Sunday, September 29, 2019
Abominable is directed by Jill Culton and stars Chloe Bennet, Albert Tsai, Eddie Izzard, Sarah Paulson, and Tsai Chin. The plot of the movie is a magical Yeti must return to his family. Most of the time DreamWorks puts out great animated films, but the trailers for this looked awful so I went into this not expecting much. This movie is enjoyable, but it is not a great animated film and DreamWorks has definitely done a lot better. I think this movie will keep kids entertained, but if you are an adult you may find it hard to sit through because the story is so cliched. The story is so familiar and the characters while not terrible don't have much to them, but they are likable enough. The movie does have funny moments just not as many as I was hoping for. This is one of DreamWorks best looking animated movies I just wish the story had been better. 3 out of 5 stars for Abominable. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Saturday, September 28, 2019
Judy is directed by Rupert Goold and stars Renee Zellweger, Finn Wittrock, Jessie Buckley, Rufus Sewell, and Michael Gambon. The movie is about legendary performer Judy Garland as she arrives in London in the winter of 1968 to perform a series of sold-out concerts. I am a fan of Judy Garland, so I was looking forward to this movie and I ended up thinking that it was just decent. Renee Zellweger is fantastic. Her singing voice is amazing. My favorite scenes were between her and her kids. At times the movie will flashback to Young Judy, and she is played by Darci Shaw she is not in the movie that much, but I was enjoying the flashbacks a lot more than I was the stuff with adult Judy. The supporting cast in the movie are not that great and the movie does drag at times because of them. I wish the movie had more flashbacks since the times it did were my favorite parts of the film. Also, the movie ends very abruptly. 3 out of 5 stars for Judy. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Sunday, September 22, 2019
Ad Astra is directed by James Gray and stars Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Liv Tyler, and Donald Sutherland. The plot of the movie is Astronaut Roy McBride undertakes a mission across an unforgiving solar system to uncover the truth about his missing father and his doomed expedition that now, 30 years later, threatens the universe. This is one of the most boring movies I have ever seen. It has been a while since I last fell asleep in a movie, but with this I almost did. The movie is paced horribly and the story is very dull. I like Brad Pitt and Tommy Lee Jones, but the characters they were playing have no personality so you don't care about them. As for the rest of the cast they are barely in the movie. 0 out of 5 stars for Ad Astra. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Friday, September 6, 2019
IT Chapter 2 is directed by Andy Muchietti and stars James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, Andy Bean, Jaeden Martell, Sophia Lillis, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Finn Wolfhard, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, and Bill Skarsgard. The plot of the movie is twenty-seven years after their first encounter with the terrifying Pennywise, the Losers Club have grown up and moved away until a devastating phone call brings them back. I have been super excited for this sequel because I loved the first movie, I thought it was a great adaptation of the Stephen King novel which I also really enjoyed, and I thought we were given characters we really got to know and love. I loved this movie it expands on what I really loved about that first film and also introduces some new things. The performances are amazing not only do we get to see the return of the younger losers in flashbacks they still have that amazing chemistry that they had in the first film, but I really wanted to see how good the adult versions of these characters would be. Not only have they cast actors that truly look the part of the grown-up versions of those characters, but they really picked the perfect actors to portray these characters, because you really buy into them they have all their personalities and you get to see them have their own unique chemistry as adults and you see they have to slowly ease into that because they haven't seen each other in so long. Bill Hader has been getting a lot of praise for his performance in this movie and I think he delivers a great turn here as the grown-up version of Richie he is really great in the dramatic moments that this movie gives him, and he is also a source of a lot of the comedy in the film. Jessica Chastain who plays Beverly all grown-up and James MacAvoy who plays Bill all grown-up they're terrific in the movie as you would expect they are great actors, and they were perfect for these characters, and they really hit some great emotional beats with their characters. Everyone in the cast fills their role perfectly, and there was not a single weak link. Bill Skarsgard is incredible as Pennywise. He can be terrifying or funny you don't know what he is going to do. This is a character that always keeps you on the edge of your seat you don't know when he's going to do something truly horrifying and Bill Skarsgard he completely embodies this character. This movie is directed by Andy Muchietti who also directed the first film, and he did a fantastic job this is a really good-looking movie the cinematography is gorgeous this is an amazingly filmed movie it is one of the most beautiful looking horror movies I've seen in a long time. Muchiette makes this way scarier than the first film. The first movie I thought was more creepy than scary, but this film is definitely more of a horror film there are a lot more jump scars and thankfully they are effective. Muchietti definitely knows how to milk every scene for all the tension they have, he is great at building suspense, and he's great at giving a really good satisfying terrifying payoff. There is a fantastic balance between horror and comedy. He has done a wonderful job with these two films. You can definitely tell that he is operating on a much bigger scale than the first movie this movie is bigger and definitely feels wider in scope, but it feels like the story makes that necessary where you feel like it couldn't be done on a smaller scale or a smaller budget. I love that they keep that hart that the first film had it was what I loved the most about that first IT movie. Yes, it was a fun horror movie that you can watch and jump a little be on the edge of your seat, but I really loved it because I loved those characters and the bond that they formed and that is carried over into this movie. There are some really great emotional scenes between characters where they are getting closer or you're learning new things about them. Everyone feels fully fleshed out everyone here feels three-dimensional and I'm happy they didn't come up short in the character development because that would have been very disappointing. The length of the movie was something I heard a lot of complaints about I thought it flew by I didn't feel there were any unnecessary or redundant scenes. I felt like every scene served a purpose. 5 out of 5 stars for IT Chapter 2. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Ready or not is directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett. The film stars Samara Weaving, Adam Brody, Mark O'Brien, Henry Czerny, and Andie MacDowell. The plot of the movie is a bride's wedding night takes a sinister turn when her eccentric new in-laws force her to take part in a terrifying game. The premise alone got me excited to see this I thought it was original, the cast looked great and I really loved the way the movie looked aswell. Unfortunately, this is a terrible film. The lead actress Samara Weaving is incredible in this movie. Performances in horror movies, for the most part, they really get overlooked and it's unfortunate because those are some of the hardest performances to pull off. Too believably looked scared and terrified and react to things in a way that a normal person would you think it might be easy, but it's probably one of the hardest things to do as an actor. Weaving not only has to act believably scared and shocked by what she is experiencing, but she is also able to find the perverse humor in what she is going through. Other than Samara Weaving who knows how silly of a concept this movie has the rest of the cast take this way too seriously. Most of the scares in this movie are jump scares, and they really overuse them and like most horror films that use jump scares you can predict exactly when it is going to happen. 1 out of 5 stars for Ready or Not. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Don't Let Go is directed by Jacob Aaron Estes and stars David Oyelowo, Storm Reid, Byron Mann, and Mykelti Williamson. The plot of the movie is after a man's family dies in what appears to be a murder, he gets a phone call from one of the dead, his niece. He's not sure if she's a ghost or if he's going mad, but as it turns out, he's not. The best part of this movie is David Oyelowo he is incredible in this role and even in scenes that are not written well from a character perspective he makes them watchable. The first act of the movie when this murder happens and discovering this interesting connection that happens is very mysterious, and I was having a great time watching it. At some point, the movie becomes a series of phone calls and that is about all this movie has going for it. For the first 40 minutes, that time crossed phone call that happens is really compelling. Unfortunately, they keep doing the same thing. It is just a lot of phone calls and a lot of attempts to change things and at some point, the plot gets very difficult to follow. The only characters in this movie that I cared about were Jack played by David Oyelowo and Ashley played by Storm Reid. Once the twist of the movie happens it becomes confusing and even though the characters are great I just didn't care anymore because it's hard to follow. It is around the halfway point that a switch happens and then something else happens and it suffers from the same issues a lot of time travel movies do where nothing really makes sense anymore and you could pick holes in it forever. The movie is at least watchable because of the two lead performances. 3 out of 5 stars for Don't Let Go. I hope you enjoyed my review.