Saturday, December 6, 2008

New Captain America movie is now WANTED by me (at least a little bit)...

Well the DVD for this past summer's Wanted movie recently went on sale and I think it might do pretty well just from word of mouth on the film over the past Summer - it was one of those decent escapist flicks that wasn't Batman, lol.

Something else that caught my attention recently was the news that Marvel had finally confirmed the release dates for their upcoming self produced movie projects. One of these that really got my attention was the new Captain America movie. The reason for this is last Summer's Incredible Hulk movie from Marvel; this movie had some really neat fighting sequences between the Hulk and a soldier who had been injected with the Super Soldier serum - a serum that is supposedly the same thing given to Steve Rogers during the Second World War to transform him into Captain America, with enhanced speed, reflexes and skill sets. In the Hulk movie, Tim Roth's character had a running gun battle with the Hulk complete with very over the top flips and jumps, and aspects of how it was filmed reminded me of both the Matrix movie as well as this Summer's Wanted movie. I am now left wondering if the subsequent Captian America movie from Marvel - scheduled for a May 2011 release date - will build upon this or go off in a completely different direction visually. I really liked the aesthetics of the super soldier fight scenes in the Hulk and would hope that Johnston does not discard this visual precedent for the Captain America characters abilities. After all, the movies will both be included in the same continuity according to Marvel - they even had Tony Stark/Iron Man show up at the end of the last Hulk movie to help reinforce this point. You dont get Robert Downey Jr. to reprise his role if there is no desire to tie it all together, right?

Yep, the brief hint at how Captain America would function or fight has already curious about the upcoming Captain America movie from Marvel - and maybe a bit curious about the upcoming Avengers movie as well.

Monday, September 29, 2008

After WANTED, maybe ... THE SPIRIT?

Hey there,

It has been about a month and a half since my last post here, and at the time I figured that my review of the Wanted movie would be the capper for this small blog on the interweb - at least until there was some news on any possible sequel or something. Now however, I felt obligated to make a comment on an upcoming movie that is scheduled for release this December 25th: the Spirit movie from Frank miller and Lionsgate studios.

I recently watched the newly released longer trailer for the Spirit movie, starring Gabriel Macht and Samuel Jackson, and was suitably impressed. You can't go wrong with Samuel Jackson shooting off some reeeaaally big guns, lol. Oh yes, there is no question that one thing that caught my attention was the suggestion that there will be gunplay - lots of gunplay, and that the Spirit won't be dodging all of those bullets: instead he will be taking some of them in the chest and then 'getting better' after a time out. This plus the fact that the Spirit movie looks to be one of those over-the-top-with-its-big-guns type of movies, and I think I will probably find myself in line for a ticket some time over the Christmas Holidays to see the Spirit. As the titular character says in the trailer, "I'm coming..."

Just in case you haven't actually seen the Spirit movie trailer yet, here it is below. Enjoy.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

WANTED MOVIE: After the smoke has all cleared.

Well, well. After all the smoke has cleared it seems that the movie Wanted starring Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy was wanted after all. I admit I was among those naysayers who feared that by appearing to stray quite far from the source material that the movie Wanted would be a disappointment for fans of the original comic mini-series.

It turns out that the people responsible for Wanted were able to make a decently entertaining Summer movie after all. True this was not the Wanted comic book series, but if you can look beyond that fact than you are likely to be entertained by this film - reason being that fans of the original book appreciate the genre that influences the movie's storyline.

The casting actually was quite good: James McAvoy was very very well cast as the film's anti-hero, bringing a believable vulnerability to the lead role. He pulled off the low esteem loser role quite convincingly. He didn't annoy: he garnered my sympathy as he went about his personal transformation from nebbish loser to extremely empowered individual.

Jolie was also servicable in her role as the mentor / skills coach to McAvoy. Her role was limited in its scope since her character is pretty much just a level above the predictable stereotype of the 'tough female with a gun' that is prevailent in many films today. Still, Jolie ends up being more than just eye candy in the role which is pretty much a success in itself for this kind of film.

Morgan Freeman was pretty good, but then again isn't he guilty of being the most consistent actor in Hollywood today - an incredibly reliable actor who probably gets payed less than you would think per role? As the head of operations to the society of assassins Freeman portrays the complexity of character neccessary to pull off the part.

Terrance Stamp also has a minor part in the film. I always enjoy him in anything he is in so there is another minor bonus.

Plotwise, Wanted was pretty intriguing. There were some complicated plot angles to develop during the movie for it to deliver its payoff and they were pretty much all set up without rushing things too much. I didn't get the feeling that too much was cut from the film so that it ended up being choppy. There was a decent flow to the plot. There were also some intriguing plot twists in the final third of the film. To be honest, I did predict the general outcome of the movie - it was just the finer details of the movie's finale that came as a pleasant surprise to me.

The visual effects of the film were in a word: stunning. The gunplay and car chase sequences throughout were all really eye-catching. Is it too gushing to say that some of these scenes were actually mesmerizing? It is hard for an effects movie nowadays to avoid the label of being at least somewhat Matrix inspired and Wanted is no different; many of the gunplay scenes are reminiscent of the more innovative techniques of the Matrix movies. This isn't necessarily a bad thing though - its not as if anyone would think they are stealing technique as much as acknowledging the more effective way of presenting the action in a certain scene. Too many filmmakers have made use of the Matrix trailblazing techniques for any one to be tarred and feathered more than any other.

Another note of interest: I saw this in a theater on july 21st, almost a month after its initial release date, and only a few days after the Dark Knight was released. True both were playing in the same theater and maybe a number of patrons sitting with me were there only because they were unable to get tickets for the constantly sold out Batman sequel, but still, there were quite a few people there to see Wanted. I was actually surprised that on a Monday - in the early afternoon to boot - that I was sitting in a two thirds full theater. that says something about word of mouth and the fact that this movie has been benefiting from some decent reviews. I admit that I was initially in no hurry to go and see this one but that at the same time I was curious about the positive reviews it was garnering. Glad I finally decided to make the trip downtown to see this one.

The comicbook's creator, Mark Millar, was also a credited consultant for the movie (can you say good PR move to curry the favour of the comicbook fans out there?) and worked on set to help tweak the dialogue for some of the scenes. He has come out and publicly said that the studio had expressed interest in involving him in a Wanted movie sequel if the film did well enough at the box office. He thinks that any future Wanted outings might be a chance to address some aspects of the mini-series that were dropped from the script of this first one.

All things considered, I would look forward to seeing the filmmakers reload their weapons and taking careful aim at a sequel...

Friday, May 30, 2008

WANTED MOVIE: Ready to take its best shot on June 27th.

One shot at box office success.

If you look at the summer movie schedule it seems that the Wanted movie finds itself in an interesting spot; it will be aiming to take top spot on its weekend (June 27th) against only one real contender: Disney's Wall-E. The prior week's releases, Get smart and Love Guru probably won't have much carry over power after their opening weekend, and the Incredible Hulk movie and The Happening will both be two weeks old by that time and not much of a threat. I won't be half surprised if a Disney cartoon takes the top spot.

The important thing to consider however, is that a Hollywood movie needs to start making its money back in the first week of release to help foster a positive image of the movie in the minds of its potential future audience. (think of Speed Racer and how its poor opening week performance stunted the movie going audiences' enthusiasm for the film) Wanted has a chance to make some serious coin its opening week because its target audience won't be lining up for Disney, but it will be left in the dust the next week, when Will Smith's newest feature, the Hancock movie, rolls into movie theaters July 4th, Hellboy II the week after and Batman II the week after that.

So it will be quite interesting to see how Angelina Jolie's latest flick fares on its opening week.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

WANTED MOVIE: Not that Wanted.

With the imminent release of the new Wanted movie, I felt I needed to make an observation on this project. I'm sure I am not the only one to feel this way but even so I have not heard much said about this yet, so here I go.

This movie is called "wanted", but it is not really that story/comicbook.

The basic plot of Mark Millar's original mini-series was that of a hypochondriac nobody stuck in a dead end office job who finds out that he is actually the son a of a super assassin and heir to a position of power in the super villain community, a community that has been secretly ruling the world since the mid eighties after defeating the world super heroes and erasing the population's memory of them through magic.

This new movie, however, only goes as far as to have the nobody protagonist (played by James McAvoy) find out that he is the son of a world class assassin and heir to his position in a group. Other than having a female antagonist in the movie (Angelina Jolie) similar to the one in the comicbook and having a mentor figure for the 'hero' ( this mentor played by Morgan Freeman)
, the rest of the movie's plot (from what I have heard of it so far) doesn't sound like it is following Mark Millar's original comic storyline. the movie has McAvoy's character training to hone his skills as an assassin, but he is doing so to follow the execution orders of a mysterious mystical order that has been around since at least the Middle Ages and has been weaving tapestries that help them determine the lifelines of everybody and anybody of any importance on the planet.


Okay, this sounds like an interesting concept for a movie, but it isn't the movie that a Wanted movie should be. And that is how I feel on the subject. Oh that and the fact that by getting Jolie in the movie with no counter-balancing famous lead and marketing the film around her so far, the film is looking to be just another Angelina Jolie project which is more about her than the actual story that is being told.

It would be nice if I was wrong, but...

Monday, May 12, 2008

WANTED MOVIE: Take a peak at sexy, tattood Angelina...

Well, here it is, the newest trailer for the upcoming Wanted movie. I think it really just confirms my feelings that this film is mostly going to be very 'Matrix-esque' in its look and feel. Don't get me wrong: that's not necessarily abad thing I just was hoping it to look like it would be maybe a bit more faithful to the original comic book limited series.

Oh well. Enjoy it anyway.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Wanted the Movie starring Angelina Jolie is coming!

This is the site for news, updates, pictures and anything else about the upcoming Wanted Movie, starring Angelina Jolie!