Winter Break Movie Reviews!
I’ve spent the past month on break which means I’ve had quite a lot of free time on my hands and you know what that means! Movies! Here are some of the movies I’ve enjoyed so far:
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
I know a lot of folks were confused about this brand new Spider-man movie with a different story and a different actor playing the protagonist, Peter Parker. It’s the story of how the mild-mannered teenager, Peter becomes the web-slinging, butt-kicking Spider-Man. In the opinion of an individual who is familiar with the original comic source material, this reboot is a much better version of the Spider-man origin story. Okay, I’ll tone down the nerdy now, I promise. For those of you who don’t really care too much about the comics, it’s funny, actiony, and even has a compelling romance (for those of you who are into that).
Okay, I’ll try to keep the nerdiness at a minimum for this review; this movie was thoroughly entertaining. When I had first heard that this movie was being made, I had pretty high expectations but this met them! And for me, that was quite an achievement. Based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit is about the journey of Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf the Grey, and the thirteen dwarves as they battle their way to reclaim the Lonely Mountain. The movie itself was visually beautiful with scenic mountain ranges, dense forests, and colorful towns and villages. Some scenes were a little overwhelming with all of the characters fighting at the same time but they were still fun to watch.
Based on the novel from Victor Hugo (that was later made into a Braodway musical), Les Misérables is the story of the former convict, Jean Valjean as he escapes the law in the midst of the French Revolution. Simply put, this film was incredible. Now I wouldn’t consider myself a fan of the musical genre, but this movie goes beyond that. It was visually stunning and the actual singing was intense and enthralling. The actors vocals were all performed live, which is a first in filmed musicals. That gave them the ability to pour emotion into every note of their songs and it definitely shows in the film. I highly recommend it to anyone, regardless if they have seen they play. They will love it.