Monday, May 18, 2015

Mad Max: Fury Road review — A film you'll go mad for

The Hit: 

Mad Max is a lone wolf against a power house ruler who controls the most precious thing left on earth: water. This story is set in a post-apocalyptic environment where all that's left is sand and humans who have lost their minds and are will do anything to survive. 

Max (Tom Hardy) is captured by the crazy ruler and tries to escape, leaving everyone who isn't key to his survival in the dust. However, Max soon realizes that he needs to help others in order for him to escape. Max and Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) go in search of a new home away from the tyrant ruler.

This action-packed show has so many jacked-up cars and tanks — the explosions and chase scenes were crazy awesome! I read during filming the crew did everything to make it look real and didn't use any CGI at all to show realism and destruction. Even Michael Bay might have some competition! 

Besides cars destroying other cars, there's people crazy enough to lay down their lives for the sake of reaching Valhalla (a paradise after death). If you are familiar with the original Mad Max movies back in the day with Mel Gibson, a friend of mine described the story as not as a sequel but a new storyline. I wish I had seen the original movies before seeing this but there was no confusion and a brief introduction of what has happened before the movie really helped out to understand the situation. 

Mad Max: Fury Road was fun to watch and to take in the madness. It shows how crazy the world would be if water was limited — people go mad for it. If you're into action and post-apocalyptic stories then this movie is one you don't want to miss. 

The Verdict:
Green Light (Go See It)

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Pitch Perfect 2 Review: A sequel that hits all the right notes

The Hit: 

Welcome back Pitches! The group that made music with only their voices has made me think Pitch Perfect 2 might just be better than the first. Even if you disagree, it was funny the whole way through and really enjoyable. I haven't laughed so much in awhile, which was a big plus. 

The Barden Bellas are in their senior year of college. Some faces you'll recognize while others are long gone, but eventually those old faces come into the picture. It's a new group of Bellas but with the same spunk that the first installment had. Fat Amy is still Fat Amy and all her one-liners are as funny as ever. Even though you can't hear what she's saying most of the time, Lilly makes some scenes really weird but hilarious at the same time too. Beca (Anna Kendrick) and Chloe (Brittany Snow), the two leaders of the group, have the reins.

After a humiliating performance at the Lincoln Center for the President (Fat Amy's fault), the group is close to being suspended. The only way to remove the suspension is if they win the international championship, which no U.S team has ever done. One group stands in their way: the German Das Sound Machine. They're pretty good and the Bellas have no chance of winning according to the two announcers, John (John Michael Higgins) and Gail (Elizabeth Banks). The only way the Bellas can prove their worth and prove everyone wrong is if they choose to work together, which is what the movie focuses on most of the time. 

The Treblemakers are also there again including Jesse (Skylar Astin), Benji (Ben Platt), and Bumper himself (Adam Devine) but in a different occupation that you"ll have to see what that is. Some members of the Greenbay Packers are there for a little tiny chunk of the film and stole the show as well. 

Pitch Perfect 2 has a lot of one liners that pack a punch, a lot of sexist remarks and ethnic too but all was in good fun and I'm sure besides that you'll love the new songs added (including some originals too). You'll like new cast members and new characters brought to life and faces you'll recognize make Pitch Perfect 2 that much better. Take a date or go as a group of friends — I'm positive you'll enjoy the comedy. 

The Verdict:
Green Light (Go See It)

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron Review — Joss Whedon's Marvel finale is superb

The Hit:

Avengers:Age of Ultron was a total thrill ride from start to finish. Some critics bashed on it saying it's too dragged or it has cheesy one liners but it was good to add a little comedy every now and then. 

Other characters (maybe upcoming Avengers?) make an appearance and are great additions to the cast. If you've followed all the Marvel movies so far, most characters are in the movie but those who aren't the Avengers don't get a ton of screen time. Examples are War Machine (Don Cheadle) and the Falcon (Anthony Mackie). 

Some of the lesser-known Avengers have a little more background, secret lives, and personality revealed. One of them is Hawkeye and he is a key factor towards the end in making a rival into an ally. The Vision (Paul Bettany) is introduced and makes a good addition. 

The twins from the bonus scene after Captain America: Winter Soldier join the film. The are Scarlett Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor Johnson). They differ from the comics where they are the children of Magneto from X-Men. But they are actually given powers in this timeline which is not bad but it would of been great to introduce the X-Men somehow. Either way, one is fast and one has telekinetic powers that are useful in the end. 

There are new villains who turn into teammates and I won't say who but the last scene is so awesome it rivals the first Avengers in my opinion. Ultron is such a bad ass villain created from a certain object with Artificial Intellegence that goes beyond any human intelligence. Even the Avengers have a hard time taking him down. They'll need the help of all these newbies to take him down.

Age of Ultron is a great and awesome way to start off the summer and I'm excited for new Marvel movies to come. Some close friends say they just need to end it but I disagree and love the way they are going

The Verdict:
Green Light (Go See It)