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No, Shinkai is NOT the new Miyazaki

Only good news has been heard about the movie Kimi no na wa. For example, it has passed the 20 billion yen mark. It’s being considered for an Oscar nomination, which is amazing since Americans have really shit taste in what they watch (at least Spotlight was great). RADWIMPS is even getting in on the glory, with their song being on the top of ratings. Due to Kimi no na wa.’s seemingly endless hype train, which only seems even more ascertained since the movie has just hit Indonesian theaters (which also means “get ready for the cancer”), there are also some who are equating Shinkai to the glorious godfather, Hayao “Anime was a mistake” Miyazaki. This hype is not unjustified; Kimi no na wa. has indeed trumped over two of Miyazaki’s highest grossing filmsKaze ga Tachinu and Ponyo.

However, is Shinkai really the new Miyazaki? More importantly, should we think that Shinkai is even close to Miyazaki? My stance on that is no, Shinkai is NOT the new Miyazaki. Continue reading No, Shinkai is NOT the new Miyazaki

Despicable Me 2 [2013]: Perhaps Overselling Minions?

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This is probably the most anticipated and the movie with the largest hype (besides Pacific Rim, which I’m going to cover in another post) among its fans. Yeah, Gru is back and this time, he’s the good villain. Let’s get this over with.

Plot

After stealing the moon and kicking Vector’s sorry ass and returning the moon, Gru finally settles down with his three adopted children: Margo, Edith, and Agnes (she’s the CUTEST). There’s only one thing: Gru has no girlfriend, so how is he supposed to continue his life? Enter Lucy, the newbie agent in the Anti-Villains League (wow, so original) who clearly has a thing for Gru. Gru is recruited by the AVL to investigate a chemical heist. The crook seems to have hidden inside one of the most obvious places in the world: a friggin’ mall. It’s Gru and Lucy’s job to go undercover and thwart this evil mastermind’s plot. Along the way, Lucy takes Gru down a strange route filled with amorous hormones along with the rest of the children.

Wait… Something’s missing… oh yeah, the friggin’ MINIONS! It’s not Despicable Me without them! Trust me, there’s a lot of Minion comedy (some plain funny, some dark funny, and some are just WTF).

What I Say

Though there are a lot of positives in the movie, there are also a few negatives which made it suck compared to the first Despicable Me. Negatives first:

  • This show oversells the Minions, which is the main failing point. Though I do admit they contribute a lot to the comedy factor, the Minion jokes start to get boring at some part of the movie. I laughed out loud a lot in the theater, but I laughed even harder when watching the first Despicable Me. And really, the main idea of the show is the Minions. From a business perspective, this means more advertising for Minion merchandise on the racks of Toys-R-Us. They should have named the movie “Minions” because Gru’s story was just fuel to drive the Minion train.
  • There’s too many cliches. We’ve got the cheesy love story (stories, if you count Margo’s), the “damsel in distress” part near the end, and the typical stuff you see a lot in police/spy movies. But what did you expect from a kids movie?

Now to the positives:

  • The story is a no-brainer, which makes it perfect to watch as a side after a heavy action-packed movie. It also responds to the needs of my inner child (who I’ve spoiling lately).
  • Minion comedy is just the best. From crude, violent humor to implied jokes, Minion comedy is just too much for me. Those little yellow suckers just can’t be killed.

Verdict

Overall, Despicable Me 2 is a pretty good watch. If you’re expecting logic, you’re in the wrong movie. This movie defies all common sense and slaps you in the face and tickles your funny bones with hundreds of yellow dorks who cover songs very poorly and are violently funny. It also offers a couple love stories as a bonus. Enjoy!

White House Down [2013]: Must it Always be America?

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I’m scheduled to do movie reviews, a job that I always like. With the whole lineup of new movies this summer, I’m only afraid that my wallet can’t keep up.

I’ve always wanted to see White House Down ever since I saw the trailer. And I never regretted the 5 bucks I spent on the tickets. I thought it was gonna be like Olympus Has Fallen, but it’s different. Yeah, it does involve terrorists taking over the White House (geez, I feel sorry for the White House, getting invaded on a daily basis), but White House Down has a more realistic touch to it, unlike the one-man army that is Gerard Butler. Oh before I forget, it was directed by Roland Emmerich, the genius who brought us Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow.

Plot

Cale (Channing Tatum) is a Capitol policeman whose life is well… pretty boring. He has problems with his daughter and has a slow job. One day, when applying for a job at the Secret Service, he takes his daughter, Emily, who is obsessed with American politics to the White House. He fails his interview and then sneaks into a tour group just so he can satisfy his daughter. They even get to meet President Sawyer (Jamie Foxx) and Emily gets to take a video for her YouTube channel. But just as things seemed to go well, you guessed it, with a boom here and a boom there, the White House falls into the hands of a terrorist group. It’s now Cale’s job to save the White House, save the President, and save his daughter in one fell swoop.

What I Say

What blew:

  • The “taking over the White House” theme is pretty much getting abused these days.
  • That’s pretty much the only thing.

What rocked:

  • There’s much comedy blended with the action, as you would expect from any Emmerich movie. There are a few memorable moments that really tickled my funny bone. There was that scene when the President was wearing Air Jordans and a terrorist happened to grab his leg, and the President kicked his face shouting “Keep your hands off my Jordans!” And the garden runaway part, when the President handled a rocket launcher in front of every TV station in Washington. “Well, that’s something you don’t see everyday…”  Basically, the President is the center of comedy, Cale is the center of action, and Emily is the center of all those fluffy feelings we get when we see a child hero on the internet.
  • Unlike Olympus Has Fallen, there’s a lot more reality attached to White House Down. Let’s say when the terrorists invaded. They didn’t come from the outside; instead, they were on the inside, which made much more sense than trying to storm the most protected building on Earth. And again, Cale is not a one-man army who just busts the heads of anyone who crosses him.
  • There’s a plot twist at the end!

Verdict

A highly recommended movie to watch, especially if you like the works of Roland Emmerich. There’s action, situational comedy, and a touch of humanity at the end. A great movie to watch on weekends.