Saturday, March 31, 2018

Ready Player One Review: A thrilling pop culture nerd ride

The Hit:

A movie based on a book I have never read but if the book is anything like the movie adaptation of Ready Player One, it is absolutely one of the greatest nerd stories ever.

Cast: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe, T.J. Miller, Mark Rylance, Phillip Zhao, Win Morisaki, Simon Pegg, Hannah John-Kamen.

Pros: I loved that the story revolved around a world where you can enter a virtual reality called the Oasis and try to beat levels so that when you succeed you become a trillionaire in the real world and become the new owner. Ready Player One had so many references to old movies, games and other pop culture from the 80s to the present time. Just that in general is what made this film amazing, you see old characters you played with and movies you've seen, it literally made the inner child inside me jump with glee. I was so entranced by Ready Player One that my heart couldn't stop beating in scenes and my hands were shaking after it was over. I cannot remember the last time I had a smile from ear to ear in such a long time throughout most of the whole film. The story, the actors, the world in Oasis was brilliant and beautiful at the same time. I will repeat this again but the story from a non-reader's perspective seemed to keep a pace that kept you on the edge of your seat and I never felt bored or negative about any scene. Seeing the main character go through struggles in finding the next clue and seeking help from friends made it just like a video game and that enthralled me. 

Cons: I don't have any cons that I can think of but to put at least one down I will mention that a couple friends of mine that did read the book felt like the film didn't go into too much detail and was rushed because the books go into more depth. I personally didn't feel that way and to fall more in love with this great story I will be ordering the book to read.

I highly urge, encourage and recommend you see Ready Player One -- 100%, do not miss out on this fantastic movie! I am planning on seeing it again to find more easter eggs that I've missed. By the end of this year, this will definitely be in my Top 5 movies of 2018 list. Do not miss out on this soon to be classic, this will become a must-own when it's available for bluray/Dvd. 

The Verdict:


Sunday, March 25, 2018

Pacific Rim: Uprising Review: True to fans of the series

The Hit:

Robots the size of skyscrapers are back for another sequel in Pacific Rim: Uprising and what a joyous return to see them in action once again!

Cast: John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny, Burn Gorman, Charlie Day, Tian Jing, Rinko Kikuchi

Pros: I love big robots but I knew Pacific Rim: Uprising would either be a hit or miss because sequels usually are. Walking out I really couldn't decide which one was better and that's good. The new designs on the Jaegers were more appealing to me this time around. Action scenes were epic! The story was not something I was expecting and if you really enjoyed the first movie then the story in this really made sense and I liked the direction it went with that. John Boyega really can act beyond Star Wars and that is exciting because he's very likable on screen. Cailee is another actress I've never seen before and she has promise as well. In the first installment it was mostly Jaegers vs Kaiju but this time around we get good Jaegers vs bad Jaegers and seeing such conflict against two robots pitted against each other is just as exciting. There is a brief scene towards the end that shows a statue of a Gundam, since the first movie that is what Jaegers reminded me of -- Mecha Japanese anime that I adore, so seeing that on screen was something that made me smile.

Cons: There were scenes with forced humor and some cringy moments as well and while it didn't get in the way of the movie it could have been cut out and used that extra dialogue for other scenes instead. Charlie Day is a character and sure is funny, but I didn't like the way he was used in this flick. I can see why he was used in such a way to progress the story but maybe I just need to let it soak in because I guess it needed to be done. I didn't really like the ending because it abruptly ends in a way that they hope will get another sequel, so fingers crossed that it happens, otherwise ending it like that was not smart. 

I may just have goggles on that can't really see the negatives of Pacific Rim: Uprising because some critics are giving it a low score or even a mediocre one but I really enjoyed it. Don't go in thinking too much about it and have a fun time. If you liked the first Pacific Rim I hope and assume you will like this one too!

The Verdict:


Sunday, March 18, 2018

Tomb Raider Review: True to its video game roots

The Hit:

Tomb Raider has had films made before which were great, but this adaptation doesn't hurt it in the slightest with a great story and adventure to go along with it. 

Cast: Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu, Kristin Scott Thomas. 

Pros: The thrill of an adventure movie like Tomb Raider is always something I enjoy and Alicia Vikander as Lara made that great to see. Nothing against Angelina Jolie's take on the video game character which those were great too but Alicia's take on Lara was more in tune with the story from the video games. Action scenes and parts where she had to use stealth made it feel like a video game and it was exciting. I liked the tomb and all its deadly traps. The objective of such tomb, in the end, was really cool if you were in detective mode throughout the movie to put the pieces together, which I wasn't and I was surprised. 

Cons: You get a typical villain of the story and I just couldn't take him seriously -- maybe because the last time I saw him was on an HBO comedy called Vice Principals but Walton Goggins still had some good moments where he made you hate him on screen but only some. Alicia Vikander, bless her heart, got annoying with her grunts and screaming. Great actress, but it got in the way of the movie.

Tomb Raider ended with a setup for a sequel and you'll see that she's up against an evil bigger than just herself so seeing more Alicia Vikander as Lara is something to be excited for. Trust me when I say this, this was a whole lot better than that last crappy film video game adaptation, Assasins Creed. Go check out this entertaining movie!

The Verdict:
GREEN LIGHT (Go see it)

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Red Sparrow Review: Jennifer Lawrence excels in this dark thriller

The Hit:

From a famous Russian Ballerina to a sparrow 'Russian intelligence service,' Jennifer Lawrence has no choice but to serve her country until she meets a CIA agent that offers her a chance for a new life in return for information. Red Sparrow is a spy story I wasn't really ready for. 

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling, Jeremy Irons, Douglas Hodge. 

Pros: Jennifer Lawrence's performance really made this story very interesting. I could never tell if her character was on a particular side. She pulls off a decent but not great Russian accent. Training to be a Red Sparrow was something I've never seen before but I could see how seduction could be used to get information. The rest of the cast did well and the story kept me intrigued from start to finish. Red Sparrow is rather deep so be prepared to really pay attention — stories like this really keep me on my toes. It's not all action but watching a slow spy movie is good once in a while. Jennifer really stole the show, she did great. 

Cons: Some scenes were awkward and disturbing. I've never seen anyone walk out of a theatre before but some people did while I was watching because of moments through the film. I don't want to spoil too much but scenes from the part of her training were pretty hard to watch, and torture scenes as well. Like I previously mentioned I got lost while following the story but that's my fault, just don't lose track and the pieces will fall together in the end. 

Red Sparrow isn't a film that made me leave and say damn that was great or that sucked but it was just okay. Jennifer Lawrence really made this film enjoyable and she continues to be a great actress in any role she takes. This film might be one of her most challenging roles yet. If you're a fan don't miss out. 

The Verdict:
YELLOW LIGHT (Proceed with Caution)