Movie Review – Gravity

Movie Review - GravityI enjoyed Gravity, but didn’t love it. I’m not going to grade the movie on its scientific accuracy because if I did, it would get a D, at best. Instead I’ll only consider the story aspects.

My biggest beef with Gravity is the character development. The movie is only 90 minutes long, which doesn’t leave enough time for both action scenes and character development. The struggles and challenges that Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) goes through leads to the character breaking down. But we don’t know anything about her inner turmoil until after the fact. I think if they had made the movie another 30 minutes longer, and included something of Ryan’s past, then the audience could have felt the emotional experience as well.

Basically, the movie was in 3D but the emotional content was in 1D.

That said, the 3D excitement was riveting, and certainly worth seeing.

As I mentioned, there are a lot of scientific inaccuracies. Instead of reviewing that myself, I’ll just give you a link to a good overview of some of the things they got wrong in the movie. Most of these can be forgiven, because the story needed to assume certain things in order for it to work.

Note: the article below is full of spoilers.

http://science.time.com/2013/10/01/what-gravity-gets-right-and-wrong-about-space/

RunPee Wife was less than impressed with the movie. Jilly’s review would read something like this: Sandra Bullock breathes heavy; there are lots of electronic buzzing and dinging noises. Things blow up in space. Nothing else happens. The end.

Grade: B-

About The Peetimes: There’s not a lot of downtime in this movie. RunPee Wife agrees that the Peetime I found is about as good as it’s going to get...

There are no extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of Gravity. (What we mean by Anything Extra)

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Movie Review – Man of Steel

Movie Review - Man of SteelMan of Steel is a fast-paced visual feast that is supported by great actors. Even when the premise feels a bit flimsy, the actors convincingly sell the story to the audience.

Much of the film is told in flashbacks, when Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) is a boy/teen, giving the audience a window into how difficult it was for Clark to fit into rural Kansas society, due to his super-human powers.

As an adult, this Superman starts off as a man who is forced to live on the fringes of society, giving the movie a darker, edgier feel than any previous Superman movies. When a strange UFO is found frozen in ice, Clark meets Lois Lane (Amy Adams), and together they work to save humanity from “monster” General Zod, who ruthlessly hunts down Clark Kent, better known to Zod as Kal-El. B+

Grade: B+

About The Peetimes: I would try to use the first pee time, if possible. Once General Zod arrives on Earth, the pace really picks up and the story becomes quite intense. Peetime #2 contains a crucial plot development, but it is easy to sum up in case you use this peetime.

There are no extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of Man of Steel. (What we mean by Anything Extra.)

Rated (PG) for intense sequences of sci-fi violence, action and destruction, and for some language
Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Superhero,

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Movie Review – The Avengers

Movie Review - The AvengersFantastic movie. There was never a dull moment. The movie was 2 hours and 13 minutes — without the credits — and you’ll wish it was an hour longer. Joss Whedon managed to pack in a great deal of character development with all the action, without making it seem forced.

The action was as good as it gets. Best of all, there was plenty of humor throughout the movie with lots of chuckles, a few good laughs, and one TYHBARWL moment (Throw Your Head Back And Roar With Laughter ).

You will not be disappointed.

Grade: A+

About The Peetimes: I would recommend the second peetime at 56 minutes in. It’s an important plot scene but is fairly easy to sum up. The last peetime isn’t great but it is the very last opportunity you’ll have. Non-stop action after that.

There are extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of The Avengers. (What we mean by Anything Extra.)

Rated (PG-13) for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action throughout, and a mild drug reference
Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

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Movie Review – Iron Man – Genius, Philanthropist, etc who started it all

Movie Review - Iron ManThis is the movie that started it all for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it still holds up after all this time. In fact, knowing the character arc of Tony Stark (at least up to the end of Infinity War) makes this first movie even better. Not many franchises can say that.

Those doubts about Iron Man, so long ago, put to rest

One of the few criticisms the MCU has had over the years is that many of their villains have been rather cardboardy. That has been said of this first Iron Man, but I tend to disagree. First, they didn’t try to set up an ongoing villain. They created one that was a one-and-done, which works best for an origin story.

Secondly, they made up for it with the misdirection. We think we know who the villain is going to be — then we get a 180. For a first time movie viewing it worked really well. The humor, the pathos…it WORKS. Robert Downey Jr single-handedly improvised his way into something brand new in the superhero genre — and created the entire foundation of MCU greatness. Just ask the box office for Avengers: Endgame, and ten year’s worth of rabid fans.

I remember when I first saw previews for this movie. My first thought was: Robert Downey Jr., as a superhero? Seriously? This must be some sort of joke.

Little did we know what was to come. No one could have done Iron Man better, or set up what’s become the world’s most exciting continuous franchise. No one else comes close.

Grade: B+

About The Peetimes: The first Iron Man movie predates RunPee — by about one year. We added these Peetimes retrospectively, just to create continuity with all the other MCU movies.

There are extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of Iron Man. (What we mean by Anything Extra.)

Rated (PG-13) for some intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, and brief suggestive content
Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Superhero