The World’s End Review

The World’s End is the third film in the Cornetto trilogy, also known as the blood and ice cream trilogy, with the first two movies being Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. I actually went to a marathon of all three at the rainbow market square theatre, which is a theatre you should all go to because it’s super cheap and has lots of kick ass special events like that, and maybe if we all supported the smaller local theatres, the big corporate ones would be forced to lower their price, which would be sweet because thirteen bucks to see a movie is fucking bullshit. (Sorry, that got ranty, but that shit does really piss me off). Anyway, back on topic: The World’s End. Is it as good as Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz? If you ask me, no. Now, that doesn’t mean that it is by any stretch of the imagination a bad movie, but I do think it’s the weakest of the trilogy. But Hot Fuzz does get better every time I see it, so maybe I’ll change my mind after repeated viewings. I sort of found it hard to get in to this movie. It’s not really anything I can put my finger on, it just felt off somehow. Maybe it was the overuse of CGI in fight scenes, maybe it was the unsatisfying conclusion to Simon Pegg’s character’s arc, or maybe it was the whole ending, which was really weird. Either way, The World’s End serves as a good ending to a great trilogy, even if it’s maybe a drop in quality from it’s predecessors.

Overall Rating: Human/10

Kick Ass 2 Review

Fuck Hollywood. Seriously, why do they have to ruin everything I love? I’m a big fan of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.’s comicbook series Kick Ass. Now as for the 2010 film adaptation; well, I didn’t hate it. I mean, there’s a lot of things about it that pissed me off. The casting is awful and they totally missed the point of the comicbook, but if I look at it objectively it’s not a bad movie. Kick Ass 2, on the other hand, sucks pretty hard. Most of what I didn’t like about it were the same inconsistencies with the comicbook as the first movie (which I’ll get in to in a minute), but even when I viewed it totally objectively I just think it isn’t as well done as the first movie. Again, the movie does a really bad job at hiding the fact that it’s filmed in Toronto. One scene is shot in Dundas Square, and they literally just changed the sign on the subway from Dundas to Times Square, and there are several shots in which TTC vehicles and even major street signs are clearly visible. But I think the biggest problem is Christopher MIntz-Plazze (A.K.A McLovin). He kinda works in the first movie when he’s just sort of the comic relief, but in the this one he actually has to be an intimidating villain, and he can’t pull it off at all. And as for Jim Carrey, he’s barely in the movie, which I could see being really disappointing considering how prominently he was featured in the ads. I mean, the dude’s on the freaking poster even though he only has like 20 minutes of screentime. Another weird thing is how much time they spent on Hit Girl in school. Like half the movie is just here dealing with the popular girls in school. I have to imagine this was in a poorly guided attempt to bring in a female audience, but I don’t think anyone who went to this movie wanted to see any of that shit. And (spoilers) when Hit Girl and Kick Ass kiss at the end it just made me really uncomfortable. Maybe it’s because in the comics she’s only 10, but somehow I just always thought of their relationship as a sort of brother/sister type thing. Even if she is only 2 years younger than him, watching them kiss is just creepy. Now, my real problem is the innacuracety to the comicbook. The whole idea of Kick Ass is “what if a real person decided to be a superhero?” The result it not the glamour and glory of Spider-man or Batman. The hero doesn’t save the day and get the girl. At the end of the day he just had blood on his hands and a fractured skull. The comic is a very real and serious look at what a real life super hero would go through, and it’s not pretty. By the end of Kick Ass 2 his dad is dead, the girl he loves is in a coma, hundreds of lives are ruined, dozens of people are dead, Hit Girl is in prison, the Mother Fucker is handicapped, and it’s all Kick Ass’s fault. In both the first and second film, the completely Hollywood-ize the ending. He saves the day, he gets the girl. The entire opposite idea of the comic. After all is said and done, you can change a lot of shit from the source material, but the most important thing is to get the right point across. And in that respect, both these movies fail miserably. So if you want to see a mediocre action comedy, I guess check this out, but don’t expect it to be as good as the first one. If you’re a fan of the comic, though, it’ll just piss you off. And if you haven’t read the comic, I really really urge you to check it out. I think it’s one of the best and most original books in years, and it’s really a shame that most people only know it from these stupid movies.

Overall Rating: Insulting/10

Elysium Review

Elysium might be one of the best sci-fi action movies I’ve seen in a while. The world created in the film instantly feels real. They don’t spend a lot of time establishing what it’s like in the slums on earth, which I think is a good thing. So many movies have this dystopian future where everyone is poor, and they know the audience have already seen it, or at least similar enough settings in movies to not be too disoriented. And since there are places similar to this in our current society, it’s not that hard to fill in the gaps as to how this world operates. Having said that, it never feels half though out. It feels as though the director understands this world extremely well, and has spent time fleshing out details that we don’t even see. The world is complex enough to be captivating, yet simple enough to not need 20 minutes of explanation. This is a balance I wish more sci-fi movies would reach. Matt Damon is great as always. I really liked the arch of his character. It was very simple but did a good job of providing an emotional backbone to the movie. The villain was great also, and I love that you don’t see him coming as the big bad until about halfway through the movie. And this was actually one of the few movies of the last few years not to be completely spoiled for me by the trailer. But the best thing I can say about Elysium is it’s the most fun I’ve had in a movie theatre all year. This has been a year of sub-par blockbusters with Iron Man 3, Man of Steel, Star Trek Into Darkness, and The Wolverine, and Elysium might just be the best movie of the summer. If you love action, if you love sci-fi, if you’re a fucking human being who wants to feel something other than bleak despair, go see this movie.

Overall Rating: Yes that last line was a jab at Man of Steel/10