Despicable Me – (8/ 10)

13 02 2011

Once again, here’s a movie that’ll tickle your funny bones. I personally find this satisfying to watch since all the characters are all different and unique in their own little ways. It may be targeted towards the younger audiences but it does not in any way alienate the more mature crowd. As a result, it is considered as one of the animated hits of 2010 trailing behind the Toy Story and Shrek installments.

This is a story about Gru, who delights in everything evil & wicked, plans on stealing the moon. Along the way he met three orphaned girls ( Margo, Edith and Agnes) who have found something in him that no one else did:  a father.  Gru brushes them aside but eventually develops a plan to achieve his goal and decides to adopt them to be used in his schemes – and here’s where all the chaos & fun begins.

Despicable Me” will easily draw you into the story and I can’t emphasize that enough. It often times deal with inner emotions that struggles to get out, somehow transcending other movies that tackle the same themes, with ease. Thankfully, there were a lot of fun-filled scenes that never fail to amuse.

Gru's ever so loyal minions, they're so cute I want one!

This very heart-warming film boasts of good storytelling techniques that will make you feel good until the very end.  Not to mention all the characters are likeable, but it’s not automatically though. Steve Carell did a brilliant job in breathing life into the character  of Gru. All the others did very well also but none managed to outshine the lead of course. Well maybe except one – her royal cuteness Agnes. You’ll tend to like them as the story progresses. Oh and did I already tell you how cute and funny Gru’s minions are?! They are a standout if I must say. Loyal with a wild sense of humor, they’ll surely part of the formula that made this movie successful. It may not be at the top of the list but if you’re feeling down & low then this is a perfect movie to help boost the mood & get that decent laugh… 😉

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Photos courtesy of Worst Previews & Hollywood News





Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li – (5.5/ 10)

13 12 2010

Note: I was hoping to make a review for another movie, I just happen to notice I once again forgot to post a long-overdued article, and here it is!

Well first and foremost, I was disappointed with it. I remembered the first live-action feature of Street Fighter way back in 1994, and for some odd reason I liked it, not much because of the screenplay but the amount of action involved.

In Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, there are some notable well-choreographed fighting scenes though but unfortunately was not enough to pull up some dull moments through the film.

This is a story about one of the most famous female characters in the game, young girl named Chun Li (obviously…) who embarks on a quest of revenge and justice.

I watched it because I liked Kristin Kreuk and the whole SF game but honestly the story kind of, sorry to say it, sucked big time. I understand that CAPCOM, the company bigwig behind the movie, wanted this to be centered on Chun Li’s journeys and history. But c’mon, they could’ve inserted more sub-plot lines that could’ve held the movie more cohesively. It’s a refreshing take on what I was used to seeing in the video games version than what’s on screen; maybe a little off here and there but over-all the changes are tolerable. The idea of the Order of the Web was cool too. What’s not are the other weak plot points. The movie’s not really excruciating to watch, it had problems sustaining interest all throughout the film.

It’s great they got Kreuk for title role, though I missed Chun Li’s signature look in the game with two large balls of hair and that qipao she always wore which was an early 20th century Chinese dress. Oh, was the actor who portrayed Vega, part of the Black-Eyed-Peas?

Kreuk plays the role of Chun Li, almost feels like the perfect choice


The spinning bird kick technique was cute, and they made a great decision by having it reserved for the end part. I was waiting for it the whole time, I was expecting more but it’s A-ok. M Bison was played by Neal McDonough, and he’ s so lean! I envisioned him to be bulkier! Oh wait, in the game he really IS BIG! Though on the plus side, he really made me feel he was evil and definitely worth some kicking in the butt! Nice choice of colors for the wardrobe but I hoped they stick with the original costumes instead. It would really make a difference especially for SF fans. Where’s Balrog’s boxing gloves?

If you’re new to all this (which you probably aren’t since you read the article…) there’s a big chance you may like it. But just like SF fans worldwide, a very huge number were expecting better. This is a sign that CAPCOM’s trying to take risks and would like to revive/relive the interest for the game franchise itself, which is a good thing. In other words, there could be more future features associated with SF characters that’s for sure. Are they going to make a sequel of this? If they will, I’d really hope it would be waaaayyyyy better than this one.

Photos courtesy of IMDB





WATCHMEN – (7.5 / 10)

16 12 2009

I know, the movie seemed to be “so yesterday” but I just like to share my thoughts here.

Very tricky indeed.

Great twists and a moving plot.

And wow, steamy scenes, just when I thought I was watching something children could also watch. I even though at the beginning that this would be very similar to other superhero movies like “X-men” or “Superman”. But no, it maybe in the same bark but it eventually grew a branch of its own.

It’s about a team of masked vigilantes, wanting to do good for the society. Just like “Justice League”, only, more human. It highly involves dealing with relationships in a complex system and society.

The theme is definitely not shallow and you’ll have a lot of thinking going on while watching but I believe that this sort of setback could also be a reason why it’s so good. It makes you think . It makes you wonder. It makes you feel that you’re a part of the investigation. The only downside is at some point, I was more analyzing stuff rather than enjoying the movie itself, which is for me a little of a hassle.

The director really did a great job with the creative shots which were mostly moving. Vivid visuals and exciting fighting scenes could probably be it’s second best asset after only the plot. It’s got a brutal slack on killing and slashing and gorging and everything else violent which made me remember “Kill Bill” without the black-and-white effect.

All in all, I’ll give it a more than decent rating.

I’ve got a final question once you’ve watched. Will the end always justify the means? … 😉

Photo Credits: Britfilms





Film Review – House Bunny

1 12 2008

HOUSE BUNNY – (6 / 10)


Awww, who doesn’t love those cute wittle bunnies?

Well, House Bunny had lots of it. Metaphorically speaking though, it’s got cuteness all over the script. Its story mostly revolve around a house bunny named Shelley, who lives in playboy mansion who go kicked out for unknown reasons. Later she meets the girls of “Zeta”, a sorority bagged as the university’s “soro-losers”. The members of the sorority – who also has got to be the seven most-socially clueless in the planet – are about to lose their house. It took them a little convincing to accept the “rejected” House Bunny but they soon found out she was what they were looking for in a long time. Then the transformation and drama unfolds…

Topbilled by Anna Faris who looked stunning by the way, showing a lot of skin now and woah woah woah, she does have a great body! It was absolutely necessary to flaunt those assets and golly oh golly she’ll definitely drive guys nuts! Anyway, aside from that, she still got this knack for jokes while looking innocent, stupid, sexy, and pretty all at the same time, just like her former movies such as Scary Movie, Just Friends, and Waiting. It’s just feels right that she was given the role, she’s definitely funny and can easily connect with the audience. Way to go sexy bunny!

On the other hand, those who played support were great too, though there were some bit of inconsistencies. I initially thought that Katherine Mcphee, a runner-up on American Idol, who played the pregnant sorority sister, was going to redeem herself after an embarrassing singing moment. Unfortunately my expectations weren’t met, and I thought she was slightly underutilized as a performer. But heck, that may just be what the role asked for, but if only…

Does it seem that I really liked Anna Faris and Katherine Mcphee? Well, hell yeah! Two of the most beautiful persons in the industry, full of charisma and talent, they’re absolutely my fave performers. Anyway, as a whole, if you need a good laugh this is a great movie to watch with your friends or families. Well, not so much for the younger audience as well your grand daddies or grand mommas. This feel-good, ugly-betty kind of story would eventually tickle your funny bone. It may not be Anna Faris’ most stellar performance but hey Katherie Mcphee debuts in it! What a two-way treat! Go bunny, hop hop hop!