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Runs Slightly Off Track
Zootopia starts out as one of Disney's typical propaganda films, with the talent show trying to shove the message of all-inclusiveness down our throats. It also goes right for the message of you can be anything that you want to be, which is great, but again, propaganda filled and set towards Disney's liberal-leaning message.
There are also tons of stereotypes made about the animals. A great example of this would be how the lions are just automatically predators or how bunnies are just cute and dumb.
J.K. Simmons and Jason Bateman, as well as Idris Elba, do some fantastic acting that definitely makes their scenes worth a rewatch or three.
There are times when the film gets lost in it's plot line too, like how the assistant mayor suddenly decides to be a villain or how there's a random chase with a panther during the movie.
There are some funny parts though. The sloths at the DMV and the mafia boss mouse killed me.
If you're trying to teach your kids something by showing them this movie, be ready to answer lots of questions at the end.
More Of A Cult Classic Then Anything Else
When it comes to this film I envision it becoming a cult classic in later years, similar to some of Tim Burton's other films. Speaking of Burton, I find this film a very odd choice for him to direct. Like the Alice In Wonderland films, I never thought I'd see him directing something like this.
The film has it's highs. The acting of Ella Purnell, Eva Green, and Samuel L. Jackson is really good and deserves awards. The film's setting of Wales is a great place to have a movie set. Seeing Allison Janney in this type of a film was also a treat as I love her acting and voice.
Other than that though, the film has some lows. One of them is the acting of Asa Butterfield, which is cringe-worthy at times. It appears as if he was never even invested in the film at all. The final act is very rushed as well, with the film jumping through the climax rather quickly.
Fans of Tim Burton will watch this one for years to come, but I won't be watching it too often after this initial viewing.
I've Always Been In Love With These
Tammy is a road trip movie, and oh how I love this type of movie. There's just a lot more thrill and excitement when the film moves from location to location rather than staying in one spot the entire time.
Tammy also has a lot of good acting throughout, including the great Dan Akyroyd, who only appears for about 2 minutes total and gets star billing (something I never got). Susan Sarandon and Kathy Bates charm the audience in most of their appearances.
Give this film a chance. You'll enjoy it from top to bottom. Melissa McCarthy puts out another decent film to add to her list of well-done movies.
Gone Girl (2014)
How To Create A Crazy Good Film
Gone Girl takes a brand new concept and turns it into a movie that could easily bring home an Oscar. Imagine if your wife just randomly disappeared and was supposedly dead, yet she left enough evidence to pin the murder on you when she wasn't actually dead? That's what this film does, and also brings Tyler Perry into a more serious role as attorney Tanner Bolt, who brings suave and gravitas to his character. Neil Patrick Harris appears in something other than a comedy production and does a magnificent job. A lot of new technology can also be seen, especially in Collin's house, and it's magnificent.
Gone Girl is a good movie, and it's a good watch for everybody.
A Painful Watch
I waited two years to see this movie, and it turned out to be a huge disappointment. To me it was just two hours of a kid who can't stop yelling and is very rude towards others, especially his mother and the renter. There is way too much crying from the boy too. Thomas Horn makes this movie a hard watch with what I see as an over-the-top portrayal of Oskar.
As for the positives, John Goodman plays Stan the Doorman pretty good, and Tom Hanks does a good job despite really only appearing in a total of 20 minutes of the film, and I do enjoy the journey.
The movie would've been a lot better if Thomas Horn had toned down Oskar just a little bit.
The Other Woman (2014)
When Men Cheat
When men cheat, what happens in this movie usually doesn't happen, but it did for these three ladies, and it makes for an enjoyable watch. The plot isn't filled with holes, and there are a lot of laughs, especially out of what Kate Upton says because she's really only known for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Editions and therefore starts off playing a bit of a ditz, sort of like Leslie Mann's character, who is the insecure one of the group that's tricked into signing papers for her husband's company that she's the CEO of.
Enjoy this film with friends. It's the perfect buddy comedy even though the cast is largely female and men aren't really a big part of it at all. It'll be part of Cameron Diaz's best of collection in the coming years.
Yes I Did Actually Watch This Movie...
I believe quite firmly that this movie was made for chicks to sit down and ooh, ahhh, and cry over, but I enjoyed it immensely. I was a freshman just like Charlie when I saw it, and it chronicles this suicidal kid's life quite nicely, showing that sometimes a group of kids is willing to take in a stray despite any age differences, and that sometimes a girl with a different guy that she's in love with is willing to help out a guy that has feelings for her.
The movie also deals with gay romances and drugs as well as bullying. The director has handled these things very well, almost with a finesse.
It's a chronicle of teen romance. I'd recommend it more for girls than guys, but see if you think you should.
Due Date (2010)
When You Feel Down....
When you feel down, and need some good humor that may be a little oddball and contains a lot of swearing, watch Due Date. The movie begins with a very simple premise somewhat reminiscent of old sitcoms from the 1950's, and evolves from there into a roadtrip movie, which is one of my favorite genres of movies! From the first encounter at the loans office, up until the accidental Mexican border crossover, this movie shows what happens when polar opposites go for a long ride together. The end also ends up being happy despite the movie's content, with Ethan getting his acting job with a cameo on Two And A Half Men, and RDJ's character showing up just in time for the birth of his new kid.
It's an awesome movie! Don't pass it up if you can!
When Technology Gains Control
This movie is awesome! It pertains to a subject that could be happening in the very near future, and that is technology taking over. The movie begins quite emotionally, and when Will died I thought we weren't going to see him again in the movie, making me question why Depp got star billing on the posters.
Now, I see why. Almost right after the death, we get Will, bald with electrodes still attached to his head, on a computer screen asking to be connected online. And after that happens, Will starts to look more like a human again, controlling the building of Brightwood Data Center, and going to work healing the injured and sick to make them his slaves. This all leads to the climax of the film, which is carried out quite epically before we flash ahead five years to a world where all technology, and power for that matter, has blacked out.
See this movie. You'll love it! It's a very real sci-fi thriller, and it's where we could be in the next twenty or so years.
Fast-Paced From Start To Finish
I expected this movie to be a boring teenage love story because I had never actually seen the previews. Boy was I wrong! The movie starts out kind of slow, but then picks up after the choosing ceremony, and keeps on going without stopping until what seems like a 45 minute long climax scene that makes you wonder how many levels it'll step up.
I enjoy Jai Courtney's portrayal of Eric the Dauntless leader, and the Dauntless faction as a whole. If I was a bit more physically fit I could possibly be one of them. I also enjoy seeing Maggie Q getting a post Nikita role as big as that of Tori.
I do have a few nitpicks though. I don't like how slitting your hand open is shown as being mandatory as it sends a bad message. Also, the relationship between Tris and Four seems to send the vibes that a student having a relationship with her teacher is perfectly OK.
I also think another actor could've pulled off Jeanine better, like Jane Lynch or Kristen Wiig, maybe even Cameron Diaz. It just didn't seem like Kate Winslet was the right choice.
If you're OK with having your kids witness a lot of physical and gun violence, go see this movie. You won't regret it one little bit.