Reviews by DBJC
Pixar Does it Again
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Usually I love Pixar movies, so I wasn't surprised when I liked this one too. The Incredibles is INCREDIBLE. I've had my share of superhero movies, but I've never seen or read a story about a superhero family seemingly being normal. Or trying to be, anyway. They go through the same problems that a normal family goes through, which is often ignored in superhero movies. It has enough action to keep you going, and enough story and sentimentally to keep you feeling for this family. My family watches this movie all the time and it never gets old! Sometimes we even recite our favorite quotes. I would recommend to anyone and everyone. 5/5 stars!
Almost...but not quite
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I was a bit anxious to see this movie when I heard that another Superman movie was coming out. 21st century Superman movies haven't been going on the right road...and Man of Steel is a shaky one. It started off with action, which was a bit too long for a beginning of a movie. Then, it kept going back and forth between Clark's childhood and adulthood, which was confusing at first. Well, what happened is that it tried to skip his childhood without skipping his childhood. What do I recommend? DO NOT WATCH SMALLVILLE BEFORE WATCHING THIS MOVIE. It will seem very rushed. Because it kind of is. I think that Snyder could have done a better job balancing character development and action because they were imbalanced. At one point I found myself bored with the action. Also, the romance between Superman and Lois was kind of...awkward. I mean, not the acting, but how their romance developed. It seemed nonexistent and then POW! KISS. But, the cinematography was good, Superman wasn't wearing underwear, the music was great, and the acting wasn't sub par. Henry Cavill nailed his American accent (yes, he's British). His cape was awesome. Also the way that he was hovering was so...glorious. BUT the movie still could've been better. 3/5. Would I recommend? Eh. It was better in the cinemas. At least watch it before the sequel comes out. Oh yes, there's going to be a sequel. Which is basically a Justice League movie.
The Dark Knight Rises
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First of all, the movie was great. Now, the music. As usual, Hans Zimmer was a great choice to score Nolan's Batman trilogy because he knows how to make Batman come out of the music. If you've noticed, James Newton Howard did not collaborate with him on this album (which is sad...at least for me) but nothing can go wrong with Hans Zimmer. Like some of his other scores, this one also tells the story of the film. I recommend listening to the entire album to get the full effect of musical storytelling! That and the tracks kind of blend together to avoid having strange gaps in between modes. "Gotham's Reckoning" is a popular favorite with listeners, especially since it's the first track that introduces the chanting that's heard throughout the movie. "Mind if I cut in?" is the track that also introduced Catwoman (which is why it sounds different than the other tracks). "Why do we fall?" is one of my favorite tracks as it pulls the listener from the ground and makes them "get back up." The only thing about this album, is that it doesn't have all the possible music that you can get. If you want to listen to more music and here more tracks (which includes a Junkie XL Remix and a mellow track called "The End") then I would check out the Deluxe edition. More music, more fun! 4.5/5 stars!
Man of Steel
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I think that Man of Steel have to be the loudest score that Hans Zimmer has ever composed. And what do I mean by loud? I mean PERCUSSION STATION. Now, that's not very surprising, since Hans Zimmer is a percussionist, but he hasn't used this much percussion in a score. EVER. I mean, he hired nine drummers. NINE. And the way that he overlaid them so that they would blast through cinema speakers was AMAZING. I mean it IS. It's a great score in my opinion, with lots and lots of percussion, lots and lots of epicness, lots and lots of Hans Zimmer. "What are you going to do when you are not saving the world?" is probably the most popular track since it was featured in the album. But, I recommend the ENTIRE album. If you didn't see the movie to hear the music on the really big, nice speakers, you sure missed out. Kind of. Ah, you can still get the gist. I recommend it! It's not a bad score! At all! 5/5!
Hans Zimmer Strikes Again
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I didn't bother listening to the music first before I watched the movie ( sometimes do that), but I just had to get the music to this movie. He used elements that he doesn't normally in his scores, which is great. It sounds like Sherlock Holmes, which is also great. My favorite track is "Psychological Recovery" because of the build in the middle (which makes we me warm all over). Is it rememberable? Yes. Especially "Discombobulate." It's not his best score, but it's still great. I would recommend this, yes. 4.5/5 stars!