War for the Planet of the Apes, movie review

So… I should have done a refresher with the other Ape movies before I saw this one. I hadn’t realized how much they would all tie together. I barely remember the others, because they are spread out so much. The main ape is the same, and the focus of the film is almost entirely on him.

We see the end of the humans coming, as they are losing their ability to speak and think in a higher form. And more apes are gaining the higher thought processes and speech. The trailers didn’t portray this well. The movie was more about this transition, than it was a battle between the crazed general, whom even the remaining humans are against.

Overall it is a good movie, on par with the previous Ape movies

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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, movie review

So this was done by the same person who directed “The Fifth Element.” The world seemed similar to the society he created in that film and I found many similarities. The plot was good, its a nice little adventure that keeps your attention.

Where the movie failed to live up to success of “The Fifth Element” was the casting. There was no Bruce Willis, Chris Tucker, or Gary Oldman, and those guys made “The Fifth Element” what it was. The actors in “Valerian” had no chemistry with each other. They were mostly emotionless robots, and the romance was just unbelievable. The aliens had more acting ability.

If you want to see some action and great special effects, this is a good film to see. But the acting is horrible.


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.


Transformers: The Last Knight, movie review

Well. I’m not sure where to start with this one. There’s a rule where people say you shouldn’t put too many supernatural things into one book or movie because the plot gets hard to follow and people won’t find it relateable or realistic. This film decided to ignore that rule.

Now, I’m not a follower of the original Transformers lore, so I’m not sure if this came from that, or if this was really just made up by this current screen writer. Either way, it just didn’t work.

Somehow, transformers were connected to King Arthur and Camelot, ancient druids, Nazis, hidden conspiracies on “National Treasure” type level, and there’s blood magic, so only people of a certain decent can save us. There’s more too, I just can’t remember it all because it was so all over the place. I mean, half the world is now dystopian and the other half perfectly fine, how does no one see the split personality thing going on here?

The action is good, although it felt like the transformers were all moving through mud in slow motion. They walked faster in the other movies. The science is insane and beyond outrageous.

The acting is over the top. I mean, the actors know it’s a crazy movie, its like they just opted to be insane too and collect the paycheck.

The whole point of the movie is to market a new line of toys, but the monsters are so pointy and deadly, that the toys made after them look nothing like them, because uh, they would kill the kid. So… we sorta missed the mark on that one. Even I was seduced and would love a figurine of the three headed dragon, even though he only had five seconds of screen time. Does he exist in plastic? No, at least not in any manner that looks like him in the movie.

So, all in all, a giant flop. I’m not even sure I would recommend this to action movie junkies. Maybe if you want to stare at fancy cars for a while, this might be worthwhile for you… maybe.


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


Megan Leavey, movie review

I expected a bit more from this movie than what it gave me. Usually war movies are decent, add in the emotional impact of a dog, and in theory the recipe for a successful movie is sound. That is not so with Megan Leavey.
I found myself waiting for the movie to actually start. It all felt like build up. I was being shown this world and needed to be given enough background to fully appreciate the story once it was told. The problem is, the entire movie was like that. It never reached the meat or point of things. It was all just one long drawn out introduction.
The acting was okay, the world building beyond what was needed, and the dogs came off as well trained. But no one’s heart was in it, like they too, thought they were just part of the intro, no need to actually try to get the audience to be attached to them.
So this was a total flop. Maybe someday another attempt will be done.