Saturday, February 25, 2017

Get Out Review: Strong acting and directing carry the flick

The Hit:

Jordan Peele is mostly known for his comedic acting on the tv show Key and Peele. So who would have thought someone like him could direct a Horror/Mystery? If you haven't read any reviews just yet, I will tell you that he knocks it out of the park for directing this as his first movie. Sure there are some comedic moments but the story is not meant for any of that at the slightest. 

The characters in this flick are; Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya), his girlfriend Rose Armitage (Allison Williams), her father Dean (Bradley Whitford), mother Missy (Catherine Keener), brother Jeremy (Caleb Landry Jones) and many more. Chris is a black man with a white girlfriend, and they plan to see Rose's family for the first time for a weekend. Chris is worried how things will go because the family doesn't know he's black but she assures him everything will be okay. 

Chris is greeted normally but soon finds out things are not what they seem and with Missy being a psychiatrist, he gets the impression he has been hypnotized after the first night. Things happen and the ending is somewhat predictable but it kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. 

Get Out is not a movie about race but one that must be seen to understand why "getting out" is hard for Chris. He finds out the hard but weird way that the family isn't racist, but are after him for different reasons. Reasons that freaked me out and kept this story going. 

You won't be disappointed when you leave but the only bad thing I can say is that throughout the film if you catch on early, some things are predictable. Even then you will still enjoy the plot blossom until the very end. I've never heard of Daniel Kaluuya but his acting was great and would like to see him in more upcoming films, and Jordan Peele as well; in both acting and directing. 

The Verdict:
GREEN LIGHT (Go See it)

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Everybody Loves Somebody: An interesting premise comes up short

The Hit:

Everybody Loves Somebody is a bilingual flick starring Karla Souza (Clara) and Jose Maria Yazpik (Daniel) as former lovers who are reunited when Clara's parents decide to have a formal wedding after 40 years. Daniel abandoned Clara many years ago, but her family stayed in contact with him and invited him to the wedding. Clara doesn't know he will be there and brings her co-worker to the wedding as a last-minute date. When she sees Daniel, old feelings come rushing back. 

Clara is conflicted: Should she risk getting hurt again and go with the more mature Daniel whom her family likes? Or should she go with her Australian co-worker who is younger and safer but who is not really her type? 

Everybody Loves Somebody film touches upon some complex issues including the difficulties of dating outside one's race and how love evolves over time. It also highlights how every relationship is unique for each specific couple. 

Although Everybody Loves Somebody has its moments, overall I found it to be rushed, predictable, and derivative. The most redeemable qualities were the acting and the dialogue, which saved a weak story. This is a fine family comedy, but it is not a must-see by any means. The film includes subtitles, so if you are not fluent in Spanish you will still be able to follow the plot. 

The Verdict:
Yellow Light (Proceed With Caution)

Sunday, February 12, 2017

John Wick Chapter 2 Review: Keanu doesn't miss a step

The Hit:

John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is back in this action-packed sequel. If you haven't seen the first one, I suggest you watch it to understand some things that go on in this film but you can catch on either way. John is part of an organization of highly skilled assassins and to be in such a group, there are rules he must follow. We all thought he was done in the first but an old acquaintance comes to see him to repay a debt. A debt that must be repaid or there will be consequences. 

With an R rating, John Wick 2 is not a movie for the light-hearted. In the first movie, John's kill count was in the 70s. From what I've found online, he's well beyond that this time around. There are a lot of brutal but precise deaths either with his hands, guns, and even a pencil. I've never liked that some movies have guns that never run out of ammo but John Wick is realistic. He has to reload every time and when he does run out of bullets, he uses the guns of his victims. The stunts are all done by Keanu himself and it was a great way to show the realism of the choreography involved in his fights.  

John Wick 2 keeps you on the edge of your seat with gory deaths, action throughout and a story that does not falter. You dive deeper into John Wick's world and it is fascinating. There are rumors that a chapter three is already going to happen and with the way 2 ended, John Wick is in a whole lot of trouble. Totally worth watching and I had a great time, I'm sure you will too and I cannot wait for the next one!


The Verdict:
GREEN LIGHT (Go See it)

The LEGO Batman Movie Review: Spot-on voice talent makes for great family fun

The Hit:

We have an ensemble of great actors whose voice talents make this film what it is, a great flick. They include: Batman (Will Arnett), Robin (Michael Cera), Barbara Gordon/Batgirl (Rosario Dawson), Alfred (Ralph Fiennes), Joker (Zack Galifianakis), Harley Quinn (Jenny Slate), Voldemort (Eddie Izzard), Sauron (Jemaine Clement), Superman (Channing Tatum), Green Lantern (Jonah Hill), The Flash (Adam Devine) and many, many more. They bring a great deal of laughs and inside jokes that only adults will pick up on, and of course, they also bring humor and action for the kids to enjoy. 

Lego batman revolves around the story of the Dark Knight, who is the savior of Gotham. The Dark Knight thinks he is the best at everything and never shows humility. He likes the fame that comes with being the hero. He is good at what he does, but he does it alone. His butler, Alfred, is the only one he comes home to at the end of the day. He tends to not involve others in his actions, and his isolation plays out as a sad story throughout the movie. But, he grows as a character and eventually starts his own family and works with others. His old nemesis, The Joker, makes an appearance, along with many other villains. Some of the villains are from old Batman movies but some are not even from the Batman world, which makes the movie really fun. The Joker is by far my favorite and Zack Galifianakis did an amazing job with him. The voice of Batman was a perfect choice as well. 

This flick was enjoyable and I had a good amount of laughs. It's great family fun that you shouldn't miss out on. So, take your kids and see Batman take down some baddies and see him grow from being a loner to someone who trusts others and lets them join him in the good fight. 

The Verdict:
GREEN LIGHT (Go See it)