It's been a few weeks since I've blogged here, both because I was hoping my list of 50 greatest video games ever could get some extra attention in this increasingly-barren GameSpot (by the way, here it is again for your enjoyment), and because I've been busy with college and whatnot. With that said, I have had some good time to go to the movies, so here's some quick opinion on them.
Big Hero 6:Let's get this out of the way, Big Hero 6 is no Frozen. But that's nothing to be ashamed of. Frozen took me by complete surprise, as I kind of grew arrogantly dismissive of Disney's inability to add a true sense of depth to their stories, only for Frozen to prove me dead wrong on so many levels. It turned the Disney princess movie into something thematic, and was also immensely entertaining.
By contrast, Big Hero 6 is a tried and true super hero flick. It's a good one, to be sure, but given that it's bound to be compared to both Frozen (its immediate predecessor) and The Incredibles (Disney's other super hero movie) - both of which also happen to be my two favorite Disney films - it falls short by some margin. But again, it's hardly a sin for an animated film to not be Frozen or The Incredibles, and by its own merits Big Hero 6 is pretty darned good. Baymax is an endearing sidekick, Hiro is a likable main character, the animation is top-notch and it has very good action sequences. It does have some faults: the four other members of the titular six are exactly who their one-note introductions say they are, and certain story elements feel rushed as to make more room for action scenes, and other aspects teeter on the predictable. again, it's a tried and true super hero flick.
But overall it's a whole lot of fun, and if it weren't for The Wind Rises and Tale of Princess Kaguya, it would be the best animated film of the year (I detest The Lego Movie and found How to Train Your Dragon 2 to be "just okay"). And Marvel fans will appreciate the little details added to the film to make it feel like the movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Without spoiling too much, Stan Lee gets his token cameo, and I advise people to stay for the credits.
Intersteller: Intersteller is one of those movies that's hard to talk about without spoilers, so this will be short. Overall a very great movie (albeit a long one). The acting is incredible, the visual effects are great (with one sequence being the first visual effect in years to really make my eyes pop), the story is great (save for a few wonky sci-fi elements towards the end), and the writing is strong. If you can sit through a three-hour movie, this is a definite recommendation.
St. Vincent: St. Vincent is a great movie overall, with Bill Murray being at his absolute best. It's funny and touching. Though I have to admit (again, without spoilers) there is some conflict introduced towards the latter half of the film that seems to magically resolve with no explanation. But aside from that, this is certainly an entertaining and funny movie that also manages to tell a good, character-driven story (something a lot of today's comedies need to brush up on).
Pixar sequels: So....Toy Story 4..... Yeah....
Don't get me wrong, I adore Toy Story, with the second entry in particular being one of my favorite movies. But surely I'm not the only one who felt Toy Story 3 was a fitting end to the series (that almost enforced the idea that it was the end, no less)? Part of me is really excited for it, but I also feel it's largely unnecessary. I get that Toy Story continued with TV specials and short films, but that felt like a good compromise. Extending the core theatrical films gives a little bit of a "is nothing sacred?" vibe.
Toy Story 4 comes on top of the already-announced Cars 3 (groan) and The Incredibles 2 (yay), as well as Finding Dory (skeptically excited). And of course this all comes after we've already had Monsters University, Cars 2 and Toy Story 3 in recent years. Pixar has been off of their game for the past few years, but now I'm beginning to wonder, with all these sequels in tow, has their originality dried up? I know some will point out The Good Dinosaur and Inside Out, and while those films may end up to be really good, I can't say they've really won me over yet (Inside Out almost just looks like a reworked Monsters Inc, but with ironically-less imaginative character designs).
I'm skeptically excited for Toy Story 4 and Finding Dory, have zero interest in Cars 3 (though I'll still probably end up seeing it), with The Incredibles 2 being the only one I'm truly excited for, seeing as it's the one Pixar movie I always felt could have had a sequel. It's just a shame that now The Incredibles 2 will be "just another Pixar sequel" in a lot of people's eyes.
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U:Yes! It's out! I'll probably be picking it up later today, and I'm very excited. The 3DS version was, but more or less felt like it was just bringing the fundamentals of the series to the handheld realm. Thankfully, from everything I've seen and read (and the demo I played at E3) the Wii U version looks like the real deal, the next step forward for the series. I can't wait to play it. It's still just a shame Dixie Kong got snubbed while Dark Pit made it in (seriously, what was going through their minds with that one?).
My new site/blog: I have to admit I feel like something's been missing with the absence of my constant linking of my reviews here on GameSpot. Truth be told I haven't written too many reviews on my current blog for months, as I've been busy, but also trying to save some things for my new site, which I've been promising for too long. I actually have a good number of game reviews written for my new site, some of them brand new and others reworked reviews for games I've done before. I'm hoping that in not too much longer I can get it all together and launch my new site (and maybe a new Youtube channel to go with it). Honestly the only thing holding me back...I can't think of a good name! The site will primarily focus on games and animated films so for a while I was trying to go with something that said what it was... But I couldn't come up with something that didn't sound long-winded. So now I'm at a bit of a loss for a name. Maybe something that's simply fun (think "The Android's Dungeon" from the Simpsons...but not The Android's Dungeon from the Simpsons). I don't know, anyone have any ideas?
Anyway, I have more stuff I want to write, but this blog is already longer than it needs to be. So peace out for now!