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Ted 2 (2015)
A Kiddie Bear With An Adult Mouth Trying To Gain Human Rights
I was pleasantly surprised by the scope of this film. While the plot doesn't do anything daring, it is a bit smarter. The plot has underlying themes, some heart, and of course shallow, indecent, and offensive situations. While MacFarlane does not do anything out of his realm here, he does adult humor well, and he has many "smart" gags, lines, and scenes here.
The court scenes are decent, but my favorite scenes here are the scenes with Tom Brady, the scene at the sperm clinic, and the scenes at Comic- con. They were entertaining and filled with hilarity.
Once again, while not groundbreaking, it was a pleasant, adult, humorous, escape this summer. And one I may be enjoying again soon.
Inside Out (2015)
A Welcome Look "Inside" Your Head
One of the best things about the movie that I appreciated was the little things. The little bits of humor that if you stop and think about it too long you will miss the next bit. The whole joke that rings true about the gum jingle that gets stuck in your head and only comes to you in a weird times.
And then the movie is smart. The whole process behind the intellect, the memories, long-term and short-term, the imaginary friend, all of this is presented in such an appealing unbelievable way it almost makes your own memories and thoughts make more sense to you. This actually made more sense to me explaining how memories worked than the typical physiological processes that happen in your body with physiology. Well done Pixar.
While the movie was good, like I said earlier it was not amazing. The strength of this movie was behind the scenes in Riley's head. The imaginative things that happened behind the scenes with the emotions and the memories and all of the other crew responsible for maintaining Riley's thought processes were the most entertaining part of this film. The emotions were just okay. Amy Poehler's voice was fine but nothing amazing. And while all of the other voice performances were not horrible, I really thought nothing stood out. I think if there were some different voice actors, or the dialogue was better or fresher it would have made a difference here for sure.
Jurassic World (2015)
Out of this World
The rationale for the velociraptors and the Rex is a bit sketchy. The velociraptors seem to have a loyalty to Owen, then they turn, then they turn back, and so forth. I felt like I was watching "How To Tran Your Dragon 2", except on a slightly less intelligent level. Also the Rex seems to have a hunting method of sniffing scent, at one point it can not smell Owen, but later it ends up sniffing and finding him and the girl many times. There isn't a lot of consistency with what goes on there.
For me, one of the best segments of the film was when the pterodactyls escaped and went on a flying, snatching, and biting spree. Through the air, through the woods, and then through the crowds of people, it was quite fun to watch.
Well the film is not brilliant, or particularly innovative, it is a decent time. Also if you have seen the first one, or saw it years ago in the theater like I did, it is quite nostalgic and I guess retro to experience a similar adventure, along with the same music that was played 22 years ago. I am not a big fan of seeing most movies in 3- D, but the 2-D showing was sold out so I ended up seeing the 3-D version. While it was not my first choice it was a good movie to see in 3-D as many of the scenes were breathtaking in that medium. As one of the first blockbusters of the summer, this film will make money, entertain audiences for the most part, and while it will be around for a couple months, it won't really be talked about in a year or two. If you like action movies, or dinosaurs, or Chris Pratt, it's definitely worth checking out.
Shaken and Stirred
Just as "Heat" was both a good cop-buddy movie and hilarious comedy, Feige also double dips this film as an adequate entertaining spy movie AND a hilarity filled comedy. Feige has no problem making his characters seem mortal, via termination . Many spies, good or bad, meet their demise and a second pan of their body is not always obliged. Sometimes a character comes in that was introduced earlier, is quickly killed off and the camera moves to the surviving folk to see what kind of reaction or what type of humor can be salvaged from the faux- unfortunate situation. The film style here is a genre all it's own, and it is refreshing to take in. There were a couple of things that were not amazing in the film, and Feige was not going for plausability, but the issue with the rodents and the spy agency seemed far fetched and unfunny as well as a couple of similar issues. It was also nice when McCarthy was given free range to be raunchy and mean, which she does not get until about a half hour in. I'm not sure what these two have planned next, but I'm sure it will slightly redefine the genre as well as fill it with R-rated laughs.
San Andreas (2015)
This One Should Have Fallen Into the Ocean
What a cheese-fest. For some reason, when audience reviews were overall favorable, and Giamatti was cast as a scientist, I thought there may be some grit and realism here. Hmm not so much. Special effects were quite good but this film was held together with a large amount of velveeta and fiction. Even in the first sixty seconds Ray's (The Rock) character was a bit far-fetched as he risked everyone's life on board for the life of someone in trouble. Lawrence (Giamatti) and his partner have a hypothesis about fault lines and earthquake prediction. They quickly and unrealistically prove this, and then just become a very annoying, unconvincing subplot.
The rescue of Ray's daughter is the main driving force here but it just bleeds every bit of realism and plausibility from the film. She and her annoying, worthless companions conveniently get around every danger, and then her dad and mom somehow maneuver multiple vehicles through miles and miles of wreckage and turmoil and somehow find her amidst the wreckage of shattered city. Yikes. Not even close. Carlton Cuse (from Lost) is responsible for the screenplay here, and it just doesn't seem right. Not his style. Should not have been anyone's style. Boo.
A trip worth taking
The narrative here is decent and primary objective pretty simple. Newton wants to get away from the people chasing her and find this land. This is entertaining and fun to watch, as is her initial interaction with Walker. Once they finally do get to Tomorrowland however, plausibility, if that exists in a movie like this, gets stretched a bit. There are a few holes in the plot, and the motivation of the antagonist and everything to do with earth's doom and it's salvation is a bit unbelievable. Maybe it is because this problem is only hinted at throughout the film and we don't get it until the end, or maybe because Nix (Laurie) is only briefly in the film until the very end so his selfish, anti-human nature are not really believed here.
There is just a bit too much going on here at the end that Bird wishes to wrap up. Maybe the film needed a bit longer of a running time to make everything mesh well. The conflicts that exist here are too numerous to even mention. It all is wrapped up and resolved rather quickly and some things are short changed and don't quite fit because of it. All in all, it is a fun film, a different kind of movie, and a trip worth taking.
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Bigger not always Better
I did like how the Avengers were together from the beginning, and a lot throughout the film. They don't always get along, and all of the scenes with them assembled are not amazing, but this is more of what you expect with a team. Some of the scenes I enjoyed the most were scenes where they resembled normal folk. Scenes where they are partying or hanging out, or even in an old farmhouse with Hawkeye's (Renner) family; moments that focused on their humanity. Because for the most part, there isn't a lot of humanity shown otherwise. Part of the problem with superhero movies is finding an adequate challenge, and putting the main character in danger. In many popular comic book movies, "Iron Man", "Wolverine", and "Thor", all of these characters are stripped of the powers and they have to figure things out as a somewhat normal individual. In Avengers 2, there is no imminent threat felt, even though it is implied. While it's not a bad movie by any means, the Avengers seem to be overstaying their welcome at the moment. It's up to the Russo brothers (Captain America 2, and currently directing Captain America 3, and then both Avengers sequels) to get things back on track. Russo brothers, assemble.
Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)
Weird Name, Great Times
Well played Mr. Vaughn. Well played. I've always appreciated Matthew Vaughns cinematic style, but the plot is always a tad too unique or doesn't click. Everything seems to click here. The plot is a bit out there, and the good vs. bad animated characters almost play out like a Saturday morning cartoon but it seems to work. Good is mostly good, and bad is evil. The characters are intriguing, the dialect entertaining, and the action is an old fashioned good time. Pun intended when referring to the Kingsman. The movie although predictable in some senses as far as the training for the most part, many things are not predictable. People die. Good people turn bad. And the beat down you always want to see from Eggsy (Egerton) to his mom's boyfriend
doesn't ever happen even though he deserves it. There are many things that happen in the movie to keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat and I wasn't really bored for a minute. I was surprised by the rating and wasn't sure what to expect from the R-rating. I expected a barely adult movie that was almost PG-13. Way off. There are numerous profanities used, and lots of blood. It was actually refreshing for there to be a legitimate adult movie made and not just an R-rated movie edited to fit mass PG-13 audiences. The action scene with Galahad (Firth) and the crazy church people
.amazing. I will definitely be watching it again.
The Wedding Ringer (2015)
Vulgar Olaf Gets Married
A winter Kevin Hart comedy. Last year, it was the buddy cop PG-13 comedy, "Ride Along", this year it's "The Wedding Ringer." While Kevin's screen presence is a bit more commanding here, it is not enough to save the movie from its own mediocrity. Uneven writing and an uneven partner in Josh Gad make the movie so-so for the most part. There are moments that are humorous, there are moments that are sentimental, there are moments that I was glad it was rated "R". But there were also moments that were forced and unfunny, moments that were so unrealistic there was no sentiment possible, and moments that the director forced disgusting things into the film just because it had the "R" rating. While I'm not sure it is worth a second viewing, "Ringer" has a funny idea, some funny characters, and is an entertaining enough waste of time for awhile. Worth checking out if you've ever been intrigued by the idea of a groom paying for best man services, if you're a fan of Kevin Hart, or if you always wanted to hear Olaf from "Frozen" say the F-word.
One Fun Bear
I was quite skeptic that I would thoroughly enjoy this movie. It's just a bear...and it's a British movie...most children/family movies in this genre are decent, just not amazing. This one though somehow overachieves. It's nothing grand, and maybe that is why it succeeds. The story seems true to the literary classic complete with origin story of Paddington, red geographer's hat, and duffle coat. It's the regular daily life things like using the bathroom, brushing the teeth, using tape, etc. that prove to be rather impossible for ole clumsy Paddington, thus creating amusement and humor for the viewer. The supporting cast of the family and protagonists is also decent. I appreciated Mr. Brown's (Bonneville) performance, along with every other family member. They are first reluctant to accept Paddington, but after warming up to him a bit, it's hard to resist a furry bear, no matter what wrong he does apparently. The flow of the movie is unique in that there are catastrophic, humorous events at times, and then just moments of candor within the Brown household that you want to take in. I suppose the villainous scene at the end felt a bit far-fetched, but then again, the infiltration of the Geographer's Guild with Mr. Brown, Paddington, and a security guard was hilarious. The kids loved it, and this one is definitely worth a second look.