An adult tattoo artist is forced to grow up when his mom (who he is living with) falls in love with a new boo.
The very first few moments sees main character Scott Carlin (Pete Davidson) driving on the highway with his eyes closed, seemingly trying to off himself. It's a powerful scene followed quickly by Scott and his friends tripping out with the typical hilarious banter you find in a Judd Apatow movie. While both great scenes, you still don't get a full sense of where the story is going after the first ten minutes hence the score.
Shot in a memorable style that brings out the best and worst of Staten Island at the same time. Director Apatow has a knack for capturing extremely impactful moments, especially the awkward ones. Every scene, no matter how short makes the most of its time and tells its own story. It's such a hard thing to do yet Apatow finds a way to do it repeatedly.
It's funny, I can't look at Scott's character without thinking about my 16-year-old son. He's kind of drifting about in the same aimless way and, like Scott, doesn't seem to understand how his now actions will affect his later. The beauty of having a character like this is the ability to be able to drive external conflict through Scott's internal growth. He is struggling for selfish reasons. He wants his mom to be happy, but not at his expense. The dynamic of conflict is perfect.
Entertainment Value: 9
The story flows along pretty smoothly, although I wasn't happy with the 147-minute runtime. That's a bit extensive for a comedy in my opinion. Again, I was impressed about how time was maximized for the most part, but there were a few spots where I felt things could have been trimmed.
The movie does cheat to meet its end, but I was ultimately ok with it because the rest of the story was pretty incredible. The cheat is a blip on an otherwise quality story that really enhances the growth of the characters. Every scene really does come together well to tell a great story.
From jump, The King of Staten Island hits you in the mouth and keeps you entertained. I enjoyed this movie for multiple reasons, but mostly because it checks all the boxes. Even the things it falls short on is just slightly missing the mark. Highly recommended.
In this sequel of sorts, two secret agents set out to stop an intergalactic threat. Oh, the reviews for this thing were just plain horrible. Honestly, I didn't think it was bad. Good? No. Decent enough to watch while folding laundry? Sure.
While the first ten minutes won't blow you away, it was definitely enough to get my attention. I didn't watch it and get turned off from the rest of the movie. Not perfect, but still fun.
Men In Black typically knocks it out of the park with an array of unique characters and Men In Black International is no exception. It's fun knowing that any and everything could be an alien and watching those lines get blurred is always fun. Agent H (Chris Hemsworth) and Agent M (Tessa Thompson) also make a great combo in their reuniting.
I love the advancements they have expanded on since the third film. The forcefields blocking an intergalactic scene of the crime is a particularly nice touch. These type of sci-fi movies require much attention to detail and this movie doesn't disappoint. From the all-white confines of the chic MIB offices to an interspecies card game, the movie is a visual feast.
Action you say? Not bad at all. Again, very consistent and fun to watch. The stakes were high enough to keep me engaged. The battles were sprawling and sharp. It really is a good time.
Entertainment Value: 6
While I liked some of the twists Men In Black International tried to throw in, there was really nothing separating it from being your average, run-of-the-mill action movie. Fun? Sure, but it doesn't have staying power or hold with stronger movies in the genre. Definitely doesn't deserve the 22% Rotten Tomatoes gave it, but also not the strongest of the series.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is one of the most gratifying ways to end a series. After such a long series, you're hoping that the end does the rest of the series justice and thIS movie doesn't disappoint in the slightest. It's the harrowing conclusion to Harry Potter's journey as he tries to put a stop to the evil Voldemort once and for all.
It's not surprise that the acting is so stellar as these wonderful actors/actresses have had years to grow comfortable in the skin of their characters. Daniel Radcliffe continues to be sensational in his role as Harry Potter as he embraces Potter's ascension into manhood. Rupert Grint (Ron) and Emma Watson (Hermione) shine yet again playing his dedicated friends and sidekicks. You can tell that the three of them have formed such a strong bond over the eight movies as their synergy is extremely on point.
This final film pulls out all the stops as it's an all-out good vs. evil war. Teeming with amazing characters, I was hardpressed trying to uncover who exactly my favorite was. Potter is wonderful, yes, but so are dozens of others literally. I was really impressed with the maturation of Ron's character. It can be hard at times developing a sidekick but in some ways, Ron's journey to completion is just as satisfying as Harry's.
This one is for all the marbles so they hold nothing back when it comes to amazing action sequences. The battles sprawl all across Hogwarts filled with dope magic and wonder. Sparks fly in abundance of blacks, greens and reds across a dark backdrop, a spectacular display. Sometimes you have no idea who's even winning, but it looks damn cool.
Entertainment Value: 10
Potter vs. Voldemort alone is worth the price of admission. The battle definitely lives up to the hype. Even moreso to see closure happen on every level is a welcome treat. Outside of a slow(ish) start, the movie is enjoyable from beginning to end.
The beauty of the final book being done in two parts for the movie is they definitely saved the best for last. All the best battles and memorable scenes are jam-packed into Part 2, causing things to fly by at a breakneck pace. Just over two hours, the final installment just flies by.
JK Rowling wraps up this beautiful adventure quite nicely. The thing I keep going back to and have an immense amount of respect for: No loose ends. The stakes are higher than ever in this story that succeeds with a few cool twists along the way.
The magical battles alone are enough to make Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 worth a watch. With the combination of rich characters who each get a proper sendoff, a speedy pace, and a chunk of memorable moments, this is a movie to remember.
A young circus elephant discovers that his worst attribute is actually his greatest gift. I've gotten slack on the Disney animated journey I've been traveling, but remembering Dumbo makes me want to dedicate my time once again to the daunting task of watching each and every single movie.
You can't help but love little innocent Dumbo, hated for something he can't help. He's the perfect hero you want to get behind. His story is one that stays in our hearts, aided by a solid group of supporting characters.
Entertainment Value: 10
A story that's teeming with originality, it's hard not to get wrapped up in the story of Dumbo. From the moment the circus rolls into town, you expect something interesting to go down. Less than twenty minutes in, things go awry keeping you engaged in the story.
Is it the message? The colorful visuals? the creativity? There is something about Dumbo that holds you and makes you want to watch it repeatedly. It still holds up as one of the best animated films ever made.
I could've done without the elephants on parade in the drunk sequence and the crows were a bit of a sore spot, but the story is magnificent overall. Sometimes you have to overlook a couple things to recognize how good something truly is. Dumbo is a unique story you won't find anywhere else.
Cute ending that ties the message up in a nice little bow. An inspiration for adults and kids alike. Great finale.
Dumbo shows us that the thing that makes us different makes us special. It's one of a thousand reasons we loving having Disney+ in our homes. Dumbo still holds up as an animated classic.
Solo: A Star Wars Story is the origin story of Han Solo before his life with the Rebel Alliance. What I expected to be a cheesy and lame attempt to cash in on a successful series actually turned out to be a pretty fun romp.
Solid cast here with Alden Ehrenreich playing the leading man Han. He captures the vibe and feel of the character perfectly and has a charisma perfect for the screen. The rest of the cast carries their weight as well. I especially loved the voice performance of Phoebe Waller-Bridge lending her voice to the awesome droid L3-37. Her comedic timing is spot-on.
The story jumps in with a harrowing escape from the sewers of an alien planet. You are quickly thrown into the adventure at a moment's notice and things continue to ramp up from there. My worry of this being a bad movie started to dissipate after the first ten minutes.
L3-37 aside, other great characters help carry the movie as well. Paul Bettany's Dryden Vos is a dashing antagonist, a madman who definitely puts off infinite creepy vibes. He adds flare to the story for sure. It's also refreshing to meet a young Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) who seems to be just as suave now as he is in the future. The creative characters fill the story with more depth than I was expecting.
The action is nonstop and very entertaining, never letting up for longer than a few moments. Between the numerous chase scenes and blaster battles there is always something to keep you entertained. I especially loved the train heist, so fun and heartracing at the same time.
Entertainment Value: 9
Outside of a couple twists and turns, the story is pretty straightforward. Don't get me wrong, it's still a fun ride, there was just nothing storywise that blew my mind. I do appreciate Han's journey and his maturation as the story progresses. It makes the story worth telling. My biggest gripe was with one major coincidence in the story thrown in for the sake of advancing the plot. I won't give anything away, I'll just say there were better ways they could have made that connection.
Decent ending. Not in love with how it ended, but I knew things had to transpire this way in order to pave the way for future happenings in other movies. Still, I was hoping for a bit more.
If you're facing Star Wars overload and still wondering as to whether or not you want to add more movies into the mix, Solo: A Star Wars Story is a blast. I was pleasantly surprised by how well done it was done. A fun adventure from beginning to end.