MNS returns with another undesirable movie. "Old" stars Gael García Bernal, Vicky Krieps, Rufus Sewell, Alex Wolff, Thomasin McKenzie, Abbey Lee, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Ken Leung, Eliza Scanlen and Aaron Pierre. This horror/thriller tells the story of three different families who all get stuck on a beach, have no way to leave, and are aging fast at a dangerous rate. While the concept is new, and new horror ideas are always welcomed, the execution was lacking at best. When watching the movie you realize quite fast that MNS wrote himself into a box by having them stuck on a beach there's very little things that you can make the characters do in this setting. This box also leads to lots of plot holes, some more obvious than not, but some things that can't be overlooked. The movie is also filled with large amounts of exposition of characters explaining what's happening and why. Which, is useful on one hand but on the other it's unrealistic for them to make all these assumptions and it starts raising questions how these characters even know this. One thing I can credit MNS for is his creativity in finding new ways to effect the characters with the aging. Even some of the camera work is engaging and interesting, but not entirely because some shots are straight up ugly. The script is also another weak point, its boring, predictable and laughable at some points. Mix that with some odd performances from some actors, and it ends up being this creating these moments in the film that are meant to be taken seriously, but they end up coming off as foolish. I'm feeling a 3 (1.5/5) on this one. "Mid Sized Sedan for 2022 best artist grammy"
Emily Blunt stars as Evelyn Abbott. In this horror/thriller the Abbott family (Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe and Emily Blunt) must continue to try to survive in a world where if you make any noise you get hunted by aliens. The Abbott family now has new challenges too as they have a noisy newborn baby, and recently just lost their father (John Krasinski). While this movie definitely doesn't hold up to the original you can still see a lot of care and effort put into the film by writer and director John Krasinski. The camera work is still engaging and interesting. The sound design keeps the tension continuously building. However, with the absence of the symbolic farm and Krasinski the film loses the magic. This film also becomes weaker when you realize that the plot is driven by characters doing stupid things or coincidences. We are also given nothing new in this film besides a single character and some incidents that would feel more in place in "The Walking Dead." The film also slips up by creating three different storylines to follow, which was disappointing, because I found the beginning of the movie quite engaging and entertaining when the family is surviving together and not separately. I just cant help but see a lot more potential in this sequel than what we were given. I am feeling a 60% (3/5), although I am happy for Krasinski for his successful franchise and positive reception on the two films. "The film falls short of presenting new ideas in a creative way."
Tobey Maguire stars as David. In this comedy/drama, Pleasantville, David and Jennifer (Reese Witherspoon) try to help people in the town of Pleasantville discover their passions, interests and better versions of themselves, which turns them from black and white to color. However, when Big Bob (J.T Walsh) the mayor of Pleasantville, views these changes as a threat to Pleasantville he places bans on "colored" people and on people expressing themselves. Therefore, David and Jennifer must show the non-colored people that it's healthy and important to express themselves, and that it doesn't affect the town in a negative way.
The performance standouts were Jeff Daniels, who played Bill Johnson, a soda shop owner, as he portrayed being fascinated by the idea of not having a routine to follow everyday, very well. His performance helps with the worldbuilding of this universe, which shows the viewer how, almost depressing, this world is, because these people don't know about how to live their best lives. It helps humanize these people that you think are just extras in a TV show. Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon play as brother and sister, their characters get flushed out properly, and each go through their own arc which is portrayed well by both actors. The character development that David and Jennifer have helps make you relate more to them, and it works so well because of their performance.
The soundtrack to Pleasantville adds a lot to the storytelling. In most of the scenes with the black and white characters, old 50s music is accompanied by the scene. In contrast, when there are scenes with the "colored" people there is more upbeat, jazzy music in the background of the scene. It subtly reminds the viewer the current state of the characters in the scene, and while it's significance is small it is very effective with the storytelling of the film. In some scenes, there are "colored" people interacting with an edited black and white setting, which was mostly done well, but sometimes it wasn't done properly and was distracting from the scene.
This movie is so genius because of its use of symbolism. The movie symbolizes so many heavy topics like Adam and Eve, racism and The Nazi Invasion, to name a few, in such a seemingless harmless movie. This movie seems like such a fun comedy on the outside, which it still is, but because of its hidden layers it can leave viewers thinking about it for days, like me. Due to its good pace, comedic moments, wonderful storytelling and message this film should be an enjoyable watch for all audiences. However, if you don't understand the hidden meanings of the movie, it's understandable that some could dislike the film.
In conclusion, this film's positives greatly outweigh the negative. This film reminds viewers not to always watch movies at face value, which is important. Also, with great performances, symbolism, editing, storytelling and worldbuilding there is too much of this movie to like. Pleasantville gets a (4.5/5). If you are looking for an enjoyable film to watch with your family, you shouldn't look any further than here.
"The Invisible Man" is a horror thriller movie that was written and directed by Leigh Whannel. The Invisible Man follows the story of a crazed scientist (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) who fakes his own suicide and then terrorizes his ex-girlfriend (Elizabeth Moss). Overall this is a good horror movie. There is some amazing camera work and a chilling score to follow the main character. The movie also succeeds in building suspense and not relying entirely on jumpscares. Whats disappointing about this movie is that the last 30-40mins the movie becomes unconsistent with its logic and storytelling, and ruined my slightly overall look on the movie. In conclusion, this is a great horror movie that builds suspense very well, and Moss does a fantastic job as the lead, just try and turn your brain off for the end. (3.75/5) "The ending needs to stop suffocating me"
1917 is an intense, wonderfully shot war movie that was written and directed by Sam Mendes. The movie is about two soldiers (Dean-Charles Chapman) and (George Mackay) must go deep behind enemy lines to deliver a message to save 1,600 soldiers. 1917 is an excellently shot film where the director tries to make the entire movie look like it was all in one take with no cuts. This was pulled off exceptionally well. The movie also does a great job at showing how deary war can be and it shows in this film. The settings of this film where also phenomenal and felt so perfect. My complaints for the film would be that there wasn't much connection to George Mackays character and I felt I knew nothing about him. The film is great! I definitely recommend it! (4.25/5) "The continuous shot thing is really good, like really good."
The finale movie of the saga, that was written and directed by Abrams, was not much more than a shrug of the shoulders for me. The movie is about the new main characters like Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), and Poe (Oscar Isaac) continuing their mission to stop the first order and counter Emperor Palpatines (Ian Mcdiarmid) evil plan. I feel a lot of this movies fan service moves were because of the reception of "The Last Jedi." The stress on Abrams to return and conclude a nine movie saga is incomprehensible, especially for a fan-base like the StarWars fan-base. However, it's not a free pass for Abrams because this movie has really bad cuts and edits at times, too many emotional false alarms, and more questions being raised than answered. It's also a disappointment that some characters who were built up in past movies were just tossed aside in this film. Rise of Skywalker will please most casual viewers and likely confuse more intense fans. I will say this film has the most replay value of the 3 new films and that is important. (3/5) ["This movie could be renamed to "Finn! Reys babysitter" I swear if I had to take a shot for everytime Finn asked about Reys whereabouts/Well being I would be passed out from alchohol poisoning"]
"Joker" was one of my most anticipated films of 2019. I watched the trailer almost everyday in September counting down the days until I got to see this movie. Joker is about Arthur Fleck, who is beaten down by society and becomes extremely mentally unstable as the film progresses. I cannot express how good Joaquin Phoenix is in this movie. The transition from how he acts from the beginning to the end is extraordinary! 100% Oscar worthy. The film, although seems slowly paced on paper, is just so perfectly paced. When action happens it doesn't hold back and makes you feel repulsed at times. The score also perfectly carries the movie with Joaquin. I just cannot express how good this movie is without giving much away. I truly hope that Joaquin continues as the Joker in future films because he is just extraordinary!! (5/5) "The only clowns are the people who couldn't see the good in this film"
I foolishly went into Abominable with high-hopes. When I first saw the trailer I was excited for a beautiful and original animated movie, from Dreamworks none the less. Then reviews started coming in prior to release and they were extremely positive, so I went into this movie expecting the next "How to Train Your Dragon." Big mistake. Although Pearl and Dreamworks made a beautiful looking movie the plot is boring the characters are uninteresting and hollow. The villain is also the worst part about this movie. The villain is too unrealistic and predictable to even feel like a character in this story. Yes, I can believe in this world there is a magical yeti that can bend mountains with its humming. However I cannot believe these kids can survive on Mount Everest with nothing but T-Shirts and shorts on, etc. It's also extremely difficult to connect with the main character and her conflict because the movie spends no time explaining it. (2.5/5) "the humming abominable snowman of Pasadena"
For starters, I didn't like the first "IT" movie as much as I enjoyed this one. The first "IT" had bad CGI, I could really feel the run time, and I found most of the kid characters annoying (especially Finn Wolfhard. I don't like Finn Wolfhard). I feel like "IT Chapter 2" improves on all of my complaints I had for the first film. By all means, the improvements aren't that much of a step up, but it helps. I want to say I really enjoyed Eddie's character way more than the rest of the cast. He felt like the most accurate casting choice out of everyone. That's not to say Bill Hader didn't do a great job, because he did. Of course the actor for Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard? I can't remember) did a fabulous job like in the first. One of the main complaints I hear about this movie is the CGI they used on the kid characters to make them look younger. I personally didn't see it, but if you easily get distracted from bad CGI then that will really annoy you. I found when it came to the monsters in this movie the CGI was bad and felt like the same from the first movie. However, I do feel like the CGI for Pennywise was a lot better in this movie. There is lots of character growth in this movie and lots more "scares." After you get past the first 1:30h the rest of the movie is basically just the characters getting haunted by Pennywise and that was awesome, because when I walk into a clown movie I want to see this clown as much as I can so I really appreciated that. There are lots of flashback scenes of the Losers club kids getting terrorized by Pennywise and it distracted me because it feels like they had lots of left over footage from the first movie. Anyways, I'm giving "IT Chapter 2" a 70% (3.5/5) "Finn Wolfhard wasn't in this as much so I like that"
Angry Birds 2 felt unnecessary and forced. I liked the first one and appreciated the risk Sony took with releasing a movie like that 4 years after the game became irrelevant. However I can't help but feel like this is a complete and utter cash-grab. This movie wasn't meant for my demographic or my little brothers (who is 11 years old). This movie was made for 4-9-year-olds. This movie is just filled with bad jokes, outdated popular music, and characters in underwear as the jokes. Only 4 of the, what felt like, hundreds of jokes landed for me. It would feel wrong rating it so low because it clearly wasn't made or meant for older people. So im going to give it an even 50% because it will entertain young kids but bore adults. (2.5/5) " The slingshot broke with this one"
I grew up with the TV show Dora, so when the film was announced I was excited to see how they would bring the character onto the big screen in a new unique way! I was pleasantly surprised by this film. There are lots of references from the TV show that made me laugh. I really liked how they brought the character into the school setting it was super fun and entertaining. Isabela Moner did a great job with the character, she was the most entertaining of them all. The rest of the characters were super flat and uninteresting. I found the movie the weakest during the final 20 minutes were it tries to be serious and risktaking which didn't fit well with how the rest of the movie was treated. It's a really fun movie, especially if you grew up with the show! (3.5/5) "Can you say ‘It wasn't as bad as people originally thought?'"
This extremely disappointing "sequel" to 47 Metres Down was a shark movie that barely felt like a shark movie. I'll break down the problems from the beginning (possible spoilers).
1. The characters are shown to dislike one another in the first couple minutes of the film. After they establish this point they run off together as friends.
2. There is convenient scuba gear at the cave for all 4 characters! Skin suits that fit them and everything.
3. They go into the temple and one character turns on a light feature to better show the area. There is electricity in an underwater abandoned temple?
4. They find a cave fish THAT SCREAMS AT THEM AND CAUSES THE MAIN CHARACTER TO BACK UP INTO A PILLAR CAUSING IT TO FALL AND BLOCK THE EXIT!! It was at this point of the film I realized what I was getting into.
5. A random guy found them in an underwater abandoned temple that is described "as a maze"
6. A great white shark has survived in this area so long. What could it have eaten? We saw two fish the entire movie.
7. The shark manages to continue to appear after you clearly see the characters crawl through small, tight areas.
8. The whole film doesn't feel like a shark film, it feels like a film about characters stuck in an underwater temple worried about oxygen. They probably realized it didn't feel enough like a shark film so at the end of the movie the main characters both get bit by great white and survive.
Those are all the problems I had. I felt I needed to list them because I wouldn't be able to describe it without feeling like I am rambling on and on. I was laughing multiple times throughout the film because of how stupid it is! (1.5/5) "Screaming fish? EXCUSE ME?"
This film is definitely the worst movie that I've seen. Before I have seen this movie the worst movie I had seen was Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Long Haul. This movie was written by Logan and Jake Paul, so that does explain the over excitement on every action in the film. This movie is filled with YouTubers who can't act and just scream and be loud to justify "comedy." The only character I like in this movie was Chloe Bridges I think that's because she is actually an actor and has done films and TV shows before. After watching the first 20 minutes I forgot what a good movie was because I was shown so much bad. I wouldn't recommend even if you enjoy bad movies. "Chloe Bridges was alright I guess." (0.5/5)
Jon Favreau's "The Lion King" is underwhelming. First off, I really liked "Reflections of Mufasa" is the best music track in the movie. It felt just as powerful as it did in 1994. It's also visually stunning. Besides that, it lacked what the original offered. Scar was more aggressive than satirical in this film. He felt very different than how he was in 1994. The biggest complaint is that lack of emotion that was shown in the Lions faces. For example, after Mufasa is trampled, McCrary does a decent job expressing the sadness in Simba's voice, but the Lion has a blank expression on his face. It takes away the power of the scene if Simba doesn't look upset about his fathers death. It's clear it's not possible to put such expressions on a "life-like" lion which is why the movie shouldn't have been made in the first place. Pumbaa and Timon kept their original personalities which was very reassuring. To sum this movie up in one sentence "A beautiful movie isn't necessarily a good movie" (3/5)
This movie is complicated to review. This movie follows 2 "has-beens" of Hollywood. Leonardo Dicaprios story line was by far the best and carried the movie between the other two story lines. Brad Pitts story line was weaker and left a lot of unnecessary loose ends. Margot Robbies story line was completely and utterly useless. She served no purpose to the movie and she has about 30 minutes of screen time. The first half an hour of the movie was very boring and confusing of anything. The last 30 minutes of the movie is where the film shines and feels like a QT movie. It's one of his weaker movies for sure but the cast is extremely strong and I personally think he should have made a movie just about Leonardo's story line. (3.7/5)
I was pretty hesitant walking into this movie, because I couldn't help but feel it was a cash grab. I don't think I'll underestimate Pixar again. Although Toy Story 3 felt like the story was wrapped up nicely they still made a great story. I really enjoyed! (4.5/5) My list of Toy Story's from favourite to least favourite are 1,4,2,3 (Although I enjoy them all)
I usually state in reviews what I didn't like about the film. Looking back I can't quite think of anything I didn't like. Maybe less of the holograms that surrounded Peter but that would be it. It was definitely lacking the 5/5 quality that other Marvel movies have had, but it was still an amazing flick. Just go watch it. (4.5/5)
Ok, let me start off by saying that the 1992 Aladdin is one of my all time favourite movies, so when watching the trailers I was extremely disappointed with how the movie looked felt. Then I started watching clips of the movie that were released 2 weeks before the world wide launch. The main clip I can think about is a minute of the "Prince Ali" song. I was more than upset with that clip too as it showed the genie not interacting with the crowd and showing them that "Hey look this prince is really awesome." The song itself also sounded really auto tuned and it made the song worse and I still stand by that after seeing the movie. However, after seeing the movie I was surprised. Will Smith did an extraordinary job as the genie. Naomi Scott and Mena Massoud did a remarkable job. They did something I didnt think was possible, they made Aladdin really funny his chemistry with Will Smith was really amusing to watch. The CGI also was better than I thought. My complaints are the title card was extremely weak, this bugged me a lot for some reason. Plus, until the genie shows up in the movie, the movie is poor paced, rushed, and has almost no authenticity to it. Other than that it was a pretty good movie. The original is still better. 4/5
As a 16-year-old, straight male I probably wasn't able to connect to most of the main themes represented in the movie. Having said that, there are multiple other themes that can connect with almost any casual audience member, whether its broken homes, troubled relations with your parents, feelings of loneliness, people like the persona you put on and not the "real" you, and substance abuse. I find it difficult to not connect to one of the themes. It makes the story more emotional and relatable. By not being a multi-millionaire sensation I felt I was brought through the struggles of a pop stars life so realistically. Julian Day deserves more credit than he's received for costume design. All the musical numbers were amazing but very few felt un-needed and/or confusing at times. I can't wait to enjoy more of EJ's work in the future. Go see this movie if you have doubts.