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47 Meters Down, Uncaged

For a horror movie, this film has more plot than one would expect. I was impressed with the effort put in to make the audience care about the main characters. They got a background story, were put in situations that are relatable, overall, the plot was well done.

Now, as for the realistic side of things, a lot of liberty was taken. So much so, that I was a bit confused at some parts. Like, how is a large shark surviving in those caves, what is it eating? How is it moving around in the caves? Are we really supposed to believe they grew up down there and are stuck in various areas?

If you’ve ever been scuba diving, you’ll find a lot of errors in how things are done. Science and biology doesn’t apply in this movie like it does in the rest of the world. There was also a lacking of presence of Mexicans for a movie taking place in Mexico.

So yes, I have a lot of complaints about the movie. But if you are looking for a horror movie, or if you enjoy shark movies, then this is a great movie to see. So weirdly, I do give this a thumbs up. I am torn between saying see it at home or see it in the theaters. At home, you can openly make fun of the twisted logic, but in the movie theater you an enjoy the special effects of the sharks on the big screen. So pick which matters more to you, and do that!

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Toy Story 4, movie review

Who would have thought this franchise would keep going? What’s even more shocking, is who would have thought the fourth installment is actually better than several of the ones that came before it? Yup. I dare say, this one was on level with the FIRST Toy Story movie.

The film definitely jumped on the feminist wagon. Making the former sweet damsel of Bo Peep, into a street fighting independent woman, who takes every opportunity she can to emasculate Woody. It worked better than I’ve seen in other movies, but personally I was annoyed, because it seems like every movie is doing this.

Buzz didn’t show any growth in the movie, he was pushed to be a side character, so if you are a big fan of him, you may find the movie disappointing.

The toys interact with humans a lot more than before, even letting humans hear their voices! So a bit more liberty was taken in this film.

The new character, Forky, is what makes the movie spectacular. His lines and behavior will make nearly anyone chuckle. And if there is a Toy Story 5, I hope Forky plays a large part in it, because he was a great creation!

 


The Secret Life of Pets 2, movie review

This movie adds enough new content to be superior to most sequels. There are several story lines occurring at the same time, which will keep adult viewers engaged. There are cute moments, that will make you think, “my pet does that!” and of course outrageous things that will either earn an eye roll or a burst of laughter.

I’d suggest any fan of the first movie, go see this one. Kids in the theater with me were well entertained as well. The plot also had enough twists that I didn’t find it predictable. And there are some great one liners.

Pet lovers, should truly enjoy it.


Rocketman, movie review

I expected this to be like “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Let me start with, it is not. This movie is very much a musical, but it doesn’t do it so much that I am irritated by it, like I was in “La La Land.” But the true life based movie, did take regular scenes and have characters burst into singing. It worked okay, but it might be what makes the movie lose a few awards when the time comes.

I wasn’t bored, and the film keeps a decent pace. Fans of Elton John should enjoy seeing a side of Elton’s past that most of us probably didn’t know this clearly. I did wonder if my fellow movie goers were truly prepared for what was unfolding on the stage, there is quite a bit of drug use and homosexual sex, as Elton spirals at his worst. But to me, it was done very tastefully and shouldn’t offend anyone, but its still there, so beware.

If you want to see some fun colors, listen to some tunes, and learn a bit about an icon, its worth seeing. I’m not sure its Academy award winning… but I could be wrong. Its close.


The Mule, movie review

After seeing Clint Eastwood’s last movie, “The 15:17 to Paris” and discovering it was a horribly done movie, I began to doubt his current movie making skills. I know Clint Eastwood has a great record for film making. And “The 15:17 to Paris” was viewed as an experiment since he cast the real life characters to play themselves. So, I decided to give his new movie a chance. The recipe for the plot held potential. An elderly white man becoming a drug mule for the Mexican Cartel. Seems more a comedy than drama, but if anyone could pull it off I figured Eastwood could.

Sadly, I was wrong. Eastwood’s days of movie making are over, at least his days of making good movies. The show contained a handful of well known actors that have performed great in other films but in this movie it seemed like they were in it just so they could say they were in an Eastwood movie. Get to shake the hand of a great before they die and all that. Their hearts were not in it, and it very much had a “be nice and cater to the old guy” feel.

Aside from that, the plot exaggerated racial tension to a degree that I don’t think we really see today. People don’t generally stare when Mexicans eat a diner that is full of all white people. I mean, if they looked super gangster and about rob the place, maybe, but not if they were just normal Hispanic folks. Same for the aggression shown by police toward certain races. That’s changing now, and would have worked in an 80s movie, but not in a 2018 movie set in current day.

I feel the same toward Eastwood’s character saying inappropriate things, like calling black people negros. Unless the elderly person is senile, I don’t think anyone can claim to not know that is a negative word. Especially not Eastwood’s character who claimed to have traveled to 41 states. Its not like he was living in some small town all his life and wasn’t exposed to things.

It was obvious the movie was trying to spread awareness, but it was a few decades behind, in my opinion.

Lastly, the audience. I think most there were like me, the dire hard Eastwood fans hoping this movie would redeem him from the fumble of “The 15:17 to Paris.” I was sitting there laughing at the stupidity of the film, and most were politely attempting to force themselves to like it. But then his character did something Eastwood’s character’s never do. He slept with prostitutes. Yup. We even get to see a shirtless old ass Eastwood, making out with with young women, paying for it, boozing it up, and so forth. Several people gasped and uttered, “What?” And right there, I saw the last of his fan club losing their faith in him as a director. I get it, he thought that fit the character for the movie. But Eastwood seemed to forget that his fans have certain expectations for his characters. They are supposed to have some virtue.

Overall, I’d say skip it in theaters. If you’re curious about it, wait until it’s on tv. It belongs on cable way more than it does in a movie theater.


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.


Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, movie review

The Hotel Transylvania movies get credit for making each movie unique, it isn’t just a rehash of the same plot. That being said, this plot did edge a bit on the predictable side, but as a third installment, that’s almost expected and I personally don’t judge third installments as harshly as I do the previous in the series.

There are some great one liners and some originality, for sure. Parents and children should be entertained, and overall if you enjoyed the first two movies, I’d suggest seeing the new one.