Sunday, December 27, 2009

Avatar (2009)

Rotten Tomatoes percentage: 60%

okay. so let's review how much Avatar has such HUGE amount of things plot-wise from past movies. here's the list to get started.

Atlantis: The Lost Empire
The Matrix
Dances with Wolves
Last Samurai
FernGully: The Last Rainforest

Atlantis The Lost Empire: the main character is called out in a once in a lifetime opportunity. the main character does intend to take part in what actually is bad for the natives (Jake with taking down the trees/Milo with taking the crystal and bringing it back to the surface) but later on the changes his mind and his friends join him. he is embarrassing to everyone in the expedition and he has lost a relative that is a fairly related to the expedition. he manages to make a few friends, one is this short girl that you do not wanna mess with. eventually he finds the natives but not before coming across this chick from the natives that just HAPPENS to be the princess. the princess brings him to the King announcing it in their own language. the princess teaches/shows a few things to the main character which he does extremely wimpy job doing at first. everything seems all cool and stuff but then the bad guys cut in, things get chaotic, and the king gets killed. the main character decides to do something about it by rounding everyone up and attacking the bad guys. there's some heavy casualties and the whole battle ends with the main character getting off his bird/fish-speeder thingy and hops on the main villain's ship/hot air balloon were they begin to fight. after a while, the main villain (who is this B.A. military guy that has been through quite a bit of war)dies after a long fight were he should have been long dead a while ago. and it all ends with the main character and the princess together forever.

The Matrix: well for this one it's just with the whole cord thing to be able to do some stuff and how most of the friends die.

Dances with Wolves: like Jake and Milo, but really jake, he begins on the bad guy's side but when he is taken by the natives, he changes his mind. and he kinda does get the princess or somewhat the princess. and there's this whole preachy deal about the natives.

The Last Samurai: same thing as Dances with Wolves

FernGully:the Last Rainforest: same thing as The Last Samurai & Dances with Wolves but during the middle of the movie the word is out about the truth of the main male character and the main female chracter is running away totally broken hearted.

Dinatopia: mainly this has to do with the main male character learning all the new things and particularity with learning to fly one of the birds & kinda getting your own bird.

LOST: frankly i only put LOST here considering the matter of how, like John Locke in LOST, Jake is crippled and it's this wonderful, beautiful thing when he gets his legs back but it's only that way until Jake is no longer inside his avatar, similar to John Locke being cured only as long as he stays on the island.

Pocahontas: really all i'm putting here is how the princess is promised to the real stud warrior at first before the main character comes into the picture.

now there's some similarities with the military stuff and things like that from starcraft and aliens along with the creatures that were similar to the aliens from treasure planet and so on but i think i've given enough details for one review.

all around, the special effects and graphics were excellent. i saw one flaw with the propellers to the ships from the battle during this one shot. but it was flawless aside from that.

all around, it was a great movie and i enjoyed it alot.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

The Princess and the Frog (2009)

My Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 80%

I'm intrigued about how much they are trying to make another Disney classic with this movie particularly.

let's review. handsome prince, girl with a dream, one or two supporting characters that are not human that try to steal the show, big all powerful villain (somewhat) a message about pursuing your dreams or wishing on a star, some music numbers, and the couple falling in love in like, less than a week.

and it looks like the whole race and gender bit form some of Disney's classics came back again. a black community under the exceptions of a few white people, the prince being french unless I'm mistaken, USING the princess just so that the prince can be human again and continue to live his royal life, the princess's best friend being the perfect match at first for the prince because she has blue eyes and blond hair and totally rich, not to mentioned despite actually being a very nice girl, is spoiled and visibly blond as hell. (I'm talking personality not hair)

But i really enjoyed the characters all around. The main villain, The Shadow Man was a fairly decent villain. and like i said, the princess' best friend is actually a really nice girl for a spoiled rich girl, and even her father did stuff like give that paper boy that huge tip of money. which I really liked about both of those character cause that's pretty fresh considering most movies where they have a rich family where the child/children are spoiled in any way. the rest were just okay.

well with all that out of the way... this was very enjoyable movie. a good number of things were predictable, but they still had things that were unique, interesting and fun.

now would i declare this movie as the return of Disney? well again, it had a lot of what Disney had to give these many years. but i do not think it's for me to say that disney is back yet. i mean the supporting characters were kinda cool but they were not genie, timon & pumbaa, the gargoyles, the dwarfs, the little animals etc, and under the exception of "friends on the other side" the songs were no "be our guest", "Casey Jr.", "a whole new world", "be prepared", Hellfire, etc. but if they keep making movies like princess and the frog to a certain extent and go forward from there, there may be a return around this time for disney yet.