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What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Newer films)

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Is How To Train Your Dragon 2 considered to be better or worse than 1? (The film I mean, not the score)

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I liked it more. Though, can't really point out why. It's a very conventional sequel in many ways.

Karol

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I suppose because it's more mature and the animation is really stellar. I found HTTYD 1 meh, but enjoyed the sequel.

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It does help that the music is very well mixed and does make the whole experience special. Films has a lot of heart because of that. It all comes together beautifully.

Karol

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For me the second one is better, but the first one has a feeling on innocence and wonder that it's truly special and unique. They're quite different, so it's difficult to compare. The score is defintely better on the second one, how much Powell has matured and how rich his orchestrations sound is amazing. And by today's standars, HTTYD2 takes a lot risks. I hope they're able to keep it that way for the third (and final?) one.

The first one has a feeling of a more relaxed film, with plenty of place to breathe. In the second one everything happens quite quickly, and I think it would have defintely benefited from 5 or 10 more minutes of runtime. It's a shame that by rule (and probably monetary costs) American animated films *have* to last for 90 minutes -without credits. I would love to see a 2-hour animated picture.

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I wish I was young and had lots of free time again...

You may not have lots of free time now, but you are young.

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I expected more from HTTYD2 and didn't get it. I expected less from Maleficent than I got.

I have no idea what that all means.

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I thought first HTTYD was better, but HTTYD 2 was good.


Needed a good subtitle though.

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Guardians of the Galaxy. A typically weak villain aside, this was pure escapism. It's been a while since I saw something this fun at the movies (last was maybe Tintin?), so much so that I'm planning on watching it again. I think I read a comment from one of you that this is a cross between Star Wars, Hellboy, and Serenity. I will agree to that. This could have been a 5 starrer if they had managed to juggle the near perfect tone/direction and cast with a stronger villain. Not that it matters much though when it's so much fun.

That deadpan Drax guy was a hoot.

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The Guardians of the Galaxy: I really enjoyed this one without having any prior knowledge of this particular corner of the ever expanding Marvel universe and it was probably one of the most comic book like of the super hero movies from the Marvel saga thusfar in terms of spirit. In a way departure from Earth bound troubles gave it an interesting dimension. There is an awful lot of humour, which happily fits the characters quite well and they do mine it from their personalities and quirks and how badly they initially work together. But a lot of it helps to make the galaxy rattling events of the film not so onerous and gloomy. Great actors all around and even the animated ones seem to have genuine heart to them, which I guess means that the director/writer succeeded in suspending my disbelief for 2 hours. Also the film is written so that while Star-Lord is the main character all the others in the group are knitted in so that it does not feel that the writer/director is obviously offering them equal screen time but it all flows rather naturally. It is obviously a comic book story with all the blow heart grand standing and megalomanical fanatical villains but the film does it all with such glee it is fun to watch. Not a modern day Star Wars by any means in terms of impact but I found this movie simple old fashioned fun escapism.

The Marvel Studios and their films have become this juggernaut that churns super hero universe films left and right and this movie felt just one more expansion to that bigger web of stories. The Infinity Stones are slowly coming together for the great Thanos saga I guess but it makes me wonder how many of these films will there be before they get to that absolutely ridiculously scaled piece of pure comic book extravaganza.

And now for the usual film score lament/sermon of the day: Tyler Bates' music is largely wall paper and at times I wondered why did they even use music for scenes where the score battles millions of sound effects at the same time and is in effect used to plug any possible sonic holes in this carpet of sound. People should learn how and importantly where to use music to the best dramatic effect and not whisk it at every scene and see if it sticks.

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Saw Galaxy Of The Guardians. Overall, I though it was a little bit too much of everything, too noisy and jittery. Ultimately, I'm left with an experience that is too airy and fleeting, but ... I liked it (7/10): lots of humor, colorful and fun characters (yes, I loved the raccoon), elaborate settings, pure Saturday matinee escapism. In short, it's the new Flash Gordon (there's really no more need to remake that one, I suppose)! Also, the movie reminded me of Hellboy (2004). It feels like it's been made in the same spirit (similar vibe, tongue and cheek humor, dark yet colorful, a wild variety of crazy creatures and characters, et cetera). However, am I the only one who was losing attention during the big war battles with a gazillion flying objects? At that point I thought it was as boring as a Star Wars prequel. I'm much more in favor for scenes like 'Earl' and his whistle controlled arrow. Wasn't that great?! Anyway, that's my biggest complaint, the rest of the movie is really okay. Guardians Of The Galaxy is easily one of the best Marvel movies to date.


Alex - somehow slightly disappointed

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It's Hollywood law to end on a big battle with spaceships, you know that. It was passable here, but really the last great spaceship battle finale was Independence Day, 20 odd years ago. That battle had excellent action storytelling. Avatar also got quite close, but the fireworks went on too long.

Not good enough, Marvel.

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I'll be trekking out to the theater tonight to see GOTG with a bunch of friends, can't wait.

The Long final battle with a million explosions in the sky is primarily what made Iron Man 3 a thumbs down for me. I strongly prefer the older Marvel films to the newer ones...

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The first 2 Iron Man films had the same final act problems that 3 had.

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The Avengers had this problem too. It was even worse there since Whedon isn't that good at large action pieces.

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Yeah, but during all that action, it felt like the actors didn't know what to do or what they were looking at.

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I think the final acts of Iron Man 1 & 2 are way better than 3's.

I didn't care for The Avengers overall either, again mostly because of the endless third act (but also because of really weak villains and their motivation)

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The special effects in Guardians are at least superior to those other movies, so there's that. But yeah, some other way of ending these movies on a crescendo (if they must) needs to be considered.

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Anyone else looking forward to The Expendables 3? But worried about the cast though. Ford, Banderas, Gibson, Grammer. These are actors with actual credibility...

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I think the final acts of Iron Man 1 & 2 are way better than 3's.

I have to respectfully disagree. Can't remember the first film's final act, and the second one is outdone by Monaco sequence, easily. The finale of the third film compromises logic of script somewhat, but at least it's funnier. And yes, I do like the scene when Paltrow kicks Guy Pearce's ass. And at least there is no robots fighting in there - now that's boring.

Karol

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It was, sure. But at the same time it all felt very tongue in cheek. As if Shane Black was making fun out of this blockbuster trope.

Karol

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