With the start of a new year, new ambitions and resolutions come to the forefront and people set out to better their lives in a variety of ways. While others are flexing their muscles with their newly registered gym memberships, I thought it’d be a great idea to flex my writing muscles and start a movie blog. I mean, I like movies and you like movies right? So why not! It’s something I’ve always wanted to do but shied away from due to fear and lack of confidence, but not anymore. I figure if I wasn’t afraid to get in front of the camera (shameless self plug http://www.youtube.com/onenightgamers) then sitting behind this keyboard shouldn’t be that bad at all.
The Plan: Watch a movie whether in theaters or at home and write about it once a week. Shouldn’t be too hard. Will also be looking for guest writers who share a similar interest in movies and wouldn’t mind submitting a piece from time to time. Now every good venture needs short term goals to help stay focused. So my primary goal is to keep this up for one year and see where it takes me.
So introductions aside let us begin this wonderful journey as we begin this 52 week quest with:
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
A friend and I decided to go see MI:Ghost Protocol in IMAX today at the Edwards Marquee Theater in Houston, Texas. Now I’d be lying if I said I went to see this movie in IMAX for the franchise itself. The biggest draw for me was the opportunity to see the first six minutes of The Dark Knight Rises. However as I left the theater I had completely forgotten about The Dark Knight Rises preview and was more focused on just how much fun Ghost Protocol was.
To be honest, I’ve only ever seen the first half of the first Mission Impossible before losing interest in the movie entirely. I went in to this one on the internet’s word that you needn’t see the first three to get through the fourth. Aside from a few references here or there I was able to get through it no problem and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Looking back on the movie the first thing that comes to mind is the cool gadgets and tech that they used throughout the movie. Keeping it vague, one of my favorite scenes in the movie involves the use of an iPad and a projector screen to confuse a guard a security guard while Hawke and Pegg made their way into a blocked off room.. My friend and I were simultaneously laughing and in awe of the tech being displayed on screen.
Easily the best section of the movie was the Dubai scenes that were alluded to in the trailer. For nearly twenty minutes I was fidgeting in my seat with tension and thrills due to not only the beautiful IMAX work but the amazing stunts that they pulled off. Watching this is truly an experience that is definitely worth the admission for IMAX. Leaving the theater though the question came up between my friend and I, would these scenes, and subsequently the movie, be just as thrilling and captivating in a regular theater? By no means are we trying to degrade the movie with this question. It’s more of a testament to how awesome the experience was in IMAX. It’s an interesting thought though and I wouldn’t mind going down to a local regular theater to see how I feel with another view. Seeing it again would definitely justify another purchase.
As far as acting goes everyone did a fantastic job. Say what you will about Tom Cruise, the man can act. There’s never a moment in the movie where his crazy shenanigans from the real world bleed through and distort the experience. Everything is erased and I’m instantly sold on the character he’s playing. As good as he is though my favorite would have to be Simon Pegg who never fails to spark laughter from the crowd while on screen. Compared to the action packed serious tone the movie has going on Pegg’s antics never feel out of place and are a much welcomed comic relief. Especially after some of the gut wrenching scenes in Dubai.
Last, as you can tell I’ve mentioned characters by their real world names instead of their character’s name. Apart from Ethan Hunt I couldn’t recall any of their names if you asked me to, and not even sure if I could given multiple choices. I don’t want to chalk it up to a lack of attention on my part since I was immediately captivated from start to finish, nor do I want to say I wasn’t emotionally attached to these characters since I was. I genuinely liked each character and cared about what happened to them but I’m guessing that everything is moving so quickly that you don’t get to know the characters more than just the roles they play within the movie. Keep in mind though, this and half of the first movie are the only Mission Impossible movies that I’ve seen so I’ve refrained from looking up any additional info to keep this blog with the mindset of this being the first Mission Impossible movie I’ve seen to give an idea of what the movie feels like to a newcomer.
In summary: Without seeing previous mission impossibles I was still able to enjoy this newest addition to these series. Fast paced and full of fun action and tense scenes make for a roller coaster ride of a movie that does not disappoint in any aspect. Though some skeptics may question believability it’s easy to suspend disbelief and watch as this adventure unfolds before you.
Now getting back to The Dark Knight Rises. I think you’d have a hard time finding someone who isn’t excited about Christopher Nolan’s latest go around with the Batman series. I’m definitely included in the huge group so having a chance to see the first six minutes was an opportunity that I just couldn’t pass up. By now you’ve either seen it, read up on it, or avoiding it so I’ll spare you the details and get straight to how I felt. Complaints have been surfacing about how difficult it is to understand Tom Hardy’s take on Bane’s voice. I was lenient when I heard him in the trailer and chalked it up to just needing to pay careful attention which when doing so I could hear what he was saying. However, in this prologue even though I was glued to the screen no amount of straining helped me hear what he was saying. I was only able to catch handfuls of words in each sentence only to have a whole other layer of difficulty added on when the loud sounds of the airplane in the scene drowned him out further. This kind of killed the mood for me and left me wanting to say I liked what I saw more than I did. The action scenes were nice and pretty awesome to watch but I’m going to have a hard time getting invested if I can’t understand Bane, no matter what’s on screen. Hopefully this will be taken care of in post production and will be made more audible once the finish product arrives in July.
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