Check out this cool/fun “trailer” for an Avengers movie if it had been made in the 1970s.
I just saw “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” at the movies. Their’s was always my favorite segment from the “Rocky & Bullwinkle Show”. The kids in the audience seemed to love it and the adult were laughing too.
Mr. Peabody catroons always had some sly witty humor that the movie captures. But I think I may have had my “adult” hat on too tight. The central plot was kicked of by an incident of school bullying. This has been an important topic recently and I felt like the bully never suffered the consequences of his/her act and pretty soon the victim was treated like the guilty party.
And twice in the movie a “good guy” resulted to phyiscal violence to resolve their conflict. Not the greatest message for young kids. But like I said I may have been taking what is essential a movie for kids too seriously. Three out of Five on the Frank-o-Meter.
Thanks to all those “Divergent” fans out there for your comments on my earlier post. I’m not a “hater”. I like I said, the premise didn’t sound like s could carry a movies. But I can see how it could appeal to a Young Adult audience.
Has anyone read the books from the Young Adult series “Divergent”? the movie based on the series is coming out soon and the studio is hoping it will become the next “Twilight” or “Hunger Games”. The last couple movies based on YA books have been big flops.
I suspect “Divergent” will continue the trend.
Frankly the premise sounds pretty flimsy:
In a “dystopian” future teens take a test to determine which “faction” they belong. If they don’t fit one faction they are “divergent!” But what sounds lame is that the factions are based on traits you’d want all people to be: selfless, peaceful, honest, brave, knowledgeable.
Harry Potter, Hunger Games and even Twilight are based ideas that you can identify and relate to. But emotional factions? It’s a premise built on thin ice.
I’m not interested in seeing it. But I’ll be curious to see whether it flops or not.
I saw “The Wind Rises” this week and I wanted to comment on it before the Oscars tonight. It’s a Japanese animated movie directed by Hayao Miyazaki. He’s considered to be the Japanese Walt Disney. His movies always look beautiful and are fantasies for children (I love Spirited Away).
But his newest and last film ( he announced his retirement) is loosely based on the life of an actual Japanese airplane design engineer. There are a few minor fantasy element when he dreams but the story is not for kids. First the pace is super slow. Second the story is mostly about him designing fighter planes for the Japanese Military. When I realized where it was heading all I could think about was the attack on Pearl Harbor. Although they include some anti-war/anti-Nazi references it’s hard not to think of how many people will die because of those fighter planes.
The other odd thing was the characters constantly smoked cigarettes. Since most heroes in Japanese Anime look like 12 year old boys it was very weird to see him smoking so much.
He has gotten away with two murders, and is a master forger and pick-pocket. What other crimes has he committed. Is is possible that John Bates is actually Professor Moriarty?