Hanks' acting is great, as is that of non-actor Barkhad Abdi, playing Muse, the head of this particular pirate crew.
Overall well done. Standard Paul Greengrass style. Like I said, a bit on the long side and it starts to drag a bit once the action moves from the container ship to the lifeboat. You'll also leave wishing the Navy SEALs did more badass stuff.
As one can expect, no Yes and Please entries in this film.
Grade: Solid B. Likely will not buy on Blu-Ray.
Despite this, I'd say expectations were on the low side for this sequel. The initial trailers were, how you say, "underwhelming". People were also questioning how much could really be done with the character outside of The Avengers framework.
Well, suffice it to say, from TGS's perspective, the sequel was also a success. In fact, my regular movie buddy and I both thought this was better than the original.
With Tom Hiddleston's Loki getting the lead villain role in The Avengers, and despite his role as the bad guy in the original, he takes on an even larger role here and I don't think I'm alone in saying that more of Loki can never be a bad thing. The action set pieces are much grander in scope than in the original, with very well done f/x.
What I liked best was that the bad guys in the movie - some weird alien things - actually invade and fuck the shit out of Aasgard. Considering the Aasgardians are supposed to be Gods, even to the other non-Earth dimensions, it was pretty cool to see them get Pearl Harbor'd in this movie as they did.
Grade: B+ and, being the nerd that I am, I will own on Blu when it comes out.
Yes and Please Factor: Natalie Portman with honorable mention (but not full status) to Kat Denning's Boobs.
Yes and Please Factor: Mary-Louise Parker
|I loved you in The West Wing!|
I was a bit tipsy when I attempted to watch this and I don't think I even made it a full thirty minutes. Seriously have no idea what this movie is or why it was made. The only reason it was tempting in the first place is because it advertised to be four young, hot sillies prancing around in bikinis the whole time. On that score, it delivered as promised but that premise is a lot less interesting than I anticipated.
One positive note, this song did feature prominently and it is awesome.
Grade: Incomplete. Can't say I'd be likely to go any higher than a C-minus (like D) if I saw the whole thing. And it would only be that high because of boobs.
Yes and Please Factor: Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Benson half naked? About as Yes and Please as you can get.