Category Archives: Movie reviews

Birds of Prey, Movie Review

I had high expectation for this movie, since suicide squad was good. I expected this one to at least be as good as that. I mean, its part of the DC world line up, and all the Batman and Superman movies were good, right?

Yeah… no. This one, just did not make the cut. I don’t know if its because it was made so long after the others or what. But it didn’t feel like it had the same writers or producers. It had big name actors, and it had the kind of special effects you’d see in a big budget film. But the plot was just plain silly. Maybe that’s what they were going for?

The actors seem to be intentionally ugly. And if they have the potential to be attractive, they are put in clothing to make them look ugly. The wardrobe looks chosen by a five-year-old. The characters all act like no one would act. It’s obvious they want the main characters to be strong women, but the idea is pushed so hard its painful. You can make a movie about women, without it being obvious you are doing that on purpose. Things happen with an outlandish amount of coincidence. I’m willing to forgive some, because it is a movie, but this is like watching a cartoon.

Its not what I was expecting. Its a big feminist type push, with nothing appealing visually and no intellectual stimulation. No humor and only cartoon-ish action.

Skip it. Nothing happens in it that will be relevant in later DC movies. I imagine the movie series will do its best to pretend this movie never happened.


Richard Jewell, Movie Review

I was unaware of this story until I saw the trailers. I decided to maintain my ignorance so I went into the film, not knowing if Richard Jewell was guilty or not of planting the bomb. The story does a good job of explaining the event from both sides and until the very end of the movie, a viewer like myself is left wondering if he did the crime or not. The reasons for him to do it are quite evident, but so is the supporting information saying he didn’t.

Although this plot is focused on one moment, it does a good job of keeping the audience entertained. The acting is great, and the cast was chosen perfectly. If you enjoy dramas I would highly suggest seeing it. It isn’t the most amazing movie ever, but it is one of the better ones I’ve seen this year.

The only parts I didn’t like was how the FBI was portrayed as playing games and trying to trick Richard Jewell. I don’t know if they truly did that, or if the FBI operates like that, but to me, they didn’t need to be cast in such a negative light.


Jumanji the next level, Movie Review

I am a huge fan of the first movie. The dynamics between the three male leads is great. Coming up with a fresh plot so the actors can work their magic again, a concern of mine. And I am happy to report they succeeded.

New characters are added, and more body swapping is done. I personally think this was some of the best acting I’ve seen “The Rock” ever do. He had to act like Danny DeVito–no small task. The jokes are abundant, the plot well writen, the acting great. My only complaint is the reason why they went back in the game. A new batch of in the real world characters would have done just as good for the movie, and avoided needing to create a reason for the people to go back in. But that is a very minor thing.

If you are looking for a great comedy or action movie, this is definitely the one to go see.


Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker

As I have seen happen with many movies that Disney makes, this one seemed to be all about the marketing. Or rather, the new products people would buy after seeing the movie. I’m sure that also went into the timing of the movie’s release, weeks before Christmas.

From the helmet with glowing red lines to the new tiny robot we meet, it was all new things for people to dress up as or buy. The plot was riddled with holes and many things happened as convenience to keep the plot pointed in a certain direction.

This movie could have been great, if the writing had just stepped it up a bit and focused more on a good story, rather than what Disney can make money on.


Cats, Movie Review

Cats is the movie no one asked for.

I have seen the Broadway musical, and it was a feast for the eyes and ears. I’ll admit, I had no idea what the real plot was, but that didn’t matter. It was a classic and I wanted to see it.

This movie does explain the plot better, even though its still vague what is really happening to the cat who wins the competition. But hey, they are cats, so to me its allowed to be crazy.

The best parts of the movie are the roles the famous actors play. I’m not sure if their story lines were added or if they simply added their own twist on the roles, but it added some much needed flair and comedic relief.

For the general viewer I would say to skip the movie. It is quite boring. But if you enjoy cats and singing, its worth seeing.


Playmobil: The Movie, Movie Review

I made it a priority to see this movie because Adam Lambert is a voice actor in it. And yes, he sings in the film, so right away, the movie is a winner in my book.

I couldn’t help but compare the film to the first Lego movie, because it seemed like Playmobil was doing their best attempt to either match or surpass the Lego movie. But, just like their toys falls short when compared to Lego, so did their movie. Don’t get me wrong, the movie is good, even if you remove my Adam Lambert bias. But it isn’t great. It’s an entertaining story, I didn’t find myself bored, the characters do grow, but there isn’t anything that special about the movie. It’s just a nice kid friendly story to take the kids to that has a few morals and fun adventures.


Frozen 2, Movie Review

With the success of the first Frozen movie, any sequel is a guaranteed success. In my opinion, the story could have been kept simple and would have been better. A natural progression in the lives of the sisters is what I would have preferred, maybe them having a child, or Elsa finding love. But no, instead the lore went backwards and explored the origins of Elsa’s powers and her parents. The answers of which just make the world these characters live in more confusing and riddled with more questions. There’s basically magic all over now.

The result was a movie with too much background and heavy content. It tried to be too serious and cover more than needed. The songs seemed out of place and excessive. There were not hard hitting tunes like in the first.

Of course, we can’t expect the sequel to be as good as the original. But it would have been nice if the characters had shown some growth, instead of spinning in circles and making similar mistakes to the first movie. People will still like it, and find it entertaining, but only because they enjoyed the characters so much in the first film.


Doctor Sleep, Movie Review

Before seeing this movie, I watched the 1980 The Shining adaptation, since Doctor Sleep is supposed to be the sequel to that movie. I have read the books but for now this review is of just the movies. I would suggest rewatching The Shining before you see this, just so everything is fresh in your memory.

Actors are brought in that look like the actors in the original film. I’d say they did a pretty good job, my only qualm would have been that they could have had Jack Nicholson do the voice for the actor playing him, cause his voice is pretty defining of his character. They did a great job recreating the classic scenes from the first movie, and yet kept things original with a new story line.

Are there some tragic moments? Yes. Is the ending somewhat happy? Yes. Its what one would expect from a Stephen King novel based movie. It is a long movie, but I didn’t find myself bored. It isn’t action packed, but it is filled with story content to keep the audience engaged.

Overall, yes, I recommend seeing it. There aren’t any jolting scare you moments, and its not heavy on gore. Its more of a psychological horror.


Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Movie Review

The movie was surprisingly dark. The first movie was dark too, but not on this scale. I kept thinking there would be some dramatic moment where everything would be reversed and people were okay… that’s how dark it got.

But it is a good movie. It doesn’t feel like a rerun of the first Maleficent film. In fact, you could go see this one without seeing the first and you wouldn’t be lost. The theme remains the same as the first movie, it’s all about a grudge, and letting the revenge of that one moment shape your entire life

Overall, I enjoyed it. And I would suggest seeing it. But be warned it is dark, and probably not the best movie for little kids. I would also suggest seeing it in IMAX or 3D if possible. The effects make it worth it.


Gemini Man, Movie Review

I’d heard great things about the de-aging technology used in Gemini Man. The younger version of Will Smith’s character, a clone, is done using computers. With how much this was raved, I figured it would be impressive. People were saying this would take deep fakes to a whole new level. I say meh, it didn’t seem that much better than what I have seen in other movies. A computer animated human still has features that makes them look not quite right. If the movie was seen on a small screen at home, it might be easier to believe. But when the person is huge on a big screen, its easy to see how fake it is.

The action is fast paced, with people moving almost too fast, especially the younger Will Smith. They tried to make both people so super awesome and better than everyone else, that they were unbelievably so, and not relatable.

The plot had flaws all over. The biggest I took issue with was how assassinating people haunted the main character so much, yet throughout the movie all he ever did was kill shots. When troops who are following orders and doing nothing else, come after him, he doesn’t hesitate to murder them with a single shot. The movie doesn’t address this at all, like those murders don’t matter, only the deaths of the people he was hired to assassinate haunt him. You would think if he is growing a conscious, like they keep stressing, he would make an effort to disarm people instead of all out murder them.

Overall, I would say the movie doesn’t live up the hype it is being given and I would not see it in theaters.