Monthly Archives: December 2015

Daddy’s Home, movie review

Comedies of this nature are hit or miss for me. Sometimes the humor goes too far or gets too perverse. This movie only had a few scenes that I felt went too far, and even though they were not to my taste, the rest of the audience did get a good laugh out of it. Majority of the scenes have the two young children in them, due to that, the humor is kept on a PG-13 level. There are a few scenes that I would deem inappropriate, but they were few and far. I was laughing almost constantly. It has been a long time since I saw a comedy that was this good—and it had a story with a meaning. It reminded me of Step-brothers, only toned down to a more kid friendly level. With so many families becoming blended this days, this one puts a unique and humor-filled spin on it.

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Concussion, movie review

I can easily see why Will Smith was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in this movie. His acting is what makes this movie good. To me, it was up on the level of “The Pursuit of Happyness” in both the heart-touching true story and acting. The film was longer than I expected and often when Smith’s character won a victory I thought it was the end of the movie—but it wasn’t.

The story will challenge your view on football. I saw the movie on a Saturday morning and watched a football game that night. I found myself analyzing each tackle, wondering if that collision was powerful enough to cause brain damage.

The science behind the concussions are explained in a relatable manner that anyone will comprehend, and even more so, be entertained by. Each character, even the most minor, was given distinct personality—not something you see in most movies.

Yes, I would suggest seeing this movie, football fan or not, you’ll enjoy it.


Jinn, movie review

Even after watching a trailer, I wasn’t certain what the plot of this film was. But Ray Park had a leading role in it, so I had to check it out. He is normally hired for his martial art skills, so usually he doesn’t have a speaking role. I was delighted that he actually did have dialogue in this movie! Love his accent.

The movie itself—total eyesore. The effects were vintage, the story was about as unoriginal as they come, although some aspects were unpredictable because they were just so strange. Apparently the best tactic for an all powerful monster to utilize while killing you—is grabbing your shoulders and pushing you against a wall. It’s a great movie to sit down with and watch with a bunch of friends—and make fun of. You know how Sharknado is so bad its good? This movie is close to that. It’s a horror that comes off as a joke and if you make your own entertainment while watching it, you’ll have a good time.

Jinn


Bram Stroker’s Dracula, movie review

I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect when I bought this movie. I couldn’t believe I had missed it—its apparently quite popular and it has one of my favorite actors in it—Gary Oldman. Even after watching the movie, I couldn’t tell you what it was about. Gary Oldman gave a stellar performance, as I expected, but beyond that, the movie was a flop that never fully explained itself and ended at what felt like the middle of the story.


Star Wars: Episode VII, movie review *no spoilers*

I didn’t do the “Let’s watch all the old Star Wars movies before seeing the new one” thing. I really didn’t do any prep work. So when I walked into the theater, I was there to a see a new movie, not compare it to the old ones or take a nostalgic trip.

I will say, I am impressed that they got so many of the actors/actresses from the original movies to come back for this one. Some aged better than others, I’ll tell you that right now. Did their appearances warrant the cheer that people in the theater offered up, no, not really.

The acting from everyone was spot on. The fight scenes—especially with the light sabers—were a little lacking if you remember them from the other movies. In my opinion anyway. Like, they acted as if the saber weighed fifty pounds and took a lot of effort to swing, hence slowing them down to near sloth speed.

The hints at who is whose kid, and who is related to who, is just cheesy. I get the whole, “try to make the audience gasp” in surprise, but really, the movie could have held its own ground without the need to distract the audience with the mystery of who is related to who. I found it annoying. People who get it right away will be annoyed at how the story keeps dropping hints. Those who never get it will just be confused. It would have been better to just throw the info out there and move on. Like I said, the story, plot, and acting are good enough to stand on its own without such gimmicks.

Overall, yes the movie is entertaining to see. The space fights are sure to be good eye candy if you are into the 3D effects. It is age appropriate for nearly all, there is some violence but they don’t get graphic.


Alvin and the Chipmunks; the Road Chip, movie review

Those who are Ian (David Cross) fans will be sad to hear that his character is not in this movie. He is replaced by an obsessed Air Marshal (Tony Hale) that does not do nearly as good at being a villain as Ian did.

I did like the message the movie brought about blending families. At first the chipmunks are opposed to their potential stepbrother, but as the movie progresses they bring him into their fold as one of their own. The kid even turns a new leaf, showing the whole, if you give someone a chance and love them—they may not turn out to be quite so rotten.

I was saddened by the fact they didn’t sing any original Chipmunk songs. Not that I recognized, anyway. They were all current songs sang in the Chipmunk fashion. I assume this is a way to get the new generation to enjoy the music, but it would have been cool to throw in a few originals for us old fans.

Overall it is a good movie to see with your kids. There’s some good lessons to be learned and no one will be bored. There’s humor for all types.