Uncle Hyena (unclehyena) wrote,
Uncle Hyena

Laggies, Life, Hero, Interstellar

It's been a while; I have been working, and lying in bed coughing my lungs out. There have been a few movies along the way.

"Laggies" is a somewhat fluffy slice-of-life drama with a GREAT cast. Of course, Keira Knightley and Chloe Grace Moretz would be fairly entertaining reading the phone book at each other. We enjoyed this one a great deal.

"Book of Life" is an animated children's movie with a bizarre artistic style: The characters were apparently designed as marionettes, and then rendered in animation. I went in with low expectations, and they were... met.

"Big Hero 6" is an animated superhero movie based on a third string Marvel property. The trailers indicated that it would have a lot of slapstick and dumb jokes; the person who assembled the trailers should be shot. I went into this one with low expectations, and was completely blown away. This is a GREAT movie, and belongs on the shelf next to "The Incredibles".

"Interstellar" is a mess. It isn't exactly a DUMB movie; it IS a fantasy movie masquerading as science fiction. The cast is excellent, and they do a great job of bringing emotional reality to the material. The score is bombastic, heavy handed, and obnoxious, but helps to fill the hour of screen time the story doesn't really need. The script wants to be smart, thinks it succeeds, and fails badly. The end goes through a senseless psychedelic sequence, and then disolves into saccharine mush. There is a well done sequence in the middle of the movie involving Matt Damon that is actually science fiction, and would have been a decent movie on its own.

Uncle Hyena
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