Sunday, January 28, 2018

January 2018 #TV Talk And #Movie Mutterings

I missed doing one of these posts in December, so let's take a look at what I watched over the past two months.

As with the previous posts like this one, just click on the titles to go to a page where you can find out more details about the movie or TV show in question; the title links will usually take you to a page on IMDB.

Don't forget: I watch things across multiple genres, as well as for different age ranges, so you should always check before viewing to make certain something is suitable for the intended audience, especially when children are involved. IMDB will usually provide this information for you, but you'll have to look elsewhere if you can't find it on the page I link to.

OK... On to the reviews!

Despicable Me (2010 movie):
For the most part this was an entertaining movie, with some really sweet scenes. There were parts I thought were stupid though. I give this movie four out of five stars.

Despicable Me 2 (2013 movie):
Not quite as good as the first movie, but still with several entertaining or touching moments. I'm being generous and rounding up here when I say I give this movie four out of five stars.

Despicable Me 3 (2017 movie):
This movie had some bad parts, some entertaining parts, and some sweet scenes. All in all, it wasn't fantastic, but was a pretty good movie. I give this movie four out of five stars.

The Last Airbender (2010 movie):
I wasn't sure what I was going to think of this one. People kept telling me I probably wouldn't enjoy it - including Kelly, who watched it before I did, and didn't enjoy it as much as he expected to - but there was a copy among the DVDs that Mam brought here, so I figured I'd watch it. I'm glad I did, because I actually really enjoyed it. It's not one I'd count among my favourites, perhaps, but I enjoyed it enough to want to give it a high rating, to be glad I watched it, and to hope they made - or will make - more (since this did spacifically state it was "book one" near the start of the movie, something Kelly agreed was the case). There's also a TV series, so I might have to see about watching that too. Anyway, I give this movie five out of five stars.

Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001 movie):
This was a fun movie that the whole family could enjoy, and which would appeal to those fascinated with the various myths surrounding Atlantis. It wasn't an amazing movie, but it was a really good one, and I did enjoy it. I give this movie four out of five stars.


Jeanie said...

Atlantis sounded fun. The others, not so sure they're my type!

Victoria Zigler said...

I think you're probably right about that.

Rita said...

I watched all three Despicable Me movies. The first one was quite a while ago but I remember I thought it was okay or so-so. But there are things that bother me to be presenting to kids, I guess. I've been peeking at some kids movies off and on the past couple years because of the grandsons. It's a little different when I look at them and try to see them as a small child would see them and not as an adult. The hitting, dangers, meanness, lying, etc.

There has always been danger in kids films--Bambie, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty for example. I guess what has bothered me as an adult bothers me more now thinking of the kids growing up watching these's all the disrespect and violence n the kids shows/movies, I guess.

There are very few adult comedies I will watch anymore because the level of the humor is so crude and just mean. Makes me feel old--LOL! But then I do watch very violent adult shows and enjoy them--and we never had that kind of violence when I was younger. I remember people getting sick in the movie theaters watching The Godfather. And that is nothing now. Can't be good for us to become desensitized...and I am one of them.

Victoria Zigler said...

There's certainly more violence in kids movies these days. I remember hearing about kids who never saw the end of "Bambi" because of what happened to Bambi's Mother. Now look at what they're allowed to watch. I try to bear in mind the changing times when reviewing kids movies, and not focus on the fact I'd never have been allowed to watch something like that (and my Mam was pretty relaxed on movie viewing rules). I've noticed it too. I'm with you on a lot of the adult comedies too; a lot of what's supposed to be funny is just crude and disgusting in my opinion.

Victoria Zigler said...

P.S. The really interesting thing is, kids movies were really tame, but the stories they're based on originally weren't. Also, there were no "kids" books and movies until the last couple of centuries, and kids would have been allowed to see almost anything adults were before that. Go even further back, and kids were always included if they wanted to be (in other words, if they were awake and paying attention, and happened to be nearby).

AliceKay said...

I haven't watched "Despicable Me 3" yet, but I have it here. Karen brought me their Blu-Ray copy since they don't have a Blu-Ray player. I liked the first two movies so have been looking forward to watching this third one sometime.

Have you watched the "Cars" movies yet? Terri and I watched "Cars 3" Saturday night, also given to us by Karen and the boys. I loved the first movie, but I didn't care all that much for the second one. I think this third one is the best one by far. :)

Victoria Zigler said...

I've seen the first two. I felt the same way as you: the first Cars movie was really good, but the second wasn't as good. I haven't seen the third one yet.

Danielle L Zecher said...

Thanks for the reviews. I mostly loved the first two Despicable Me movies, but I haven't seen the third one yet.

Victoria Zigler said...

You're welcome. When you see Despicable Me 3, I hope you enjoy it.