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Beauty and the Beast, 2017, movie review

This movie was a bit of a disappointment. It’s one of those films that was given a lot of promotion and hype, so my expectations were high.

First, it plays out like a Broadway musical. It’s a bit gaudy and tasteless, with a weird attempt at displaying the setting as being in the 17 or 18th century, since the men are wearing powdered wigs and make-up. It just doesn’t fit well, and I couldn’t tell if I was supposed to be laughing or thinking they looked good. The movie felt like a montage of theater men wearing excessive make-up, wigs, and yes, even dresses, although that is mostly for a funny joke, which also happens in the original animated version. More songs are added to the feature as well, making it almost up there with “La La Land” in the use of more song than actual dialogue.

Some plots were changed, and the reasons why people do certain things are shuffled up a bit, but it’s not for the better and really just creates more questions and confusion.

The special effects, sure they were okay, but it felt like the movie was pushing them on me. Like someone was off to the side going, “Look, look, wasn’t that awesome? Are you seeing this?” And scenes looked either identical to the animated movie, or identical to the Disney World park areas that feature the animated movie. Which then started distracting me from a marketing aspect. Belle’s dress changed a bit, and we were made painfully aware of it by watching the flying through air, creation of it, and all I could think was, “Oh Disney did that so they can sell a new dress. They’ll now have two Belle dresses to sell to little girls.” She did plenty of wardrobe changes, so the doll makers will have lots of outfits to market. Trinkets were abundant too, so I expect to see them all in stores very soon.

If you enjoy musicals, and movies that for the most part, copycat the original film, then you’ll probably like this remake. To me, it was a flop. It had great potential, but opted to be cheesy. It’s a movie to watch on DVD and make fun of with your friends. For example, Gaston sets a wheelbarrow on fire, and then the entire village population leaves—while its burning. We see it later, still in the village burning, when we go to a trapped Bell and her father. Then there’s the cell Beast locks Belle in—it has a nice door sized ledge, perfect for jumping out and committing suicide. Why exactly would you put a people sized whole in a wall in a cell? And that’s a just a few. Like I said, it will be a great movie to mock, so it might become a cult classic.


Before I Fall, movie review

Some will say this movie is similar to others. I mean, the idea of repeating the same day over and over until you figure it out and alter events to be the way they should, isn’t new. We’ve seen it in “Groundhog day” and countless holiday specials for Christmas. “Before I Fall” even picks a holiday to have their character stuck on, Valentine’s Day.

Despite the obstacle of originality, I felt the movie did great. The main character, Sam, did go through the normal cycle of getting tired of doing the same day over and over, trying to perfect the day so she doesn’t die, and yes, being a bad girl and doing whatever she wants. But during all this, the character learns about the people around her, and eventually realizes what she must do. The day she wakes up, all the knowledge learned, the audience can sense what is going to happen. She’s saying her final goodbyes. This is going to be her last day, ever.

So yes, the ending takes a wickedly dark ending. And the lesson behind it is massive.

The four girls, the main character and her three friends, have spent much of their childhoods bullying one girl. The main character of the story was never the main bully, she was more of a bystander bully, the one who let it happen and never stopped it. She’s now the one who has to pay the price, and sacrifice her life, to save the girl who they have been teasing.

With so much talk these days of bullying. This movie is great at showing people the repercussions of such a thing, and hopefully it will motivate a few folks to stand up and do the right thing.

Stepping away from the plot, I’d also like to say the acting quality in the movie was amazing. The main cast was young, especially the kid who played the sister of Sam, and all performed wonderfully. Without their great acting, the movie would not have had the same impact. Because let’s face it, the scene is just a normal high school day, nothing spectacular or special, but when you throw in emotional acting that rings true and is relatable, the movie becomes a winner.


Kong: Skull Island, movie review

A normal movie theater doesn’t do this film justice. It needs to be seen on an IMAX and in 3D. The fight scenes, landscapes, and monsters are amazing. Sadly, I saw it in a normal theater, but I was wishing I was seeing it in on a bigger screen. So don’t make the same mistake I did. Half of this movie’s greatness is its special effects, which you won’t be fully enjoying on a small screen.

I thought the movie might be a bit like the King Kong movie that Jack Black was in, with John C. Reilly playing the quirky character that Jack Black had played. I was wrong. The movie was more like “Land of the Lost” with Will Farrell, which I did think was a good comedy. And that’s what “Kong: Skull Island” is, a comedy.

So go in, expect to laugh and enjoy some awesome special effects. Don’t expect much beyond that, and you’ll have a good time.


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.

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.