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I like Luc Besson normally. He completely missed the boat on this. Maybe one would have to read the books, but I wasn't feeling this one bit. Lots of visual, no doubt. But the story is unfocused. The acting is flat. The directing is paint-by-numbers. Even the editing is uneven. There is ZERO chemistry between the main two characters. I would say that towards the very end, it was just OK. But some of the actions and words of the main characters just doesn't make any sense.
I was really looking forward to this one, but it just simply didn't make a bit of sense. I mean, I understood the story, but I think everything was let down because the main two actors seem so unattached from it. And that is the main problem. It is as unfocused and as boring as Jupiter Ascending.
Wonder Woman (2017)
Wonderful Wonder Woman
I cannot tell you how glad that this movie lived up to the hype. I was so severely disappointed with Batman v Superman except the Wonder Woman part. So I was a bit worried but this is a runaway hit. Gal Gadot commands the title character and thank god because I know there were people who were surprised at her casting. The director allowed her to be the heroine and not just as another capable woman being rescued by some guy. She comes off as powerful. The movie is exciting. The pace is great. I was also worried that it would feel dated like the first Captain America being as the setting was during WW1. But it felt fresh while holding onto the WW1 setting. The movie focuses on Gal Gadot and never distracts with side characters like the previous movie this character was in (Batman vs Superman Dawn of Justice). In the end, you didn't want it to end and that is about as high a praise you can say about a movie. I wanted more. If I was going to rate it among the DC movie, its a very very close second to The Dark Knight, because the Dark Knight had a great villain. But no one has a better hero of all the DC movies than this one.
I've never read any of the books (Potter or this one), so I go into all of these movies completely blind. This was done very well. Families, singles, adults, and kids... all will be highly entertained. This is different than the Potter movies because these aren't folks who are trying to learn their craft, they know it so they aren't limited using their magic and the things that they don't know. One of the best performances, if not the best one is that of the lone muggle. We seem to get to experience everything through his eyes (to a certain extent). His wonderment is our wonderment. And I really enjoy the actor Eddie Redmayne, for the life of me, I can't remember his character name, but there were opportunities for him to be over the top and he never was. I sat next to someone in her 20s (I am in my 50s) and she was just over-the-moon watching the movie. I enjoyed it immensely as well. Just fantastic special effects, great storyline.. and all actors perform splendidly. This is a multiple view movie that your kids will never get tired of. It is a nice little addition to the Potter franchise. (The story takes place before Potter). I say this is a must see on the big screen.
Suicide Squad (2016)
It did its job to entertain
I think ultra fans will hate this film but I thought the film was entertaining. You sort of going to have to do you homework a bit if you don't know who these guys are. They are DC villains and since the rise of the anti-hero, DC decided that it would be fun to through a "what if" scenario. What if the villain becomes the hero and thus the Suicide Squad, named so because the government wouldn't care if they die. The movie does a brief introductions to each villain and assumes that the audience knows who they are.. and if you don't, if may be confusing. After that brief intro the movie just jumps right into it. Between the intro and "the mission".. there is a giant plot (or lack of plot) hole. Will Smith is the unofficial leader of the bad guys and Will Smith plays Will Smith in all his movies.
Listen its not a clean movie. It is, truly like a live issue of a comic book. Lots of action. i wasn't bored. A lot of the other villains (outside of DeadShot and Harley Quinn) are kind of glossed over. Maybe I like it because Batman vs Superman was long and boring. This was short and to the point. If you want more, see another movie.
Star Trek Beyond (2016)
Will my review convince people to see it? Probably not. For I feel people will see it regardless if I review it or not. Star Trek is that type of movie, one that must be seen on the big screen, because it commands that they of viewing. So plunk down your dollars, get out of the heat, abandon your diet for the day and grab your popcorn and soda and enjoy a summer blockbuster that indeed earns that title. It is fun. It is energetic. It's everything a sci-fi fan ask for in a movie and especially if you are a Trekkie.
The third go-round for the reboot cast is a joy to watch. They have such chemistry that they manage to do something great that The Next Generation film seems to miss. Excitement. It is gorgeous to watch in IMAX 3D (how I viewed it). It is a little bittersweet because it is the last we get to see Anton Yelchin as Chekov and this is the first Star Trek film after Leonard Nimoy had passed. But this cast is so up to the challenge that you just didn't want it to end. Justin Lin did an amazing job directing this film. It's a really good Trekkie story as well.
And I don't write spoilers in my reviews, that is for the commentary pages and bulletin boards.
So Fricking Epic
How can you write a review and not have any spoilers? I will attempt that. Game of Thrones doesn't disappoint and which each episode, you think you can't be surprised any further and you do. This episode was magnificently Shakespearean. It moves the story forward and it ends in an acceptable place. This thing played like an orchestra. Dare I say it..it has Godfather like quality to it. It is better than any movie I've seen in a long time and you will be very excited to talk about with your other GoT friends. And its so nice to see how each of these characters are so different from Season 1 Episode 1. Its just simply a brilliant show.
10 out of 10 out of 10 out of 10.. this movie is that excellent
I've seen the other nominated Best Picture and I genuinely like them, but to me, this is by far the Best Picture of the year. Great writing, great acting, great directing, fantastic editing and amazing music. J.K. Simmons is an amazing actor. I remember him on OZ and boy did he blow the performance out the water... And you know what, Miles Teller met him step for step. This film is about obsession. Obsession of Mile Teller to be the best and Obsession of JK Simmons to never settle. The film centers around Miles as he is studying at a music conservatory. He is picked to be part of the best jazz ensemble in the school. But soon he realizes that the guy he admires is the toughest and most demanding person he has ever met. And you sit on the edge of your seat with each scene, ESPECIALLY when they are in it together. I wish I can tell you how its all going to play out, but I can't. I want you to enjoy each morsel, each moment that happens. I knew I wanted to see this movie once I saw the preview and heard part of the music. If you a fan of jazz, this is a must own. But music fan or not, this is a must watch.
Trophy Kids (2013)
Some of the worst parents in America
So I saw this and it was making me very upset at the parents. This documentary is about parents who live through their children's sports accomplishments and how the parents try to push their dreams on their kid. You have a divorce father, who just berates his son as he watches over every aspect of his son's football life. He absolutely destroys his son's self esteem. You have another father who believes that if he gets his son the right type of things to eat, his son will grow taller. He doesn't so much get on his son's case (basketball dad), he curses at the coach, bad mouths other players (on and off his son's team) Another father, whose son plays on the same team, he is a little more calm at the game but if very underhanded himself You have the worst of the bunch, a father who is trying to push his 7 year old (or 8 year) old daughter into being the next Tiger Woods. He actually calls his daughter names. And he makes disparaging remarks about another race. And you have an over educated, over thinking mother, who has twin boys and she is pushing them into tennis. But she uses the excuse of this is what GOD wants from them. And they are nothing more than a microcosm representation of a larger issue... the Parent who feel the need to live vicariously through their children and who seem to be having a second life renaissance by abusing the youth of their offspring. As if parental ability (basically the ability to biology create a kid) give them the right to do whatever the heck they want to do. And on the faces of these kids you can see how miserable they are pretty much. The type of pressure put on these kids result in the kids either commenting suicide or taking it out on others.. And these parents are completely blind in seeing this. Very interesting documentary.
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
I was amazingly surprised
I absolutely knew NOTHING about the comic that this is based on. Friends of mine kept asking me if they did justice to such and such character. And my answer was, well, since I thought the movie was excellent, they did justice to all the characters. My biggest fear was that this was going to be too kiddie (the talking raccoon in the preview and the tree). but it wasn't. It's highly entertaining with a good plot, good characters and great pace. The special effects are amazing.. you completely forget that the tree and the raccoon are digital characters, you just accept them. This is a movie for the whole family, also a movie I think single adults males and females will enjoy. It reminds me of when I first saw Star Wars and I am not afraid to compare it to that glee I felt after wards. I think this film is deserved of multiple viewings and a must have when it released. And Chris Pratt is the perfect "Star Lord".. sort of like both Harrison Ford character Indiana Jones and Hans Solo wrapped up into one".
I seriously don't know what to think
I like Spike Jonze movies and because I like Being John Malkovich, I decided to give this a shot. To tell you quite honestly, I had no real desire to see it because of the absurdity of the plot. So after watching it, I'm glad I did. Is it a second viewing? Probably not. An extremely lonely guy buys this new "SIRI-like" operating system. Apparently the computers in the near future are all voice base. So the OS is a learning one and he is asked a series of question and then "Samatha" is created. He is fascinated at the technology of the thing as it learns about him and his surroundings.. He finally finds something that really understands him. So when I think about this movie, I think about all those folks who have online relationships only and I find it no real difference since both seems similar. And then I got it. He has someone (something) in his life that doesn't challenge and criticizes him and some people need that. The movie is thought provoking because you think.. this is crazy.. but there was an interesting scene, when he looks around and seeing everyone is completely engage with their devices. And aren't we there now? So I think the story is well developed. I like all the music selection. Joaquim comes off as a sympathetic figure which could be viewed as creepy. And it wasn't what I thought it was going to be. Great casting to.. It was a nice surprise to see Amy Adams in this film.