Friday, June 28, 2019
Yesterday is directed by Danny Boyle and stars Himesh Patel, Lily James, Ed Sheeran, and Kate McKinnon. The plot of the movie is a struggling musician realizes he's the only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles after waking up in an alternate timeline where they never existed. I was really looking forward to seeing this movie the concept seemed very unique plus I really like The Beatles music. I loved everything about this movie it is very touching and heartwarming. Himesh Patel plays Jack, and he gives an excellent performance the way that he forms the music into his own within his own singing voice is pure excellence. Lily James plays Ellie. I personally feel that she is one of the strongest actresses working today. Her character is so easy to like, and she seems like a real person that we know in our own lives. Himesh Patel and Lily James work really well together I felt invested in both of their characters and I enjoyed every scene they had together. This movie gets you so invested you want them to end up together. Ed Sheeran was great he had a lot of funny moments. Kate McKinnon for me can sometimes be funny, but most of the time is really annoying. thankfully she is really funny here, but I felt it could have gone the other way if she had more screentime. Fans of The Beatles will love this movie, rom-com fans will find something to like, music fans will find something to like and Yesterday, in general, is just one of those heartwarming feel-good movies. 5 out of 5 stars for Yesterday. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Child's Play is directed by Lars Klevberg and stars Aubrey Plaza, Gabriel Bateman, Brian Tyree Henry, and Mark Hamill. The plot of the movie is a mother gives her 13-year-old son a toy doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature. This movie is nothing amazing, but I did end up enjoying it. It has a fun vibe to it, there's a lot of gory deaths it makes good use of its R rating, and it doesn't try to take itself too seriously. The performances are not great, but they aren't horrible either. The young actor Gabriel Bateman I thought was the best in the movie. Aubrey Plaza does a fine job as his mother. The two of them worked very well together. There is nothing new there the mother has a boyfriend and the kid doesn't like him and it creates tension we've seen that before. Brian Tyree Henry plays a detective who is often at his mother's house which is right next door to the main family. He gets a good line every now and then, but to me, he was the weakest in the film. Mark Hamill as the voice of Chucky was excellent he made this doll very creepy. This film main problem is characterization it's not great the main kid at one point meets these neighborhood kids and there is nothing to those characters I couldn't even tell you their names. When people start being killed since there's no investment in any of the characters except for the mother and son it's just watching Chucky kill people. There is some good build-up and tension. 3 out of 5 stars for Child's Play. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Friday, June 21, 2019
Toy Story 4 is directed by Josh Cooley and stars Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves, Ally Maki, Jay Hernandez, Lori Alan, and Joan Cusack. The plot of the movie is when a new toy called "Forky" joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy. Before I get started I am a huge fan of the first three films to me all three are masterpieces. While I had major concerns about the 4th movie's existence in general, I was willing to give it a shot. Coming out of the film I was majorly let down and it makes me so sad to say that. The problems start with the randomness of the plot, and the amount of themes that it is trying to cover in one movie. Is it primarily about getting Forky home to Boonie, which was surprisingly my favorite storyline because from the trailers I thought I would hate Forky. Is it about Woody finding Bo which I thought was a fun storyline at first, but got sick of it after a while. Is it about Gabby finding an owner which was completely boring, also I thought Forky was going to be annoying, but no Gabby is the one that is annoying. So I really wish they had just stuck with trying to get Forky back to Bonnie. The beauty of the first three movies were that they had a clearly defined main plot: Toy Story was about the battle between Buzz/Woody and getting back to Andy from Sid; Toy Story 2 was about getting Woody back to Andy, and Toy Story 3 was about escaping the daycare center. Unfortunately, in Toy Story 4 an actual coherent main plot is removed in favor of action sequences, the featuring of new characters most of which I did not care about instead of beloved old ones. Toy Story 4 remains unsure what it wants to ultimately be about and I guess that blurred vision comes from the 8 screenwriters who are credited for their input into the story. Regulars such as Jessie, Rex, Hamm, Bullseye, Slinky Dog and the Potato Heads are all given next to no screentime which is a massive disappointment. Keeping them in the van for most of the movie is a lazy and ultimately boring decision for many of these beloved characters who each found much better things to do in Toy Story 2 and 3 in particular. The barrage of new characters makes things far too confusing for the audience. The movie needed to be about Forky or Bo, not both. There wasn't any tension in finding Bo nor was there any in getting Forky back to Bonnie. A more wild-cap adventure separating Woody and Forky from the gang and finding Bo at the end of the film might have had a better pay off, but unfortunately, neither mean all that much to the audience given the other issue of spending so long at the Antique Store with Gaddy the most annoying character in all of these movies. Meanwhile, another huge part of the movie Buzz is a shell of his former self. He has precious little to do that actually affects the plot and really needed to be in more actual danger and peril or more useful in saving Woody and Forky. Everything just feels so low-stakes compared to the first three movies. There's no fear of being incinerated, getting trapped on a plane to Japan, or being torn apart by a crazed kid. Instead, it's just all a bit simplistic and the film lacks any real dramatic tension. Perhaps they needed to lose the Gabby storyline. Yes, this movie still has its moments Duke Caboom is an amusing and welcome addition, Forky is a very likable addition too, and the end was a nice send-off., but unfortunately, the setups all seemed too rushed that it didn't have the emotion it ultimately should have. I think by having too many writers the ultimate vision for this film got lost and the movie is all the poorer for it which is a real shame. 2 out of 5 stars for Toy Story 4. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Thursday, June 20, 2019
Toy Story 3 takes place quite sometime after Toy Story 2. Andy the owner of the toys is moving on to college. He hasn't even looked at those toys for a long time, in fact, he even got rid of a few of the old toys. So the main premise of the movie is that Andy's toys end up at Sunny Side Daycare which when the humans aren't looking is run by Lots-O'-Huggin' Bear who is voiced by Ned Beatty. At first, the place seems nice, but unfortunately, their stay ends up being horrible. Andy's toys are moved to a room where the kids are not so nice. These kids are destructive and so Andy's toys have to find a way out of there, but it is not so easy because Lotso has taken over the place. You do eventually discover Lotso's backstory, and he has a crew of toys that run the place with him including a Ken doll voiced by Michael Keaton. I see this movie in halves the first half is all set up, but the second half of the movie is this big plane for all these toys to get out. They almost make it out but are caught by Lotso. They end up in this garbage truck on the way to the dump. First, they are in this giant landfill, and then they are on the conveyer belt and this shredder is going to get them. So they have to find a magnet to get to the top and Lotso is still there and the toys won't leave him to be shredded, so they help him out. So they get past the shredder, and they think they see daylight, but it is the incinerator. Lotso is the one who sees the switch to turn it off, so he gets up and looks at them and says where is your kid now, and then he leaves. So the toys are thrown into the incinerator and it gets to the point where they don't see a way out and just accept their fate, but then they are saved by the green aliens. They all make it back to Andy's house, but Woody comes up with this idea because when he originally escapes he ended up going to this little girl Bonnie's house and Woody had the best playtime he had in years. So they decide to go to a new owner. Before Andy leaves he goes to Bonnie's house and gives her his toys. The Animation in this is the best out of the three movies. Randy Newman's music is once again fantastic this movie doesn't feature any songs at least not during the film itself, but the score is just fantastic. The highlights to me are actually the very first scene and the very last scene in the movie. Randy Newman did write a song that plays over the credits called "We Belong Together". In my opinion, Toy Story 3 wrapped up the trilogy perfectly. So when PIXAR announced another one I thought I don't know about this. 5 out of 5 stars for Toy Story 3.
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Toy Story 2 starts off with Andy heading off to cowboy camp and you would think he would bring Woody, but just before he is about to leave he's playing with Woody, and he accidentally rips Woody's arm. So Woody is left behind. While Andy is at cowboy camp his mother puts on a yard sale and while trying to rescue another toy from this yard sale Woody is stolen by a guy named Al. So now Buzz and the rest of the gang have to go on this journey to find him and bring him home. This is one of the greatest sequels ever made. The movie starts out with this whole sci-fi fantasy action sequence with Buzz Lightyear and it sucks you in right away with Buzz fighting Emperor Zurg. Turns out it is actually Rex and Buzz playing this video game in Andy's room. All the toys you loved from the first movie are back, but this movie being a sequel we also got some new characters. The guy Al who stole Woody he's a collector he ends up being a really sleazy dude, but you find out the franchise that this sheriff Woody doll comes from and that is a 50s TV show for kids called Woody's Roundup. Al has the rest of the Roundup gang which includes Bullseye the horse, Stinky Pete who is voiced by Kelsey Grammer who is the wise one of the group, and one of my favorite characters of the Toy Story series Jessi voiced by Joan Cusack. The very first thing you see of Jessi is when Woody first meets them, and she is so excited to see him because she has waited years for this and her energy really comes through and not only do you like her because she is fun, but you end up emotionally connecting with her later on because of her backstory. So Woody is hanging out with his Roundup gang, meanwhile, Buzz and the crew are going on this perilous journey they have to hide underneath cones and cross the street through traffic eventually they make it to Al's Toy Barn. Buzz ends up meeting a new version of the Buzz Lightyear toy and so just like in the first movie we have a delusional Buzz. This new delusional Buzz ends up joining them and it's great you have Tim Allen voicing two characters who are the same character. This movie also has some great lessons about life. There is a scene where the Prospector is talking to Woody the Roundup gang is going to be sold to a museum to make Al filthy rich so he tells Woody that he can be adored by children for generations or you can go back to your kid and eventually be discarded. Buzz, later on, tells Woody yeah you can be adored by children through a glass case, but you'll never have that feeling of closeness with a kid again and this time Buzz gets to tell Woody you are a toy. Once again the music for Toy Story 2 was done by Randy Newman and once again the music is completely perfect. When we get to Jessi's backstory they have this song called "When She Loved Me" it's sung by Sara McLachlan and it has got to be one of the saddest songs I've heard in a Disney movie. This movie does everything a sequel should do and it does it perfectly with the same loveable characters and new lovable characters, a really touching story with great life lessons, the humor is really funny, the emotional moments are very strong and the animation is once again beautiful. 5 out of 5 stars for Toy Story 2.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Toy Story is the first full-length feature film from PIXAR animation studios. Not only is it the first movie for PIXAR, but it's also the first movie of its kind meaning it is the first feature film to be completely CG It was very groundbreaking and revolutionary. It was also a smart move to make it kid-friendly. So Toy Story takes place in a world where when the kids are away their toys come to life and have lives of their own. The movie starts off with Andy as a little kid he's got his toys his favorite toy being Sheriff Woody voiced by Tom Hanks and life is good. Woody loves being Andy's favorite toy, but not for selfish reasons. He sees the point of being a toy as not just being played with, but being there for their owner when they are needed. All of the toys are voiced by legendary comedians and actors you got Rex voiced by Wallace Shawn, Mr. Potato Head voiced by Don Rickles, Bo Peep voiced by Annie Potts who's a love interest with Woody. So life is good for all these toys until Andy's birthday party comes up, and he gets a brand-new toy Buzz Lightyear voiced by Tim Allen. Buzz replaces Woody as Andy's favorite toy and therefore becomes popular with Andy's other toys making Woody extremely jealous, but the problems do not stop there Buzz Lightyear is completely delusional. He thinks he is the actual Buzz Lightyear. So Woody now has to deal with this delusional toy who thinks he is an actual space ranger and the movie goes on from there. This movie is fantastic not just because it's the first movie of its kind, but as a movie itself, it is amazing. The voice acting is great, the humor is really funny, and they have humor for both kids and adults, but it never gets to a point where it is inappropriate, the animation is beautiful, and the music by Randy Newman is extremely memorable. If you haven't seen Toy Story at this point I would consider you not human 5 out of 5 stars for Toy Story.
Friday, June 14, 2019
Men in Black: International is directed by F. Gary Gray and stars Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Rebecca Ferguson, Kumail Nanjiani, Rafe Spall, Laurent Bourgeois, Larry Bourgeois, Emma Thompson, and Liam Neeson. The plot of the movie is The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe. In this new adventure, they tackle their biggest threat to date: a mole in the Men in Black organization. I did not like any of the original three movies, but I was excited to see what a new director and new actors could bring to this series. Turns out this movie is more of the same. I really enjoyed Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson they definitely do the best they can with the very weak material they have to work with. There were a few jokes in here that I thought were funny, but the majority of them were horrible. The Special effects in this movie are awful all of the aliens in this movie look so fake. The movie's main story having to do with this hive that they need to take down it's really lame and doesn't really go anywhere. The story doesn't go in any new and exciting directions, and I was surprised by how lifeless the action sequences were in this movie there was no energy to them or to most of the movie for that matter. 2 out of 5 stars for Men in Black: International. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Saturday, June 8, 2019
The Secret Life of Pets 2 is directed by Chris Renaud and stars Patton Oswalt, Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Tiffany Haddish, Lake Bell, Nick Kroll, Dana Carvey, Ellie Kemper, Hannibal Buress, Bobby Moynihan, and Harrison Ford. The movie is continuing the story of Max and his pet friends, following their secret lives after their owners leave them for work or school each day. I did not like the first movie and the only reason I saw this one was because it was the first time Harrison Ford voiced a character in an animated movie. I thought that the animation has gotten better it's definitely not the prettiest animation out there, but I wasn't bothered by it. My favorite part of this movie was when Max goes to this farm in the countryside with his family and he meets a dog named Rooster voiced by Harrison Ford. Harrison Ford, I thought might sleepwalk through this voice role, but you could tell he was having a lot of fun. A lot of the stuff that comes out of this character's mouth was really funny. I also loved everything that happened in those scenes not only was it really funny, but it also taught Max to be a braver dog and that could have been a cheesy storyline, but the way they handled it was effective. The majority of this movie I feel is just designed to babysit children there is a lot of dumb slapstick comedy. It felt like they did not have enough material to make a feature-length movie. This movie is only 1 hour and 26 minutes and you can feel that the people behind the scenes just didn't have enough meat to the storylines that they had in this movie, and they wrapped it up really fast and then the movie just ends. It feels more like a TV episode there are three different stories going on all of which are very brief. Each of these characters has their own adventure and then eventually these storylines intersect for the climax of the movie, but all of this happened so fast. 1 out of 5 stars for The Secret Life of Pets 2. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Thursday, June 6, 2019
The Secret Life of Pets is directed by Chris Renaud and stars Louis C. K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress, Bobby, Moynihan, Steve Coogan. and Albert Brooks. The plot of the movie is the quiet life of a terrier named Max is upended when his owner takes in Duke, a stray whom Max instantly dislikes. Within about 20 minutes it became really apparent that the movie was just going to be a series of slapstick gags and it never stops being that dogs are thrown into the air, looped around clotheslines, thrown off bridges, smacked into walls, and driving cars. Tons of stuff that really didn't make much sense which I would have been fine with if they kept that stuff to a minimum. This movie is a perfectly fine mindless entertainment cartoon throwaway movie with cute animals. If you're a young kid or an adult that just wants that the movie will do just fine for you, but if like me you're looking for a slightly more mature animated movie I would not watch this film. My biggest issue with this movie and it kept nagging me through the entire movie is that this film is almost a beat for beat ripoff of Toy Story. This film opens with a dog Max so excited about being With his owner he loves his owner so much life is perfect. Just like with Woody and Andy. When the owners go away all the animals come out and do their little secret society things and everything is perfect for max until a dog named Duke gets introduced and his territory is just completely ruined and life isn't the same anymore. Just like when Buzz Lightyear shows up. The two end up getting lost in the city and have to make their way back home. There is even a climactic chase to get to a truck. It even has a bit of Toy Story 2 thrown in when Max is lost in the city in this film and a group of his friends organize a search party to find him. Just like when Woody is taken to Al's Toy Barn and the other toys go looking for him. Yes aesthetically it is pets not toys and there are certain things thrown in like an underbelly organization of evil animals led by Kevin Hart as a rabbit who did everything I cannot stand in his performance. He does basically nothing other than scream and shout over and over again and it got very annoying. The movie does have likable characters with the exception of Kevin Hart's character, the animation isn't great, but it is decent enough, and there are some funny jokes, just not as many as I would have liked. I just couldn't get past the fact that Illumination Entertainment basically stole a ton of ideas from Pixar remade Toy Story with pets and it was really blatant. 1 out of 5 stars for The Secret Life of Pets. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Rocketman is directed by Dexter Fletcher and stars Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, and Bryce Dallas Howard. This movie is a musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John's breakthrough years. I did enjoy most of this movie and that is because of the performance by Taron Egerton. I was blown away by how good he is especially since he does all of his own singing. The songs were a lot of fun there were some that I had heard before and didn't realize they were Elton John songs. Jamie Bell is also good as Bernie Elton John's primary writer. He is fantastic in the movie. I did like seeing how Elton John grew up in a family that didn't really care, but some of those scenes did drag on a little too long. Also, the movie had three or four times when I thought it was going to end and after a while, I start to get annoyed. It does hit the beats of your normal biopic that we have seen many times before. 3 out of 5 stars for Rocketman. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Godzilla: King of the Monsters is directed by Michael Dougherty and star Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Sally Hawkins, Charles Dance, Thomas Middleditch, Aisha Hinds, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, and Zhang Ziyi. The plot of the movie is the crypto-zoological agency Monarch faces off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. I did not like the first Godzilla, but the trailers for this one looked like it was going to be better. One of the biggest complaints about the first film was there was not enough Godzilla. This film has a lot more of Godzilla as well as a lot of other monsters too. When the monsters are fighting it is easily the best part off the movie. Unfortunately, there is a lot of stuff with some people who are boring as hell. If you thought the humans in the first movie weren't fleshed out you are going to be bored to death by the people in this movie. They are just there to give exposition just about every scene in between a monster fight is people in a room telling a story. I do like a lot of the actors in this movie, but the script they are given to work with is very poor. They had five years to work on this film and I do not understand why the characters are robots. Characters make choices in this movie with the end goal of monster chaos all over the world yes we all want to see that, but wouldn't it be nice if we got to that by some logical means. The way the movie goes about having these monsters get released is insane. The movie is so laser-focused on having enough of the monsters that they seem to have completely forgotten about the importance of story and character. 2 out of 5 stars for Godzilla: King of the Monsters. I hope you enjoyed my review.