Friday, November 24, 2017

Coco Review: Beautiful animation and strong themes celebrate Mexican culture

The Hit:

Disney's Pixar has yet again made a movie invoking great emotions. Coco's message is one we can all relate to: always remember family and know where your roots come from throughout your family history. 

Cast: Anthony Gonzales, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach, Renee Victor, Jaime Camil, Lombardo Boyar, Sofia Espinosa.

Pros: The animation was incredible: the characters, the background, everything from the floor to the sky was astounding. Coco really grabbed the essence of what Mexico looks like and how the Day of the Dead is celebrated. The spirit world was very colorful and had me admiring every scene. The story was also well done. I learned more about my own culture, especially the Day of the Dead and the importance of it. Following Miguel as he discovered himself and his family was very touching. The music was a beautiful mix of English and Spanish so everyone could understand.

Cons: The only con is my own fault. Even with my Mexican descent, I do not know very much about what the Day of the Dead truly is and how you celebrate. Coco was very eye-opening and I felt a little embarrassed by my lack of knowledge.

The Verdict:
GREEN LIGHT (Go See it)

I walked in knowing very little about the Day of the Dead and left wanting to know more. Coco took a lot of time and effort to know the exact details of the Mexican culture and they got it all exactly right. Besides the Day of the Dead which I don't know much about, everything else seemed so familiar and well done. The theme was about family, currently living and those that have passed on. It left me teary-eyed and smiling. For a good family movie no matter your heritage, don't miss Coco.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Justice League Review: DC continues to improve

The Hit:

Another DC film in the books with another shot at either it being good or bad. Did Justice League meet the hype or was it another letdown?

Cast: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, J.K. Simmons, Ciarán Hinds, Joe Morton, and Amber Heard.

Pros: I love DC as much as Marvel (as you all must know by now) and lately DC has been struggling in their movies since The awesome Dark Knight Trilogy. Wonder Woman was a surprising hit and with that, a standard for all other DC films to follow. I loved the chemistry between all the heroes in Justice League and somehow I felt Wonder Woman was the glue that kept everyone together along with Bruce. The Flash had some funny scenes and made the tone of the movie lighter and enjoyable by his awkwardness. During troubling times and in hardship, coming together as a team is what made me love Justice League as a kid and seeing it on screen was magical. There are glimpses of another soon to be Justice League member that had me squeal like a kid which I won't spoil. 

Cons: Some of the CGI was too much and the villain, Steppenwolf, had a lot to do with it. I think I'd have preferred someone physically playing the role instead of CGI. Other CGI scenes were a little too much but not enough for me to hate the whole film. Justice League's story was better and not dragged or too fast like Batman v. Superman or Suicide Squad. I would have liked it to be a little longer to get more of a back story to the new super heroes introduced. But having their own movies coming out (The Flash, Aquaman) will be nice to flesh out the world and characters. Humor during the beginning wasn't really funny but got more enjoyable toward the end.  

The Verdict:
GREEN LIGHT (Go See it)

I really enjoyed Justice League and to me it was indeed better than Batman v Superman and almost as good as Wonder Woman. I would suggest you see this and give it your own opinion. The Rotten Tomatoes score has it low but honestly it should at least be Fresh. I do not understand where all the hate is coming from. If you are a DC fan and have been disappointed in the last couple DC films (except Wonder Woman) you will be surprised how good this is. Don't forget to sit through the credits (mid and end).

Friday, November 3, 2017

Thor: Ragnarok Review: By far the best in the Thor franchise

The Hit:

I'm not one to ever put superhero movies on the negative side, but out of all the three "Thor" movies, Thor Ragnarok was by far the best. 

Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Mark Ruffalo, Tessa Thompson, Jeff Goldblum, Idris Elba, Karl Urban, Anthony Hopkins, Taika Waititi, and Benedict Cumberbatch. 

Pros: The humor is one of the key things that made Thor Ragnarok so much fun: Thor telling old stories, Thor and Hulk's bickering -- it was great. Action, Action, Action, I loved the gladiator fight between Thor and Hulk. The Hulk is my favorite "Marvel superhero" so seeing him back on screen was a welcome sight. Thor and Loki's relationship continued to grow and develop. Although a normal sibling doesn't try to actually kill you, you feel the love/hate relationship between both. Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie was kick ass, she is now on the list of bad ass women superheroes, and I would love to see more of her, maybe even as an Avenger. The story in Thor Ragnarok was really so much better than the first two movies and we actually got a Marvel villain in Hela that maybe be as good as DC's for once.

Cons: One of the after credit scenes was just dumb, but the other was a nice setup for Avengers: Infinity War, which is shaping up to be the biggest movie next year. All of Thor's past allies from Asgard were shown so quickly in scenes that it bothered me that they completely forgot about them and didn't have a big part of the film. There's a scene with guns that had the classic problem of too much ammo but it didn't take away too much.

The Verdict:
GREEN LIGHT (Go See it)