Friday, May 24, 2019

ALADDIN MOVIE REVIEW

 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.



Saturday, April 27, 2019

AVENGERS: ENDGAME MOVIE REVIEW

Avengers: Endgame is directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo. The movie stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Bradley Cooper, and Josh Brolin. The plot of the movie is after the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War, the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to undo Thanos' actions and restore order to the universe. This movie is everything I ever wanted and didn't even know I wanted from a Marvel movie. This really feels like a present to fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe people who have followed every movie, and watched all the movies, and dissected every minute detail. This is for you this is your big warm hug of a movie, and it is incredible. The way the Russo brothers are able to handle so many different characters, give them all their due, give them all these great hero moments, tell an engaging, and immersive story, as well as that emotional resonance that you are looking for it is amazing that they are able to pull all that off with both Infinity War, and now Endgame. Infinity Wars was a massive movie, but this movie feels even bigger in scope. Not only in terms of action and spectacle, but in terms of emotion. This is a movie that makes you realize how much you care about these characters, and how much you have invested in these characters over the past decade. I loved Avengers: Infinity War, but I was shocked that I loved this movie even more. Everyone in the cast is incredible in this movie. The standouts for me are Robert Downey Jr. He is my favorite actor in the MCU. I have loved him as Iron Man since the first movie in 2008. The other standout to me is Chris Evans. He started out as being my least favorite actor, and Captain America was my least favorite character in the MCU to being my third favorite behind Iron man, and Spider-Man. They are both unbelievably good, they bring everything they have to these characters, and you can tell how much they have matured into these roles over the past decade, and they are just wonderful. Everyone else brings the best that they got to the table, and everyone has never been better as their respective characters. As for the movie itself, there is so much to love all the callbacks to previous films, the way all these characters are interacting in new, and exciting ways, and all the little small character moments that the Russo brothers throw in to remind us how much we care about these characters. There is so much emotional weight carried throughout the course of this film. This is a movie with the most emotional stakes out of any Marvel film. There are so many great scenes where I was tearing up where characters are getting these amazing dramatic moments or just incredible comedic moments. The story is super fun the way it unfolds is clever. This movie is surprisingly a lot funnier than I thought it was going to be. I knew there was going to be some Marvel humor, but I thought the movie was going to be darker which I was more than okay with since we are dealing with the fallout of half the world being wiped out, but there is so much humor in this movie, and all of it works very well. The action and spectacle does not disappoint whatsoever. The big climax of this movie is the best thing I have ever seen in a comic book movie. I was so overwhelmed by all the amazing things I was seeing. I don't remember the last time I smiled so wide watching a movie and felt like such a little kid. There are multiple times in this movie where I teared up hard, and I could hear that other people were as well. I was so attached to these characters, and anytime there was a certain thing that would happen that would get to me I didn't try to fight it. This is a decade of emotional attachment I'm not going to fight that shit. From beginning to end it's well paced this is a three-hour movie, and it does not feel like three hours. These characters are fantastic, everyone gets a moment to shine, the story is super fun, and entertaining there is great humor, there is amazing hart, there is great emotional payoff for all these characters, and this overarching story and this is just the perfect MCU movie. I don't see them topping this it would have to be one hell of a movie to top Endgame. This is action movie perfection in my mind. This is everything I wanted I couldn't have asked for a better movie. It was well worth the wait, and I think they absolutely crushed it. 5 out of 5 stars for Avengers: Endgame. I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope it helped you decide whether to see the movie or not.










Friday, April 5, 2019

PET SEMATARY MOVIE REVIEW

Pet Sematary is directed by Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer and stars Jason Clark, Amy Seimetz, and John Lithgow. The plot of the movie is Dr. Louis Creed and his wife, Rachel, relocate from Boston to rural Maine with their two young children. The couple soon discover a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home. I am a big fan of this book, so I was looking forward to seeing this movie. Unfortunately, I was extremely disappointed. There were some elements of this film I enjoyed. I think the special effects work that is done with the makeup is incredible. If you are at all familiar with this story you probably remember the character of Rachel's sister who I think looks absolutely terrific in this film, in fact, I think the character of Rachel herself is the most interesting aspect of this movie. She has this dark past that she is trying to deal with, and she was easily the character I was most drawn to. The performances were excellent Jason Clark gives a really strong performance. I was also very impressed with the work of Jete Laurence who portrays the young girl I thought she was definitely the standout. The biggest issue with Pet Sematary is that this film doesn't distance itself from most horror films. I found this movie to be incredibly bland. At no point throughout this film did I think it tried to make a real attempt to distinguish itself or to be different or memorable. I found that to be especially true with the very poor attempts at horror. Nearly every single scare in this film is set up and executed in the same way. Typically, a character hears something making noise in the distance they go to investigate only to find that there is nothing wrong and just when they relax and think that everything is okay something pops out behind the corner and ends up scaring them and you hear this loud noise. The more scares that went like that the most pissed off I got. There is not a single scare in this movie that I found to be effective and I genuinely mean that. The ending of this film ridicules. 1 out of 5 stars for Pet Sematary. I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope it helped you decide whether to see the movie or not.













Friday, March 29, 2019

DUMBO MOVIE REVIEW

Dumbo is directed by Tim Burton and stars Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, and Alan Arkin. The plot of the movie is a young elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly, helps save a struggling circus, but when the circus planes a new venture, Dumbo and his friends discover dark secrets beneath the shiny veneer. I was never a big fan of the original animated film, so I wasn't super excited to see this movie. Also, I am not a fan of Tim Burton, so this movie had two big problems already that it had to overcome. This was an extremely tedious movie to sit through and the longer to went on the more annoyed I got. The performances in this movie are not great which is really disappointing since this movie has an amazing cast. It felt like no one knew what movie they were in, especially Michael Keaton I don't know what the hell he was doing, but it was embarrassing to watch. Colin Farrell does his best, but I never felt like he was suited for the part. Danny DeVito Was the only person that I felt knew exactly what kind of movie he was in. It is really troubling that the most human character in the movie was the CG elephant. All the human character felt one-dimensional and fake, but Dumbo is a very likable character. They did a wonderful job bringing this character to life. The relationship between Dumbo and his mother is fantastic. I was a lot more interested in those scenes. The human characters take up way to much time they aren't interesting, and they aren't emotionally engaging. Like I mentioned it is a chore to sit through and the longer it went the more annoyed I got. 1 out of 5 stars for Dumbo. I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope it helped you decide whether to see the movie or not.













Thursday, March 28, 2019

WONDER PARK MOVIE REVIEW

Wonder Park is directed by Dylan Brown and stars Brianna Denski, Ken Hudson Campbell, Kenan Thompson, Ken Jeong, Mila Kunis, John Oliver, Jennifer Garner, and Matthew Broderick. Wonder Park tells the story of an amusement park where the imagination of a wildly creative girl named June comes alive. I did not enjoy this movie at all. The animation is poor it looked like a movie that would have come out in the '80s. The characters are so dry. The main character in the film is June, and they try to make you get invested in this character, but she is extremely annoying, so I never cared about her. I didn't care about the animal characters as well. John Oliver voices this porcupine, and he had some really cringe-worthy jokes. Kenan Thompson is also in the film his jokes fall flat. The main thing that makes this film so dull is the story it's very manipulative it tries to make you care about what is going on. It throws messages at you that we have all heard in many other films, and because of that I was bored for this entire movie. 0 out of 5 stars for Wonder Park. I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope you skip this trash.













Tuesday, March 19, 2019

FIVE FEET APART MOVIE REVIEW

Five Feet Apart is directed by Justin Baldoni and stars Haley Lu Richardson, Cole Sprouse, Moises Arias, Emily Baldoni, Kimberly Hebert Gregory, Parminder Nagra, and Claire Forlani. The plot of the movie is a pair of teenagers with life-threatening illnesses meet in a hospital and fall in love. I loved everything about this movie. Haley Lu Richardson plays the main character Stella and I thought she did a fantastic job. She is a really likable character very hopefully and that makes it easy to feel for her. She is also really good in the emotional scenes. She was my favorite part of this movie and I look forward to seeing more from her. Cole Sprouse plays Will, and he also did an amazing job. He has great Chemistry with Haley Lu Richardson. Moises Arias plays Poe he is Stella's best friend he also has Cystic Fibrosis. From the trailer, I thought he was going to be the comic relief and he is a little bit, but he adds something to the movie and it definitely would not be the same without him. Another aspect of this movie that I appreciated a lot is the realism. They act like real people doing real things having normal conversations. I like how they use the videos that Stella makes to relay information, and they show and use her videos in a way that doesn't make it feel like they're hitting you over the head with exposition. This movie also does a good job of balancing the humor and the emotional moments. 5 out of 5 stars for Five Feet Apart. I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope it helped you decide whether to see the movie or not.













Friday, March 8, 2019

CAPTAIN MARVEL MOVIE REVIEW

Captain Marvel is directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck and stars Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Annette Bening, Clark Gregg, and Jude Law. The plot of the movie is Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe's most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races. I was really excited to see this movie since Captain Marvel is going to play a big part in Avengers: Endgame. There are parts of this movie that are entertaining specifically the chemistry between Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson which lead to some of the funniest scenes in the movie. The two play off each other very well. The CGI de-aging that was done to Samuel L. Jackson and Clark Gregg was fantastic to the point where I didn't even notice it. I also liked parts of the opening moments where she the training with Jude Law's character. There is this fight scene where she has these metal braces on her hands, and she has to punch people really hard to try and get them off that was my favorite fight in the movie. The majority of the movie, however, is disappointing. Visually the film is very dull. There is a fight scene in a spaceship where it is very dark and that makes it hard to tell what is going on. Other than that opening action scene the rest of the fight scenes are not exciting. The villains of the film are Scrolls they can turn into anyone this leads to a very entertaining chase scene with Nick Fury trying to catch up to a train that Captain Marvel is trying to infiltrate. Other than that scene the potential of what they could have done with the Scrolls was wasted. The biggest problem with the film and what scares me going into Avengers: Endgame is Brie Larson she did a great job in the scenes between Captain Marvel and Nick Fury, but in every other scene she is very wooden. 2 out of 5 stars for Captain Marvel. I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope it helped you decide whether to see the movie or not.