Well this is probably our last film of 2014 and its more of the same from Stiller and Co. in Night at the Museum 3. The magical tablet that brings the museum to life overnight is corroding, so its off to London to meet up with Ahkmenrah's dad Merenkahre who knows the secret to restoring the power. Obviously you're then in an entirely new locale with lots of new museum pieces to come to life, topped off with Rebel Wilson's humorous english security guard. The story trots along at a nice pace and has lots of giggles along the way. Just another feel good family film, very enjoyable.
We're cramming in the year end films before 2015 rolls round, this time the Ridley Scott version of Moses! This is the biblical story you know, two brothers who aren't really brothers, one returns to his Hebrew people to free them, and along the way there are 10 plagues and the parting of the sea. Its actually done quite well, because as well as the biblical godly caused phenomenon you have the Egyptians trying to explain it away with reasoning, so you get a religious and scientific explanation, well you do until the Angel of Death anyway! Its quite a visual film with loads of vistas, however there is a little too much trudging around and it feels way, way too long. Its a shame as with a little trimming it could have been great, as it is it was a little bum numbing.
The 3D was nothing to write home about, which is a shame as this was actually filmed in 3D. Theres not a lot to prove the depth to you. D-BOX was also wasted, with just chariot rumblings and not a lot else happening to the chair.
Ben 6 out of 10 (6 with D-BOX)
Barry 6 out of 10 (6 with D-BOX)
After the huge Sony hack and impending WW3 from North Korea over this film we had to see it when it was released on rental over Christmas! All I can say is I'm not sure what all the fuss was over as the film is awful. A completely hammed-overacted Franco who is a Jerry Springer/Jeremy Kyle TV host, has an unlikely fan in North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, who decides to let an American interview him. In steps the FBI to use these two goons to lead a plot to assassinate him. What follows is bungling annoying American idiots. There are a few chuckles along the way, but I can't stand Rogen, and Franco is just plain annoying. Kim Jong Un is also portrayed as a margarita drinking Katy Perry listening dictator. So apart from them ruining all Sony Pictures employees lives with this film, we also wasted an hour and 20mins of our lives.
We took Mum to the Royal Albert Hall for her Christmas present tonight to see Carols by Candlelight. For years we have been trying to go to midnight mass, but always fall asleep, so we went for a non-religious one at 8pm instead! Was a very uplifting Christmas show with choir, readings and sing-along carols.
So its finally here, however many years since the first Lord of the Rings, Hobbit part 3! It picks up immediately after part 2, with Smaug destroying the village. It then descends into the dwarf King's madness, followed by the epic battle of five armies, as the title suggests. To me this seemed a bit long and drawn out, but was interjected with extras like seeing the start of Sauron and linking back to LOTR. The 3D wan't much to write home about again, apart from a few bits.
Last night we saw Evil Dead the Musical 4D, but unfortunately it was like a bad low budget school play. It did make us chuckle in places, but the wasn't enough 4D blood!
This morning we had to kill before flying home, so we headed to Madame Tussaud's. It's very weird entering a room of free standing wax works that look like movie stars. Some were incredibly realistic, while others we didn't think looked anything like them.
The original Horrible Bosses was like the original Hangover, completely original and unexpectedly funny. The sequel however is however a little tired, where the original had 3 stories of 3 bosses, this one centres on a kidnapping of their new boss who steals their idea for a 'Shower Buddy' invention. Cross and double crosses follow, intertwined with the squeaky ones voice, luckily broken up by the excellent sex addicted Aniston. It just misses all the marks of the first film.
This film isn't out until Jan 30th in UK, so we decided to see it early! Its a Disney spin on a Marvel franchise that I've never heard of and is quite dark for Disney, as its about an orphaned set or brothers, then one of the brothers also dies! But its about the surviving brother's relationship with Beymax, who is originally conceived as a medical robot, but reprogrammed and along with a group of friends they form a team of superheroes to go after an evil Kabuki! It starts of quite slow and depressing, but then you hit a Wall-Eish bit about the slightly clumsy robot, followed by all out action as they form they superhero team. Nothing like what Disney has really done before, original story (as I've not heard of the Marvel comic before) and generally entertaining.
On Sunday we headed to the Cosmopolitan hotel, where they have converted one of their roof top pools into an ice rink and every hour they also make it snow! So we're sat in shorts having cocktails in the desert while it snows.
The same evening we go to see the Divas drag show, men dressed as women performing the greatest hits of Madonna, Cher, Lady Gaga, Tina Turner, etc.... Highly entertaining. Check our the video under the video tab on the blog!
If you are expecting anything other than a very silly movie follow up to the original, then walk away now. If you want some childish action, one-liners that you need to concentrate on their real meaning and a Carrey back on form, then you should watch Dumb and Dumber To. We must have been in the right mood for this film, as it just kept us chuckling. Daniels is on a mission to find his estranged daughter that he had with a very ragged looking Kathleen Turner. Turns out his daughter was adopted by a scientist who is trying to be bumped off by his wife and the daughter is just as thick as he is.
Saturday afternoon at 4pm we saw Legends in Concert. We'd only bought the cheap seats at the back, but for some reason the guy sat us right by the stage, result! Our impersonators were Michael Jackson, Barbara Streisand, Brittany Spears, Bobby Darin and Elvis. Great show with a few Christmas tunes thrown in too.
Out of all the characters to spin off from Madagascar we were hoping for the monkeys, but instead the penguins got it instead. Basically the story of an evil octopus who wants revenge for ousting him from the New York zoo, as they are far too cute, so his revenge is to de-cute them! Loads of wacky fun and zany things happen, lots of quick fire jokes and an auxiliary cast of extra characters are added. Good, but not as good as Madagascar 3.