Monthly Archives: November 2014

Mockingjay Part One (Quick and Spoiler Free)

Hello, I’m a unicorn. Last year, I said that I was considering skipping the third installment in the Hunger Games series. Judging by the title of this review, it’s pretty obvious that I hadn’t, and I am so glad I saw it. This movie is fantastic, even surpassing the wonderful Catching Fire.

The movie takes place soon after the events of the second movie, with Katniss in Distract 13, dealing with the fallout of her home being destroyed and the capture of Peeta. The president of the district asks her to be the face of the revolution, and she agrees on the condition that all the captured tributes from the last movie are rescued and pardoned. Throughout the film, they try to figure out how she can best inspire the districts to keep fighting,

On paper, this movie sounds pretty boring, especially since there were only about two or three actions sequences but it’s really not. Jennifer Lawrence, as usual, is amazing in her role as Katniss. She’s incredibly believable and I was with her in every scene. This, combined with other great actors such as the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, Josh Hutcherson,  and Donald Sutherland, makes the gritty drama just as compelling as the action sequences. The movie is two hours long, and I didn’t even notice. Mockingjay is one of those few movies that I feel was justified being split into two parts, because, unlike some movies *cough* Twilight Breaking Dawn *cough* there was enough plot and talent that it stayed interesting.To describe this movie in one word, it would be “gritty”. This movie is mainly about the horrors of war (you know, for kids) and propaganda. I, once again, have to give props to the director, Francis Lawrence. The scene where Katniss walks alone and silent through the ruins of her home was just chilling and made me feel legitimately uncomfortable.

One of the major themes of the movie was marketing and propaganda. They were trying to sell an icon to the rebels in order to rally them. One touch that I liked was using the same logos and slogans that was used in the commercials for the movie. I just thought it was a little amusing, and the irony was not lost on me that a movie relying heavily on marketing was heavily marketed.

Overall though, this movie was fantastic. while not as action packed as the others, the drama and acting still kept me from getting bored. Some people might be put off by the lack of action, but I wasn’t bothered by it. So what are you waiting for? Watch it now!

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Big Hero 6 (Quick and Spoiler Free)

Owned by Disney

Owned by Disney

Hello, I’m a unicorn. I want a Baymax. He’s so cute and fluffy and I just want to hug him and love him and–

What am I? Chopped Liver?

Sorry Textbox, but Baymax is just so adorable. Just like the rest of the movie, actually. Big Hero 6 is a fun, cute movie and that I’d recommend  to pretty much everyone. The characters are likable and memorable, with Baymax being the best character. The movie spent most of its time with Hiro, the protagonist, and Baymax the robot built by his older brother. They gave Hiro the main arc, focusing on him overcoming the loss of a loved one. The plot deconstructs the trope of death by origin story by showing how a loved one’s death can really affect the newly made superhero and every scene dealing with Hiro’s grief was poignant and fantastic.  The rest of the characters, while enjoyable were a bit one note. I would have like to see a bit more of the hilarious Aunt Cass, but I understand why they did it. It would be extremely difficult to give every single character an emotional arc. That would be just too much to juggle. The world of San Fransokyo is really cool. It was feasibly futuristic with a nice mix of Japanese and American culture and just really fun. That being said, the movie is a bit predictable. I could see every plot point coming from a mile away,but I enjoyed the ride enough that it didn’t matter. My biggest grievance is the ending. I won’t spoil it, but a character does “die” and it’s really sad, but–and this is a big but here–the death was totally preventable. This was the only time the predictability of the plot came back to bite the writers. A huge theme of the movie is looking at problems from another angle, and I kept expecting for them to see the obvious solution, but the plot said that the character had to do a heroic sacrifice, so he did. I thought it was a little frustrating, and that took away a little of the scene’s emotional torque for me.

Overall, though, the movie was great. I’m not familiar with the comics, so I can really compare the two. From what I understand, though, the comics are very different. Better? I don’t know, but as it stands, Big Hero 6 is a fun superhero movie and a worthy addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Disney cannon. It has likable characters, funny jokes, and tons of heart. If you have kids, or just enjoy fun animated movies, check it out, and be sure to stay for the end. There’s an awesome cameo. It is a Marvel movie after all. So what are you waiting for? Watch it now!

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