Speed Racer (2008)

Wachowski brothers who directed the Matrix trilogy bring to life this cartoon.

The story follows young driver Speed Racer (Emile Hirsch) who is coming out of the shadow of his brother Rex who was the best but fell into the wrong racing crew and eventually died in a race.

Speed dreams of being the Grand Prix champion but his family’s small independent team can not match the politics of the bigger controlling team and when they try to talk him into to driving for them he refuses leading to the downfall of his family’s team.

Speed must race one last time for his family’s honour can he change the history of the corruption in the sport?

I would have to say this is a guilty pleasure film so easy to watch and once you get into it, it is edge of your seat stuff. It might have struggled in the box office due to its slightly less adult side but that does give it and added bit of fun. There is a list of well known actors involved in the film with John Goodman, Susan Sarandon, Christina Ricci and fresh off Lost Matthew Fix, this could have helped get more viewers.

The race sequences are pretty special being completely over the top filled with spins, weapons, flips and jumps, I think they tried to stay close to the cartoon with some of the feel rather than just make everything real which could have made the appeal of the film go down.

My Rating 89%

Ted (2012)

Seth MacFarlane the creator of Family Guy tries his hand at a live action film, Taking on what could be looked at on paper as a very young fantasy film but has a much more adult tone to it.

The film starts when a young boy Johnny wishes his teddy would come to life and become his best friend. So he does, twenty five years later Johnny (Mark Wahlberg) is all grown up well at least an adult now. He still lives with Ted (Voiced by Seth MacFarlane) and his girlfriend Lori (Mila Kunis).

After four years together Lori is expecting a more serious future with Johnny which means Ted has to move out. Can Ted and Johnny’s friendship survive?

Right now Seth just can’t do anything wrong, this is a great comedy that is similar to Family Guy sense of humour, Filled with lots of comparison jokes. Much like in Family Guy Seth brings a cult hero into the story this time Sam Jones also known as Flash Gordon.

Seth got the romantic comedy level perfect to suit both men and woman and the comedy itself is just as outrageous as you would like it to be. Overall it is fun, filled with brilliant cameos

My Rating 88%

Men In Black 3 (2012)

The third instalment of the popular film series directed by Barry Sonnenfeid who also directed the first two.

The story follows one of Agent K’s (Tommy Lee Jones) prisoners escaping from a maximum security prisons on the Moon. Boris The Animal (Jemaine Clement) is out for revenge on K by travelling back in time to kill him in 1969.

He is successful but his plan has one problem Agent J (Will Smith) who still remembers K being there the day before. To save K’s life J must travel back in time and stop Boris and save K.

Adding the time travel element offers a new side to K which is one of the humour highlights in the film. Unfortunately it never really shines as a full blown action comedy the previous chapter have given us. Will Smith character is very done and gets on ones nerves after one too many quick one liners.

If you are a fan of the first two you will enjoy and if your a Will Smith fan you will like the film too. The one thing i must say is you have to watch all the way through as the ending is very clever to create a bigger picture.

My Rating 71%

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

The concluding part of Christopher Nolan’s epic Batman franchise. Eight years have pasted since the events of the Dark Knight and on Harvey Dent day a storm gets put into action.

Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) is know house bound and doesn’t dawn the black cape any more, organised crime has been wiped out and the Batman is still hunted by the police. After Selina (Anne Hathaway) tries to steal something off Bruce, Bruce comes out of his whole to make some public appearances.

After Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) is caught in the sewers and taken to Bane (Tom Hardy) who has been building an army under Gotham City. Beaten he escapes with his life but only just.

Enter John Blake (Joseph Gordon Levitt) a young detective who knows who the Batman is and visits him hoping he can help find Bane and stop him before it is too late.

Can Batman stop his biggest and most dangerous rival before it is too late?

Simply put this  an epic and the sort of film you would expect to see from Christopher Nolan. He uses both of the first two to create a fitting conclusion to his saga. Granted it would have been nicer to see more of Batman in the film but in his absence John Blake shines and is easily the most likeable character in this film. the inclusion of Selina is one thing i question as she doesn’t really add too much to the overall story. Then there is Bane a brilliant calculated terrorist who shines as he takes down Gotham. The story adds a few twists which will add a few surprises.

My rating 93%

Real Steel (2011)

In the near future where boxing has been replaced by robot boxing. We meet Charlie (Hugh Jackman) a man who just wants to make money, which includes taking one of his robots to fight at a circus to fight a bull, unsuccessfully.

Charlie’s world is about to take a big turn when he finds out one of his ex girlfriends has died leaving Charlie with a son Max (Dakota Goyo). Continuing his style of life he sells his son to his aunt (Hope Davis) and her husband (James Rebhorn) but agrees to take him for the summer planning on leaving him with his trainer Bailey (Evangeline Lilly).

After blowing all the money he got on a robot that gets destroyed in a fight Charlie and Max head to a scrap yard to look for parts only for Max to find an early robot he restores and they take on the road.

Can they make a big enough name for themselves and challenge at the very top?

I found the story very much opposite your usual over coming the odds, usually it would be the young character that learns the lesson, but in this the son seems to teach the father more. It is a good bounding story between distant father and son. Some of the robot battles are very nicely put together and offer a very real experience. Overall it is a very enjoyable film that never really challenges the view to over think the story.

My Rating 85%