Saturday, November 25, 2017
Coco is directed by Lee Unkrish and stars Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Renee Victor, Alanna Ubach, Jamie Camil, Sofia Espinosa, Selene Luna, Alfonso Arau, and Edward James Olmos. The plot of the movie is aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family's ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to work out the mystery. Going into the movie I really didn't know much about it. This movie is wonderful. The entire cast commits to their roles. No voice feels out of place. No one feels like they are lazily going through the script. Pixar once again knows how to make these beautifully realized worlds. The animation is absolutely stunning. The CGI rendering is incredible. There is one scene where a character is swimming in water and the water looked so real I thought I was watching a live-action film. It's amazing every movie Pixar puts out the animation looks better than the previous movie. I love the story of this movie you do get a little of it in the trailer, but there is so much more to it. The story is very engaging it keeps you guessing. Pixar goes to a dark place when the big twist is revealed and I am glad they weren't afraid to go there. It helps create a more mature story that both kids and adults can enjoy. The characters are all well written. I think the movie has a lot of great humor. Almost all the jokes work some fall flat, but thankfully not a lot. I do have one negative and that is the scenes when Miguel was in the Land of the Living were not as engaging as the scenes in The Land of the Dead. If you do go and see this movie be aware that there is a 20 minute Frozen short before it. I like Frozen, but this thing fucking sucked. So you can take your time going into the theater. I heard a kid with five minutes to go in the short ask if it was over yet that's not a good sign. The short should have just aired on Disney Channel. 4 out of 5 stars for Coco. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Sunday, November 19, 2017
Wonder is directed by Stephen Chbosky and stars Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay, Izabela Vidovic, Mandy Patinkin and Daveed Diggs. Wonder tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time. I read the book and felt that it was too childish for me. I enjoyed the movie a lot it is one of my favorite movies of the year. I had a big smile on my face leaving the theater. I'm going to get my one negative out of the way and that is the film does feel a little emotionally manipulative and I felt it did need to try so hard to get the audience to feel sad. Now on to what I liked first off the performances from everyone are really good especially Jacob Tremblay he plays Auggie. He gives such a powerful and genuine performance and he is easily one of the best child actors working today. It's very well directed by Stephen Chabosky who made The Perks of being a wallflower one of my favorite movies. The makeup is great they did an amazing job of bringing this kids unique face to life. The characters across the board are extremely deep and compelling especially the main character Auggie he is such a well-written character you really do start caring about this kid from the start of the film. You empathize with him and connect with him. It's not just Auggie who is a very well constructed character. This film while it very much is Auggie's story the supporting characters are just as impotent. The film does a great job of constructing arcs for the majority of them and they are just as engaging as Auggie's. The film is also extremely relatable I believe that no matter who you are you will be able to identify with some element of this movie. It also has such an impotent message of acceptance. 4 out of 5 stars for Wonder. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Justice League is directed by Zack Snyder and stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, and J. K. Simmons. The plot of the movie is fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Going into Justice League I was really hoping to love it, unfortunately, it joins the long list of superhero movies that I did not enjoy. I'll start with the few things I did enjoy Ben Affleck is fantastic as Batman. It's great to see Gal Gadot back as Wonder Women she kicked ass in her solo film and continues to shine in this movie. Affleck and Gadot have great chemistry together. Jeremy Irons is great as Alfred I did like the conversations he had with Batman. Now on to what I did not like and there is a lot. A lot of these movies have a problem with making a villain that is threatening. Steppenwolf is probably the blandest villain yet. His motivations are so thin you don't learn anything about this character. He really brings the movie to a halt whenever he is on screen and he looks like really early video game animation it's horrible. Another big problem I had was Batman and Wonder Women were the only characters that I gave a shit about. I didn't feel like any of the other members of the Justice League were fleshed out at all. The action scenes are incredibly forgettable and the camera work is a little bit shaky and so much of it looks like it was shot on a green screen it takes you out of the movie. This film feels incredibly rushed and maybe if it wasn't we would have gotten to know and care about more of the characters. Director Zack Snyder did have to leave the production for very personal reasons and they brought on Joss Whedon to finish and it was very easy to tell who shot which scenes. 2 out of 5 stars for Justice League. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Sunday, November 12, 2017
Murder On the Orient Express is directed by Kenneth Branagh and stars Kenneth Branagh, Penelope Cruz, Willem Defoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Deep, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer, and Daisy Ridley. The plot of the movie is a lavish train ride unfolds into a stylish and Suspenseful mystery. From the novel by Agatha Christie, Murder on the Orient Express tells of thirteen strained strangers and one man's race to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again. I was very excited to see this movie I love murder mysteries. Leaving the movie I was unsure what my thoughts where. I've thought about it and while the film does have good things in it, overall I was very disappointed and am not going to remember this film in a few days. I love the way this film is shot I love movies that take place in one location and a majority of this movie does that. I do think that everyone in the cast does a fantastic job. Kenneth Branagh is a lot of fun to watch especially in the scenes where he is not necessarily trying to solve the murder. Branagh brings a lot of personality to his character. Daisy Ridley did amazing with what little she was given. I loved her in Star Wars The Force Awakens and I can't wait to see more from her. When I saw that Johnny Deep was in the movie I dreaded going to see it because I thought he was just going to be Jack Sparrow again, but he wasn't and he gave one of the best performances in the movie. While the movie is acted well I felt that there wasn't that much to any of the characters. The movie started out very funny very clever and then after it starts to get into the actual mystery the energy drops out of this thing. It becomes very slow which would have been fine if the characters had some development, but they don't. It was also hard to keep track of who everybody was. The best murder mysteries are the ones where the audience can play along, unfortunately, you are not able to do that with this movie. So as a murder mystery it fails. 2 out of 5 stars for Murder On the Orient Express. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Saturday, November 4, 2017
A Bad Moms Christmas is directed by Scott Moore and Jon Lucas. The film stars Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Cheryl Hines, Christine Baranski, and Susan Sarandon. A Bad Moms Christmas follows our three under-appreciated and over-burdened women as they rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for moms: Christmas. The first Bad Moms movie was a pleasant surprise and seeing the trailers for this one I thought it looked pretty good. I enjoyed this movie a lot. The three lead actresses from the first movie are back and they are still a lot of fun to watch and are just as funny as before. My favorite from the original cast is Mila Kunis her character Amy I think is the most likable of the three. Kristen Bell is great. Kathryn Hahn had some of the funniest lines in the movie. Just like the first film, there are times when her character is a little too much, but that doesn't happen too much. This film introduces us to the mothers of the bad moms and I thought Cheryl Hines and Susan Sarandon's characters were very likable and brought a lot of humor to the film. Some of the guys are great as well Peter Gallagher plays Mila Kunis's dad he is not in a lot of the movie, but when he is he made me smile so much when he was on screen. Jay Hernandez plays Mila Kunis's love interest in the film and those two work well together. My only issue with the film is Christine Baranski she plays Mila Kunis's mom and just like Christina Applegate in the first movie is super unpleasant and just like before you do find out the reason for that, but by then I felt it was too late. This was a great sequel and if they decided to do another one I would defiantly go and see it. 4 out of 5 stars for A Bad Moms Christmas. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Bad Moms is directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. The film stars Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Jay Hernandez, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Christina Applegate. The plot of the movie is when three overworked and under-appreciated moms are pushed beyond their limits, they ditch their conventional responsibilities for a jolt of long overdue freedom, fun, and comedic self-indulgence. When I first saw the trailer for this movie I thought it looked horrible and I was not going to like it. I ended up being surprised at how much I liked this movie. It's great to see Mila Kunis in a leading role I am a big fan of her. Kathryn Hahn plays the obnoxious character and at times it can be a little much, but luckily most of the time she is very funny. Kristen Bell I haven't been a big fan of to me her roles are for the most part forgettable. She is great in this movie and I thought she was one of the standouts. All three of these actresses have amazing chemistry together and you can tell they are had a great time making this movie. Usually, with recent comedies, I don't find them funny at all, but I was surprised how many times I laughed while watching this movie. While the comedy is great easily my favorite part of the movie was the scenes with Mila Kunis's character Amy and her kids. There are a few really good emotional scenes involving them. My one flaw with this movie is Christina Applegate's character, Gwendolyn. She is just too unpleasant. Yes, in the end, you realize why she is that way, but I felt we should have found that out sooner it would have made the character a little more likable. 4 out of 5 stars for Bad Moms. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Friday, November 3, 2017
Thor: Ragnarok is directed by Taika Waitti and stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, and Anthony Hopkins. The plot of the movie is imprisoned, the mighty Thor finds himself in a lethal gladiatorial contest against The Hulk, his former ally. Thor must fight for survival and race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization. I thought the other Thor movies were decent they aren't some of my favorite films, but I was entertained. There was not a lot I liked about this film and in fact, found a lot of it to be childish. Most of the performances are great. Chris Hemsworth is always great as Thor and it's great to see how his character has developed since the first film. Cate Blanchett as Hela was fantastic I loved every moment she was on screen. It's always fun to see Tom Hiddleston as Loki. The addition of Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk I enjoyed and his scenes with Thor were some of the only times I laughed in this film. My biggest problem with the movie is the humor most of it seemed childish. Another problem I had was Jeff Goldblum he is embarrassingly bad. My final problem was that the only action scene that I am going to remember in this movie is the one at the end. 2 out of 5 stars for Thor: Ragnarok. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Thor: The Dark World is directed by Alan Taylor and stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgard, Idris Elba, Kat Dennings, and Rene Russo. The plot of the movie is When Dr. Jane Foster gets cursed with a powerful entity known as the Aether, Thor is heralded of the cosmic event known as the Convergence and the genocidal Dark Elves. Just like the first Thor movie I thought that this movie was mostly enjoyable. The performances, for the most part, I really enjoyed. Chris Hemsworth continues to prove he is perfect as Thor. He's his usual charming charismatic self. Tom Hiddleston is fantastic as Loki any scene he is in he completely just eats up the scenery, he delivers so many laughs and there's one cameo that he institute's that is great and I did not expect. I love the banter between him and Thor and I loved seeing them have to team up it made for some great comedy. Natalie Portman was fine in the last movie and she is trying her best here, but she isn't given that much. Kat Dennings continues to be the most annoying person in these movies. This film is directed by Alan Taylor and he did a much better job than Kenneth Branagh. He films the action a lot better. There is a lot of fun to be had with these action scenes and the big climax of the movie is really fantastic. As for the problems I had the villain in this movie is awful he is not menacing at all, he doesn't pose much of a threat and any time he was on screen he dragged the film down. The pacing in this movie is off there are some really slow scenes the movie takes a while to get going and then some scenes will have great energy to them and then there will be other scenes that feel slow and unnecessary. It felt like Natalie Portman's character didn't need to be in this movie and that character just felt forced. 3 out of 5 stars for Thor: The Dark World. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Thor is directed by Kenneth Branagh and stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgard, Colm Feore, Ray Stevenson, Idris Elba, Kat Dennings, Rene Russo, and Anthony Hopkins. The plot of the movie is the powerful, but arrogant god Thor is cast out of Asgard to live among humans on Earth, where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders. I have not liked many of the Marvel movies so I was not looking forward to watching this. This is a fun movie for the most part. Chris Hemsworth is excellent as Thor. He is really likable, really charismatic and he is great in the action scenes. The rest of the cast are all really good. The special effects for this movie were very good, but there were a few times particularly when Thor was flying that I thought those moments could have been worked on a little more. Everything that takes place on Asgard I thought was very entertaining. Antony Hopkins is great as Odin. Tom Hiddleston is fantastic as Loki and it's fun to watch Thor and Loki interact. The stuff that takes place on Earth is mixed for me. Natalie Portman's character Jane Foster isn't that memorable of a character, but I thought she was likable and had good chemistry with Thor. The other human Thor meets is Darcy played by Kat Denning and I thought was very irritating. Every time she is on screen she either never shuts up or is making lame jokes. The action scenes are entertaining, but none of them stand out. The movie was directed by Kenneth Branagh who when this came out in 2011 had never directed a movie like this. He did a good job directing this, but there are several moments when the camera is leaning to the left and it is very distracting. 3 out of 5 stars for Thor. I hope you enjoyed my review.