Welcome to another movie adventure with myself and my friend Robyn! I know that it has been a while since we have posted any movie reviews but due to life getting in the way and such I haven’t posted anything but that changes today! This Month of November we picked the theme of Video Games, rather fitting since we both are avid gamers! Now there is very few good movies in this film most were made a long time ago such as Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter and such and they usually weren’t that impressive but we have picked a couple to share with you today so let’s get into this weeks pick and then later in the month you’ll get two more! Stay tuned for the end of this post there will be an honorable mention from the year Robyn Graduated that I didn’t quite get posted on time but nonetheless its a great review!
Lara Croft Tomb Raider (2011)
I could never get enough of the Tomb Raider franchise, and when I first found out that Angelina Jolie was going to play the iconic character Lara Croft I was a bit skeptical but she did a bang up job of playing Lara, and she rather looks like her if you think about it. I remember before the 2013 remake of Tomb Raider came out I decided that morning before going to pick up my game I would watch both Tomb Raider movies and I believe at the time that they were on Netflix *not positive but I’m pretty sure they were on there* anyways. For being a video game movie, I thought that it was a very good, it was far better than some of its predecessors that I have seen. I really enjoyed Jolie far more than I first expected and I even enjoyed the second movie as well.
Lara Croft is THE Tomb Raider, she actually makes me want to be a treasure hunter! Alas I could do without having a villain trying to beat me to the treasure ha-ha. If you have never watched this movie I suggest that you do I know I enjoyed it and would like to see if they make another film! But I don’t really see that happening!
Final Fantasy: Advent Children (2005)
Even though I have never finished Final Fantasy VII, I know quite a bit about Sephiroth and Cloud and all of the other characters. The CGI in this movie is absolutely amazing. Everything looks so real and beautiful. All the details, from the outfits to the fight scenes are so well done. It screams Japanese and I don’t think anyone else could have done it better. There are numerous fight scenes, my favorite being when Cloud faces off with Loz and Yazoo. It is all intense and shows how skillful the characters are. The best thing about this movie is the music done by Nobuo Uematsu. The music he created is always spectacular, fitting every scene, and I do not think there is a person who dislikes “One-Winged Angel”. I am not too pleased they changed the music a bit in certain scenes when they redid the movie. It just does not seem to fit any longer. I think this movie can be enjoyed even without having played any of the games and I think everyone who is a fan of Final Fantasy should watch it.
As promised, here is a pick from a while back when we chose the theme of Graduation year. The reason this pick never made it up was because I had decided to change the amount of movies we would watch. I believe we had 4 picks and I cut it down to 2 picks due to time restraints on my end. So without further a due.
Robyn’s Pick: Graduation Year
Given that the TV show, Firefly, was canceled long before it should have been, this movie was our last bit of enjoyment from that world. I like that they continued River and Simon’s story, even with a bit of background. We learn how they escaped and some of what had been done to River at that “school” she attended. As usual, there is great banter between all of the characters that has me giggling every five minutes, even when the scene is not so funny. There is not a single bad actor, everyone brings something to the show that we all walk away with. The Reavers were an interesting aspect to the movie. I’ve never come across that type of people in a mostly friendly TV show. They’re a primitive, evil group of people whom seem to mostly go on instinct, yet they are smart and capable enough to fly ships and strategize. Between get flashbacks from River, her going slightly crazy, running from the Reavers, they are also running from an assassin who came for River. Of course they defeat him, but surprisingly leave him alive. More proof that they might be criminals, but they have morals. The only thing I dislike about this movie is the death of one of the greatest characters ever. That was the biggest disappointment I have ever experienced. Still, it is great to have the movie and something that cannot be skipped after watching the series.
Please leave us comments down below on your favorite video game movie honorable mentions! I would love to see what movies didn’t pop into my head when I was thinking about what video game movies are out there.