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Adrift, Movie Review

The theme this year for summer blockbusters seems to be imaginary friends. First, “Tully” and the imagined night nanny, and now “Adift” where the surviving woman pretends her fiance is still alive on the boat with her. Oh, sorry, spoiler alert, but really, its not hard to figure out.

It reminded me a bit of “Life of Pi,” but really, all shows about surviving at sea are going to be similar.

The only thing that saves the movie from being unbearably boring is that its not told in order. You start with directly after the wreck, and jump between then and the moment she first meets her fiance. The story lines end with the boat crash and seeing the demise of her lover, and her finding shore. But the flashbacks are completely boring, and the after shipwreck story is only so-so. If it had been told in order, it would have been a complete thumbs down.

So… its an okay movie to see. Its based on true events, but I’ve seen better “left at sea” and survival stories based on true events. I would say skip it in theaters and maybe rent it for cheap.

On a positive note, the acting is good, which it should be, since the entire movie is hanging on one person’s performance.

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Isle of Dogs, movie review

Wow.

A lot of thought was put into this movie, and effort, considering most was done with stop-motion-animation. The one liners were what made it all work together, and the bickering between the dogs. It was just great.

The dogs spoke English, the humans Japanese. It gives the film a unique perspective and the audience, for the most part, views the film through the eyes of the dogs. The plot had several layers, the quest to find the dog Spot, and then the conspiracy back with the humans, regarding finding a cure for the ailments the dogs are suffering.

Overall, it was a delightful movie. The dialogue, plot, and detailed scenes, all worked together to tell the story well and keep the audience entertained. It was a bit dark, and had a bit more gore in it than I usually like in my animated movies, but the other aspects made up for it.


Breaking In, movie review

I’ll start by saying the trailers for this movie are amazing. The music, the idea behind it, very well done. I walked into the theater expecting to see some woman power.

I left feeling pity for all the men who were emasculated in the film and wondering why any man had agreed to be involved in that film at all.

So the film centers around a group of four men wanting to steal $4 million dollars from the safe inside the house, which happens to be at the same time a mother and her two children arrive to prepare the house for sale. A back and forth begins where the group are locking each other out of the house, fighting to get back in and so on.

People get hit by cars, and get right back up, while others get hit once with a fist, and stay on the ground bawling like a baby. The woman takes quite a beating and keeps on trucking. Her husband arrives later on, and never gets up from the front porch, where he is hit a few times. This was truly the part that ruined the film for me. This husband/father arrives to find men terrorizing his family and he basically loses all his fight when he’s hit a few times. He just writhes in pain on the porch and gives up. Where’s the adrenaline rush? The rage and urge to defend his family? And why do the kids and mom just feel bad for him instead of going, “Hey F***er we’ve been fighting these assholes all night, why aren’t you helping? F****ing pansy.” This guy is built like a linebacker, it made no sense. If he was supposed to be a pathetic pansy, at least cast an actor who looks like that. Not a guy who looks like he lives in the gym. I get it, they wanted the mom to be the one to save the day, but come on… make it believable. Cause if my husband was that much of a wuss, and didn’t help me AT ALL, cause HE DOESN’T in this movie, he doesn’t even TRY, I would be pissed, and think most women would be. Like, his wife and daughter are being murdered in the next room and he’s just on the porch going, “oh, I think my arm might be broke, he twisted it pretty bad.” WTF?

So… moving past that. The movie kept focusing on things like the mom taking her shoes off. The camera zoomed in to make sure we all noticed this. Then she’d be barefoot for a while, and I thought she ended up shut out of the house, barefoot, but later she had shoes. I was puzzled. If you are going to show me her taking the shoes off, I need to be shown her putting them back on. I’d thought she was running around barefoot in the woods, but no, she magically put them back on. And this, shoes on, shoes off, kept happening, like the camera kept making it a point to shoe her take her shoes off, but later, when she’d need to do a running scene outside, she’d have them back on. It got annoying. Just have her keep the stupid shoes on and stop confusing me.

Scenes would also get cut short, in some attempt to make you wonder what happened, but then… you wouldn’t get shown what happened. Like, ever. The boy is shown, ready to shoot the bad guy, and as he fires, we cut away. Later, we see all party members perfectly fine, basically acting like it never happened. So… what happened? We saw him shoot. Did he miss? Why do we, the audience, not get to know? For several scenes I kept waiting to see the bad guy suddenly collapse from a wound until I finally had to decide the kid had apparently missed, even though they were three feet apart. Or maybe the bad guy had on a bullet proof vest? I’ll never know. And I don’t understand why I’m not allowed to know.

So… yeah, the movie failed on a lot of points. But the actors really gave it their all. They really did. I loved Gabrielle Union’s effort. She did great. But the editors seemed to take the film and decide, “Let’s ruin this movie and jumble this up into a mess.” Maybe they were men who got pissed about how the husband’s character got portrayed as such pansy. To which, I tip their hats to them.

I wouldn’t suggest seeing it. The poor editing will make your head hurt. Even if you are just seeing it to make fun of it.


I feel pretty, Movie Review

Over the years I’ve become less and less a fan of  Amy Schumer. Mostly, when I watched “Trainwreck” and saw her wearing all these clothes that, to me, were inappropriate for her body type. Skirts and shorts that barely cover your butt can only be pulled off by certain people, and she isn’t one of them. I was fearing a butt cheek would be exposed the entire movie. Then, I saw “Snatched,” and it wasn’t too bad, I thought maybe her times of dressing so skimpy were over. I walked into “I Feel Pretty” fully prepared for another dose of seeing her prance around in skirts with her butt hanging out, and sadly, that is majority of what I got to see in the movie. I get it, she believes her legs are her best asset and she wants to show them off as much as possible. But seriously Amy, stop making me live in fear of seeing your butt.

So putting aside that phobia of mine, how was the movie? Well, It was little too heavy on Amy Schumer. There weren’t any other characters for her to share the spotlight with. The other characters in the film confused me, and I had a hard time figuring out if I was supposed to be rooting for them or not.

Yes, the movie does send a good message about how your attitude affects your life much stronger than your looks do, but the message could have been done in a clearer, less confusing way. And with a more likeable character. I mean, the main character was not a likeable person, at all, and it just made the entire movie hard to watch. If there had been a supporting cast member to distract from Amy Schumer’s character a little, like in “Snatched” then it might have worked. But as it is, I found it hard to root for the character or find her relatable.

Good efforts, good intentions, but poorly executed. It is good for some laughs tho, so perhaps people who enjoy Amy Schumer more than I do, will like the movie.


Rampage, Movie Review

Movies with Dwayne Johnson are hit or miss. Usually, I only like them if he is paired with a good comedian. He was not paired with such a person in this film, so needless to say, I wasn’t a big fan.

So the positive thing I have to say is the movie’s special effects were very good. The monsters were great to look at, very creatively done. So if you are wanting to watch a movie that requires no brain power, and you just want to chill and watch monsters fight, then this is the movie to go see.

So the bad. The plot was very poor. The stereotypes were abundant and eye rolling. At times I felt like I was watching an animated kid’s cartoon, because everyone’s personalities and motives were so exaggerated beyond belief. And really, nothing made sense.

What drove me the most crazy was the fact the ape only got a little bigger. The wolf, got way bigger and got mutant powers, same with the alligator. Why did the ape not get mutant powers? Why did the ape stay so small compared to the others? In their original sizes he would have been bigger than them, so why was he not bigger than them in monster form?

The questions abound in this film, so trust me, the only way to enjoy it, is to turn your brain off and just watch the fun CGI animals attack things.


Truth or Dare, Movie Review

I took a gamble with this movie. The trailer make it hard to get a good feel for if it would be good or bad.

I will say the gamble paid off, the movie is one of the best horrors I have seen in a while.

Unlike most horror movies, the logic behind the curse makes sense. Its actually a well thought plot. And once you realize its a trickster behind everything, the dares start to make more sense. The demon or trickster is intentionally doing things to people to cause angst in their lives and get the most entertainment from their suffering as it can.

The acting was also impressive. I mean, some weren’t being given the best lines or material to work with, but they made it work surprisingly well. Much better acting than normally seen in a scary movie.

The film isn’t overly filled with gore either. The camera is usually titled away when the true gore would be visible. The creepiest part is really the extra big smiles on people’s faces.

In all, the movie reminded me of horror movies from the 90’s like “Scream.” And I would strongly recommend it if you enjoyed those movies or horror/scary movies in general.


A Quiet Place, movie review

So this movie is both amazingly good and horribly bad.

First, some generals. I was expecting something similar to “Signs” but with the characters not speaking. Sure enough, I was spot on with this. Little clues lead up to an unlikely hero figuring out how to defeat the alien invaders, much like in Shyamalan‘s “Signs.”

The acting, is spot on, for both the children and adult actors. This alone carried a lot of weight in the film. If the actors didn’t sell the story as well as they did, the reviews for this movie would not be as good as they are.

Was there ever a “scare me into jumping” moment during the movie, no. Did I ever tear up, meh, not really. They were really trying to pull at the heartstrings, and in some ways the characters are very relateable.

But here’s where things start to slide downhill. In a story of the supernatural, a writer has to be careful in setting the ‘rules’ of this world. If you explain things in too much detail, the audience is going to expect everything to be explained. And if you skip over items, it stands out like a throbbing red thumb. This movie tries to give us some science and nitty gritty details on this world and how things work. But they skipped over one BIG GLARING item, which drove me crazy the entire film.

These alien hunters, hunt by sound. They are blind. They can’t smell. They can’t sense warm or cold objects by touch. They can only hear. When their pray makes a sound they are running with amazing precision to the target, which they agilely swoop up and kill. They are shown to have very extensive ears and extremely good hearing.

Well, they aren’t shown to have any sort of echolocation skills like bats. Maybe they did, they do make a clicking noise, so that may have been an attempt to show that they do, but anyone who knows how echolocation works, can tell it isn’t being portrayed right. So to me, the first problem is, how are these creatures not running into everything? They aren’t stumbling around like a blind mole, feeling their way toward the sound. They are full out running, faster than a cheetah. Who runs that fast when they are blind? They also completely lose their prey if they stop making sound. So, they can hear a glass break from miles away, but not a heartbeat when they are two feet away?  And again, how are they moving around objects, and not  bumping into them, yet can’t figure out objects in the room are moving? (If they had the echolocation they would “see” the person moving and it wouldn’t matter if they made a sound, right?) Not to mention how exhausting it must be for these creatures to be darting around to attack every little thing the wind knocks over.

(I jokingly tried to convince myself they weren’t hunting anyone. They just wanted people to be quiet and when they weren’t, it pissed them off so they would run up and kill them, lol.)

And that is just my issue with the aliens. How the humans have decided to survive in this quiet world is even more unbelievable. They know a river can hide their sounds, but meh, there’s no reason to live near that river. Let’s instead plant corn all the way around our house so if we happen to walk into it, the creatures will hear us. We can’t plant a quieter variety of crop, heaven forbid. And sound proof the house? Let’s wait until we are expecting a baby, and then only do one room. I could go on, but you get the point.

Is the movie entertaining? Yes. But more in a, let’s make fun of way. This would be a good rental to watch with friends. I’d suggest not seeing it in the theaters, because it can be a pain to keep quiet for that long. Its a much better movie to watch while chattering away with your friends.