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Movie Review: The Wolverine (2013)

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Plot Summary (Taken from IMDB): When Wolverine is summoned to Japan by an old acquaintance, he is embroiled in a conflict that forces him to confront his own demons.

My Review: One of the best aspects of this film is Wolverine aka Logan. In this film, he is much more three-dimensional than in any of the X-Men films and the film X-Men: Origins Wolverine. Rather than just being the guy who tears through people with claws, he is also a person who struggles with the price of his immortality and the pain of loss. The Japanese ronin samurai forms the central metaphor of Wolverine’s character to make him a compelling and relatable to the viewer.

Besides Wolverine, the secondary characters are also worth watching the film for. There are strong female and male characters that keep the viewer engaged in the film. While some are good and others are evil, there are a couple of characters who are morally ambiguous to make the film interesting.

A final aspect of the film that is great is its setting. Once Wolverine arrives in Japan, the viewer is exposed to a modern traditional, and spiritual place that enhances the plot and Wolverine’s character. At one point in the film, the setting moves to a simple place that is connected to Wolverine’s character as well as the plot. Then Mariko, one of the film’s key characters, says to Wolverine “It is here that we learned that everything finds peace eventually.” This scene is where the setting complimented Wolverine perfectly.

Overall, this was a fantastic film that is a huge improvement over the previous film done about Wolverine. I recommend this film to any fan of the character Wolverine or the X-Men.

Written by Serena Zola

January 29, 2015 at 7:17 PM

Movie Review: Big Hero 6 (2014)

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Big Hero 6

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Plot Summary (Taken from Wikipedia): The story of a young robotics prodigy named Hiro Hamada, who forms a superhero team to combat a masked villain responsible for the death of Hiro’s older brother.

My Review: One of the best things about the film is the characters that form Big Hero 6: Hiro Hamada, Baymax, Fred, Gogo Tomago, Wasabi, and Honey Lemon. The entire team is a racially diverse group of science nerds, but each of them have their own quirks and develop cool powers. For instance, Fred is a comic enthusiast  and Wasabi is overly cautious yet level-headed.

Of the entire group, the characters that stand out the most are Baymax and the film’s main character Hiro Hamada. Baymax is a giant marshmallow robot that serves only as a healthcare companion at first. As the film progresses, he gets an awesome heroic upgrade and also helps Hiro deal with his grief. Meanwhile, Hiro is a relatable character for anyone who has lost a loved one or is trying to find their true potential.

Besides the characters, the plot is very good. It took your standard superhero film and gave it more heart and humor. Poignant themes include grief, creativity, and revenge. Furthermore, there is lots of action-adventure that kids and adults will enjoy.

In addition to the characters and plot, the setting was great. The fusion of Japan and San Francisco in the city is amazing. Furthermore, Japanese anime and pop culture fans will be pleased to see references to things such as such as the Power Rangers, kaiju, and mecha.

A final aspect of the film that was enjoyable was the animation. It made the super powers look amazing and the setting really eye-catching. The best work was during the climax of the movie in a very vivid scene that is reminiscent of the imagery found in Hayao Miyazaki fantasy films.

Overall, this was a fantastic film. I recommend this to Japanese anime fans and kids and adults alike.



Written by Serena Zola

November 19, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Movie Review: The Lego Movie (2014)

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The Lego Movie

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Plot Summary (Taken from IMDB): An ordinary Lego construction worker, thought to be the prophesied ‘Special’, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the Lego universe into eternal stasis.

My Review:  One of the best things about this film is the animation. The Lego world is so colorful and bright, the viewer will want to jump into the movie. Sometimes, the Lego world looks real enough that you forget its animated.

Another aspect of the film that is good is the voice acting. Will Ferrell is fantastic as both President Business and The Man Upstairs. Liam Neeson is just as great as Good Cop/Bad Cop.  Morgan Freeman lending his godly voice to Vitruvius is perfect. Other highlights include Alison Brie as Princess Unikitty.

Besides the animation and voice acting, the plot of the film was creative, humorous, and heartwarming. The Lego world felt like a hilarious satire of real-life, especially with the theme song “Everything is Awesome!” Yet, behind that world is also a touching message about uniqueness and creativity.

In addition, the film’s universal appeal is good. There’s comedy, action-adventure, romance, and a little drama. Furthermore, the characters are something kids and adults can relate to.

Overall, the film is great.  I recommend this film to everyone.

Written by Serena Zola

August 13, 2014 at 9:04 PM

Movie Review: Scott Pilgrim VS The World (DVD)

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 In this film adaptation of the Bryan Lee O’ Malley graphic novel series, twenty-two year old Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) has literally found the girl of his dreams: the mysterious pink-haired Ramona Flowers. However, Scott soon finds out that in order to date Ramona, he will have to fight and defeat her seven evil exes.

One surprisingly good aspect of this movie is the characters. The movie trailer does not do them justice. Scott isn’t just a guy with girl problems; he is also a guy in a rock band. Even Ramona has an awesome hidden skill. With the supporting characters, most of them are either kick-ass, funny, or witty. As for the exes, some were better than others. However, whatever faults they have are compensated with the fight scenes.

Speaking of the fight scenes, they are the best aspect of this movie. There are four reasons for this: animation, music, sound effects, and the action. All of these are influenced by comics and video games. Once a fight starts, you see the vs. abbreviation appear in block letters. Then, fast-paced music from various styles (e.g. rock, techno) sets up tension and engage the viewer. When Scott gets hit hard, his cries of pain echo like a video game death cry and you see words like Pow!, Fwp!, and Zum! appear. Sometimes, you hear a loud voice shout K.O.! when Scott makes the final hit.

As for the action, the fighting style is similar to video games such as Soulcalibur  and Street Fighter. Some opponents have powers, while others have weapons. Scott himself fights with a variety of weapons which improve as he progresses. Both Scott’s physical weapons and his opponents physical weapons have realistic, almost 3-D graphics that are dazzling.

The next-to-last good feature in the movie is the music. Not only does it make a good soundtrack for the film, it also plays a role in the film’s main plot and its subplots. Some of the songs are a part of a few characters too. Anyone who likes rock music will definitely enjoy it.

Finally, the last good feature in this movie is the geek culture references. Some are obvious, while others are more subtle. However, all of them made the movie fun.

Overall, this was a great film. I recommend it to any-action adventure fan or anyone who is a nerd at heart.

Here is a battle scene from the film:

Written by Serena Zola

July 16, 2012 at 6:34 PM

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