I barely remember the rebooted Planet of the Apes, and I never saw the original. With that in mind, I approaced this film with a few expectations.
Since it has been ten years since the last Planet of the Apes movie, I thought the series would be trying to gain new fans and spark fresh interest in the brand. I expected the movie to be similar to the way Star Trek reboots or comic book companies introduce a film. So, for me, an intro/reboot film should do several things: set up the main characters and provide their backstory; give the audience a good, solid plot through wich sequels can be planned, and keep the original fans from leaving the fan base.
I don’t have many nice things to say about Friends with Benefits. The plot was unoriginal (didn’t No Strings Attached just come out in January?) and the movie was unmemorable.
The best thing was that Emma Stone and Andy Samburg had cameos at the beginning. I wish they had more screen time.
I can appreciate the movie’s commentary on how real love doesn’t happen the same way as in romantic comedies and the “development” of the female lead to look for her new and improved prince charming. However, a true attempt at originality would have been if the main characters ended up with different significant others.
I would not recommend the movie. It’s not suitable for background noise, girls night, or a date. It had a couple funny moments, but not enough to save the film.
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Crazy Stupid Love. I was pumped to watch it mostly because I usually like Steve Carell and Emma Stone, but I think the movie fell a bit short. The character names and presences were unmemorable and lackluster. But I did find some redeeming qualities.
The film started right at the point. Cal (Steve Carell) has been dumped by his wife and Jacob (Ryan Gosseling) is going to help him get better. New clothes, New haircut, New Cal. The story unfolds with a few intertwining love stories. The son has a crush on the babysitter who has a crush on the dad. The wife and a coworker try to date. And, of course, the cynic learns about true love while the romantic’s will is tested. The mix is similar to He’s Just not that into You or Valentine’s Day.
What I didn’t like about the movie was the premise. From the trailers I thought that the movie would focus more on Cal and Jacob trying to find the right person for Cal. I also wanted more development of their friendship, Cal’s apartment, or the relationship with his kids. Also, for me, the character names were unmemorable.
Captain America: the Last Avenger, for me marks the last summer blockbuster of 2011. (I don’t count Cowboys and Aliens, I think that movie begins the fall lineup.) While I wouldn’t say that it was the best of what the summer had to offer, I would place it top three. For me, the movie was well paced, sprinkled with just enough action, and offered some original Marvel integration.