The Space Between Us, movie review

I didn’t realize when I was heading in to see this movie that Gary Oldman was in it. I’m a long time big fan. As I was watching the film, at first I thought he was carrying the movie. The other actors weren’t performing on nearly the same level. He was overacting them on a massive scale. Sadly, this seemed to hurt the film more than help it, because it made the subpar acting quality of everyone else stand out more. If they had all be giving the same performance, I doubt I would have noticed anything.

Aside from that acting problem, the story was good. I liked the plot premise and the age old story of “the grass is always greener on the other side.” Some things didn’t add up or make sense at first, but by the end of the film it did, or at least came close enough satisfy me.

I wouldn’t add this to any must see lists, but if you are a fan of science fiction with a touch of romance, then you will likely enjoy this quaint little film.


Resident Evil: Final Chapter, movie review

To prepare myself for seeing this movie, I went through and watched all five of the movies before it. Yup, there are six total. I was a huge fan of the first one. I loved how the side characters actually got roles, backgrounds, and a part in the movie. Something you don’t always see in a horror movie where those side characters really exist just to die in gruesome ways.

Sadly, that idea didn’t uphold as the series progressed. Movie 5, was actually so close to a video game that my husband and I cracked jokes the entire time. “Side quest!” “Computer quest buddy quest.” “Those are respawn points.” “Oh, he’s an elite.” “That’s a level up boss.” “She got upgrade gear!” “Quest reward!” Yeah, it was weird.

This movie, “Final Chapter.” Tried to go back and be more like a movie, but the story line went all over the place. Each movie gave an opening to the reason why the T-virus existed. And each movie changed the origin story and the science behind how the virus worked. I hated the inconsistencies and didn’t understand why they kept changing it. Why make a series if you aren’t going to obey the rules set forth in the previous movie?

So this was a, anything goes movie, with a plot like the Saw movies, where we explore new and fun ways to kill people. Someone will die at every trap. It’s a must and the only true thing this series upheld through the entire story line. So the movie is, unpredictab—no wait, it’s not. I figured out pretty early on where they were going with the origin of Alice and it really just messed with the plot line given in the firm movie even more.

Should you see this movie? If you enjoy action scenes with lots of blood, guts, and gore. Yes, go see this film. If you get annoyed at movies who don’t follow the rules of physics or logic, then no, steer clear.


The LEGO Batman Movie, movie review

Most of us enjoyed “The LEGO movie” from 2014. The surprise twist where it all turns out to be a kid playing with his toys is really what makes the movie go from just a silly story to sell toys, to something much more.

I went to the sequel, “LEGO Batman” wondering if I would find the same unique twist. Let me start by saying there is not one. So I was a bit sad at this. The movie really is just the toys going on an adventure, nothing bigger to be told. Now that doesn’t mean the plot isn’t good. There are tons of jokes and the story line is still both hilarious and meaningful. Both adults and children seemed to be entertained for the entire movie, all ages, from what I observed.

And the best part, the little characters look exactly like the toys. Exactly. So parents, be prepared to buy some toys after seeing this film.


Split, movie review

I’m not a fan of every M. Night Shyamalan movie, I doubt anyone is, but this is one of the better ones. The plot does move a bit slow and go for the suspenseful feel, but there is a constant twist of unpredictability that keeps the audience engaged. As with any horror type movie, there are moments where the characters on the screen are making mistakes that you, the audience, know will lead to disaster. I reminded myself that the women kidnapped were teenagers, so their mistakes are understandable because they are kids who don’t know any better.

Overall the film is highly original, and most of the plot twists are hard to see coming, minus the failed attempts the girls make at trying to escape. The end of the film has a scene that might confuse some if you aren’t familiar with M. Night Shyamalan‘s past works. Bruce Willis makes an appearance and there is a reference to a movie he starred in previously, “Unbreakable,” which was also done by M. Night Shyamalan. This might make some think there is a sequel in the works, but in reality I think it means “Split” was the sequel.


La La Land, movie review


Hidden Figures, Movie Review

With this movie already getting five star reviews from practically everyone, I doubt you need me to tell you that I also found this to be a good film.

The acting, Oscar worthy. The plot, just enough action and comedy to keep things moving and prevent things from getting too slow. There were some bits of romance when we delved into Katharine’s home life that slowed the movie a bit, but I get why it was there. Focusing only on her career would have left some of the tale untold.

What surprised me the most about this movie wasn’t the movie itself. It was the audience it attracted. Usually, when I see a movie where the topic is black suffrage, like the Martin Luther King Jr movie “Selma” from 2014 or “Free State of Jones” from 2016, I’m the only white person in the audience. I expected something similar with “Hidden Figures.” That was not the case. This movie managed to draw in all ages, races, and genders. It seems to appeal to everyone, which is very rare for a historical movie to do.

Well done, is all I have to say. If you want to learn a new side of history, or just be entertained for a few hours, this is the movie to see.


Assassin’s Creed, movie review

The trailers for this movie made it look action packed and full of adventure. The general plot is one with loads of potential. You go back in history to see what your ancestors did! Now, I’ll admit right now that I’ve never played the video game, so bear in mind that I am watching this movie and judging it simply as that, a movie.

So, a few things. First, the action scenes are very choppy. Like how a scene looks when you hit the fast forward button and frames are skipped. I get this was done to create an effect, or maybe make people seem they are moving faster than they are, hell, maybe it was to try to shorten the length of the movie, cause two hours was way too long. It could even be that in the video game the action has that look to it. Either way, I wasn’t a fan and disliked the action scenes because of that filming choice. It made it hard to see what was going on.

The plot, confusing. I would try to explain it to you, but I can’t. I have no idea what I watched, what the goal or point was. I will tell you that every time the theater became silent, snores could be heard from other audience members… so I’m guessing I wasn’t the only person who was struggling to figure things out. Here’s an example. The main character’s mother, basically kills herself so no one can view her ancestor’s history. But the father is also shown as someone they are interested in seeing the past of and eventually they use the son to see into the past life the so called bad guys are so interested in. But why were the bad guys interested in both the mom and dad? Only one of them should have been related to the person of interest, right? See how this isn’t explained well at all, nor does it make sense?

And the acting. I imagine the director told each person this to inspire them before their scene. “You are angry, really angry, but don’t show it. You have nerves of steel, show no emotion.” Yup. Its like watching a movie of robots, who are seething with emotion underneath but refuse to show it. Everyone had the same personality–can you say boring?

All I could think while I was watching it was, this would make a good video game, if you removed the movie plot. So… go play the game, don’t see the movie.