March 30, 2008

Double Review: Horton Hears a Who and Blue Dragon

I finally saw Horton Hears a Who over the weekend and I must say it's just as good as I thought it would be- which is really good. The very first thing you'll notice is the CGI. It's incredible. That's one of the two things that really makes the movie for me. Not only is it great, but everything seems... right. Very Seussish. The movie really captures the atmosphere of Dr. Seuss' artwork. The second thing you'll notice is the acting. It's great. Some people will go to see the movie just because Steve Carell and Jim Carry are in it. Let me tell you, both of them do a phenomenal job. I did notice, however, it was kind of hard to recognize them even though they were speaking normally. Although, that's probably because they're voices were coming from an animated elephant and a... who (whatever the hell they are). The rest of the voice acting is great as well. Then, there's the story. I have absolutely no idea if the original book was anything like this movie, but I enjoyed it anyway! It's really a film that anyone can enjoy and that teaches a nice lesson. I'm not entirely sure what it is but I think it has something to do with having the power of God at your fingertips and that you may be killing millions of tiny people just by breathing. But then again, I could be wrong. In any case, the movie is really funny and awesome entertainment. Go watchy!

I also watched the premier of Blue Dragon. How was it? Well, it's pretty hard to tell if you'll like a show from the first episode, but it was good enough to keep my attention and keep me tuned for next week. The show is about the invasion of darkness, or some such nonsense, and the warriors of light that will defeat them. The main character, who is one of those anime kids that's supposed to be 10 years old but acts much older than their age, is named Shu. His village is attacked one day by some evil dudes and some good dudes come to stop them. They just happened to be in town looking for the power of the Blue Dragon, which Shu turns out to possess. The cool part about the show is that characters fight with their shadows which transform into giant beasts of doom. The strange thing is that Toriyama has a unique art style and I can't help but think of Shenron when I see the Blue Dragon. Oddly enough, all the other characters remind me of Dragon Quest (which he also did the art for). It's a pretty good show so far, and if your a DBZ fan I ask you again to check it out and support Toriyama!

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