Movie – How to Train Your Dragon 2: A-

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The animation was fantastic, the new dragons fun, and the story well-plotted, but none of it felt nearly as funny or clever as the first film. It also had some odd pacing, with the slower dramatic family moments clashing with the central conflict’s foreboding urgency. If I wasn’t so distracted with comparing it to its predecessor, I’m sure I would’ve been enthralled, especially by the dragon battles, but it just couldn’t surpass that strong precedent.


Movie – Olympus Has Fallen: C

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Events happened as the plot needed them, rather than attempting any semblance of believability. The villain’s logic was riddled with more holes than the annoyingly incompetent secret service men who were slaughtered so pointlessly. The “good guys” weren’t much better in the decision-making department though. It was so hard to feel concern for characters I thought were so dumb. The initial attack was fairly actiony, but it’s hard to enjoy the game if your team is losing by a wide margin. The action picks up, allowing Gerard Butler to Die-Hard his way through the White House, but never amounts to much and is littered with terrible CG.

Movie – Coriolanus: B+

I understand wanting to choose a Shakespeare play other than the popular ones, but Coriolanus isn’t the Bard’s best work, at least not in a modern context. The actors were all at their best however, delivering that wonderful Shakespearean dialog perfectly. I think I would’ve preferred the original Ancient Roman setting, since the story is so focused on the politics and government workings of that time, translating poorly to present day.

Movie – The Adventures of Tintin: A-

Though most have concluded that Tintin is an animated version of Spielberg’s own Indiana Jones, for me it felt more like a close mimicry of all the other Indiana Jones clones than the source itself. Most notably, the complicated yet flowing action scenes, where the landscape is literally falling apart, reminded me of the Uncharted video games. There was certainly enough adventure and wit to make the movie good, but not quite enough to make it notable.