The Great Wall, movie review

I hesitated to see this movie, because I had a hard time imagining Matt Damon in a medieval role, although I suppose he did a similar character in “Brother’s Grimm.” I can’t say he really “fit” that role either, but at the time I liked the movie well enough.
The best way to summarize this movie is simply by saying it’s like “World War Z” the movie, not book, but with green lizard monster things, instead of zombies. They move with the same speed and mob mentality, as the zombies did.
The acting isn’t the greatest. The speech is done in a halting choppy manner, which I understood for the Chinese, since they are speaking English as their second language, but it didn’t make sense for the Europeans to speak like that. My best guess was that they were Spanish and English was also their second language, but really, I couldn’t tell what kind of accent Matt Damon was going for.
The plot was somewhat predictable, and some things were done purely for the “wow” factor. The film was entertaining enough that I was never bored or checking my watch.
To be honest, the film was better than I expected. If you saw “World War Z” and enjoyed it, there’s a good chance you’ll find some enjoyment in this movie too. I’m not saying it’s as good as “World War Z” but it’s close enough to provide some entertainment for a few hours.

Rock Dog, movie review

This movie had some very surprising aspects to it. The opening scenes are very Samaria-ish, giving it a Kung Fu Panda and Samaria Jack feel. Several different cultures are represented, with the evil wolves going from 20’s gangsters to Cold Era Russians. In the city, it seemed a mash up of New York, Nashville and maybe even Tokyo.

Aside from the settings, the plot of the movie is much more thought out than the trailers explain. The ongoing humor is mostly based on the main character, Bodi, being naïve and gullible due to his sheltered life, and then there’s dim witted animals, like the sheep, who just have a low IQ and memory problems, but still come off as sweet and something you want to protect.

The part I was the most surprised with was the addition of superpowers. In the opening scene I figured it was just an exaggerated legend, but it turned out to be a bit of magic, the only real magic in an otherwise scientific world, which was a bit odd, but they managed to make it work. It did leave me wondering why no one else had powers, and where the rest of the dogs were. No background story was given as to the origin of Bodi’s family. Hopefully there will be a sequel to explain it, since this movie was definitely good enough to earn a sequel.

So this movie gets a thumbs up as one of the best animated movies I’ve seen in a while, both adults and children are likely to enjoy it.


The Space Between Us, movie review

I didn’t realize when I was heading in to see this movie that Gary Oldman was in it. I’m a long time big fan. As I was watching the film, at first I thought he was carrying the movie. The other actors weren’t performing on nearly the same level. He was overacting them on a massive scale. Sadly, this seemed to hurt the film more than help it, because it made the subpar acting quality of everyone else stand out more. If they had all be giving the same performance, I doubt I would have noticed anything.

Aside from that acting problem, the story was good. I liked the plot premise and the age old story of “the grass is always greener on the other side.” Some things didn’t add up or make sense at first, but by the end of the film it did, or at least came close enough satisfy me.

I wouldn’t add this to any must see lists, but if you are a fan of science fiction with a touch of romance, then you will likely enjoy this quaint little film.


Resident Evil: Final Chapter, movie review

To prepare myself for seeing this movie, I went through and watched all five of the movies before it. Yup, there are six total. I was a huge fan of the first one. I loved how the side characters actually got roles, backgrounds, and a part in the movie. Something you don’t always see in a horror movie where those side characters really exist just to die in gruesome ways.

Sadly, that idea didn’t uphold as the series progressed. Movie 5, was actually so close to a video game that my husband and I cracked jokes the entire time. “Side quest!” “Computer quest buddy quest.” “Those are respawn points.” “Oh, he’s an elite.” “That’s a level up boss.” “She got upgrade gear!” “Quest reward!” Yeah, it was weird.

This movie, “Final Chapter.” Tried to go back and be more like a movie, but the story line went all over the place. Each movie gave an opening to the reason why the T-virus existed. And each movie changed the origin story and the science behind how the virus worked. I hated the inconsistencies and didn’t understand why they kept changing it. Why make a series if you aren’t going to obey the rules set forth in the previous movie?

So this was a, anything goes movie, with a plot like the Saw movies, where we explore new and fun ways to kill people. Someone will die at every trap. It’s a must and the only true thing this series upheld through the entire story line. So the movie is, unpredictab—no wait, it’s not. I figured out pretty early on where they were going with the origin of Alice and it really just messed with the plot line given in the firm movie even more.

Should you see this movie? If you enjoy action scenes with lots of blood, guts, and gore. Yes, go see this film. If you get annoyed at movies who don’t follow the rules of physics or logic, then no, steer clear.


The LEGO Batman Movie, movie review

Most of us enjoyed “The LEGO movie” from 2014. The surprise twist where it all turns out to be a kid playing with his toys is really what makes the movie go from just a silly story to sell toys, to something much more.

I went to the sequel, “LEGO Batman” wondering if I would find the same unique twist. Let me start by saying there is not one. So I was a bit sad at this. The movie really is just the toys going on an adventure, nothing bigger to be told. Now that doesn’t mean the plot isn’t good. There are tons of jokes and the story line is still both hilarious and meaningful. Both adults and children seemed to be entertained for the entire movie, all ages, from what I observed.

And the best part, the little characters look exactly like the toys. Exactly. So parents, be prepared to buy some toys after seeing this film.


Split, movie review

I’m not a fan of every M. Night Shyamalan movie, I doubt anyone is, but this is one of the better ones. The plot does move a bit slow and go for the suspenseful feel, but there is a constant twist of unpredictability that keeps the audience engaged. As with any horror type movie, there are moments where the characters on the screen are making mistakes that you, the audience, know will lead to disaster. I reminded myself that the women kidnapped were teenagers, so their mistakes are understandable because they are kids who don’t know any better.

Overall the film is highly original, and most of the plot twists are hard to see coming, minus the failed attempts the girls make at trying to escape. The end of the film has a scene that might confuse some if you aren’t familiar with M. Night Shyamalan‘s past works. Bruce Willis makes an appearance and there is a reference to a movie he starred in previously, “Unbreakable,” which was also done by M. Night Shyamalan. This might make some think there is a sequel in the works, but in reality I think it means “Split” was the sequel.


La La Land, movie review