Monday, April 25, 2016

The Huntsman – Winter's War Review: Don't let this flick slip under your radar

The Hit

Going in I feared this movie was going to bomb but I wanted to see Emily Blunt, who plays the ice queen Freya. Leaving the theatre, I was pleasantly surprised. The Huntsman was not bad and entertaining to say the least. If you've seen the first movie, "Snow White and the Huntsman," this takes place as both a prequel to that then fast-forwards after the events where Snow White takes back her kingdom. This story is centered around the Huntsmen: soldiers raised to fight, protect, and conquer other kingdoms for Freya

We follow the story of Eric, thee Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) as a child turned into a soldier. He has a love interest with Sara (Jessica Chastain) another Huntsman, but Freya does not allow any sort of love in her kingdom. When the Ice Queen discovers this budding love, she has the pair punished and Eric is left for dead. Years pass and Eric is asked to find the mirror that helped Ravenna (Charlize Theron) rise to power and hide it once and for all. Freya gets a whiff of what's going on and wants the mirror for herself. As Ravenna's younger sister, she hopes to gain the same power. Eric sets out after the mirror with dwarves, Nion (Nick Frost), Gryff (Rob Brydon) and later meets two more: Mrs. Bromwyn (Sheridan Smith), and Doreena (Alexandra Roach), in addition to an old friend. They are a lively group and had great comedic chemistry. Even though the mission itself was serious they kept it fun for everyone. 

There is a lot of adventure in the Huntsman with dashes of comedy and of course plenty of action. You get to see why Queen Freya is so cold and you might just see Ravenna return, but as something else. I liked the storyline and when I thought there was plot holes early in the film, they were later answered. The scenery of this fantasy genre was also eye moving. I liked the chemistry Jessica and Chris had and if it is possible I wouldn't mind a third installment. Emily Blunt and Charlize Theron are both gorgeous and played the part as evil queens marvelously. Worth the watch, even if you didn't see the first one.


The Verdict
GREEN LIGHT (Go See it)

Sunday, April 17, 2016

The Jungle Book Review: Live action remake is a classic in its own right

The Hit:

Disney has been on a role with their live action remakes of old classic cartoons and the Jungle Book it is a testament of how far technology has come to make it all possible. First it was Maleficent and then it was Cinderella and with those two being surprisingly well shot and with beautiful imagery, I did not even think this flick was gonna be anything short of amazing as well. 

We all know the classic animation of Jungle Book and let me tell you this right now, it follows that storyline so closely that you'd think it was the same but with live action. The story was altered just a little, but nothing to complain about. I know I sometimes say some movies add too much CGI that it looks fake but I read an article where for the animals they went out and actually followed animal movements and behaviors to mimic in the movie and make it as real as possible. Sure, animals do not talk but everything else looked so real and it was so well shot it did not bother me. Again Disney has outdone themselves with this one, good job!

Mowgli (Neel Sethi) — who by the way did an outstanding job playing the key character — has been raised by wolves since he was a very young child. He was brought to the wolves by a Panther named Bagheera (voiced by Ben Kingsley) where the panther knew Mowgli would be protected. He is raised by RakSha (voiced by Lupita Nyong'o) and the rest of the pack. He gets older and is threatened by the evil tiger Shere Khan (voiced by Idris Elba) so to protect his wolf family, Mowgli leaves with Bagheera to return to his own kind. On his journey he meets the hypnotizing snake Kaa (voiced by Scarlett Johansson), the giant Orangutan King Louie (voiced by Christopher Walken) who "wants to be like you." We also can't forget the con but later very good friend who "looks for the bare Necessities" bear, Baloo (voiced by Bill Murray). He meets a lot of animals on his journey to the man village but with Shere Khan on the hunt for Mowgli, they boy has to go back and face him head on. The story is well put together and very entertaining. You will not be disappointed, it is a great family film and will bring back childhood memories. You are in for a treat. 

The Verdict:

GREEN LIGHT (Go See it)

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Hardcore Henry Review: First person action to the max

The Hit:

Hardcore Henry was exactly like the title suggested: hardcore. It is mainly shot in first person from the character Henry's perception as if you were playing Call of Duty or Halo the whole time. This flick follows Henry being brought back from the dead by his wife Estelle (Haley Bennett) with extra gadgets to make him a soldier to be reckoned with. He is part human, and part cyborg with a few body parts replaced with metal and electronics. 

We follow him escape the organization who are making these super soldiers but while escaping his wife gets captured by said organization. With just being brought back from the dead, Henry is still getting his memory back and getting used to his new body. While trying to rescue his wife, he receives help from a friend by the name of Jimmy (Sharlto Copley). There is a lot of versions of Jimmy. Not like different personalities but a lot of androids to put it in perspective. You'll have to see what I mean when you watch this movie. 

Hardcore Henry is a full-blown movie shot in first person packed with action and gore all around. The storyline was good but the antagonist got annoying after awhile. The only negative thing I have to say about this movie is that with it being first person some scenes (running scenes, for example) were kind of annoying to watch with the camera bouncing around. I didn't get a headache but it was tough trying to concentrate on some scenes. Hardcore Henry is a guy you don't want to mess with and can pretty much beat up any person you throw at him, trust me. 

The Verdict:
YELLOW LIGHT (Proceed with Caution)