[Movie] Men in Black 3 & Snow White and the Huntsman

It was certainly movie week for me, with two awesome movies I just couldn’t miss seeing in the big screen. I know, I’ve been trying to save up for my monthly mutual fund investments, but I still want to enjoy once in a while. And hey, how often do we have movies we can’t resist seeing in cinemas, instead of just buying a DVD and watching it at home? It will be another two good weeks before the next awesome movie’s up rolling [Read: The Amazing Spiderman on June 29]

So this week, I watched Men In Black III and Snow White and The Huntsman. Read more to find about my impression of the movies.

Men In Black III

Synopsis (from IMDB): An alien criminal kills the young Agent K in 1969, altering the timeline, changing the Agency and placing the Earth in danger. Veteran Agent J (Will Smith) must travel back in time to 1969 to before the murder and work with the young Agent K (Josh Brolin) to save him, the Agency, the Earth and humanity itself.

Impression: So I have a confession to make: I haven’t watched the first MIB movies. EVER. I don’t know, it just never appealed to me. So why watch now? My friends wanted to watch it, so I just kind of tagged along, despite not having any background about the plot. So what does someone like me who hasn’t watched a single MIB movie think about MIB III? I loved it. Not a dull moment, really. And it didn’t make me feel like I was getting lost somewhere in the story, because there were no references made to the past movies (if there were, I was too amused to notice).

Boris the Animal. He’s back with a vengeance.

The script, the humor, was really funny. This made me want to watch the first and second MIB movies. The time travel thing though, well, it touches on such a vague and complex subject as that of time travel and it poses a lot of concerns on my part. But it’s okay! It’s not like I’m planning to try time-traveling myself, so whatever contradictions it hold for me, I can just keep it to myself lol. It didn’t really make the movie less entertaining.

The younger Agent K. The resemblance to Tommy Lee Jones’s character is uncanny! Great casting!
Younger Agent K, Griffin, and Agent J

My personal favorite character in the movie is Griffin, who has the ability to see the future, and whose help was significant in the agents’ mission. I love it when he sees the future, but is always open to an alternate future consequence or outcome. I love what he stands for: that there is no absolute future, and nothing is definitely predetermined or destined by any single force in this universe. It’s always up to us, with the help of the other variables in the universe, to make our own destiny.

Snow White and The Huntsman

Synopsis (From IMDB):  Snow White is the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen. Unable to tolerate the insult to her vanity, the evil queen decides that Snow White must die. The queen sends a huntsman to kill Snow White. However the huntsman finds himself unable to murder the innocent young woman, and instead ends up training her to become a warrior capable of threatening the queen’s reign

Impression:  I loved this movie as well! Everything was so artfully done, from the costumes, the cinematography, the locations, the makeup.. you know I’m a sucker for these intricately crafted things.

With Kristen Stewart’s track record for having a blunt affect, or some limited expressions at most, in almost every frame in the Twilight Saga movies (yes, all four of them), you kind of enter the cinemas half expecting that she’ll do the same trick, and half hoping that she won’t ruin the movie like that. Well, this movie is a breakthrough: she can smile, and she’s capable of a few more expressions, so thank god for that. It’s also rare for her to smile, it’s either that default confused look or the second default pained look, but when she smiles, everyone in the cinema’s glad that she can smile. Sometimes though, when she leaves her lips half-parted, it’s like she’s about to say something but forgets what she’s supposed to midway. But overall, her acting was good enough.

Charlize Theron as the Queen

They say that younger is beautiful. Well, in this movie, I don’t think Kristen Stewart will ever deserve the title of “The Fairest” when Charlize Theron’s looking this beautiful at the age of 36. And her outfits are to die for! They were well designed, beautifully crafted, and well-worn.

Chris Hemsworth as the Huntsman
Sam Claflin as the Prince / Son of the Duke

Chris Hemsworth as the Huntsman *scream* you cannot unsee Thor in this movie, except that he wields an axe instead of his hammer. And Sam Claflin is just gorgeous. It would be difficult to see who Snow White will choose between the two, but I’m rooting for the Huntsman more.

Snow White and The Huntsman was a great movie, and what I loved most about it is the alternate perspective of the classical Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs that it offered to the audience. And in this movie, while Snow White was rescued by two men, she’s not exactly the helpless girl portrayed in the classical Disney movie. She does her own thing too, so yay for women empowerment. :)

If you haven’t watched any of these movies, make what’s left of your weekend count and watch them now! If you want something light and entertaining, go for MIB III, and if you want something deep, dark, and magical, watch Snow White and The Huntsman. I’m sure you’ll enjoy these movies as much as I did. :) -ED

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