Monthly Archives: December 2016

Star Wars, movie review

I’m hesitating to write a review for this one because I’m sure there are lots of opinions and reviews already being circulated. Plus this is a movie people are likely going to feel very strongly about. So I’m going to start with this. I am not a die hard Star Wars fan that has memorized tons of things. I am merely a movie goer who went to see a film and judged it off that. It’s a movie.

This film to me, felt too much like fans trying to take a trip down memory lane. And really, that’s what it is. Fans of the original movie trilogy created this film.

So trying to put it aside the fact it felt like fan fiction, and view it as a plain old movie… it still fails. The first hour I was pretty bored. There are a lot of shots where you are just staring at the main character. She says nothing. The camera just stays on her serious face. Makes things move a bit slow. There is action, there are special effects, there are even some cameos from the original films.

Is it worth seeing? Sure, it’s an okay movie. Is it worth seeing over and over? No, but after you see it once I’m sure you’ll be able to gauge that on your own. And yes, seeing it in the theater would be advisable since there is a bit of action at the end of the film–where large ships that are apparently made of glass–collide and explode.

Collateral Beauty, movie review

I expected this movie to be sad, but not to the extreme that it was. I was pretty much crying the entire time. So, the trailers led me to believe the three people playing the part of Love, Time, and Death are actual supernatural people who come to visit a man who wrote them letters. The movie however, took a different direction and showed them as actors who were hired to convince the man he has lost his mind. But then as the film goes, and the ending comes into play, I was back to my original conclusion that they were supernatural. Honestly, I’m just not sure. But that adds to the mystery of the film, and the puzzlement of what is real and what isn’t.

Love, Time, and Death are hired by three business partners who work with the man who is still in mourning over the loss of his daughter. They need to prove his mental incompetence in order to sell the business and save it. He owns the controlling shares. Yes, this is a horrible thing for his friends to do, but their anguish over having to do this is shown and helps for it to be done in a manner that doesn’t make the audience member overly hate them. And as you peel the onion back, you discover that the pairings of which partner is mentoring which hired actor has more meaning than you initially see.

To me, this was a great movie. It triggered an emotional response and sparked an intellectual puzzlement in me. Not to mention the amazing acting by the entire cast.

Hacksaw Ridge, movie review

This movie takes a different approach than most war movies that have come out lately. It took a step backwards in production value and came off as something that reminded me of M*A*S*H. The special effects were quite cheesy and something that was obviously done in a studio warehouse. The explosions were exaggerated and the CGI obvious. Its something that would fly twenty years ago, but not now. People have higher expectations. I mean, it was so bad, it was distracting me. I wasn’t cringing at the bodies being torn apart, I was rolling my eyes and trying not to laugh at how it came off so obviously fake. And that was a real bummer, because the story was truly something that had meaning. I didn’t want to laugh, I wanted to cry, but the movie just didn’t bring me in good enough. This was not Revenant, it was more cheesy horror movie. There was some moments where I thought the story was going to get deep, but instead the most strange and absurd comments would be made. If you’ve seen a Mel Gibson movie lately, you’ll likely know what I mean. Every time that happened, I was like, “Oh that’s Mel letting his insanity slip out.” I laughed at those scenes, but it felt wrong too. Not sure why a movie would want to put their audience in such a situation.

So, do I recommend seeing this movie? Hard to say. Its an okay war movie, and I think I’ve given you a good idea of what to expect. But no, overall I can’t recommend it. There are better war movies out there. Even though I did love the story this movie told. I’m hoping someone else will write Desmond T. Doss’s story and do a better job.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, movie review

I wasn’t sure if I’d like this movie, since I thought the Harry Potter movies were just okay, and I hadn’t read any of the books. Turns out, that as a person walking in and watching this movie with little to no background knowledge, the film was still enjoyable. Now, it was annoying that people were referenced in such a way that the name was supposed to hold meaning, but no explanation was given. I’m sure if you’d read the books, these little moments would mean more to you, but if you haven’t, it just falls flat. It’s like hearing references to President Lincoln, but having no idea who he is. I get why they made it the way they did, though.

I didn’t expect to like this movie, but I actually did. The plot was good, there was even a twist. The effects were amazing, and the characters were some of the most well developed I’ve seen in a while. So yes, I would say if you enjoy a good fantasy tale with some magic, this is a good one to go see.