Sunday, May 28, 2017

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Review: The franchise is back and good as ever

The Hit:

Pirates of the Caribbean is back with the fifth flick in the franchise and it is by far better in my opinion than the fourth. The cast includes old favorites and new faces alike: Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario, Kevin McNally, Orlando Bloom, Kiera Knightley and many more. 

Dead Men Tell No Tales follows a young man trying to save his father from a curse. So his best bet is to receive help from a girl who can read a mysterious map and also, of course, find Captain Jack Sparrow to help him in search for the Trident of Poseidon -- an artifact that breaks any "curse at sea." It sounds way too good to be true but Jack's luck seems to have finally run out and the Trident may be his last hope.

What I liked about Dead Men Tell No Tales more than On Stranger Tides was the return of old characters we know and love. The story had action, comedy, love, and the expected ridiculous antics Captain Jack brings to the table. Again, it reminded me of the first couple movies in the series and was real fun to watch. I sort of wanted it to be longer to see what was Jack's next adventure. Hopefully, the rumors are true about a possible sixth. Stick around until after the credits as well -- there is a short scene that hints at what a possible sequel might entail. 

The Verdict:
GREEN LIGHT (Go See it)

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Alien: Covenant Review: Story, dialogue, and director's vision fuel this flick

The Hit:

Alien: Covenant fits in nicely to the Alien franchise as a sequel to Prometheus and a prequel to the original Alien movies. The rumor is that it will be part of a trilogy from director Ridley Scott, and based on the way it ends this would not surprise me. 

Alien: Covenant has a whole new crew and the actors playing them are: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Amy Seimetz, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England, Benjamin Rigby, Uli Latukefu, Tess Haubrich, and James Franco.

After the events of Prometheus, we are introduced to the Covenant, a new ship with more than 2000 life forms on a mission to colonize a new planet. The crew is awakened early from their deep sleep, and soon they receive a signal from a planet that is much closer than the one they intended to visit. They decide to go to the closer planet and that's when things start to go wrong. 

In my opinion, Alien: Covenant answered any remaining questions from Prometheus and then really dove into the world Ridley Scott wanted to tell. We saw the origins of the creator's home world and also the person who actually created the Xenomorph from the original Alien Movies which was pretty cool (and disturbing).The film might start off slow for some, but it's the dialogue and the story that make a film like this amazing. The cast was great and you will be pleasantly surprised with how Danny McBride handled his serious role. I want more of what Ridley Scott has created, and if you're a fan of his you'll enjoy this flick as well. Go watch the crew of the Covenant take on the big bad Aliens and see who make it out alive. 



The Verdict:
GREEN LIGHT (Go See it)

Saturday, May 13, 2017

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Review: This Adaptation of the Classic Story Delivers

The Hit:

This adaptation of the classic King Arthur story gives us a glimpse of how powerful the Sword Excalibur is and tells the story of a boy growing into a man. Eventually, the man must wield the power of the sword for the sake of saving his land and his people.

In this cast, we get some new faces but also some familiar ones from past movies and television including: Charlie Hunnam, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Jude Law, Djimon Hounsou, Eric Bana, Aidan Gillen, Freddie Fox, Craig McGinlay, Tom Wu, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Neil Maskell, and Annabelle Wallis.

The film tells the story of an evil person who overthrows a good king. After many years, he must face and kill whoever can manage to pull the sword from stone or else his plan to rule over all the land will end. We see Arthur 's childhood and the circumstances he was raised in. We learn Arthur's reasons for doing good and how much he cares about his loved ones and wants to help them.

Charlie Hunnam is known for his role on Sons of Anarchy and his work in other shows/movies, but I enjoyed him most in the film Pacific Rim. Having said that, I noticed that his acting skills have improved since Pacific Rim, and he had a good cast around him which made this film fun to watch. There was plenty of action, some comedy, and the story was decent. The only problem that I had was that I thought the flick was a tad too long, but that didn't stop me from leaving with a smile on my face. If you like old knights, magic, and Vikings then this film is just right for you. 


The Verdict:
GREEN LIGHT (Go See it)

Friday, May 5, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Review: A fun and thrilling ride

The Hit:

This flick has received some negative reviews, but I disagree with those critics. In this second installment of the franchise, we follow the same galaxy saviors who have now become a full-fledged team that can be hired at the right price to do tasks that others can't do. 

We get everyone back including: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, the voices of Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, and a couple new faces such as Pom Klementieff, Kurt Russell, Sylvester Stallone, and a few more. 

The sequel is different from the first movie because Thanos is not the main focus. Instead, we see Peter finally meet his father Ego, played by Kurt Russell, and the movie revolves around their new relationship. They must also escape an alien race--and they have Rocket to thank for that (typical Rocket). The movie flowed very nicely and I enjoyed the fun it brought to the audience.

Two guardians that stuck out more in this film than the last are Baby Groot and Drax. Baby Groot was the cutest part of the film in every one of his scenes, and Drax brought a lot of comedic relief with all his lines. I cannot wait for the third installment, and I am really excited to see the guardians meet up with the avengers in Infinity Wars and take on the big baddie Thanos. Go watch this flick and see how Peter deals with his new father and other past attachments in his life in this exciting, fun, funny, thrill of a Galaxy ride Marvel movie. 

Also, there's a total of five during and after credit scenes so stick around. 


The Verdict:
GREEN LIGHT (Go See it)