Monday, August 20, 2018
Crazy Rich Asians is directed by Jon M. Chu and star Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Gemma Chan, Awkwafina, Nico Santos, Lisa Lu, Ken Jeong, and Michelle Yeoh. This contemporary romantic comedy, based on a global bestseller, follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu to Singapore to meet her boyfriend's family. This film isn't amazing and it's not perfect, but I did have a good time watching it and laughed a lot. This cast is extremely talented Awkwafina is hilarious in this movie. Her humor is sprinkled throughout the film and she adds a nice amount of levity to the film. Constance Wu I thought was fantastic. Michelle Yeoh is also really good as the boyfriend's mother she's incredibly intimidating. She's the type of person you need to impress instantly and you can tell quickly if she hates you or not. Unforturently while I found Michelle Yeoh to be amazing in the role the character was just too unpleasant for me and there is nothing redeeming about her. The film starts and I was enjoying it, but the film really picks up once everyone gets to Singapore and the conflict between Rachel and the mother starts. The first half does take its time and it does feel like every other romantic comedy. I would love to see a much better film with a cast like this, but the movie is entertaining it's just not going to be one of my favorites of the year. 3 out of 5 stars for Crazy Rich Asians. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Saturday, August 18, 2018
Mile 22 is directed by Peter Berg and stars Mark Wahlberg, John Malkovich, Lauren Cohan, Iko Uwais, and Ronda Rousey. The plot of the movie is an elite American intelligence officer, aided by a top-secret tactical command unit, tries to smuggle a mysterious police officer with sensitive information out of the country. I really hated this movie and I was not expecting that because Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg have worked together a few times before and I have loved the films they made. In the first few minutes, I knew I was in for something very rocky because we are starting off and we see this team on a mission. They have a plan to seek into a house run by the Russian mob I thought that could lead to some amazing action. As soon as the action sequences start to kick in that is when I knew oh shit we're in trouble. It's a lot of quick cuts to the point where you can't see a fucking thing that is happening. During the opening credits, we see a montage where they describe Mark Wahlberg's character, James Silva. They talk about how he is gifted and how he wasn't like the other kids and it is all done in this opening montage with ADR looped over it. That is not character development that is the studio force-feeding information to you. Mark Wahlberg is awful in this movie. His character is so unlikeable he does nothing but whines and complains. They try to explain because he is so gifted that's why he is so angry. There are a few times when people call him out for it, but the character never changes. Lauren Cohan has an interesting story where she is a divorced mom she's trying to reconnect with her child, but because she is on multiple missions with this group she can't be there. On paper, that story doesn't seem so bad, but the way it's presented in this film it's stupid. There are a few action scenes where you can tell what is happening, but for the most part, it's not even possible. It also doesn't help that the story is just this guy has some sensitive information about the country and now we have action sequences to do. So the characters are terrible, the acting sucks and the story is almost non-existent. 0 out of 5 stars for Mile 22. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Sunday, August 12, 2018
Slender Man is directed by Sylvain White and stars Joey King, Julia Goldani Telles, Jaz Sinclair, Annalise Basso, and Javier Botet. The plot of the movie is in a small town in Massachusetts, a group of friends fascinated by the internet lore of the Slender Man, attempt to prove that he doesn't actually exist until one of them mysteriously goes missing. This movie is complete garbage. The four main characters are mind-numbingly stupid and the acting is just as horrendous. Once one of the girls goes missing and another one of the girls played by Joey King starts acting crazy and losing her mind a bit her acting was so over the top I actually started to get a headache. Julia Goldani Telles is the lead character in this film. They have one minor opening scene with her that sets up her character sort of it's the lamest lead character setup I have ever seen. It's just her and her parents and sister at a dinner table. They talk about how she is going to go meet up with her friends and then they joke about her being pregnant and dropping out of school and that's it there is your lead character. Since Julia Goldani Telles is the lead character named Hallie you'd think that there would be more to the character, but no she's just your typical teenage girl in a horror film. There is something with Joey King's character Wren where she walks into her friend Katie's house and sneaks by her passed out drunk and Joey king looks at Katie's dad for a bit. They cut back to him on the couch sleeping than they cut back to her staring in a they are connected kind of way. I was thinking okay did they just set up that Wren has some sort of connection to Katie's father like he's drunk all the time so maybe there are some inappropriate things going on and maybe Slender Man tortures her with this information. No, it's just there so they can show the dad passed out again. When they get on the Slender Man forums I was thinking are they going to start referencing how irrelevant Slender Man is and how dumb a lot of this stuff is about him, but no they take it seriously. When they watch this video or "website Video" as the movie calls it I was expecting them to make fun of it, but they treat it seriously. When the video finishes one of the girls says not scary at all, but her voice is shaking clearly in fear cliche shit like that. This movie is not scary at all. It's just a bunch of loud noises. 0 out of 5 stars for Slender Man. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Saturday, August 11, 2018
The Meg is directed by John Turteltaub and stars Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Winston Chao, and Cliff Curtis. The plot of the movie is after escaping an attack by what he claims was a 70-foot shark, Jonas Taylor must confront his fears to save those trapped in a sunken submersible. Going into this movie I was just hoping for a dumb fun movie. The only character in this movie that I cared about at all was the main character Jonas Taylor played by Jason Statham. Everyone else just seemed like they were there because they need more characters and they are all forgettable. There are some great action scenes in this film. The Megalodon itself does look awesome. Some of the special effects look pretty bad and some of it looks a little overly CG, but for the most part, I think they did a really good job bringing this creature to life. When the movie leans into just being over-the-top and dumb that's when it is a lot of fun to watch. However, the movie does have some big flaws. There is far too much buildup to when you first see the Megalodon and they use that time trying to develop the characters and besides the main character, I didn't care about any of these people. Also, there are times when this movie takes itself way to seriously and that happened a lot and prevented me from enjoying this movie. 2 out of 5 stars for The Meg. I hope you enjoyed my review.
The Spy Who Dumped Me is directed by Susanna Fogel and stars Mila Kunis, Kate McKinnon, Justin Theroux, and Sam Heughan. The plot of the movie is Audrey and Morgan are best friends who unwittingly become entangled in an international conspiracy when one of the women discover the boyfriend who dumped her was actually a spy. When I saw the trailers for this I thought it looked horrible. The only reason I saw this was because I am a fan of Mila Kunis. The movie ended up being better than I thought it would. It's not going to end up in my best of the year, but it was decent. Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon had great chemistry and there were several times throughout this movie where I was laughing out loud. The actual storyline is pretty forgettable they keep trying to get this flash drive and that is pretty much it. I do wish that there was more of a story, but the comedy for me saved the movie for the first hour. After the first hour, the humor just drops out of this movie and it becomes really obvious how dumb this story is. Towards the end, they throw in a few twists and none of them work. 3 out of 5 stars for The Spy Who Dumped Me. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Sunday, August 5, 2018
The Darkest Minds is directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson and stars Amandla Stenberg, Mandy Moore, and Gwendoline Christie. The plot of the movie is imprisoned by an adult world that now fears everyone under 18, a group of teens form a resistance group to fight back and reclaim control of their future. I am not the target demographic that this movie is aimed at and a younger audience would enjoy it a lot more and be more forgiving of its flaws. Just because I am not the target demographic that doesn't mean I am not open to any kind of story if it is told in a great way. Unfortunately, The Darkest Minds like a lot of these young Adult novel adaptations is a waste of time. When it comes to the plot it's very mediocre. One of the main problems with movies like this is that they are extremely similar they all come down to a group of evil adults in the form of a corporation or the government itself and young children or teens who have to fight for survival. I have never read any of the books in this series and I fell that would have helped me to understand more of what was going on, but the film needs to be able to stand on its own and in my opinion, it did not do that. The young actors are decent they do the best they can with what they are given. The movie is a little under 2 hours, but it moves so slow that it seemed a lot longer than it actually was. The actors do a pretty good job, but overall The Darkest Minds is an absolutely generic young adult film. 1 out of 5 stars for The Darkest Minds. I hope you enjoyed my review.