Neverland (2011)

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It was no surprise that Neverland was a Peter Pan story.  It was a big surprise that the movie was so long and included credits in the middle, then I found out it was really a two-part miniseries.  I like their take on the origin and existence of this fantasy world, and the fact that Charles Dance had a part in it.  Neverland was a spectacle of beautiful scenes and magical worlds that reminded me of the scenery from The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe movie–the snow, the mountains, the plains, everything.

The story was well-imagined, but slow pacing, poor acting, and poor effects made Neverland a sub-par movie for me.  Perhaps it is because I can’t stand poor wire usage in flying scenes, since they are much more practiced with their wire-fu movies.  But again, more than anything, slow pacing and long, dragged out scenes made the movie difficult to endure.  There were a number of moments when I wanted to stop watching.

Even when considered as a two part miniseries, the story was still long and slow.  The producers really should have written out more of the story and made this into a limited one season series.  I also miss the quality of having a series that is actually limited to one or two seasons, instead of dragging out until the title is no longer profitable.  Neverland would’ve made an ideal one season series.  And, seeing the ending, I guess such a series is still a possibility.  But, it would still need to be cut into shorter intervals for it to be bearable.

The Muppets (2011)

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Hugo (2011)

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Immortals (2011)

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Rubber (2010)


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Your Highness (2011)

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This is a movie where I saw the preview about two years ago and I was eager and excited to see it premier this past spring.  Unfortunately, as soon as it hit theaters, it got very bad reviews across the board.  So finally four months after its theatrical release, it was about time that I see this movie for myself and decide if this was really that bad or just one of those that I might classify under special interest.

The story is in no way revolutionary or new; it is a retelling of the hero questing and saving the fair virgin from the prophesied dark lord.  I knew this going in, but I didn’t know whether this would be its own telling of this story, or a parody of all those other recent fantasy adventure movies.

I believe it to be the former because the dialogue and story of this movie  were so unique and ridiculous.  I guess I shouldn’t really be surprised when Danny McBride was the main writer on this project. Naturally, it would be in his style of comedy.  Unfortunately it just wasn’t exciting or that funny.  More than anything else, it was probably just shocking and unexpected, often leaving me jaw open and asking, “did they really just go there?”

I really have no idea how they recruited so many big stars such as James Franco and Natalie Portman.  My thought is that they were probably allowed access to copious amounts of alcohol and marijuana on the set and encouraged to partake in it.  I believe the film should probably be viewed in the same manner.  At present, I thought it was just ridiculous and bad, but I can easily see this being an amazing movie if watched with the right group and with an ample amount of substance abuse.  It is indeed bad, but it could improve noticeably from a viewer’s mental impairment.  I would highly suggest a bottle of whiskey, a water-bong, and a fun crowd around you if you intend to watch this movie and enjoy it.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

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Well, I’d seen every Harry Potter movie up until now, so I might as well see the last one and find out what happened.  I surprisingly have read only one of the books, which I suppose contributes to much of my confusion throughout most of the series.  All Harry Potter movies may rank lower than general in my opinion because frankly, they leave me with nothing afterwards.  Entering this movie, I reflected upon the fact that I’ve seen all of the previous movies yet recollect nothing about any of them.  Trying to remember them is like trying to remember a dream, there are bits and pieces combined with feelings, but I don’t know any details, not even what the main theme was or if any significant events took place.

Unsurprisingly, this final installment of the theatrical series is no different.  But looking back, the feeling that I got from the movie was that it was enjoyable to partake in.  Many events and twists and turn seemed disjointed, but I am unclear whether that is the way the book was written, or if it is a problem of the movie-makers trying to touch on all the important events while glazing over the details and in-between events as quickly as humanly possible.  Either way, it was entertaining, just not well put together.  One thing I probably should’ve done is watched the previous movies again.  Perhaps it would’ve all tied together in a much more complete manner then.  It is clear that this is just half of a movie from leaving the theater.

Apart from my lack of immersion from Harry Potter culture was that it was still clearly aimed more at younger audiences with its themes and acting.  Scenes that appeared to me should’ve been more dramatic were often hurried through, whereas other scenes that weren’t so significant were put into slow motion to extend the dramatic effect needlessly.  It was almost as though I could feel through the acting that they knew that this was the last movie, and their hearts had already moved on  to the rest of their lives.

Well, like I said, it was an enjoyable watch, but somebody has to remind me what happened again?  Someday maybe I’ll check out Wikipedia and see how all the separate events really tied together because I don’t really understand from watching the movie.  Watch it, enjoy it, forget it; that’s what happened to me, and has happened to me with every Harry Potter movie.