May's Short Movie Reviews™

Straight to the point.

Noah (2014)

A man is chosen by God to undertake a momentous mission of rescue before an apocalyptic flood destroys the world.

Visually some scenes are amazing, but other than that this movie is nothing special. In fact, dare I say that it actually sucked? I got so bored. It felt like that the movie would never end!
Also Emma Watson really ruins most of the scenes. Why must she act with her eye brows?! Watch her scenes and you will see what I mean.
Also, they all had perfect white teeth and I want to know what did they use back then? :-) 
Many scenes reminded me of Iceland and those were in fact shot there. I don’t know why it has the 76% positive rating on rotten tomatoes. It wasn’t fantastic. Russell Crowe’s Robin Hood was better!

Noah (2014)

A man is chosen by God to undertake a momentous mission of rescue before an apocalyptic flood destroys the world.

Visually some scenes are amazing, but other than that this movie is nothing special. In fact, dare I say that it actually sucked? I got so bored. It felt like that the movie would never end!

Also Emma Watson really ruins most of the scenes. Why must she act with her eye brows?! Watch her scenes and you will see what I mean.

Also, they all had perfect white teeth and I want to know what did they use back then? :-) 

Many scenes reminded me of Iceland and those were in fact shot there. I don’t know why it has the 76% positive rating on rotten tomatoes. It wasn’t fantastic. Russell Crowe’s Robin Hood was better!

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and battles a new threat from old history: the Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier.

This action packed sequel to the first Captain America movie is highly entertaining and much better than the first one (although you should really see the first movie because it gives you the backstory for the sequel).
Chris Evan is hot and really does look the part. It is also nice to see Revenge’s Emily VanCamp on the big screen. I have always been a fan of Sebastian Stan, I think he is very talented and it is nice to see him as the Winter Soldier. I also loved Anthony Mackie. His character is so endearing. He is perfect as The Falcon. 
FYI there are two scenes after the movie. The first one is mid credits and the second one is post credits.
Enjoy!!

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and battles a new threat from old history: the Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier.

This action packed sequel to the first Captain America movie is highly entertaining and much better than the first one (although you should really see the first movie because it gives you the backstory for the sequel).

Chris Evan is hot and really does look the part. It is also nice to see Revenge’s Emily VanCamp on the big screen. I have always been a fan of Sebastian Stan, I think he is very talented and it is nice to see him as the Winter Soldier. I also loved Anthony Mackie. His character is so endearing. He is perfect as The Falcon. 

FYI there are two scenes after the movie. The first one is mid credits and the second one is post credits.

Enjoy!!

A Long Way Down (2014)

Four people meet on New Year’s Eve and form a surrogate family to help one another weather the difficulties of their lives.

A light hearted movie. It doesn’t go much into detail about each character and I found all of them very shallow. 
Imogen Poots is hilarious in this film, and in my opinion, stole the show. 
Watch it if you want something light hearted, but don’t expect a solid story. It was predictable but not the worst.

A Long Way Down (2014)

Four people meet on New Year’s Eve and form a surrogate family to help one another weather the difficulties of their lives.

A light hearted movie. It doesn’t go much into detail about each character and I found all of them very shallow. 

Imogen Poots is hilarious in this film, and in my opinion, stole the show. 

Watch it if you want something light hearted, but don’t expect a solid story. It was predictable but not the worst.

Need for Speed (2014)

Fresh from prison, a street racer who was framed by a wealthy business associate joins a cross country race with revenge in mind. His ex-partner, learning of the plan, places a massive bounty on his head as the race begins.

I watched this tonight and I went with low expectations. I thought it would be a boring film, but I was so wrong. I LOVED IT! The cars, the racing..it’s amazing. It is faster and more furious than Fast and Furious and the bonus part? It doesn’t have ghetto cars :) Very entertaining. Do check it out!
Out in the U.K. now. 

Need for Speed (2014)

Fresh from prison, a street racer who was framed by a wealthy business associate joins a cross country race with revenge in mind. His ex-partner, learning of the plan, places a massive bounty on his head as the race begins.

I watched this tonight and I went with low expectations. I thought it would be a boring film, but I was so wrong. I LOVED IT! The cars, the racing..it’s amazing. It is faster and more furious than Fast and Furious and the bonus part? It doesn’t have ghetto cars :) Very entertaining. Do check it out!

Out in the U.K. now. 

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.
I am going to go ahead and say that I have never really liked Wes Anderson’s movies, but the trailer for this one looked funny, so I went ahead and watched it. 
It was funny in some parts, but at other times it felt like a strange dream and I wanted to wake up so badly! In the end I had a migraine. This wasn’t for. Sometimes it felt like it dragged on forever. Some jokes felt repetitive and the story was definitely very predictable.
I didn’t HATE it but I also didn’t love it. If you love all things Wes Anderson then this movie is for you, but if you haven’t liked his work before, then this may not be for you.

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.

I am going to go ahead and say that I have never really liked Wes Anderson’s movies, but the trailer for this one looked funny, so I went ahead and watched it. 

It was funny in some parts, but at other times it felt like a strange dream and I wanted to wake up so badly! In the end I had a migraine. This wasn’t for. Sometimes it felt like it dragged on forever. Some jokes felt repetitive and the story was definitely very predictable.

I didn’t HATE it but I also didn’t love it. If you love all things Wes Anderson then this movie is for you, but if you haven’t liked his work before, then this may not be for you.

Non-Stop (2014)

An air marshal springs into action during a transatlantic flight after receiving a series of text messages that put his fellow passengers at risk unless the airline transfers $150 million into an off-shore account.

A silly action movie with many plot holes. It is enjoyable, but it is not something you have to watch more than once.
A transatlantic flight with just business and economy class cabins. Whatever happened to the first class?

Non-Stop (2014)

An air marshal springs into action during a transatlantic flight after receiving a series of text messages that put his fellow passengers at risk unless the airline transfers $150 million into an off-shore account.

A silly action movie with many plot holes. It is enjoyable, but it is not something you have to watch more than once.

A transatlantic flight with just business and economy class cabins. Whatever happened to the first class?

Tamara Drewe (2010)

A young newspaper writer returns to her hometown in the English countryside, where her childhood home is being prepped for sale.

 I watched this film when it came out back in 2010 and I really enjoyed it. It is a charming and quirky British comedy. If you are looking for an easy going, fun movie then check it out. 

Tamara Drewe (2010)

A young newspaper writer returns to her hometown in the English countryside, where her childhood home is being prepped for sale.

 I watched this film when it came out back in 2010 and I really enjoyed it. It is a charming and quirky British comedy. If you are looking for an easy going, fun movie then check it out. 

The Book Thief (2014)

While subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. Under the stairs in her home, a Jewish refugee is being sheltered by her adoptive parents.

I have not read the book so I cannot compare it to that (most adaptations usually do not live up to the expectations though), but I enjoyed it for a bit and then it got boring. I lost interest. 
The cast did an excellent job though and  the little girl did a fantastic German-English accent. I did not know that she is Canadian until I looked her up.
It is more of a DVD movie. I wouldn’t rush to the cinema for this but the choice, as always, is yours :)

The Book Thief (2014)

While subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. Under the stairs in her home, a Jewish refugee is being sheltered by her adoptive parents.

I have not read the book so I cannot compare it to that (most adaptations usually do not live up to the expectations though), but I enjoyed it for a bit and then it got boring. I lost interest. 

The cast did an excellent job though and  the little girl did a fantastic German-English accent. I did not know that she is Canadian until I looked her up.

It is more of a DVD movie. I wouldn’t rush to the cinema for this but the choice, as always, is yours :)

The Monuments Men (2014) An unlikely World War II platoon are tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners.
Absolute rubbish. Do not waste your time. It was all over the place and they didn’t really focus much on the efforts of those men.
I am not sure what kind of accent did Cat Blanchett have because it was not French. 
I have heard the book is good, so I am going to check that  out.

The Monuments Men (2014)

An unlikely World War II platoon are tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners.

Absolute rubbish. Do not waste your time. It was all over the place and they didn’t really focus much on the efforts of those men.

I am not sure what kind of accent did Cat Blanchett have because it was not French. 

I have heard the book is good, so I am going to check that  out.

That Awkward Moment (2014)

Three best friends find themselves where we’ve all been - at that confusing moment in every dating relationship when you have to decide “So…where is this going?”

This is predictable - a chick flick with the guys (a dude flick?) but really enjoyable. Not worth going to the cinema for but if you do go, you won’t come out with a long face. 
One thing I always find very funny is how unrealistic the apartments are in movies like these. So a doctor and his lawyer wife has a teeny tiny apartment whereas an admin girl has a hipster apartment somewhere in the “west side” of NYC…lol
a cute yet predictable film.

That Awkward Moment (2014)

Three best friends find themselves where we’ve all been - at that confusing moment in every dating relationship when you have to decide “So…where is this going?”

This is predictable - a chick flick with the guys (a dude flick?) but really enjoyable. Not worth going to the cinema for but if you do go, you won’t come out with a long face. 

One thing I always find very funny is how unrealistic the apartments are in movies like these. So a doctor and his lawyer wife has a teeny tiny apartment whereas an admin girl has a hipster apartment somewhere in the “west side” of NYC…lol

a cute yet predictable film.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

Jack Ryan, as a young covert CIA analyst, uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack.

This film doesn’t promise to be a tortured Oscar bait and it is exactly what it says on the tin: action and bit of espionage thrown in. I really enjoyed it and found it very entertaining.
Fun fact: Keira Knightley is less annoying with an American accent but still irritating. 
Also I thought it was quite funny when I spotted British style of plugs at a Manhattan hospital :) that scene was clearly shot in the U.K … :)
The movie is fun and great and I buy Chris Pine as Jack Ryan.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

Jack Ryan, as a young covert CIA analyst, uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack.

This film doesn’t promise to be a tortured Oscar bait and it is exactly what it says on the tin: action and bit of espionage thrown in. I really enjoyed it and found it very entertaining.

Fun fact: Keira Knightley is less annoying with an American accent but still irritating. 

Also I thought it was quite funny when I spotted British style of plugs at a Manhattan hospital :) that scene was clearly shot in the U.K … :)

The movie is fun and great and I buy Chris Pine as Jack Ryan.

The Railway Man (2014)

A victim from World War II’s “Death Railway” sets out to find those responsible for his torture. A true story.

A truly moving story with a very powerful message.. I loved it and it is one of those stories that stay with you after the credits roll. 
I am going to read up on “Death Railway” now. 

The Railway Man (2014)

A victim from World War II’s “Death Railway” sets out to find those responsible for his torture. A true story.

A truly moving story with a very powerful message.. I loved it and it is one of those stories that stay with you after the credits roll. 

I am going to read up on “Death Railway” now. 

August: Osage County (2014)

A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.

I have not read or watched the play, so I watched it with an open mind. I really enjoyed it , however, if you are a fan of the play, then I think you will probably not like it as much. Also, the story isn’t new, we have all seen these things before. A family gathering, and some members haven’t been home for years, and then everyone starts arguing and you know why they all haven’t seen each other much!
I thought Julia Roberts was absolutely amazing in it but Meryl Streep was being Meryl Streep and there was bit of over acting on her part. 
This movie isn’t for everyone because it is basically 2 hours of fighting and shouting and some may feel that they get that enough in their personal lives. 
I think they just wasted Benedict Cumberbatch in this film. I didnt buy him as a “disappointment” and as a “shoes salesman” also many well known actors and they didn’t get much to do so for me that was a waste of talent.

August: Osage County (2014)

A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.

I have not read or watched the play, so I watched it with an open mind. I really enjoyed it , however, if you are a fan of the play, then I think you will probably not like it as much. Also, the story isn’t new, we have all seen these things before. A family gathering, and some members haven’t been home for years, and then everyone starts arguing and you know why they all haven’t seen each other much!

I thought Julia Roberts was absolutely amazing in it but Meryl Streep was being Meryl Streep and there was bit of over acting on her part. 

This movie isn’t for everyone because it is basically 2 hours of fighting and shouting and some may feel that they get that enough in their personal lives. 

I think they just wasted Benedict Cumberbatch in this film. I didnt buy him as a “disappointment” and as a “shoes salesman” also many well known actors and they didn’t get much to do so for me that was a waste of talent.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

A day-dreamer escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker are threatened, he takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.

I have been trying to watch this film since it came out on Boxing Day, and finally managed to find time and watch it. 
I think it’s visually STUNNING. I want to skateboard down that road in Iceland!  It looked so exhilarating! Apart from the visuals, the story had promise but it lost steam quite early in the movie.
I stopped paying attention to the characters quite early on. In fact, Walter Mitty started to annoy me! 
It’s not particularly good but it’s also not that bad either. It’ just in the middle. 
Watch it for amazing cinematography. Don’t watch it if you are expecting a gripping story. 

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

A day-dreamer escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker are threatened, he takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.

I have been trying to watch this film since it came out on Boxing Day, and finally managed to find time and watch it. 

I think it’s visually STUNNING. I want to skateboard down that road in Iceland!  It looked so exhilarating! Apart from the visuals, the story had promise but it lost steam quite early in the movie.

I stopped paying attention to the characters quite early on. In fact, Walter Mitty started to annoy me! 

It’s not particularly good but it’s also not that bad either. It’ just in the middle. 

Watch it for amazing cinematography. Don’t watch it if you are expecting a gripping story. 

Last Vegas (2014)

Three sixty-something friends take a break from their day-to-day lives to throw a bachelor party in Las Vegas for their last remaining single pal.

It is an OK film. Nothing special or spectacular. The jokes were a bit tried and tested. 
Probably worth waiting for it to come on TV.
I like how the FT has reviewed it: Hangover with a hangover.

Last Vegas (2014)

Three sixty-something friends take a break from their day-to-day lives to throw a bachelor party in Las Vegas for their last remaining single pal.

It is an OK film. Nothing special or spectacular. The jokes were a bit tried and tested. 

Probably worth waiting for it to come on TV.

I like how the FT has reviewed it: Hangover with a hangover.