X-Men Origins Wolverine = Rent
I hoped X-Men Origins: Wolverine would revive the X-Men franchise. The previous three X-Men movies were all decent. Yes, even the third one. I never got all the hate the third one got, it took another path and neither rose above, or fell behind the other two. As you most likely got from the title, this one covers Wolverine’s back story – how he got his claws and how he lost his memory. Now, 15 minutes in I thought this actually might be the best one. Not to mention a great movie even. It has an interesting opening scene, cool opening credits, then we meet some characters, then a decent enough action scene. It all goes down hill from there. It never fell down all the way, but it became average. The script failed to go too deep in any of the characters; I wanted more depth to Wolverine. The direction was non-existence as well. The cast all do the best with the material they are given. Liev Schreiber was the standout. They also wasted Ryan Reynolds here. He is only in the first 15 minutes. They did an excellent job with him only to drop his character. The special effects weren’t bad, but they were lacking. Overall, this movie has a good deal of flaws. I did enjoy it to a point, though. But I’m not going to go searching for this one to put on my shelf.
Se7en = Buy
The chemistry among the two detectives was essential for the movie. Fortunately, the chemistry between them is excellent here. This is a great achievement for director David Fincher. Se7en is smart and intense. It will keep you on pins and needles until the very last scene. I don’t wish to spoil anything, but just know the ending will come as a real shock. Se7en is a harsh step into the realities of the life of these two detectives. Yes, there are a few nit-picking worthy flaws to be found (still not that often). But the movie keeps you so engrossed in the story that you don’t notice anything wrong. This is a cinematic experience that will stay with you long after the credits role.
Batman & Robin = Skip
Where do I start with this movie? Batman movies have never been scarce throughout the years. None of them reached true greatness, that is until Nolan came along. By far though, Batman & Robin is the worst one of the bunch. I would actually go further saying this was the worst movie of that year. You can even make a case for this as one of the all-time worst movies ever made. Everything that could have gone wrong here did. That seems like an understatement of a line when talking about this. This is clearly the biggest stain on Clooney, Thurman, and Schwarzenegger acting career. Also for a fun fact, Schwarzenegger has apologized for having anything to do with this. The script, direction, action, story, cinematography, costumes (don’t get me started), sound, music, and just everything are atrocious. Some bad movies get erased from your mind because of how bad they are. But this falls under the category of so bad you can’t seem to get yourself to forget it permanently. Do yourself a favor, DO NOT SEE THIS.