Random Movie Reviews

I’ve seen quite a few movies lately (on the actual theater as opposed to usually sitting on my butt and watching DVDs), but haven’t had the chance to write a review yet. I’ll try to keep them as brief as possible.

  • Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows (part 2) – I am a Harry Potter fan and must say I am extremely satisfied with the way they handled the finale. Out with a bang indeed!
  • Captain America: The First Avenger – Well, I thought the first few minutes were alright. But as the movie progressed, I had this one nagging question: “When is it going to be over?” Really. I think the story isn’t very cohesive, but I suppose they got almost everything right in terms of the lore. On a related note, I am very excited to see the Avengers movie.
  • Conan: The Barbarian (or should it be Conan, the Barbarian?) – one description “AAAAARGGH!” I used to watch the old Conan cartoons when I was a child, I sort of vaguely remember the theme song, it goes something like this “Conan, the adventurer; Conan, warrior without fear!” I think I just found the opening theme on youtube, wait, was that DARTH VADER SINGING?? I never really noticed it before, but if our favorite Sith Lord would choose a career in music, that’s how he would sound. Anyway, back to the movie. Nothing special here. In fact, it feels like a big overblown pilot for a Conan series in the tradition of Hercules and Xena.
  • Zombadings: Patayin sa Shokot si Remington – this one had me in tears (for laughing so hard). Especially all the gay lingo parts (“Magpa-feel, magpa-sense ditey sa baler!” hahah!) Saw it with a couple of gay friends and had a really great time. I think I’ll buy the DVD. 🙂
On other things, I’ve been watching the Star Wars movies again. I know most fans, especially the ones who saw the old trilogy first (trust me, I did see it first in “black and white” format, I think I was in the 5th grade. Color-TV is not too common at that time) think the the prequels are rather crappy in terms of story-telling and blah, blah (the argument goes on).
I might agree that it isn’t perfect (there were some cringe-worthy dialogue to be sure), but I think it is not as bad as they make it out to be. In fact, when I saw Hope, Empire and Jedi (especially Jedi, the entire Throne room scene made me cry, well maybe not the “entire” but you know what I’m talking about), I was struck on how much Star Wars is a story of love, family and most of all redemption. While I cheered for our heroes (the “golden trio”), I’ve always been a Darth Vader fan. Luke’s words “I never really knew my mother.” and Leia’s “She very was very beautiful..kind..but, sad.” had me wondering about his back story (what happened? what made him fall? what sort of woman would fall in love with someone like Vader?)
So, when the prequels finally came out I was really excited. Finally, I’ll get to see how it all happened. And I think it could have been worse. Those who had been saying that Anakin seemed like an immature, bi-polar guy and is therefore annoying/disappointing got it all wrong. I mean really, did they think the future Darth Vader would be a paragon of maturity and emotional stability? Hello! But at least GL got Vader’s “intensity” right. Vader doesn’t take anything lightly, it’s all “serious business” for him. The way I see it, he wanted enough power so he and the ones he cared about wouldn’t get hurt (I think his origins as a slave is quite appropriate too). Most of all, the final piece of the puzzle is finally in. Padme Amidala. That answered my question. She was a lot like Leia in a number of ways. On a side note, I think Luke got more of Padme’s temperament.
..lost my train of thought after taking a bath..later..
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