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Surprisingly far better then I had expected.
I didn't have high hopes for Rampage, I figured it would be a horrible video game movie with the normal horrible video game tropes. However, it has Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in it so I as sure it would be fun. Maybe those low expectations helped as I was pleasantly surprised though to find it not just fun but a rock solid monster movie.
It won't win any high drama awards, but it stayed in the lane of being a monster movie and because of that there were no other expectations on it that it could fail. It included the requisite monsters, government ineptitude, great special effects, brutal monster eating people sequences, an evil corporation, and a hermit like scientific primatologist who used to be special forces, what wasn't there to like.
The even more surprising thing is that the movie did not feel like a video game movie. Maybe that is why I liked it so much. It didn't have the cheesy video game tropes and instead just took the basis of the video game and made it a decent monster movie (much how I always liked that Resident Evil was unevenly successful at the same thing but as a horror movie).
Nothing negative to say about this, it is a solid action and special effects driven monster movie that has The Rock as an ex-special forces primatologist.
The good: Everything was rock solid as a monster movie. Much better then The Mummy in this respect. Special effects, monsters, the Rock all enjoyable.
The bad: There wasn't anything bad as long as you come in expecting just a monster movie. I did feel bad for the wolf though, won't anyone think about the wolf?
The movie was an incredible disappointment if you come in expecting Tomb Raider related to the series of games (or even previous movies). It made a so-so action movie with a bland taste and unoriginal story.
The acting was fine, there wasn't a lot to show off the acting chops of anyone, but it wasn't so horrible you cringe like you would on a straight to DVD movie. The story was bland, no real surprises and sadly no supernatural.
The lack of supernatural aspect was the most surprising part. It is the one thing that makes Tomb Raider the Tomb Raider you grew up with. Boss monsters, a bit of supernatural end of the world, etc was completely removed from the world. This was a straight forward action movie with no actual magic, or person locked in a tomb.
I really was disappointed they didn't really stay with the video game reboot story. They kept a lot of chunks but left out most of the NPCs and all the cool portions of the story. The end result was a dry movie that was so bland and "meh" that I even now don't remember everything.
The good: The acting was ok, but thats it - just ok.
The bad: The story was butchered and details of Lara Croft's world so cut down that you wouldn't recognize it as that world, even if some of the scenes were straight out of the video game.
I loved the entire movie, and probably for the same reason that so many neckbeards hated it.
There may be slight spoilers, so read beyond this at your own peril.
Don't get me wrong, there are definitely things they could have done better. Interactions that lasted a little too long or felt just a little off. However, the whole of the movie is far better then the parts say it should be. There are so many parts that are so good. However this review has to stay short so I will only cover four.
I love the fact that it destroyed the whole Skywalker bloodline as being the center of the movie and universe. The fact that Rey supposedly is not anyone special, that her family were just drunks means you don't have to be a Solo or a Skywalker to have the Force choose you or to be able to wield it. Some say that isn't what the movie says, but I just leave the example of the child at the end using the force to pick up the broom.
I love the fact that Kylo Ren is an obvious stand in for the whiney alt-right man babies. He whines about the same things and throws the same kind of fits. His callous disregard for Rey being uncomfortable with him being shirtless is just one small, tiny example that encapsulates the alt-right self-importance. The whole crying about remaking the empire sparks that same MAGA concept the racists/sexist crowd in real life spouts. It is perfect movie model of real life.
I also am ecstatic that it destroys the expanded universe of Star Wars. I am sorry everyone, but I am old enough to have read those books when they came out but the vast majority of them SUCKED. I mean absolutely sucked with no redeeming quality. I am glad to sacrifice the few good things to get rid of the rest of that garbage. I like that Disney is making a clean slate to entertain and tell a story about that universe, especially once SW IX is done.
However, the final part and best part is making space for people who aren't white males as heroes and as the center of the story. This is coming from a white male, I am damn tired of the same old tired stories that don't give everyone else a chance in the spotlight. I can easily watch and love something that has women, alternate orientations, and people of color as the stars. I can identify them as someone to look up to. This benefits everyone, gives us a richer field to choose movies from and puts everyone on the same footing. I look forward to more of this and I will happily spend my hard earned money supporting these ventures.
The good: The wide range of actors and actresses, the opening up of the universe, and just about everything SJW this movie does.
The bad: There were little things that bothered me, but nothing any other movie would have done. The biggest bad of this is having to wait 2 more years for SW IX.
Assassin's Creed the Movie... a general "meh".
Today we got to go see Assassin's Creed in the theater. We decided to avoid the 3D and just go to a standard showing. We had heard a lot of people didn't like it, and the extra money or headache from watching 3D wasn't worth it.
I do have to say it isn't as bad as other video game movies. Also let's say I am sometimes not the pickiest as evidenced by my desire to go see Resident Evil this year.
I was a bit disappointed. I think they could have done more with it. The actors, especially Michael Fassbender did fine. The action was really good. Let's be honest that is what most people go to see it for. The plot and the actual movie quality itself where the problem.
The plot tried to do too much, especially for those who aren't familiar with the game and the intricate plot there. Michael Fassbender's character and the doctor's characters both went through "will they/won't they" moments. Would they be bad, would they be good. In the end I still couldn't figure what the doctor was doing. Did she stay with the Templars or did she want to join the Assassins?
The biggest issue though was the quality of the movie itself. It was so dark of a film, not a gritty dark violent movie, I mean a seriously the film is so dark I can't tell who is who on inside scenes. Both the hubby and myself couldn't see what was going on and I personally was worried I was going blind or something, but no, the film was dark itself. I can't tell if the dark was because of filming for 3d or a stylish choice, either way, no good!
The good: Very cool fight scenes, the actors actually were decent for this level of movie.
The bad: plot twists, and how dark the actual projection of the movie was.
Underworld: Blood Wars turns out to be another movie that I consider a general "meh".
I don't consider that bad, after all the entire series just isn't very good. However, it is traditional that we try and watch this in the theater when we can. We saw the original Underworld 13 years ago when it came out, and it wasn't a masterpiece then. However in our geek subculture we thought it was awesome, a vampire versus werewolf action movie.
It turns out that Blood Wars is about the same as the rest of the movies. The plot is full of holes, the acting is poor and not anything really original. It really was a waste of Charles Dance's acting abilities (he was Thomas, the older vampire who died defending his son). You will notice I didn't say Kate Beckinsale because honestly I never found her a good actress and only liked her in the Underworld series.
The movie itself was long, boring but had interspersed some decent action scenes. The travel montage itself was probably the worst part of the movie when Selene and her companion vampire traveled north. It is boring, but the part that caught me the most was when they were on the frozen over fjords of the north and they were walking, the very next moment they are riding huge draft horses across the same ice. Where the hell did those come from. I realize they probably filmed it because it "looked cool" but dear god give us something believable to assume they found horses on the ice, with no villages around.
The Eastern Coven and the total emo/goth dress style did absolutely nothing for me. All Wolsey and I could joke around is that half the budget of the movie (and in the movie world half the cost of the coven) had to be based on the dress style of the coven. Maybe 14 years ago I would have been more impressed (and even more so 25 years ago in the early 90s) but now I just roll my eyes at the all black dress style. That trope just needs to die.
Don't even get me started on the weird Salubri crap of the Nordic Coven (white wolf reference). The mysterious "nice" vampires who can go to the other world. My biggest problem with them was that they were getting destroyed by the vampires in their coven, but were badasses when they went back to the Eastern Coven. I realize they were surprised at their home, but it was their home, they had the advantage of ground, and supposedly being great warriors, except they weren't. Yet another inconsistency in the movie.
I could go on about this, however even with all the inconsistencies I do have to say I still have a fondness for the movies and I will see the next one.
The good: I liked the action scenes, even if a bit overdone. I like the subject matter, although I could use with a little updating of the tropes used.
The bad: Plot holes I could drive a semi-truck through, bad acting, overdone tropes and can we please stop with the goth/all black look for the vampires.