Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters

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Let’s get two things out of the way first: I am a huge fan of the books, and no, I don’t expect movie adaptations to be 100% faithful.

That being said, this movie was terrible.

I don’t understand how you can fuck this up. You’ve got great source material and a great cast (Nathan  Fillion, Stanley Tucci, that guy who played Giles in Buffy, and the voice of Ron Perlman), so how?

The CG was just okay, the script was crap and its delivery stiff, and whatever chemistry the cast had in the first movie seems to have disappeared.

There’s this attempt to be the next Harry Potter, which I never felt reading the books. The scene where they’re on the Grey Sisters’ cab was made too similarly to the Knight Bus scene in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Also, there were scenes that were supposed to take place on a cruise ship that took place on a yacht which I found hilarious. Did they run out of money? Underwhelming doesn’t even begin to describe it.

I really thought they couldn’t do any worse than the first film (which wasn’t completely terrible, just terribly shallow), OH, BUT WAIT THEY CAN.

There were four things I liked about it:

  1. Stanley Tucci’s quip on water and wine.
  2.  Nathan Fillion subtle reference to Firefly.
  3. The design of the Hippocampus and the Clothis Bull.
  4. Charybdis’s first appearance.
I have to admit, this scene was pretty cool.

Wait for Sea of Monsters to come out cable, don’t bother watching it in the cinemas. In the meantime, read the books if you haven’t, they’re a fun and fresh take on the Greek Mythology genre (Can I call it a genre? Sub-genre?). If you already have, then a re-read is in order to cleanse your palate and to keep you occupied until House of Hades comes out next month. If I’m too late, and you’ve actually spent money to watch this movie, here’s a recipe for blue chocolate chip cookies to cheer yourself up.

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World

I actually only started reading the comics after the movie adaptation was announced. After the first few volumes, I was hooked, but a little skeptic how it was going to make the transition to film. When I found out  Edgar Wright would be directing it, I thought well, if it won’t turn out as a great adaptation it’ll at least be funny.

And it was all kinds of funny. Wright did a great job of bringing the comic to the screen. I thought he omitted, added and modified just the right scenes to make the story’s transition to screen work.

The real star of the show however is Kieran Culkin, who  was amazing as Wallace Wells.

I pretty much have no complaints. Except maybe for Michael Cera.

I’m not gonna lie though, the comic reads like Michael Cera but I’m getting a little tired of his one-note performances. He does succeed as Scott Pilgrim in one crucial aspect though: If Cera’s life had a face, you’d really want to punch it.

So far, the only not-so-enthusiastic reviews I’ve heard are from people who haven’t read the comic and maybe that’s where it fails as a movie. The comic itself is a little jarring when you first read it, but if you’re a fan of the comic, you should definitely check it out.

The Last Airbender Review

A couple of months ago, I blogged about how I thought The Last Airbender was going to turn out.

I admit, I was wrong: The effects were just as bad as the rest of the film.

My stand against the casting of this film isn’t even a factor anymore because it was just that awful.

I thought Noah Ringer (Aang) looked the part. And he moved well. His martial arts background worked well for him because he was the only one who looked like he knew what he was doing in the fight and element bending scenes. With that said, he’s not a very good actor and neither is Nicola Peltz (Katara). They both looked like they were on the verge of tears most of the time and constipated all of the time.  (The constipated look, it’s an epidemic.)

I feel sorry for the more veteran actors because while their acting doesn’t suck, the script certainly does. Hard.

The bending and fight choreography also sucked major balls. Never has element bending looked this cumbersome and taken so much time. I’m amazed the Fire Nation lost the battle at all with the amount of time it took for the benders to manipulate their respective elements. Seriously, no one thought of just shooting the Air/Earth/Water benders while they were whirling their arms around? There’s also a part where this group of Earthbenders stomp around and do a little dance while fighting which was the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen.

Storywise, the pacing was rushed. I know adaptations are exactly that: adaptations and there is no way you can cram the whole first season in a 103 minutes but the plot would have worked better if they veered away from the animated storyline more because some details in the film were, I felt, unnecessary in moving the story forward.

On the other hand, there was also so much of what made Avatar: The Last Airbender so great that was missing.The absence of Koh, the face stealer and KOIZILLA(TM) was a huge loss. For me, they were what made The Book of Water so awesome. There were also no cute hybrid animals; none of Sokka’s sarcasm; no kooky background characters; minimal emphasis on the spirituality whose influence was so strong in the source material; and most importantly, no sense of joy which was pivotal in balancing out this epic battle that spanned a century.

How I Figure the Last Airbender Movie’s Gonna Turn Out

I saw the new trailer for the Last Airbender movie when we watched How to Train Your Dragon. How I feel about the trailer now and how I predict I’ll feel about the movie when it comes out will probably be a little something like how the Avatar kids reacted to the play in the Ember Island Players episode. The rest of the screencaps after the jump.

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How To Train Your Dragon 3D

When I saw the dragon in the trailer, I knew I had to watch this. I was expecting a lot of cute and not a lot of plot but I was wrong and I’m glad because it was wonderful. ♥

I thought it was a bit odd for Vikings to have Scottish accents, but they reminded me so much of characters from Asterix & Obelix that I didn’t really care. I thought the dragon designs were awesome. The Gronckle, in particular, had me in stitches every time it flew.

And of course there was TOOTHLESS!

He has got to be the single most adorable character ever animated. He is so cute, I just  want smoosh his face! ♥♥♥

How To Tame A Dragon was the best way to pop my 3D cinema cherry. The flying scenes in particular were nothing less than magical.

I want a Toothless of my very own. ; A ;

The Last Airbender Teaser

They’ve released a teaser trailer for, “The Last Airbender”. I don’t want to get hyped up to see it, but I have to admit, it looks pretty damn cool.

With all the fan-rage that’s on the intarwebs, I just want to make a few things clear.

I am not against this film because the costumes/tattoos/scars/bending symbols don’t look exactly like the ones in the animated series. I also won’t be complaining about how they left out episode number x=n2-(x2+n) because, hey, it’s an adaptation. No one wants to see a 15-hour film and there is a slim to none chance of bright aqua blue tattoos looking good on any real person. (You’ve seen the cosplays)

I am against the casting. Now we can argue all day about ethnicity and race and Asian elements in the film and how insulted I am as an Asian and how much I love Dev Patel and how it’s not a real world and the characters aren’t real anyway and blah, blah, blah. I’ve read far too many blogs about the issue and the arguments never seem to go anywhere.

My two cents are, I think it’s a bit like shooting the Lord of the Rings film with an all-Asian cast with the Caucasians as  Orcs.

Disclaimer aside, my conviction to boycott the film slowly weakening because despite all the dramu, it’s still Avatar. It’s one of the few things I’m still all fangirl-y about.

Do I watch it, or no?