As I talked about in my review of Thor: The Dark World, I wanted to go back to late July when I stopped reviewing due to my internship and quickly let you all know what I have watched from the year 2013 since then. The following range from totally awesome to slightly disappointed, so take a look at the five following films, from earliest to most recent!
Identity Thief (2013)
From the director of Horrible Bosses comes a movie that is worse than Horrible Bosses, but it isn’t terrible. Sandy Patterson (Jason Bateman) is the victim of identity theft, thanks in large part to his unisex name. The perpetrator of the crime is Melissa McCarthy, who has been stealing identities for a long time. But when Sandy’s credit starts to tank, his super-important job and his welfare are in jeopardy, so he goes on a mission to find who is responsible (since the cops have jurisdiction or whatever). It has some funny moments, mostly because Bateman and McCarthy’s characters are polar opposites and that usually is a recipe for comedy. There are some uncomfortable moments as well, so you have that to deal with. Horrible Bosses was better, but this was passable. (6/10)
The Call (2013)
I saw the trailer for this WWE Films production a long time ago, and was actually pretty interested in it. It looked pretty suspenseful, and at times it could be. Halle Berry plays Jordan Turner, a 911 operator that is haunted by a breaking and entering call gone horribly wrong. Jordan broke a rule and it was possible that her gaffe cost a girl her life. When the victim’s connection to 911 is lost, Jordan calls the phone back, but that alerts the criminal to the whereabouts of the young girl. Next thing you know, she’s captured and is murdered. Whoops. Years later, Jordan has a new job with the operation, but has to take the reins once more when a new hire loses her cool. Turns out that the call she steps in for is very familiar and involves the same criminal, so she makes it her mission to stop this creep once and for all. The premise is cool, using the sort-of helplessness of a phone call to drive the intensity and the use of energy is heavily reliant on this vehicle. But when the phone call is over and it becomes a detective movie with the shaky Berry being a vigilante, the movie goes flat. And the ending… wow, in my opinion it was terrible and made zero sense. I don’t highly recommend The Call, but if you are bored and want something easy, you could give it a try. (5/10)
Pacific Rim (2013)
This was my most enjoyable experience at the movie theatre this summer, even with Iron Man 3, Thor, Now You See Me, and This Is the End completely awesome too. I loved Pacific Rim a lot, and it was one of the best definitions of a popcorn flick. The plot was simple, but not stupid. The acting was fine for an action movie, and definitely passable. The action was WOO! OH MY… DID YOU SEE THAT?? SO COOL! A movie that hearkened back to the monster movies of long ago, Pacific Rim was a movie I could just sit back and be captivated by the sheer size of it all, and just smile and enjoy it. It wasn’t perfect, but I remember smiling thoroughly during it and just having a great time. The colors for most of it were pretty dull, and I thought they missed an opportunity to capitalize on potential toy deals by making the Jaegers different colors. The monsters (Kaiju) were very interesting and they varied, like there were different species of them. And one other thing that I just remembered is that, at the beginning of the movie, they do a good job of setting it all up so it is not confusing either. I highly recommend it. (9/10)
The Wolverine (2013)
Remember when I said my range of movies ended with disappointing. Yeah, it’s this one. So, full disclosure, I was never the biggest fan of Wolverine. He’s cool, and sometimes he can be bad-ass, but this series is definitely wearing on me. I know, that’s crazy to hear, the huge fan of superhero movies is getting a little tired of Wolverine movies. I thought X-Men Origins: Wolverine was pretty terrible, introducing and swiftly burying some of my favorite heroes in Deadpool, and especially Gambit (terrible movie regular, Taylor Kitsch). The Wolverine brings our grizzled hero, once again played by Hugh Jackman in all of his Australian, raspy-voiced goodness, to Japan, where he seeks a cure for his powers. An old friend he saved in World War II says he can give him freedom from his “curse”. My big problem with this movie though was that it just felt too distant. As far as my opinion goes, X-Men movies are fun because there is that team dynamic. To me, Wolverine needs the X-Men to be fun, and he was all alone. Noticeably, painfully, all alone. Jackman did a great job, but this movie dragged so much in places that it is hard to carry something like this. I remember there were some cool action scenes, and I will give credit to the film because I could feel that Wolverine was, in fact, not invincible, so there were some tense moments. But for as good as Wolverine can be to some, there was no way he could put the 2-hour movie on his shoulders and sustain it. Oh, and POINTLESS ROMANTIC SIDE-PLOT. (6/10)
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013)
This movie was also a little disappointing, but I still enjoyed it. The original was just so funny and so much fun and clever, that I think a sequel was D.O.A. Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) and his friends have moved to a new place since Swallow Falls was buried in food. However, the island is not forgotten. When one of Flint’s boyhood idols, Chester V (the very funny Will Forte), hires him at his Live Corp Company, he learns that his food machine is still churning out food, and creating food-based creatures on this island. It is up to Flint and his pals to save the day once again. One thing that stuck out to me: dozens and dozens of food puns, once again. The original was so successful because we were not familiar with the jokes, the feel of the characters, or the timing of the comedy. The directors, different than the originals, go with the theory “If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it”. But things sometimes felt too familiar and recycled. But don’t get me wrong, it was still cute, had some funny moments, and was definitely creative once the gang reaches the food jungle. I would recommend it though, especially if you like animated comedies. (6/10)
I also saw, in this span: Transporter 3 (2008), Saturday Night Fever (1977), Jack and Jill (2011), Starship Troopers (1997), and The Aristocats (1970). I thought this of these movies: Boring and bad, a classic with some goodness mixed in, BLECKKKKKHHHH!, bad, but funny in a silly, supposed to be bad way, and a cute Disney classic.