Sunday, August 29, 2010

Vampires Suck

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Rating:★★
Category:Movies
Genre: Comedy
Vampires literally suck in this movie. And they have fangs as opposed to the original one. Don't expect too much on the "common sense" department. True, this movie has a lot of stupidity but it was created for a laugh. Of which, it successfully delivered to the audiences.

The story is a parody of the movies Twilight and New Moon. It even has a spoiler to Breaking Dawn. The movie also has a spoof of Lady Gaga and Buffy, too.

Everything about this movie -the costumes, actors, and plot- is very close to Twilight. But this version has a funny theme. The story about a teenager named Becca, who moved to her father's house in the town of Sporks. In there, she met Edward Sullen, who obviously became her vampire-boyfriend. And from then on, a lot of mishaps were encountered by Becca, one of which was the threat of being eaten by Edward's family every time she drops by for a visit.

This movie is very hilarious. Some worthy of your laugh is the scene where James' Coven was mistaken to be the Black Eyed Peas. Another is when Jacob transformed to a chihuahua instead of a werewolf. And of course, who can resist the "It's Raining Men" dance number from the Quileutte boys. Funny scenes were everywhere. But sometimes, it can go overboard. The producers of this movie focused on teen angst and sexual content to add humor.

The actors were very good at their impersonations. Jenn Proske, the one who played Becca, did an excellent job. She nailed Bella's mannerisms and reactions. It was like- wow!

Special and sound effects were decent. Of course, it's a parody. But it wasn't that bad. And the plot was a little bit confusing, the writers weren't able to combine the storyline of Twilight and New Moon into a smooth ride.

This movie can make you laugh. But it doesn't deserve your money. It will just remind you of the Twilight Saga in a stupid perspective.

Ratings:

Plot: 2 stars
Special effects: 1.5 stars
Sound effects: 2 stars
Promotional materials: 2 stars
Overall: 2 stars



[Review] The Last Airbender

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Genre: Kids & Family
Disappointing. Dreadful. Boring. I tell you, don't even bother watching this crappy movie. Good thing I was late for the 3D screening. Else, this review would have become a rant. I waited months for this movie and my expectations were high. M. Night Shyamalan ruined Aang.

Well, alright, let me start with the basics. The Last Airbender is the movie franchise of the Nickelodeon's top animated series. The original title is Avatar: The Last Airbender.

The movie version is focused on the first season that centers on the "Water" element. The story was set in a war-stricken world where the tyrannical Fire Nation ruled. The people hopelessly waited for the one they call the Avatar to bring back peace and order. However, he disappeared 100 years ago. After Katara and Sokka found their generation's Avatar, Aang, they went on a journey to learn how to "bend" the elements, starting with 'water'.

The movie had a disorienting plot. The events were everywhere and it wasn't organized. The pacing was slow. And there were some scene cuts that didn't seem to follow. They were going from one place to another. And they failed to give the transition in that. So, the audience got confused.

The battle scenes were so uncool. There were a lot of soldiers fighting and no drop of blood? Or even injured ones? And what was Aang doing on the last part where he went into the trance-like Avatar State and made a big tidal wave, then later of subsided it? He didn't destroy any Fire Nation ship. What was that all about? I think he was just showing off his powers. Nonsense.

Well, here's another part of the movie that will give you a headache. You don't need to be a good observer to realize that something is definitely wrong with the main characters. Hey, you see a white skinned boy and girl amidst a tribe of Eskimos. But wait! It was only the characters, but the setting and costumes were so out-of-place.

In Nickelodeon's animated version, the Water Tribe were influenced by the Eskimos, the Air Nomads were like HImalayan Monks, The Earth Kingdom were derived from the Asian nations, and the Fire Nation was the combination of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean cultures.

Sadly, the movie didn't follow through on that. But on the bright side, they successfully imitated the buildings as true to the animation. Just like the South Water Tribe's city where everything was ice.

Special Effects were not good. This movie focused on the element of water, but all the water, liquid or ice, in it was obviously fake. The movie was like filmed during the early stages of 3G. The sound effects didn't help either. Yeah, just some orchestral stuff and were pretty average.

So let's talk about the actors. Amongst them all, I could only find one who was successful in portraying the character to the core: Dev Patel as Prince Zuko. I could see in Dev's face the rage, anger, determination, and shame as Nickelodeon's Zuko would. There is just one major error: on his face is supposed to be a fire burnt scar, not a flesh colored black eye.

All the other actors were average. Jackson Rathbone as Sokka was naturally good, but he didn't put into life the real Sokka's funny personality and leadership. Same is true with the others. They were good actors, but not good enough in their respective roles. And the actor Noah Ringer who played Aang, has still a lot more to learn. His acting wasn't convincing at all.

So all in all, this movie sucks. Fans like me expected a lot of this movie. I went into the cinema excited and came out unhappy. Better stick to the animated version then.


Ratings:

Plot: 1 star
Special Effects: 1 star
Sound Effects: 1.5 stars
Actors: 2 stars
Overall: 1 star
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