston Cup, now named after the Hudson Hornet from the previous film.  By chance McQueen just happens to be in town allowing the tow truck and race car to meet back up, in a brotherly fashion, and embark on their classic adventures we saw in the previous movie.  After a few minutes of nostalgia, a couple of glimpses of an upgraded Radiator Springs, and that rekindled relationship between Sally (Bonnie Hunt) and McQueen,  Radiator Springs is ditched as McQueen, thanks to the assistance of Mater, accepts the challenge of the international race competition.

It doesn’t take long for McQueen and Mater to begin their international adventure, starting in Towkyo, Japan.  Once they arrive in Japan, Pixar’s classic moral story begins to come to fruition as we see a classic friendship face the tests of the judgement of society.  While McQueen kind of reverts back into the selfish car obsessed with image and reputation from the first film, Mater still provides us with a bounty of laughs as his stupidity and clumsiness is introduced to the world.  Here is where I wish to tell you that Mater is the focus of this movie and fans of Mater will not be disappointed by rust covered country bumpkin car.  Whether it is mistaking wasabi for pistachio ice cream, spilling stuff on the floor, or awkwardly participating in conversations he is confused in Mater is still as loveable as the first film.

The twist to this film though is more about the spy business integrated into this story and Mater’s role in the organization.  I was impressed by how Pixar recruited Mater into the organization and how they kept his true identity a secret from McMissile throughout most of the movie.  Pixar also made the effort to add another level of detail to the movie by also developing the relationships between Mater and McMissile as well as Ms. Holley Shiftwell (Emily Mortimer) the new agent in training.  However, this is also a kids’ movie and most of the younger audience will not really appreciate the character development Pixar has in this film.  Instead the younger generation was more interested in the action and excitement the movie had the offer.  Pixar’s clever mind has once again found a way to make an idea work as they have brilliantly integrated weapons, martial arts, and gadgets into the car universe.  I was impressed by how Pixar kept the scenes interesting and pretty diverse which kept the action and gadget use fun.  Mater’s idiotic use of gadgets and innocent humor was also well balanced and fun which kept me and the rest of the audience into the movie.

This brings me to my next topic: the action has made the movie more mature.  I was surprised by the amount of explosions, gun use, and death in this movie.  A lot of the darkness, evil plotting, and shooting I felt was a bit too James Bond like for younger audiences and seemed to make this movie shift more towards adults.  Also I felt the action in this film took away a lot of the emotional buildup the first movie had, which was one of the aspects I enjoyed most about that film.  Although Pixar still had emotional development between Mater and the spy cars, it still was as impacting as McQueen’s emotional journey with Radiator Springs.  I also was not as impressed with the racing scenes as in the first film.  The spy action took a lot of screen time, which resulted in the actual race being replaced with small snippets of high adrenaline, engine roaring,  or race car taunting, mainly from John Turturro.

Overall Cars 2 is one of the better sequels I have seen in a while and is still as fun and brilliantly shot as its predecessor.  The voice work is well placed, the action is fun and exciting, and the comedy is still the same throughout the movie.  However, I still miss that emotion between McQueen and the radiator springs crew, especially from Doc and wished they would have put a little more involvement with the rest of radiator springs.  Overall I give this movie an 8.0 or 8.5 for that same Pixar magic.  I again wish to remind parents that there is a little more maturity in this movie than expected and would probably say this is more of a PG movie than a G.  Regardless it’s definitely worth seeing, especially for Mater fans, and would even be worth seeing in 3D assuming you don’t get sick and are willing to pay the price.

Until then keep enjoying the movies!

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Bad Teacher Is Predictable but Not Bad

 

I’m not going to lie; my first thought after seeing the trailer for this movie was, “Oh great another movie about a provocative teacher that is addicted to drugs, drinking, money, and sex.”  My judgment was mostly correct for this movie, but I am happy to say that there was a little more plot and surprise to this movie then I expected.

As one has seen time and time again in the trailers, Bad Teacher centers on the very attractive Ms. Elizabeth Halsey (Cameron Diaz) a middle school teacher who has no interest or skill in teaching who is bent on leaving her school after just one year of working.  However, after her rich fiancé breaks off the engagement for her money seeking ways, Elizabeth finds herself back in the trenches of the JAMS staff.  The cheap laughs begin to pour in from the first day of school as Halsey has the class watch movies about amazing, honest, and inspirational teachers providing that humorous irony.  However, the laughs are also provided by various other characters such as Ms. Squirrel (Lucy Punch) providing that quirky, ridiculous, and energetic one liners and Lynn (Phyllis Smith) who brings that innocent and ignorant comedy to the table.

Halsey’s immature, drunken slanders, and cliché one liners intimidate the kids in the movie, but seem to charm Russell Gettis (Jason Segel) the lowly gym teacher with a heart of gold.  Gettis, and most of the audience during the show, found Halsey’s constant jokes to be hilarious, fun, and rather entertaining.  Although I found it funny at first, I grew tired of the same comedy and words being thrown at me over and over again, never really deviating from alcohol and drugs.  When Mr. Scott Delacorte (Justin Timberlake), arrives the floodgates for sex and boob jokes opens up and is introduced to the audience.  Although Timberlake may have performed a fantastic role in The Social Network, his character has been greatly diminished to a naïve, impressionable, boob obsessed nerd who provides a little bit of comedy, but really nothing special.  Instead Delacorte acts more as a tool used to spur jokes from Squirrel and Halsey, typically centered on rivalry for the watch heir’s heart.

Despite the flood of vulgar comedy, I did laugh at some other comedic styles found in this film.  In particular I enjoyed Segel’s comedy as the dialog was well written and perfectly timed, though a few of his lines matched the same style as Diaz’s character.  I enjoyed his interactions with the kids, in particular the sports argument with one of his students.  The comedy styles of Diaz were okay for me, but nothing really new of what we have seen in the past.  Diaz still brings that don’t mess with me/don’t care attitude that grew stale with her constant repetitions.  However, her sarcasm, devious nature, and her delusional view of herself were entertaining at most times.  Lucy Punch played her part well as the annoying, chipper, and over achieving teacher, but I did grow tired of her as well.  Many times I think the dialog was written to make her too airheaded or attempting to be too funny, which annoyed me more than anything.  However I must admit her Al-Gebra terrorist line was very hysterical for me and cleaver.

Perhaps the most entertaining comedy for me though was a combination of Lynn and Kirk, Halsey’s roommate.  Lynn in particular relieved the audience from Diaz/Segel’s comedy by saying some of the most innocent lines ever.  Other times, she would take forever to make a decision and her reactions to the consequences were hilarious. Kirk on the other hand provided that dumb and ignorant comedy that made me think of Joey or Chandler from F.R.I.E.N.D.S.  I was in tears from some of his lines and although he was only in a few scenes, he somehow managed to steal the show for me and make him the highlight of the movie.

The last thing I wish to mention is the large amount of predictability in this movie.  Many times I could see the jokes coming or see the direction the thin plot was heading, which made the movie less enjoyable for me.  Most of the shenanigans the cast pulled were not the most original and even the changes in character could be seen thirty minutes before they happened.  However, I am happy to say that the ending to the movie did catch me off guard and I applaud the film crew for the twist in the movie, though I will not reveal it to you.

Overall Bad Teacher is not that Bad, it’s just definitely not original.  The comedy is slapstick, beat you over the head comedy, the acting is lots of fun, and it’s a movie with a good fast pace that keeps it interesting.  Throw in some great comedic timing, a little comedic diversity, and of course that classic car wash scene from the trailer and you get a fun Friday night movie.  The bottom line is I give this movie somewhere between a 6.5-7.0 and highly recommend it for NetFlix/Red Box.  My only advice for those who wish to see it in the theatres is to get there before the trailers start, because I found a lot more laughs in the trailers than I did in the movie.

 

Until next time my friend, enjoy!

The Art of Getting by is Metaphoric Depression in Art Form.

 

We all die alone, no matter if we have loved ones or no matter where we are we all die alone.  What’s the point of doing anything if in the end everything we do doesn’t matter? Yeah I know sounds like a fun opening to a movie doesn’t it?  The opening monologue for the Art of Getting By is the perfect summary of the main character George Zinavoy (Freddie Highmore) a pessimistic high school student who is incredibly lazy and smug about his life.  Highmore, who you may remember as Charlie from Tim Burton’s Chocolate factory tale, has taken on a more mature role in this movie as he explores what is the meaning of doing anything in life if we all die in the end.  Despite the threats and encouragements teachers and parents throw at the talented high school student, George decides to mainly cut class and ignore his responsibilities as a student.  In a style similar to other artistic movies, the large number of scenes revolving around George alone are shot in an artistic approach, often targeted towards various symbols that are supposed to inspire and challenge the audience to think about what they are seeing.

Amidst George’s fatalist lifestyle, a light of hope in the form of Sally Howe (Emma Roberts) arises and becomes the object of his attention for the rest of the movie.  Roberts, who you have seen in Scream 4 and Aquamarine, has certainly grown up over the past few years ditching the Nickelodeon child she once was for the role of a popular student with a sad childhood.  As soon as these two meet, the rest of the movie is laid out for the audience.  The movie turns from George’s slacking nature into a series of scenes and sequences centering on George’s experiments with new things.  Parties, art, friendship, and even romance are thrown into George’s life.  Perhaps what is brilliant about this movie is that instead of it being a magical success or an instant pleasurable experience, the audience sees George’s indecisiveness and analytical mind work out the events that are happening to him.  This symbolic portrayal helped me realize that I too sometimes hesitate on new experiences because of my over analyzing nature and how sometimes thinking too long can result in a loss of a fun experience.  The emotions captured by the cameras in this movie of disappointment, shock, hurt, and awkward happiness makes the movie seem more realistic and not some overacted, blown out of proportion soap opera that I’ve seen in the past.   It was very rewarding to finally see a movie about teenage problems that felt real and not some rendition of Twilight, Glee, or Prom like.

However, despite the realistic dialogues and well developed characters, the movie itself is a little too depressing for my tastes.  It’s not easy to be entertained for an hour and half watching a depressed and lazy teenager drifting through a city.  When a story like this is filmed using that grey, grainy, cloudy filter and dragged out at a slow pace, I couldn’t help but get a little bored and tired of the movie.  There were times where I began to nod off because the pace was too slow.  I would have like to have seen George or Sally actually show genuine happiness occasionally in the movie to help brighten up the sad and grey setting.  Although I saw it coming before half the movie was over, the last ten minutes of the movie or so actually speeds up and fulfills these wishes, though the ending of the movie kind of leaves me feeling no emotion at all, which I typically don’t like to share as an experience.

Overall The Art of Getting By is a movie that truly shows off how artistic the movies can be.  Some may be inspired by the morals in this story, while others may be bored to death at some of the pointless or irresponsible traits the movie endorses.  At least two couples left the movie before a third of the movie was over and the rest of the audience mainly gawked at Highmore.  However, those looking for a metaphoric, accurate, and realistic outlook on the experiences of teenage life should check this movie out, while those looking for more of the blockbuster movies should either wait for this movie to come out on Netflix or avoid the movie all together. 

Overall I give this movie a 6.5 for great camera work, very good acting, and realism.

So until next time my friend enjoy the movies and keep on watching. Don’t forget to write me back at rgkarim@mail.roanoke.edu for any constructive criticism you might have.

Does Green Lantern Shine above the rest?

Does Green Lantern’s Light shine above the rest?

The summer of 2011 seems to be the season for comic book super hero movies.  Already this summer we have seen:  Thor and X-men: First Class enter the movie theatres and each has provided its own spin and super hero experience.  This weekend, Marvel’s super heroes take a break while D.C. sends in one of their own ringers to take the reign of entertaining the audience.  The Green Lantern, starring Ryan Reynolds, centers on the daredevil pilot Hal Jordan (Reynolds) who is irresponsible, immature, and a daredevil willing to break the rules.  After a few minutes of Top Gun like flying scenes, arguing with his child hood friend Carol Ferris (Blake Lively), and some quality time with a young nephew Hal Jordan is transported to the dying Abin Sur, a purple pink alien who is evidently the strongest warrior of the Lantern Core.  Here Hal receives the mystic Green ring and begins his journey of becoming a galactic guardian.

I have to admit these first scenes were funny, exciting, and set up the background of Hal Jordan pretty well, and kicked the movie off to a good start.  However, it wasn’t long before weaknesses of the movie begin to show.  After arriving at Oa, the planet of the guardians, we get to meet some of the other Lantern core members.  A variety of species of aliens, which look like souped up versions of the aliens from Star Wars, make up the galactic guardian force.  Unfortunately most of these soldiers do absolutely nothing in the movie, which makes the lantern core seem useless, weak, and perhaps stuck up depending on how you view the movie.  The exceptions to the rule are Kilowag, Tomar-Re, and Sinestro who actually show off the green ring skills in some exciting, albeit short action scenes.

Eventually trouble in the form of Hector Hammond (Peter Sarsgaard) arises, but many may not find this villain very threatening or sinister.  Instead Hammond’s character is more of a bulb headed, yellow eyed, revenge seeking nerd who seems to have to go to the bathroom throughout most of his screen time.  My friends laughed at this villain more than cringed finding his howling moans annoying and his telekinetic abilities weak.  I think the directors of this movie focused more on Parallax, who has been completely made over from the comics, who still didn’t have the most centered role in the film.  The menacing cloud floated more than anything, but the CGI work combined with the sinister voice still makes him incredibly sinister looking and threatening.

So what else to say about this movie?  Well for one thing women will love Ryan Reynolds in this movie.  That classic, charming, and fast mouthed comedy prevails in this movie and women who love the movie “The Proposal” will fall in love again with him.  A few of the audience members were also wooing and drooling over his physique, which is shown off both in and out of the uniform.  Guys however also get an eye treat as Ms. Blake Lively shows off her beauty to the camera.  Her character, other than being beautiful, has a combination of traits that make her a dynamic character to the film instead of a typical damsel in distress, which adds to the movie.  The man that they picked to play Sinestro was also well done as the actor, Mark Strong, captured that pompous, arrogant, and serious nature that defines the Sinestro character.

The other thing that I must complement on is how well the CGI work was for this movie.  It’s not easy for one to make the powers of the Green Lantern shine, but this movie did a good job at portraying the abilities of green energy without being too flashy.  The forging of weapons, the power beam shots, the generation of fists and vehicles were sharp, crisp, and not eye blinding, which was a positive for me.  I do however wish there was more action and scenarios that required the use of the ring, even if it wasn’t Hal Jordan using the powers.  I still think the biggest disappointment to this movie was the fact that the other Lanterns really did nothing and showed off no advanced techniques that we’ve seen in comics past.

Overall Green Lantern was a decent movie that was fun, entertaining, and visually impressive.  Although rushed and crammed with information that took years to establish in the comics, I still think that Green Lantern had a lot of positives that will make most audience members applaud and laugh.  The eye candy that Reynolds and Lively provide is probably the biggest selling point of this movie, and I must warn that fans of the comic series may be upset with the direction the movie took.  I hope that if they do a next movie, as hinted about halfway through the credits, the CGI work stays the same, but there is a lot more involvement by the other Lanterns.  Overall I give this movie a 7.0 or 7.5.

Recommended audience:  Ryan Reynold and Blake Lively fans and those who like comic book movies

Audience to avoid this movie:  Big fans of the comic book, fans looking for lots of action, and anyone who gets annoyed of the stars of this movie.

Check back tomorrow for my take on The Art of Getting By.

E.T. Meets Michael Bay!

Super 8

Alright so there has been a lot of hype about J.J. Abrams latest work that was released this past Friday.  Abrams, who is best known for producing Lost and Cloverfield and directing the latest Star Trek, has taken on another project that centers on yet another unknown creature that’s terrorizing a certain part of the world.  I know you may be thinking that this sounds like another Cloverfield, which as many people have commented was not one of their favorite movies.  I assure you though, that Super 8 is a science fiction movie that is perhaps the modern day E.T. of this generation.

Super 8 is one of the few movies in a while that has not been a sequel, based on a book, or a superhero blockbuster.  The picture starts off introducing a few problems that the main character Joe, (Joel Courtney), faces when his mother passes away.  At her funeral, the various mourners of the group provide background information about the relationship Joe and his mom had and the relationship Joe and his father have, as well as the problems they are going to face in the near future.  In an attempt to relieve some of the sadness, Joe’s other friends Charles, Carey, Preston, Martin are discussing the incident and what the body looks like, all in an immature, childish manner that is very representative of the age category the gang falls in.  In addition to discussing the death, the childish nature of Charles further reveals itself as his mind immediately jumps to filming his movie about zombie’s and how CJoe will not want to help him.

Now jump to four months later during every kid’s favorite time of the year, summer.  The gang, now on summer vacation, begins to plan more of their zombie movie and the extra scenes that Charles has planned.  During the walk home, the gang’s hobbies, nature, and comedy styles are revealed as they discuss their roles in the movie and what they are most excited about.  Upon arriving home, the relationship between Joe and his father Jackson, (Kyle Chandler), who feels that Joe’s running around with his movie making friends to be a little disturbing and weird.   Despite his father’s feelings Joe decides to continue helping with the movie and the fifth kid of the movie, Alice (Elle Fanning),   the beautiful girl that plays the leading lady role in Charles’ movie.   Once Alice has joined the crew, the scene that was made famous by the trailer follows, and the creature is released from its confines.

What separates Abrams work from most other creature films is the lack of rampaging chaos that we have seen in the past (i.e. Godzilla, Jurassic Park, and Cloverfield).  Instead this film’s focus is more on capturing that childhood wonder, the magic of summer, that summer adventure spirit you and your friends may have had growing up, and the hardships kids can sometimes face when their parents have issues.  I found myself reminiscing about my summer adventures when I was in daycare and the times I shared with my cousin as we played various games, imagined ourselves in various quests, and behaved in childish ways that at once seemed serious, but are now humorous.   The young actors have really captured that energy in this film, especially Joe and Cary who seem more childlike than any of the gang.  Although there are some overdramatic parts, the characters for the most part seem to be acting naturally as if this movie is just another one of their adventures, which makes this movie even more relatable to that fun summer past.

Now you may be thinking, “So is this just a movie about summer adventure with only a little alien reference?”  Well the answer to that question is no it’s not just about the kids.  Abrams has integrated the creature into the movie so as to drive the story and keep the audience wondering and involved in the movie.  Instead of just having 2 hours of monster destruction, Abrams has instead decided to keep the audience wondering what the creature looks like and what its intentions are throughout most of the movie.  The various delinquent acts it performs throughout the movie, which have been revealed in some of the movie trailers, keep you asking what in the world it is trying to do.  Though most science fiction fans can figure out the motif behind the creatures work, others may be wondering what in the world the creature is thinking and where it is doing all of this work.   However don’t think that this monster is just a creature hiding in the shadows.  Abrams has made sure to still have some scenes that will make monster film fans smile in excitement and cheer in delight.  There are various scenes where it seems that E.T. has met Michael Bay, as explosions fill the air and buildings get smashed and destroyed by an organic alien and not a rampaging robot.  These scenes are exciting and suspenseful, but not overdone, and provide yet another level of entertainment to the film.  An even bigger plus to these scenes is that the camera is constantly jumping around or glitchy like we saw in Cloverfield, so you won’t be getting sick to your stomach or missing out on any of the scenes.

Overall Super 8 has a variety of qualities that make it a great film.  With its balance of mystery, suspense, action, and youthful charisma, this movie again reminds me so much of Spielberg’s E.T. movie, but darker and a little faster in pace.  Yes there are still some flaws to the film, such as predictability, some overacting during the chaos scenes, and some cheesy dialog, but these things are not constantly hitting you over the head throughout the movie.  Again fans of the rampaging monster movies may be a little disappointed in the lack of uber chaos scenes, but the suspense approach really works to keep the audience members into the movie.  To wrap this up I give this movie a 9.0 for a fun, exciting, and well developed movie.

Recommended audience:  E.T. lovers, Abram fans, suspense/sci-fi genre lovers, and anyone looking for a nostalgic summer movie.

Avoided audience:  Action Lovers, science ficition haters, and anyone who gets annoyed by middle school children.

X-men were in the Cold War?

A Marvel twist to a History Lesson

This weekend saw the release of X-men first class, a sequel, or should I say prequel, that has been assigned the duty of answering the questions that fans of the series may have.  Like Rise of the Lycans and Star Wars Episodes 1-3 before it, X-men First Class is a film that has been tailored to fill in the missing pieces of the puzzle, while still providing a unique storyline to capture the attention of the audience.  However, this prequel has another layer to it, in which this film could be used as a restart for Marvel’s mutant series that opens up the possibilities of multiple film sequels in the future, much like Star Trek did in 2009.

To start this review off, First Class is set in the Cold War era, a time of fear centered on the threat of nuclear devastation between America and Russia that is made famous in every history text book you may have read in school.  What was absent in those books however, is the involvement of two groups of mutants that may have either spurred the embers of the war or been an impasse to the devastation it could have caused.  One of these mutants is the future Professor X, Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) a young, boastful, and dedicated scholar who likes to flirt with the women using scientific pick up lines.  The second mutant is the mentally scarred, Holocaust surviving, rage filled Eric Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender), the future Magneto who begins as a bounty hunter filled with thoughts of revenge.  Despite the difference in background of the two, these two men become close friends as they, along with the other mutants hiding in the shadows of society, who are working towards accomplishing a plethora of goals.  As the other movies, particularly X3, have hinted, the heads of the two mutant factions were once extremely close.  This movie focuses on the development of that relationship as the two train to control not only their powers, but their emotions as well.

Perhaps it is here I should emphasize one of the greatest strengths of this movie, which is the impressive combination of Fassbender and McAvoy.  These two had very big roles to fill when they signed up for the job, and in my opinion they hit the part dead on.  McAvoy’s sheepish and proper nature that he had shown as Mr. Tumnus in Narnia is a perfect fit for the young Xavier.  Complement this with Fassbender’s rough, compulsive, and aggressive nature that he has shown in 300 and Inglorious Basterds and you have a dynamic duo that brings the movie to life.  Various scenes have Eric bringing out Charles’ hidden anger, while other scenes have Charles using his voice, combined with his powers, to help bring Eric to a calm atmosphere.  The two bold nature’s prevent this movie from becoming a one sided predictable argument that other superhero movies, like Spiderman and Daredevil, have shown in the past.  Perhaps their acting chemistry will provide enough evidence for future movies to use these two as the star roles in various film genres from spies and warriors to rivals in law, sports, or some other competition/job.

Despite the focus on X and Magneto, other mutants are thrown into the fray.  Two of the more well known mutants are Mystique and Beast, who kind of take the second place focus of the cameras, while Havok and Banshee are occasionally shown to provide comic relief.  In a fashion very similar to X-men origins, these mutants, despite how well known they are really don’t show off their skills as we have seen in the past.  Fans of Mystique in particular may be disappointed at the lack of acrobatic flips, crude one liners, and deception that she was famous for in the past as most of this is absent from the film.  However don’t think that all the powers have been disregarded.  We still the mutants show off their flashy powers, especially during training, in a brilliant digital display that we’ve seen in the past X-men films.  Although the mutant team is not as brash or aggressive as the X-men teams in the past, the mutant gang still provides some entertainment in the form of comedic relief which helps keep some of the slow parts fun, especially Banshee whose clueless, stoner like comedy made lots of audience members laugh.  For me the thing that provided the most humor was the countless similarities to scenes from Star Wars.  There were many times in the movie that my friend and I were quoting Star Wars lines that fit in perfectly with the scene, and a keen eye and fan of the series will easily be able to catch the one liners.

Perhaps the biggest disappointments for me in this film were the mutant villains that Charles and the team focused on.  Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) and his posse, White Queen, Red Devil, and Riptide, were not really that evil or useful in the film.  Throughout the movie I found myself wondering what these mutants were going to do other than sit around in submarine chairs and drink champagne.  Most of the action these mutants did involved a simple show off of their powers, while wearing fancy suits, and boasting about their plans for world domination.  It seemed like these mutants were all talk and no bite as they rarely showed off their powers and rarely put anything into action.  Kevin Bacon in particular seemed to have a power for just throwing his bull around, occasionally using his ability to take out a few people.  Red Devil, one of the coolest looking villains, had a few cool moves in the movie, but his acrobatic offspring Nightcrawler from X2 shows him up.  White Queen mainly shows off her psychic abilities, but is nonetheless a supermodel mutant often showing off her lingerie and providing some eye candy for the male public.

All in all this X-men prequel is a decent movie with a lot of character development and storytelling involved.    Fans of the comic book series may not like the new legacy and some may find the inconsistencies of the story to be a bit annoying, but overall they did a good job.  Should this movie be a reboot of the X series and provide enough ground for another sequel then two things should be done next time.  One is make sure to bring Fassbender and McAvoy back as the two leads to keep that awesome chemistry.  Two make the villains more involved and more evil to help bring the audience more into the movie.  My rating overall is a solid 8.

So until next time my friends enjoy the movies and look to my next new movie review on Super 8 next Friday!