Saturday, July 29, 2017
Wish Upon is directed by John R. Leonetti and stars Joey King, Ki Hong Lee, Sydney Park, Elisabeth Rohm, and Ryan Phillippe. The plot of the movie is a teenage girl discovers a box that carries magic powers and a deadly price for using them. This movie is so terrible it's funny. The main character Clare is one of the most foolish, selfish and awful main characters I have seen all year. I have seen Joey King in enough stuff to know that she is a talented actress. The problems with Clare have nothing to do with her and all to do with the way the character is written. She makes the worst decisions possible throughout the entire movie. I'll give her the first wish because you say things in the heat of the moment and at that point, she would have no reason to believe the box really works. After that, you really would have to be the biggest moron on the planet to not realize that the music box is working. At one point in the movie, she gets information about the box from another character and she ignores it and keeps on wishing for stupid things. Eventually, it gets to a point where you hope that she gets what's coming to her. Once you realize that this movie is not going to be scary and you realize how stupid the main character is that is where the unintentional fun of Wish Upon comes in. I started to embrace the stupid dialogue and the moronic main character. Ever time Clare said or did something ridiculous I laughed. Wish Upon is a bad movie, but if you are with a group of friends and you want to rip apart and truly awful movie than I would recommend it. 0 out of 5 stars for Wish Upon. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
The Big Sick is directed by Michael Showalter and stars Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, and Ray Romano. This film is based on a true story and tells how Kumail Nanjiani met his wife Emily. I loved every minute of this movie. What I loved most was the chemistry between Kumail and Emily it's so natural that it doesn't feel like you are watching a movie. It felt like I was watching two friends meet and start to fall for each other. It's not just their romance that is good, but their friendship and their comedic back-and-forth it all felt so real. The problem in the movie is that Kumail is living in Chicago with his family who are from Pakistan and they insist that he marry a Pakistani girl. So Kumail is constantly hiding from his family that he is dating a white girl. At some point, a sickness comes along and I won't go into it here I'll let you experience it in the movie. This film is brilliant both with its comedy and its drama. Most of the time in comedies I fell that the humor is really forced. The humor in this film seems very natural I haven't laughed this hard in a comedy in a long time. The drama is handled very well I found myself getting attached to these characters very quickly so when this sickness does come along you want everything to turn out all right in the end. Ray Ramano and Holly Hunter play Emily's parents and they add a lot to the film both in terms of humor and drama. The Big Sick is as good as I heard it was. This is one of the best films of the year. 5 out of 5 stars for The Big Sick. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Sunday, July 23, 2017
Dunkirk is directed by Christopher Nolan and stars Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, and Tom Hardy. The plot of the movie is allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, and France are surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II. The things I liked about this movie are it looks amazing as do all Christopher Nolan films. There are some pretty intense scenes. It does make you feel like you are there. As much as this movie was visually amazing, I was not a huge fan of it. The movie doesn't really have characters it has people in a dangerous situation. I can not tell you the name of anyone. They do mention character names, but I forgot them as soon as they were said. There isn't a lot of dialogue in the movie and that is an interesting direction to take a movie. If you had more dialogue they could have developed these characters and given me a reason to give a shit. I do give a shit about this true situation, however, it is in a movie so you need characters to care about and you are never given that. I was excited about this movie because it was directed by Christopher Nolan he has made a lot of movies that I really enjoy. This is one that I will forget as soon as I am done with this review. 2 out of 5 stars for Dunkirk. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Baby Driver is directed by Edgar Wright and star Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Eliza Gonzalez, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, and Jon Bernthal. The plot of the movie is after being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail. Going into this movie I was really looking forward to it I had heard that it was one of the best movies of the year. I ended up being very disappointed and I was bored by most of it. I get that everyone likes this movie it just didn't work for me. From the start, I didn't think it was clever and I didn't like the style of it. I didn't care about any of the characters and in a movie like this I have to have enough interest in the people in the car to care if they are going to survive and get where they are going. I do like Ansel Elgort and Lily James they did OK in their role but I felt they had no chemistry and the romance was forced. As for the other characters they are very forgettable. People are making a big deal about the soundtrack and I don't get it I didn't know any of these songs and as soon as the movie was over I forgot what songs were used. The film is directed well Edgar Wright is very talented. I get why most people like this movie, but it didn't work for me. 2 out of 5 stars for Baby Driver. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Friday, July 14, 2017
War For the Planet of the Apes is directed by Matt Reeves and stars Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, and Steve Zahn. The plot of the movie is after the apes suffer unimaginably loses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. This has been a great series so far I loved Rise and Dawn and usually by the time we get to the third movie in a series it starts to fall apart. This is a fantastic movie and honestly, I can't come up with anything wrong with it. The motion-capture work has gotten so good that the apes look real. Andy Serkis once again is brilliant as Caesar and the team of people that help animate him and the other apes are geniuses. Another favorite character of mine in all three of these movies is Maurice the orangutan. There is a scene early on in the film where they find a young girl and Maurice convinces Caesar to let them bring her along I liked the relationship that developed between the two of them where he acts as her protector. Woody Harrelson runs a faction of men that are enslaving some apes and he was a great villain very intimidating. He has a scene with Caesar where they are talking about the past. Usually, exposition scenes are boring, but those two characters are so interesting that I was very interested in what they were saying. If you do go to see this don't go expecting a bunch of action scenes. You do get some action scenes, but most of the time is spent with the apes it never gets boring or feels too long which is good. Steve Zahn plays Bad ape and when he showed up I thought this is going to be the new Jar Jar Binks, but he was a great addition to the film and almost everything he does is funny. I could not be happier with this movie it is a wonderful addition to this new Plant of the Apes series. 5 out of 5 stars for War of the Planet of the Apes. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is directed by Matt Reeves and stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clark, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, and Kodi Smith-McPhee. The plot of the movie is a growing nation of genetically evolved apes lead by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of a devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. This movie manages to be even better than the first. What makes it better than Rise of the Planet of the Apes is its production value is higher, the special effects and action are a lot better than the last one, it has a better script, the characters are better and so is the acting. Andy Serkis once again delivers a brilliant performance as Caesar. All of the other actors whether they are human or Ape do a really good job especially Toby Kebbell who plays Koba. Koba is another chimp that was tested on in the first movie. In this movie, he has a very different opinion of humans than Caesar does and eventually turns on him and he is a very intimating antagonist. If there are any negative about the characters it's I wish the human characters were fleshed out a little more. They had their time for character development and a lot of the actors who play humans including Jason Clark and Gary Oldman are good, but the movie focuses so much on the apes so a lot of the human characters don't get enough development. The first five to ten minutes of this movie shows Caesar with his tribe hunting showing how the tribe functions that he has taught them to use sign language and there is no spoken dialogue and you are completely engaged the whole time. The story takes a lot of unexpected turns to the point where I was thinking I knew what was coming and it goes in a completely different direction. 5 out of 5 stars for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Rise of the Planet of the Apes is directed by Rupert Wyatt and stars James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton, and Andy Serkis. The plot of the movie is a substance designed to help the brain repair itself gives rise to a super-intelligent chimpanzee who leads an uprising. The original Planet of the Apes I think is one of the greatest science-fiction films ever made. Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes is awful it is one of the worst remakes ever. When this film came out in 2011 I had no interest Tim Burton's remake left such a bad taste in my mouth that I didn't care to see another Planet of the Apes movie. Rise of the Planet of the Apes turned out to be one of the biggest surprises of 2011. It reminds me of Ridley Scott's Alien in a sense that it moves at a very quiet pace, there aren't giant action scenes every 20 minutes, it really focuses on the characters, tells an honest and simple story and it has great pay off in the end. All the actors do a good job and the characters are very believable. There are no clear villains. The closest we ever get to a villain is the teenager at the ape sanctuary who's played by Tom Felton AKA Draco Malfoy and it felt like he was just playing the American version of that character. The real stand out in this movie is Caesar who is not a simple CG ape but is played by Andy Serkis the same guy who has done Gollum and King Kong. He really does bring some human emotion to Caesar and he is long overdue for an OSCAR, but unfortunately, the academy does not consider motion capture performances as actual acting. Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a fantastic reboot unlike the Tim Burton remake this manages to capture the spirit of the original Planet of the Apes, but also be fresh and new at the same time. 5 out of 5 stars for Rise of the Planet of the Apes. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Saturday, July 8, 2017
Spider-Man: Homecoming is directed by John Watts and stars Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Jon Favreau, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Marisa Tomei, and Robert Downey Jr. The plot of the movie is Peter Parker, with the help of his mentor Tony Stark, tries to balance his life as an ordinary high school student while fighting crime as Spider-Man as a new threat the Vulture, emerges. I have loved Spider-Man my whole life. I really liked the original three Spider-man movies with Toby Maguire, but I thought The Amazing Spider-Man 1 and 2 with Andrew Garfield were very disappointing. This is yet another reboot of Spider-Man and the first time the character is in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Since I haven't liked a lot of Marvel movies I was worried that I would be disappointed by this. In my opinion, this is the best Spider-Man movie that we have ever gotten. This is an adaptation that understands the character but also understands that it needs to be different and not a rehash of what we have already seen like the first Amazing Spider-Man. The filmmakers have said that they wanted to make a high school movie and that they were inspired by teenage high school films and that is very clear. This movie does take a lot of time to show Peter in school and some may have a problem with that because this is a superhero movie, but I enjoyed that part and there is a good balance of him in school and being Spider-Man. Tom Holland is great at playing both parts. The villain of the movie is the Vulture and I always thought he was a lame villain in the comics, but Michael Keaton did a great job. His character had a lot to him that I was not expecting. He is also very intimidating. All the cast is great Marisa Tomei plays a younger Aunt May than we've seen before. Peter's friend Ned from the trailers I thought he was going to be extremely annoying, but it turns out that he is a really likable character and has some of the funniest lines in the movie. Zendaya plays another of Peter's friends Michelle she isn't in the film that much, but every time she is hilarious. Robert Downey Jr. is always entertaining in these movies, but the trailers made it seem like Iron Man was the main character and Spider-Man was the side character that is not the case. The action is well filmed, very intense and it did feel like Peter Parker was in danger. On the way back from seeing this movie I was trying to think of flaws and honestly, I don't have one. This movie is a ton of fun from start to finish there is awesome action, it has an engaging story, it's funny, it has characters that you care about and it is never boring. 5 out of 5 stars for Spider-Man: Homecoming. I hope you enjoyed my review.