Friday, June 30, 2017
Despicable Me 3 is directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda and stars Steve Carell, Kristen Wig, and Trey Parker. The plot of the movie is Gru, meets his long-lost brother Dru who wants to team up with him for one last criminal heist. I re-watched the first two movies to get ready for this one. I really enjoyed the first one and the second was a huge letdown. So I was skeptical going into this and leaving it I felt that it was just OK. It does have a lot of good humor. It has a surprising amount of adult humor. One of my main issues with the movie is despite its adult humor and mature themes it only makes jokes about those things it doesn't really go for the emotion that they could have gotten out of some of those storylines. For example, the two brothers Gru and Dru were separated at birth and their parents are divorced, but both parents liked the other kid more, but the parents got the wrong child. There could be a lot of depth there, but it's just mentioned in one scene and they never go anywhere with it. Steve Carell as Gru is always funny so I was interested in seeing what he would do with this new character Dru. This character is so irritating that I was missing the minions. The minions do have a smaller role like they did in the first and I found a lot of what they did to be pretty funny. This one has Gru's wife Lucy trying to bond with the girls and I did enjoy all of those scenes There is a funny part when one of the girls Agnes wants to catch a unicorn and I loved that everyone was afraid to tell her unicorns aren't real. The main villain of the film is voiced by Trey Parker he plays a character named Balthazar Bratt he was on a TV show that got canceled. He's very obsessed with that TV show and wonders why it never won any awards. You get to see some clips from it and it is funny, but after a while, it felt like the film was just recycling the exact same humor with that character. Young kids will love this and Adults will have some stuff to laugh at. It's not as good as the first one, but I did like it better than the last one. 3 out of 5 stars for Despicable Me 3. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Despicable Me 2 is directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud and stars Steve Carell, Kristen Wig, Benjamin Bratt, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand, Steve Coogan, and Ken Jeong. The plot of the movie is when Gru, the world's most super-bad turned super-dad has been recruited by a team of officials to stop lethal muscle and a host of Gru's own. He has to fight back with new gadgetry, cars, and more minion madness. After watching the first film again and enjoying it I was hoping that my opinion of this one would also change. I do think there are some good things about this film, but overall I thought it was a huge letdown. The animation looks even better than in the first movie. That's one of the things I love about animation sequels a lot of them look even better than their previous movie. All the character designs are very unique you don't see animation like this that often. I do like that they decided to keep Gru a good character and not try to turn him bad. Easily my favorite part of the first movie was the relationship between Gru and the girls and while the girls are put to the side in this whenever they did have scenes together I still really enjoyed them. Now for what I did not like and there is a lot first the new characters I found them all very boring and not funny at all especially Benjamin Bratt's character. I just finished watching this movie and I don't remember a thing about him. In the first movie, I liked the Minions because they were the side characters and there wasn't that much of them. They are in this one way too damn much and they are extremely irritating. I hope the next movie puts them back in the small role they had in the first film. Also like I mentioned before the best part of the first one was Gru and the girls and someone made the stupid decision to give them almost nothing to do. That is another thing that needs to change in the new one. Just like the first one I thought this was very predictable. There's this mystery surrounding who the villain is and there is a lot of different suspects, but it's completely obvious. 2 out of 5 stars for Despicable Me 2. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Despicable Me is directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud and stars Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Kristen Wig, Miranda Cosgrove, Will Arnett, and Julie Andrews. The plot of the movie is when a criminal mastermind uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand scheme, he finds their love is profoundly changing him for the better. With the upcoming release of Despicable Me 3, I decided to revisit the first film. When I first saw this movie a few years ago I found it extremely annoying. I am happy to say that my opinion has changed this is a very enjoyable movie. One of the things I really liked was the animation it's very creative and the character designs are great. The voice acting is really enjoyable as well. Steve Carell is hilarious as Gru and he showcases the evil side of Gru without making you dislike the character. The rest of the voice cast does really well. I also enjoyed the humor in this movie. There are some great adult Jokes and some of the jokes that were aimed at kids I found amusing at times. The Minions aren't as annoying as they could have been I liked that they are more side characters and I did laugh at some of the stuff they did. I also enjoyed the relationship between Gru and the Girls I liked how he grows to care about them. The only complaint I have is that the ending is predictable. 4 out of 5 stars for Despicable Me. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Transformers: The Last Knight is directed by Michael Bay and stars Mark Wahlberg, Josh Duhamel, Stanley Tucci, and Anthony Hopkins. The plot of the movie is Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. I was a big fan of the first Transformers movie and hated the next three movies. So I went into this one with no hope at all and I can tell you it's the biggest piece of shit of the year. It's almost like they let a bunch of people who were drunk or high write this script because nothing made any sense. You might consider this next thing a spoiler, but whatever it's a Transformers movie if you thought you were going to see a lot of Optimus Prime well he's barely in the movie. Every time one of these movies comes out instead of focusing on the Transformers it focuses on the humans and this is no exception. They did do a lot with Bumblebee clearly trying to set up the Bumblebee spin-off which is going to be coming out I believe next year. Even with that much Bumblebee, this is a Mark Wahlberg film from start to finish and that little girl that annoyed the hell out of everyone in the trailer she's in a whole bunch of the movie. I have no clue why she was in this movie. Michael Bay can be a good director when he wants to be the first Transformers movie was great. He tries to hide the fact that this movie makes no sense and has no cohesive story what so ever and he hides it by having lots of frantic action. It's all just visual noise. I can't wait till all of you find out who The Last Knight is it's gonna make you want to punch Michael Bay in the face. 0 out of 5 stars for Transformers: The Last Knight. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Transformers: Age of Extinction is directed by Michael Bay and stars Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor and Stanley Tucci. The plot of the movie is Autobots must escape sight from a bounty hunter who has taken control of the human serendipity: Unexpectedly, Optimus Prime and his remaining gang turn to a mechanic, his daughter, and her backstreet racing boyfriend for help. This is the worst Transformers film yet. I'll start with the characters just like the previous movie this movie concentrates on the boring as hell human characters instead of concentrating on the Transformers. On a side note this series is called Transformers we want to see more of the Transformers not the boring as hell human characters. So the human characters you have Mark Wahlberg a generic guy who's down on his luck. His daughter is played by Nicola Peltz and she can't act her way out of a box. She's just there to look good and she does, but the movie isn't getting points for having a hot chick in a really stupid movie. Stanley Tucci has a couple good lines, but in the end, he's completely wasted he starts throwing out that bullshit Michael Bay humor. There is also a whole new crew of Autobots to not give a shit about also. The only two returning Autobots are Optimus Prime and Bumblebee. This monstrosity clocks in at 2 hours and 45 minutes making it the longest Transformers movie yet and it definitely feels like it. A lot of things blow up in the movie, but even the special effects were shit. When they transformed it looked like shit, the CGI looked like shit. In this movie we get Dinobots and I was excited about that. The problem is when the Dinobots finally do show up I was almost asleep because the movie had been going on for what felt like six hours. Micheal Bay goes back to having the camera go all over the place so even if you cared to try and figure out what was going on it was impossible. So if you like hollow characters, lots of mindless explosions and bullshit than you will like this movie. I have lost all hope for this series I'm really dreading seeing this new one, but I'm going to suffer through it. 0 out of 5 stars for Transformers: Age of Extinction. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Transformers: Dark of the Moon is directed by Michael Bay and stars Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, Tyrese Gibson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Patrick Dempsey. The plot of the movie is the Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the moon, and race against the Decepticons to reach it and to learn its secrets. Like many other people, I thought Revenge of the Fallen was horrible. After watching that I was not looking forward to watching this one. Dark of the Moon is better than the last one, but it's still not a good movie. Michael Bay does a much better job this time, especially with the action. The camera isn't all over the place which is good because in the last one it gave me a headache. The last forty minutes of this movie is some of the best action I have ever seen and it is entertaining as hell watching Chicago get destroyed. Also, the first fifteen minutes where they were trying to connect the Transformers to the space race I thought that was really interesting. Of course, in between the first fifteen minutes and the last forty minutes, it's so bad. it's the same typical Michael Bay bad dialogue, horrible humor and some pretty mediocre performances besides Shia LaBeouf who's always giving it his all. The new girl who takes the place of Megan Fox does a better job than she did so that was a surprise. If you took those first fifteen minutes and the last forty and put them together it would have been a very entertaining movie. Like the last movie, this one is of course way too long especially in the middle of the movie it starts to feel like it will never end. Hopefully, I can enjoy Age of Extinction as much as I enjoyed the first one. 2 out of 5 stars for Transformers: Dark of the Moon. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Monday, June 19, 2017
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is directed by Michael Bay and Stars Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, John Turturro, and Peter Cullen. The plot of the movie is Sam Witwicky leaves the Autobots behind for a normal life. When his mind is filled with cryptic symbols, the Decepticons target him and he is dragged back into the Transformers' war. I enjoyed the first Transformers movie so I was excited to watch this one. This movie was written during the writer's strike and it fucking shows. The story is all over the place there is very little character development. All Sam and Mikaela do is pretty much argue about who is going to say I love you first. It gets to a point where you want to find a way to jump into the movie and beat the shit out of both of them. The action is bad Michael Bay needs to learn how to keep the fucking camera still. It wasn't that bad in the first movie, but this time it gave me a headache. The only action scene that wasn't poorly filmed was the forest battle. That scene is also the only entertaining thing about this movie. So in this movie, Sam Witwicky is off to college and his girlfriend Mikaela gets on the phone with him and tells him that she is leaving him and then all of a sudden she changes her mind. The only reason Megan Fox is in this movie is to be eye candy. Her character was tolerable in the first one but is annoying as hell in this one. Thankfully this is the last movie that she is in. Sam's parents are back in this film and they do some of the stupidest shit I have ever seen. They go to the college and the mom gets these brownies she starts eating them and they are supposed to be full of pot she starts going crazy she tackles this kid out on the front lawn. So Sam has a part of a splint from the Allspark and he starts seeing symbols in his head and that somehow makes him twitch like a crack addict. I burst out laughing every time that happened it looks so fucking stupid. Like with most Micheal Bay movie, this is way too damn long or maybe it just feels that way because after the forest battle which takes place an hour into the movie the rest of it moves at a snail's pace. 0 out of 5 stars for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Transformers is directed by Michael Bay and stars Shia LaBeouf, Tyrese Gibson, Josh Duhamel, Anthony Anderson, Megan Fox, Rachael Taylor, John Turturro, and John Voight. The plot of the movie is an ancient struggle between two cybertronian races, the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons, comes to Earth, with a clue to the ultimate power held by a teenager. I have been hearing for years that these Transformers movies suck, however, I found this first movie to be a lot of fun I'll start with what I liked about the film. I liked the acting. Shia LaBeouf's character Sam Witwicky is very likable, the character is well developed and he has great chemistry with the other actors. Megan Fox plays Mikaela Banes Sam's love interest. Megan Fox isn't one of the greatest actresses in the world, but she gives a decent performance and works well with Shia LaBeouf. John Voight does a terrific job as the Secretary of Defense and he was actually involved in some of the action in the movie. Anthony Anderson adds some much-needed comic relief to the movie. The action was fantastic. I do have one problem with the movie and that is at times the camera work is so bad you can't tell what is going on and unfortunately a lot of what happens during the final action sequence. I couldn't tell who was transforming or who was fighting who. It never gets so bad that it completely ruins the movie, but I hope the camera work in the squeals improves. 4 out of 5 stars for Transformers. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Megan Leavey is directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite and stars Kate Mara, Tom Felton, and Edie Falco. It is based on the life of a young Marine Corporal whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq. I enjoyed this movie a lot. The performances, especially by Kate Mara and the dog who plays Rex, were so good that it really got me invested in their story. It's also not too sappy which is the biggest complaint I hear about movies like this. They did an excellent job of maintaining a sense of realism. You get to see Megan as she's training to become a Marine, you get to see her as she's training with Rex and you see a bond develop between them. It's not just about the dog being cute and hoping it doesn't get hurt. Kate Mara gives one of the best performances I have seen from her. Unlike a lot of movies, this did a great job of showing the true bond that can grow between a human and an animal. The battle sequences were also very intense. It didn't feel like it was trying to be to tear-jerky even though I will admit I did tear up. I only have two issues with this film the first is there's a romance that develops in the film that I didn't think went anywhere that probably was real so I can understand including it, but every time the movie went back to it I felt it slowed the movie down. My other problem was the movie ends rather abruptly it just felt like there was more to the story and the filmmakers just decided they were done. 4 out of 5 stars for Megan Leavey. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Friday, June 9, 2017
The Mummy is directed by Alex Kurtzman and stars Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, and Russell Crowe. The plot of the movie is an ancient princess is awakened from her crypt beneath the desert, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension. With most Tom Cruise movies I see the trailer and get really excited for the movie than I see it and it turns out to be pretty bad. With this movie, I fell into that same trap. With this movie Universal hopes to launch their own cinematic universe of monsters after this they may want to reconsider that. Not everything about this film is bad though I did enjoy Tom Cruise's performance. It's easy to tell that he is having a lot of fun with this. Also, the big final action sequence was entertaining. Those are the only two good things about the movie there are a lot of problems and the first and biggest is that this film was written by 5 or 6 people and it shows. This movie is all over the place. Most of the characters in this movie are boring with like I mentioned before the exception of Tom Cruise. Russell Crowe is in this movie and I won't spoil who he plays I thought he did fine for the limited amount of screen-time he had. He runs a secret organization kind of like S. H. I. E. L. D in the Marvel cinematic universe. Jake Johnson is the comedic sidekick and every time he tries to be funny it is very lame. Annabelle Wallis was completely useless. She needs to be saved all the time. Rarely does she solve anything. She just brings Tom Cruise to where he needs to go. It's horrible timing to be coming out the week after Wonder Woman a movie that had a strong female lead. There really isn't much to like in this aside from one great action scene and Tom Cruise. Like I mentioned at the start Universal wants to have their own cinematic universe and I was really looking forward to it after this I doubt they make anymore. 1 out of 5 stars for The Mummy. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Wonder Woman is directed by Patty Jenkins and stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, and David Thewlis. The plot of the movie is before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, Princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny. Going into this movie I was skeptical I was aware of all the great reviews, but haven't liked a lot of superhero movies in the past. This movie isn't going to end up being one of my favorites of the year, but I did enjoy watching it for the most part. Gal Gadot is fantastic as Wonder Woman. I think that mainly has to do with the writing. The fact that she just wants to save the world and do the right thing makes you care about her. I also like how it's a fish out of water story. In a lot of movies when a character is brought into a new world they know nothing about they usually act like a complete moron, but here Wonder Woman takes it a little more seriously. She's not a complete fool stumbling all over the place. She is just in a world where she doesn't understand and the comedy comes from that. Chris Pine is very likable and he has great chemistry with Gal Gadot. The action scenes are some of the best I have seen in a superhero film. I do have two problems with the movie and they are pretty big ones. The first is the Germans those characters were so boring every time they were on screen I had to struggle to stay awake. My second problem with the movie is the pacing this movie felt like it would never end. I checked my watch 3 or 4 times and that's something I never do. 3 out of 5 stars for Wonder Woman. I hope you enjoyed my review.