Minute Man Reviews

For those new to the site, Minute Man Reviews is where I just review a group of new films rather quickly. In and out, style, baby.

This time around we’ve got Limitless, Take Me Home Tonight, X-Men: First Class, Thor, and Green Lantern.

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Robert DeNiro

Limitless is a film about a guy who stumbles across a drug that allows you to access your entire brain, and let you walk around with a 4-digit IQ. He uses the drug to write a masterful novel, conquer WallStreet, get a gang of bad folks after him, and put him into withdrawl that’ll kill’em if he stops.

It’s an awesome premise that should set up for sequels. Acting is tip-top, and the story never drags. A movie that won’t break records or become a cult classic, but it’s pretty fucking cool. So check it out.

4 out of 5

Take Me Home Tonight
Starring: Topher Grace, Anna Faris

This movie is about a guy who’s pretty smart, but is very unsure of what he wants to do with his life. The only sure thing he’s ever known is that he’s been in love with the same girl since 10 grade. After graduating MIT and still not knowing what to do with himself, he’s landed a job at Suncoast Video, and is just riding it out. Well, as luck would have it, one fateful day they end up at the same party together. The movie is about that night.

This movie’s biggest attraction is that it takes place in the 80’s, when everything kicked major ass. So, honestly, the decade itself is a character in the movie, and thankfully they don’t try and work too much retro to where it takes from the film. It’s a comedy, just not something like The Hangover. It’s not a monster laugh factory, but it’s a well constructed tale with cool characters that have a bit of cliche’ mixed with the originality. It has a great soundtrack, it’s cool to see the fashion and such, and you’re vested enough in these guys to want to watch a night of their life. It’s worth your time.

3 3/4 out of 5

Green Lantern
Starring: Ryan Reynolds

All super hero movies take place here on Earth. Sure, Superman might fly out into space, but that’s really it. With Green Lantern though, we get the full tour, not just the shuttle ride. So right there that’s a very strong point for Green Lantern. We get to see different races, worlds, massive monsters, and they all look fantastic. Another selling point of Green Lantern is his ability to create whatever his mind can imagine, so to see the multiple things he comes up with is very cool, and something you look forward to the whole film.

Ryan is great as Hal Jordan. My only complaint is that when it comes to him playing a character, it’s almost as if he doesn’t adapt to the role, but makes the role adapt to him. Hal Jordan isn’t really any different than Hannibal from Blade Trinity, or Van Wilder. It’s not a distraction, because it’s what you come to expect. Awesome sci-fi action, and a pace that keeps at a clip, not much more you could ask from a super hero movie.

4 1/4 out of 5

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman

I was never into Thor comics, so going into it I didn’t have to worry about them fucking with backstory like they tend to do sometimes. Without anything preconceived notions, I was able to walk in and take what they gave me. Hell, even if I knew Thor as well as I knew myself, I’d have loved it all the same because it kicks ass. Chris Hemsworth is the newcomer, and he’s got the smooth, gentlemen God-of-Thunder that comes with being Thor. He’s also very believable as an ass kicker, and does plenty of that.

The love story was pretty weak, because it kinda just came out of no where, and they acted as if they knew each other for decades. The action, special effects and all else is top notch. The only reason I rate this as the lowest of the super hero films of the summer, is because I’m just not that big a fan of Thor. Still a great film though.

4 out of 5

X-Men First Class
Starring: A bunch of people you really don’t know

Of the 5 films from this review, this is my favorite, and ties X2 as my favorite X-Men film. It’s fucking fantastic. Getting to see more into Magneto’s past as a Holocaust survivor really helps you to understand his contempt for humans. Like hell he plans on being persecuted for being different for a 2nd time. I also love when he’s on a mission to hunt them all down, no matter where they’ve gone, and kill each and every one of’em. Nothing better than seeing Nazis die. I know they plan on making a movie about Magneto, and while I feel it’s unecessary, since they devoted a good chunk to it in this film, I’m not one to complain about watching some more Nazis die. Micheal Fassbender is fucking excellent as Magneto, one of the best casting choices for a role ever.

James McAvoy as Charles Xavier joins Fassbender in the previous statement that I made. Truly, these two leads should be looked at the same way Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman were in Rain Man. Or DeNiro & Pesci, in the 246 films they’ve done together. They’re absolutely fantastic together.

It’s probably a little more story heavy than most people were expecting, but it’s only a problem if you’re an idiot with no attention span. The action is plentiful, and awesome. You really shouldn’t be wanting for more, because you get plenty.

Definitely worth your time, even if you’re not a comic book fan.

4 3/4 out of 5


~ by Caliber Winfield on July 23, 2011.

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