Name: The Internship
Running Time (minutes): 119
Description: Billy and Nick are salesmen whose careers have been torpedoed by the digital world. Trying to prove they are not obsolete, they defy the odds by talking their way into a coveted internship at Google, along with a battalion of brilliant college students. But gaining entrance to this utopia is only half the battle. Now they must compete with a group of the nation’s most elite, tech-savvy geniuses to prove that necessity really is the mother of re-invention.
Stars: Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Rose Byrne
Pff, boring. Cheesy. Cheap. Waste of time. I liked the protagonists at the beginning, but my dislike and irritation with them grew after 20 minutes and I really disliked them at the end, didn’t even want them to succeed. I did like Rose Byrne and Neha, which incidentally is a nice name. The ‘bad guy’ was unconvincing and felt like a forced necessity rather than an addition. His character was too ridiculous to even call ridiculous. I mean, really, what kind of an intern would behave like that? Seriously?
Christophe Beck’s score was functional, but nothing special. A reference to John Williams’ Quidditch or Harry Potter music would have been nice during the ‘Quidditch’ game, but I’m probably hoping for the impossible here. The Fame music at the end was nice, though.
Name: The Pirate Fairy
Running Time (minutes): 78
Description: When a misunderstood dust-keeper fairy named Zarina steals Pixie Hollow’s all-important Blue Pixie Dust and flies away to join forces with the pirates of Skull Rock, Tinker Bell and her fairy friends must embark on the adventure of a lifetime to return it to its rightful place. However, in the midst of their pursuit of Zarina, Tink’s world is turned upside down. She and her friends find that their respective talents have been switched and they have to race against time to retrieve the Blue Pixie Dust and return home to save Pixie Hollow.
Stars: Mae Whitman, Christina Hendricks, Tom Hiddleston
Genres: Animation, Adventure, Fantasy
This one was much better than its predecessor, but I still don’t like Vidia and didn’t like James either (really original, a British villain in an American movie).
As usual, I mostly watched it for the score and this time I wasn’t disappointed. Not quite as magical as The Great Fairy Rescue, but overall still nice, though the opening song is horrible. I am really impressed at the way Joel McNeely manages to twist his themes to fit so many different purposes, however, and it’s truly refreshing to hear such an orchestral spectacle.
Name: Think Like A Man
Running Time (minutes): 122
Description: Four women have given up on getting their men to do what they want until they find a how to book written by Steve Harvey. They start using his advice about relationships and their men start falling in line, until the men discover what the women have been doing: then the war is on.
Stars: Chris Brown, Gabrielle Union and Kevin Hart
Genres: Comedy, Romance
Interesting premise, boring film.
And boring score.
Running Time (minutes): 117
Description: Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
Stars: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll
Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Yet again, I liked it, though I’m slowly starting to get tired of that repetitive ‘don’t use my great discovery, SHIELD!’ plotline. Also got a little bored with Michael Douglas at the end and I do hope they’ll explain how Ant-Man managed to get out of that subatomic reality thing, but still love the humour.
The score had very nice moments. Didn’t expect Christopher Beck to write such music at all. Some emotional moments could have been better, but the Avengers theme’s cameo was really amusing.
The audio description was great, but sentences like ‘he answers his phone’ really aren’t necessary.
Name: The Smurfs
Running Time (minutes): 103
Description: When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the tiny blue Smurfs out of their village, they tumble from their magical world and into ours – in fact, smack dab in the middle of Central Park. Just three apples high and stuck in the Big Apple, the Smurfs must find a way to get back to their village before Gargamel tracks them down.
Stars: Hank Azaria, Katy Perry and Jonathan Winters
Genres: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
I heard so much about these characters as a kid and thought I’d finally watch this one to find out for myself what it was all about. I guess it’s decent enough for children, though Jonathan Winters is a really bad voice actor. Smurfette’s backstory, on the other hand, came as a surprise and I liked the Smurf jibes. The whole thing is cheesy and predictable, though I couldn’t help laughing at Gargamel’s antics.
Unsurprisingly, the score is more orchestral and complex than more than half of today’s scores, but a little too hyperactive, like the film. It also sounded suspiciously sampled.
The American audio-describer was kind of funny, shouting enthusiastically over the noisy soundtrack all the time.
Name: Despicable Me
Running Time (minutes): 95
Description: In a happy suburban neighbourhood surrounded by white picket fences with flowering rose bushes sits a black house with a dead lawn. Unbeknownst to the neighbours, hidden beneath this home is a vast secret hideout. Surrounded by a small army of minions, we discover Gru, planning the biggest heist in the history of the world. He is going to steal the moon. (Yes, the moon.) Gru delights in all things wicked. Armed with his arsenal of shrink rays, freeze rays and battle-ready vehicles for land and air, he vanquishes all who stand in his way. Until the day he encounters the immense will of three little orphaned girls who look at him and see something that no one else has ever seen: a potential Dad. The world’s greatest villain has just met his greatest challenge: three little girls named Margo, Edith and Agnes.
Stars: Steve Carell, Jason Segel and Russell Brand
Genres: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Liked it a lot, though I lost interest during the last 10 minutes. Also, the newsreader at the beginning is rather bland.
The score was excellent.
Name: Dude, Where’s My Car?
Running Time (minutes): 83
Description: Jesse and Chester, two bumbling stoners, wake up one morning from a night of partying and cannot remember where they parked their car, which prompts them on a journey to find it and along the way, they encounter a variety of people who include their angry girlfriends Wilma and Wanda, whose house they trashed, an angry street gang, a transexual stripper hounding them for a suitcase full of stolen money, a cult of alien seeking fanatics and a group of aliens in human form looking for a mystical device that could save or destroy the world.
Stars: Ashton Kutcher, Seann William Scott and Jennifer Garner
Genres: Comedy, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Sweet! Though I didn’t like the music, dude.
Name: Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb
Running Time (minutes): 98
Description: At the Museum of Natural History, there’s new exhibits being unveiled. Larry Daley, who manages the night exhibit because the exhibits come to life because of the Tablet of Ahkmenrah, is in charge of the presentation. But when the exhibits go wild, Larry finds himself in trouble. He learns that the Tablet is corroding, so he does some research and learns that Cecil, the former museum guard, was at the site when the Tablet was discovered. He tells Larry that they were warned that if they removed it, could mean the end. Larry realizes it means the end of magic. He talks to Ahkmenrah, who says that he doesn’t know anything. Only his father, the Pharoah, knows the Tablet’s secrets. He learns that the Pharoah was sent to the London museum. So he convinces Dr McPhee, the museum curator, to help send him to London. He goes and takes Ahkmenrah with him, but some of the others, like Teddy Roosevelt, Attila, Octavius and Jedediah come with him.
Stars: Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson
Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Family
I really don’t understand why these movies were such critical failures. They’re not special, but still a lot of fun, though the first two were better than this one. This final entry is all right, but I don’t like the Nikki and knight subplots. I do kind of want spin-offs with Rebel Wilson and Laa now.
This is undoubtedly Alan Silvestri’s best NATM score, although I found the sad moments disappointingly shallow.
Name: Avengers: Age Of Ultron
Running Time (minutes): 141
Description: When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to the Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for a global adventure.
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo
Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
As expected, I liked it. My only minor problems are that some characters evolved just a little too quickly and I had some difficulties remembering why everyone was doing what in the beginning. I might have to adjust my viewing order.
The score was great. Finally a symphonically satisfying musical entry in this franchise. I have to change my mind about Elfman, he’s clearly able to write good music (I’m assuming Tyler wasn’t responsible for anything I liked).
Name: Soccer Mom
Running Time (minutes): 92
Description: A warm-hearted comedy about a compulsive soccer mom who masquerades as a famous Italian soccer star hired to coach her daughter’s floundering soccer team, then struggles frantically to keep her wacky charade going long enough to see the girls win their big tournament.
Stars: Missi Pyle, Emily Osment and Dan Cortese
So a woman disguises herself as a man, still sounds like a woman and gets away with it?
Rather nice score.