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random movies i've seen recently:

x-men origins: wolverine. it was merely okay. the plot was pretty blah, some of the acting was pretty blah, the cameo by daniel negariroueereru was very distracting. the only thing that really saved the film was hugh and the actor that played gambit. i could have done without the romance aspect of the film, and the end trails of the film were really annoying.

gladiator. i went into it with a skeptical impression because i hate russell crowe. it started out higher than my expectations, and then kept getting worse. and worse. and worse. and oh my god worse. what a horrible horrible film. i don't get it. a lot of people liked it. it's perplexing.

batman/sueprman: public enemies - i liked it better the second time i viewed it over the first, but otu of all of the DCAU movies that have come out, it still ranks below all of the others, my favorite being the green lantern one and my second favorite being the wonder woman one. the best thing about the film was the dialog between superman and batman throughout, something that all live-action superhero movies have generally lacked understanding of (great dialogue and characterization). the thing i didn't like about it was the characterization of lex luthor by the end. the thing that makes him the strongest as an antagonist is what makes batman such a strong protagonist - his keen intellect and his ability to quickly adapt his genius to situations that should be completely outside of his context. In this film, he was characterized much differently than that, made errors that the Lex Luthor of the JLU animated series would never do.

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jjkjustin
Nov. 25th, 2009 08:04 pm (UTC)
"I've been through worse."

"...no you haven't."
lifeofmendel
Nov. 25th, 2009 08:17 pm (UTC)
hehe.
miss_skillet
Nov. 27th, 2009 09:23 pm (UTC)
You appear to have given Wolverine a higher rating than Gladiator. I am genuinely baffled.
lifeofmendel
Nov. 27th, 2009 10:23 pm (UTC)
it's kind of like why the transformers cartoon will always be better than michael bay's versions of the live action movies. the cartoon scripts were campy, but you give it some leeway because of the intended audience, the context of the time, etc. but the bay films aren't trying to be campy, yet they come off as campy.

wolverine was light entertainment. it wasn't very good, but it also wasn't trying to be. at least i didn't think it was trying to be. or if it was, it was at least saved by the fact that jackman did a pretty good job with his role.

gladiator was trying to be Epic. it wasn't very good, but it thought it was amzing. russell crowe and jocquain phoenix were wearing "i'm an awesome actor" beacons over their heads the entire time. well. not the entire time, but enough that eventually i had enough.

i could stand to watch the wolverine movie again even though it was bad. i don't think i could ever watch gladiator ever again. it was horrible.
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