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Power Rangers (2017)
Not a good film, not at all.
I was never a huge fan of "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers", but I went in, open to trying this film. I was sorely, sorely disappointed. I left this movie thinking, "This was a *bad* movie!" Now, there are movies out there, that are absolute garbage, the acting is bad, almost everything is bad. I admit, this is not the worst movie I've ever seen, however, there's a lot wrong with it!
The Bad: There's crude humor, lame and dated jokes we've heard in hundreds of other movies, some bad language and dozens of tired movie clichés. We've seen it all before is what I'm saying. There's is very little to be enjoyed in this movie. It's an origin story, that kind of lags a bit, and then the action is cranked up near the end, but it's not really that exciting. We've all seen the "misfits who learn to work together" story line, and that's all this is. I'm surprised that the creator of the original "Power Rangers" OK'd this version. It's pretty terrible for the most part.
The Good: Bill Hader's character was amusing, Bryan Cranston brings some levity to this, and Elizabeth Banks does a great job of making you hate her character, which proves her acting is good. The main cast is a bit annoying, but they're OK at playing their stereotypes. Also, the score by Bryan Tyler was very good.
So: This is a not a movie I would recommend. It may appeal to some teenagers, and it's not the worst thing they could be watching. Overall, it's just a bad film. Case closed.
Blair Witch (2016)
Pretty darn good sequel!
As a fan of the original, I was really unsure of how this movie would turn out. I was confused that this was categorized as a sequel and a reboot, but it plays mostly as a sequel. I don't usually like movies with unknowns, especially 20-something unknowns. (They're usually not good.) This cast didn't bother me, though. They were good, without overacting. I found myself really enjoying this movie. On the DVD, you see that there was lots of work to match the original's sets, and I read that there was a lot of thought put into creating this movie. It's scary, and interesting. If you're worried that it's a typical revamping of an old franchise, worry not! If you enjoyed the original, there's a great chance you'll like this one, too! 8/10 (P.S.- There's no need to watch "Book of Shadows" if you didn't see that one. Just move on to this one!)
Why Him? (2016)
I knew going in that this wouldn't be spectacular, however I like Bryan Cranston, and James Franco is an interesting fellow, making all kinds of movies. The profanity content is massive! It's distracting! It's unbelievable. Some cameos near the end make you scratch your head. The movie was alright. Here are my thoughts: What I liked: Cranston is amusing as the Dad who just can't believe his daughter picked a scumbucket like Franco's character. It may be a one-joke plot, but the characters are what makes this work. Megan Mullally is fantastic, taking her character through a bunch of different comic turns. And I like seeing Cedric the Entertainer on the big screen again. He's a funny guy, and he doesn't make it into that many movies these days.
What I disliked: The bad language (call me a prude!) was unrelenting. Zoey Deutch was unbelievable as her character, and pretty annoying, I'd say. The ending seemed tacked on, and a little long in my opinion, like the filmmakers wanted to add more to the story than needed.
So... if you're a fan of anyone in the cast, you may sort of like this movie, but it isn't fantastic. Redbox it, borrow it from the library, or wait 'til it's on cable, I say. 5/10
Necessary Roughness (1991)
OK comedy, with a decent cast....
I went out of my way to watch this movie because I think Scott Bakula has an enjoyable screen presence. I had a hard time paying attention to this movie, and had that "check my watch" feeling a lot. I'm not really a football fan, so I'm sure that went against me, here. I thought about this movie for a little while after I finished it, and my general thought, is that it's just OK. The cast is likable, and for a 1991 movie, it doesn't seem tremendously dated to me. If you like football movies, light comedy, or any of the cast members, you'll probably get through it, but like some of the other reviewers said, it's not really worth a rent. If it's on TV or at the library, it's an alright pick. 5/10
Pretty Good (From a Ghostbusters Fan)
Well this was a tough shot, a reboot of a classic film. I ended up liking this film. Here's why: The casting was good, effects were great, cameos were fun, and it didn't try to be the original, exactly. Generally, it followed the outline of the original, but it was it's own story, as well. The cast, I felt, clicked really well, and they were all fun characters in their own way. I liked Kristin Wiig, in particular. I thought she was phenomenal. Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones did really well, considering I only knew them from SNL. I was worried that Melissa McCarthy would be a little annoying, as she usually annoys me a tad bit, but here she restrained her physical comedy, and I believed her as her character. (She was even, dare I say it, kind of cute in this role!) The effects are as good as one could imagine for a 2016 film, pretty darn good! Overall, this could have been a big disaster, but it ended up quite enjoyable. 7/10 from me!
Not as Good as I'd Hoped
I've been a Ninja Turtle fan since the '80s. I was a fan of the prior movies (though I know 'Turtles in Time' wasn't the greatest). I enjoyed the 2014 reboot, though I know most people weren't a fan of it. I went into "Out of the Shadows" with moderate expectations. Good sequels are hard to make, and few and far between. There was something different about this one. First off, for a movie marketed to kids, the profanity content was a bit high. (Reminded me of Nickelodeon's "Fun Size".) I was quite surprised to hear one character use the "S" word. Secondly, the animation got a little dizzying near the end. Thirdly, Krang sounded weird, and looked like someone's insides. Really pretty ugly to see. I liked the characterizations of Michelangelo, and Donatello. I just felt that there was just something lacking in this film, as opposed to the first one. 5/10
Tammy: A Review
I went into this movie feeling like it might be underwhelming. I'd heard bad things. A boss of mine tried to steer me away from this movie, but I figured I'd see it anyway. I've gone to McCarthy's movies for a while now, and some of them are relatively amusing on some spectrum. (For example, I thought "Identity Thief" was OK, but "The Heat" just felt like overdone crude trash.) Well, this was a pretty unfunny affair. It was almost kind of depressing. "Take a character that's in a whole lot of crummy situations, and send her off on a road trip with an alcoholic. Should be funny right?" No. It's not. It's uneven, too. It tries to make you care about the characters when they get sad for a moment, but that doesn't work. I don't think I truly laughed once watching this. It was a shame to see Susan Sarandon, Dan Aykroyd, Sandra Oh, Toni Collete and Kathy Bates in this drivel.
The Good: Good actors, despite a bad script.
The Bad: Script is terrible and unfunny. Brings back memories of stuff like "The Hangover III". Just depressing from beginning to the end.
This Is 40 (2012)
This is Depressing
When I went to this movie, I kind of knew what I was in for. Judd Apatow's movies are pure dramadies. The funny bits are always funny, but the drama is always *dramatic*. I joked with friends that "Funny People" should've been called "Depressed People", because that's how I felt after watching that..... and this. I have no doubt in my mind that Apatow is a good writer and director, but sometimes dramadies are so hard to swallow. I feel like, and this is pure opinion, that the first little bit was a little off. It was a little funny, but nothing amazing. As the movie continued, it became more and more dramatic. And I get it, life is dramatic except for all the little quirks that make life funny and fun. It's well cast, there isn't anyone who isn't putting in their all, and I can appreciate an actor who can do comedy and drama well, but the whole thing just left me cold. Like, "Who am I? What am I doing with my life?" cold. There's a lot more people out there that will enjoy this movie, and... for the life of me I don't know why, but I'll keep seeing what Apatow puts out. I just know that I'm going to laugh a little, and then feel down for an hour or so after.
Trouble with the Curve (2012)
Trouble With the Curve: A Review
Do I watch Clint Eastwood movies? Not really. He's pretty much the gruff neighbor we never want to deal with in every movie. But could that screen persona work in a dramady about an old grumpy man? It sure did. After the heaviness of Gran Torino, it's great to see something he's involved with that's a little more relaxing. Does it still have some moments that give you a lump in your throat? Yeah, it's Eastwood, so yes. But Amy Adams was, for me, the very best part of this movie. Her character is a tough businesswoman, whose crustiness stems from her father, obviously. But she has issues to work through. And I know she won't win an Oscar for *this* film, but my goodness were my heartstrings pulled by her performance! There's a good mix of comedy and drama for a balance, I thought. Although it's really and truly only going to appeal to a lot of older folks, I certainly think it'd be enjoyed by younger people as well. (I know I loved it.) What I enjoyed about it: Amy Adams was the best part for me. I loved her performance, and felt for her character very much. Elsewhere, it was funny and sweet despite a few uncomfortable moments, story-wise.
What I didn't enjoy: The heavier dramatic/thematic moments brought down the fun factor, but not too, too much. Also, Matthew Lillard's character was just such a jerk, it marred a few scenes until you just wanted him to go away and never come back.
So give this a try, I really liked it.
Rise of the Guardians (2012)
Rise of the Guardians: A Review
Who doesn't want to watch a movie about characters we all know and love? Santa? The Easter Bunny? The Tooth Fairy? It all sounds all very endearing... until you see this movie. Honestly, I was shocked just how boring this was. The characters should've been really interesting, and this movie should've been written way better. When action scenes make me yawn (a first!), something's not quite right. Chris Pine, Hugh Jackman, Jude Law, Alec Baldwin are all good in their own right, but when a movie is just "off", there's no saving it. As I mentioned, I was terrifically bored but the story and writing, so much so that great visuals and 3D couldn't save it. And I know, studio heads don't want to overwhelm audiences with a high level of graphics and a convoluted, confusing story, but this was just a pure yawnfest.
What I liked: The actors (in their own right), the visuals, and the 3D was good.
What I didn't like: As I repeat, the story, the dialogue, and the length. It just didn't mesh for me, and I even went in with an open heart and interest despite crummy reviews and box office opening.
I suggest, search for something better for the kids, like a Pixar movie, or practically any *other* Dreamworks animated film. 4/10