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It’s the Muppets!

When I first saw the trailers months and months ago, I will admit that my inner child began to scream, “YAAAAY!” like Kermit does when introducing someone.  So when the movie finally came out I wanted so badly to see it, not just because of my inner child and the desire for nostalgia, but because this is the first Muppet movie in a long time, and was a serious chance for a reboot.  And after seeing “The Muppets” on Thanksgiving, I think they’ll be making more movies in the near future.

The film begins with Gary and his brother Walter, who by the way, is a Muppet, and how they have grown up over the years watching “The Muppet Show” and how Walter has become a huge fan.  When Gary and his long time girlfriend Mary go to Los Angeles, they intend to celebrate their tenth anniversary dating dinner.  Walter tags along, and they find their way to the Muppet Studios, which is dilapadated, Walter finds out it will be demolished to drill for oil, and the search begins to bring the gang back together to do one last show to save the studio before it’s too late.

The story is one that for those who have never heard or seen the Muppets in action, can really get behind and fall in love with the variety of characters, song and dance routines, and the story of friendship, love, and finding who you really are.  I will admit, that like any movie where inside jokes are to be had, there is still plenty for those outside the regular viewers to enjoy.

So I say to you, if you enjoy the Muppets of the past, you’ll enjoy this.  If you haven’t been exposed, this is a great way to begin your journey into this great world that crosses generations and has messages that all can understand and relate to.

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2011 in Seen At Theater Reviews

 

Immortals in RealD 3D

I begin this post with throwing in my two cents about 3D.  I was raised on 3D being that the picture had parts that went into the audience and broke the screen’s 2D limitations.  RealD 3D is something I am still getting used to, and am not particularly happy when the one way to see a film at theaters is in the Read D 3D and you have to pay $3.50 more than expecting.  The RealD 3D made my eyes and head hurt the first time watching it, which was a showing of “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.”  The colors looked duller, the action not enhanced by the 3D, and the constant eye and head pain took me away from enjoying the film.

Now, having said that, I will admit I had my skepticism with Immortals when I saw that there were more showings in 3D than 2D, but it is what my wife and I decided to see.  Though I was not disappointed.

The story follows a bit of the mythology of Theseus, who we know mostly for killing the Minotaur in school, and his journey as a boy to a young man.  He goes against the King Hyperion and his army, all on a quest to prevent the Titans from being freed from Mount Tartarus, where they had been kept after losing their war with the gods.  The movie begins with a good little backstory that explains how and why these these things had occurred and where we were now.

With Producers from “300”, the movie uses a lot of slow motion, intense violence and blood, all with a grand backdrop and fast paced action to keep moving.  And in that, it succeeds greatly.  While I felt it didn’t have the same feel as “300”, I really enjoyed the movie, as well as the rather intense fight scenes, especially when Hermes appears in full god form and cleans house with some bad guys.  The audience, including myself, made a number of audible responses to that and later fight scenes where quite a bit of gore was to be had.

All though what we would expect from the previews, and it delivers as an entertaining movie.  The RealD 3D in this film wasn’t painful, and it makes me wonder if “Dawn Treader” had 3D added as an afterthought to just get more money, where in “Immortals” the film was intended for both dimensions and added to the experience.

My Recommendation: See It in 3D if it doesn’t hurt your eyes to see these type of movies, otherwise, 2D should be just fine.

 
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Posted by on November 23, 2011 in Seen At Theater Reviews