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The Invisible Man, movie review

The overall plot was okay for this movie. But the implementation left something to be desired.

The sound effects were horrible. There were times when a person who was speaking could only be heard from one side of the theater. I could tell it was intentional, but not at all needed, and just messed with your perception of things. Which may have been the point, but it was silly. When inside a house, you could hear sirens and such outside, which just had me wondering why? There was no point to me hearing those things. The instrumental music in the background would get very loud in an attempt build the drama, but it was distracting and pulled me from the story. I would have rather had silence. The whole movie felt like the people doing the music and sound effects were running the show. The sounds literally felt like the most important aspect of the entire film.

The only scene that ran smoothly and seemed realistic, was when the sisters are in a restaurant and the waiter keeps coming by to take their order and they tell him they aren’t ready. They drew this scene out so much, it seemed more important than anything else. I assume the writers had this happen to them and were trying to make a point of how annoying it can be. But it was not appropriate for the film and just slowed things down for no reason.

Overall, it was a flop and I would not suggest seeing it. If anything, see it at home, so you know the weird effects are truly part of the movie and not sounds from the movie next door. Cause that’s what I was wondering half the time.


Birds of Prey, Movie Review

I had high expectation for this movie, since suicide squad was good. I expected this one to at least be as good as that. I mean, its part of the DC world line up, and all the Batman and Superman movies were good, right?

Yeah… no. This one, just did not make the cut. I don’t know if its because it was made so long after the others or what. But it didn’t feel like it had the same writers or producers. It had big name actors, and it had the kind of special effects you’d see in a big budget film. But the plot was just plain silly. Maybe that’s what they were going for?

The actors seem to be intentionally ugly. And if they have the potential to be attractive, they are put in clothing to make them look ugly. The wardrobe looks chosen by a five-year-old. The characters all act like no one would act. It’s obvious they want the main characters to be strong women, but the idea is pushed so hard its painful. You can make a movie about women, without it being obvious you are doing that on purpose. Things happen with an outlandish amount of coincidence. I’m willing to forgive some, because it is a movie, but this is like watching a cartoon.

Its not what I was expecting. Its a big feminist type push, with nothing appealing visually and no intellectual stimulation. No humor and only cartoon-ish action.

Skip it. Nothing happens in it that will be relevant in later DC movies. I imagine the movie series will do its best to pretend this movie never happened.


1917, Movie Review

Not sure how much of this is a true story. I imagine its more a compilation of many soldiers telling their stories and it being put into one movie. Because the individual tales do seem very grounded in reality, but the overall one and all that the solider goes through might be a bit much for one person.

What I enjoyed the most is the style the movie was shot in. There are no scene breaks. The movie appears as if its all one long take, with a camera following the characters the entire time. There are a few tricks, like the scene going dark, or looking at a wall for a moment, where there was likely a scene break. But this style of footage makes the audience feel they are truly there with the characters, trudging along with them thru the mud and racing away from the gunfire.

The story itself has some plot twists that are unexpected. I can’t say much without giving the plot away, but it is a good one. The events are relatable, and it’s very easy to picture yourself right there with the character, experiencing his struggles.

It’s one of the best war movies I have seen in a while, and I highly recommend it.


Bad Boys for Life, Movie Review

Before I saw the newest Bad Boys movie, I decided to rewatch the first two movies, since the first came out in 1995 and I wasn’t sure how much of it I would remember. To be honest, it was a bit boring watching those movies again. Back when they were new, they were amazing, but now, with the effects outdated and the jokes being old, it wasn’t so thrilling.

The new movie did hold the Bad Boys recipe true. It was 90% gun fights and several high speed car chases. There are some women empowering roles thrown in, but not quite as front line as in the other movies. The characters had developed in age, and have entered new stages of their lives. There are comments made that refer back to the other movies, mostly the second one. So if you are wanting to “get” all the jokes, be sure to rewatch the second Bad Boys movie before you see this one.

With the new effects available, the car chases, fight scenes, explosions, and gunfire, are much better. Still excessive, still exaggerated, but well done, even though very unrealistic.

Overall, I would say this movie not only does the trilogy justice, but is better than the previous ones. So if you are looking for a good action movie, this should def be on your list.

 


Richard Jewell, Movie Review

I was unaware of this story until I saw the trailers. I decided to maintain my ignorance so I went into the film, not knowing if Richard Jewell was guilty or not of planting the bomb. The story does a good job of explaining the event from both sides and until the very end of the movie, a viewer like myself is left wondering if he did the crime or not. The reasons for him to do it are quite evident, but so is the supporting information saying he didn’t.

Although this plot is focused on one moment, it does a good job of keeping the audience entertained. The acting is great, and the cast was chosen perfectly. If you enjoy dramas I would highly suggest seeing it. It isn’t the most amazing movie ever, but it is one of the better ones I’ve seen this year.

The only parts I didn’t like was how the FBI was portrayed as playing games and trying to trick Richard Jewell. I don’t know if they truly did that, or if the FBI operates like that, but to me, they didn’t need to be cast in such a negative light.


Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker

As I have seen happen with many movies that Disney makes, this one seemed to be all about the marketing. Or rather, the new products people would buy after seeing the movie. I’m sure that also went into the timing of the movie’s release, weeks before Christmas.

From the helmet with glowing red lines to the new tiny robot we meet, it was all new things for people to dress up as or buy. The plot was riddled with holes and many things happened as convenience to keep the plot pointed in a certain direction.

This movie could have been great, if the writing had just stepped it up a bit and focused more on a good story, rather than what Disney can make money on.


Cats, Movie Review

Cats is the movie no one asked for.

I have seen the Broadway musical, and it was a feast for the eyes and ears. I’ll admit, I had no idea what the real plot was, but that didn’t matter. It was a classic and I wanted to see it.

This movie does explain the plot better, even though its still vague what is really happening to the cat who wins the competition. But hey, they are cats, so to me its allowed to be crazy.

The best parts of the movie are the roles the famous actors play. I’m not sure if their story lines were added or if they simply added their own twist on the roles, but it added some much needed flair and comedic relief.

For the general viewer I would say to skip the movie. It is quite boring. But if you enjoy cats and singing, its worth seeing.


Playmobil: The Movie, Movie Review

I made it a priority to see this movie because Adam Lambert is a voice actor in it. And yes, he sings in the film, so right away, the movie is a winner in my book.

I couldn’t help but compare the film to the first Lego movie, because it seemed like Playmobil was doing their best attempt to either match or surpass the Lego movie. But, just like their toys falls short when compared to Lego, so did their movie. Don’t get me wrong, the movie is good, even if you remove my Adam Lambert bias. But it isn’t great. It’s an entertaining story, I didn’t find myself bored, the characters do grow, but there isn’t anything that special about the movie. It’s just a nice kid friendly story to take the kids to that has a few morals and fun adventures.


Frozen 2, Movie Review

With the success of the first Frozen movie, any sequel is a guaranteed success. In my opinion, the story could have been kept simple and would have been better. A natural progression in the lives of the sisters is what I would have preferred, maybe them having a child, or Elsa finding love. But no, instead the lore went backwards and explored the origins of Elsa’s powers and her parents. The answers of which just make the world these characters live in more confusing and riddled with more questions. There’s basically magic all over now.

The result was a movie with too much background and heavy content. It tried to be too serious and cover more than needed. The songs seemed out of place and excessive. There were not hard hitting tunes like in the first.

Of course, we can’t expect the sequel to be as good as the original. But it would have been nice if the characters had shown some growth, instead of spinning in circles and making similar mistakes to the first movie. People will still like it, and find it entertaining, but only because they enjoyed the characters so much in the first film.


A beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Movie Review

First off, I feel the trailers and advertising for this movie do not portray what the movie is about. The movie is not about Mr. Rogers. Like, not at all. It’s about a journalist who is assigned to interview Mr. Rogers for a magazine. And its barely about him doing that, its mostly about his personal life. How he just had a son, how he gets in a fight with his father, and lots of other boring normal life stuff. Mr. Rogers is in the movie for about ten minutes. And it’s a two hour movie. The movie is based on the article that the journalist writes, and yes, the article is also barely about Mr. Rogers, they even say so in the movie.

Not only was the story slow paced and uneventful, but it wasn’t at all what I was expecting. The story was literally a biography of a journalist who did a ten minute interview with Mr. Rogers. Talk about using someone else’s fame to make you famous.

So, my recommendation is to not see this movie ever. Maybe go read the article, if you are truly curious, because that will save you some time.