Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Frozen 2 is directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee and stars Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, and Josh Gad. The plot of the movie is Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven leave Arendelle to travel to an ancient, autumn-bound forest of an enchanted land. They set out to find the origin of Elsa's powers in order to save their kingdom. I loved the first movie so, I went into this with high expectations and it did not disappoint I loved this movie. It is a more adult animated film from Disney it's darker and more mature and that is what I loved about it. There is still stuff that kids will enjoy, but I think adults will have a better time with this one. Of course, if you are a hardcore Disney fan you are going to really enjoy this movie. The music is fantastic, the performances are outstanding, there is some really great humor, and beautiful animation. I don't think any fan of the original is going to be disappointed. The voice cast is amazing and everyone is great just like in the first film. Josh Gad as Olaf as always is hilarious there is one little monologue that he has which basically recaps the first movie that is one of the funniest things I've seen in a movie this year. Kristen Bell as Anna and Idina Menzel as Elsa have a much more easy-going chemistry in this one since now they are close sisters again and I love their dynamic in this movie. You could really feel the emotion between them and I thought they were perfect in the film and I thought they made their sister relationship feel a lot more lived-in and believable this time around especially since they have grown closer. Jonathan Groff is back as Kristoff, and he is clearly having a good time. He gets a really great song in the middle of the movie. This movie has a lot of jokes that probably a lot of kids won't get that I thought were really clever, really smart, and genuinely hilarious. Olaf gets some amazing jokes and some of them come so rapid-fire you have to try to stop laughing to keep up with them. This is a visually gorgeous movie there are some sequences were when you see them you will understand why it took them six years to make this sequel. It's a movie that is as colorful as the characters that inhabit it. This is really Elsa's movie because it is her personal journey to figure out what happened in the past those secrets of the past and it definitely has to do in large part with her relationship with her mother. I liked that that was the emotional through-line of this movie in addition to her relationship with Anna who genuinely loves her and wants to protect her and doesn't want to lose her again. Their relationship is really warm it's really sweet and you can really tell that these two sisters genuinely love each other, that they don't want to be separated, and if they do need to separate it is for the right reason. Those two emotional through lines carry this movie and I think they carry it extremely well. 5 out of 5 stars for Frozen 2. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Frozen is directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee and stars Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, and Santino Fontana. The plot of the movie is after the kingdom of Arendelle is cast into eternal winter by the newly-crowned Queen Elsa, her sprightly sister Anna teams up with a rough mountaineer named Kristoff, his trusty reindeer Sven, and a snowman named Olaf to break the icy spell. I really enjoyed this movie. The story is very compelling, and I am very glad that they kept the focus on the most dynamic relationship in this movie and that is between the two sisters Anna and Elsa. Sure they don't have a lot of scenes together and most of them are relatively short, but you understand that the main drive of this movie is the relationship between the two sisters. The musical numbers they were all really well done the songs are very catchy and upbeat. I liked that this wasn't your typical cliched Disney princess movie. Your princess is more proactive even the way that it ends is not the typical way that you would see a Disney princess movie end. I loved all of the characters in this movie especially our two leads Anna and Elsa. Anna's a really fun-loving and energetic girl I loved her from the start. Elsa the most interesting and the most layered character in this film. You really understand the inner turmoil that she is going through with trying to be close to her sister but at the same time keeping her distance so as to not hurt her and you really just sympathize with her dilemma of trying to hide the fact that she has these powers. 5 out of 5 stars for Frozen. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Monday, November 25, 2019
Ford V Ferrari is directed by James Mangold and stars Matt Damon and Christian Bale. The plot of the movie is America car designer Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles battle corporate interference, the laws of physics and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford and challenge Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966. I had heard so many great things about this movie, but I ended up disappointed. Matt Damon and Christian Bale are both fantastic actors, and they are great in this movie, but the characters they play I found to be boring. The biggest problem with this movie is the pacing at 2hours and 30 minutes this movie is way too long and you definitely feel it. The race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans is exciting, but you have to sit through a lot of very boring story before that. 2 out of 5 stars for Ford V Ferrari. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Charlie's Angels is directed by Elizabeth Banks and stars Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, Ella Balinska, Elizabeth Banks, Djimon Hounsou, Sam Claflin, Noah Centineo, and Patrick Stewart. The plot of the movie is when a young systems engineer blows the whistle on a dangerous technology, Charlie's Angels are called into action, putting their lives on the line to protect us all. This is a very forgettable and boring movie. This is Kristen Stewart's worst performance yet. She acts like a moron for most of the movie and every time she tries to be funny it is embarrassing. Ella Balinska was very forgettable I don't remember a thing about her character. Naomi Scott looked like she didn't even want to be in this movie. Elizabeth Banks has no idea how to film an action scene. The fight sequences and the choreography has the tendance to be stitched together with cutaways and inserts. For example, if one of the Angels jumps onto a guy's back and puts him in a headlock, but while doing that she pushes herself off a wall with her boot and then leaps onto the guy. You get the insert of the boot jumping off the wall, you get the insert of the hand going around the neck, and then you get the wide of the actress on top of the guy.This way of filming the action scenes makes them super boring. Patrick Stewart is the only actor in this entire movie that is trying and his character by far is the best part of this movie. 1 out of 5 stars for Charlie's Angels. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Sunday, November 24, 2019
Last Christmas is directed by Paul Feig and stars Emilia Clark, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, and Emma Thompson. The plot of the movie is Kate is a young woman subscribed to bad decisions. Her last date with disaster? That of having accepted to work as Santa's elf for a department store. However, she meets Tom there. Her life takes a new turn. For Kate, it seems too good to be true. There is not a lot to like about this movie. Emilia Clark and Henry Golding are really great in this movie they have great chemistry with each other and you can tell that they are having a lot of fun. Emilia Clark is the stand out of the film. You get to learn a lot about her backstory and why she is this curmudgeon, especially around Christmas time. Seeing that relationship develop between her and Golding's character even though you don't know where it is going to go and there's a lot of mystery surrounding his character. You enjoy watching them together and those scenes are easily the best part of this movie. I did not care at all about the stuff with Kate and Santa played by Michelle Yeoh. Those scenes really dragged the movie down. There is a romance that forms between Michell Yeoh and another character and it is so painfully embarrassing to sit thought. There is a subplot that has to do with Emma Thompson's family background and coming from Yugoslavia and not fitting in in London. It felt like that should have been in an entirely different movie. 1 out of 5 stars for Last Christmas. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Saturday, November 23, 2019
Doctor Sleep is directed by Mike Flanagan and stars Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson, Kyliegh Curran, and Cliff Curtis. The plot of the movie is years following the events of "The Shining" a now-adult Dan Torrance must protect a young girl with similar powers from a cult known as The True Knot, who prey on children with powers to remain immortal. This is one of the most boring movies of the year. I think Ewan McGregor is a fantastic actor, and he is trying his best, but he could not save this film. All of the characters in the movie are extremely dull. This movie clocks in at 2 and a half hours and you feel every minute of it the pacing is horrible. Also, the movie is not scary at all. 0 out of 5 stars for Doctor Sleep. I hope you enjoyed my review.
The Shining is directed by Stanley Kubrick and stars Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers, and Danny Lloyd. The plot of the movie is a family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where a sinister presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from both past and future. This movie is awful the whole film was a failed experiment thinking that random creepy irrelevant images coupled with an incoherent story progression devoid of any character arcs would be successful. Good story progression would show Jack Torrance starting out as a well-adjusted, happy family man that gradually descends into complete psychosis and homicidal mania. Instead, Kubrick shows him as already a man dissatisfied with his life, marriage, son, and career. Then, Kubrick just flashes a title card on the screen saying "One month later" and Jack is already deteriorated towards the verge of madness. That is horrible storytelling and proves that Kubrick has no clue how to execute a character arc. No cause is given to why he becomes a homicidal maniac. There's also no correlation between all the surreal, nightmarish imagery. I don't mind methodically paced films as long as there's a purpose to it all. Any talented editor could make this a much more effective film by chopping a good 35 minutes out of it. Horror films require momentum to equal good pacing, and good pacing is necessary for solid tension. Still, even if there was tension and good pacing which there is not the fact is, there are no endearing characters in this film for me to build any sympathy for. I don't care what happens to them because they are one dimensional, emotionless, weak-willed people. 0 out of 5 stars for The Shining. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Friday, November 1, 2019
Terminator: Dark Fate is directed by Tim Miller and stars Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Gabriel Luna, and Diego Boneta. The plot of the movie is Sarah Conner and a hybrid cyborg human must protect a young girl from a newly modified liquid Terminator from the future. I love the first two Terminator films they are two of the best action movies of all time, but every subsequent sequel has gotten worse and worse to the point where when a new Terminator movie comes out it's hard for me to care. When they announced that Terminator: Dark Fate was going to serve as the direct sequel to Terminator 2: Judgement Day and ignore the other movies I got very excited. Terminator: Dark Fate is a dull disrespectful lackluster creatively bankrupt and visually unimpressive attempt to milk the classic movies for cheap nostalgia bucks while also shitting all over them. The biggest problem with the movie is the opening scene it's basically a huge fuck you to Terminator 2. Linda Hamilton is back in this movie as Sarah Conner, and she looks like she didn't even want to be involved. Her character is completely ruined by being in this trash. Gabriel Luna plays The Rev-9 the new evil Terminator, and he is the most boring generic unthreatening antagonist in any of these movies, and he just serves to be a punching bag for the heroes. Arnold is back as the T-800 and of course, he looks just as bored as Linda Hamilton. Natalie Reyes plays Dani Ramos the generic teenage girl that needs to be protected who looks just as boring as she did in the trailers. Remember John Connor remember how interesting it was to see the future savior of the human race portrayed as an asshole delinquent. Edward Furlong made him cool, likable, and funny while also giving him a strong element of humanity and morality that ultimately brings his mother back from the brink of becoming a murderous psychopath. Those were the good days now look at what we have an absolute block of wood. The pacing in this movie is awful the amount of time between action sequences seems so vast. They do try to fill the time between action scenes with character development, but the problem is these characters are so dull and pathetic it just makes the movie seem like it will never end. This movie doesn't do anything remotely creative or different. Ultimately Terminator: Dark Fate is a retread of the same story we've always had replicating the same ideas and dealing with the same themes that The Terminator series has already covered far more competently and effectively. It is very obvious that they intend is to start a new trilogy that will certainly never happen. 0 out of 5 stars for Terminator: Dark Fate. I hope you enjoyed my review.