Sunday, April 8, 2018

Blockers Review: Hilarious moments but nothing we haven't seen before

The Hit:

Blockers is a comedy where three parents try to stop a pact in which their daughters made to have sex on prom night. Along the way, we get to see a lot of things that make you cringe and laugh at the same time. 

Cast:  Leslie Mann, John Cena, Ike Barinholtz, Kathryn Newton, Geraldine Viswanathan, Gideon Adlon, Miles Robbins, Graham Phillips, Jimmy Bellinger

Pros: The three parents were awesome trying to foil their kids' plans and the actors who played them had great chemistry. Leslie Mann is a natural in comedy so no worries there, and Ike as well but John Cena had me a little skeptical. I think he was the best out of all three in the majority of the film. He's a big guy and doesn't wear the pants in the relationship so you can see how that can go, he was hilarious. The three girls are probably best friends outside of the movie because they never fell out of tune with each other and that's a very great thing to have especially in a comedy. I laughed with tears rolling down my cheeks about 4 or 5 times because some scenes were great! Besides the jokes, it gets real in some scenes and really made this film more for parents, who will probably get more of a chuckle watching this flick and mature adults. 

Cons: They left some funny parts out of the trailers and they were smart by doing that but some you saw coming and that wasn't as funny. I felt like some scenes were forced and made you want to react in a way to laugh and although after the scene some worked, other scenes not so much. 

I had a great time watching Blockers but didn't feel a burning passion towards the entirety of the movie because I felt like I've seen this type of film before. It was still a good laugh and I'm sure you'll still have fun! 

The Verdict:
YELLOW LIGHT (Proceed With Caution)

A Quiet Place Review: A breakout film for John Krasinski

The Hit:

There are many opinions that A Quiet Place is this year's Get Out and I am throwing my hat into the same ring. I was surprised that this was written and Directed by John Krasinski, he must have learned some stuff from "The Office". 

Cast: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, Cade Woodward

Pros: The Silence. You get a few and I mean very few instances where the characters talk but the silence and sign language was very intriguing. Body language and gestures can really tell how a person is acting or feeling, you get to see that when someone was mad, sad, scared, alone and more just by body language and without even saying a word, I thought that was incredible and really well done. The monsters are scary and can hear everything. It was fun thinking out of my own personal friends who wouldn't survive cause they are so loud. Chemistry was on point, Emily and John are married in real life but their interaction with their fellow cast mates made it feel like they were a real family. The concept of doing everything in their daily lives quietly would be so hard. John did a marvelous job showing us this thriller world. 

Cons: Nothing with the film but a A BIG con was a group of teenagers behind me talking and even laughing at scenes where it wasn't funny AT ALL. It was really annoying, I didn't enjoy the film as much because of that.

A Quiet Place was a great Thriller, Horror, and dramatic flick that might be tough to beat in that genre this year. I'm excited for more work from John, he knocked it out of the park! And I wouldn't even mind a sequel from this story either. 

The Verdict:


Saturday, March 31, 2018

Ready Player One Review: A thrilling pop culture nerd ride

The Hit:

A movie based on a book I have never read but if the book is anything like the movie adaptation of Ready Player One, it is absolutely one of the greatest nerd stories ever.

Cast: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe, T.J. Miller, Mark Rylance, Phillip Zhao, Win Morisaki, Simon Pegg, Hannah John-Kamen.

Pros: I loved that the story revolved around a world where you can enter a virtual reality called the Oasis and try to beat levels so that when you succeed you become a trillionaire in the real world and become the new owner. Ready Player One had so many references to old movies, games and other pop culture from the 80s to the present time. Just that in general is what made this film amazing, you see old characters you played with and movies you've seen, it literally made the inner child inside me jump with glee. I was so entranced by Ready Player One that my heart couldn't stop beating in scenes and my hands were shaking after it was over. I cannot remember the last time I had a smile from ear to ear in such a long time throughout most of the whole film. The story, the actors, the world in Oasis was brilliant and beautiful at the same time. I will repeat this again but the story from a non-reader's perspective seemed to keep a pace that kept you on the edge of your seat and I never felt bored or negative about any scene. Seeing the main character go through struggles in finding the next clue and seeking help from friends made it just like a video game and that enthralled me. 

Cons: I don't have any cons that I can think of but to put at least one down I will mention that a couple friends of mine that did read the book felt like the film didn't go into too much detail and was rushed because the books go into more depth. I personally didn't feel that way and to fall more in love with this great story I will be ordering the book to read.

I highly urge, encourage and recommend you see Ready Player One -- 100%, do not miss out on this fantastic movie! I am planning on seeing it again to find more easter eggs that I've missed. By the end of this year, this will definitely be in my Top 5 movies of 2018 list. Do not miss out on this soon to be classic, this will become a must-own when it's available for bluray/Dvd. 

The Verdict:


Sunday, March 25, 2018

Pacific Rim: Uprising Review: True to fans of the series

The Hit:

Robots the size of skyscrapers are back for another sequel in Pacific Rim: Uprising and what a joyous return to see them in action once again!

Cast: John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny, Burn Gorman, Charlie Day, Tian Jing, Rinko Kikuchi

Pros: I love big robots but I knew Pacific Rim: Uprising would either be a hit or miss because sequels usually are. Walking out I really couldn't decide which one was better and that's good. The new designs on the Jaegers were more appealing to me this time around. Action scenes were epic! The story was not something I was expecting and if you really enjoyed the first movie then the story in this really made sense and I liked the direction it went with that. John Boyega really can act beyond Star Wars and that is exciting because he's very likable on screen. Cailee is another actress I've never seen before and she has promise as well. In the first installment it was mostly Jaegers vs Kaiju but this time around we get good Jaegers vs bad Jaegers and seeing such conflict against two robots pitted against each other is just as exciting. There is a brief scene towards the end that shows a statue of a Gundam, since the first movie that is what Jaegers reminded me of -- Mecha Japanese anime that I adore, so seeing that on screen was something that made me smile.

Cons: There were scenes with forced humor and some cringy moments as well and while it didn't get in the way of the movie it could have been cut out and used that extra dialogue for other scenes instead. Charlie Day is a character and sure is funny, but I didn't like the way he was used in this flick. I can see why he was used in such a way to progress the story but maybe I just need to let it soak in because I guess it needed to be done. I didn't really like the ending because it abruptly ends in a way that they hope will get another sequel, so fingers crossed that it happens, otherwise ending it like that was not smart. 

I may just have goggles on that can't really see the negatives of Pacific Rim: Uprising because some critics are giving it a low score or even a mediocre one but I really enjoyed it. Don't go in thinking too much about it and have a fun time. If you liked the first Pacific Rim I hope and assume you will like this one too!

The Verdict:


Sunday, March 18, 2018

Tomb Raider Review: True to its video game roots

The Hit:

Tomb Raider has had films made before which were great, but this adaptation doesn't hurt it in the slightest with a great story and adventure to go along with it. 

Cast: Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu, Kristin Scott Thomas. 

Pros: The thrill of an adventure movie like Tomb Raider is always something I enjoy and Alicia Vikander as Lara made that great to see. Nothing against Angelina Jolie's take on the video game character which those were great too but Alicia's take on Lara was more in tune with the story from the video games. Action scenes and parts where she had to use stealth made it feel like a video game and it was exciting. I liked the tomb and all its deadly traps. The objective of such tomb, in the end, was really cool if you were in detective mode throughout the movie to put the pieces together, which I wasn't and I was surprised. 

Cons: You get a typical villain of the story and I just couldn't take him seriously -- maybe because the last time I saw him was on an HBO comedy called Vice Principals but Walton Goggins still had some good moments where he made you hate him on screen but only some. Alicia Vikander, bless her heart, got annoying with her grunts and screaming. Great actress, but it got in the way of the movie.

Tomb Raider ended with a setup for a sequel and you'll see that she's up against an evil bigger than just herself so seeing more Alicia Vikander as Lara is something to be excited for. Trust me when I say this, this was a whole lot better than that last crappy film video game adaptation, Assasins Creed. Go check out this entertaining movie!

The Verdict:
GREEN LIGHT (Go see it)

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Red Sparrow Review: Jennifer Lawrence excels in this dark thriller

The Hit:

From a famous Russian Ballerina to a sparrow 'Russian intelligence service,' Jennifer Lawrence has no choice but to serve her country until she meets a CIA agent that offers her a chance for a new life in return for information. Red Sparrow is a spy story I wasn't really ready for. 

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling, Jeremy Irons, Douglas Hodge. 

Pros: Jennifer Lawrence's performance really made this story very interesting. I could never tell if her character was on a particular side. She pulls off a decent but not great Russian accent. Training to be a Red Sparrow was something I've never seen before but I could see how seduction could be used to get information. The rest of the cast did well and the story kept me intrigued from start to finish. Red Sparrow is rather deep so be prepared to really pay attention — stories like this really keep me on my toes. It's not all action but watching a slow spy movie is good once in a while. Jennifer really stole the show, she did great. 

Cons: Some scenes were awkward and disturbing. I've never seen anyone walk out of a theatre before but some people did while I was watching because of moments through the film. I don't want to spoil too much but scenes from the part of her training were pretty hard to watch, and torture scenes as well. Like I previously mentioned I got lost while following the story but that's my fault, just don't lose track and the pieces will fall together in the end. 

Red Sparrow isn't a film that made me leave and say damn that was great or that sucked but it was just okay. Jennifer Lawrence really made this film enjoyable and she continues to be a great actress in any role she takes. This film might be one of her most challenging roles yet. If you're a fan don't miss out. 

The Verdict:
YELLOW LIGHT (Proceed with Caution)

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Black Panther Review: An all-star cast breaks the Marvel mold

The Hit:

Black Panther is not my favorite Marvel film but it does its job to show us a rich backstory of where he comes from and it was beautiful.

Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman,  Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Sterling K. Brown, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, John Kani, and many more. 

Pros: I liked the story we got and how we dove into the culture of Africa and also what makes Wakanda such a technological wonder that it is kept secret. Seeing T'Challa take the mantle of a king and the process that takes was something I didn't expect. Not knowing anything really about Black Panther, in general, it was an eye-opener. The fight scenes were epic and the higher tech involved made it so much better, I think even Iron Man might have a tough time against Wakanda's inventions. A lot of reviewers are saying Michael B. Jordan's character Killmonger might be one of the greatest villians since Loki and I will have to agree. He's not just a villian who is going to just destroy the world which in turn the heroes have to stop him but he helps T'Challa find something within himself to become a better hero and king to his people, almost like a Batman and Joker type of relationship. I liked Killmonger's motives and somehow you could side with him which made the story more interesting. Chemistry was great within the whole cast and with big top actors involved you could tell scenes went by smoothly. 

Cons: Notieceable cons were really just the CGI, Instead of going out and shooting scenes with actual mountains or grass in the background you could tell the CGI took their place. It didn't really hinder the entirety of the film but with a big Marvel movie like this, I don't know why they couldn't go out and add little things like that in their budget. 

Black Panther is a great Marvel Film and opens the whole franchise even more with access to new technology and an even greater cast. And just like always, stick around for those classic end credit scenes. 

The Verdict: