Friday, September 6, 2019

IT CHAPTER 2 MOVIE REVIEW

 IT Chapter 2 is directed by Andy Muchietti and stars James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, Andy Bean, Jaeden Martell, Sophia Lillis, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Finn Wolfhard, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, and Bill Skarsgard. The plot of the movie is twenty-seven years after their first encounter with the terrifying Pennywise, the Losers Club have grown up and moved away until a devastating phone call brings them back. I have been super excited for this sequel because I loved the first movie, I thought it was a great adaptation of the Stephen King novel which I also really enjoyed, and I thought we were given characters we really got to know and love.    I loved this movie it expands on what I really loved about that first film and also introduces some new things. The performances are amazing not only do we get to see the return of the younger losers in flashbacks they still have that amazing chemistry that they had in the first film, but I really wanted to see how good the adult versions of these characters would be. Not only have they cast actors that truly look the part of the grown-up versions of those characters, but they really picked the perfect actors to portray these characters, because you really buy into them they have all their personalities and you get to see them have their own unique chemistry as adults and you see they have to slowly ease into that because they haven't seen each other in so long.    Bill Hader has been getting a lot of praise for his performance in this movie and I think he delivers a great turn here as the grown-up version of Richie he is really great in the dramatic moments that this movie gives him, and he is also a source of a lot of the comedy in the film. Jessica Chastain who plays Beverly all grown-up and James MacAvoy who plays Bill all grown-up they're terrific in the movie as you would expect they are great actors, and they were perfect for these characters, and they really hit some great emotional beats with their characters. Everyone in the cast fills their role perfectly, and there was not a single weak link. Bill Skarsgard is incredible as Pennywise. He can be terrifying or funny you don't know what he is going to do. This is a character that always keeps you on the edge of your seat you don't know when he's going to do something truly horrifying and Bill Skarsgard he completely embodies this character.    This movie is directed by Andy Muchietti who also directed the first film, and he did a fantastic job this is a really good-looking movie the cinematography is gorgeous this is an amazingly filmed movie it is one of the most beautiful looking horror movies I've seen in a long time. Muchiette makes this way scarier than the first film. The first movie I thought was more creepy than scary, but this film is definitely more of a horror film there are a lot more jump scars and thankfully they are effective. Muchietti definitely knows how to milk every scene for all the tension they have, he is great at building suspense, and he's great at giving a really good satisfying terrifying payoff. There is a fantastic balance between horror and comedy. He has done a wonderful job with these two films. You can definitely tell that he is operating on a much bigger scale than the first movie this movie is bigger and definitely feels wider in scope, but it feels like the story makes that necessary where you feel like it couldn't be done on a smaller scale or a smaller budget.    I love that they keep that hart that the first film had it was what I loved the most about that first IT movie. Yes, it was a fun horror movie that you can watch and jump a little be on the edge of your seat, but I really loved it because I loved those characters and the bond that they formed and that is carried over into this movie. There are some really great emotional scenes between characters where they are getting closer or you're learning new things about them. Everyone feels fully fleshed out everyone here feels three-dimensional and I'm happy they didn't come up short in the character development because that would have been very disappointing.    The length of the movie was something I heard a lot of complaints about I thought it flew by I didn't feel there were any unnecessary or redundant scenes. I felt like every scene served a purpose.  5 out of 5 stars for IT Chapter 2. I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope it helped you decide whether to see the movie or not.

 

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

DON'T LET GO MOVIE REVIEW

 Don't Let Go is directed by Jacob Aaron Estes and stars David Oyelowo, Storm Reid, Byron Mann, and Mykelti Williamson. The plot of the movie is after a man's family dies in what appears to be a murder, he gets a phone call from one of the dead, his niece. He's not sure if she's a ghost or if he's going mad, but as it turns out, he's not.  The best part of this movie is David Oyelowo he is incredible in this role and even in scenes that are not written well from a character perspective he makes them watchable.    The first act of the movie when this murder happens and discovering this interesting connection that happens is very mysterious, and I was having a great time watching it. At some point, the movie becomes a series of phone calls and that is about all this movie has going for it. For the first 40 minutes, that time crossed phone call that happens is really compelling. Unfortunately, they keep doing the same thing. It is just a lot of phone calls and a lot of attempts to change things and at some point, the plot gets very difficult to follow.    The only characters in this movie that I cared about were Jack played by David Oyelowo and Ashley played by Storm Reid. Once the twist of the movie happens it becomes confusing and even though the characters are great I just didn't care anymore because it's hard to follow.  It is around the halfway point that a switch happens and then something else happens and it suffers from the same issues a lot of time travel movies do where nothing really makes sense anymore and you could pick holes in it forever.  The movie is at least watchable because of the two lead performances.    3 out of 5 stars for Don't Let Go. I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope it helped you decide whether to see the movie or not.


READY OR NOT MOVIE REVIEW

 Ready or not is directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett. The film stars Samara Weaving, Adam Brody, Mark O'Brien, Henry Czerny, and Andie MacDowell. The plot of the movie is a bride's wedding night takes a sinister turn when her eccentric new in-laws force her to take part in a terrifying game. The premise alone got me excited to see this I thought it was original, the cast looked great and I really loved the way the movie looked aswell.    Unfortunately, this is a terrible film. The lead actress Samara Weaving is incredible in this movie. Performances in horror movies, for the most part, they really get overlooked and it's unfortunate because those are some of the hardest performances to pull off. Too believably looked scared and terrified and react to things in a way that a normal person would you think it might be easy, but it's probably one of the hardest things to do as an actor. Weaving not only has to act believably scared and shocked by what she is experiencing, but she is also able to find the perverse humor in what she is going through.    Other than Samara Weaving who knows how silly of a concept this movie has the rest of the cast take this way too seriously. Most of the scares in this movie are jump scares, and they really overuse them and like most horror films that use jump scares you can predict exactly when it is going to happen. 1 out of 5 stars for Ready or Not. I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope it helped you decide whether to see the movie or not.


Sunday, August 25, 2019

GOOD BOYS MOVIE REVIEW

 Good Boys is directed by Gene Stupinitsky and stars Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, Brady Noon, Molly Gordon, Lil Rel Howery, Will Forte, and Midori Francis. The plot of the movie is three 6th grade boys ditch school and embark on an epic journey while carrying accidentally stolen drugs by teenage girls, and trying to make their way home in time for a long-awaited party.    This movie is pure garbage. The movie thinks it is funnier than it actually is I didn't laugh once watching this. The movie relies a lot on foul language, sex, and drugs to be funny which every once in a while it would have been, but that is all the film has to go on and it gets old really fast.  The cast is awful aswell. The characters are extremely annoying. 0 out of 5 stars for Good Boys. I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope you don't waste your time with this trash.




SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK MOVIE REVIEW

 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is directed by Andre Ovredal and stars Zoe Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush, Austin Zajur, Natalie Ganzhorn, Austin Abrams, Dean Norris, Gil Bellows, and Lorraine Toussaint. The plot of the movie is a group of teens face their fears in order to save their lives. I was really looking forward to this movie I enjoy horror movies and the trailers for this looked interesting.    Unfortunately, this movie really let me down. The downside of this movie has nothing to do with the horror sequences they are all very well done. There is a lot of suspense and a lot of really creepy imagery. The score is also really well done with the sequences going on it gets you sucked into the moment. I liked the mythology they introduced with the fictional Sarah Bellows and the Bellows family and how this ties into the scary stories that are going on. The main character Stella is easily the best character in this film because she has the most going on and I thought the actress playing her did a very good job.    Even though Stella had the most going on it's not entirely great her family aspect of her mom having left a long time ago, and she blames herself it is barely touched on and is only brought up when they need it for a manipulative emotional moment later on in the film that didn't work at all.  Certain scenes felt rushed as soon as we see the first horror sequence with Harold the Scarecrow imminently after there is no moment where the characters are in disbelief over what happened instantly we cut to them saying that they think the book is haunted and killing people. It's very fast and I didn't think that was the best way to approach this it should have been more psychological tormenting.    The rushed feeling also affects the characters relationships at first. When you meet them they are talking on walkie-talkies about meeting up and when they do meet up they are pulling a prank on this bully that's picking on them. There is no time for you to get to know them.  There is one character named chuck who is supposed to be the comedic relief they give him all the jokes and none of them are funny. The ending of this movie seemed very abrupt almost like the filmmakers rushed this film on purpose because they had better ideas for a sequel.    2 out of 5 stars for Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope it helped you decide whether to see the movie or not.


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

FAST AND FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS AND SHAW MOVIE REVIEW

 Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw is directed by David Leitch and stars Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba, Venessa Kirby, and Helen Mirren. The plot of the movie is lawman Luke Hobbs and outcast Deckard Shaw form an unlikely alliance when a cyber-genetically enhanced villain threatens the future of humanity. This movie is so much dumb fun and that is exactly what I wanted.    The highlight of this movie is the amazing chemistry between Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham. These two are perfect together the scenes where they're just insulting each other back and forth are the funniest scenes in the movie and you can tell they are having a blast. I like that in the beginning, you can see that they don't want to work together, but as the movie goes on you see them become more of a team. Venessa Kirby was great also. I think she is a great action star. The three characters work really well together.  Idris Elba plays the villain of the movie, and he is definitely one of the best Fast and Furious villains and I loved seeing him in action scenes with Johnson and Statham.  The action sequences are very well filmed, and they are extremely fun and over-the-top just like you would want from a Fast and Furious movie.    The one problem is the story wasn't that interesting they have to stop this virus from being spread we've seen that before, and they don't do anything new with it.    4 out of 5 stars Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw. I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope it helped you decide whether to see the movie or not.



ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD MOVIE REVIEW

 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is directed by Quentin Tarantino and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Emile Hirsch, Margaret Qualley, Timothy Olyphant, Austin Butler, Dakota Fanning, Bruce Dern, and Al Pacino. The plot of the movie is a faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood's Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles. I was dreading seeing this movie I have hated every Tarantino movie I find them to be longer than necessary and extremely boring. This movie is painfully dull I like a lot of the actors, but what they had to work with so bad that they couldn't save the movie for me.   The movie definitely feels its length it is 2 hours and 40 minutes. Tarantino has said that his next film will be his last and I certainly hope so.  0 out of 5 stars for Once Upon a time in Hollywood. I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope you decide to not see this movie and do something better with your time.