Monday, 31 October 2011

The Three Musketeers 3D Review

The Three Musketeers 3D

Release Date: 20th October 2011 - Australia

Production Companies
Constantin Film Produktion (Germany)
Impact Pictures
Nouvelles Editions de Films (NEF)
New Legacy

Hoyts Distribution

Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 110 minutes

Budget: $75,000,000

Box Office Gross: $132,274,484

Plot Summary
The hot-headed young
D'Artagnan along with
three former legendary
but now down on their
luck Musketeers must unite
and defeat a beautiful
double agent and her
villainous employer from
seizing the French throne
and engulfing Europe in

Logan Lerman - D'Artagnan
Milla Jovovich - Milady de Winter
Matthew Macfadyen - Athos
Ray Stevenson - Porthos
Luke Evans - Aramis
Mads Mikkelsen - Rochefort
Gabriella Wilde - Constance Bonacieux
Juno Temple - Queen Anne
Freddie Fox - King Louis XIII
Orlando Bloom - Duke of Buckingham
Christoph Waltz - Cardinal Richelieu

Producer/Director - Paul W. S. Anderson
Based on Novel "Les Trois
Mousquertaries" - Alexandre Dumas pere
Screenplay - Alex Litvak & Andrew Davies
Producers - Jeremy Bolt & Robert Kulzer
Production Designer - Paul D. Austerberry
Cinematography - Glen MacPherson
Sword/Fencing Trainer: Logan
Lerman - Brian Danner
Visual Effects Supervisor - Dennis Berardi
Film Editor - Aledander Berner
Music - Paul Haslinger

THE THREE MUSKETEERS 3D was a decent movie, but nowhere near as faithful to the book as it should have been. It has some fun action scenes, particularly the well-choreographed sword fights and the well-crafted battle of the airships, upbeat acting and splendid direction by Paul W. S. Anderson. This movie was rather disappointing in 3D, while I understand that the director had to push the limits as far as possible to meet fans' expectations especially when majority of new movies in cinemas today are shot in 3D.

The director may have felt pressured to also use 3D technology, however I feel for this particular movie. 2D would have be more appropriate as it could have complimented the traditional/aged feeling of this movie, should not mix modern 3D tech with a movie that is based on the 17th century.

Star rating: (3/5) Average

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Thor Review (Updated)


Release Date: 21st April 2011 - Australia

Production Companies
Paramount Pictures (presents)
Marvel Entertainment (presents)
Marvel Studios

Paramount Pictures Australia

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: M

Runtime: 115 minutes

Budget: $150,000,000

Box Office Gross: $448,512,824

Plot Summary
The world has many heroes...
but only one is a god. When
the arrogant warrior Thor is
banished to Earth from his
home-world of Asgard, he
must fight to reclaim his lost
powers. Pursued by an
invasion force sent to destroy
him, the fallen God of Thunder
must rise to the battle and learn
what it takes to become a true

Chris Hemsworth - Thor
Natalie Portman - Jane Foster
Tom Hiddleston - Loki
Anthony Hopkins - Odin
Stellan Skarsgard - Erik Selvig
Kat Dennings - Darcy Lewis
Idris Elba - Heimdall
Colm Feore - Laufey
Ray Stevenson - Volstagg
Tadanobu Asano - Hogun
Joshua Dallas - Fandral
Jaimie Alexander - Sif
Rene Russo - Frigga
Clark Gregg - Agent Phil Coulson

Director - Kenneth Branagh
Based on Comic/Executive Producer - Stan Lee
Based on Comic - Larry Lieber & Jack Kirby
Story - J. Michael Straczynski & Mark Protosevich
Screenplay - Ashley Edward Miller, Zack Stentz
& Don Payne
Producer - Kevin Fiege
Co-Producers - Victoria Alonso & Craig Kyle
Production Designer - Bo Welch
Costume Designers - Alexander Bryne & Craciunica Roberto
Director of Photography - Haris
Second Unit Director/Supervising Stunt Coordinator -
Vic Armstrong
Special Effects Supervisor - Daniel Sudick
Visual Effects Supervisors - Kelly Port & Wesley
Visual Effects Supervisor: Fuel VFX - Paul Butterworth
Film Editor - Paul Rubell
Music Supervisor - Dave Jordan
Music - Patrick Doyle

THOR is magnificent and definitely the movie of the gods. Chris Hemsworth was the perfect person to play the title character who is charming but at the same time, an arrogant god of thunder. Hemsworth did a perfect job on the role and most noticeably packed on heaps of muscle for this role. It is good to see some Australian talent rising to the big screen. Other acting performances in the film include Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins and Tom Hiddleston who the latter did a brilliant job as the evil and clever Loki along with the direction by Kenneth Branagh.

If I were to describe this movie in three words, I would say that it was spectacular. Stay tuned for THE THREE MUSKETEERS 3D.

Star rating: (5/5) Best Movie Ever

Monday, 24 October 2011

Stargate Review (Updated)


Release Date: 16th February 1995 - Australia

Production Companies
Le Studio Canal+
Centropolis Film Productions
Carolco Pictures (in association with)

Universal Pictures Australia

Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: PG

Runtime: 121 minutes
               128 minutes
               (special edition)
               130 minutes
               (director's cut)

Budget: $55,000,000

Box Office Gross: $196,567,262

Plot Summary
When a mysterious woman
makes Professor Daniel
Jackson an offer he can't
refuse, he ends up in a secret
Air Force military base. His
mission: to decode an ancient
Egyptian artifact known as
the Stargate. The mission
leader, Colonel Jack O'Neil,
a tough military man with
nerves of steel, commandeers
their trip through the Stargate
to an ancient civilization on
the other side of the universe.
Once there, they must battle
the astoundingly powerful Sun
God, Ra, before they can find
their way back home.

Kurt Russell - Colonel Jack O'Neil
James Spader - Dr. Daniel Jackson
Jaye Davidson - Ra
Erick Avari - Kasuf
Alexis Crus - Skaara
Mili Avital - Sha'uri
John Diehl - Lt. Col Kawalsky
French Stewart - Lt. Ferretti
Viveca Lindfors - Dr. Catherine Langford
Leon Rippy - General W. O. West
Richard Kind - Dr. Gary Meyers
Rae Allen - Dr. Barbara Shore
Derek Webster - Lt. Brown
Carlos Lauchu - Anubis
Djimon Honsou - Horus
Christopher John Fields - Lt. Freeman
Jack Moore - Senior Airman Reilly
Steve Giannelli - Lt. Porro

Writer/Director - Roland Emmerich
Writer/Producer - Dean Devlin
Executive Producer - Mario Kassar
Producers - Oliver Eberle &
Joel B. Michaels
Co-Producer - Ute Emmerich
Production Designer - Holger Gross
Conceptual Designer - Oliver Scholl
Costume Designer - Joseph A. Porro
Cinematography - Karl Walter Lindenlaub
Special Creature Effects Creator/
Supervisor - Patrick Tatopoulos
Visual Effects Supervisor - Kit West
Digital Effects Supervisor: Kleiser-Walczak -
Jeffrey A. Okun
Film Editors - Derek Brechin & Michael J. Duthie
Music - David Arnold

STARGATE is a sci-fi film which introduced the concept of a time-travel portal, this film takes viewers on a journey to a different planet. The film's story was puzzling, intriguing and filled with action and comedy. I commend the good acting, particularly on the behalf of Jimmy Spader and Kurt Russell. These actors were made for the perfect duo, Russell being the courageous action hero and Jimmy being the intelligent professor who is always in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The movie started a hit TV franchise and an ultimate fanbase. I watched some episodes of STARGATE on TV in years back and found that I'm not a big fan of the series. The TV series is in no way that compares to the movie.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie Review

Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie

Release Date: 9th September 1999 - USA
(Direct to Video)

Production Companies
General Entertainment Co. Ltd
Sega Enterprises
Studio Perriot
ADV Films (English Language Version)

Genre: Animation

Rating: PG

Runtime: 60 minutes

Plot Summary
Sonic's arch-nemesis Dr.
Robotnik has been
banished from the Land of
Darkness by an evil Metal
Robotnik. And if that wasn't
bad enough, the devious
doctor tells Sonic that the
Robot Generator has been
sabotaged and will blow
Planet Freedom to kingdom
come. But what could
possibly make Sonic trust
his worst enemy?

What could make him risk
life and claw? Surely not
the words of Dr. Robotnik.
Not even the pleas of the
President. It's not until the
President's beautiful daughter
Sara turns on the charm that
Sonic springs into action.
But does Sara really have
eyes for Sonic, or is she
sweet on the new kid
on the block, the never-before-
seen Hyper Metal Sonic?

Voice Cast: English 
Language Version
Martin Burke - Sonic the Hedgehog
Lainie Fraise - Miles 'Tails' Prower
Bill Wise - Knuckles the Echidna
Edwin Neal - Dr. Robotnik/
Sascha Biesi - Sara
Charles Campbell - Old Man Owl
Gary Lipkowitz - Metal Sonic

Production Designer/Director - Kazunori Ikegami
Based on Characters/
Production Directors - Yuji
Naka & Naoto Ohshima
Original Story - Masashi Kubota
Writer (English Language Version) - Jennifer Presto
Writer/Producer/Director (English Language Version) - Gary Lipkowitz
Executive Producer (English Language Version) - John Ledford
Producers - Naoharu Hokutani, Akinori Ohono,
Koichiro Sugie & Takayuki Sugizaki
Cinematography - Motokami Ikegami
Film Editor - Seiji Morita
Music - Mitsuhiro Tada

Though the English-language dub of the voice acting was terrible, yet SONIC THE HEDGEHOG THE MOVIE was faithful to the video game franchise and is the only Sonic cartoon to feature Metal Sonic. Although it was a good video game movie, you forgot to mention that it's anime, but could have been better if it had been made for theatres on the big screen instead of direct-to-video.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie

The Simpsons Movie Review (Updated)

The Simpsons Movie 

Release Date: 26th July 2007 - Australia

Production Companies
20th Century Fox
Gracie Films
Film Roman

20th Century Fox Australia

Genre: Animation

Rating: PG

Runtime: 87 minutes

Budget: $75,000,000

Box Office Gross: $527,071,022

Plot Summary
When Lisa Simpson tells the
town of Springfield about their
pollution problem, the town
reacts and prohibits all pollution
into the water. This doesn't
stop Homer, who dumps a
pig-waste silo into the water.
Russ Cargill decides that 
Springfield is too dangerous
and places a dome over the
town, stopping anything from
getting in or out. When the
town people find out the true 
culprit behind the problem,
they set out off straight for the
Simpson's home. Escaping
from the dome, the Simpsons
decide to start a new life in
Alaska, whilst the remainder
of the town disappears.

Voice Cast
Dan Castellaneta - Homer/
Grampa/Krusty the Clown/
Various Characters
Julie Kavner - Marge/Selma/
Patty Bouvier
Nancy Cartwright - Bart/
Ralph/Various Characters
Yeardley Smith - Lisa
Harry Shearer - Mr Burns/
Ned Flanders/President
Arnold Schwarzenegger/
Various Characters
Hank Azaria - Moe/Comic
Book Guy/Various 
Tress MacNeille - Colin/
Various Characters
Pamela Hayden - Milhouse/
Rod Flanders
Russi Taylor - Martin Prince
Maggie Roswell - Helen Lovejoy
Joe Mantegna - Fat Tony
Albert Brooks - Russ Cargill
Green Day - Themselves (Cameo)
Tom Hanks - Himself (Cameo)

Director - David Silverman
Based on Television Series/Creator/Developer (Uncredited)/
Screenplay/Producer - Matt Groening
Based on Television Series/Developer (Uncredited)/
Screenplay/Producer - James L. Brooks
Based on Television Series/Developer (Uncredited) - Sam Simon
Screenplay/Producers - Al Jean, Richard Sakai &
Mike Sully
Screenplay - Ian Maxtone-Graham, George Meyer,
David Mirkin, Mike Reiss, Matt Selman, John
Swartzwelder & Jon Witti
Consultant Writers - Joel H. Cohen, John Frink,
Tim Long and Michael Price
Sequence Directors - Mike B. Anderson,
Lauren MacMullan, Rich Moore, Steven Dean Moore
& Gregg Vanzo
Film Editor - John Carnochan
Music - Hans Zimmer
Composer: "The Simpsons" Theme - Danny Elfman

As a big fan of THE SIMPSONS, I must say the movie adaptation was enjoyable but funny. The things of the film I find very remarkable includes how the story explores some plot points that haven't been used in new episodes of the long-running animated show. The hilarious scenes such as the few that include the Spider Pig and a vocal cameo of Tom Hanks are worthwhile.

THE SIMPSONS MOVIE is extremely loyal to the animated television sitcom in its golden age, especially to its purists such as myself. This feature is full of Simpson-ised humour that features Homer's antics and is possibly the greatest movie adaptation of a TV show that has ever been made.

Star rating: (5/5) Best Movie Ever

Monday, 17 October 2011

The Last Airbender Review (Updated)

The Last Airbender

Release Date: 16th September 2010 - Australia

Production Companies
Paramount Pictures (presents)
Nickelodeon Movies (presents)
Blinding Edge Pictures
The Kennedy/Marshall Company

Paramount Pictures Australia

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: PG

Runtime: 103 minutes

Budget: $150,000,000

Box Office Gross: $319,713,881

Plot Summary
In a world ravaged by the
Fire Nation's aggression
toward the peaceful Air,
Water and Earth nations,
reluctant youth Aang
learns that he's an Avatar -
a rare being who can
manipulate all four elements
and restore peace to the
planet. Now Aang must join
with his pal Katara and other
allies to fulfil his destiny.

Noah Ringer - Aang
Dev Patel - Prince Zuko
Nicola Peltz - Katara
Jackson Rathbone - Sokka
Shaun Toub - Iroh
Aasif Mandvi - Commander Zhao
Seychelle Gabriel - Princess Yue
Cliff Curtis - Fire Lord Ozai
Summer Bishil - Princess Azula
Francis Guinan - Pakku
John Noble - The Dragon Spirit
Damon Gupton - Monk Gyatso
Katherine Houghton - Gran Gran

Writer/Director/Producer - M. Night Shyamalan
Based on Animated TV Series
"Avatar the Last Airbender"/
Executive Producers - Michael Dante DiMartino & Bryan
Executive Producers - Kathleen
Kennedy & Scott Aversano
Producers - Frank Marshall & Sam Mercer
Co-Producer - Jose L. Rodriguez
Production Designer - Phillip Messina
Costume Designer - Judianna Makovsky
Military Consultant - James D. Dever
Cinematography - Andrew Lesine
Second Unit Director/Stunt Coordinator - Jeff Habberstad
Fight Choreographer - Ben Cooke
Visual Effects Supervisors - Pablo Helman &
Bjorn Mayer
Film Editor - Conrad Buff IV
Music - James Newton Howard

I've always loved the Nickelodeon cartoon of AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER for its anime-like style, its rare complex stories and its strong impact. Strikingly compared to most anime-action shows featuring DRAGON BALL Z, the show Avatar has needed the luckiest potential as the new generation of STAR WARS. This recent movie adaptation was very disheartening and didn't make any real sense due to the sloppy writing and direction by M. Night Shyamalan. I found the ending to be very disappointing as I feel the movie should have concluded in a more explosive and action packed manner unlike the mediocre closing of this film. To make matters worse, the film's casting is racially diverse and how could Shyamalan want to make those improper decisions with characters that weren't racially matched to their source material. Shyamalan handles the atrocious editing and most of the poor acting, which explains why the movie it didn't have any structure or any resonation.

To the fans of the animated TV show, this film did not uphold the original qualities which made the cartoon a hit. There is some news about a possible sequel to THE LAST AIRBENDER which is in works. Let's hope that this sequel redeems this shocking portrayal of the original animated TV series.

Star rating: (1/5) Not Worth Watching

And now, here's Team Avatar's own reaction courtesy from the fictional characters of the show as Aang, Zuko, Katara and others. ENJOY!

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Real Steel Review (Updated)

Real Steel

Release Date: 6th October 2011 - Australia

Production Companies
Touchstone Pictures (presents)
DreamWorks SKG (presents)
21 Laps Entertainment
Angry Films
Reliance Entertainment

Walt Disney Studios Motion
Pictures Australia

Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 127 minutes

Budget: $110,000,000

Box Office Gross: $299,268,508

Plot Summary
A future-set story where
robot boxing is a popular
sport and centred on a
struggling promoter
who thinks he's found a
champion in a discarded
robot. During his hopeful
rise to the top, he also
discovers he has an 11-
year old son who wants
to know his father.

Hugh Jackman - Charlie Kenton
Dakota Goyo - Max Kenton
Evangeline Lilly - Bailey Tallet
Kevin Durand - Ricky
Anthony Mackie - Finn
Olga Fonda - Farra Lemkova
Hope Davis - Aunt Debra
James Rebhorn - Marvin
Karl Yune - Tak Mashido
John Gatins - Kingpin

Producer/Director - Shawn Levy
Based on Short Story "Steel" - Richard Matheson
Story - Dan Gilroy & Jeremy Leven
Screenplay - John Gatins
Executive Producer/First Assistant Director - Josh McLaglen
Executive Producer/Unit Production Manager - Mary McLaglen
Executive Producers - Jack Rapke, Steven Spielberg, Steve Starkey & Robert Zemeckis
Producers - Susan Montford
& Don Murphy
Co-Producers - Rick Benattar & Eric Hedayat
Production Designer - Tom Meyer
Cinematographer - Mauro Fiore
Animatronic Supervisor: Legacy
Effects - John Rosengrant
Visual Effects Supervisor - Erik Nash
Animation Supervisor - Danny Gordon Taylor
Film Editor - Dean Zimmerman
Music - Danny Elfman

REAL STEEL is a robotic-boxing action movie that is the best thing of entertainment since Michael Bay's TRANSFORMERS (click here). It has a terrific and emotional father and son story-line mended together with a plot made familiar to the people who have and have not seen the first of the ROCKY movies. It contains the compelling acting of Hugh Jackman and young Dakota Gayo, fantastic direction by Shawn Levy and the way the robots are made by using animatronics that is blended with motion-capture technology.

REAL STEEL is the kind of film that I would love and is an amazing experience for everyone who wanted to see the robots bashing each other on a fighting match for free.

Star rating: (5/5) Best Movie Ever

Monday, 10 October 2011

Zookeeper Review


Release Date: 8th September 2011 - Australia

Production Companies
Columbia Pictures (presents)
Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) (presents)
Broken Road Productions
Hey Eddie
Happy Madison Productions

Sony Pictures Australia

Genre: Comedy

Rating: PG

Runtime: 102 minutes

Budget: $80,000,000

Box Office Gross: $169,852,759

Plot Summary
The animals at the Franklin Park
Zoo love their kind-hearted
caretaker, Griffin Keyes (Kevin
James). Finding himself more
comfortable with a lion than a
lady, Griffin decides the only
way to get a girl in his life is to
leave the zoo and find a more
glamorous job. The animals, in
a panic, decide to break their
time-honoured code of silence
and reveal their biggest secret:
they can talk! To keep Griffin
from leaving, they decide to
teach him the rules of courtship -
animal style.


Kevin James - Griffin Keyes
Rosario Dawson - Kate
Leslie Bibb - Stephanie
Donnie Wahlberg - Shane
Joe Rogan - Gale
Nat Faxon - Dave
Ken Jeong - Venom
Steffiana De La Cruz - Robin
Thomas Gottschalk - Jurgen Mavroc
Brandon Keener - Nimer

Animal Voices
Nick Nolte - Bernie the Lowland Gorilla 
Sylvester Stallone - Joe the Lion
Adam Sandler - Donald the Capuchin 
Judd Apatow - Barry the Asian Elephant
Cher - Janet the Lioness
Jon Favreau & Faizon Love - Jerome &
Bruce the Grizzly Bears
Maya Rudolph - Mollie the Giraffe
Bas Rutten - Sebastian the Wolf
Don Rickles - Jim the Bullfrog
Jim Breuer - Spike the Crow

Director - Frank Coraci
Story/Screenplay - Jay Scherick & David Ronn
Screenplay/Producer - Kevin James
Screenplay - Nick Bakay & Rick Reuben
Producers - Todd Garner, Jack Giarraputo
& Adam Sandler
Cinematography - Michael Barrett
Visual Effects Supervisor - Peter G. Travers
Film Editor - Scott Hill
Music - Rupert Gregson-Williams

While the opening of the movie was a bit boring, ZOOKEEPER did get better with the humour and the talking animals were quite simply perfect crafted comedy which we haven't seen since hearing these animals talk in the box office smash DR. DOLITTLE. The acting of Kevin James was impressive as he brought a physical comedic energy to the screen and to top it of this movie included the voice talents of Sylvester Stallone, Nick Nolte and Cher.

ZOOKEEPER was a positive uplifting comedy which provides fun and entertainment for all the family and all the animal lovers.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie