Buy Me, Rent Me, Forget Me: 'The Adventures of Tintin,' 'The Descendants,' 'Happy Feet Two,' and More

Buy Me, Rent Me, Forget Me: 'The Adventures of Tintin,' 'The Descendants,' 'Happy Feet Two,' and More

Mar 13, 2012

High-Profile New Releases

The Adventures of Tintin (Paramount Pictures)
Release Date: Dec 21, 2011
Director: Director:Steven Spielberg
Cast: Jamie BellAndy SerkisDaniel CraigNick Frost,Simon PeggFull cast + crew

Verdict: Buy Me
Available On: 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD
Special Features: There are over 10 featurettes on this disc, covering every single aspect of production, which total over 90 minutes when played all together. It really is a comprehensive look at the entire production and should leave you with a good impression of just how complicated this movie was to make, particularly given how collaborative it was between Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson.
Additional Thoughts: The trailers do a poor job of selling The Adventures of Tintin. They leave you confused as to the tone of the movie, whether it's strictly for youngsters or if it's for adults. Fortunately, the movie itself is decidedly more mature than it looks. Kids will certainly enjoy it, but tonally it's in close league with Indiana Jones, and features some of the most memorable action sequences of last year. The very particular animation style can take a little adjusting to, but once everything falls into place, it's an enjoyable, unique film.

 

The Descendants (Fox Searchlight)
Release Date: Nov 18, 2011
Director: Alexander Payne
Cast: George ClooneyShailene WoodleyAmara MillerJudy GreerBeau BridgesFull cast + crew

Verdict: Rent Me
Available On: Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD
Special Features: Lots of "Isn't our cast and crew great?!" featurettes focusing on George Clooney and Alexander Payne, plus a number of extras focusing on the Hawaii setting, as well as a few deleted scenes.
Additional Thoughts: The Descendants has a few nagging problems with its script, but even with its over-reliance on narration to push the character along, it's a charming, enjoyable film about a man finally realizing that he's been too bogged down by other people's problems to even have his own mid-life crisis. Clooney is great in it, as is newcomer Shailene Woodley.

 

Happy Feet Two (Warner Bros.)
Release Date: Nov 18, 2011
Director: George Miller
Cast: Elijah WoodRobin WilliamsAlecia MooreHank AzariaBrad PittFull cast + crew

Verdict: Rent Me (If you have kids)
Available On: 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD
Special Features: A Second Screen app which provides nearly an hour's worth of timed goodies like games and dance-alongs for kids. There's also 25-minutes worth of extras dedicated to the real world of Antarctica, as well as how the characters were designed and voiced.
Additional Thoughts: I really wanted to like Happy Feet Two more. I'm quite fond of the original, which is a playful kids film about finding and embracing that one thing that makes you unique even if it may initially make you unpopular. Sure, it also has a message about preserving nature, but it's secondary to everything else. This film, however, is all of the distracting bits of the first film turned to 11. So if you thought the music choices were too silly the, the action too forced, or the "Save Nature!" message too forced the first time around, you're going to want to steer clear of this disc.

 

The Three Musketeers (Summit)
Release Date: Oct 21, 2011
Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Cast: Logan LermanMilla JovovichMatthew MacFadyen,Ray StevensonLuke EvansFull cast + crew

Verdict: Forget Me
Available On: 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD
Special Features: Audio Commentary, PIP commentary, about 15-minutes worth of standalone featurettes, and 14-minutes of Deleted Scenes
Additional Thoughts: I really wanted to like The Three Musketeers. I am a Paul W.S. Anderson apologist, after all. I know the man makes increasingly goofy action flicks, but I appreciate them because he pours a ton of technique and real world spectacle into his production design. So usually, even if the movie is a stinker, like the last Resident Evil film, there's at least a scale to its world and effects that's interesting. That's just not the case here. The Three Musketeers not only has a nonsense plot, but it has production and costume design so wacky you're left wondering if Anderson is telling a joke that's going over your head. He isn't, though. This is just a bad movie that should be avoided by all but tweens who don't know any better and severely inebriated adults.

 

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