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The Upside, Movie Review

I’m not quite sure what to make of this movie. It’s not a comedy, but not really a drama either. I think my main problem with it is, there’s no real significance to it. It started off strong, with the disabled man picking a person with a criminal record to be his care taker. But then that was it. There was the story of the new caretaker learning how to take care of him, and some bits about getting his life squared away, but there wasn’t much of an actual story or plot. No, big climax or huge lesson for the characters to learn. It was just normal day to day stuff and then, oh, the movie is over.

I know this tale was based on a real life events, but it’s an example of Hollywood needing to go the extra bit and add more drama. It doesn’t help that the movie is two hours long.

The acting is good, no complaints there, but the story is very lacking. There’s never a real emotional moment. I never got attached or bonded with anyone. So in the end, this movie gets a thumbs down. I’d say, wait and watch it when its on tv, but to be honest, no one watching at home will stick with it the whole two hours.

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Holmes and Watson, Movie Review

As I’ve seen other reviews say, if you’ve seen other movies by Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, then you will enjoy Holmes and Watson. Their flavor of comedy stays true with a new take on the classic of Sherlock Holmes.

The comedy has some unique moments of mixing new culture with old. Such as drunk telegraph texting and a workout routine that might seem familiar to some. It also pokes fun at things like how Holmes is doing opioids, which was very common in that time-frame, and some jabs at the Titanic. I liked how it wasn’t just a dumb jokes comedy, and there were actually layers to the jokes that made you think a bit.

Overall, it’s a good movie to hit up for some good laughs.


Escape Room, Movie Review

Walking into this film, I was expecting a new spin on the Saw movies. However, I wouldn’t relate it to that. The movie is not graphic and actually keeps things PG enough that I was expecting to find out the characters weren’t dead. In fact, I think it would have played out a bit better if they’d found out at the end, that everyone was fine.

The movie focuses on the puzzles and riddles that are encountered in the rooms, with the odd twist of the story being personal to the people. The puzzles are literally made for them. Which to me, creates a flaw, because if people are dying off as they progress, you could lose the person who knows the answer. Because some of the riddles are impossible to solve, unless you know the personal story behind it.

There is a unique twist toward the end of the movie, which I liked, although it wasn’t all that believable. Of course, the entire movie was a bit far fetched, so I guess it kept true to its theme.

This genre of movie seems to be growing in popularity, because it is very similar to the idea behind Unfriended: Dark Web which came out last year. People are watching the events, placing bets and pretty much just wanting to see people die. Not sure why movie makers are currently so fascinated with this theme.


Welcome to Marwen, movie review

I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect when I headed to the theater to see “Welcome to Marwen.” The trailers didn’t make it very clear what kind of film this was going to be. So let me lay it out for those who are also wondering.

The main character enjoys wearing women’s shoes. He is straight, this is made clear nearly to the point of perversion. He collects women’s shoes and enjoys them, especially if they have a high heel. He got drunk one night and made some comments about it in a bar, this earned him an ass beating by a group that thought he was weird and deserved to die or something. He suffered a lot of physical and mental damage from the attack. All of his memories prior to the event are gone, and weirdly we don’t hear of any family reaching out to him. So he’s just completely alone. He used to be an artist, based off some comics he found in his house. But he can’t draw anymore, so he uses dolls and takes photos of them. But his relationship with the dolls is taken to an excessive degree. He can’t leave the house without them. And on a creepy note, each doll is based on a person he knows in real life.

I’m not sure why so many people are okay with this. It does make for a few a funny moments, like, “What happened to my doll’s top?” An example of the man’s pervert nature, I guess this unavoidable when its a grown man playing with dolls, their clothes are gonna come off. Its pretty easy to predict the plot, once you figure out what’s actually going on.

The movie does jerk you around emotionally, and it is easy to root for the main character, despite his flaws. Its a nice touch that this is based on real life events. The animation of the dolls is done very well, and overall this is an okay movie. But, its odd enough that I doubt it will do well. I can’t really think of an audience this film is well suited for. Like, if you enjoyed such-and-such type movies, then you’ll love this, cause this is really in a realm all its own. Its a war movie, a guy recovering from being attacked, dealing with drug addiction, playing with dolls, its all over the place. And its a lot darker than most comedies are willing to go.

So overall, see it at your own risk. It’ll be hit or miss if you’ll enjoy it.


Aquaman, movie review

I was curious if “Aquaman” the most mocked superhero, was going to get a decent movie. So I headed to the theater opening day to check it out.

I’m pretty sure when the group of writers sat down, they had one goal, “Let’s create a story where being able to talk to fish is pivotal and makes a person a hero.” And that is exactly what they did. This kind of story does not exist naturally. Those writers had to force it to happen.

Basically, when Atlantis fell, the occupants mutated. Some turned into crab people, or fish people, others got weird powers. Turns out the best power to have, and the one the original King had was… yup, talking to fish. So to be the new king, guess what? Ya need to be able to talk to fish. Specifically, talk to the sea monster that is protecting the former king’s trident. There was a lot of talk about how Aquaman would be the true king because he was half human and half altantian, but that really had nothing to do with it. It was literally because he could talk to the sea monster. So… the writers accomplished their goal, but threw a bunch of distractions and nonsense at the audience along the way.

Overall, yes, it is a good action movie. But its one of those movies that is more an array of fun scenes based around a weak plot that falls apart the moment you ask a question. I mean, I was annoyed from the start with the submarine scene. None of the submarine scene obeyed the laws of science.


The Crimes of Grindelwald, movie review

I was hoping I could see this movie without needing to rewatch Fantastic Beasts or any of the Harry Potter movies. I’m going to advise anyone who hasn’t seen these movies in a while, to at least go rewatch Fantastic Beasts, because I was a bit lost. Watching all the movies again, would have really helped me, but mostly the Fantastic Beasts is needed. The story takes place directly after it and most of the characters are in both films.

So me, not remembering the other movies well, and not having read ANY of the books, was more than a little lost on the plot. It seemed overly complicated with all the baby swapping and who is blood related to who and has a blood contract with who. There’s conspiracies all over and people whose names get mentioned like they should have some special meaning to me, and I’m like, what? Who is that? What does everyone keep acting like these people are as popular as Micheal Jackson or the Beetles?

So… the plot was lost on me. Reviewing the rest of the movie, well, the acting was good, the effects were good, just like any other movie. I mean, everyone acted like they usually do in these movies. Nothing all that new.

In the end, I think this movie is good for Harry Potter fans and people who have read the book. There wasn’t enough basic stuff to keep a casual viewer like myself engaged. Like, there was no simple plot that existed just in this movie, if that makes sense. If you don’t know everything, you don’t know anything.

So fans, go see it, you’ll love it. Everyone else… see something else.


The Grinch, movie review

So for anyone who might be confused, this movie is a remake of the original. Not a prequel or anything.

Going into it with a fresh set of eyes and not comparing it to any of the other remakes, or the book, is best. Just watch it for what it is. The movie adds in some new content, letting the Grinch actually find a reindeer and attempt to use him for the sleigh. Max is basically a servant now, and the Grinch is an inventor on a higher level than seen before.

The town and little girl get bigger roles. I enjoyed her role and thought it was creative to have her catch Santa, who turns out to be the Grinch. It’s a much funnier way for them to meet than her just waking up.

The jokes are good and entertaining. The target audience is obviously kids, and I think it works. It’s a new classic to update the old one and hopefully get a new generation interested in Dr Seuess books.

If you have kids, def take them to see it.