***THERE ARE SPOILERS IN MY REVIEW***
Okay, so here's my thoughts on the Fullmetal Alchemist live action movie:
It was AMAZING. It absolutely isn't canon to the original series or to Brotherhood and the manga, but it was amazing all the same. The graphics were lit, they even flawlessly brought the Nina/Alexander chimera to life. Gluttony was epically done considering what they were working with. He's not an exact copy given it was an actual actor playing him, but he's damn close. Envy and Lust were on point down to the littlest details; major kudos to that casting decision; and you could even tell Envy was a guy the first time he opened his mouth (it took me forever to figure out that Envy wasn't a girl in both series lol), so was Al's suit of armor.
Mustang could have been done a bit better, you can tell it's him, but his look is off; however, they did a great job with the casting for Hughes; Hughes' wife is a different matter all together. The actress was far prettier than the character actually was and her hair wasn't even attempted to be done like it is in either anime. I wasn't pleased with Winry either, especially since her signature blonde hair was missing, but the actress nailed her personality beautifully.
Another beautifully brought to life piece is the very beginning. While the Equivelant Exchange quote isn't there, the story of their mother's death and their first alchemic attempt to bring her back is. So is the how (with visuals) to Ed losing his arm and leg and Al losing his body. It was all perfectly done; including the end result. However, Ed's golden eye color is missing, his eyes are blue in the movie.
What's missing from the movie is the story that puts Ed through the exams, the main reason he was even at Shou Tucker's place to begin with, because of how close Tucker lived to where the exams were being held. The entire back story to how Ed first became a dog of the military is gone. It wasn't needed and honestly, in a two hour movie insignificant things like that aren't necessary. We don't need it. Hughes' kid being born is AWOL too, again, it's filler anyway; ALL the filler from both series is missing. What IS there is the door and the things beyond it and that like the other effects was done flawlessly. Even Al's body is brought to life nicely.
Izumi, a.k.a. "Teacher", her husband are missing, so in turn the birth of Wrath and Wrath himself are missing from the movie. Pride, Sloth and Greed, along with Scar and Rose are all missing from the movie as well. These missing characters saddened me. The general doesn't have his eye patch which hid the mark in his eye (which was also absent). These were all key characters to both anime series and to the manga. I felt a little jipped with them being absent.
The movie's end is a slight tearjerker and will irritate those who have seen the COMPLETE original anime (this includes the ending of the series, which is a movie entitled: The Conqueror of Shamballa), so I warn you to be ready for the lump in the throat that is sure to find you.
All in all, I'd totally watch it again because FMA has to be one of my top five favorite animes and I need all the things (ask me about my state alchemist pocket watch XD), so I absolutely intend to get the bluray when it releases on April 18.
To those complaining about how it's so different from everything else, remember, the original anime strayed from the manga too. It's why Brotherhood became a thing because Brotherhood IS canon to the manga. Just because it's different, doesn't make it bad >~.^<
National Treasure is one of my favorite movies. Then again, I love movies like this. There's a ton of historical fact (and a lot of creative liberties taken with some very old rumors) that bring the story together and not only make it believable, but make younger generations take an interest in our history (as if all the blood gore and conspiracies that are actually in our history aren't enough). What I like most about this movie is that even the fictional parts of the it are so detailed in explanation, you can't help but wonder if at least some of it is true. Perhaps there is a lost Templar treasure somewhere, prehaps someday this movie will be remade as being "based on true events". All we can do is wonder and dream about such a wonderful find.
I give this movie 5 of 5 paws.
This is probably one of the most twisted movies I've ever seen in my life. Definitely a must-see for anyone who likes crime dramas and thrillers. There's a ton of unexpected twists and turns, and unlike most Rated R movies, there's some actual boy-bit visuals too from both the main actor, Ben Affleck, as well as the supporting minor male, Neil Patrick Harris. Rosamund Pike played the sociopath beautifully. I was very impressed with her performance. If you hated her, she did her job well, trust me. This is definitely something I would watch again... and again.
I give this movie 5 of 5 paws
Carmen: A Hip Hopera was one of my favorite movies growing up. With an all star cast, this movie was the pinnacle of hip hop culture when it released. Watching it now as an adult though, the acting is absolutely horrible! The only thing even half way decent are the songs which riddle the movie since it's a musical. This movie brings back so many memories for me and for that reason alone, I give it 4 of 5 paws.
Ghost in the shell is a pretty good movie. There are some very noticeable variations between the movie and the anime, though I'd have to say, they did an amazing job of bringing the first scene of the first episode to life in the movie. I wasn't pleased with the casting choices, however. Motoko was all right being played by scarlet Johanson, but the they should have cast Batou better, or at the very least given the character his infamous pony tail. The story line was decent, mixing scenes from stand alone complex and things that were new (to me at any rate). They did a great job of bringing the city to life and even Motoko's infamous backward fall from the roof that's in the opening credits of the anime. I definitely plan to watch this one again at some point. I give this movie 5 of 5 paws
I have tried so hard to watch this movie all the way through several times since it's release and have failed every time. The idea of the story is a good one, but the execution falls short. There's plenty of action and jump scares to keep most people glued to the screen. For me, it's not enough.
It reminds me so much of The Skulls and I think that's where my issue lies. While The Covenant has different characters, the main premise is quite similar to The Skulls, which released first and gave me the same attention-holding issues.
The Covenant is a good movie for those who need a quick jump-start, or for those who don't like hardcore thrillers, but for those of us who find only the goriest and scariest of movies good enough, this one doesn't even come close to hitting that mark. I give this movie 3 of 4 paws.
Babe: Pig in the City, takes place shortly after Babe wins his sheepdog trials. A big celebrity now, the farmer treats Babe like he'd wanted to from the beginning, like family. Hard times hit the farm though, and unless Babe can get where he's going and get paid, the farm will lose his farm.
While this movie is good, it follows the sad pattern of most sequels. It's expected to match the quality of the first movie and it falls short. Babe has himself quite an adventure in Venice, Italy and meets new friends, including a family of chimpanzees. There's plenty of comedy in this sequel, but that's about all there is. It's great for a quick laugh when you need one, but for anything with a message, it gets lost in the comedy.
I would watch this again simply because Babe is an amazing pig and his adventures should be told as often as Wilbur and Gordy's. I give this movie 4 of 5 paws.
Babe is the story of a pig that thinks he's a sheepdog. His name is only known to the animals on the farm, the humans simply call him "Pig". Babe goes through a trial of mishaps in his life that nearly get him killed. He also has to earn the trust and fondness of Rex, the old sheepdog, who dislikes our small pig throughout a good portion of the movie.
This movie is heart-warming and definitely a classic. Children of all ages will love the animals and gain a better understanding of how life on a farm really is for the animals as well how it is for the humans. Babe is one adventure no animal-lover should miss.
I give this movie 5 of 5 paws
The Boss Baby gives an interesting take on where babies come from. While most babies go to families to grow up and be normal, others are kept behind to manage and run the place all babies come from. One of these management babies is sent to a family on a mission, one that will save all of baby-kind if he succeeds. His task isn't easy, he must first find a way to get along with the boy that's already there.
This is probably one of the cutest movies I've seen in a long time. It's funny straight from the start, and its serious points are well-played out, without interfering with anything or sobering the movie too much. It's almost like a metaphor. As children, we never want to grow up, but at some point, we realize that some things are worth growing up for and this movie hits that point right on the head.
When this first released, I was certain I wouldn't like it, I didn't even want to see it. But, I'm glad my daughter pressed for it and we watched it. It's definitely a movie I'd watch again.
I give this movie 5 of 5 paws.
The Sword in the Stone is a Disney classic. One which has opened many children's eyes to the wonder of medieval life. It's a great start to the Arthurian era, but it has always left me wanting. The movie only discusses Arthur as a child and promptly ends about five minutes after he draws Excalibur from the stone; Excalibur is not once called by its name during the movie, which is understandable given it's a very old Disney animated movie. There is zero action and adventure in this film, which is unlike most Disney films. Even Sleeping Beauty and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs had some action, but this film had none, which in my own personal experience as a child, turned me off to this movie for many many years. I found it dull and a bit boring, and I still do. Merlin is seen as a clown instead of the great wizard he was noted as in the lore of Arthur. The only character that made this even made this worth paying attention to was Archimedes, Merlin's surly owl. Don't get me wrong, it's a good introduction to Arthur's life, but it will lose the attention of most children rather quickly due to the lack of jumpy, happy songs, which are adored by children, and the lack of a villain.
I give this movie 3 of 5 paws.