Sunday, May 26, 2013

Fast & Furious 6 (2013)

Rated: PG13 - Runtime: 130 min
tesg's Rating: Three stars (out of four)

THIS is the big release of 2013 I'd been waiting for.  Not "Iron Man 3".  Not "Star Trek: Into Darkness".

THIS one.

And it did NOT disappoint.

Our bad guys get to be the good guys by trying to stop a bad guy.  The action scenes are insane.  The fight scenes are fantastic (two of the best cat fights ever).  And there's all sorts of humor dotted throughout, including a bit only I seemed to catch and laugh at (one of the characters has Dwayne Johnson's character programmed in his phone as "Samoan Thor").  And the scene after the race between Dom and Letty...WOW.

I had just two complaints...the lame last twist leading to the big finale (even though I had no complaints with said finale) and the walkie talkies while driving.  Hello!  Hands-free?  Headsets?

There's a teaser for the seventh movie that will make you smile wide.  It didn't make me jump out of my seat and shout an obscenity in the auditorium like the teaser in the last film did (NOT kidding), but it had everybody talking on the way out.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Star Trek: Into Darkness

Rated: PG13 - Runtime: 132 min
tesg's Rating: Three stars (out of four)

If you're a fan of the original Trek show and movies, go into this one blind.  Don't read up on it.  Avoid spoilers at all costs.

Depending on your devotion to the original material, you may come out of this deeply troubled, or deeply amused at the amount of fun you just had.  This is an action-packed ride that sort of plays as a reboot to a significant original Trek story without actually re-creating it, while lifting specific dialogue from it, often in ways that turn the original story upside-down in laugh-out-loud ways.  Like J.J. Abrams first Trek movie, I loved this.

I bet the Star Wars faithful who see this will be absolutely horrified.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Iron Man 3 (2013)

Rated: PG13 - Runtime: 140 min
tesg's Rating: Three stars (out of four)

For supposedly having a darker, more serious Tony Stark in this one, I found it by far the most fun to watch of the Iron Man movies.  It was almost as fun as "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows", but far more coherent.

Pleasant surprise, overall.