Saturday, April 28, 2018
Truth or Dare is directed by Jeff Wadlow and stars Lucy Hale, Tyler Posey, Violett Beane, Hayden Szeto, and Landon Liboiron. The plot of the movie is a harmless game of Truth or Dare among friends turns deadly when someone or something begins to punish those who tell a lie or refuse the dare. I wanted to see this film because it is the same studio behind last years, Happy Death Day a movie that I thought was enjoyable it was not a great movie, but it could have been a lot worse. On paper one of the strongest things about Truth or Dare is the premise that it has. The idea of being forced to either tell the truth or complete a dare no matter what it is. However, while I was watching this film I never felt any tension or any sense of fear. When these people are being forced to complete these task the person who is asking them their face morphs into this big smile with these red eyes and I couldn't help but laugh every time that happened. I also thought that several of these tasks were rather lame. As these tasks were taking place I was thinking a way to improve this movie would be if it was rated R. There was no point in this movie where I was having any fun. A lot if not all of the shock value was taken away because of the PG-13 rating. There are a lot of scenes in which several characters ate googling and trying to figure out the origin of how this game started. The best element of this movie was the character Olivia played by Lucy Hale. She has this really well-defined arc and seeing her grow throughout the movie was one of the more compelling aspects of the film. 1 out of 5 stars for Truth or Dare. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Friday, April 27, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo. It stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sabastian Stan, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Josh Brolin, and Chris Pratt. The plot of the movie is as the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows, Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has lead up to this moment- the fate of the Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain. I am not the biggest fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In fact, out of the 19 films I have only loved six. Iron Man (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), The Avengers (2012), Iron Man 3 (2013), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) and Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017). Going into this movie I was excited just like everyone else. Avengers Infinity War is the most fun I have had watching a Marvel movie. This movie works on so many levels it's astounding because when you have so many superheroes in one movie it could have been a mess. Each of these characters is given enough screen time to get fleshed out a little bit more. You can tell that the directors, Anthony, and Joe Russo know the characters so well and that they are fans of this material. The characters don't disappoint and we get to see characters interact that we haven't before. The Guardians interact with Thor. Which leads to some of the funniest stuff in the movie. We see Doctor Stranger with Tony Stark and Peter Parker. It is also great if you are a casual fan of Marvel like me they make it so you won't feel lost. Thanos was a character that I was worried about because none of the villains in Marvel movies have really stood out. They really do take the time to make Thanos essentially the main character of the movie. That character is so well fleshed out. We understand what he is doing even if it is for the wrong reason. We get more backstory with him and Gamora that was teased in the first Guardians of the Galaxy. Right from the opening scene, you can tell that this is someone not to mess with and really challenges our heroes. Everyone in the cast is fantastic. There is so much action in the movie it is almost overwhelming. The direction is flawless, there is no shaky cam and I was entertained by every action sequence. This is the first movie where I thought there was a real sense of danger because in the past we've known that even though the hero is in danger he had more movies coming. There are some great emotional scenes that had me tearing up a little. This movie does end on a pretty massive cliffhanger obviously I am not going to tell you what it is, but it really got me excited for Avengers 4 and to see how this story wraps up. 5 out of 5 stars for Avengers: Infinity War. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Avengers: Age of Ultron is directed by Joss Whedon and stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, James Spader, and Samuel L. Jackson. The plot of the movie is when Tony Stark and Bruce Banner try to jump-start a dormant peacekeeping program called Ultron, things go horribly wrong and it's up to Earth's mightiest heroes to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plane. This movie I thought was not as entertaining as the first and a lot of it felt like stuff I had already seen. The action scenes were not that fun to watch it just felt like the same action scenes from the first film. The characters once again are handled extremely well. The humor works very well. Ultron's presence as a villain is funny he is a bit of a sarcastic villain which I enjoyed, however his creation and how we get to him being Ultron was so rushed and as a result to felt like there were scenes cut that would have helped me to understand the character. This movie introduces two new characters Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. I did not care about either of them. The performances were fine, but the characters themselves weren't that entertaining. They try and set up a romance between The Hulk and Black Widow and those scenes felt forced. I was very disappointed with Age of Ultron. I am seeing Infinity War tonight hopefully I will like it just as much or more than the first film. 2 out of 5 stars for Avengers: Age of Ultron. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
The Avengers is directed by Joss Whedon and stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, and Samuel L. Jackson. The plot of the movie is Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are going to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity. The Avengers is simply a perfect superhero movie. Every character in this movie gets a chance to shine. They are fleshed out and you care about all of them. The performances are fantastic. Robert Downey Jr is great as Iron Man. I really like Chris Hemsworth as Thor. Chris Evans was fine as Captain America I did not like his solo movie. Mark Ruffalo as Hulk I thought he was great, and he added something that the previous stars who were Hulk didn't get a chance to do. I really liked some of the humanity they brought to his character. Jeremy Renner was great as Hawkeye. Scarlett Johansson was incredibly badass as Black Widow. Samuel L. Jackson is great as Nick Fury. Tom Hiddleston knocked it out of the park as Loki. He steals every scene that he is in. What of course makes this movie so amazing is the action the spectacle of it all it's mind-blowing. The climax of the movie the last hour or so is absolutely non-stop action. There are so many great moments it is so much fun. This movie completely lived up to my expectations when I saw it in 2012 and it is still one of the best comic book movies I have ever seen. 5 out of 5 stars for The Avengers. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Rampage is directed by Brad Peyton and stars Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman, Jake Lacy, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. The plot of the movie is when three different animals become infected with a dangerous pathogen, a primatologist and a geneticist team up to stop them from destroying Chicago. I had a lot of fun playing the Rampage video game when I was a kid so I was excited to see what it would be like as a movie. This is an extremely cheesy film with some horrendous dialogue and characters that make decisions at the last minute that solve all their problems. Death is not taken very seriously in the film. Some deaths are even portrayed for a laugh. The reason I saw Rampage was to watch monsters destroy cities because that is what the game was. Unfortunately, you have to get through a lot of pointless scenes to get to any of that which is just the last 20 minutes. When the city is being destroyed that is fun to watch. All of the jokes in this movie do not land at all. There are a few characters that are introduced early on that disappear and you never see them again. Dwayne Johnson's character survives everything. He gets in a helicopter on top of a building that is crumbling and he just comes up with a plan that works. Easily the part of the film I thought was the weakest was the villains. The movie had to have a reason for the scientific experiment that made the monsters. So we have two people who work at this agency. They don't give a shit about anyone and want to see the world destroyed for money. Their motivation is just money just like several other villains that we have seen. The movie cuts back to the two of them constantly and the performances only made it worse. The only funny part about those scenes is they have the original Rampage arcade game in their office. I have always liked Dwayne Johnson he is one is the most likable actors working today. He is not the problem the real issue is the screenplay. One really cool thing about the game that would have helped the film is people in the game are transformed into the monsters. That would have added a lot to this movie and it would have been an interesting moral dilemma. 2 out of 5 stars for Rampage. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Sunday, April 8, 2018
A Quiet Place is directed by John Krasinski and stars Emily Blunt and John Krasinski. The plot of the movie is a family is forced to live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound. I heard nothing but good things about this movie so I was very excited to see it. After seeing it I do not understand all the Praise at all. I'll start with what little I did like the acting I thought was good nothing great, but no one was awful. Also, the creature design I thought was fantastic they really did look terrifying. The lack of dialogue I felt really hurt this movie I did not feel a connection to any of the characters so I didn't care if the creatures killed them. I didn't find the film scary at all they just use the same old jumps scares that we have seen a million times. The movie is only 90 minutes long and yet it still felt like the premise was being stretched out. 2 out of 5 stars for A Quiet Place. I hope you enjoyed my review.