Today, here are quick mini-reviews for: Interstellar, Big Hero 6 and Dumb and Dumber To.
Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Jessica Chastain and more.
Rating: Rated PG-13
Synopsis: “A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in an attempt to find a potentially habitable planet that will sustain humanity.”
While I enjoyed Christopher Nolan’s involvement in DC’s superhero movies (The Dark Knight Trilogy, Man of Steel), I couldn’t wait for him to be freed up to do more original storytelling. You see, I enjoy the originality and quality that he brings to the big screen such as Inception, The Prestige, etc. and we were about due for another Nolan film. With an impressive track record, Nolan maintains his influence on the movie world and introduces a new member to the “Nolan-verse” that is awe-inspiring, challenging and beautifully captivating and engaging. In a word: “stellar.”
And so many things make it so. The cast, including Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, and several surprise members whom I wasn’t expecting to see in the film, is superb. Each play their part as an important piece of a larger story about love and life. The visuals make this an experience that pays homage to the likes of 2001: A Space Odyssey and creates an epic sense of the vastness of space and the cold unforgiving unknown. Epic is a great way to describe this film as it is indeed.
This epic is much more grandiose, ambitious and expansive than any of Nolan’s prior work…and it pays off. With something for everyone, viewers are invited to join Nolan and cast on an amazing journey of love, survival, relationships, perseverance and science. It’s a trip unlike any other that is a MUST-SEE on the big screen…the largest screen you can find.
I thoroughly enjoyed Interstellar and its rules it sets and confines itself to in a not-too-distant future. The science is explained adequately and applied throughout and keeps a sense of wonder about it. In setting its stage, however, Interstellar‘s first act takes a little bit longer than desired to transpire. BUT, it pays off as the story comes together and ties itself up like a pretty bow in coming full circle by its impressive and ingenious end. The journey to that end is equally memorable and majestic.
A thrilling experience that brings audiences along for a long but captivating adventure. Nolan’s method of storytelling allows viewers to join in alongside the characters and feel what they feel, fear what they fear and fight for hope with them. Lending itself to some of the “Nolan-esque” aspects that fans have come to expect it is somewhat rewarding to be allowed to interpret the ending and I, for one, enjoy that about Nolan’s films. Not every movie needs to have every aspect explained. Isn’t that what keeps people still talking about the end of Inception and The Dark Knight Rises? An exhilarating experience that must not be missed. Not perfect, but not far from it.
SCORE: (4/5 stars)
Directed by: Don Hall and Chris Williams
Starring: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung and more.
Synopsis: “The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.“
I feel a bit bad about this, but I did not enjoy this one as most people seem to. Disney’s latest about an exceptionally smart boy and his bulgy companion definitely has its appeal and families will enjoy the themes of friendship, family and self-worth, but…it just doesn’t take off. Disney seemingly decided to pour an overdose of sentimentalism and sadness into the recipe of this adventure and then opted to balance that with something they do well…body language (i.e. cuteness through its characters and their movements).
The most memorable things to me in the film were the inventions of Hero, the antics (and hugs) of Baymax, a cool handshake, an unexpected animated cameo and the overall camaraderie. It has all the potential quality and teeters on its commitment to its target audience between kids and adults. Some would argue that its level of sadness may be too much for kids. I found myself more delighted with the animated short that precedes the film. A heartfelt film that ironically felt a bit heartless. It’s fun, just not fantastic. Sorry, I wasn’t the biggest fan and am indifferent on this one. It’s got action, humor, and superheroes formed through loss and friendship. A familiar formula that just didn’t seem to add up to success…but it appears I am in the minority on this one.
Big Hero 6 (Score: 3/5)
Directed by: Bobby and Peter Farrelly
Starring: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels and more.
Synopsis: “20 years since their first adventure, Lloyd and Harry go on a road trip to find Harry’s newly discovered daughter, who was given up for adoption.“
Fans of the original, be warned: run far away from this one. It is a shame that such a comedy classic has to have a sequel (first of all), but secondly that it is made by the same people with the same stars and is so terrible. While Dumb and Dumber To is better than the horrific prequel to the original that came out a while back, it is not far in quality from what its title dictates. Dumb and Dumber To is exactly that.
It’s sad, really. Not that the movie is bad…well, that IS sad. But the saddest part is watching 50+ year olds running around doing the same antics that were even more than juvenile 20 years ago. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are quite pathetic in these roles now and the film overplays all the wrong things, if you will, from its predecessor and overuses all the little things that made the original great.
They should just show the original in theaters. You buy a ticket for the sequel and then a message comes across the screen apologizing for the flagrant abuse of commercialization of comedy in bringing about a sequel no one asked for and then proceed to give you the original so that you can at least laugh during a movie. I’m serious. Fans of the original will find very little to enjoy in this sequel. Perhaps if you haven’t seen the original, then you may not be as offended at this lackluster attempt to bring back the magic, but then do yourself a favor and watch the original. You will then see why, when it comes to the sequel, I cannot say that; “I like it alot.”
Dumb and Dumber To (Score: 1/5)
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–T, The Focused Filmographer