Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Popcorn Preview: The Dark Knight Rises

My question is, why must everything have an end? Especially Christopher Nolan's amazing reboot of the Batman franchise?

This little teaser trailer shows basically nothing, but I am excited as ever about the new Batman movie in 2012. As I've said before, Nolan knows how to market a movie. We get about a five second glimpse combined of Bane, which is the only villain that ever managed to break Batman's back (I have a bad feeling about this movie being the end of the Batman trilogy). We also get a glimpse of a possibly dying Commissioner Gordon and hear a Liam Neeson voiceover. Cool beans. My only complaint is... where is Catwoman?

There's still a whole year to go, but this trailer is a glimpse at an amazing movie.

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Popcorn Worthy? - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

I know it's a little late to write a Harry Potter review, but I've been on vacation. So, I'm writing one now... better late than never.

READER BEWARE: Opinions Are Expressed Below

The eighth and last installment of the Harry Potter series was nothing short of spectacular. However, amidst all the magic and destruction, the story was lost. Don't get me wrong! The movie was an amazing piece of cinema, but the plot liberally differed from that of the book. It can actually be viewed as a blessing and a curse. Moments that dragged in the book where sped up to out-of-sight speeds suitable enough to be consider passable, and moments that shined in the book were only insignificant specks.

Despite my complaints about plot, I applaud the filmmakers for paying close attention to Snape's character arc. It was the most heartbreaking thing for me to watch but still very satisfying. If I was part of the Academy Awards, Alan Rickman would be getting an Oscar for sure. That's how powerful his performance was.

As far as visuals go, this movie was a visual feast of light and dark (and pale skin). The pacing was tense and unrelenting while danger lurked around every corner. Musically, Desplate did have a few memorable tunes this time around, but it was nice to hear the old John Williams theme from the Sorcerer's Stone during the credits.

Overall, I have to say that Harry Potter is definitely one of the must-see movies of the year.

4.5 Popcorn Kernels Out Of 5 (magical visuals, epic conclusion, satisfying action, and Snape is just awesome)