Category Archives: Movie reviews

Leap, (Ballerina) Movie review

As the trailer shows, this is a cute happy animated movie. To me, the children who are the main characters do less maturing and character growth, than the adults. In many ways, the children are showing the adults to change their views and overcome past events that left them scarred. But to the kids watching the movie, it will just be a fun adventure of two kids making their dreams come true, the second layer is more for the adults watching. The movie isn’t anything spectacular, but it is worth watching if you are wanting to see a nice flick with your kiddos. The music is probably the best part, there are some real winners.

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The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature, movie review

The first movie, “The Nut Job” was actually the first movie I ever reviewed on my blog. So of course I had to see the sequel and come full circle on this series.

The movie is now centered on the animals protecting their park. Things go to wild extremes, but we do take some time to learn back stories on a few of the characters and its nice to see them develop a bit more. Some of the lines are stolen from other things, and not all that original. I guess the movie makers were hoping having an animals say it would add enough new zing that no one would care.

Overall its entertaining, I laughed a few times, but again, like I said about the first movie, majority of it is predictable, and the younger crowd is likely to enjoy it far more than adults.

The Nut Job


The Emoji Movie, movie review

A cute movie, geared mostly for kids. I heard several of them laughing during the film. A few jokes had delayed laughter as it required a bit of thinking to realize what was happening. The plot was a bit predictable. Of course the Emoji who is different than everyone else is going to change his mind about removing his ability and then save the day.

But the film was entertaining and short enough that it’s a perfect flick to see with the kiddos.


13 Reasons Why, book and movie review

A friend of mine mentioned this show, so when I subscribed to Netflix for a month, I decided to check it out. The first episode wasn’t all that great to me, and the girl who had killed herself came off as a sociopath who was having too much fun with this game of telling people how they contributed to her killing herself.

Despite that, I watched a few more episodes, and I can say, that after episode one, the show really opened up and became relatable. The characters were all experiencing things that most of us probably saw or went through ourselves in high school. I now understood the appeal of the show. I also saw the romanticizing of the death that critics had gotten so worked up about. However, those critics must not have stuck around for the entire 13 episodes, because yes, the first nine episodes are relatable things that we could all experience and imagine doing, but the last four episodes, oh my goodness.

The show gets super dark. People are dying, getting raped, fights, more suicides, I mean, the amount of drama that will just break your heart in this show will put any soap opera to shame.

As I watched the show, I also read the book. This was one of those rare times where it was faster to read the book than watch the show. Each chapter, which was an episode, could easily be read in fifteen minutes.

In the books, Clay listens to the tapes in one night. Start to end, with him adding his own internal dialogue mixed in with the tapes. It makes for an interesting narration of the novel and it worked well.

The show had Clay take a week or more to get through the tapes, and his day to day life filled up most of the time. The secondary characters all got full back stories, to include the addition of several homosexual characters which are not in the book.

The ending of the novel is also not as dark as the tv show. I was bawling during those last four episodes, but didn’t bat an eye when I read the book. So, to me, the translation from book to show was done wonderfully.

Hannah’s words were verbatim from the novel, from what I could tell, which was a nice touch.

Overall, I would recommend this book and show for anyone who enjoys a good drama. The book is well written and the style unique. The acting and additional plot lines in the tv show, well above what I usually see in movie theaters.


Rough Night, movie review

So this is one of those films where most of the negative reviews seem to come from people who didn’t actually see the movie. The complaints people made, I didn’t really see.

When I saw the trailers, I immediately thought this was a remake of “Very Bad Things” done this time with women. Kind of like how Ghost Busters was redone. Girls getting together to have a bachelorette party and accidently killing the stripper, how can that not be “Very Bad Things?”

The movie added plenty of originality, and unlike the male version, the girls do not turn on each other. I found the script had plenty of heart and for a comedy, a decent plot. The actresses all worked well with each other and the chemistry showed on the screen. I wasn’t a fan of the subplot with the fiancé, but that’s just me. I’m sure others will get a few chuckles out of it. The ending does stretch things a bit and I would have liked to see more of the conclusion, like when the cops were finally called in to deal with the murder.

Overall, it was a decent a comedy


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.