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The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature, movie review

The first movie, “The Nut Job” was actually the first movie I ever reviewed on my blog. So of course I had to see the sequel and come full circle on this series.

The movie is now centered on the animals protecting their park. Things go to wild extremes, but we do take some time to learn back stories on a few of the characters and its nice to see them develop a bit more. Some of the lines are stolen from other things, and not all that original. I guess the movie makers were hoping having an animals say it would add enough new zing that no one would care.

Overall its entertaining, I laughed a few times, but again, like I said about the first movie, majority of it is predictable, and the younger crowd is likely to enjoy it far more than adults.

The Nut Job


War for the Planet of the Apes, movie review

So… I should have done a refresher with the other Ape movies before I saw this one. I hadn’t realized how much they would all tie together. I barely remember the others, because they are spread out so much. The main ape is the same, and the focus of the film is almost entirely on him.

We see the end of the humans coming, as they are losing their ability to speak and think in a higher form. And more apes are gaining the higher thought processes and speech. The trailers didn’t portray this well. The movie was more about this transition, than it was a battle between the crazed general, whom even the remaining humans are against.

Overall it is a good movie, on par with the previous Ape movies


Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, movie review

So this was done by the same person who directed “The Fifth Element.” The world seemed similar to the society he created in that film and I found many similarities. The plot was good, its a nice little adventure that keeps your attention.

Where the movie failed to live up to success of “The Fifth Element” was the casting. There was no Bruce Willis, Chris Tucker, or Gary Oldman, and those guys made “The Fifth Element” what it was. The actors in “Valerian” had no chemistry with each other. They were mostly emotionless robots, and the romance was just unbelievable. The aliens had more acting ability.

If you want to see some action and great special effects, this is a good film to see. But the acting is horrible.


The Emoji Movie, movie review

A cute movie, geared mostly for kids. I heard several of them laughing during the film. A few jokes had delayed laughter as it required a bit of thinking to realize what was happening. The plot was a bit predictable. Of course the Emoji who is different than everyone else is going to change his mind about removing his ability and then save the day.

But the film was entertaining and short enough that it’s a perfect flick to see with the kiddos.


Transformers: The Last Knight, movie review

Well. I’m not sure where to start with this one. There’s a rule where people say you shouldn’t put too many supernatural things into one book or movie because the plot gets hard to follow and people won’t find it relateable or realistic. This film decided to ignore that rule.

Now, I’m not a follower of the original Transformers lore, so I’m not sure if this came from that, or if this was really just made up by this current screen writer. Either way, it just didn’t work.

Somehow, transformers were connected to King Arthur and Camelot, ancient druids, Nazis, hidden conspiracies on “National Treasure” type level, and there’s blood magic, so only people of a certain decent can save us. There’s more too, I just can’t remember it all because it was so all over the place. I mean, half the world is now dystopian and the other half perfectly fine, how does no one see the split personality thing going on here?

The action is good, although it felt like the transformers were all moving through mud in slow motion. They walked faster in the other movies. The science is insane and beyond outrageous.

The acting is over the top. I mean, the actors know it’s a crazy movie, its like they just opted to be insane too and collect the paycheck.

The whole point of the movie is to market a new line of toys, but the monsters are so pointy and deadly, that the toys made after them look nothing like them, because uh, they would kill the kid. So… we sorta missed the mark on that one. Even I was seduced and would love a figurine of the three headed dragon, even though he only had five seconds of screen time. Does he exist in plastic? No, at least not in any manner that looks like him in the movie.

So, all in all, a giant flop. I’m not even sure I would recommend this to action movie junkies. Maybe if you want to stare at fancy cars for a while, this might be worthwhile for you… maybe.


Megan Leavey, movie review

I expected a bit more from this movie than what it gave me. Usually war movies are decent, add in the emotional impact of a dog, and in theory the recipe for a successful movie is sound. That is not so with Megan Leavey.
I found myself waiting for the movie to actually start. It all felt like build up. I was being shown this world and needed to be given enough background to fully appreciate the story once it was told. The problem is, the entire movie was like that. It never reached the meat or point of things. It was all just one long drawn out introduction.
The acting was okay, the world building beyond what was needed, and the dogs came off as well trained. But no one’s heart was in it, like they too, thought they were just part of the intro, no need to actually try to get the audience to be attached to them.
So this was a total flop. Maybe someday another attempt will be done.

Snatched, movie review

I’m not a huge fan of Amy Schumer. Despite the popularity of it, I actually disliked “Trainwreck.” I felt they were dressing her in clothes too small for her size and by the end of the movie was able to stomach seeing so much thigh. But, the trailers and a few sneak peaks made this movie look good. So I put aside my bias and went. Even most of the reviews warned me not to go.

And I am glad I went. The movie is not vulgar like some say. At least, compared to most comedies made these days, I found it very clean. Yeah, the tapeworm was a bit over the top. And there was some cheap slapstick, like having a woman’s boob showing, but the joke made out of it worked okay.

There is a plot, the chemistry between Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn is what makes the film work. There aren’t many mother daughter movies, especially ones that star nearly no males. To me, the movie was a good comedy and worth seeing for a few jokes. And yes, Amy Schumer dressed much more appropriately in this movie.