If you haven't seen Toy Story 3, GO. WATCH IT. NOW.
There were some great easter eggs, especially Totoro's cameo in the film! I just wanted to know if he speaks 日本語 (Japanese) or English. Also, the closet scene with Ken and Barbie was hilarious! My other favorite scene was the beginning scene; DEATH BY MONKEYS! My favorite character was Mr. Pricklepants. Sadly, he didn't get much screentime in the movie. Hopefully, they'll make some Pixar shorts with Mr. Pricklepants and the rest of Bonnie's toys. Or, maybe they'll make a Toy Story 4!
The whole theater was gasping, laughing, and crying throughout the whole movie. It was truly an amazing movie to watch! A big "thanks" to the amazing team at Pixar for creating this masterpiece!
I had heard some pretty bad things about Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, so I wasn't expecting anything amazing. However, I enjoyed this movie. It's a bit cheesy and predictable, but it's got some great action scenes, an amazing score (hello surprise Alanis Morisette song!), and a shirtless Jake Gyllenhaal. What more could I ask for?
The plot revolves around an Aladdin-esque boy named Dastan, who is adopted by the King of Persia. He and his brothers lead an attack on the city of Alamut, because they have been smuggling weapons to Persia's enemies. During this first fight scene, you get to see Dastan's awesome-ness. He pole vaults and bungee jumps all over the castle, and he looks extremely attractive while doing it. There are some slow-motion scenes as well (throughout the whole movie) and I think that is because they based this movie off of a video game, where slow motion scenes are prevalent. While in combat, Dastan defeats an enemy guard and takes his dagger. Eventually, the kingdom is overthrown by Persia. During the celebration, Dastan gives his father a robe as a gift, which turns out to be poisoned and kills the King. Dastan is immeadiately attacked so he and Princess Tamina (the Princess of Alamut) escape together. We then get a taste of why the dagger he acquired is so important.
Tamina is very pushy and aggressive during the first half of the film, and tries to kill Dastan and flee with the dagger multiple times. After what seemed like forever, Tamina finally trusts Dastan and they set off to return the dagger back to its sanctuary, where it will be safely hidden. Along the way, they view an ostrich race, Tamina joins the harem for an afternoon, and Dastan befriends a group of outlaws who become very helpful later on in the film. Oh, and a lot of people die. Just when you think "YES! So-and-so knows the truth now! Everything is right in the world!" so-and-so goes and gets shot with poison darts, or one of those claw-whip things, or killed by the villian who must not be named. (It's not Voldemort -- although that would've been an interesting plot twist...)
After some good action scenes, everything becomes *serious* and choices must be made. As the guardian of the dagger, Tamina must decide whether she can handle the sacrifices required for the dagger's safety, while Dastan must face a villian in his own family while trying to reverse the damage that has been done to his name. I won't tell you the whole ending... but I'll say that some parts of the ending were surprising!
The ending's a cliffhanger... literally!
A few things that annoyed me: *spoilers included*
1. The ugly Papyrus font (yes Disney, I noticed)
2. The bazillion almost-kisses
3. When what was happening was over-explained and shoved in my face (voice over and text?!), OR I didn't understand what just happened.
4. The fact that Tamina doesn't remember anything at the end of the movie. Seriously? They were in love with each other and then she forgets everything! The hopeless romantic in me weeps.
5. That Jake Gyllenhaal had his shirt on for the majority of the movie.
Bonus Features (Better than a DVD!):
Watch this. Can I just say that Gemma is adorable and gorgeous? Some girls just get it all.
Now, the only experience I have with Alice in Wonderland is through the theme parks, AKA following around the Alice and Mad Hatter characters at Disneyland. Still, I was very excited to go see Tim Burton's new Alice in Wonderland film in 3D. It didn't disappoint.
The movie starts off with Alice Kingsleigh attending her own engagement party to Hamish Ascot. Alice is feeling very uneasy about the whole situation, when she suddenly spies the white rabbit running through the bushes. After Hamish proposes, Alice says she "needs a moment" and takes off after the white rabbit, falling down, down, down (just like the attraction at Disneyland!) to Underland. There, she is greeted by a variety of characters, claiming her to be THE Alice who visited Underland years ago. Throughout the course of the film, we learn the Queen of Hearts (who has a freakishly large head) has taken over Underland, and Alice is to kill the QoH's guardian, the Jabberwocky. Alice does not recall ever visiting Underland before, and she tries to wake herself up out of her dream because she doesn't want to kill anything, especially a towering dragon creature. Once she realizes she's stuck in Underland, a Bandersnatch comes and attacks her. She then meets the Cheshire cat who helps her find the Mad Hatter. By a series of events (I don't want to give the whole thing away...) Alice meets the White Queen -- Anne, those princess lessons with Grandmere really paid off! -- who finally gets her back to a normal size and wants her to slay the Jabberwocky. Alice is still not buying it though. She goes to contemplate on the gazebo (where she just got proposed to?!) and she finds Abselom, the smoking catepillar. Earlier in the movie, Abselom says that Alice is "hardly Alice", leading Alice and the other animals to believe that she is indeed not the correct Alice to kill the Jabberwocky. But, as he is about to turn into a butterfly, he reminds Alice of how she called Underland "Wonderland" and all of her memories of Underland come back to her. With this new knowledge, Alice is ready to kill the Jabberwocky.
But I won't tell you if she does or not! *insert evil laugh here*
Johnny Depp is standout in his role as the Mad Hatter, and although he says Alice and the MH have a brother and sister relationship, their chemistry seemed a little more... intense in the movie. At the end of the movie, I seriously expected him to appear on Alice's ship to whisk her away. Another thing I noticed about Johnny is that he pulled out every accent he's used for the MH's different personalities. I heard Captain Jack, J.M. Barrie and Roux throughout the movie. All the other actors were great as well, but to heck with them! All I care about is Johnny... heh.
If you're planning on seeing the movie, I highly recommend watching it in 3D. It was amazing! It made me so much more excited for all the other 3D movies coming out. Plus, you get to watch some awesome 3D previews (like Toy Story 3!). Now, I'm off to practice the Futterwacken!