Sunday, January 31, 2010

Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow (2008)

This is the fifth direct-to-DVD film made and produced by Marvel Animation, and is the first reviewed by KidViews. Although it looks like a dumb kiddy superhero movie excuse, it is most definitely a winner. This superhero extravaganza tells the story of the children of the Avengers, after most of the originals have been killed by a robot named Ultron. The kids then team up with the son of Hawkeye and their mentor Anthony Stark (DUH! IRON MAN!) to take down the robot and avenge their parents. It's a bit confusing, but has heart, jokes, and the classic snot being beaten out of the bad dude. I would say that this film is a winner on KidViews.

Friday, January 8, 2010

The Princess and the Frog (2009)

Not as childish of girly a movie as it looks. This movie tells the story of a frog that became a prince...well, at least that was the story that was read to a couple of kids in the beginning of the film. This film is very funny, and is a true joy to watch. The prince is turned into a frog, and asks for a kiss from a princess. (who actually isn't a princess...that's why this is funny) Then, they both become frogs. It is marvelously creepy, and one of the best Disney films I've ever seen. The romantic scenes aren't too corny, (except one near the end. It's pretty corny) the story and plot are great, and the movie is just funny. However, the villain is a voodoo wizard, or witch doctor, or something, so some people might need to make some extra precautions. Other than that, the movie is super family-friendly. Also, a neat thing is that this film was traditionally animated (drawn out by must've taken a long, long, time) which I think is neat. I would say see it, or get it when it hits DVD, so do whatever you can to go see The Princess and the Frog.

Sherlock Holmes (2009)

I love Robert Downey Jr. I love detective films. I love Sherlock Holmes. But this missed the mark just a bit. This movie stars Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes, everybody's favorite drug-addicted crazy genius detective. And, apperently, he's also super strong. I never read anything about that in the stories. It doesn't stay too close to the original stories, but stays enough for a good time. The case in the film really doesn't have a clear objective, and the film is very choppy. It's slow, but smart. That's all I can say. True Sherlock fans will like it, but other than them, I would say maybe only glance at it.

Fantastic Four (2005)

This amazing team of superheroes began in the 1960's with a comic book. Look where it is today. A full-blown legacy. Anyway, this film packs science fiction, romance, action, and deception into one two-hour package. Actually, a pretty family-friendly film. It's only PG-13 for violence. So I think it serves most purposes of movies. It is an very good blast from the past, remembering when you read your comic books, wondering about the amazing possibilities of comics. (and don't feel ashamed. I do it too) Some movie adaptations of comic books are just plain terrible, but this one hits just a few inches off the bullseye. I would say to head down to your video store and watch the Fantastic Four.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel (2009)

First of all, let me say WELCOME TO 2010!!!! Second, let me say that: I know Squeakuel is a dumb name. I know. However, things picked up a lot from the last adventure of our furry little friends. In this movie, they meet girls (finally!) the jerk Ian is a hobo living on a roof,(take that, sucker!) and this movie stars Chuck's Zachary Levi. (Mondays on NBC. Watch it) The recuuring gags, are hysterical, the plot is better, and just overall, I liked this movie more. And that is why KidViews gives Alvin and the Chipmunks 2 a