RANDOM: Percy Jackson, Anchorman, and Alice in Wonderland

Hey! Sorry that there was no post yesterday, but I have just finished school today, and I have a bit more time on my hands… well, after this, I need to do English coursework… *sigh*. That might mean this will be some quick reviews.

So with a trip to IMDb and a random Google Search, I picked the first three films I saw (and have actually watched). Enjoy!

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightening Thief

Before watching this film, I had already read the book, so I had a general idea of the plot and characters. I remember having fun with the movie, but I feel that in parts it was “dumbed down” for a younger audience. While the characters were fun and developed (I mean, Pierce Brosnan as Chiron the Centaur? That’s just awesome.) the plot was a little dull in places, with a clichéd villain: “I want to rule the world and be evil doing so” and a lot of the mysteries for the rest of the series being cut out (I remember reading The Lightening Thief and being amaze by all the hidden prophecies Percy was involved in).

However, I really enjoyed this movie. Despite the “Hollywood makeover” it got, the mythology and adventures were fun, the cast was fairly strong (with such greats as Uma Thurman and Sean Bean) and some faithfulness to the book was kept.

VERDICT: Almost electrifying (2nd)

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

Another book I have read! Yeah, Ron Burgundy has an autobiography so take that!

I have a weird relationship with the Anchorman movies. First I watched half of Anchorman 2 until a group of us realised we were going to miss our train. Then I watched the first one that night, and then I paid to watch Anchorman 2 again with the same group of people.

While my verdict of the two films is Anchorman 2 all the way, Anchorman settles with a more subtle approach to its comedy, which I liked. The fantastic setting of the 70s in classy San Diego, with diverse characters and a simple plot to smoothly weave in jokes like that patterned scarf you got from grandma last Christmas, it’s a no-brainer.

VERDICT: Afternoon Delight (1st)

Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Yes, I decided to hold back the date in the title so you would read this far in. You’re committed now! (And no, I haven’t read the boom for this one).

Despite the generally negative bashing this film usually gets, I dare say I enjoyed myself to an extent. Sure, it isn’t a smash-hit, but was Percy Jackson? However, somehow Burton messed up making this film “nonsense”, as the story is meant to be, taking some of the magic away that there is structure in this world. It’s more of a fairy-kingdom than a barking-mad fantasy. However, the strong cast held their own (Timothy Spall, Stephen Fry, Christopher Lee, Alan Rickman, Johnny Depp, Matt Lucas… need I go on?) and the visuals were absolutely stunning.

VERDICT: An absolute Futterwack (3rd)

Cheers! That’s all for now!