Sucha damn blast.
Surprisingly entertaining and fun. Great casting with Jesse Plemons hamming it up, Emily Blunt managing to not be incredibly annoying, and The Rock using his natural corniness to sell all the skipper jokes. Yes, the CG bad guys are goopy as hell and the wannabe S&M version of "Nothing Else Matters" is distracting and goes on too long. But the script is lively enough to keep things moving. Definitely the best movie based on a ride since the first Pirates of the Caribbean.
I know I've seen this movie before, but I honestly don't remember anything from it other than the clockwork soldier.
That said, I'm almost positive my brain blocked out the rest of this film because it is definitely one of the most disturbing and terrifying "kids film" ever released. It's easy to see why this film flopped so hard at the box office; it's almost the polar opposite of the beloved classic THE WIZARD OF OZ.
Whereas THE WIZARD OF…
As Leo was doing a pep talk to his employees, I thought to myself, "he's like a profane Coach Taylor." Smart of Marty to cast Coach Taylor as the guy to bring him down, then in this bulldozer-made-out-of-diamond-and-ivory, driven-by-beautiful, large-breasteded-woman-eating-the-highest-price-cheesecake-from-The Cheesecake-Factory-topped-with-those-gold-flakes-that-one-place-served-while-blaring-"Stairway To Heaven"-and-curing-AIDS of a movie.
[as "Everlong" by the Foo Fighters plays in the background] "It was fucking heaven."
[sidenote: I almost punched a dude because I heard him say, as we were leaving the theater, "I thought American Hustle was a lot better."]