Love, Simon, movie review

This is a very PG romance story, focusing on common frustrations faced by teens. The main character is struggling with coming out and forms a bond with another youth in a similar situation. The movie becomes a bit of a guessing game as Simon, the main character, tries to determine who his anonymous pen pal is.

This a modern adaptation of a coming of age movie. Its very much a drama with comedic factors being very limited.

I’m not sure why so many teen based movies are becoming so dark, but this film felt eerily like “13 Reasons Why.” Everyone is shown for having very real and raw problems that most audience members can relate to. No one dies in the movie, and in the end it provides a happy ending, but it sure does take some dark twists to reach it.

A good movie, yes, but be prepared for it to be a more serious film and not a carefree romantic comedy.


Gringo, movie review

Similar to Game Night, this movie did not want to play into the “I saw all the punch lines/best scenes in the trailer.”

Which makes it hard to review, because a good portion of what makes this movie good is that you aren’t expecting the main character to do what he does. So let’s just say there are several layers to the kidnapping. And more than one person wants to find Harold, the main character. This plays into an entertaining game of cat and mouse, with a great comedic factor.

In the end, the story tries to give the beaten underdog their happy ending, and the original people on top, their punishments. I would almost say this is a good revenge movie, but not really, because you never feel like Harold actually wants to punish someone. He just wants the world to be a bit more fair, and for those who work hard to get actually get rewarded for it.

This is one of the best comedies I’ve seen this year, so if you want some laughs, this is definitely one to see.

Game Night, movie review

It would seem comedies have listened to people’s common complaint of, “I saw all the best jokes/scenes in the trailer.” Because the trailer for this movie, does not give you a clear idea of what you are in store for.

The first thirty minutes or so set the stage, making it sure you understand how hum drum and normal the lives of the main characters are. And then the twists begin, one after another. Its like a real kidnapping mixed in a fake, on top of a fake, on top of a fake, with a real no wait, another fake, or is it? Its quite the tale of cat and mouse. Yes, some of the scenes are exaggerated, as is sometimes seen in comedies, but otherwise I have no real complaints.

The movie will keep you laughing, and the plot twists will keep you guessing. So if you are looking for a few good laughs, Game Night is work seeing.

A Wrinkle in Time, Movie Review

I went to this movie with pretty low expectations. And I’m happy to report, the trailer did the movie justice. What you see in the trailer is exactly what you get in the movie. The story line is meh, the characters are a little heavy on trying to be stereotypes and targeting those who feel like an outcast. The special effects and creativity are “wow” worthy, and the child actors, especially the little boy, are just amazing. That kid has a great future in acting.

I haven’t read the book, so I can’t tell you how it relates. So as someone who has only seen the movie, I can tell you, its meh. I wasn’t bored, there was just enough going on to keep me from wanting to leave, but I wasn’t exactly entertained either. And for some reason, the main character’s glasses kept pulling my attention. I don’t know why, but I felt like I was staring at them for the entire movie. I kept waiting for her glasses to be important for some reason since the camera angles focused so greatly on them–but no, they never were.

It would be an okay movie to take older kids to, but the younger ones will likely get bored. This is a deep in the emotions kind of kid movie, that only older kids are likely to appreciate.

Red Sparrow, movie review

So I see a lot of movies in the theater, and somehow I never saw a single trailer for this one. A bit odd, but whatever, a lack of advertising seems to be more and more commonplace lately.

The movie is based on a talented Russian ballerina, who suffers an injury which ends her career and she is then recruited into a spy program called “Red Sparrow” which seem to be Russian spies specializing in using sexual tactics to win over trust.

My biggest complaint is that the chosen actress for this movie, Jennifer Lawrence, does not have the body build of a ballerina. They are very lean, with little body fat, at least the professional ones that the character is depicted as. Maybe, I’m being too stereotype-ish, but to me, Jennifer Lawrence is too curvy for the role. She has breasts, thighs and a butt. I’m not saying she’s fat, or unattractive in the least, but she is not what one thinks of when picturing a ballerina. There are other actresses out there, flat chested ones, who would have played this role better.

Jennifer Lawrence also isn’t who I think of when I picture a Russian. Again, it might be basing to much on stereotypes, but her accent isn’t the best, and her wigs look too fake.

But, all that aside, people seem to be flooding to the theater to see the movie because Jennifer Lawrence is in it. I guess they want to see her nudity, and the movie likely wouldn’t have seen the popularity it has if she wasn’t in it. In a world where people like big breasts, I guess Hollywood has no choice but to give us ballerinas with big breasts, no matter how unrealistic it is.

So for the movie itself. The plot is full of twists, and most won’t see the end twist coming. It’s a good movie if you enjoy a flick where revenge is mainstream and the bad guys get what’s due. That said, there are scenes that will make you squirm. The movie thrives on making the audience feel uncomfortable, both emotionally with the sex scenes and graphically with violence.

It’s not an action movie. I would call it a thriller or suspense type. And for a spy movie, it has a very simple plot that is easy to follow.

If you want to see some nudity, violence, and revenge, this is the movie to see, for sure. I’d give it a middle rating, and the audience it’s meant for is very selective. Not everyone should see this, only those who enjoy what I stated above.

Maze Runner:Death Cure, movie review

So as the last movie in the trilogy, I was kind of expecting this film to tie up all the lose ends. I saw the third film, and left completely confused. So I went back and watched the first two movies again. I still felt I was missing something. So what did I do? I went back to the theater and watched the third movie again, hoping this time it would all come together.

Instead, I found myself finding more and more plot holes. Finally, I did a google search and sought some answers to all the things that didn’t make sense. From what I can tell, if you read the books, the movie will make sense. A lot was left out, and the things that really don’t add up, are not in the books at all.

I may read the books and post a review of them, comparing them to the movies, because I would like to understand what was going on.

So, putting aside the confusion, here’s my review of “Death Cure.” Lots of great action, more than was in the first movies. The ending does tie things up nicely, or as nice as can be. If you want an action movie, and are willing to not think about the plot holes, then it’s a great movie. Good acting, good flow, not really any slow stuff, well, there were a few staring contests between people for emotional emphasis, but it didn’t bother me.

Its an okay film, I just wish they’d done a better job of explaining things.

Samson, movie review

I read the story of Samson in my bible to refresh my memory before I went to the movie, then had to reread it after the movie. So, from what I could tell, the movie does do a good job of sticking to the bible. All the major scenes are there, as in the trademark bits. Samson did get a brother in this version, which I don’t think the bible mentioned. And the story expanded on the philistine point of view, creating a prince to be the main protagonist against Samson.

The plot tried to defend the people who betrayed Samson, by again, showing us what the philistines were planning, or rather black mailing the others into doing. Samson ended up coming across as a man who made poor choices and refused to use his powers to help his people when it mattered. His weakness toward women, was more mentioned than actually shown, like the director was afraid of making the story too romance themed or something. It didn’t quite add up that he kept getting betrayed by women, because he was swooned by their beauty, yet upheld virgin like standards for himself. The whole flow would have been better if he’d been sexual, and shown as such, rather than the “nice guy” routine.

The low budget of the film was noticeable, and reminded me of the tv show Hercules. The acting was okay, but somewhat ruined by the high school play equivalent stage/clothing attire.

The scene where Samson slays a thousand soldiers is by far the most laughable, only a hundred are seen, if that, and as Samson is shown hitting man after man, no dead bodies are piling up at his feet. It was like the dead people were respawning as if in a video game. They hit the ground and vanish, but then we flash the end, and there’s bodies littered everywhere, even though Samson is standing in the same spot, he never moved. So how did the dead bodies end up hundreds of yards from him?

Overall, if you are looking to share with your family the story of Samson, this movie does a good job of it, in a family friendly PG-13 manner. But its no blockbuster.