Eh. I suppose the National Treasure movies are somewhat comparable to the Indiana Jones series, but IMO, are left lacking. Nick Cage is good, as he was in the first NT, as is Jon Voight and Diane Kruger (Diane Kruger, all kinds of hot). Helen Mirren joins the cast as Ben's mom, and is very good. Justin Bartha, while a little over the top at times, does have some lines which are good for some laughs. Harvey Keitel is back - always good, and Ed Harris as the antagonist is great (one of the most underrated actors ever, to me). Judging by how much my kids fidgetted throughout the movie, they had about the same opinion as I did.
We took IJ to see this yesterday because with the Disney connection they had been showing ads while IJ watched her Disney shows. We bought the first one on DVD and Mrs. JJD and IJ said it was pretty good and we all enjoyed this one, although it's pretty complicated for a 5-year old so I kept having to explain it. Take that quick review FWIW, as it's from two adults who don't see too many non-kid movies anymore, so we probably have a pretty lenient curve. I don't think Ed Harris has ever been in a bad movie that I've seen, though.
Also, agreed on Diane Kruger. Yowza.
Holy fuck shit motherfucker shit. Read comics. Fuck shit shit fuck shit I sold out when I did my job. Fuck fuck fuck shit fuck. Sorry had to do it....
Revenge of the Sith = one thumb up from me. Fuck shit. I want to tittie fuck your ass. -- The Guinness. to Cerebus
Did I fall asleep or something? What was the whole big deal about 'Page 47'? I even stayed around after the credits thinking they'd have something but we got nothing. It felt odd to make a point about looking at it and having it brought up at the end but not tell us anything about it.
This was almost as good as the first one, but the thing about 'Page 47' bothered the fuck outta me.
I'll still go see another one, when they make it, hopefully giving me closure.
I watched it and had a good fun time. I like the characters who are sweet and charming in their own way, especially Jon Voight's Daddy Gates.
No these aren't great movies or nowhere near the Indiana Jones films, but they aren't terrible like they make them out to be. Bruckheimer has produced much worse, and I don't think there was a single explosion in this film either (unlike the first one which had one big one at the beginning).
The only thing I didn't like was the cliche, obligatory plot device that's become so prevalent in movies these days, splitting up Cage and Kruger at the beginning. Felt stupid and forced to me. Once again like 30 Days of Night it felt there wasn't a single good reason for them to not be together. In Die Hard it was played well and realistically, no movie can really do it well anymore.
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Don't make the Professor angry. You wouldn't like him, when he's angry.
Saw it myself tonight and enjoyed myself. They're not the cream of the crop, but who really cares? It's a fun romp and I'm starting to genuinely like this series. The reason, more than anything, is because the "Indiana Jones"-type exploration adventure film is a genre that's been sorely underused in Hollywood films these days. It's a lot of fun and I'll be eagerly anticipating the third film.
"Wocka Wocka...who wants to hear a funny-ass joke?"
I thought it was alright. I will be showing this to the wife for the Monkees reference, if nothing else. I couldn't get past the animation of Peter post-stroke. That was so, so, so wrong. In a great way.