Movie Buzz 11-18

18 Nov

Immortals took the #1 spot last weekend with Jack and Jill coming in at #2. J. Edgar came in at #5. Last week we had 3 films open. Let’s seek how they did and if they are worth the money![1]

Immortals– R What’s the Buzz?

So is it worth the money? Maybe.

o             Box Office Rank: #1

o             Film Critics say: Metacritic-  46 (mixed)

o             Rotten Tomatoes: 38% (rotten)

o             Consumers say: Metacritic-  7.3 (positive)

o             Rotten Tomatoes: 75%

J. Edgar– R What’s the Buzz?

So is it worth the money? Yes!

o             Box Office Rank: #5

o             Film Critics say: Metacritic- 59 (positive)

o             Rotten Tomatoes: 40% (rotten)

o             Consumers say: Metacritic- 7.5 (positive)

o             Rotten Tomatoes: 92%

Jack and Jill – PG What’s the Buzz?

So is it worth the money? No!

o             Box Office Rank: #2

o             Film Critics say: Metacritic-  26 (negative)

o             Rotten Tomatoes: 4% (rotten)

o             Consumers say: Metacritic-  2.5 (negative)

o             Rotten Tomatoes: 73%

What’s opening in theatres this weekend?

Happy Feet Two (Latest review result- 41% (Critics) 78% (Consumers) Rotten Tomatoes)

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1(Latest review result- 27% (Critics) 89% (Consumers) Rotten Tomatoes)

13 Responses to “Movie Buzz 11-18”

  1. Open Book November 20, 2011 at 11:34 AM #

    Breaking Dawn Film Review

    I saw Breaking Dawn Part 1 and Bill Condon did a great job. Especially, since the BD book was the least favorite among fans. He carefully divided the naïveté of young love with the consequences of adult horror midway through the film. The long awaited honeymoon or “sex” scene was tastefully handled to merit a PG-13 rating. I do believe this was one of the best-adapted screenplays within the franchise with Twilight being the first. The truth is Condon had to minimize a lot of risqué themes to earn a PG-13 rating. The creative liberties taken by the director enhanced the hard to swallow (no pun intended) storyline. So what were some of the additions? 1). Edward flashback when he first became a vampire. 2) Edward getting angry at Bella to have their baby. 3). The white wedding nightmare sequence. 4). The fight scene between the Cullen’s and the Wolves. All these additions added to the narrative very well it was not out of place or jarring. The production design was fantastic the best next to New Moon and the costumes finally looked like they belonged to these characters (I will talk about costumes later in another article). The acting was not bad given it’s a teen melodrama aimed to satisfy MTV audiences. If some audiences were expecting more complexity and depth in the acting than blame the source material. The CGI was not bad the emaciated Bella was great and some nice bits of the interior of Bella changing into a vampire were good. The wolves always look questionable and borderline over the top fake. However, the saving grace this time was the voice over among the wolf pack. It added a bit more realism. The editing of the birth scene was nicely handled if there is such a thing. Would I recommend seeing it again? For the Blue Lagoon honeymoon montage. Maybe!

    • littlebells November 20, 2011 at 1:50 PM #

      Wow, I am actually surprised. haha! I’m glad you enjoyed it so much. 🙂

      Paris gave me a completely different review! When I have seen the film I will definitely come back and give my two cents worth.

      When I have more, I will come back and ask you some questions.

      Thanks OB!

      • comic book November 21, 2011 at 9:46 AM #


        If the wolves looked fake and you had nothing to say about his acting then it doesn’t sound like Taylor Lautner was in the movie. Was he in the movie? He had a substantial role in the book?

        What does “tastefully handelled” mean. You’re not supposed to be able to show anything in a PG-13 movie? I think you need at least an “R” rating to present untastefully?

        Like LB said you seemed to like the experience. Yet you seem to be on the fence in terms of recommending it?

        • Open Book November 21, 2011 at 10:58 AM #

          LOL! Such passion. Tell me CR. Did u see the film? If so what did u think? I would love to hear…..

          But to defend my review of the film…….Wink! Wink!

          Like I said given the source material and the tween MTV audience these films were aimed to please. IMO, I don’t think adults should go expecting to see real depth and complexity here. At best this film is a good long music video with some dialogue thrown in for added effect. Hence the reason it’s called melodrama and to me all the Twilight films has always had more melody than drama in them. Which is too bad because I think R has much more to offer than what he’s been allowed to portray in these films. I still think Twilight was his best performance and BD is a close second because he’s able to show a wider range of emotion which is why women fell in love with E.

          • comic relief November 21, 2011 at 11:21 AM #

            What does “Wink, Wink” mean?

            If you want, I’ll write a review when I see it.

            “IMO, I don’t think adults should go expecting to see real depth and complexity here.”

            O.K., yet adult themes should be delivered for a child audience. I know you are not saying that but how can anyone miss this implication.

            How can this not be an adult film. Adults will review this film, and adults will predominatly read the reviews. I think I am already tired but obviously this will always be the case with this topic.

            • Open Book November 22, 2011 at 10:14 PM #

              wink, wink means “take with grain of salt”

  2. Parisienne November 21, 2011 at 12:08 AM #

    Here is my BD review:

    I know the book is out there as in extremely sci fi and the film was as well. I have never seen any of Bill Condon’s other work so I was a little shocked. To be honest, I almost walked out at one point. Jacob phasing into his wolf self reminded me of the psychedelic boat trip from Willy Wonka and when Bella was changing, I was reminded of Body Wars, a former Walt Disney World attraction. So to me, the movie seemed jokey.

    I don’t think any of the scenes that were added to the film made it better. I didn’t really like the fight scenes between the wolves and the Cullens because I thought those scenes were trying to pull away from the main storyline (or what I thought was the main storyline) which was Bella being changed into a vampire.

    The audience that I saw the film with was between the ages of 40-60. I was the youngest person in the theater and everyone had a good laugh at the honeymoon scene. I don’t think R/K pulled off any of the honeymoon scenes well at all and I was hoping that those scenes would go by rather quickly (they didn’t)

    I think given the material everyone did a decent job. R knocked it out of the park as usual and I thought the scene where E thinks B is dead was rather touching.

    I’m going to go see it again tomorrow and I’ll keep an open mind this time.

    • comic book November 21, 2011 at 9:58 AM #


      What’s odd is you clearly did not like the movie but unlike Open book you definitely intend to see it again.

      I roughly remember a character from the book Irina who was supposed to tell on the Cullen’s (to the Volturi) regarding the baby. How well was that handled? Though were talking about vampires, in the book she sounded very unstable I assumed this actress might actually enjoy playing her part (in a Victoria kind of way). I think she was even Laurent’s girl friend.

      This is the second time no one mentioned Taylor Lautner, yet I’ve read reviews that skewered him. What’s going on, I thought he was the third wheel in this tale?

      • Open Book November 21, 2011 at 11:03 AM #

        Ok I can’t help it. CR I really thought Taylor’s performance was like watching a bad soap opera. There I said it!

        • comic relief November 21, 2011 at 11:24 AM #

          What do you mean, what made it “bad soap opera” like? You said audiences shouldn’t expect much from this film could he have fallen this far below the bar?

          • comic relief November 21, 2011 at 11:25 AM #

            Sorry, please ignore that question.

  3. Littlebells November 22, 2011 at 12:08 PM #

    hahahahahahaha!!!! I’m loving everyone’s questions and comments. I honetly can’t wait to see this movie now! hahahahahahaha!!!!! 🙂

    I honestly don’t remember any of the other vampires outside the coven, excluding Tanya and Irina, so I hope in part 2, when they introduce the gazillion other vampires it’s less confusing than the book.

    Regarding Lautner, considering the storyline and script, I’m sure he did as well as he could.

    OB and Paris,
    This book was the most far-fetched, absurd sci-fi/fantasy book of the series for me. However, do you think it’s possible that had their been a better screenplay, the wacko nutty parts could have been handled in a manner that doesn’t leave people thinking, “What the heck????” and making it more believable?

    • comic relief November 22, 2011 at 2:56 PM #

      Great question, but I don’t know. I want to see the movie too.

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