Sunday, February 28, 2016

Eddie the Eagle Review: A soaring inspirational tale

The Hit: 

Eddie the Eagle is a movie based on a true story from a boy with a dream to compete in the Olympics. Not only does he not have the talent from the start, but he doesn't have much support either, except from his mother and himself. Sure, his dad doesn't stop him from doing what he wants but he'd rather have Eddie working in the family plastering business. This doesn't stop Eddie and you get to see the hardships and dedication he goes through to chase his dreams.

Eddie is played by the rising star Taron Egerton known for "Kingsman: The Secret Service" and if you compare him to the real life Eddie he just about nails the part perfectly in looks and mannerisms. Eddie has some downfalls in the beginning and loses hope of making the grand stage of the Olympics until he figures out that there's an event he hasn't tried yet: ski Jumping. Britain has only had one ski jumper before so he has a shot in making it. The task is not easy and, after much pain, he is then in need of a coach. That's when Hugh Jackman's character comes into play as Bronson Peary, a washed-up drunk who used to jump for team USA. He refuses to be Eddie's coach but seeing Eddie and his determination, accepts the task and the real work begins.

Not only does Eddie have to prove himself worthy, he has to prove to those doubters that he can make the team and participate. Britain certainly does not like this and makes it hard for Eddie to make the final team by increasing the length of a qualifying jump seem all but impossible.

Go see Eddie the Eagle and enjoy the inspiration it gives. The ending had me all teary-eyed with joy. If that doesn't say anything about this flick then I don't know what does. This flick is worth seeing on the big screen. Hugh and Taron were great together. Eddie the Eagle will be a film I own when it comes out. 

The Verdict:
Green Light (Go See it) 

Sunday, February 21, 2016

The Witch Review: Delivers too little too late

The Hit:

The Witch was what I decided to go to this weekend and sadly, I made a bad choice. It was highly praised on other sites as the horror flick of the year. But much to my dismay, it didn’t grab me nearly as well as other scary movies. Sure it made me jump every now and then but the real scary parts weren’t until the end of the flick. Throughout the middle there was some weird stuff but it still didn’t grab my attention.

What I did not like about this movie was the Old English dialogue they used, as in “thee” or “thou” — like reading out of a Bible. You had to really focus on what they were saying and what the words meant. Another part I didn’t enjoy was too much talking and not much scary action. Sure the story got out what it wanted but I wish I got scared more and wish “the Witch” was shown more. 

What I did like was the sound of music which made each scene a little more tolerable and the noises to add the effect of the creepiness. Although the Bible talk was hard to comprehend, the actors' delivery of it throughout was impressive.

The Witch is a different a horror movie than I’m used to. It had the feel of an old Salem Witch trial kind of story. In the end, you find out who is the leader of the Witch but sadly that was too little too late. If that said person was shown earlier it might of sparked my interest but it didn’t happen. I would wait for the DVD release to see The With or suggest you go watch something else. 

The Verdict:
Red Light (Don’t Go See it)

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Deadpool Review: An irreverent break from the superhero mold

The Hit: Deadpool (a.k.a. Wade Wilson) was a flick I have been waiting to see ever since that viral short clip on YouTube a year ago. It got so much attention that the studio finally decided to make the movie everyone has been wanting to lay their eyes upon. Deadpool is not a hero you expect him to be and has a mouth you can't really shut up. When this movie was announced, it was exciting hearing R-rated was the direction they were going — PG-13 wouldn't have done justice for Deadpool. With R, there were no holds barred on what he could do and what could say. Some parents/people who don't know this fictional character wanted the rating to change but thank goodness it didn't. If you have time read up on Deadpool, you will find out why the rating it got was well deserved. 

Ryan Reynolds once played this character in the movie "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" but didn't wear the red suit. Things from other Marvel movies were sort of referenced in this flick, especially the X-men. Not all the X-men were shown but Deadpool mentions the reason behind that in a comedic way. Trust me when I say this, he really says whatever he wants and gets away with it. We see his past and how he came to be the "hero" he is now. His love interest Vanessa played by the lovely Morena Baccarin (Knows for Dr. Thompkins on Gotham) shares the same type of humor as Wade and make a lovely crazy couple meant for each other. 

In order to not hurt Vanessa, Wade undergoes this experiment to become a mutant. He is then chasing the person who created him to make him look normal again and not like the topographical map of Utah. When chasing his creator Ajax/Francis (Ed Skrein) and causing havoc he is confronted by two X-men: Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand). They both mean well but during their commotion, Ajax escapes. Colussus wants to recruit Deadpool to join the X-men but Deadpool is not having it and is not the hero they want him to be. In the end, he asks for help from the two X-men mentioned but only if he agrees to consider doing "something." 

Go watch this film if you are a true Marvel fan and want something different. I left the theater feeling different because Deadpool goes to boundaries no superhero will go and made this movie pretty great. With the R-rating, however, there is a lot of language, violence and graphic nudity. This movie is worth going to see I promise you that — you will get laughs which you will really have to listen to the inside jokes and references to other movies. There is also an after credits scene mentioning the sequel I hope gets a green light so don't just leave after it's over.

The Verdict:
Green Light (Go See It)

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Hail, Caesar! Review: All-star cast fizzles


The Hit:

Hail, Caesar was a flick I did not expect to go see but with much persuasion from a friend I took that leap and gave it a shot. I will be honest and say I am not really knowledgeable about Coen Brothers movies except a select few. I went in not expecting a lot and came out with the same opinon. I got a few laughs but maybe I'm used to other types of humor or maybe Hail, Caesar simply did not just fully catch my attention.

An all-star cast made this movie possible, including: George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Josh Brolin, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, and many, many more. They are all actors in the 1950's and the movie portrays how the business was back in the day. Josh Brolin's character Eddie Mannix is the main guy in charge of the film company he works and has the job to keep everyone in line (his title is a "Fixer"), including the actors, directors, editors and even those who clean toilets around the studio. 

A lead Baird Whitlock (George Clooney) goes missing and later Mannix finds out he is kidnapped and held at ransom. Not only does Mannix keep his composure throughout this, he is there for everything else in the business and other movies currently being filmed.

One thing I can say is that I liked the story of Alden Ehrenreich's, he is zoned in as an actor to play in Westerns but when he is asked to do another genre entirely it gets quite comical. Sure there are other comical parts but his character's antics were by far my favorite. 
The rest of the sub plots were good but I wish they concentrated on other parts of the films. Like I said before I do not know a lot of their movies so don't take my word for it, I liked this movie but did not come out enjoying it fully. Sure it was great seeing familiar faces but I wouldn't see this again. See it if you like the Coen brothers past movies or wait for it on DVD. 

The Verdict:
Yellow Light (Proceed with Caution)

Monday, February 1, 2016

The Finest Hours Review: A solid cast sees this inspirational story home safe

The Hit:

The Finest Hours is about an oil tanker ship split in half in 1952. Two ships in fact are in the same situation so while one is being saved the other is relying on hope that a radio signal gets through for a rescue operation of their own. A team of four coast guard members are sent out by their chief, Daniel Cluff (Eric Bana) — a transfer from Texas who doesn't really know the waters. Everyone in the station is telling the four crew members they are going out to their deaths and that it's not worth it but Bernie Webber (Chris Pine) is haunted by his past failures and refuses to give up on those men. He is accompanied by Richard Livesey (Ben Foster), Andy Fitzgerald (Kyle Gallner), and Ervin Maske (John Magaro). Together, they face a storm and walls of waves 30 to 60 feet high to reach the stranded ship.

Bernie has just been recently engaged with Miriam (Holliday Grainger) who isn't afraid to speak her mind to the chief and ask him to call back Bernie and his crew. After she gets removed from his presence, all Miriam can do is hope her fiancee makes it back safely and alive. 

On the other side of this story, Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck) and his 30 or so crew members are trying to keep the back half of their boat above water. Ray comes up with a plan to have the ship anchor on a reef, but once that happens they can only wait for a rescue mission they are not sure is coming. Ray, just like Bernie keeps his crew calm and focused despite the chaos

I recently read/heard some reviews that didn't like the Boston accents portrayed but I didn't notice anything wrong with them. The story, graphics and acting was superb. The huge cast was amazing. The Finest Hours is truly inspirational and worth your time. Good job to Disney for making yet another amazing movie. 

The Verdict:
Green Light (Go See It)