Maleficent (2014)

Maleficent_posterBeen anticipating the release of this show since I saw the trailer a couple of months back. Gotta admit, despite the big name Angelina Jolie, I was afraid that it would turn out to be a total flop like the 2010’s Alice In Wonderland. I mean that show had Johnny Depp, but it was so bad, I cringe everytime I think of it. Maleficent, I would say, is one of the best Disney cartoon to have been remade. Considering how the storyline is a little different from the original cartoon movie, I guess remake is not really the correct word to use? Oh well. The concept and altered storyline of Maleficent is superb. Love the twist of the story. And to be a little more cheesy, so many moral values to learn, not that it matters to me. πŸ˜›

I was a little surprised that Angelina Jolie would want to star in a fantasy show like this one. But after watching her performance in the movie, there’s not a single doubt why she took up the role. Seriously, nobody in this world suited the role as well as Jolie did.Β angelina-jolie-maleficentShe was not born to be Maleficent. She IS Maleficent. That is how awesome she is in this role. Perfect. I couldn’t find a single flaw in it. And I’m really not a Jolie fan. Never was. But after watching this? She made me a fan of hers. Haha! Love how they spin the movie to show that Maleficent is not the actual villain, and deep down, she’s actually a really kind and loving person.angelina-jolie-maleficent-innocent How a heartbreak and betrayal made her seek revenge, only to have her regret it after she has cooled off and tried to save the day. Again, absolutely love the story. πŸ˜€

Princess Aurora was mostly portrayed by Elle Fanning.Β elle fanning-maleficentFanning certainly looked the part. Another thing I loved about this movie is how they made Princess Aurora into a princess with an admirable character and not like the flimsy princess-y one in the cartoon.
Fun fact : Princess Aurora as a toddler was played by Jolie’s on daughter, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, reason being, all other toddlers cried when they saw Jolie in her Maleficent getup. And she is absolutely adorable in the movie as toddler Princess Aurora! πŸ™‚

One character I never expected the story to focus on is Diaval, the raven shapshifter.Β sam riley-maleficentSam Riley’s role of Diaval is just a minor one, but it still manages to catch the attention of the audience. I’m sure I’m not the only one who finds his quiet nature and faithfulness to Maleficent endearing.

The unexpected and actual villain of the movie is Aurora’s father, King Stefan. Ex-lover of Maleficent who betrayed her and cut of her wings.Β King-Stefan-MaleficentHe is evil. I actually enjoyed how they made him the bad guy instead of Maleficent. Like I mentioned before, love the twist. πŸ˜‰ Sharlto Copley did a really good job as a crazed king. Believable, at the very list. Haha!

The characters in the movie that actually kinda annoyed me were the 3 fairies.Β Maleficent-3 fairiesSo annoying. I really preferred the 1959 cartoon version. Those fairies were likable. These are just…….. ugh! And really, it doesn’t help to have Imelda Staunton to play the pink fairy. I still can’t get her out of my head as Dolores Umbridge in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.Β fairy_umbridgeSo really, it’s kinda hard to like them no matter how pleasant they are supposed to be in the movie. Haha. Besides, like I’ve mentioned and will say it again, they’re more annoying than pleasant. πŸ˜›

Overall, I love this show. I know this will be one of those movies I’ll watch time and again. It’s just that good. πŸ™‚ Great storyline, great characters (generally) and a great feel to the show. πŸ™‚ I’d actually recommend this version to pre-teens more than the cartoon version cause at the very least, this teaches us that we don’t need a prince’s true love to solve all our problems. We just need family and friends who truly love us to get through life happily. Cheesy, I know. πŸ˜€

P.s : For the record, I didn’t mention the prince because his character is negligible in this movie. He probably appeared for 5 mins tops. He’s more like an extra of the movie than the cast. Haha! πŸ˜›

The Hobbit : The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

The_Hobbit_-_The_Desolation_of_Smaug_theatrical_posterSince I saw the first hobbit movie, An Unexpected Journey, in 2012, I was anticipating for the release of this second show. Let me just say, it didn’t disappoint. I took my mum to watch this movie with me. I was trying to convert her into a non-anti-LOTR mum, you see. Haha! She’s always exclaiming “Yeerrrrr!” whenever she sees me watching LOTR simply cause she finds the orcs and Uruk-hai gross. πŸ˜› And guess what? Mission accomplished. She still hasn’t really taken a liking to the orcs and Uruk-hai (obviously), but at least she now knows why I love LOTR. πŸ˜€

However, all that being said, I personally feel that, although both these movies (An Unexpected Journey & The Desolation of Smaug) are pretty awesome shows, they still somewhat lack that sense of epicness that the LOTR trilogy has. Maybe it’s the lack of epic mass-like battles, but of course this is due to the original story plots and we can’t really blame it on that, I guess. Anyway, it’s still a show that will keep you to the edge of your seats throughout the entire time.

FINALLY. We see Legolas back in action. I was ecstatic when he first popped onto the screen. LOL!Β The-Hobbit-Smaug-legolasHowever, I’m not sure if it’s only me, but I find the Legolas in The Hobbit trilogy seems to be more moody and arrogant as compared to the one who appeared in LOTR trilogy, even though both are played by Orlando Bloom. Hm. Do note that, even though Legolas seems to have quite a significant role in movie of The Desolation of Smaug, he actually was never mentioned in the book. He only appeared as one of the main characters in the LOTR books, never in The Hobbit. But seriously, I’m not complaining. πŸ˜› Haha! And I think this is the first time ever, I didn’t complain that a movie deviate from it’s respective book.

Another addition to the movie is a female character, Tauriel.Β HBT2-fs-140204.DNGTauriel was played by Evangeline Lilly. Loved that she is more of the tough fighting elf. It’s about time we have a cool female elf. Lol! Arwen (played by Liv Tyler) did appear like a tough hot elf at the beginning of the LOTR trilogy, but later on, she just became a little more like the sweet elven princess that she is supposed to be, which I feel is a little sad. Would love to see her show her spicy side. πŸ™‚

Anyway, another new face to the movie is Luke Evans. And I thought it amusing that Luke Evans and Orlando Bloom are in the same movie playing quite significant characters, because I used to think Luke Evans looks a lot like Orlando Bloom! Haha!Β The-Hobbit-The-Desolation-of-Smaug-lookalikeEven with one blonde and the other black haired, I can still see the similarities. Not as obvious as comparing Luke Evans to Orlando’s look in Pirates of the Caribbean. Luke & OrlandoOrlando-Bloom-and-Luke-EvanNo? Or maybe I’m the only one who thinks so? Hhmmm.

The voice of the dragon was somewhat captivating and a little mystical.la_ca_1217_the_hobbitI was wondering who voiced this magnificent creature, so I googled it. Lo behold, Smaug the dragon, was voiced by the one and only Benedict Cumberbatch!Β benedict-cumberbatch-premiere-the-hobbit-the-desolation-of-smaugYes, the fella who is famously known for his work in British series Sherlock and also the villain in the 2013 Star Trek Into Darkness. No wonder the dragon good. What with the slight traces of posh English coming from this British dude. πŸ™‚

Overall, I would say that The Desolation of Smaug is even better than An Unexpected Journey. However, it’s still lacks a little something if compared to the LOTR trilogy. I mean I can watch the latter countless times and never really get bored. But with both The Hobbit installments, I’ll definitely watch it more than once, though there’ll need to be period gaps in between, like a couple of months or so. πŸ™‚ All that being said, I’m still looking forward to the final movie in The Hobbit trilogy. I’m almost sure it’s gonna be even better than this one. πŸ˜€

Thor : The Dark World (2013)

Thor_-_The_Dark_World_posterI’ve been waiting, rather impatiently, for this movie to be out since I first saw it’s first show in 2011. When it’s finally released last year, I was ecstatic! And I was not disappointed. Thor : The Dark World is amazing!

I loved the first show, but I this one’s even better! The storyline is great. Comparative to the first show, this definitely has more action, more humour and more focus on various characters (instead of focusing solely on Thor, Loki & Jane). πŸ˜›

Chris Hemsworth resumes his role as Thor (duh!) for this movie. I mean, look at him! No one else could really take that place anymore.Β thor-the-dark-world-chris-hemsworthChris Hemsworth IS Thor. That built of his body? *drool* πŸ™‚ I’m amused though, that time around, Thor has manged to get his hair groomed. Well, at the very least, it is more tidy, styled and pretty (yes pretty) than it was in the first movie. Maybe during his trip to Earth previously, he brought back some shampoo, conditioner and rubber band. Haha! Lame joke, I know. πŸ˜›

I seldom like it when guys have long hair. I usually prefer guys who have clean cut short hair, but I guess Hemsworth is one of the very few exceptions?Β "Marvel's The Avengers" Press ConferenceI’ll admit. I can’t resist this face. Lol! πŸ˜›

Another darling that I feel is irreplaceable is of course, Loki.Β thor-the-dark-world-tom-hiddlestonTom Hiddleston is the man. He is one of the very few villain, if not the only, that I know of, that can steal the hearts of almost everybody who watched the show. If you’re not charmed by him the first time, believe me, you will be when you watch him for the second time. Love how Hiddleston made Loki into a sassy, sarcastic but yet charming bad guy. And kudos to him too for gaining Loki, and himself, a fandom. Literally. He has his own fandom. Gosh. On a side note, when I tried YouTube-ing Hiddleston, I realized, he is every bit as charming, if not more than, Loki in real life. Wicked sense of humour, stunning impressions of various characters (I guess that just goes to further prove how good an actor he is) or celebrities (his Owen Wilson and Chris Evans’ impressions were spot on!) and always a good sport. πŸ™‚

Comparative to the 2 outstanding male performances, Natalie Portman’s portrayal of Jane Foster is a little bland.Β natalie-portman-thor-the-dark-worldJust a little, and that is if it’s compared to Hemsworth and Hiddleston. But overall she was convincing and I do enjoy her scenes onscreen. Gotta say, even though her chemistry with Hemsworth onscreen weren’t as impressive as that between Hemsworth and Hiddleston, it’s still pleasant and endearing to watch Thor and Jane fumble through their relationship. πŸ™‚

Funnily though, even though Portman is the lead female in this movie, but I find myself noticing the supporting female actress, Kat Dennings more than Portman herself.Β thor-the-dark-world-internsShe plays the geeky intern of Jane Foster. And although she may not look like the typical gorgeous girl in most of the movies she’s in, in real life, she looks pretty hot, me thinks.Β Kat_DenningsKat_DenningsShe’s like a cross between Angelina Jolie and Kristen Stewart. Lol! You may recognize her from the movie House Bunny and the series 2 Broke Girls.

In actual fact, the main villain in the movie are the Dark Elves.Β thor-the-dark-world-malekithBut obviously Loki managed to steal some limelight from them. πŸ˜› Still, Christopher Eccleston, who plays Malekith, the leader of the Dark Elves, is very convincing in his role. Great job to the makeup team as well in making Eccleston absolutely unrecognizable. Lol!

One of my favourite scenes is the one where Captain America made a surprise cameo.Β Thor-Dark-World-Captain AmericaThat was like the unexpected icing on a cake. Awesome! Short and sweet and sassy! And again, look at Thor’s ‘commercial-ready’ hair. πŸ˜€

Then there’s the passionate kiss at the end of the movie between Thor and Jane.Β thor-the-dark-world-chris-hemsworth & wife kissBut here’s the secret that now everyone knows : The lady Hemsworth kissed passionately in this scene is NOT Natalie Portman but rather his own wife, Elsa Pataky! Story goes, Portman was in a different country at that time and couldn’t make it back for this scene. So, they gave Mrs. Hemsworth a wig and she played out this scene of Jane Foster smooching Thor. Aawww. How sweet is that? Lol! πŸ˜‰

Let me just say that, the twist at the end of the movie is making me very impatient for the 3rd installment of this Marvel Thor series to be released. And yes, I know, they haven’t even started filming yet!

Frozen (2013)

FrozenI went into the cinema not expecting much from this movie except for it to be a typical feel good animation film. I was right. It IS a feel good film, but it’s more than that. Let me just say, Frozen is now one of my top most favourite animation movies of all time. It has a great storyline, memorable characters, beautiful songs and just enough touch of romance and comedy. Suitable for all ages, and I daresay, almost every will love this movie. πŸ™‚

The story is built around 2 sisters, Elsa & Anna. And the way their characters are set up makes every little girl (a quite a number of adults) want to be like either Elsa or Anna.

Elsa, the elder sister is really not much fun until she ‘let it go’ midway into the movie. Pun fully intended. πŸ˜› But after that, she has really become my favourite sister in the movie.Β frozen-elsa-prettyThe voice behind Elsa is Idana Menzel.Idina_Menzel_

Yes, the lady who once starred as Elphaba in the musical Wicked! BIG VOICE. Perfect to nail the song that is now known all over the world, thanks to this movie, ‘Let It Go’. I love watching Idina perform, and even though she’s only the voice here, I’m still super stoked. Haha!

Then there’s the younger sister, Anna. Vibrant, bubbly and bordering on a little adorably annoying. Love the comical side of her that the scriptwriter gave her.Β Anna_FrozenI never knew Kristen Bell could sing pretty well until I watched this show.The Celebration Of The Music Of Disney's "Frozen"Being the voice behind Anna, Kristen had a couple of songs to sing and I gotta say she did a great job, considering she had to sing beside Idina. On a side note, after so many years in showbiz, Kristen still looks youthful and sweet. πŸ™‚

Love the fact that the male lead here is not some prince charming, but rather a poor guy whose best friend is his reindeer.Β Kristoff-Sven-FrozenLove the relationship between Kristoff and Sven. They are so adorable when they’re together. If only pets in real life could react in such human-like expressions. πŸ˜€

My favourite character in this movie has to be Olaf, the cute, short snowman.Β frozen-olafIts impossible not to love Olaf, believe me. πŸ™‚

This is a movie I’ll definitely watch again, and again, and again from time to time. Love the fact that the hero does not necessarily has to be man, and there’s other different kinds of love besides romance.

These are my favourite songs from the movie. I’m sure it’s many people’s favourite too, based on the frequency I hear it everywhere around. πŸ˜‰

Percy Jackson : Sea Of Monsters (2013)

Percy-Jackson-Sea-of-monster-posterBeen waiting for this sequel to come out for a while now. Even though it’s pretty entertaining, but it kinda falls short of my expectation. Not as good as the first movie, if you ask me. Sure, the visual effects are much better as compared to the first show, but, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief was a much better show. At least it is to me. Maybe cause whenever we watch a show that is entertaining, we tend to expect the sequel to be even better, and when the crew don’t step it up, then it just seems like a disappointment, even when it may just be as good as the first show. Make sense? πŸ˜‰ A tad bit disappointed? Sure. Enjoyed the show? Definitely. I may be 27, but sometimes, I enjoy watching ‘teenage adventure stories’ like this. πŸ™‚

Logan Lerman reprises his role as demigod Percy Jackson.Β Logan-Lerman-Percy-Jackson-Sea-of-MonstersHe really doesn’t look like the typical Hollywood ‘demigod type’ of actor. I mean, look at the people who’ve played Hercules, Achilles, Perseus, etc etc. Even though this is set in a demigod’s teenage years, I would have expected the casting director to pick a more muscular teen. But, somehow, someway, Lerman just fits into this role really well. Even from the very start in the first show. I actually like it how it gives us a new perspective that demigods can have a normal person’s body as well, and not every one of them owns a body like a Greek god. πŸ˜‰ I personally think Lerman looks better with slightly longer hair though (like those in Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief), as compared to the much shorted crop he sport in this sequel. Just my personal opinion.

Brandon T. Jackson also reprises his role as Percy’s protector, Grover the satyr.percy-jackson-sea-of-monsters-brandon-groverAlways with that comedic side. Even though he’s not the main character, I think the show would be a tad bit boring without him and his humour.

Female lead is Alexandra Daddario, as Athena’s demigod daughter, Annabeth.Stars On The Set Of 'Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters'Or at least I think she still is the female lead, since she was one of the lead in the first show. Reprising her role as Athena’s daughter, I don’t understand why they make her blonde this time, when in the first movie, she was a brunette.Β percy-jackson-lightning-thief-annabethAnd she looks so much better and prettier as a brunette. The brown hair makes her blue eyes pop. Another thing is, her character is less prominent in this movie. As a matter of fact, it kinda falls flat as compared to a few others. I loved Annabeth in the first show, but this time? I just find her a tad bit bordering on annoying. And there’s barely any room in the movie for her to exhibit her natural talent, wisdom. She is the daughter of Athena, goddess of Wisdom and War Strategy, after all. Oh well.

Jake Abel return as Luke, the demigod son of Hermes. Also, good boy turned bad.Β percy-jackson-sea-of-monsters-jake-abelHere in the sequel, I think he lost too much weight, to the point that his face actually looks a little sunken. Totally unflattering. Even his bod looks a little bit skinny, for men’s Hollywood standard. πŸ˜‰ Β I remember thinking that he’s the cutest one among all the other casts in the first movie, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief.percy-jackson-lightning thief-jake-abelEven during his days acting in Supernatural (yes, he was the 3rd Winchester brother, Adam, who ended up being locked in Lucifer’s cage with Lucifer and Michael), he still looked somewhat cute.supernatural-jake-abeladam-dean-and-samI just can’t resist posting the picture above, since it consists of Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki. Teehee! But yeah, Jake Abel was the 3rd and youngest brother of the Winchester siblings. As cute as he was last time in the first Percy Jackson movie, I still think that he does the bad guy pretty well. Not particularly perfect for the role, but at least its believable. And now with his new sunken-face look? Well, I guess it helps with the role. πŸ˜‰ Though, I would really prefer his old look. Huh. πŸ™‚

The two main newcomers to the movie are Levan Rambin and Douglas Smith. Levan Rambin plays the demigod daughter of Ares, the god of war.Β percy-jackson-sea-of-monsters-leven-rambinShe’s kinda annoying at the beginning of the show, but towards the end, you’ll find that she’s not too bad after all. I mean, what do you expect from the daughter of the god of war? Big ego, of course. (On a side note : Though not as big as someone I know who’s really so full of himself. Smirk. *bitchy moment*) Even though the picture doesn’t show it, but Rambin’s character kinda reminds me a little of Lea Michele of Glee.Β 0813-lea_michele_bdAlso with a dash of Scottish actress Georgia King who plays Harriet in Wild Child (2008).Β Georgia-King---2013-Paley-Television-Festival-03Somehow, someway, with Rambin’s brunette hair in this movie, I feel she resembles King a little, minus King’s blonde hair, of course. πŸ˜‰ But Levan Rambin with blonde hair is a total different story. She actually looks pretty hot in blonde.Β LevenRambinSweet too, me thinks. πŸ˜‰

Douglas Smith on the other hand plays Tyson, the son of Poseidon, god of the seas, and a cyclops. Weird. Haha.Β percy-jackson-sea-of-monsters-tysonThen again, he does look weird with one eye. Huh. But right from the start of the show, Smith’s character, Tyson, who is very innocently naive is very likable. You just can’t help but go ‘aawwwww’ when he says the cheesiest and sweetest thing. And he actually has quite a pleasant likable face when he has his two eyes.Β Percy Jackson: Sea of MonstersA very sweet face and smile if I may say so. Not those good looking, hot type, but just pleasant ans sweet. The type of smile that naturally induces another smile. Haha. And I actually googled what he looks like normally and seriously? Not bad at all.Β Douglas+Smith+Percy Jackson Sea Of MonsterNot your typical hot good looking Hollywood actor, but there’s just something about him that makes him really likable and his looks appearing pretty good. Though, I still haven’t learn to appreciate curly hair on guys. Lol!

I thought the most impressive scene in the entire movie was the sea monster scene.Β Percy-Jackson-Sea-of-Monsters-seamonsterI actually took a deep breath when I saw this. Pretty impressive, no? For a teenage movie, of course. Haha.

Overall, even though not as good as expected, this show is definitely entertaining and exciting enough for me to rewatched it, now and then. πŸ˜‰

The Wolverine (2013)

the-wolverine-posterI was kinda apprehensive whenever people mention this movie and got all excited about it, probably cause the previous Wolverine movie I watched, X-Men Origins : Wolverine (2009), was kinda a flop in my opinion. I was so disappointed with that movie. Β But there were so many good reviews from friends who had already watch this show that when Aaron asked me if I wanted to go and catch this movie, I decided to say ‘yes’. πŸ™‚ It’s not ‘the bomb’, but it’s so much better than the 2009 Wolverine movie. Entertaining.

After watching him in Les MisΓ©rablesΒ (2012), I almost forgot how good Hugh Jackman can look when he cleans up and stands tall. I mean, his performance in Les MisΓ©rablesΒ was pretty great, not so much with his looks though. So when Mr. Jackman here reprise his role as Wolverine, I can’t help but stare. Haha.hugh-jackman-the-wolverine-in a suitLet me just say that it’s nice to see Wolverine in a suit once in while, cause he’s usually in that leather jacket of his. Either that or he’s topless. And speaking of topless, Jackman’s body is pretty ‘wow-ing’.Β hugh-jackman-the-wolverineIn my opinion, he pretty much embodies Wolverine. He’s so good at it, I don’t think I can imagine anyone else playing this role as good as Hugh Jackman. At least, I stil can’t, to date.

Am pretty happy that this time around, the storyline and progress of the show is very well planned, unlike the 2009 Wolverine movie where the sole focus in on Wolverine, literally, to the point where it just got annoying. I remember thinking, “why bother having all the other actors and actresses… Might as well just take Hugh Jackman and one cameraman to follow him around..”, while watching that show. So it’s a relieve that this time, even though the focus is still Wolverine, the storyline and the importance of the other characters is nicely balanced out.

Wasn’t very impressed with the female lead, Tao Okamoto.Β the-wolverine-tao-okamotoNot very sure if she’s a good actress, but I know for sure I didn’t really like her character, Mariko Yashida, in this movie. As a matter of fact, I very much prefer watching the supporting actress, Rila Fukushima who portrays a precognitive mutant, Yukio.Β The WolverineAt first glance, it may seem that Okamoto looks prettier than Fukushima, but if you look closely, even though Fukushima may not have the typical Japanese ‘beauty’ look, she is actually more attractive than Okamoto. At least that’s what I feel. There’s just something about her that catches your attention even when she’s not the star of the show.Fukushima-the-wolverineVery likable, and I thought she was really cool with the sword fighting. Love that red hair too. Fukushima makes red hair looks like the ‘in’ thing. Though, very few people, can actually carry this kind of red hair like her, without coming off as either loony or slutty. I for one know a woman who loves to dye her hair almost as red as this, thinking it’ll make her look young, but sorry to say, she just ends up looking really shallow and slutty. Oh well. *bitchy moment* πŸ˜‰ On a side note, I kinda feel that maybe, Fukushima would be more suited for the role of Mako Mori in Pacific Rim, as compared to Rinkiko Kikuchi. Then maybe that character won’t come across as annoying to me. But that’s just my personal opinion. Haha.

I feel that the villains in this movie didn’t really stand out much. Yes, they make the movie interesting but none of them actually really caught my attention and wow-ed me. The Viper’s character falls kinda flat for me. It’s not memorable, at all.Β the-wolverine-svetlana-khodchenkovaSvetlana Khodchenkova fail to project a sultry, sexy, seducing yet menacing Viper. I’m not sure how the directer wanted that character, but if it were up to me, I’d make Viper to be incredible sexy and seductive, but yet very dangerous and menacing. Sad to say, Khodchenkova kinda come across as a rich bimbo-ish kinda villain. Pretty though. Kinda. πŸ˜‰

The other villain, the mastermind, Yashida does have the evil look on his old face, but still, not one of the best villains I’ve ever seen. Not even close. The only thing I picked up from his onscreen time is…..the-wolverine-cool-bedThis is such an awesome bed! Seriously. If they have this Β in hospitals, I think the patients there would be very happy. Haha. What makes this dude so powerful, besides his wealth, is this suit that he wears towards the climax of the show. The metal/silver samurai.Β Thewolverine-silver-samuraiThe-Wolverine-giant-silver-samurai1As impressive as it may look in the pictures above, and even in the movie itself, I still find it lacking when compared to The Destroyer in Thor (2011).thor-the-destroyerthor-the-destroyer2So much better ain’t it? The Destroyer in Thor (2011)? πŸ™‚

But anyway, it’s still a very good movie and entertaining show. I’d definitely watch it from time to time for entertainment purposes. Lol!

Pacific Rim (2013)

Pacific_Rim_FilmPosterI’ll be honest. I’ve never heard of this movie ever, until the day Chiet asked if the group wanted to go and catch the movie. I remember asking what is the movie about. The explanation I got is that it’s a combination of Ultraman and Transformers. Now, I have nothing against Transformers, but Ultraman? I was very skeptical when the word Ultraman left his lips, but hey, hanging out with friends in a cinema for an action movie? Sure. Thank God I watched it cause it’s the a pretty great show. Way way way better than I expected. Action-packed from the beginning till the end. I think I enjoyed it even more than shows like ‘Man Of Steel‘ and ‘Iron Man 3‘. In comparison to the last few action movies I’ve watched, I think only ‘World War Z‘ surpasses this. Even ‘Star Trek Into Darkness‘ is probably only a tad bit nicer than this, in my opinion.

So, I’m not really good with Hollywood celebs. I usually only know the really famous ones or those whom I see often but yet not know their names. Hence, it’s not a surprise when I say that I’ve never heard of this lead actor’s name, like ever. But he’s quite good looking in this movie. Attractive somewhat. So that’s always a plus point. πŸ˜‰ British actor Charlie Hunnam played the lead, Raleigh Becket, a former pilot who was called out of retirement.pacific-rim-charlie-hunnamFirst time seeing Hunnam onscreen. He did a pretty good job, I suppose. I always feel that if a person can exhibit two totally different sides to a character somewhat convincingly, his acting skills would be at the very least above average, and Charlie Hunnam managed to do just that. Another thing is, Hunnam has got one hell of a body.Β SSD-06281.DNGSeriously, a little eye candy on screen never hurt. πŸ˜‰ Would be even better if his shoulder and arms a just a tad bit buffer, but really, I’m not complaining. Haha!

One thing I don’t understand when I googled Charlie Hunnam is, why does he go around with long hair and heavy stubble in real life when clearly being clean shaven suits him better? So much better.Β 465px-Charlie_Hunnam_by_Gage_Skidmore_3I totally couldn’t recognize him! Should stick to being clean shaven. There are people who could carry of the long hair/stubble look, and clearly Charlie Hunnam ain’t one of them. Or maybe his stylist just doesn’t know how to trim and style it. So, really? Meh.

Rinkiko Kikuchi was practically the only female cast on this show, aside for one of the really minor roles or one of the pilots (who died pretty quickly.. haha). This Japanese actress portrayed the character Mako Mori, Raleigh Becket’s new co-pilot after he came out of retirement.Β mako-mori-pacific-rimAt the beginning, I find her really annoying. Not sure if that’s the way her character is, or its just the way she portrays Mako Mori. Anyhow, she became more likable as the story unfolds. Towards the end of the show, I actually thought she’s pretty cool. Haha. And she looks really good during the combat scene.rinko-kikuchi-pacific-rimPretty impressive, if I may say so. I’ve always thought girls who can kick asses are really cool, so kudos to Kikuchi. However, I wouldn’t say the same thing about her chemistry with Hunnam. They don’t really have that spark between them. And I feel that spark is essential especially in the context of this movie where the basis of the pilots and co-pilots is their compatibility, physically, mentally and emotionally. They are however a better match than the Lois and Clark in Man of Steel. Haha. πŸ˜‰

I think Charlie Day and Burn Gorman make a terrific eccentric pair. Haha.Β pacific-rim-scientist

They both play scientist in this movie. One a biologist (or something like that) and the other a physicist (or something like that). Haha. And surprisingly, I actually find that this duo have better onscreen chemistry than the two lead casts. πŸ˜‰ As unimportant as it is, I think everyone who watched this movie unconsciously enjoyed the squabble between these two men. They actually squabble like an old married couple, if I may say so. Entertaining. Haha! πŸ™‚

Now, I’ve mentioned pilot a couple times in the paragraphs above, and I certainly don’t mean plane pilots. I meant pilots of the robots, or rather Jaegers, as they’re called in the movie.Β pacific-rim-robotla_ca_0621_pacific_rimGreat job to the FX team for making the Jaegers look magnificent.

I really loved how the creator of Pacific Rim made it so that the Jaeger would imitate the moves of the pilots controlling it, instead of using joysticks, buttons, etc etc.Β Pacific-Rim-Robot-PilotsPacific-Rim-Robot-Pilots2Watching these scenes really can really make you wish that you have your own Jaeger to control. Kinda brings out the kid in me again. Time and again, I was going, “Wow, so cool!” Haha! πŸ™‚

I wish I could say the same about the monsters they created. This movie, like I mentioned earlier, is kinda like a crossover of Transformers and Ultraman. What makes it even more like Ultraman is the extremely fake looking monsters.Β sydney_kaiju_pacificrimPacific-Rim-2013-kaiju-2See what I mean? It’s almost like the typical Ultraman monsters. I literally rolled my eyes when the first Kaiju (that’s what they call the monsters) is sighted onscreen. πŸ˜‰ Would have been nice if they had made the Kaijus look a little more real cause seriously, they just look like blown up toys.

Nontheless, Pacific Rim is still a highly entertaining action movie. I enjoyed it tremendously and definitely won’t mind watching it every now and then. πŸ˜‰