Saturday, March 26, 2016

Batman vs Superman Dawn of Justice Review: A treat for lifelong fans, less for casual moviegoers

The Hit:
Well what can I say to those who have read other reviews that totally bashed this film? One thing in defense of those haters is that yes, the movie was long and dragged out. But if you are a DC fan and caught the little things throughout the movie you would not have been bored but intrigued at everything that was shown. If you don't know the basic back story to some characters or the Justice League timeline you will be confused. All those negative reviews are not familiar with the time line and therefore maybe wanted a story to slow down a lot more so they could understand. I am telling you this: go watch Batman vs. Superman, notice the little things and enjoy the ride.

Now a little about the film. All but the intro scene of Batman vs. Superman takes place roughly two years after Man of Steel and now the whole world knows the presence of Superman (Henry Cavill), including Batman (Ben Affleck). The premise is that Batman wants to be prepared if Superman goes rogue to stop him. Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) has a hand in setting both heroes against each other. Wonder Woman/Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) is not really seen through the movie very much but when the climax battle is going on, she comes in to help and does so in an ass-kicking fashion and is pure gold in showing that a woman can stand up with the men in a real fight. You get glimpses of other soon-to-be Justice League members but only little teases which I wish were longer. That alone got me excited for the next movie.

Henry Cavill as Superman is still great and Ben Affleck as Batman was not bad at all but for now I have placed him behind Christian Bale's Batman who is still number one in my book. The story is long but entertaining. Seeing Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman in the end, fighting together is also a fulfilling moment. Go see Batman vs. Superman. Don't be scared of those negative reviews because they are wrong I promise you that. 

The Verdict:


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Divergent Series Allegiant Review: Run-of-the-mill addition to the franchise

The Hit:

In this flick we continue from the past movie "Insurgent" in this young adult franchise. It picks up where Tris (Shailene Woodley) uncovers the secrets of this cube and finds out that there is another world out there outside the walls of a decimated future Chicago.

Four's (Theo James) mother, Evelyn (Naomi Watts) is now in charge and does not want Tris or anyone to venture out to see what is out there and plans to set new order in Chicago. She holds trials for those who were enemies of hers. Depending what they say she has them put to death. Some of the past leaders of the factions do not like this and create their own group, later to be known as Allegiant. Tris and company set out for help and answers outside the walls and discover a whole new world with technology far ahead from what they have back at home. Their leader David (Jeff Daniels) tells Tris she is a pure Divergent and that everyone else is damaged and to purify the rest of the world he needs her DNA to make everyone just like her. Things happen and eventually back at home, civil war is about to break out. While Tris is trying to understand David's ideals, she finds out what really is going on and makes it her mission to do what is right.

Allegiant was not all bad and quite entertaining. We see old faces and new faces added to this story and some made me laugh a few times and that was Miles Teller's character, Peter. We know he is a scumbag from the previous films but he is a cunning backstabber type that says what's on his mind, which is sometimes entertaining. Four and Tris's relationship is still the same and they both can kick ass at any moment. 

Even though some things were predictable, Allegiant still has a good story and action throughout. I haven't read the books so I do not know if it follows the story as well but I can say I like where it's going and with one more movie coming out to finish it off, I can't wait to see how it will all unfold. If you've kept up with the rest of the films go see this flick and if you are really not a fan then I'd suggest waiting until it is out to rent. This whole series is worth watching and Shailene Woodley is an actress with talent to see on the big or little screen. 

The Verdict:
YELLOW LIGHT (Proceed with Caution)

Monday, March 14, 2016

10 Cloverfield Lane Review: Keeps you guessing on the edge of your seat.

The Hit:

Although this was not directed but just produced under J.J. Abrams, I'm sure he had some say with 10 Cloverfield Lane. I recently saw Cloverfield and the whole alien in that story destroying New York City got me to go see this. J.J. mentioned, however, that 10 Cloverfield Lane is not a sequel to Cloverfield, but a sister story.

There are only three characters throughout the whole film. Some would say just three people on the screen would get dull or uninteresting but with the chemistry between John Goodman's character Howard and Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Michelle it really grabs your attention. The floater who is there the majority of the time is Emmett played by John Gallagher Jr. He is a main character but not as big as Johns and Mary's. 

We start off with Michelle getting out of a frustrating relationship and decides to run away. Later events happen and she is involved in an accident and winds up in Howard's bomb shelter. Things are a blur to her and Howard explains that up on the surface a chemical or nuclear threat has killed everyone off and will not let anyone out or they will be contaminated. She isn't convinced and tries to get out. She soon realizes he is telling the truth through some actions she takes and begins to comply to anything Howard says.

At this point of the film I felt like, "okay maybe he is a good guy and is keeping them safe", which for one he is, but he is also hiding another secret. Emmett and Michelle find things out and start to see the bigger picture, and that's what kept me interested the whole time. 10 Cloverfield Lane kept me guessing and thinking of who Howard really was and if/when they could return to the surface. Sometimes they would hear things above like helicopters flying past but then again logically Howard would say maybe it's the Russians or North Koreans that have taken over and are making sweeps for survivors.

Things got really crazy in the last twenty minutes of the film and that's when this movie sort of ties into Cloverfield, because you see things that prove Howard was partially right. I would like to see a sequel to this one because all the actors, especially Mary, kept you entertained. If you like mystery/thriller/Sci-fi I highly suggest going to see 10 Cloverfield Lane.

The Verdict:

Green Light (Go See it)

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Zootopia Review: Lighthearted animal fun

The Hit:

Disney's latest, Zootopia, is set in a world where humans are nonexistent and it's fun seeing various animals we love take new form.

What made this movie so good was how the animals each have their role in life or how they want to change that role, much like we humans. One rabbit raised on a family carrot farm wants to be a police officer but her parents want her to give up on that dream and join the family business. She refuses and becomes the first rabbit to go into law enforcement. Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) is a bunny full of heart and determination. Once recruited, she moves to Zootopia, a city where animals big and small, prey and predator live in peace together. 

Soon Judy is put on a case to find a missing otter. Her only lead is a sly fox named Nick Wilde (voiced by Jason Bateman). Even though one is prey and the other predator they make a great team. Prey and predator is also another key thing this movie focuses on — you will see what I mean when you watch the movie.

The adventure begins and Nick and Judy travel all over Zootopia on the case. What's great is they show you all of the city's different regions. There's the main city but then we see a rain forest, desert, and tundra types of settings, each with a mixture of animals. Each animal has a role or job to do and some jobs are portrayed like they're known for in our world. One example is the DMV — you all know how slow they can be and in this flick the workers are sloths which made perfect sense and added an even funnier touch.

I highly suggest you take your kids, a date, or a group to go see Zootopia. It portrays what our life is like but in animal form and that made it fun to watch. You get to see Officer Hopps prove those doubters wrong and make a bond with Nick. There is a huge cast with voices of actors we all know, so see if you can distinguish who voices who. 

The Verdict:
Green Light (Go See it)