Megan Leavey, movie review

I expected a bit more from this movie than what it gave me. Usually war movies are decent, add in the emotional impact of a dog, and in theory the recipe for a successful movie is sound. That is not so with Megan Leavey.
I found myself waiting for the movie to actually start. It all felt like build up. I was being shown this world and needed to be given enough background to fully appreciate the story once it was told. The problem is, the entire movie was like that. It never reached the meat or point of things. It was all just one long drawn out introduction.
The acting was okay, the world building beyond what was needed, and the dogs came off as well trained. But no one’s heart was in it, like they too, thought they were just part of the intro, no need to actually try to get the audience to be attached to them.
So this was a total flop. Maybe someday another attempt will be done.

Snatched, movie review

I’m not a huge fan of Amy Schumer. Despite the popularity of it, I actually disliked “Trainwreck.” I felt they were dressing her in clothes too small for her size and by the end of the movie was able to stomach seeing so much thigh. But, the trailers and a few sneak peaks made this movie look good. So I put aside my bias and went. Even most of the reviews warned me not to go.

And I am glad I went. The movie is not vulgar like some say. At least, compared to most comedies made these days, I found it very clean. Yeah, the tapeworm was a bit over the top. And there was some cheap slapstick, like having a woman’s boob showing, but the joke made out of it worked okay.

There is a plot, the chemistry between Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn is what makes the film work. There aren’t many mother daughter movies, especially ones that star nearly no males. To me, the movie was a good comedy and worth seeing for a few jokes. And yes, Amy Schumer dressed much more appropriately in this movie.


Captain Underpants, movie review

I haven’t read the comics. So I can’t tell you if it kept true to them. But as someone who knows nothing about the original Captain Underpants, here’s my two cents.

It’s a cute movie. Border line late night Cartoon Network type show, but it stays just clean and lighthearted enough to be kid friendly. There’s potty jokes, and even comments making fun of how many potty jokes there are. But in the end, the movie has a nice message, and the characters all grow and learn.

So yeah, overall I give it a thumbs up. If you have a kid, (boys will like it more than girls due to the literal toilet jokes) then I’d say take them out to go see it.


Wonder Woman, movie review

Most have probably already told you this movie was good. Most of the comic-book-to-big-screen movies are these days. Keep in mind this is a DC comic movie, so it ties into the world with Superman, Batman, and Batman vs Superman. This film takes us back in time to explain the origins of Wonder Woman and it explains the photo shown in Batman vs Superman.

This is a traditional story of an isolated person seeing and experiencing the world for the first time with an almost childlike wonder and innocence. It’s not exactly original, but it does a good job of making us, the audience, rethink how we view the world.

Wonder Woman is willing to do things that no one else will do. She empowers others to step up because she is. This is by far a movie about women empowerment, but there is plenty of action to appeal to the men who also view the film.

If I had to compare it to another movie, I would pick “Captain America.” Both characters have an innocence about them, and in both movies, the enemy is the German Nazi.


Chasing His Cottontail, book review

Chasing his Cottontail By  A.R. Barley

I’m all for reading books that have a unique twist on them. So when I learned this book was about shape-shifting bunnies… that are gay. Yeah, I was on board. The first half of the book was exactly what I hoped it would be. A timid little bunny who is in love with his best friend’s brother. Oh, and he’s being hunted by werewolves. I mean, this stuff just writes itself. Add in the classic names, Peter, Benjamin, even a gardener named Mrs. Gregor.

Then… it was revealed that male bunnies can get pregnant. Yeah, this plays into a whole new plot twist, which I will not divulge. But, to me, I was thrown out of the book. And I couldn’t get over the fact that the author could have just made the bunny a girl and then there would be no need for this weird extra layer of fantasy. Sometimes for a plot to work out, the gender of the characters is important. I played this novel out in my head with Peter being a girl, and it played out the exact same.

My personal bias with the gender and pregnancy business aside, this novel is as people say. Cute and adorable. It’s a quick, easy, read, but is very well written. The ending was a bit rushed, and the story could have gone on for a bit longer, but meh, it worked. I’ll def read the next one, if for nothing else than to read about how this male pregnancy works. Maybe the next book will make me realize why Peter needed to be a man.


Gifted, movie review

This movie stays grounded so deeply in reality that it makes one wonder if it’s based on true events. I can assure you it’s not, but something like this could easily be imagined as occurring.

The acting quality of the child star is amazing. She does a full range of emotions, unlike the adults who all seem to be channeling characters I’ve seen them do in other films.

That aside, everyone seems to give this movie their all. The cat star cinched the deal on the emotional aspect of things and leads to a few teary eyed moments.

Overall this is a good drama. It’s a bit drawn out in some scenes where the father-daughter bonding is shown, but that may just be me. And if you’ve seen a movie involving custody battles and foster homes, this film may come off a bit predictable.

I’d suggest it as rental, or wait a few years and it’ll be on lifetime or the hallmark channel… where it will be much more at home.


Power Rangers, Movie Review

This is a hard one for me to write a review of. I never watched the original series or the movies. So I am judging this movie solely on the fact it’s a movie. I cannot compare it all to the original. And I imagine fans of the original will have a completely different opinion on how the movie was done.

So gone is the bright colors. The uniforms have been toned down to be darker, much like how the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles remake made things darker. And I’m not just talking the clothes they wear are darker, majority of the movie is at night, and the plot is much more morose.

The kids are all flawed and experiencing personal struggles in their lives. This grounds the characters and makes them very relatable. One has a dying mother, another is an injured sports star, a third has autism, the fourth backstabs her cheerleader friends, and the fifth is even hinted at being gay. They are each a different race as well, the movie practically screamed diversity in every way it could. But they didn’t put that fact in the spotlight or make the movie about the different races or backgrounds. Which is what made it work the best. Yes, the one is autistic, but everyone treats him like one of the team, he isn’t treated special or differently because of it. Great lessons to be found in the script for sure.

The acting of the five power rangers was the best part of the whole movie. They did so good, the adults who are well known actresses/actors seeme to be phoning it in. I don’t know if they were told to act cheesy, but that’s how it came off. Almost like they were told to speak and act like the power rangers did in the original, whereas the teenagers were acting like normal people.

All in all, a good action film. Not sure I would take my kids to it, the movie is very dark and people die. But if your children are okay with that, then go for it. I’d say its on par with the violence seen in most Marvel Comic movies, like Thor and the Avengers. No blood is seen, but corpses are.