Friday, June 14, 2019
Men in Black: International is directed by F. Gary Gray and stars Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Rebecca Ferguson, Kumail Nanjiani, Rafe Spall, Laurent Bourgeois, Larry Bourgeois, Emma Thompson, and Liam Neeson. The plot of the movie is The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe. In this new adventure, they tackle their biggest threat to date: a mole in the Men in Black organization. I did not like any of the original three movies, but I was excited to see what a new director and new actors could bring to this series. Turns out this movie is more of the same. I really enjoyed Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson they definitely do the best they can with the very weak material they have to work with. There were a few jokes in here that I thought were funny, but the majority of them were horrible. The Special effects in this movie are awful all of the aliens in this movie look so fake. The movies main story having to do with this hive that they need to take down it's really lame and doesn't really go anywhere. The story doesn't go in any new and exciting directions, and I was surprised by how lifeless the action sequences were in this movie there was no energy to them or to most of the movie for that matter. 2 out of 5 stars for Men in Black: International. I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope it helped you decide whether to see the movie or not.
Saturday, June 8, 2019
The Secret Life of Pets 2 is directed by Chris Renaud and stars Patton Oswalt, Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Tiffany Haddish, Lake Bell, Nick Kroll, Dana Carvey, Ellie Kemper, Hannibal Buress, Bobby Moynihan, and Harrison Ford. The movie is continuing the story of Max and his pet friends, following their secret lives after their owners leave them for work or school each day. I did not like the first movie and the only reason I saw this one was because it was the first time Harrison Ford voiced a character in an animated movie. I thought that the animation has gotten better it's definitely not the prettiest animation out there, but I wasn't bothered by it. My favorite part of this movie was when Max goes to this farm in the countryside with his family and he meets a dog named Rooster voiced by Harrison Ford. Harrison Ford, I thought might sleepwalk through this voice role, but you could tell he was having a lot of fun. A lot of the stuff that comes out of this character's mouth was really funny. I also loved everything that happened in those scenes not only was it really funny, but it also taught Max to be a braver dog and that could have been a cheesy storyline, but the way they handled it was effective. The majority of this movie I fell is just designed to babysit children there is a lot of dumb slapstick comedy. It felt like they did not have enough material to make a feature-length movie. This movie is only 1 hour and 26 minutes and you can feel that the people behind the scenes just didn't have enough meat to the storylines that they had in this movie, and they wrapped it up really fast and then the movie just ends. It feels more like a TV episode there are three different stories going on all of which are very brief. Each of these characters has their own adventure and then eventually these storylines intersect for the climax of the movie, but all of this happened so fast. 1 out of 5 stars for The Secret Life of Pets 2. I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope it helped you decide whether to see the movie or not.
Thursday, June 6, 2019
The Secret Life of Pets is directed by Chris Renaud and stars Louis C. K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress, Bobby, Moynihan, Steve Coogan. and Albert Brooks. The plot of the movie is the quiet life of a terrier named Max is upended when his owner takes in Duke, a stray whom Max instantly dislikes. Within about 20 minutes it became really apparent that the movie was just going to be a series of slapstick gags and it never stops being that dogs are thrown into the air, looped around clotheslines, thrown off bridges, smacked into walls, and driving cars. Tons of stuff that really didn't make much sense which I would have been fine with if they kept that stuff to a minimum. This movie is a perfectly fine mindless entertainment cartoon throwaway movie with cute animals. If you're a young kid or an adult that just wants that the movie will do just fine for you, but if like me you're looking for a slightly more mature animated movie I would not watch this film. My biggest issue with this movie and it kept nagging me through the entire movie is that this film is almost a beat for beat ripoff of Toy Story. This film opens with a dog Max so excited about being With his owner he loves his owner so much life is perfect. Just like with Woody and Andy. When the owners go away all the animals come out and do their little secret society things and everything is perfect for max until a dog named Duke gets introduced and his territory is just completely ruined and life isn't the same anymore. Just like when Buzz Lightyear shows up. The two end up getting lost in the city and have to make their way back home. There is even a climactic chase to get to a truck. It even has a bit of Toy Story 2 thrown in when Max is lost in the city in this film and a group of his friends organize a search party to find him. Just like when Woody is taken to Al's Toy Barn and the other toys go looking for him. Yes aesthetically it is pets not toys and there are certain things thrown in like an underbelly organization of evil animals led by Kevin Hart as a rabbit who did everything I cannot stand in his performance. He does basically nothing other than scream and shout over and over again and it got very annoying. The movie does have likable character with the exception of Kevin Hart's character, the animation isn't great, but it is decent enough, and there are some funny jokes, just not as many as I would have liked. I just couldn't get past the fact that Illumination Entertainment basically stole a ton of ideas from Pixar remade Toy Story with pets and it was really blatant. 1 out of 5 stars for The Secret Life of Pets. I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope it helped you decide whether to see the movie or not.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Rocketman is directed by Dexter Fletcher and stars Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, and Bryce Dallas Howard. This movie is a musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John's breakthrough years. I did enjoy most of this movie and that is because of the performance by Taron Egerton. I was blown away by how good he is especially since he does all of his own singing. The songs were a lot of fun there were some that I had heard before and didn't realize they were Elton John songs. Jamie Bell is also good as Bernie Elton John's primary writer. He is fantastic in the movie. I did like seeing how Elton John grew up in a family that didn't really care, but some of those scenes did drag on a little too long. Also, the movie had three or four times when I thought it was going to end and after a while, I start to get annoyed. It does hit the beats of your normal biopic that we have seen many times before. 3 out of 5 stars for Rocketman. I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope it helped you decide whether to see the movie or not.
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Godzilla: King of the Monsters is directed by Michael Dougherty and star Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Sally Hawkins, Charles Dance, Thomas Middleditch, Aisha Hinds, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, and Zhang Ziyi. The plot of the movie is the crypto-zoological agency Monarch faces off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. I did not like the first Godzilla, but the trailers for this one looked like it was going to be better. One of the biggest Complaints about the first film was there was not enough Godzilla. This film has a lot more of Godzilla as well as a lot of other monsters too. When the monsters are fighting it is easily the best part off the movie. Unfortunately, there is a lot of stuff with some people who are boring as hell. If you thought the humans in the first movie weren't fleshed out you are going to be bored to death by the people in this movie. They are just there to give exposition just about every scene in between a monster fight is people in a room telling a story. I do like a lot of the actors in this movie, but the script they are given to work with is very poor. They had five years to work on this film and I do not understand why the characters are robots. Characters make choices in this movie with the end goal of monster chaos all over the world yes we all want to see that, but wouldn't it be nice if we got to that by some logical means. The way the movie goes about having these monsters get released is insane. The movie is so laser-focused on having enough of the monsters that they seem to have completely forgotten about the importance of story and character. 2 out of 5 stars for Godzilla: King of the Monsters. I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope it helped you decide whether to see the movie or not.
Thursday, May 30, 2019
Godzilla is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn, and Bryan Cranston. The plot of the movie is the world is beset by the appearance of monstrous creatures, but one of them may be the only one who can save humanity. This movie was very disappointing because it's not a Godzilla movie until an hour into it. When Godzilla does show up it is worth it the action scenes are incredible. Out of the human characters, the best is Bryan Cranston he is not in the movie that much which was another disappointment. The visual effects are stunning this movie looks great. The movie focuses a lot on Aaron Taylor-Johnson's character he is so dull I didn't care about his character at all. The other characters are just as boring. I couldn't tell you anything about them. The cinematography was so dark I couldn't see what was going on sometimes. 1 out of 5 stars for Godzilla. I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope it helped you decide whether to see the movie or not.
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Friday, May 24, 2019
Aladdin is directed by Guy Ritchie and stars Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad and, Billy Magnussen. The plot of the movie is a kind-hearted street urchin and a power-hungry Grand Vizier vie for a magic lamp that has the power to make their deepest wishes come true. Aladdin is one of the best Disney animated films. It has one of the best voice performances with Robin Williams as Genie. I was interested to see what Disney would do with this there are parts of the animated movie that I thought would look beautiful in the live-action format. As each trailer for this movie came out I became less and less interested in seeing this, so I went in with very low expectations and it is slightly better than I thought it would be, overall it is not great. I really do like this new Aladdin and Jasmine. I think they have really good chemistry together. They are great in the singing scenes, especially the Whole New World sequence. As for Will Smith, he is entertaining he is not trying to copy Robin Williams it is definitely his own version of Genie. His scenes with Aladdin when is in human form are some of the best in the movie. Also, the movie looks amazing there are some really great special effect sequences and there are some fun action scenes. The music numbers, for the most part, are decent. The ones from the original movie that are in here they are not bad the vocal performances are not terrible. They did give Jasmine a new song that wasn't in the original and I liked it. What I didn't like about this movie was Marwan Kenzari as Jafar he looks and sounds like he is bored throughout the entire movie except for the very end when he is so over-the-top it is embarrassing. He made that character not menacing at all. Whenever he is on screen he just sucks all the life out of this movie. The CGI on Will Smith when he is in Genie form is just as bad as it was in the trailer I thought I would get used to it after a while, but I did not. The musical moments like I mentioned are decent, but there is a lack of energy. Like I mentioned before the new song they gave to Jasmine I liked it she sings it twice and the first time it fits with the scene, but the second time it is during this big dramatic moment and I found it distracting. The biggest problem with this movie is the runtime it is over two hours the original is only an hour and a half so, they really stretch out this very simple story and you can definitely feel that. 2 out of 5 stars for Aladdin. I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope it helped you decide whether to see the movie or not.
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