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Yesterday we had the time to head out and check out the film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) though when purchasing tickets the theater was almost empty, at the same time so was Spiderman Homecoming and all the other big names so we said okay let's go. Upon arriving we did our normal and ordered our food while we researched the feedback on the movie. Valerian was a film that caught my attention from the trailer and from the day I saw the trailer I knew this film was one for me and we were hopeful.
The film started and immediately I started wondering why all the negative talk about this film? Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets movie is the next level 5th Element, it's up there with Avatar; this film has everything for sci-fi fans, and it's equal if not better than Guardians of the Galaxy. Why other than the trailer was there not much of a buzz about this film?
Valerian is a cinematic concept based on the comic from the 60's, and even then this comic didn't have a big following; heck we're comic buffs and hadn't heard of it until now. This film has made us a fan, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) is quite possibly one of the best sci-fi films released in a long time. The story is funny, fun and very adventurous. The cast fit their roles in Valerian so perfect that at times I felt the 5th Element versus Guardians of the Galaxy vibe with a huge chunk of originality on it. The creativity, graphics, effects, and conception when bringing this film to light from the comic must've been quite a choir and you can tell that Luc Besson truly cared about what he was doing with this one.
In short. Graphically stunning! Action Packed through till the end! If you're a sci-fi fan this is one for you, I hope for a sequel and we will be collecting all of the comics that we can find.
The Mummy (2017)
much better than expected
In short, when I saw another Mummy film I instantly cringed. I didn't know at first that it wasn't another remake or another sequel until I had the chance to see the trailer and even then I wasn't sold on this movie. After the release date and all of the reviews went up it just reassured me that this wasn't a film for me though after seeing it, well I see the reviews are wrong once again.
The Mummy (2017) turned out to be a really well put together film, the story was entertaining and entertaining itself. The graphics were awesome and the cast pulled it off very well, yet we did see that Mission Impossible vibe happening in a few (poses by Tom Cruise) shots; we're just started humming the theme song and kept watching. Is The Mummy a Blockbuster? I don't think it is but it was a very entertaining film and we thoroughly enjoyed it, we will buy the DVD when it comes out.
In short, The Mummy (2017) is a good film and we enjoyed it.
Despicable Me 3 (2017)
What can I say that hasn't been said about Despicable Me 3 (2017), oh yeah . It's awesome! Yes, we had the time to check out Despicable Me 3 even after all the negative reviews and we don't agree with any of those reviews; this is the best Despicable Me film yet.
In the first few minutes of the film, I could completely understand why some had that "oh no not again" review going on but apparently they didn't watch it past that point. Despicable Me 3 (2017) just like the first and second were filled with music, dancing, one off's, one-liners, you name it but can you name a blockbuster film that has released in the last 20 years that didn't have these things (other than dancing)? Despicable Me 3 was very entertaining, it was exactly what I expected with a nice kick to it; this film was the better of the three and not once was it any less. So
if you've watched any of the Despicable Me or Minions movies and liked them then there's no reason you won't enjoy this one.
not that bad
We made it out to watch Transformers: The Last Knight yesterday and honestly it was pretty good, though it wasn't one of the best of the Transformer films. When we got to the theater we were quite excited as we're fans of Transformers so we knew it would at least be entertaining and to us, it was, though a few items stuck out to me and it made it hard to watch afterward.
Just as most big blockbuster films they tend to fall short in many areas due to all the hype and marketing, usually a heavily marketed movie tends to show that the movie will be very bad; Transformers: The Last Knight wasn't bad but it did use some tricks from other movies.
Let's give the breakdown. The acting was as it always has been, very well done by all of the cast. As for CGI/Effects, well it's Transformers that's exactly where all the money went, and it was good. The story: well many places in the story they seem to have dropped the ball; it's as if they cut a lot of scenes and forgot to patch the film or it was sloppy scripting though I'm not sure which. Cinematography, I'm quite blown away that the Transformers franchise would do such a thing but they did pull tricks (very noticeable) from "Suicide Squad", and Guardians of the Galaxy"; when these scenes in the movie started to show I almost walked out of the theater.
Movies have certainly run out of using their own ideas and spend more time mimicking other films and honestly, it sickens me to see it, try some originality.
In short, Transformers: The Last Knight is an entertaining film.
Wonder Woman (2017)
Recently we had had the pleasure of checking out Wonder Woman (2017) which I can say from the beginning was fairly entertaining. There is only one Item that I personally didn't like about the movie and that was the theme song and soundtrack but in no way does this reflect on how I feel about the movie itself.
I think for the most part Wonder Woman (2017) was well thought out and put together, the graphics were nicely done, the acting was as you'd expect, and the film as a whole was entertaining. There's nothing good nor bad to say about Wonder Woman (2017), it was the same layout from start to finish as basically every blockbuster film in the last few years. You can literally take this movie and watch Transformers, Ninja Turtles, and many others side by side and see the build up, effects, and all are on point; just change the actors and tweak the story a bit. So if you liked any of these films then you'll enjoy this one as it was very well entertaining.
The information about Wonder Woman's film layout doesn't reflect my opinion of the movie either, this has merely been the way movies are made; it's the copy and pastes efforts of the industry. Wonder Woman (2017) was a very enjoyable movie and it will be in our movie collection as it was as good as the preview made it seem.
Up until the day yesterday we have debated if we wanted to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) in the theaters or if we were gonna just wait to watch it on Amazon. Many things made us wait though most importantly the thing that made us so stand-offish was the trailer and marketing.
The marketing pushed the film as hard as they tend to do for films that need that extra push because it will fall short in the theater, we've seen many of those films; though this was not the case in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Turns out that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) is one of those rare cases that the sequel was quite possibly better than the first, they did an amazing job with this film.
As usual, we won't give any spoilers and we will only focus on what makes this films good. The acting is exactly what you'd expect though a few cameo's in the film I do think they should've left the falling stars out of it, but what's done is done. The story itself we think was better put together than the first though part one will always be in our favorites. The action scenes and the effects were off the charts and extremely humorous, this film is filled with pure entertaining fun; it's a must watch and a great film.
Ghost in the Shell (2017)
From the moment the trailer popped out for the remake (Americanised version) of Ghost in the Shell (2017) featuring Scarlett Johansson and Pilou Asbæk, we were excited. We've always been huge fans of the original Anime and Manga and the thought of seeing Ghost in the Shell in this type of setting was looking to be a beautiful thing.
Once the marketing started on the film instantly the movie caught a ton of heat due to Majors role being performed by an American, specifically they seemed to target Scarlett Johansson. Being a fan of Ghost in the Shell, I believe the way they pieced this remake together using Scarlett Johansson as Major was done beautifully and respectfully.
Like all movies that get a lot of press they tend to get bad ratings right off the bat, typically this isn't because the movie is good or bad; it's due to the ignorance and drama going on in the media to try and slow down the popularity. Ghost in the Shell 2017 remake is one of those films that are just catching bad press from most who either didn't watch the movie, some that are basing what they think is going on in the movie so they won't watch it; and then there's those who get paid to post negative press.
This remake of Ghost in the Shell was done very well! I love how they kept true to the scenery of the anime. This is, however, an Americanized version so like all US based media it has those twist and turns for marketing value that no film-goer enjoys, but for the term entertaining; this film takes all. The cast in Ghost in the Shell played their roles very well, the scripts were right on point, and from the moment the film started we were suddenly engulfed as if we were inside of our Manga Collections seeing it all in real life form.
As for Scarlett Johansson's role as Major, she did a very remarkable job. Major's story as to why she had an American body held it together with strong. The action scenes were on point throughout the movie, we didn't find one item in this remake that we felt wasn't properly to par; wonderful remake.
very well done!
Well . I've been working on trying to put together my thoughts on Life (2017) without giving away any spoilers; so here is what I've come up with.
Life (2017) is a good movie, it is well put together. The graphics and the concept of the life form itself are completely off the charts and beautifully done. In the first half hour or so of the movie, details are on point; I mean everything is perfect!. My advice to understand what I'm saying is when you're watching Life (2017), pay attention to the most minimal details. Now after the first half hour or so the movie tends to spend less time focusing on important details. The scenery and the story seem to start losing pace; it's as if all the money was used up in the first bit of the movie; though the movie is still really good.
Things that caught me right away about Life (2017) is this movie wouldn't have reached such an audience or interest without Ryan Reynolds and you can tell it in the film that this was the biggest kickoff to hold their ground with this movie; well played. I have a huge interest in sci-fi films and of course, I would've seen this film either way, at least in time; I'm very happy to have gotten to see it and I look forward to having this movie in my personal collection when it comes to DVD.
In short, they done a very great job with this movie, the film was well thought out and the cast certainly did their job. Loved the movie.
NieR: Automata (2017)
Square Enix has done it again! Another superb game released by Square Enix "NieR: Automata (2017)" which has Officially hit my top 5 games ever made and holding strong at #2. NieR: Automata has an amazing story, a trippy but unique and fun play style; and the artwork is off the charts.
On the Official Steam Launch date March 7th, 2017, I sit anxiously for the install to complete as I had pre-ordered NieR: Automata. Once the install completed I instantly dropped all I was doing to click play. When I hit the play button I was completely blown away by how the game started out. It was right off the bat a "Rise of the Tomb Raider" moment where I had to quickly figure out the basics of what was going on as it whisked me away through a series of the start up until It started sharing the tooltips of what to click to do what.
As I continued to play around as the Character B2, direction seemed to change; in a sense, I felt as if I was Aeon Flux here and there sort of a comics book movement based I really love this game. All I can say at this moment in time if you haven't played NieR: Automata; you haven't played a good game yet!
a good time and fun to watch
Yesterday we headed out to see the first day viewing of CHIPS (2017) at our favorite theater in Scottsdale, Arizona; RoadHouse Theater. From the moment Chips started, we could instantly tell it was gonna be very funny, though a lot that was in the trailer was a splice job to make it funnier than it was in the actual film. Now I've already seen remarks that this film has the Starsky and Hutch vibe going for it, I can totally see where they were coming from; though in reality there isn't a new idea in any film over the last decade plus.
To set the record straight CHIPS (2017) wasn't the greatest film, but it was very entertaining. This movie brought a ton of laughter, an awesome cast; I believe they done a very good job for films in this genre. Does the Chips movie have a lot of ideas in it from other films? Yes, it does, but so does every movie that has come out for more than 20 years, originally has been gone for a long time.