I never thought I'd say this again, but Michael Cera is again an awkward teen. If there was an award for how many characters played as an awkward teen - he would definitely be a good contender (if not the winner!)
Based on a book by C.D. Payne of the same title, Youth in Revolt takes you on a journey of a 16-year old boy who has fallen in love. (The book actually talks about a 14-year old but that would just be stretching it for Michael Cera, even with his perpetual teen look!)
What I like about this movie though is that it lets Cera show a much more edgy side to him. His character creates an alter-ego to help him become the bad boy that he needs to be in order to get kicked out of the house and closer to his love.
But as stories go, things don't pan out as planned and thus things escalate a bit further. Of course, he still gets the girl but it's neither sunny nor do they end up kissing while the camera revolves around them, which is something that I can appreciate!
Now, if you're interested to see Cera, hopefully play his "last" teen role, go see this film. It's mildly enjoyable and seeing him be mischievous is good reason enough.
After 11 years from the last Toy Story installment, Pixar did it again! The story this time is much more intense – probably catering more to people who where there during the first two movies.
To truly appreciate this movie you have to have grown up just like Andy did in the story. Although they did add a nifty video scene in the beginning for those young ones that never got a chance to see first ones.
In this (final?) issue the toys are mistakenly given away to a day care center where they are faced with the harsh realities of being nobody’s toy. Ruled by a sweet-smelling teddy bear with a stone cold heart – the newcomers had to endure being painted on, trampled with and whatnot by toddlers. And like previous installments, Woody tries to save the day with his excellent leadership skills and real love for his fellow toys.
As I mentioned, it becomes intense at some point, making you think maybe there won’t be a happy ending. But this is Pixar/Disney after all...
It’s the best Pixar movie so far and even if the toys did say their final farewells to their former owner Andy – I won’t mind watching another sequel to this one!
I have seen all the previous Shrek installments before and must say that this was much better than the last. Well, maybe better than the Shrek 2, anyway.
At first, I thought they were stretching the franchise a bit because usually these sort of things stop at the 3rd installment. But the story was good and did kind of "end" in a much nicer way – it made the whole Shrek world somewhat "complete."
It’s good to see Shrek enjoy being an ogre again as opposed to being domesticated – as a family man. His contract with the sneaky Rumpelstiltskin gave him a day to be his old self but with a very cruel fine print!
My favorite character here is Donkey; Eddie Murphy’s voice is just so hilarious! And I especially love the scene where Donkey pulls the prisoner wagon (carrying Shrek) and he’s singing all kinds of songs like a radio. He’s not his usual annoying self here which is a plus.
It’s the usual Shrek fare with the funny fairytale connections, however, the small things sprinkled here and there make it really special to watch.
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