Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Shrek II (In response to youtube video.)
1. Aliens is definitely better than Alien, although both are great. Toy Story 2 is the same way.
2. Blade Runner 2049 is a nihilistic borefest that I only barely count as a movie that I enjoyed because there is just barely enough interesting stuff in the movie to make me think that it was almost worth a price of a ticket. However, I wish that I had waited to rent it. I never want to see it again, which makes it extremely weak compared to the great original which I try to see at least once every decade.
3. As much as I wanted to enjoy Shrek II, I was pretty bored. So was everyone I know. All the pop culture songs come off as stupid.
I would be willing to watch it a second time. It has been 14 years, so maybe I should see it again. However, I definitely didn't like it the first time around. I don't care what positive message you think that the movie has, there is too much in the film that I consider cringeworthy. And the positive messages are kind of juvenile.
4. One of my favorite Dreamworks films, and there aren't that many, is "Home". It never comes off as cringeworthy, except for the mercifully short musical number at the end. It is not a terribly deep film, but it does have some layers to it, and the characters are likable. It isn't hilariously funny, but I find myself smiling at the jokes and caring about the plight of the characters. And unlike Shrek II and Blade Runner 2049, I have seen it four times. Loved that movie. Home is vastly underrated. I feel almost as positive about "Monsters vs. Aliens."
Posted by John Coffey at 8:07 PM