Me and My Nine Iron

April 15, 2010

Clash of the Titans review

I had the pleasure of being dragged into watching this in 3D while in Hong Kong. I didn’t expect much walking into it and thus, I wasn’t disappointed when it was over. Simply put, the storyline was uber-trite, highly predictable and nothing you’ve never seen before. With a whopping $125 million budget, it’s international suckers like those packed in my theater that’s made it more money than domestically and a huge box-office success.

Director Louis Leterrier (The Incredible Hulk, Danny the Dog, The Transporter, Transporter 2) pushed the studio for a 3D conversion and said it wasn’t a gimmick. Well I’ve got news for everyone, if it isn’t in IMAX (even back home), it’s nothing but a huge scam. About the only thing that looked like it was in 3D was the Chinese subtitles.

The bizarre thing about the movie was the absence of a love story, almost like they went out of their way for Perseus to have no feelings toward Andromeda. This made the scenes between the two awkward, but when it was all said and done, the entertainment factor was still there, and thus, the generous rating. This, however, is not a movie I would recommend to action fans looking for an awesome movie.

Rating: 2 stars out of 4

In case you missed any of these 2009 flicks, here’s a list of films I gobbled up in the past two weeks.

Couples Retreat

One of the worst comedies that I’ve seen in recent memory, penned by Vince Vaughn (his first screenplay) and Jon Favreau no less, it’s another movie that proves big names and pretty faces can hand you $100 million (save the Will Smith bashing) at the box office. The laughs are too far and few, and Vaughn should stick to what he’s perfected – his adlib acting. If you haven’t seen it yet, definitely skip it.

Rating: 2 stars out of 4

Fantastic Mr. Fox

The highly-acclaimed animated film was regarded as the second-best in its genre in 2009, losing both its Oscar noms, including Best Animated Picture, to Up. For this reason, I had high expectations, and it didn’t disappoint. George Clooney‘s sharp, distinct voice as Mr. Fox definitely gives the unique puppet movie a boost, but perhaps the reason that it didn’t find an audience was because it was an 87-minute puppet movie. Not your visually stunning Pixar flick you might be accustomed to, but I loved it.

Rating: 4 stars out of 4

Revolutionary Road

The first movie in which Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet and Kathy Bates co-starred since Titanic, it’s the very antithesis of a romantic film about 1950s suburban life filled with love affairs and marital spats. Nominated for three Oscars and on numerous top ten of the year lists (in 2008, where it was first in limited release), Leo and Kate are, as always, engrained in their roles as a couple, which includes a love scene shot by her very husband, director Sam Mendes.

Rating: 3 stars out of 4

Up in the Air

A timely movie about job loss in our current economy. Sad, cool, the story played up a lot of elements, and it worked out. Nominated for six Oscars in which it didn’t win any, before watching this, I wondered how it could have gotten a nod for Best Director. But the quick cuts and aerial shots made it as cool as Clooney. I’ve decided Jason Reitman is one of the people I would want to work with most alongside Judd Apatow, but like Apatow, for the most part, he only directs what he wrote (save Juno).

Rating: 4 stars out of 4

Youth in Revolt

Michael Cera‘s done it again. A surprisingly good comedy about a guy doing crazy things (e.g. breaking the law) to be with a girl, it’s a fun journey that sees Cera create another on-screen chemistry – this time with Portia Doubleday.

Rating: 4 stars out of 4

And for some 2009 music:

John Mayer – Battle Studies

A nice return from his stint at jazz (Continuum), he returns to No. 1 on the charts with some catchy hits and a good front-loaded album.

Favorite tracks: Heartbreak Warfare, Perfectly Lonely, Friends, Lovers or Nothing

Rating: 3 stars out of 4



1 Comment »

  1. Fantastic Mr. Fox was the year’s surprise for me. I initially had no desire to see it at all. But it was delightful.

    Up in the Air was great, and George Clooney should’ve gotten HEAVY consideration to win the Oscar.

    Youth in Revolt is on my to-see list.

    Comment by Chris — April 20, 2010 @ 6:30 pm | Reply

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