Tuesday, January 24

2011 Movie Reviews: Part One

I love watching movies. When I was reading a blog about 2011's best movies, I thought I'd make my own large scale review. Before that though, a note about what I like about movies and in movies. I love popular movies; I love action movies; I love superhero movies; I love movies that I have a good time with. I'm also incredibly geeky and greatly enjoy pop-culture references.

I tried not to have too many spoilers here!



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X-Men First Class - I was so excited for this film I actually saw it in theaters. I really like the era that it took place in. The depiction of Mystique bothered me a bit, but the male leads, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender were great.

Thor - I was quite excited for this as well and I also saw it in theaters. As far as superhero movies go, my favorite character would have to be Loki. He had a great amount of complexity. Special effects and portrayal of Asgard also blew me away.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows PT2 - I really liked this. Ever since I got to high school, I haven't been able to go back and reread the books as often as I liked so I didn't even notice the giant differences. I thought it was great entertainment and a fair ending. As they say, the journey ends. I even posted about this when I saw it.


Captain America - I loved the era that this film took place in too. I was really fighting for Steve since he was so small at first and this film actually gave me a lot more of a story than I was expecting. Steve is an interesting character. I wasn't that impressed by the conflict in the plot.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides - I lost interest in the franchise a movie or two ago but I actually saw this in theaters on a whim. After I came out, I remember talking about the mermaids. I've always liked mermaids and I thought the depiction was quite good. I really liked the supporting characters this time round (I expected Will and Elizabeth again) but Johnny Depp isn't as exciting to me anymore. 

Green Lantern - As much as I like Ryan Reynolds... I thought this was a weak movie. Space travel, superheros and aliens pretty much always make me happy but the relationship was icky in this movie. I liked the villain... but not as much as I loved Loki from Thor. 

Sucker Punch - This looked so epic! But it was one of those cases where all the epicness was contained in the trailer. The film got boring every time it tried to progress the plot. '

The Immortals - I watched this at a dinner and a movie place! ...It was not a movie you should have watched while trying to eat. I watched this movie because I loved 300, but other than the gore, it just didn't compare. The movie was a lot of build up about a bow that was used less than five times. I didn't even think there were great fights in this film. Just torture porn. 

Hangover 2 - I didn't watch part one because I thought I would hate it, but when part two came out, I watched both. I like Hangover a lot better than the second one, but it's really cute, crazy, mindless humor. Who can object to laughing? Now, if you think this isn't your brand of humor, I'd at least watch half an hour of it then decide. I didn't give it the chance it deserved at first.

Bridesmaids - There are many who call this Hangover for girls and I'm not sure what to feel about that. You can't look at the cast of all women and all men and determine based off of that. At parts, I found this much more foul and full of guy humor than Hangover. At the same time, the character development and the plot that drives the story is very much chick-flick material. This movie made me laugh and it made me cry.


Have you seen any of these? Agree or disagree with what I thought?

30 comments:

  1. I was not a fan of Hangover Part II. LOVE thor and Pirates of the Carribean.

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    1. I agree the conflict was a bit weak in Cpt. America. The origin story after he became super took too long

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  2. I LOOVE Bridesmaids and hangover ll. :)

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  3. Totally agreed on First Class and Bridesmaids.

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  4. thor and bridesmaids were a memorable fun films for me :D

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  5. I've seen quite a few movies on this list... my favorites being Bridesmaids, Thor, and Harry Potter. I'm glad you liked them too!

    XO,
    SSDS

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  6. i agree with most of your reviews..though immortals is on my watch list,plus I also haven't seen capt america or green lantern.i don't want to see sucker punch.i didn't enjoy bridesmaids.i know i am the minority here.
    my favs in this list-HP7 II, X-Men, Thor.

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  7. definitely agree on Bridesmaids. i really don't think it deserves all the great reviews, you know. and even nominations for oscars and golden globes?! i mean, come on. it wasn't even funny. Hangover Part II on the other - oh yeah! sure, the first one was way better, but still... it was definitely my favourite comedy in 2011 :) and the last Harry Potter movie was brilliant! :) can't wait for the next part of your movie review! i might actually follow your example and make my own list as well... after the exams, of course!

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    1. Lemme know if you make your own list!

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  8. i love bridesmaids!! it's one of my favorite chick flicks. i also got teary from it too

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  9. LOVED Harry Potter. I was pleasantly surprised by Thor. Still need to see Pirates of the Caribbean. And oh, so sorry to tell you this but Bridesmaids was not so good for me :O(
    www.thegirlieblog.com

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  10. I was at the midnight showing for the last Harry Potter. I loved the books and movie series. :)
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  11. Saw all of these. Liked them all to certain degrees. Except Bridesmaids. Idk I didnt enjoy it really..

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  12. Is it sad that I've seen ALL of these? haha My bf and I are massive movie lovers and love escaping real life for fleeting moments to absorb ourselves in to movies - thats what they're there for right? :) Out of all the movies you listed my favs were: Thor, Harry Potter, Hangover2 & Bridesmaids. SOOO many great movies are out at the moment too so 2012 will be even harder to pick favs :)

    Anna xo

    http://lifesshinyprettythings.blogspot.com/

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    1. This is only half my list! And I love movies as well.

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  13. Lol! Loved your reviews on all these movies! I pretty much agree with you about everything you said. Harry Potter was definitely my favorite movie last year. I watched it so many times because I watched I watched it with different people, but enjoyed it still.

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  14. I loved Bridesmaids, I actually found it to be like, the older woman version of Mean Girls.

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  15. I've seen everything on your list except for Hangover 2 which I don't really care to see anyway since I thought the first one was horrid. I didn't like Bridesmaids either because it was painfully slow and very unfunny. I dunno, my sense of humor is more dark, I suppose. I loved X-men first class (groovy) and watched Immortals twice (in theaters) only to drool at Henry Cavill's gorgeousness (the movie was ok, actually. I liked the reinterpretation of immortality and the look of the Pantheon)All the rest were... OK. Oh, and Loki was exceptional. I swear, he made watching Thor bearable (though Chris Hemsworth was hot as hell)
    ♥ laura
    the blog of worldly delights

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  16. I just realized, I havent watched movie for a long time. The only thing I have managed to see in your list is HP II.. hahaha

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  17. Great roundup (and funny because I watched many of these on my last plane ride!) Bridesmaids was hilarious and surprisingly endearing too.

    Thanks for dropping by and have a lovely week!

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  18. Didn't watch a lot of the movies on your list! :(
    Great review tho :)
    <3
    The Sweetest Escape 

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  19. Bridesmaids was the only one I saw. Haven't seen Hangover, so I can't compare, but Bridemaids was pretty funny! A bit too drawn out at times, but there was a bit of good emotion...nothing too profound, but what can you expect from a comedy?

    As for Pirates, maybe it's just because I'm a ridiculously huge Johnny Depp fan (I'll try not to be too fan girl here lol), I just love everything he does. Pirates wouldn't be Pirates without him, and without Johnny, you would have many many angry fans.

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  20. I always want to watch bridemaids but haven't got any chance yet. wow hangover version of girls lol

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  21. Ew, i did not like Hangover 2 at all! Bridesmaids & Harry Potter for the win!

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  22. nice reviews!! dang girl...now that I think about it, you saw alot of movies!
    I saw Bridesmaids at the dollar theatre...it as FRA-EEKIN HILARIOUS. sometimes I just need to see those over the top comedic movies!

    <3Amanda
    feast.fashion.faves

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