Movie – Epic: B-

epicB-
First of all, I can’t see any justification for naming this film Epic. It was certainly adventurous and tries to be funny and charming (though it only marginally succeeds) but definitely not epic. It had lots of stylistic choices that may have seemed good in theory, but in practice left much to be desired. I dreaded every scene featuring the frantic and busy father character and the comic relief were dumb and distracting. The central magical McGuffin was inconsistent at best, most of the time not really making any sense, even to the characters in the film. But some of the scenes were fun and the voice talent performed well. I can see how it would’ve been a good pitch, but it wasn’t quite what I believe its creators wanted it to be.

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Movie – Les Miserables: C-

les miserablesC-
Taking a play and adding special effects, no matter how beautiful, did not make for a successful formula to turn it into a movie. I don’t hate musicals, but singing every line of dialog was unnecessary, and at times difficult to understand. The sets looked like, well… sets, and not part of a greater city. I’m not as disappointed in Russel Crowe as everyone said I should be. But since he and Jackman were the only characters with full arcs I can see how his lack-luster performance would be more noticable. Also the movie would not end. It just kept going. Forever. So many time jumps…

Movie – In Time: C+


C+
The theme was so heavy-handed it was almost comical. Someone said “time” so many times it started to bother me every time. See, it’s annoying. The dystopian future is hard to get right, but Niccol did just that previously, with Gattaca. Unfortunately, this time his rant about economics just shoveled its message at you without much thought for style.