Shrek, Die Hard, and Transformers
By templedf on Jul 05, 2007
In the last week, my wife and I have spent an unusual amount of time in the theater. It's not that the movie selection was so compelling, but more that this week it was the social activity du jour. Here are my reviews:
Shrek the Third: I can't deny, it was funny. It was laugh-out-loud funny, through the entire movie. Maybe it's just the stage of life I'm in, but I found the movie charming and hilarious. I did feel like the film was way shy on plot, though. It felt more like a stand-up routine than a fairy tale. Nonetheless, I found it thoroughly entertaining. While my wife also found it funny, she wasn't as taken with the movie as a whole, so maybe it's more of a guy thing. I give the film an A-.
Live Free Or Die Hard: as the fourth film in an already tired series, I had pretty low expectations. My wife is a huge Die Hard fan, though, so we had to go. Gotta say, it was good. It was extremely uncharacteristic for an action flick. There was plenty of gunfire and explosions, but there was also a very satisfying amount of character development. Even the tertiary character of the daughter was pretty well developed. The thing I love most about John McClane, Bruce Willis' character, is that he's as amazed that he pulls this stuff off as we are. It was a really fun movie; I give it an A.
Transformers: Any film that includes Hasbro in the title credits immediately takes itself out of the intellectual category. It was campy and had perhaps a little too much heart, but it was nonetheless enjoyable. Unfortunately, they skipped the character development of the transformers themselves; I guess they assumed everyone had read the backs of the toy boxes. On the other hand, the live character development was a little too after-to-school-special for my tastes. I'm going to have to give this film a split rating based on age category. 16 and under: A+. 17-30-ish: B+. Old: C-.