Category Archives: Movie reviews

Snatched, movie review

I’m not a huge fan of Amy Schumer. Despite the popularity of it, I actually disliked “Trainwreck.” I felt they were dressing her in clothes too small for her size and by the end of the movie was able to stomach seeing so much thigh. But, the trailers and a few sneak peaks made this movie look good. So I put aside my bias and went. Even most of the reviews warned me not to go.

And I am glad I went. The movie is not vulgar like some say. At least, compared to most comedies made these days, I found it very clean. Yeah, the tapeworm was a bit over the top. And there was some cheap slapstick, like having a woman’s boob showing, but the joke made out of it worked okay.

There is a plot, the chemistry between Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn is what makes the film work. There aren’t many mother daughter movies, especially ones that star nearly no males. To me, the movie was a good comedy and worth seeing for a few jokes. And yes, Amy Schumer dressed much more appropriately in this movie.

Captain Underpants, movie review

I haven’t read the comics. So I can’t tell you if it kept true to them. But as someone who knows nothing about the original Captain Underpants, here’s my two cents.

It’s a cute movie. Border line late night Cartoon Network type show, but it stays just clean and lighthearted enough to be kid friendly. There’s potty jokes, and even comments making fun of how many potty jokes there are. But in the end, the movie has a nice message, and the characters all grow and learn.

So yeah, overall I give it a thumbs up. If you have a kid, (boys will like it more than girls due to the literal toilet jokes) then I’d say take them out to go see it.

Wonder Woman, movie review

Most have probably already told you this movie was good. Most of the comic-book-to-big-screen movies are these days. Keep in mind this is a DC comic movie, so it ties into the world with Superman, Batman, and Batman vs Superman. This film takes us back in time to explain the origins of Wonder Woman and it explains the photo shown in Batman vs Superman.

This is a traditional story of an isolated person seeing and experiencing the world for the first time with an almost childlike wonder and innocence. It’s not exactly original, but it does a good job of making us, the audience, rethink how we view the world.

Wonder Woman is willing to do things that no one else will do. She empowers others to step up because she is. This is by far a movie about women empowerment, but there is plenty of action to appeal to the men who also view the film.

If I had to compare it to another movie, I would pick “Captain America.” Both characters have an innocence about them, and in both movies, the enemy is the German Nazi.

Gifted, movie review

This movie stays grounded so deeply in reality that it makes one wonder if it’s based on true events. I can assure you it’s not, but something like this could easily be imagined as occurring.

The acting quality of the child star is amazing. She does a full range of emotions, unlike the adults who all seem to be channeling characters I’ve seen them do in other films.

That aside, everyone seems to give this movie their all. The cat star cinched the deal on the emotional aspect of things and leads to a few teary eyed moments.

Overall this is a good drama. It’s a bit drawn out in some scenes where the father-daughter bonding is shown, but that may just be me. And if you’ve seen a movie involving custody battles and foster homes, this film may come off a bit predictable.

I’d suggest it as rental, or wait a few years and it’ll be on lifetime or the hallmark channel… where it will be much more at home.

Power Rangers, Movie Review

This is a hard one for me to write a review of. I never watched the original series or the movies. So I am judging this movie solely on the fact it’s a movie. I cannot compare it all to the original. And I imagine fans of the original will have a completely different opinion on how the movie was done.

So gone is the bright colors. The uniforms have been toned down to be darker, much like how the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles remake made things darker. And I’m not just talking the clothes they wear are darker, majority of the movie is at night, and the plot is much more morose.

The kids are all flawed and experiencing personal struggles in their lives. This grounds the characters and makes them very relatable. One has a dying mother, another is an injured sports star, a third has autism, the fourth backstabs her cheerleader friends, and the fifth is even hinted at being gay. They are each a different race as well, the movie practically screamed diversity in every way it could. But they didn’t put that fact in the spotlight or make the movie about the different races or backgrounds. Which is what made it work the best. Yes, the one is autistic, but everyone treats him like one of the team, he isn’t treated special or differently because of it. Great lessons to be found in the script for sure.

The acting of the five power rangers was the best part of the whole movie. They did so good, the adults who are well known actresses/actors seeme to be phoning it in. I don’t know if they were told to act cheesy, but that’s how it came off. Almost like they were told to speak and act like the power rangers did in the original, whereas the teenagers were acting like normal people.

All in all, a good action film. Not sure I would take my kids to it, the movie is very dark and people die. But if your children are okay with that, then go for it. I’d say its on par with the violence seen in most Marvel Comic movies, like Thor and the Avengers. No blood is seen, but corpses are.

Life, Movie Review

If you are a fan of alien/space movies, like the original “Alien” series with Sigourney Weaver, or even the newer versions that have been made, you are likely to enjoy “Life.” The film had an element that reminded me of Michael Crichton’s “Sphere” as well. I think that came from the fact the astronauts were trapped on the ship, with no one available to help them.

I can’t say much of the plot, without giving too many spoilers away. There were some great twists and creative turns in the story, which I loved. I was able to figure out what some of the twists were going to be, but not until they started unfolding them.

The acting was spot on, and the characters were given enough of a background story for the audience to feel some emotional distress when they die. Its not academy award winning, but better than what I see in most slasher horror movies, which is close to what this is, considering the amount of blood and creative means of death.

This movie will leave you squirming a bit in your seat, but overall, it gets a thumbs up from me.

Beauty and the Beast, 2017, movie review

This movie was a bit of a disappointment. It’s one of those films that was given a lot of promotion and hype, so my expectations were high.

First, it plays out like a Broadway musical. It’s a bit gaudy and tasteless, with a weird attempt at displaying the setting as being in the 17 or 18th century, since the men are wearing powdered wigs and make-up. It just doesn’t fit well, and I couldn’t tell if I was supposed to be laughing or thinking they looked good. The movie felt like a montage of theater men wearing excessive make-up, wigs, and yes, even dresses, although that is mostly for a funny joke, which also happens in the original animated version. More songs are added to the feature as well, making it almost up there with “La La Land” in the use of more song than actual dialogue.

Some plots were changed, and the reasons why people do certain things are shuffled up a bit, but it’s not for the better and really just creates more questions and confusion.

The special effects, sure they were okay, but it felt like the movie was pushing them on me. Like someone was off to the side going, “Look, look, wasn’t that awesome? Are you seeing this?” And scenes looked either identical to the animated movie, or identical to the Disney World park areas that feature the animated movie. Which then started distracting me from a marketing aspect. Belle’s dress changed a bit, and we were made painfully aware of it by watching the flying through air, creation of it, and all I could think was, “Oh Disney did that so they can sell a new dress. They’ll now have two Belle dresses to sell to little girls.” She did plenty of wardrobe changes, so the doll makers will have lots of outfits to market. Trinkets were abundant too, so I expect to see them all in stores very soon.

If you enjoy musicals, and movies that for the most part, copycat the original film, then you’ll probably like this remake. To me, it was a flop. It had great potential, but opted to be cheesy. It’s a movie to watch on DVD and make fun of with your friends. For example, Gaston sets a wheelbarrow on fire, and then the entire village population leaves—while its burning. We see it later, still in the village burning, when we go to a trapped Bell and her father. Then there’s the cell Beast locks Belle in—it has a nice door sized ledge, perfect for jumping out and committing suicide. Why exactly would you put a people sized whole in a wall in a cell? And that’s a just a few. Like I said, it will be a great movie to mock, so it might become a cult classic.