Saturday, June 16, 2018

Incredibles 2 Review: Worth the wait

The Hit:

It's been 14 long years for an Incredibles sequel to finally emerge but what a great flick it turned out to be!

Cast: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, Catherine Keener, Eli Fucile, Bob Odenkirk, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Bird, Sophia Bush, Brad Bird, Phil LaMarr.


Pros: We dive into the family we all know and love and get to know each one on a personal level. Bob is stuck being a stay at home dad while Helen is out trying to show the world supers can become legal again by setting a good example, and this is when the comedy comes into play. Bob soon realizes taking care of three kids is really hard work especially with Jack Jack's budding powers. Jack Jack stole the show in every scene he was in, not only do you get to see more powers than he showed in the first film, you will be surprised at how overpowered he becomes. Frozone had a bigger role to play this time around and that was great, he was always one of my faves. The story never stopped moving along, it would go from the comedy of Violet being a teenager, to solving math problems with Dash, to the serious side of Elastigirl fighting crime. Incredibles 2 never faltered. I really liked the message about family, even at tough moments, is always there to help out.


Cons: I personally thought the villain in the first was better than the Incredibles 2 villain. You might have a different opinion so let me know what your thoughts are in the comments! It was predictable who the bad guy was going to be and although that didn't bother me in the slightest I think it would have been more shocking if it was someone else entirely. I want more story out of this family -- hopefully, there is an Incredibles 3 in the works!



The Verdict:

GREEN LIGHT (Go See it)

When the whole theatre cheers for a movie before and after, you know it was a long wait coming. It was one of those moments that reminds me of a Marvel movie when it happens there too. Incredibles 2 was very entertaining from beginning to end. There is also a short film before the actual film begins and don't worry it is not even as close to bad as that Frozen short before Coco. It actually portrays the topic of family as well. Go enjoy Incredibles 2 with a date or family, you won't be disappointed. 

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Solo: A Star Wars Story Review: Good, but missed the magic

The Hit:

Another Star Wars side story based on a beloved character we all know and love. Does Solo meet the hype? In a way, it does but may be just as divisive as The Last Jedi.

Cast: Alden Ehrenreich, Joonas Suotamo, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Paul Bettany

Pros: The parts of Solo I enjoyed were all the scenes with Emilia Clarke, she is the mother of dragons and I am such a fanboy over anything she is in. Han and Chewbacca's first meeting and also how Han gets his blaster, as well as the Millenium Falcon, were also great. Lando was a standout and Donald Glover nailed playing a younger version of the character. A close friend argued that the Millenium Falcon was not the real ship but you get to see why it is because of the damage it takes, so fixing it and repairing it really changes the look over its course of life, but it was nice seeing how clean and new it was from the start. 

Cons: The story to me didn't catch my attention. After debating with a friend I couldn't find the words why I didn't love this movie but after much thought, I simply didn't feel the "magic" that Star Wars usually brings. Solo didn't do it for me. Like I said above, there are some cool scenes where we see how Han becomes who he is and the relationships he makes but other than that, we've seen heist movies thousands of times and it just didn't grab my attention and passion for this film. I don't know if it was because of change of directors or simply how the story bloomed, but I didn't walk out jumping in glee or even telling friends to go see it ASAP. The con really to me, is that this origin movie was just an okay film and that pains me to say that. 

The Verdict:
YELLOW LIGHT (Procced with Caution)

You may feel different from my opinion and that's great!, but if you are a Star Wars fan then this is a movie you have to watch but if you are semi hesitant then I wouldn't really push you out the door to go see it. It's a good adventure movie but didn't give me that Star Wars magic that the franchise almost always gives me. If you feel different feel free to let me know below. May the Force be with you. 

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Deadpool 2 Review: A dead-on sequel hit

The Hit:

Wade Wilson a.k.a "Deadpool" is the anti-hero we have all been waiting to see again and Deadpool 2 sure did live up to the hype. 

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Zazie Beetz, Brianna Hildebrand, Julian Dennison, Stefan Kapicic, Karan Soni.

Pros: The jokes and the jabs ranging from fellow Marvel heroes and movies to references of our everyday lives, to sci-fi and Star Wars, made Deadpool 2 even funnier than the first installment. The movie as a whole goes in a different direction and adds more drama which I won't spoil but I personally enjoyed it going that way. Cabel (Josh Brolin) was a great addition to this world and it's actually funny that Deadpool calls him out by another Marvel name which I'm sure you ALL know. The X-Force, that is all. One particular power that would be cool to have is Domino's, the power of good luck and seeing it work on screen made it that much cooler and yet scary if the wrong person had such an ability. It probably would have helped against the fight against Thanos am I right?

Cons: Some characters that were in the trailers weren't seen much in the film and Deadpool 2 only really focused on some of the main cast, including past characters from the first film. I wish they had made a little more time with the new people to get to know their powers and traits.  One particular newcomer, in particular, wasn't that great but knowing he was a big part of Deadpool's journey to being a better hero made me tolerate him at least a little. Still, I thought some of his lines were boring and annoying as a whole. 


The Verdict:
GREEN LIGHT (Go See it)

I haven't had a good laugh in such a long time and Deadpool 2 had me in tears. Definitely worth the watch and there is a particular scene towards the end that had me really wiping my eyes from crying out of laughter, so good luck holding it in because the whole theatre lost it too. Also, stay during the credits for a couple scenes! There is nothing after the credits. 

Friday, April 27, 2018

Avengers: Infinity War Review: The shock and awe deliver

The Hit:

I am still in shock at what a movie Infinity War unfolded out to be. That ending was something I was not ready for and the events that led up to it showcased very good story writing.

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Jeremy Renner, Josh Brolin, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt, Karen Gillan, Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Holland, Linda Cardellini, Pom Klementieff, Zoe Saldana, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Vin Diesel, Letitia Wright, Idris Elba, Danai Gurira, Paul Bettany, Dave Bautista, Paul Rudd, Benicio Del Toro, Kerry Condon, Bradley Cooper, Jon Favreau, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sean Gunn, winston Duke, Anthony Mackie, Benedict Wong, don Cheadle, Florence Kasumba, Jacob Batalon, Terry Notary, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Angela Bassett, Carrie Coon and lots more. 


Pros: I will try my utmost best not to spoil anything: Ten years of movies all lead up to the big bad Thanos in one action-packed ride of a movie. Different combinations of the heroes we love from the Avengers and Guardians all mix and mash which is fun and exciting to see. We never really get a good villain out of the Marvel Universe and DC always has them beat but this time around, Thanos (Josh Brolin) has left his mark. He is the savior for Marvel as the ultimate antagonist. Not only is he all powerful, it was great seeing his motives as he forces our heroes into a corner. He alone made Infinity Wars a must-see. I loved the action scenes in Civil War but this was on a whole other level and seeing everyone come together again with their powers and abilities was jaw-dropping. The ending seals the deal: it is something the Marvel movies have never done and am still amazed at the Russo Brothers for doing something so shocking and bold.  


Cons: My only con is that there is so much going on with different storylines that Infinity War could have been longer. Because it's already a two-part part movie, maybe even splitting it into three would have been best. It doesn't hinder things overall but you've got to keep up with the pacing


Infinity War is definetly the movie of the year and people will talk about it until Part 2 next year. Not only is this a must see but a must own when it's available. Take your friends, significant other, parents, kids -- whoever. Just don't miss out on Avengers: Infinity War. 
P.s. if you plan on seeing it more than once, make sure you see it in IMAX one of those times. 

The Verdict:

GREEN LIGHT (Go See it)

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:

GREEN LIGHT (Go See it)

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:

GREEN LIGHT (Go See it)