Wednesday, June 27, 2012
2012 King of the Hill - June Madness
So far, I have watched nine movies this month. In order: How to Marry a Millionaire, Brother's Grimm, Burlesque, Prometheus, Snow White and the Huntsman, Iron Lady, Salt, Brave, and In Time. Nine movies is a LOT of ground to cover and in order to make this faster, I'm going to lighting round four match-ups of two or three movies and drop the list down to four movies to compare. Those final four will get a more in depth review. This also means that after this post, I will finally be caught up on blog posts. [Applause]
For those who do not know, the 2012 King of the Hill Movie Challenge is my system for determining the best movie of year that I saw. One movie from each month will be selected and, at the end of the year, I will do a tournament style showdown where they will take each other on until the final movie has been selected. Bracket placement will be determined by the number of movies the monthly movie faced and won.
Match 1: How to Marry a Millionaire v Brother's Grimm
In other words: Marilyn Monroe versus a pile of dog crap. Winner: How to Marry a Millionaire
Match 2: Burlesque v Prometheus
The one good actor could not save Burlesque. Winner: Prometheus
Match 3: Snow White and the Huntsman v Iron Lady
There was so much bad with Snow White and the Huntsman, I almost posted a rant. Winner: Iron Lady
Match 4: Salt v Brave v In Time
Salt easily obliterates In Time in story and acting. Despite the fact I saw a portion of Salt being filmed, Brave defeats Salt without question. Winner: Brave
Four movies remain: How to Marry a Millionaire, Prometheus, Iron Lady, and Brave.
Match 5: How to Marry a Millionaire v Prometheus
How to Marry a Millionaire is a comedy production of three ladies trying to find success by getting married to a millionaire. Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, and Lauren Bacall rent an expensive apartment for one year and survive by selling off the room's possessions while they attempt to locate and snag millionaires. The movie in many ways resembles a Shakespearean comedy and is highly entertaining. If one thins is certain, Monroe films stand the test of time.
Prometheus is an action packed flick, set before the events of the classic movie Alien. It focuses heavily on philosophy and leaves the audience with nearly as many questions at the end as the audience had at the start of the film. The movie was fascinating, the actions was interesting, and the plot was somewhat entertaining. The movie however left a lot to be desired.
Winner: How to Marry a Millionaire
Match 6: Iron Lady and Brave
Do yourself a favor and rent Iron Lady. Meryl Streep does a phenomenal job in this movie depicting the life of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The movie is a bit disjointed as elderly Margaret Thatcher remembers bits and pieces of her her life as she adjusts to her growing mental health issues. The story unveils the trials the Iron Lady went through to get her start in politics and hold herself in power. It is a good film and I greatly enjoyed watching it.
And then there is Brave. Brave is Pixar's latest film about a Scottish princess who is facing a forced marriage between the first born from one of three clans. Merida has other things in mind for herself and tries to change her fate against the wishes of her mother, Elinor. The movie is absolute, positively, fucking amazing. The story is both unpredictable and formulaic. I was able to make some predictions as to where the movie would go, but I did not see it all coming. Remaining completely spoiler free, this movie tackles what it means to be Brave on MULTIPLE levels and brings to the box office one of the strongest female characters I have ever seen. While Merida can shoot a bow at the same level of Katniss of The Hunger Games, it is not that part of herself that makes her strong. Go see this immediately.
Match 7: How to Marry a Millionaire v Brave
How to Marry a Millionaire is a good film and has proven that it can stand the test of time. It has three characters all very unique and interesting. And here comes the "but" you are undoubtedly expecting... But, How to Marry a Millionaire has nothing on the movie Brave. Brave is a surprisingly very strong film that I think deserves the chance to try and win out for the movie of the year. Will it? I honestly don't know, but we are about to find out if it can do the job.
Ultimate Winner: Brave
Ultimate Loser: Brother's Grimm. Holy crap that movie sucked ass.