It (2017) Movie Review

The last time I saw the original “It” I was very young. I was hoping to do my usual comparison of the two, and even read the book, but I would have needed to begin prepping for that weeks ago. The book is very large, and the movie, not the most readily available for someone like me who prefers to buy the Blue Ray and not rent.
So this review, for now, will just be focused on the new movie. I can tell you one big difference. The movie focuses completely on the children. There are no flashbacks or story of them as adults, instead that’s alluded to in a possible sequel.
The movie isn’t as scary as I remember, but I’m also an adult now. Creepy, yes, but the kids were more learning life lessons, like how to overcome their own fears, and stick together to defeat an enemy, than actually fighting a monster. The acting was amazing, the children did a great job. The special effects were a bit overly done at times, but it was okay when you consider you are viewing this from a child’s perspective.
The movie was long, but did not at all feel that way. In fact, as the movie was nearing its end, I was hoping for more, so rest assured, many will be crying out for a sequel, and I’m confident it will get made.
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Leap, (Ballerina) Movie review

As the trailer shows, this is a cute happy animated movie. To me, the children who are the main characters do less maturing and character growth, than the adults. In many ways, the children are showing the adults to change their views and overcome past events that left them scarred. But to the kids watching the movie, it will just be a fun adventure of two kids making their dreams come true, the second layer is more for the adults watching. The movie isn’t anything spectacular, but it is worth watching if you are wanting to see a nice flick with your kiddos. The music is probably the best part, there are some real winners.


Nosy Neighbors book release

My latest novel is out today! “Nosy Neighbors” is paranormal romance. See details below.

Julian is used to drama, seeing ghosts tends to do that to a person’s life, but when he falls for a man known as the neighborhood murderer–the dead help him uncover secrets no housewife could predict.

Moving into a suburban, middle class, stereotypical neighborhood was never on Julian’s to do list. When his identical twin brother inherits their Aunt’s house in such a place, then finds a good job, Julian reluctantly follows. He expected to feel isolated by being the only gay person on the block, okay, more likely the zip code, but a few nosy housewives eagerly inform him the neighbor across the street is gay, and punned, Mr. Creepersen, due to several murders that occurred in his basement five years ago.

 

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The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature, movie review

The first movie, “The Nut Job” was actually the first movie I ever reviewed on my blog. So of course I had to see the sequel and come full circle on this series.

The movie is now centered on the animals protecting their park. Things go to wild extremes, but we do take some time to learn back stories on a few of the characters and its nice to see them develop a bit more. Some of the lines are stolen from other things, and not all that original. I guess the movie makers were hoping having an animals say it would add enough new zing that no one would care.

Overall its entertaining, I laughed a few times, but again, like I said about the first movie, majority of it is predictable, and the younger crowd is likely to enjoy it far more than adults.

The Nut Job


Spiderman: Homecoming, movie review

A different take on the spider man movies for sure. What makes this one different is the focus on Peter’s real life. He’s a normal kid going to school. He even gets a best friend, who really makes the difference. We can all see a bit of ourselves, or relate to someone like his friend. His world seems real, and it makes the supernatural parts work all the better.

The ties to the other movies are minimal. So if you haven’t seen the other marvel movies, but want to see spider man, you can, and you won’t be lost.

Great acting, great effects, well told story, overall I have no complaints. It’s a great movie, so if you haven’t seen it yet, I suggest you do!


War for the Planet of the Apes, movie review

So… I should have done a refresher with the other Ape movies before I saw this one. I hadn’t realized how much they would all tie together. I barely remember the others, because they are spread out so much. The main ape is the same, and the focus of the film is almost entirely on him.

We see the end of the humans coming, as they are losing their ability to speak and think in a higher form. And more apes are gaining the higher thought processes and speech. The trailers didn’t portray this well. The movie was more about this transition, than it was a battle between the crazed general, whom even the remaining humans are against.

Overall it is a good movie, on par with the previous Ape movies


Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, movie review

So this was done by the same person who directed “The Fifth Element.” The world seemed similar to the society he created in that film and I found many similarities. The plot was good, its a nice little adventure that keeps your attention.

Where the movie failed to live up to success of “The Fifth Element” was the casting. There was no Bruce Willis, Chris Tucker, or Gary Oldman, and those guys made “The Fifth Element” what it was. The actors in “Valerian” had no chemistry with each other. They were mostly emotionless robots, and the romance was just unbelievable. The aliens had more acting ability.

If you want to see some action and great special effects, this is a good film to see. But the acting is horrible.