This year I saw
Dragonhert 3: The Sorcerer’s Curse
Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle
Avengers: Age of Ultron
8. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
In a previous post I went in detail why I hated this film so much. I wanted to throw the nearest thing at the screen, and it has never brightened my day to think about it. I do not think it even tried to make anyone a better person morally, contrarily to the first trilogy, which focuses on the importance of idealism and the prequel trilogy which showed the danger in not accepting personal losses and letting liberty die, and it had a very realistic dictatorship.
7. Avengers: Age of Ultron
Alternatively “Avengers: Week of Ultron.” This mostly made me want to watch the greatest television series of all time,
The main characters were well written when they were not saving the world, but their motivations were bad, Ultron felt like a boring version of Mr. Freeze (from Batman: The Animated Series) with his lack of emotion and bad… okay I got completely lost in the plot. It spent most of the time making sequel hooks rather than advancing its own movie. It is still a fine movie
6. Inside Out
I am sure everyone reading this has already heard of what is good about “Inside Out.” I saw what was good, the concept, the execution, most the characters, the mystery of how it exactly works,, but there were three problems. I kept wondering how do the emotions’ heads work. Do they have little people inside them too? The things in long term memory sent the song to headquarters, but why not the core memories? I thought Joy was unlikable. I felt she was the person who was mean and arrogant and then denied it. I kept hoping for more screentime for sadness. I also found the plot point that Sadness was important for dealing with sad times to be way too easy to figure out. The mom’s lead emotion is sadness, and she is not miserable, thus Sadness must be to handle bad times.
Despite its flaws it had many great scenes, and I will see if a rewatch makes it better.
5. Dragonheart 3: The Sorcerer’s Curse
This did something different with the franchise. The character who got the Dragon’s Hear was now the good guy. It tells the banished want to b hero story with a great twist on the liar revealed trope where the character who was lied to explains how the hero truly is a hero. The sorcerer’s power was easy to follow, but hard enough that he was hard to predict. It had great callbacks to earlier lines and the original film. Its weakness was a lack of heartwarming moments even though I did see genuine friendship.
4. Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle
Most trilogies use the same basic plot for everyone (man vs man, man vs, nature, man vs higher power, etc). This trilogy gave a man vs himself, then a man vs man, and finally man vs nature). The characters of George and The man in the yellow hat are not great but they are easy to determine and they are developed and round. Their friendship is still genuine here, but not as much as the first two films. Like the first two it has very unforced comedy (but not as funny as the first two). The two elements that stick out are the great climax and the song in the jungle, which is amongst the best I ever heard and fit the movie perfectly with its theme of facing the unknown and overcoming it mixed wit being back in home territory.
3. The Peanut’s Movie
This was what all Peanuts fans wanted it to be. It made Charlie Brown very likable and showed the pains of childhood and its good moments. Contrary to popular believe the Red Baron scenes are not filler, they symbolize what Charlie Brown is going through. I expected he would do things like not help his sister to impress the little red haired girl, but he stayed in character and made himself more likable to the audience rather than being presented as a good person turning bad like “Marmaduke” did.
I was very excited to see Beck Weather’s story on the big screen and it did not disappoint. When reading “Into Thin Air” Rob Hall seemed like a fool, but here he came across as a tragic hero. Even Scott Fischer whom at first seemed like a jerk is shown to be vey selfless and dies a sad death. A few critic said with everyone wearing mountain gear it was hard to tell who was who. They are idiots. For the rule of drama most characters took their masks of often and they wore different colored jackets. They also spoke each other’s names very often making it easier to tell who was who. Like “Gettysburg” it moved with a slow pace to make the audience feel for the characters and it worked.
1. Jurassic World
Instead of doing man vs nature it gave the audience man vs higher power and it was great. It gave a new take on the theme park plot with different dinosaurs attacking people. It had very good characters and did not go crazy pressing a strong female lead and even pretended they were not ding it. It also had one of the best climaxes I have ever seen and it was fun all the way through.