Anniversary Week: My Fave Five: Year 1 Reviews

This is it, happy anniversary Drew’s Reviews!  That’s right, one year ago today I started this blog, posting reviews for several summer blockbusters (two of which are on this list).  Now over 70 reviews later, I have come a long way in my writing and have noticed much improvement.  So for my first Fave Five list, I decided to focus on the reviews I have written over the last year that have marked an accomplishment in my writing or has left an impact on it.  I hope to start doing “My Fave Five” features semi-frequently.  Put simply, it is a list of my five favorite movies on a particular topic.  With that out of the way, let’s get started.

Man of Steel movie poster5) Man of Steel

I’m not exactly sure why I like my Man of Steel review so much.  It has just stuck with me.  This was one of my original six reviews I had written to kick off this blog.  As I stated at the beginning of the review, I am not a huge fan of Superman.  Maybe that is why it has become one of my favorite reviews, because despite my dislike for the character, I was still able to keep an open mind about the movie and stay objective.  I was able to prove to myself I can review a movie on its merits rather than my feelings about the character.  Up until recently, Man of Steel was the longest review I had written, so that was another reason why it stuck with me so strongly

4) I, FrankensteinI, Frankenstein movie poster

I, Frankenstein is the only lightning review on this list.  Just a heads up, it’s not a very good movie, but that’s beside the point.  I like this review because I believe I was able to completely portray my feelings towards the movie in under 200 words.  Sometimes when I am writing a lightning review, I feel there is more I could add, but not enough to really make it a full review.  But for this review, I didn’t have that feeling and thought everything I had to say was present.

How to Train Your Dragon movie poster3) How to Train Your Dragon

Oh, man, How to Train Your Dragon.  Such a great movie.  If you have not seen it yet, go out and do so immediately.  But the fact that this is such a great movie is not why it’s on this list (since that’s not what this list is about).  I’ve included it because this was the first movie I reviewed on a recommendation and was very satisfied with the way the review turned out.  Needless to say, my friend who recommended it to me was satisfied with it, too.  There were also a few stylistic things I did differently which I felt improved the readability of the review.

2) World War ZWorld War Z movie poster

World War Z was another one of my original six reviews (I should really come up with a cool and catchy name for those).   I had no idea what this movie was about, other than zombies and that it was adapted from a book series, when I went to go see it in theaters.  Normally I stay pretty up to date with films that are coming out, but I had zero information.  Like Man of Steel, this is another of my reviews that has stuck with me because I demonstrated to myself that I was able to write reviews no matter the circumstances.  In this case, going into a movie cold turkey without any clue about it and still churning out a pretty solid review.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier movie poster1) Captain America: The Winter Soldier

When I was thinking about which movies to include on this Fave Five list, I knew without a doubt my review of Captain America: The Winter Soldier would be number one.  I found this was one of the easiest reviews for me to write.  Everything I wanted to say just came to me in a way I can’t describe.  After this, that became a more common occurrence and I felt I crossed a threshold in my writing.  Not only that, I found myself having better content in my reviews, in particular reviews of new releases.  To me, there can be no other review at the top of this list besides Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Today has been all about favorites.  I reviewed my favorite Star Wars movie, Return of the Jedi, and now I examined my favorite reviews of Drew’s Reviews’ year one.  Tomorrow the Star Wars reviews enter into the prequel trilogy and later there will be a special review (two reviews in one day? Whaa?).  It’s been a great year and I look forward to what the next one brings!

Lightning Review: I, Frankenstein

I, Frankenstein movie posterSynopsis
Frankenstein’s Monster (Aaron Eckhart) has survived in seclusion for over 200 years after he was brought to life by Victor Frankenstein (Aden Young). Now he finds himself caught in the middle of a centuries-old battle between the Gargoyles, led by Lenore (Miranda Otto), and the Demon Prince Naberius (Bill Nighty) and his Demon horde. With the help of the scientist Terra Wade (Yvonne Strahovski), he seeks to learn about his origins and why Naberius is after him.

When I went into the theater to see I, Frankenstein, I didn’t have very high expectations. Which I suppose was a good thing so at least when I left the theater, I wasn’t too disappointed. Pretty much the only thing this movie has going for it are the action and visuals, which look amazing. The story didn’t do anything to pull you in or make you care about the characters. One of its biggest drawbacks is it takes itself too seriously and has trouble enjoying itself for being a simple fantasy-action film. I, Frankenstein feels a lot like Underworld, both in tone and story (although this isn’t really a surprise since the writer, Kevin Grevioux, was also one of the story writers for Underworld). I just feel like I have seen the “someone caught in the middle of an unknown, centuries long battle” schtick before and with better execution. At least this movie moves along quickly so you don’t have time to dwell on its shortcomings. Sometimes a movie’s cheesiness is its strength, but not it the case of I, Frankenstein; Its great special effects aren’t enough to make up for the lackluster story and character development.