Monday, July 09, 2007

Summer Movies! Yeah!

I must admit, the summer movie season has been very good to us this year. Spiderman 3, Shrek 3, Harry Potter 5 in a week . . . yes, sequels, but I enjoyed them, despite their flaws.

I saw a few other new movies lately, and thought I'd offer my snippet of a review(s).

To be honest, there's nothing I can say about this that Shamus didn't say quite eloquently. The movie is a technical marvel, and quite a joy to just observe. That said, some of the camera work left you feeling like you just stepped out of the Tilt-a-Whirl, and some aspects of the story just didn't pass the fantasy filter, even in a movie about giant robots from outer-space.

Still, he's right: It's like everything was turned up to 11 and left that way until the credits rolled. And for those of us who like action movies, that is a good thing. Go see it.

I've always been a huge fan of Pixar's work. The Incredibles was a movie that took me back to 5th grade, watching X-Men on Saturday mornings and ready to tape pencils to the back of my hands and pretend to be Wolverine. Great movie.

This movie really hits the mark. It's a comedy, and it is really satisfying, even for adults. There was hardly a moment I wasn't laughing in the theatre, so it did the job for me. And, as usual, the short film Pixar always has before the main feature is there, and this one's a hoot. I can't recommend this movie enough.

On a bit of a side note, I payed some attention to the graphics when I saw Shrek 3, and again when I saw Ratatouille. Dreamworks really improved their graphics, as far as I can tell, since Shrek 2. Everything just looked phenomenal. Pixar made great improvements for Ratatouille, but they didn't seem as pronounced as those Dreamworks made. Still, Pixar always did a good job, so it's not as big of a deal.

I still have to see Live Free or Die Hard, and I can't wait to see Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I'm not sure what else is in the summer movie line-up, but it's been so very good so far.


Dr. Church said...

One thing you and brother Shamus left out was how hot Megan Fox was in Transformers. Perhaps it doesn't need to be said. Yet I can't help but remind you. The Autobots may be more than meets the eye, but I must admit my enjoyment that most of Megan Fox met our eyes.

PS. Is this password protected comment thing really necessary? I've never had anyone spam mine and I use no such security nuisance.

Hal said...

I used to get quite a bit of comment spam, it turns out.

Perhaps those spambots have moved on. I may turn it off at some point.

Melissa said...

Why don't you strange me up a couple ding dongs?

Hal said...

Rangle. He said, "Why don't you rangle me up some Ding Dongs?"