Growing up, I was never a big cryer in movies. I don’t know if it was a desire to appear more macho, whether I just couldn’t connect emotionally with characters, or I just didn’t have the life experiences that allowed me to know what a character on the screen was going through. As an adult, things change. In my younger days if the news reported a soldier was killed at war, I understood it was horrible, but little more than that. These days I hear the same news, and wonder if he had a wife that is now a widow, whether he had a child that will now grow up without a father, or whether his mother is still alive and will now have to bury him. Trust me, I’m a hoot to watch the news with!
I’ve seen some horrible movies because of pretty girls. I’m a guy, I know I won’t be happy if she’s not, so every now and then there have to be negotiations to decide what’s going to be on the TV, and if I’ll ever see her naked again. One year on Valentine’s day, I saw “He’s just not that into you”. One hungover Sunday I saw “Maid In Manhattan” on the proviso we watched Star Wars naked after that. I don’t think I ever got my end of that bargain. They’re a crafty bunch those women....
Or as I like to call it - Sherlock Holmes and the lingering man-stare
Our story starts in London, where someone has set off a series of bombings that look to start World War 3..... or World War 1, wait, this movie is around 1900..... when were the Nazi’s? God I suck at history. Bombings that could start a World War! Back in those days, international crime was handled by private detectives in England (I guess, it’s the only thing that makes sense), so enter Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr) and his “just good friend” Dr.Holmes (Jude Law) who just wants to get married and go on his honeymoon. The chemistry between Sherlock and Watson is that erotically charged, you’ll be forgiven for thinking that just maybe Sherlock is setting off these bombs for a chance to prove to Watson that getting married is for suckers, and all you need is your bro! More wine Watson? Oh look at the time, no I always sleep naked, you should too, what ever happens happens. Just go with it.
This review contains spoilers for Happy Feet 1, and musical spoilers for Happy Feet 2
I loved the original happy feet. It was engaging, fun, the music was great, the visuals were spectacular..... then the ending happened and undid all that good work. Sorry kids, in the real world if grown ups find a dancing penguin, we certainly do not release it back into the wild, we keep him in an enclosure and we make him dance until his no longer happy feet are sore and calloused so we can turn a profit!
So I was a little dubious about the sequel.
Oh good gracious have I been looking forward to this movie! I didn’t even realise how much I was looking forward to it until I did my Muppet research and revisited the Muppet movie from 1979, the Muppets Take Manhattan, and a Muppet Christmas Carrol (nothing newer than that, don’t even THINK about Muppets in space or what ever it was). These are some of the greatest kids movies of all time in my opinion. The music stands the test of time, and the characters have proved they can. Kermit has been around since 1955! Let’s see you do that Yo Gabba Gabba
It seems as though all a cinema enthusiast like myself is treated to these days is reboots, sequels, spin offs and board games being made into movies (is everyone ready for Battleship?), but sequels don’t carry the same stigma they once did. Gone are the days of churning out a cheap Friday the 13th or Police Academy every year because it’s the flavour of the month (though the Paranormal Activiy people are stretching in anticipation of beating the dead horse, with the 4th being released in 2012), and now we see the day of the modern sequel which is made for the same reason as it has in the past, that it’s a safe investment and even a bad one will make it’s money back, but a bad one could also see the death of a franchise (see Spiderman 3. The image of Peter Parker dancing with his emo hair still wakes me up in a cold sweat), so a lot more effort goes in to make sure it’s a winner. Unless there’s a solid script movie studios struggle to get a good directors, the core actors from the previous movies and at this point the movie going public can smell a flop.
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