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Brick Mansions

I must say that my movie selection has expanded over the last few years, when my sons have grown up. For example, Brick Mansions, the movie I went to see with my son. This is a movie that I wouln’t have chosen to see.

Brick Mansions is a movie about class warfare, witch is surely real life in almost everywhere. Brick Mansions is also an action movie. In addition, it’s a Parkour-movie. In spite of all this it was very average, even a little below. Even with deceased Paul Walker and his blue eyes and David Belle’s amazing Parkour-moves and athletic virtuosity Brick Mansions didn’t contain any great acting. RZA’s character Tremaine mumbled something that I couldn’t understand and other actors were a bit lame too. The plot wasn’t engaging and all the action scenes were so long and somehow boring that I lost my focus.

But my son liked it so I’m happy that I was able to share this movie with him.

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The Goldfinch

893 pages and very mixed feelings. That’s how The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt, left me.

The first 50 pages of the book were a little boring, but then the story started to interest me. The beginning of the book where the story happens in New York, is quite beautiful. It almost reminded me of the magical atmosphere of the stories of Carlos Ruiz Zafón. I felt sorry for Theo, the main character of the book, and I was interested in reading more, I wanted to know what’s going to happen to him. Then Theo moves to Las Vegas and everything turns upside down. It was like you were reading another book. Drugs, alcohol, neglect and Boris, Theo’s new friend. Las Vegas -time has such ugliness that it made the first part of the story rotten. And I didn’t like it. I was so disappointed.

After many years Theo goes back to New York and narration gets back to what it was in the beginning of the book. Everything seems to get better but Theo has his demons and he’s sad. And then comes Boris, again. After the Las Vegas period I was happy that the book returned to the mood of the beginnig. What a letdown when it went back to ugliness. And, after 700 pages I started to get sick of Theo and his bad decisions. And I started to get fed up with Boris. And the whole story.

The story was good, although all the bad things and unhappiness was a little overwhelming. My favourite character was Hobie, the patient and loyal carpenter who renovated furniture and was happy doing what he loved. There’s no doubt about the fact that Donna Tartt is a good writer and a master in describing details. I just think that there were a little too much details in this book. And the book was too long, way too long. Tartt could’ve told the story with fewer pages. I’m sorry Donna Tartt but I was happy when the book ended. I couldn’t wait to start another book that was already waiting me on my bedside table.

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Knots and Crosses

I took this book from a recycle your books -bookshelf in the library. I had no idea what it was nor I had expectations.

Knots and Crosses by Ian Rankin, another mediocre detective story with nothing original or memorable. I’ve already forgotten what the book was about. It was not bad, it just didn’t stay in my head or resonate.

I could read Ian Rankin’s books again, because there was potential in Knots and Crosses. Maybe his other books are more intriguing.

Knots and Crosses went back to the recycle your book -bookshelf.

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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

What should I say about Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. It’s not very original, it’s conventional. It’s average. A decent watch and even a little entertaining.

As a character, Jack Ryan is also average. There are many more better action heroes than Jack. In this movie, Jack Ryan is based on the character created by Tom Clancy. I haven’t read Clancy’s books, so I can’t say much about that part.

I didn’t like much the cast of the movie. Chris Pine (as Jack Ryan) looks puffy and Keira Knightley (Jacks fiancée Cathy) acts with her usual manners (and I don’t like them much). Kenneth Branagh played the bad guy Viktor Cherevin. Kevin Costner, well Kevin Costner is Kevin Costner, but in this movie his role had no real challenge.

There’s nothing much to say about this movie. I saw it, I will forget it, quite soon.

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Thor: The Dark World

Another Marvel-movie with my guys. This time Thor: The Dark World.

Thor: The Dark World was watchable. A lot of action, spacegrafts, battles and weird-looking characters. Still, it was somehow boring. Some big yawns came in the middle of the movie, but I managed to stay awake.

I must say that Chris Hemsworth is a very good choice for the part of Thor. He is charismatic and looks very good, masculine and strong. But the most interesting character is Loki, Thor’s brother, played by Tom Hiddleston. There’s something very interesting about Mr. Hiddleston. He is magnetic and his eyes look straight through you. And some characters in the movie are, in my opinoin, purposeless, like annoying Darcy Lewis, played by Kat Dennings.

The story in Thor: The Dark World is ordinary,  but, I dare say, it’s the same in almost all super hero movies. There was nothing special in this movie, just a lot of fighting and explosions. One guy beats all and saves the universe, and the woman of his dreams. Yet, I like heroes that conquir every misfortune and every bad guy and Thor did just that.

The ending of the movie implicates that there’s still more to come.

I think the first Thor-movie (2011) was better. Anyway, my guys loved Thor: The Dark World. I guess that I’m not necessarily part of the target audience. But, luckily, the movie offers some feast for the eyes, so that the women in the audience get some entertainment too.

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The Lone Ranger

Fist I must tell you that I’m a fan of Johnny Depp. But in all honesty I must also say that all of his movies aren’t that great. Some are brilliant, some are awful.

The Lone Rager is somewhere in between. I went to see this movie with my 13-year old son and he liked it very much. Maybe he was more of the target audience than me.

To me The Lone Ranger was a movie that I wouldn’t have watched without Johnny Depp. Tonto (character played by Johnny Depp) was sometimes funny. I’m not very familiar with the history of this character, so I can’t say how well of bad he does that. But I think that he plays Tonto with some of the same manners as Jack Sparrow, Depp’s maybe the most famous character from the Pirates of the Caribbean. Helena Bonham Carter was in a role very typical for her, Red Harrington, “a peg-legged whore with a gun in her leg”, as she describes the character in an interview. Armie Hammer was okay as John Reid, The Lone Ranger, but nothing special. Maybe even a little stiff.

A lot of action, some adventure and some western. Humour and silly lines, especially from Tonto, whose english was not quite right. I laughed a few times and I watched the whole movie, didn’t fall asleep and left the movie theatre with a smile on my face. Mission accomplished, right?

Average film from Johnny Depp, but that’s okay. The Lone Ranger was just what I expected it to be, so it didn’t let me down.

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