If you haven't seen this film, don't be turned off by its higher-than-it-should-be ratings at IMDb or Rotten Tomatoes; it's better than it sounds. I'm pretty sure video game fans will like this. Go watch this movie if you haven't already. Trust me, you won't regret it.
I can understand why some people wouldn't like this movie. But I've become of those people that likes it, and thinks it deserves more recognition. Plus, it has already grown on me after a few days of watching it.
I like Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro's performances, the creatively uncomfortable atmosphere, and I love the soundtrack. Just how can you go wrong with The Rolling Stones and Jefferson Airplane in one movie?
Yes, the plot is similar to Dances with Wolves (It's been a very long time since I last watched it, but I remember it for being okay) and Pocahontas (that movie was weak). But this movie is more about the experience than storytelling. I hate to sound biased, but I'm even looking foward to see what James Cameron has in store for the sequels and even a themed land at Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom. And I even enjoyed it more than The Hurt Locker. There, I said it.
I really don't get the hate for this film, mostly from IMDb. That is one of the reasons why I don't always rely on everything that IMDb says. And this is one of the few films where I agree with the critics over film buffs and casual film goers.
Anyways, it's one of those movies that makes me scared, laugh, and cry, for the price of one. I genuinely enjoy this film way more than any of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man films. I really hope he makes more movies like this in the near future. Nowadays, we get horror films that mostly range from okay to terrible. God help us all.
Even though people dismissed it for being a rehash of the first Spidey film by Sam Raimi, I think the reboot is better written, IMO. I'd take Andrew Garfield over Tobey Maguire any day. I just couldn't accept Maguire's perverted attitude and blandness. Emma Stone's Gwen Stacy is a more believable female character than Kirsten Dunst's Mary Jane. The Lizard in this movie is a more threatening yet sympathic, and a less hammy villain than Willem Dafoe's Power Rangers-esque Green Goblin. Although this film is not on the same level as Marval's The Avengers or The Dark Knight, I still say this is two times better than the Sam Raimi film. Hopefully, the sequel will be better.
I must agree that Gene Wilder is still the better Willy Wonka, but I still like this as a whole better than the old film, mostly because the screenplay feels more complete and has a better supporting cast. Johnny Depp's Wonka still delivers some good lines.