Oops, We Missed a Few (2)

Keepin’ up with the tradition of sequels, we’ve decided to offer you a sequel to “Oops, We Missed a Few!”:

  Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

If you haven’t seen the latest, greatest animated movie yet, you definitely need to.  It’s a bold, colorful take on a Dr. Seuss Classic, The Lorax brought straight from the creators of Despicable Me.  The Lorax is an environmentally friendly tale that warns the characters and the audience of the ramifications deforestation and global warming could have if they continue at such alarming rates.  Fortunately for this story, the little bears are cute, the little fish are cool and what more could you ask for?  There’s a Despicable Me short to open the film – all of that and this movie look pretty awesome in IMAX 3-D! The Lorax boasts the vocal talents of Danny DeVito (The Lorax), Zac Efron (Ted), Taylor Swift (Audrey) and America’s Sweetheart (and the totally awesome) Betty White (Grammy Norma).   It’s a great film for animation enthusiasts, children or just for anybody looking to have a funny and ironically satisfying escapist journey.  And it’s likely you’ll leave the theater thinking, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing’s going to get better.  It’s not.”  Though, toward the end there’s a reveal (involving the Once-ler) that Dr. Seuss may not have been too happy about.  Pay close attention, it’s something that’s not in either the book or the original 1970s TV special presentation and for that, some points need to be deducted.

Grade:  A-

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

A sequel to 2008’s Journey to the Center of the Earth, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island is pure fun-filled adventure with incredible action sequences, vivid imagination and comedy galore.  Starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Josh Hutcherson (soon to be in the upcoming Hunger Games franchise), Michael Caine, Vanessa Hudgens and Luiz Guzman, Journey 2 touts a cast that surprisingly works well together.  Shot in the same 3D technology as AVATAR, Journey 2 has some impressive moments but pales in a side-by-side comparison to the film it received its technology from.  But should there be one thing that comes from this movie, it’s that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is right at home with this opportunity to showcase his charismatic and comedic side.  Let’s just say, there’s more to Dwayne than just the “pec pop of love” (which is a scene much funnier in its entirety) as him and Michael Caine enjoy some solid, great back and forth humor.  It’d be a treat to see those two reunite on the screen again (perhaps in the third film…maybe? Please?).  The premise is simple, Sean (Hutcherson) partners with his mom’s husband, Hank (Johnson) to find his grandfather (Caine), who’s though to be lost on the mythical island of Atlantis.  (Watch this and it’s a guarantee that almost everyone would love to have one of those mini-elephants!).

Grade:  B+

Declaration of War (France)

French independent film Declaration of War tells the dramatic and sometimes comedic story of two parents, Romeo (Jeremie Elkaim) and Juliette (Valerie Donzelli), who must unite in the struggle to save their son’s life after he’s been diagnosed with a brain tumor.  Based on the true story of the co-authoring actors Jeremie Elkaim and Valerie Donzelli, the film explores a difficult subject with irony, finesse, happiness and heartbreak, but never loses its exuberance for life, or it’s joie de vivre as the French would say.  It’s full of bright colors, a dizzying but dazzling score and a well-written and honest screenplay.  This story comes off brilliantly, and rightfully so, considering Valerie Donzelli also directed this feature film that highlights people and their relationships to one another.

Grade:  A+

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

The American-made documentary feature title Jiro Dreams of Sushi tells the story of an 85-year old man and sushi master, named Jiro Ono, who owns and operates a world-renowned restaurant from the basement of a Tokyo office building.  The film explores the challenges Jiro has overcome to be where he is today and the challenges his sons are set to face when the times comes for them to succeed him in the “family business.”  If you’re a fan of sushi or just a fan of documentaries in general, this exquisitely photographed documentary is for you, it looks like a professional chef’s cookbook in motion.

Grade:  B+

Maybe we’ll make this “Oops” a three-peat and bring you yet another installment in the very near future!


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