Monthly Archives: October 2016

Storks, movie review

I thought this would be mostly a kid movie, not much in it for adults. When the reviews came out and I saw the numerous one star reviews, I figured I was correct. Until I started reading the reviews. For the most part, the movie either got a four or five star, or a one start. People either hated it or loved it. Why? Well, the haters, were literally hating it for one reason. For thirty seconds, in a sequence where random couples are flashed across the screen, a few are same sex couples. Its not something I would have even noticed if I hadn’t read the reviews and been watching for it.

So ignore those idiots. I’ve seen films do much more in your face political messages than this movie did. It didn’t even feel like a political message. In this movie, you can have a baby the normal sexual way, or you can order one from a stork. Gee, I wonder which couples are going to need the storks more? I’m surprised more of the couples weren’t same sex.

So, my rant done with that. What did I think of this movie? The humor worked well. The jokes I didn’t laugh at, the kids in the theater laughed at. So the humor was spot on. The plot was good, had a few twists, some predictable, some not. The ending, where the bad stork gets his just desserts for his behavior, could have been handled better. I wasn’t a fan of him just **spoiler** dying.  It would have worked better if he’d realized the error of his way and showed some sort of reform rather than a revenge type ending.

Other than that, I had no complaints. It’s a sound movie, full of comedy for both adults and children. All ages should enjoy it.

Storks

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Joy, movie review

The trailer for this movie made me expect a choppy movie full of exaggerated scenes. Hence, I never saw it in the theater. My opinion, the person who made the trailers should be fired. The story line it portrayed, was nothing like the actual movie. I finally decided to watch it when it came out on HBO and I happened to click to a channel airing it.

Turns out the story is an underdog story, one I think many women can relate to. Most of us have at one point or another, felt overwhelmed by our circumstances, which the main character definitely experiences. She’s taking care of not only her kids, but her parents-who are divorced, and even her ex. None of them are really there for her when she needs it, and refuse to accept responsibility when things fail due to their actions.

This movie is a great drama for anyone who has goals that they’ve given up on and want that extra bit of inspiration. What makes it even better is the fact its based on a true events. Overall, a well put together movie worth seeing if you haven’t already.

Joy


Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life, movie review

This movie was simply a delight. Much more plot and well thought out characters than you normally expect in a comedy, not to mention a comedy for children. The humor is clean, not a single bad word, and you can tell efforts were made to keep the content to an “all ages” friendly level.
I loved the fact the actors were actually children. Not adults actors cast as kids. You see so much of that. And not only were these actors/actresses actually children, but they were amazingly talented. The expressions on their faces, even crying scenes, these kids act better than most adults you see in films.
The story, is not as straight cut as you think. There’s a point where things are revealed and you’ll look back and all the pieces will fall together, but trust me, it’s a shocker and gives the movie that nice touch that so many other films seem to be missing.
The only negative comment I have is the believably of some of the stunts the kid does. But it’s a kid movie, and a comedy, both of which usually bend reality a bit, so I forgive it.
This is a must see for all ages. Does it need to be seen in theaters? Probably not, but it should be seen in whatever setting your entire family can join you for. Cause this is a great movie for kids.


Deepwater Horizon, Movie Review

The first thirty minutes or so of this movie are a bit slow paced. I get why though, it’s the bit where the writers are trying to get you connected to the characters and feel that bond so when things go awry, they aren’t just nameless faces being killed. Keeping that in mind, I think an appropriate amount of time was spent getting the audience member oriented to this world. You are also given a grade-school level orientation to how the oil rig works, just enough info to help you grasp what is happening.

If you are worried this film is attempting to do some message about how evil the oil companies are, you can rest assured that isn’t the case. At least, not from what I saw. The movie felt more like a memorial to those who lost their lives and a thanks to those who went above what was asked of them and helped to save others.

What blew me away was how “real” the movie felt. From the mundane bickering and banter between the employees–which will remind us all of our own workplaces. To the graphic accidents and injuries–which had me grimacing and cringing in my seat. I’m not an oil rig expert by any means, but the science behind it seemed to stay true as well.

This isn’t horror/action movie gore, this is in your face, based on true events drama. The film was two hours long but raced by once the action started. And even before it started, I was tensing up, waiting for the big explosion to come.

This movie gets a thumbs up from me. Yeah, you’ll have to endure some clique comments in the first thirty minutes, but the rest of the movie more than makes up for it. Seeing it in the theater is a plus, because of the explosions and camera shots of the oil rig.