Matthew McConaughey dropped 50 pounds to play a
Along the way, he slowly lost his anti-gay prejudices, befriending a transexaul , played by an almost unrecognizable Jared Leto, who not only also dropped a ton of weight but stayed in character from the moment he arrived on the set.
Jennifer Gardener is also effective as a sympathetic doctor.
Add to this to the 10 best of the year.
The newest animated flick to hit theaters this weekend is 'Freebirds.' Nothing to do with the Skynyrd song of the same name. This one comes to us from Relativity Media and Real FX Animation (The award winner's first full length computer animated flick)
This one is very good and a lot of fun for the whole family. The story of two turkeys who travel in back in time to the first Thanksgiving to get the Thanksgiving turkey off the menu for good. (wait 'til you see what they replace it with-you'll get no spoilers here). The script was great and what I like about it was it was not predictable. Usually in a time travel movie you go back in time and if you fail in your quest, no problem, you just go back again to a few moments before your failure and fix it. That's what I expected and that's what didn't happen. Although one turkey did go back in time but to the moment he left after the failure and continued on. So they solve the issue of getting the turkey off the menu creatively.
3D is solid and the voice acting of Owen Wilson (he's getting real good at this), Woody Harrelson and Amy Poehler is at the top of the game. A co-starring appearance is put in by George Takei of Star Trek fame as the computer S.T.E.V.E. (like H.A.L. in '2001')
The kids I brought said it was both sad and inspiring at the same time. My daughter gave it a 5 and her friend Rose said the sad parts she didn't like and said a 4).
There's a couple of small things I would have added to the story so:
3 stars and with the kid's input.
3 and a half stars.
Ender's Game, based on the 1985 (then updated in 1991) novel by Orson Scott Card, is a military sci-fi story set on earth, in the future. All of mankind is at risk after two conflicts with an insect like alien species. To solve the dilemma of a possible third invasion, tween children, including Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), are trained to be the new warriors, at a very young age, using incredibly intense video war games, in zero gravity. Here the genius of Ender is revealed. Turns out he’s a regular George Patton at interstellar war fare.
Also starring Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley and Viola Davis, the film appears to be a video game, turned into a movie, then turned into a video game. As a non gamer type, I found this to be really well written with a good screenplay, and mind blowing effects, especially in IMAX. Also, unusual to see this in a movie from this genre, a good strong message about the methods of war, and war’s morality. Bring your tween gamers to this!