Toy Story 3 proves that with great writing and endearing characterization, success is achievable, even after 11 years. The enthralling finale to the adored series opened on Friday, June 18, to an audience of 20-somethings who remember when the first and second films came out, as well as to a new generation of fans, and in a single day made $41 million.
The 2010 remake of the Karate Kid is a definite improvement upon the 1984 version. It expands upon the coming-of-age element found in the original film, but with impressive choreography and cinematography. In doing so, the Karate Kid becomes not only a film about a child’s acquisition of life lessons, but an adventure in itself.
Moviegoers worldwide have enthusiastically rewarded Robin Hood since its opening in May with gross ticket sales of more than a quarter of a billion dollars, and the film is well in the black for Universal Pictures and its producer Ridley Scott. Predictably, liberal reviewers have taken significant verbal umbrage at the underlying theme of the film: lower taxes and less government.
I want to be straight with you. I feel it necessary to preface this review by saying that Disney’s Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time goes so far beyond the realm of reality that it borders on absurdity, and that there is very little “Disney” quality to the movie except for the astounding special effects. That being said, I must confess that I found myself thoroughly captivated, once I suspended my utter disbelief, and in the end, enjoyed the movie, much to my surprise.
Shutter Island comes out on DVD and Blue-ray on June 8. This analysis of Shutter Island, directed by Martin Scorscese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, is not intended primarily as a review of the film. For that, one may read Raven Clabough’s thoughtful review here. Such reviews are intended to inform the audience of whether or not the film is worthy of $10.00 or a spot on one's Netflix queue. I agree with her ultimate conclusion: It is. This critique, however, is intended to mine the film for a deeper truth than otherwise might be obvious at first viewing — or rather, to identify the truth that is hidden in plain sight. Reader beware: spoilers follow!
Shrek Forever After is a film that concurrently entertains and teaches a valuable lesson: You don’t know what you have until it’s gone. The film’s theme helps to appeal to an older audience, who can certainly relate to the midlife crisis that seems to be plaguing Shrek at the beginning of the film. Couple that with a mastery of double entendra and you have yet another successful Shrek movie.
Though it’s only May, I have no qualms with the following prediction: Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood will be my favorite film of 2010. It captured every element that a good movie requires: a bit of history, patriotism, loyalty, a struggle for freedom, war, and love.
The Perfect Game is based on the real-life story of “Monterrey Industrial,” a Mexican Little League team that was willing to walk 12 miles by foot from the border of Mexico to McAllen, Texas, for their first game in the 1957 Little League World Series South Regional. The film is truly inspirational, awe-inspiring, and depicts one of the greatest underdog stories ever told.
“You are a letter from Christ, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts” (2 Corinthians 1–4). These words aptly conclude the wonderful Christian family drama Letters to God, directed by David Nixon (Fireproof) and Patrick Doughtie. Inspired by the true story of Doughtie’s son, who was diagnosed with brain cancer, Letters to God is a tale of redemption, faith, and love, one whose message is unparalleled by any other film.
Contrary to popular belief, The Last Song starring Miley Cyrus, an adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ best-selling novel, is not your typical “teeny-bopper” love story. In fact, it is a heart-breaking tale about an estranged father-daughter relationship that is propelled into reconciliation when said daughter must spend her summer with her father, only to discover devastating news. For this reason, this film is not only recommended for teens and young adults, but for all women who consider themselves “daddy’s girl.”