Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Last Christmas, the long anticipated comedy sequel, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues was released in theaters. The movie brought in $26.9

 

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

million during the holiday season, coming in second right behind The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smogg. Movie-goers came back to have more nonsensical fun with the San Diego News Team. Leading with an all star cast, starring Will Ferrel and Steve Carrel, Anchorman 2 is a gut-busting film that the whole family can enjoy.

 

Many critics have given the movie a bad rap because of its inconsistency in plot and poor character development. While none of us are conscious of these accusations while laughing ourselves to kingdom come, looking back at the film, these points can be very easily identified. In truth, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is extremely drawn out and over the top just like its predecessor. While the film has its moments where it has its where the audience is giggling and smiling, that is all there is to the movie- moments.

 

It is often forgotten what makes a quality comedy film (And that is not cheap jokes and songs about Dobi). The film is not horrible, but it’s not great; the film is not hilarious, but it’s not bland either. The main problem faced with The Anchorman 2 is that the film finds no sense of balance in its entirety. McKay and Ferrel should have just abandoned after Anchorman, because it may be true that the sequel was quite funny to the 13 year old audience, for those of us who saw the prequel, it almost feels as though the second is a rendition rather and a sequel.

 

I give it a ** out of *****.

 

Story by Izaak Lux

 

 

 

 

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How To Train Your Dragon 2 Trailer Review

How to Train Your Dragon (video game)

How to Train Your Dragon (video game) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

After the surprising success of DreamWorks Animation “How To Train Your Dragon”, Co-Director Dean DeBlois announced that How To Train Your Dragon will have 3 parts, turning the popular movie into a trilogy. How To Train Your Dragon 2 will premier June 13, 2014.

 

Movie trailers are meant to capture the viewers attention, and this trailer does just that. In the beginning of the trailer, Hiccup, voiced by Jay Baruchel, starts off by saying the infamous line “This is Berk”, something that makes How To Train Your Dragon fans squeal with excitement. The trailer showcases the main cast has grown up, and have partaken in “dragon races” and dragon competitions. It shows that life on Berk is, as implied by Hiccup, amazing.

 

But all isn’t as “amazing” as Hiccup believed it had been. Not only is he being pressured by his father to “grow up”, “stop flying” and “protect their people”

 

, but Hiccup finds that with exploration, comes consequences. A question many fans had about Hiccup’s mother is finally answered. The trailer shows that Hiccup’s mother had been living with dragons for many years, and she tells Hiccup “something is coming”. The trailer then shows a battle zone.  As far as we know, dragons are being used in a war.

 

With a new villain, new characters, new dragons and new a new plot, this trailer captured peoples attentions. The animation was different from the first, it’s much more fluid and loose, with beautiful rendering, and lighting, and overall, stunning to look at. With over 8 million views, it’s obvious that this will be a great summer film.

 

Watch the trailer here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9a4PvzlqoQ

 

Trailer Review by Kristin Esparza

 

 

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Disneys Frozen Movie Review

Disney has just released it’s latest Disney Princess movie during the Thanksgiving holiday. Disney’s Frozen is a spectacular Anna-jpg_2252403D animated movie. Frozen stars Idina Menzel as the Snow Queen Elsa,  Kristen Bell as Princess Anna, Jonathan Groff as Kristoff,  Santinio Fontana as Prince Hans, and Josh Gad as Olaf the snowman.

Not only does Frozen have a box office of $110,633,226 worldwide, but Is considered the best Disney movie since the Disney resonance era. Regardless of the fact that Frozen was put off for 68 years, when Walt Disney couldn’t figure out a way to execute the Snow Queen character, it was picked up again after the success of Disney’s Tangled. The orchestra score was composed by Christophe Beck, and the musical score was composed by the duo Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.

The plot was, despite all previous efforts, very well executed. The characters all have intriguing motives and rather tragic pasts that make you care for them. With a rather big plot twist it is sure to leave all audiences with a “gasp” of horror and shock.

The stunning and beautiful animation worked well with the fantastic and powerful voices. One song in particular catches the audiences attention, Let It Go performed by Idina Menzel’s character Queen Elsa. Seeing Elsa finally release and show her full potential was rather satisfying. Seeing all the characters interact with each other in such a natural way makes them seem real.

Parents and teens might think “yeah, it would be a good movie for kids” before they see it, but one shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover. On the outside, Frozen might look like the next Ice Age movie, but it’s actually the opposite.

In the first commercial, most see a little snowman and a reindeer fighting over a carrot. First impressions are important, and this trailer only gave the impression that this movie would be for little kids, such as Disney’s Planes. But, Frozen is different. Frozen is a great film, that teenagers and adults can enjoy with or without kids. In fact, most audiences can probably relate to any of the characters.

The message Frozen gives is not like the other Princess movies. In order to save herself, Anna must commit an act of true love to thaw her freezing heart, a curse Elsa accidentally and unknowingly put on her sister. She slowly makes her way to have a “true loves kiss”, when she see’s the villain about to murder Elsa, who was imprisoned at the castle. Fearful and worried for her sister, with her last bit of strength, she sacrifices herself. This is an act of true love, and Anna is revived. The message of Frozen is clear. You shouldn’t hold in your problems, and you don’t need to be in a romantic relationship to truly love someone.

With a fantastic score, beautiful character development, and amazing animation, one might think that there has to be something bad about this movie. And, there is. The downside to Disney’s Frozen is clearly that the villain doesn’t get the same punishment or their own song that other  Disney villains get.  And, most fans can agree, Elsa deserved much more screen time. But regardless, Disney’s Frozen doesn’t disappoint.

I rate this movie 5/5

by Kristin Esparza

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The Croods

At the Movies ~ The Croods, 2013

 

Alexa here,  your MHS movie critic.  The Croods is one of the best animated adventures perfect for the whole family.  Like every adventure story the moral or lesson in the movie is the importance of family and sticking together when the going gets tough and you are faced with your own survival.

What works: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Comedy, and the Animation along with the moral and ethics that the story portrays about having faith in each other and the importance of family.

What doesn’t:  Haven’t found anything that doesn’t work in this epic animated adventure.

Summary:

Eep (voice by Emma Stone) is a teenage girl who longs for an adventure in the open world right outside the cave she lives in with her family. Mom Ugga (Catherine Keener), grandma Gran (Cloris Leachman) , brother Thunk (Clark Duke), baby sister Sandy (Randy Thom), and dad Grug (Nicolas Cage).  Grug is a traditional father who believes that the outside world is dangerous during the night so he has his family stay inside the cave. After having their cave destroyed, the Croods family set out into a comedy adventure in search of a new home. Realizing that having each other is what it takes to survive, this movie is definitely a must watch!

Starring:  Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Cloris Leachman, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke, Randy Thom, and Chris Sanders (III)

Director: Chris Sanders, Kirk De Micco

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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MAMA

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MAMA is a domestic thriller from executive producer, Guillermo del Toro. Starring Isabelle Nelisse as Lilly, Jessica Chastain as Annabel, Megan Charpentier as Victoria, and Nikolaj Costewaldau as Lucas.

The plot is about a young couple, Annabel and Lucas, who are faced with the challenge of raising his young nieces that were left alone in the forest for 5 years. As they move back to civilization they bring a dark secret into their home, but when a series of ominous events occur Lucas and Annabel suspect that Victoria and Lilly share ties to an evil beyond human comprehension. The couple must figure out what to do before it’s too late again.

This movie is sure to get a few screams even out of the unnerved horror moviegoer with its terrifying unexpected pop up scenes. The movie is entertaining to watch and the ending remains a mystery throughout the entire movie. It seems Guillermo del Toro does a good job at setting up another horror classic film.

Snapshot: A horror film about two young girls stranded in the wilderness who “survived” on their own for 5 years… but how alone were they?

What works: it’s a good old-fashioned sit-around-the-campfire ghost story. One that delivers on its sole reason for existence to raise the hairs on the back of your neck.

What doesn’t: Relies mainly on jolts for its scares for the entire first half of the movie.

Rating: PG-13, for violence and terror and some disturbing images and thematic elements.

In my opinion, I rate this movie 3 *** stars out of 5.

By Ruth Andrade

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