Saturday, February 17, 2018

Black Panther Review: An all-star cast breaks the Marvel mold

The Hit:

Black Panther is not my favorite Marvel film but it does its job to show us a rich backstory of where he comes from and it was beautiful.

Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman,  Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Sterling K. Brown, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, John Kani, and many more. 

Pros: I liked the story we got and how we dove into the culture of Africa and also what makes Wakanda such a technological wonder that it is kept secret. Seeing T'Challa take the mantle of a king and the process that takes was something I didn't expect. Not knowing anything really about Black Panther, in general, it was an eye-opener. The fight scenes were epic and the higher tech involved made it so much better, I think even Iron Man might have a tough time against Wakanda's inventions. A lot of reviewers are saying Michael B. Jordan's character Killmonger might be one of the greatest villians since Loki and I will have to agree. He's not just a villian who is going to just destroy the world which in turn the heroes have to stop him but he helps T'Challa find something within himself to become a better hero and king to his people, almost like a Batman and Joker type of relationship. I liked Killmonger's motives and somehow you could side with him which made the story more interesting. Chemistry was great within the whole cast and with big top actors involved you could tell scenes went by smoothly. 

Cons: Notieceable cons were really just the CGI, Instead of going out and shooting scenes with actual mountains or grass in the background you could tell the CGI took their place. It didn't really hinder the entirety of the film but with a big Marvel movie like this, I don't know why they couldn't go out and add little things like that in their budget. 

Black Panther is a great Marvel Film and opens the whole franchise even more with access to new technology and an even greater cast. And just like always, stick around for those classic end credit scenes. 

The Verdict:


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The 15:17 to Paris Review: An awful adaptation of an amazing true story

The Hit:

Clint Eastwood is a legend and very highly praised for his own roles in movies and directorial films as well. But The 15:17 to Paris, sad to say, was his worst. 

Cast: Alek Skarlatos, Anthony Sadler, Spencer Stone, Judy Greer, Jenna Fischer.

Pros: The only pro thing I can say about this movie is the courage it took to stop a terrorist from killing innocent people. I cannot take that away from this film in the slightest. So much respect for the heroes in this film and the only great scene is the ending scene when they stop the terrorist and it was amazing how brutal it became in the conclusion.

Cons: Again, I don't want to take away from the heroic acts of these brave people but Clint should have brought in real actors to portray those heroes. Instead, he used the same people that saved the train and God bless them in every way but their acting was utterly and totally awful. It pains me to say that but there were a lot of scenes that were real cringy. At one point my friend leaned over to me and wanted to laugh and asked about the acting. I mentioned that it was the real heroes and he then realized why it was so bad. Dialogue was also something the writers should have fixed and the scenes of events of their childhood to their present lives was really a huge question mark and felt unnecessary. It was really hard sitting through this film and I felt bad for those three individuals, you definitely realize what a difference professionals make.

I sadly do not recommend seeing this on the big screen but if you still want to I suggest waiting for it to come out on Blu-ray/DVD and watch the last fifteen minutes only because these heroes deserve their recognition. 15:17 to Paris as a film was awful and should have been acted out by professionals and written better. Thank you to those courageous heroes, you have all our respect and gratitude. 

The Verdict:
RED LIGHT (Don't See it)

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Hostiles Review: a solid addition to Old West cinema

The Hit:

Not even I expected the outcome of this film and for that reason, I thought it was a great story that didn't have any characters with plot armor.

Cast: Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Wes Studi, Rori Cochrane, Jonathan Majors, Jesse Plemons, Adam Beach, Tanaya Beatty, Q'orianka Kilcher, and Xavier Horsechief.

Pros: Hostiles was brutal and by that I mean not everyone makes it out alive and that was surprising. I liked seeing Christians Bale's character "Joseph" change from hating Native Americans to having empathy for them in the end. Seeing the old western story come to life is something we don't see often in film now adays and it was a good refresher. We need to tell more stories like this on the big screen. Performances by other cast members helped in the development of the story. Rosamund Pike was a great addition and flourished only after being on the journey with Joseph. Seeing Wes Studi as Chief Yellow Hawk made this journey possible to begin with. Having him change Joseph's view that not all Native Americans were bad was a big impact even though he did wrong in the past too, time can heal and change a person.

Cons: A friend of mine pointed this out and it makes sense but Joseph having a whole bag full of reasons to hate indians softened pretty quickly throughout the films journey and I brought up traveling all that time would be weeks so maybe his heart would of been softened but it would of been nice seeing a time lapse of some sort to follow along. Rosamund Pike's performance in the beginning of the film was hard to watch in my opinon but I enjoyed her more when she was on the journey alongside Joseph. Minor Characters dialogue could have been cut out because the length was a little too long. 

There's some other movies out there that might catch your eye but seeing an old western with great actors is one not to miss so check it out. 

The Verdict:

Maze Runner: The Death Cure Review: A solid resolution to the series

The Hit:

The last installment of the Maze Runner series did not leave any stone unturned. It ended with a worthy conclusion for a young adult adventure novel. 

Cast: Dylan O'Brien, Ki Hong Lee, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Dexter Darden, Will Poulter, Rosa Salazar, Giancarlo Esposito, Patricia Clarkson, Aidan Gillen, and Barry Pepper. 

Pros: Story was a lot better than the previous film (Scorch Trials) and in my opinion, the slow parts of this film filled any questions you might have had about the storyline. Dylan O' Brien is becoming one of my favorite up and coming actors to watch out for, he has grown from being on MTV's Teen Wolf to so much greater in the film industry, he was a great selection to play Thomas in this series. The rest of the cast, even though minor main characters ended this movie with a bang. The ending was action packed and left me on the edge of my seat. Seeing both sides of finding the cure made this more realistic with it being a real problem if not solved. 

Cons: What can I say without spoiling? The ending is tough because not all of the beloved characters we know make it out alive and although that helps a movie and story it was something I wasn't expecting. I was hoping everyone would have made it. The Death Cure was long so I only put that as a con because some of you might not like it, but it did fill in plot holes so it sort of had to be. 

I never read the books so I have no idea what was added or taken out but I sure did love this series and this third installment was a great ending in my opinion. Go check it out and be entertained. 

The Verdict: