It’s been some time since I’ve done a movie review so rather than create a post for each of the movies I’ve seen recently I figured I’d put one of these compilation posts together. I don’t go to the movies all that often, but after I’d seen Dark Of The Moon not once, but TWICE it was rather strange for me to be back in the theater. That said, when Harry Potter comes calling I simply cannot pass it up.
NOTE: THIS WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS. YOU’VE BEEN WARNED.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011)
Unless you’ve been living under a rock since 2001, you’re familiar with the film series that deals with a young wizard named Harry Potter. I’m not going to bother going into a plot summary here cause if you don’t know the story by now you should stop reading this post and go read the books. They’ve absolutely phenomenal. What I will say is that this final entry into the Potter mythos was nothing short of spectacular. When Deathly Hallows Part 1 ended the audience was given quite a case of blue balls. I’m very happy to report that Part 2 started off quite literally right where the last one ended. No opening credits to get in the way, just a continuation of the story. The filmmakers did a great job of sticking to the story as much as possible with such a grand ending. There were a few times where things from the book were skipped (naturally) but overall it’s a very faithful adaptation. I hadn’t read the book since it came out, so I really didn’t have the, “Oh, that’s different from the book,” mentality while watching this one. Two points that did stick out to me were the deaths of Snape and Voldemort. Snape’s death I remember quite vividly from the book and it just didn’t quite live up to it on screen (though to be fair it was a rather violent death in the book and it would have been tough to show and stick to its PG-13 rating. Voldemort’s death was just a bit “meh” to me. With him being SUCH a bad ass I felt that he could have gone out a bit grander. Honestly though, I don’t remember his death in the book so it may have played perfectly. Those two things aside this was an absolute joy to watch. Not since Lord Of The Rings have I seen such a great fantasy film. If you’re a Potter fan I’m sure you’ve already seen it. If you’re not a Potter fan, get reading and go see these flicks!
King Corn (2007)
The wife and I were sitting at home the other night looking for something to watch and decided on this documentary. The flick follows two college friends Ian Cheney and Curtis Ellis as they move from Boston to Greene, Iowa and farm a singular acre of corn. It delves into quite a few eye opening issues including government subsidized crops, genetically modified seeds and just how unhealthy the American diet really is. The film’s official site can be found at www.kingcorn.net. If you like documentaries (especially stuff like Morgan Spurlock’s Super Size Me) then this one is for you.
Something, Something, Something, Dark Side (2010)
There’s not really a whole lot to say about this one. It’s a parody of The Empire Strikes Back created by folks that bring us Family Guy. If you like Family Guy you’ll like this flick. If you like Empire, you’ll love this flick. If you like them both… you’ll downright go ape shit for this one. Essentially, this is Empire recast with characters from Family Guy into roles from the film. The creators bring up quite a few things that you and your buddies have always wondering or commented about when watching Empire and there are some pop-culture parodies/references in there that are laugh out loud funny. Watch it!