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Musicalish #118

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G.I. Joe - Rise Of Cobra (2009)

G.I. Joe - Rise Of Cobra (2009)

I just watched the second G.I. Joe movie thinking I'd already reviewed the first, but looks like I haven't!! That's a first. I have now, though.

It's been a while since I saw this, and looking back, I always thought the first was the best of the two, but it's really the other way around. Seeing Channing go in the second might not have been the worst choice to progress the script, because I have a hard time taking him seriously even when he is.The rest of the crew are good, and I'm glad Snake Eyes is always there, lurking in the shadows, but they sure received an upgrade when The Rock came along, and both new main characters felt like a breath of fresh air somehow.

But maybe it's not their fault - maybe it's the movie. The secret base under the polar ice cap might've been a bit too much. The suits and soldiers that just won't die are a bit much. When attacks have no effect, and it takes a train to end a car chase - after a heavy exchange of rockets and missiles, you loose sense of their strength. It's just overpowering. I'm glad they got rid of all those suits the second time around.

That said, the suits were pretty cool when first introduced, and the characters too. I wonder whatever happened to Anna after this, or some of the other guys. Did they all retire somewhere between the first and second? It feels like inconsistencies, but at the same time, the bigger picture bridges the gap between movies well.

This here is an introduction to the plot of world domination you see in the second, like a pilot, and one first attempt that doesn´t have quite so disastrous consequences as the latter: nanomite warheads. It gets out of control, of course, and you know there's going to be a sequel, but this isn't the kind of movie you watch to see who wins. You know who wins: you just don't know how they'll get there, or at what cost.

Ironic also how the team that was sacrificed to spawn the two main characters in this movie, die with the next, and spawn the new ones. I wonder if that'll keep repeating itself...

Looks like I'm talking more about the second movie than the first one here! But let me just conclude that it was a great movie. The special effects are a bit dated on some parts, but it's good enough, and the Eiffel Tower falling was one particularly well-made scene. The fights, the firepower: it's all awesome. Overall it's one more action movie well-done.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

G.I. Joe 2 - Retaliation (2013)

G.I. Joe 2 - Retaliation (2013)

Awesome, just awesome. There's action, there's intrigue, there's planetary domination brewing in the shadows. It just has everything a great action blockbuster needs to have, and what a pace! It's fast, but still feels balanced. Effects are great, the explosions are great, the punchlines, and punches, and the people, and their relations, and everything. There's nothing unnecessary, just a pure rush of rage and emotion - balanced by short moments of occasional calm.

That's what G.I. Joe provides.

Shame about Tatum Channing though, who was such a central part of the first movie. Wasn't expecting to see him go so fast, and I guess they made that call precisely for that reason - so you don't know if the same thing might happen to more characters from that point onward. It raises the suspense a little, knowing that even though this looks like a mainstream movie, it's that kind of mainstream movie where good guys can die. Also great seeing the RZA as blind master. Great watch.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Hate Story (2012)

Hate Story (2012)

Don't these stories ever end well? :( What a sad tale. And compared to the third one, an even more gripping one. Maybe the dance scenes weren't all as catchy, and the sensual scenes not all as sensual, but it had an authenticity the latter one didn't really have. Smaller budget, and less famous actors (I assume?), but all the more emotion in that final scene. Ironic, that a love story should have this name.

 rated 3/5: not bad

Monsters University (2013)

Monsters University (2013)

The second Monsters movie sure took it's time getting out, but it was worth the wait! It's just as great, but way more eventful, and bustling with both new characters and events. We jump back a few years since the last: back to school; back to basics. Bob and Sullivan are just two of many new students enrolling in the Scare Program at Monsters University, and the tale follows their meeting, and the not too long - but bumpy and eventful, venture from enmity to friendship, and failure to success.

It's got action, scares, and not just Bob & Sullivan either, but both new and re-occurring characters of the past. It's nice seeing people err monsters from the original movie get a proper debut, though I wish more of the characters here could've been seen in the former as well - would've been cool to skip into the future,and see how they've all evolved, and where they settled in. Maybe that's food for the thought for a third? If that one takes as long as this one did to make... there's hope. :)

This was a great watch, in style with the former, yet creative and new.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Monsters, Inc. (2001)

Monsters, Inc. (2001)

Monsters, Inc. is a movie about monsters - and little kids. Door by door they sneak into the bedrooms of unknowing children, to creep up on them and collect a scream before they leave.

It's not as sinister as it sounds. Screams are the energy source that powers their world, and until Sullivan accidentally brings with him a little girl into their world, they are just as scared of the children as the children are of them. As we are told horror stories of monsters, they're told horror stories of kids.

So of course Sullivan is at first a very unwilling host to this young visitor - and his buddy Bob even more so, but eventually they both warm up to her: Boo, as Sullivan names her, and she warms up to them right from the start.

Her presence however, does not go unnoticed, and little do they know there's a sinister plot brewing in the background... one I shall not reveal, lest it will haunt your dreams. O_o Or make you not want to watch the movie. I mean: who wants to watch a spoiled movie? That's just rotten.

This, however, is a freshly fueled flick, in traditional fulfilling full-family Disney fun, full of creative detail, a fast pace, and charming/cute/beastly (but they're still pretty cute) personalities, and a good plot. It's well-animated too, of course. Maybe knowing Pixar is behind it all will make you all the more intrigued? If you haven't seen it yet, go do so.

By now it's a few years overdue, but still it's good as new. A batch of well-made monstrous fun. Great watch, again. Also: you gotta love Bob's optimism! :D I can't believe it.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle
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