REVIEWS: 2009 Movie Review Retrospective

This is a retrospective of the movies I saw in theaters this year.  I’ve arranged the movies in the order in which I would recommend them.  You might notice that the listing doesn’t match up exactly with the ratings I gave them originally, but that’s the point in a retrospective.

  1. Avatar
    Yes, I’m going to do it.  I’m going to put the last movie I saw at the top of the list.  But this movie changes so much about movies in general, that I can’t help but put it at the top.
  2. Star Trek
    JJ did the impossible and made a great Star Trek movie that manages to both reboot and continues the series in a worthy manner.
  3. District 9
    Surprisingly good, partly because the ad campaign gave nothing away and partly because it was heartwarming and action filled.
  4. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
    I think this movie can finally stand alone as a good movie, not just a good Harry Potter movie.
  5. Up
    It’s Pixar.  It’s funny, heartwarming, doesn’t talk down to you or your kids, and looks amazing.
  6. Drag Me To Hell
    A good balance of funny and scary, with a satisfying ending.
  7. Zombieland
    While Zombieland wasn’t exactly what I wanted, it was still tons of fun.
  8. 2012
    The world is literally falling apart and they want us to care about individual people?
  9. The Twilight Saga: New Moon
    My least favorite book of the series turns into a dull movie.
  10. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
    A movie built on the cliché that bigger is better, which it definitely isn’t in this case.
  11. Terminator Salvation
    Skynet reveals their big plan and its a Terminator with free will?  All I know is that it could have been worse.  A lot worse.  It’s still pretty bad.
  12. The Hangover
    Funny, but highly inappropriate.  Can’t really recommend it.
  13. The Men Who Stare At Goats
    Advertised as a slap-stick comedy, its more of a dark comedy, and not very comedic at that.
  14. Watchmen
    So long, so boring, so weird.
  15. Hannah Montana: The Movie
    Yet another “movie” version of a TV show that manages to not be a game changer, even when that’s supposed to be the moral of the story!
  16. Year One
    Probably the worst movie I’ve ever seen.  Unfunny comedy, cringe-worth dialog, every scene dragged on and on.  First movie we literally talked out loud about walking out of.

REVIEW: Up (2009)

The answer to the immortal question: "Where do these stairs go?"
The answer to the immortal question: "Where do these stairs go?"

Went to Holiday Drive-In last night with some free tickets.  Here is the first movie we saw, Up.

Summary: An old man who always dreamed of adventure finally gets to have one, taking his house (and a stowaway) to South America via balloons.

Thoughts: Who thinks of this stuff?  Save for Cars (which reminds me of Doc Hollywood for several reasons), I’ve found every Pixar movie to be wildly unique and incredible (pardon the pun).  This movie is no different, even though it goes down emotional alleys I didn’t think kids’ movies would go into.  It’s deep, it’s sad, it’s heartwarming, it’s goofy, it’s beautiful, it’s funny, and the heroes are the most unlikely heroes in a movie probably of all time (unless you count Bubba Ho-tep, which I’ve not seen yet).

The voice acting is perfect, the visuals are amazing, and everything about it was truly unique, something I feel Disney lost a long time ago (if they ever had it to begin with).  I’m glad Pixar is not being suppressed by being bought out by Disney, although the idea of a third Toy Story worries me.

I can’t say enough about Up‘s uniqueness and its combination of elements are perfect.  There were parts where I almost cried, and not because it was the climax of the movie, but because it was so heartwarming.  It’s a great movie, for real.

Overall: Unique and heartwarming, something every other movie wishes it could be.

Sorry for the shortness, the trailers were so vague its hard not to spoil things about it.  I will not be so kind to the second movie we saw: Hannah Montana.