Monthly Archives: November 2018

Overlord, Movie review

Watching this movie reminded me of a good old video game to movie adaptation. Surprisingly, its not based directly on any video game, although the theme of killings Nazis and zombies is one seen in many.

The effects are the best part of the film. All the blood, guts, and gore, seem and feel, very real. The actors are also amazing at expressing their anguish, both the ones who are injured and the ones who are watching their friends suffer. I was squirming in my seat a lot during the second half of the film.

The plot is unique, to me anyway. The film is focused on being a war movie, with a simple mission. And it stays focused on that. Air drop some men in and take out a radio tower. Never did the soldiers give up on that mission, even as the unnatural events started occurring. Keeping the actor’s reactions true, and not taking the fantasy parts to any extremes, kept the movie grounded. The believably is what made it ring true and keep an audience engaged.

Now yes, there were the normal moments as seen in any horror movie, where you are wondering how the Nazi solders didn’t see him sneaking by, or why they didn’t close a door to shut the monster out, and so on, but to me, those were forgivable because the people were in shock and not thinking clearly.

Overall, I give the movie a must see for anyone who enjoys a good horror with lots of gore.

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The Shape of Water, movie review

I never saw this movie in theaters, I didn’t even add it to my to-see list when it got several Oscar nominations and a few wins. Somehow a movie where both main characters can’t talk, didn’t seem appealing. It didn’t help that the trailers gave me no real idea what the film was about.

And so, it took me seeing a few scenes while it was airing on HBO to finally convince me to give this movie a go.

I’m glad I did. The secondary characters truly shine, with a bubbly chatter-box coworker and struggling artist / gay man as a neighbor, the movie is filled with plenty of dialogue. The villains of the film add a comical twist, reminding me of old Bullwinkle cartoons. There is one musical number that is oddly placed, but musical numbers seem to be “in” right now in Hollywood, so I can’t blame the writers for putting it in there.

The plot is very sound and has elements nearly everyone will be able to relate to. Its very grounded and shows the audience how even the most normal and inconsequential of people, can rise to be the hero.

 


Bohemian Rhapsody, movie review

I’m always down for a hollywood-ized documentary. Entertainment with a splash of education. I’ve never followed Queen well enough to know how accurate this movie portrayed things, but I feel it did as good as most others.

I will say, I was not thrilled with the actor choice to play Freddie Mercury. Nothing against the actor, I’ve seen him in other things, and he’s been great. He’s just not what I think of when I envision a Freddie Mercury impersonator. He’s too short and most distracting was the overbite/fake teeth the actor wore. He looked like someone wearing metal braces struggling to extend his upper lip so he can close his mouth. Maybe I just never paid enough attention to know Freddie Mercury had that problem. Either way, in the film it stood out more than I thought it should. If I’m distracted by an actor’s mouth, odds are there’s something wrong with the movie.

Odd things were highlighted, like the pet cats. They got a lot of camera time. Like, a weird amount. I was waiting to find out the movie was dedicated to them, or the ones in the show were descendants of Freddie’s original cats–neither of which is true. That I know of.

In telling the story of Freddie Mercury and the origins of Queen, the movie did succeed. There was a great story to be told, and I think they accomplished it. Even if this tale did have some room for improvement in a few areas.

I will say, I’ve read a few reviews for this film that said Freddie Mercury’s personal life and “gay” side was glossed over in this film. When I saw it, I didn’t think so. Its made very clear that he is gay and struggling with accepting that side of himself. Not to mention, struggling to find a social group that he feels fits him. I’m not sure if viewers are expecting all movies to do the down and dirty X rated side of people’s lives, like HBO tends to do, but that’s not something we usually see on the big screen. It wasn’t needed in the tale this movie was aiming for, and in my opinion, it was done in a manner the fans will respect.