Movie Buzz 12-2

2 Dec

Breaking Dawn: Part 1 took the #1 spot again last weekend with The Muppets coming in at #2 and Arthur Christmas came in at #4. Last week we had 3 films open. Let’s see how well they did and if they are worth the money![1]

The Muppets– PG- What’s the Buzz?

So is it worth the money? YES.

o             Box Office Rank: #2

o             Film Critics say: Metacritic-  76 (positive)

o             Film Critics say: Rotten Tomatoes: 98% (certified fresh)

o             Consumers say: Metacritic-  8.8 (positive)

o             Consumers say Rotten Tomatoes: 92%

Arthur Christmas– PG What’s the Buzz?

So is it worth the money? Yes!

o             Box Office Rank: #4

o             Film Critics say: Metacritic- 68 (positive)

o             Film Critics say Rotten Tomatoes: 92% (certified fresh)

o             Consumers say: Metacritic- 7.6 (positive)

o             Rotten Tomatoes:81%

Hugo– PG What’s the Buzz?

So is it worth the money? YES!

o             Box Office Rank: #5

o             Film Critics say: Metacritic-  83 (positive)

o             Film Critis say Rotten Tomatoes:93% (certified fresh)

o             Consumers say: Metacritic-  7.1 (positive)

o            Consumers say Rotten Tomatoes: 87%

What’s opening in theatres this weekend? In limited release only.

Shame(Latest review result- 80% (Critics)82% (Consumers) Rotten Tomatoes)

The Artist(Latest review result- 96% (Critics) 87% (Consumers) Rotten Tomatoes.

A Dangerous Method(Latest review result- 78% (Critics) 59% (Consumers) Rotten Tomatoes.

9 Responses to “Movie Buzz 12-2”

  1. Open Book December 2, 2011 at 7:23 PM #

    I saw Hugo and the ending was touching and well worth the wait. A good film for adults and children to see. I was very impressed with the CGI it really aided in telling the story not distracting. The CGI was added in places that enhanced the emotional turning points of the plot. Very nicely done.

  2. comic relief December 2, 2011 at 8:08 PM #

    After seeing the excellent job produced by Director Sarah Smith, I really have to promote “Arthur Christmas.” It had an imaginative script. A really great cast in James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent, and Bill Nighy, and many others. And the pacing and animation were as proficient as you are likely to see in most 3d productions.

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  3. comic relief December 2, 2011 at 8:11 PM #

    Though I was familiar with studios like Pixar and Dreamworks animation this was my first time hearing of Aardmore and Sony’s commitment to animation. Speaking of Aardmore this is an excerpt of what the studio thought about working with Sony; “It’s the first movie we’ve produced in our relationship with Sony, and therefore it’s a testing ground of sorts for how that relationship is going to work,” suggests Aardman co-founder and Arthur Christmas producer Peter Lord. Brilliantly is the short answer. They’ve given us the creative independence that we thrive on, and they’ve provided us with the highest quality people and pipeline to make our movie.” This quote came from animation world network.

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  4. comic relief December 2, 2011 at 8:14 PM #

    Here’s some other praise from Wikipedia and Rotten Tomatoes…
    Arthur Christmas has received overall critical acclaim, with the film having a 92% “Fresh” rating on critic aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes based on 90 reviews. John Anderson from Newsday praised the film, saying “The results are not only fresh, but represent a new way of tackling the whole yuletide paradigm: Santa as a high-tech hereditary monarchy.” Michael O’Sullivan also wrote a positive review, saying that it is “Unexpectedly fresh, despite the familiar-sounding premise.” [13] Blake Wilson, author of the review site Movies Taken Seriously, awarded the film four stars and stated, “Bursting with a colorful and engaging story and characters, plus subtle humor and clever plotlines, Arthur Christmas is the next holiday classic, a must-see event for families this holiday season and the best animated film of the year”.[14]

    Spoiler alert; this scene is from the movie:

  5. Littlebells December 3, 2011 at 11:08 AM #

    Thanks CR! I won’t get a chance to see it because all funds are pretty much nil at the moment. However, maybe I will put it on the rent list for next year. 🙂

    Ok, so OB, Why did you NOT like Arthur Christmas?

    • comic relief December 3, 2011 at 12:34 PM #

      Sorry, I don’t know?

      I don’t believe she saw the whole thing and absolutely thought the modelling style was derivative; I think it can be hard to be objective when you leave the theater early. Obviously, the style did not bother me.

      I think she’s a bigger critic of some kinds of CGI than I am. But we should wait for her explanation.

    • Open Book December 4, 2011 at 11:27 AM #

      Hi LB let me explain my response to Arthur Christmas.

      Often when I view a animated film I look at the overall silhouette of the main character and how well it enhanced the story. A good example is Ratatouille the main characters silhouette had an exagerated nose to enhance his heighten sensibility to gourmet food which supported the narrative.

      In Arthur the noses were exagerated like in Ratatouille but did not support the narrative. Now one could argue this was a parody of the actors James McAvaoy profile. Howearver how did that help the story? Anyway I left after 30 minutes and asked CR to go see it to get a second opinion. After his review I decided to give it another chance and perhaps go see it again next week.

  6. comic relief December 3, 2011 at 12:50 PM #

    Don’t want to be too subjective; but I always like it when I see the general audience likes movies more that critics. Classic example: “Breaking Dawn.”

    Yet, I always think it’s curious when the general public goes to a film and the dislikes or disapproves more than the critics. Unusual example: “The Artist” and “A Dangerous Method.”

    I usually think, I don’t understand; they went to the movie, what were they thinking or expecting.

    • Littlebells December 3, 2011 at 1:06 PM #

      so The Artist and ADM aren’t getting good audience reviews? Well I can see TA not getting them because most generations don’t remember the silent movies or even early HW films. I love it, so I hope to see it when it comes out on DVD as I’m pretty positive it won’t play where I am.

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