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Review: Country Strong

COUNTRY STRONG

Synopsis:A drama centered on a rising country-music songwriter (Hedlund) who sparks with a fallen star (Paltrow). Together, they mount his ascent and her comeback, which leads to romantic complications involving her husband/manager (McGraw) and a beauty queen-turned-singer (Meester).

Acting: I was very impressed by all the acting. This film had some pretty emotional scenes and all the actors and actresses pulled it off great. Especially Paltrow! We already saw when she guest starred on Glee earlier this year that the girl can sing, and she only proved it further with Country Strong. The only actor I would have liked to see more from was Tim McGraw. I guess that’s fine though since he’s technically just gotten into the acting business somewhat recently. Also very ironic that he’s the actual country singer and he didn’t sing once throughout the entire movie. Anyways, the acting was real, believable, and gave the character depth. Which is of course what all actors hope to do.

Style: I was a big fan of Shana Feste’s 2009 film Greatness so i naturally expected greatness from her (hehe get it?) with country strong. It wasn’t really anything fabulous to be completely honest. But it was’t horrible. There were some pretty cool shots scattered throughout the movie though. But then again there were some shots that I really didn’t like for a certain scene. But, it told the story and it did it in a pleasant way the viewer could watch, sometimes thats all you can ask for.

Storyline: The story idea was great, the story line however….i feel they could have written it way better. There were some plot holes and symbols that i thought would come into play that didn’t. Certain lines of dialogue they mean to make meaningful, when they actually didn’t make any sense at all. As I’m sure you all know, Country Strong has been getting some pretty bad reviews and I think this was it’s downfall. It could have been a much bigger success had the writing been better.

Theatre or DVD: This is a tough one. Not gonna lie, I thought it would be a generic “meh” movie and I was more than pleasantly surprised. The songs were great too. I’m actually listening to a few of them right now! For everything that Country Strong didn’t have going for it, it still had an enjoyable presence about it. I found myself sitting in the theatre and just enjoying it, which is more than I can say for some movies where I can’t wait for it to end! If you’re a big country music fan or a big sappy love story fan, see it in the Theatre. If you’re not that big of a fan but still enjoy those things, wait til the DVD. If neither of those is your thing, you wouldn’t be missing much if you skipped this one. The main point is that it’s definitely not as bad as all the other “professional” review critics out there are saying.

Overall Rating:

3 OUT OF 5 STARS

I really want to rate this lower, I do. I look back at everything I had just written in the review above that says it’s “sub-par” and I know that as a film student this should not rank as a 3 out of 5 stars. It should be a 2 out of 5 stars. BUT, I just thoroughly enjoyed this movie, i can’t help it.

So i’m going to leave it up to you guys. What do YOU think Country Strong deserves?

Filed under leighton meester Gwenyth Paltrow tim mcgraw country strong film film review glee garrett hedlund shana feste greatness

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Review: Tangled

TANGLED

Synopsis: The long-haired Princess Rapunzel has spent her entire life in a tower, but when she falls in love with a bandit who was passing by she must venture into the outside world for the first time to find him.

Um…the above synopsis came from IMDB but the person that wrote it had clearly never seen the movie before. It’s more like:
The long-haired Princess Repunzel has spent her entire life in a tower, but when a wanted theif climbs into her tower she forces him to take her into the kingdom before she gives him back the crown he has stolen, thus begginning there journey together.
Er something like that.
Acting: Tangled stars the voice acting talents of Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, and Donna Murphy. Sometimes when actors move into animated movies they tend to switch over to a more “voice acting persona” where the audience can tell they aren’t giving it as much effort as they would a live action gig. At least that’s how I see it. This was certainly not the case in Tangled. I was blown away by the voice acting! You could really tell that the actors gave it their all when recording in the studio. Very impressive.
Style: Most people automatically assume all CGI disney movies are animated by Pixar, which is not the case with Tangled. Normally one would think, why not go with Pixar? Especially since disney does with everything else? Well that was the smart move for disney. I think Disney made a good choice in letting Walt Disney Animation do the animation. All though I love Pixar, it wouldn’t have fit the movie as well. Beautiful animation and awesome shots and angles from directors Nathon Greno and Byron Howard. And you know what was awesome? We got some classic disney sing alongs that were perfect!
Storyline: They could have chosen to tell the classical story of Rapunzel with the handsome princess saving her, but instead they completely mixed things up. Elements of the original Rapunzel story were still there, but it was told in a way that both kids and adults of our generation can get wrapped up in. I don’t want to spoil anything so you guys will just have to wait to see the movie, but I was again very impressed.
Theatre or DVD: Without a doubt in my mind, theatre. If you haven’t seen it yet go now!
Overall Rating:
5 OUT OF 5 STARS
Am I being too generous? Maybe, but there was not one thing I had to complain about with this movie.

Filed under tangled disney zachary levi donna murphy mandy moore rapunzel flynn rider film film review

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Review: Little Fockers

LITTLE FOCKERS

This Review was asked for by: Neonheart1

Ah, not enough film reviews on tumblr..noone gets how I love films >.< can’t wait to see more :)

Also, what did you think of Meet The Parents: Little Fockers? I had to go see it with my brother, and I just felt that the story was so forced, but they really did try with it and I enjoyed it —it just lacked story-wise <3

Thanks so much Neonheart1!

Synopsis: Family-patriarch Jack Byrnes wants to appoint a successor. Does his son-in-law, the “male nurse”, Greg Focker have what it takes?”

Acting: It’s no doubt that Little Fockers has an impressive cast, some new such as Jessica Alba, but most returning including Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Owen Wilson, Blythe Danner, Barbara Streisand, and Teri Polo. However, the acting in the “Meet the Parents” series has never really impressed me, but it’s never really let me down either. It’s simply just average. Not great but not horrible. Which is understandable for a movie that doesn’t get too emotional. They make us laugh. That’s all that matters.

Style: Again with the acting, the style wasn’t anything that really stuck out to me as amazing, but it wasn’t anything that made me point out how bad it was shot. Average.

Storyline: To be honest I thought the storyline could have focused a little more on the kids…since it is you know, called Little Fockers after all. As the asker for the review stated, they did try with the storyline but it just didn’t really hit it out of the ballpark for me. 

Theatre or DVD: Definitely a DVD rental. If you liked the rest of the series, you’ll probably enjoy Little Fockers but if not, you’re not missing anything special.

Overall Rating:

I’m leaning between

2-3 STARS OUT OF 5

Filed under little fockers film review meet the parents meet the fockers barbara streisand teri polo blythe danner owen wilson dustin hoffman ben stiller robert de niro

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Andrew Garfield: Spider-Man Reboot Update

 

As some of you may know, I’m a huge fan of Superhero movies, my favorite without a doubt being Spiderman. Spiderman the character along with the movies has influenced my life in so many ways, the films are what made me want to go into the film industry.

When I heard of the reboot being done, I was distraught. A month away from filming Spiderman 4 only to get the boot? Spiderman one just came out not THAT long ago and there is a reboot already? I’ve been angry, sad, and distraught about this. 

I’m honestly going to come out and admit the most dorkiest thing ever….when I found out…I sat in my room in the dark and cried for a good twenty minutes.

DONT JUDGE ME OK!

Anyways I’m a fan of Andrew Garfields acting and have real hope for him bringing the character to life, especially after an interview where he said:

“We started shooting two weeks ago and then we have Christmas off,” Garfield said,“Then we’re back into it for, gosh, a fair bit of time… I’m going to have to hibernate into this character for at least four or five months… I feel like a kid in my pyjamas. I can only say how it feels and it feels pretty special. It feels like a dream realized and a fantasy realized. Again, I don’t take it lightly and I feel incredibly lucky that I get to wear spandex for the next couple of months.”

then continued to say.

“I think Spider-Man needs strength, but Peter Parker is still a teenager, you know? That’s a very tender balance to figure out. It’s very specific what we’re trying to achieve in terms of body type and the feeling of that. Rest assured, there’s a lot of people helping me with that because I have no discipline in that respect. My father’s a swimming coach and I kind of rebelled against that very early on. Any kind of exercise routine has to be cracked with a pretty firm whip.”

Thank you Andrew Garfield, for caring about the character. You seem to be fitting into the spandex just fine.

You have my approval sir :)

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