Thursday, July 25, 2019

Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood Review: Leonardo, Brad, and Margot equals a magnificent trio!

The Hit:

In this movie set in the late 1960's era of Hollywood, we follow three different entertaining people; Rick Dalton, Cliff Booth, and Sharon Tate. All played by phenomenal actors including other familiar faces along the way too.

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Damon Herriman, Luke Perry, Al Pacino, Margaret Qualley, Maya Hawke, Austin Butler, Kurt Russell, Mike Moh


Pros: I loved the chemistry between Leonardo and Brad, two iconic actors that made the film enjoyable to watch, and the beautiful Margot Robbie killed it as well. I wasn't alive back in that day but the theatre I was in was full of those that were, and I could tell by laughter and whispers of them pointing at certain old businesses and locations that they loved the film. I enjoyed the film being based on real-life events but with fictional elements as well. We get to see the Manson family throughout and are portrayed very well from an old podcast I listened to describing them. Because Sharon Tate is involved you sort of know where it goes from there. The ending is perhaps one of my favorite scenes and knowing the work of Quentin Tarantino, you can safely assume it's quite entertaining and over the top. 


Cons: It's pretty slow in the beginning and it surely takes a little bit to understand each character's own story but after a little while, pieces begin to fit and you'll get the bigger picture. This movie is almost three hours long and I think if you are not well acquainted with Taratino's work you might find it boring. Like I said it was slow but I got in the groove of things after a little bit. Out of the main 3, Leo's Rick Dalton character was the slowest to fall in love with, but knowing how great Leo is as an actor he can catch your attention pretty quick. 

Not only was this Thriller/Drama very amusing, but the added comedic factor and over the top scenes you'd expect from a well known director is also enough to see this multiple times. 

The Verdict:

GREEN LIGHT (Go See it)

Friday, July 19, 2019

The Lion King (2019) Review: Showing emotion certainly makes the original stand out

The Hit:

Disney has been pumping out live adaptations like it's nobody's business, but is all of them a certain hit? or miss? This flick sure does teeter totter those two questions. 

Cast: James Earl Jones, Donald Glover, Beyoncé, JD McCrary, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Chiwetel Ejiofor, John Oliver, John Kani, Alfre Woodard, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, Penny Johnson Jerald, Keegan-Michael Key, Eric André, Florence Kasumba

Pros: We get a beloved favorite movie from our childhood remade into a live-action film. How awesome is that? We get to see how a real-life animal would look like and the work that was done to achieve that was amazing. Music, of course, was a hit and nothing really can hinder a classic soundtrack. Nothing new is added that stands out and it follows the original frame to frame so you won't be confused if something fresh pops up. I enjoyed hearing the new voice actors and Timon and Pumbaa stood out like they always do. The scenery was also very nice to look at. 

Cons: This movie has me on the edge and although the work that was done to make this which I'm sure there were hours upon hours, bringing it to life in the outcome felt like it had no heart and soul throughout the whole movie. By that I mean there isn't any emotion in each character like the original animation. I know the whole point is to show how a real live animal would look like if this was real, but the facial expressions were gone from the very start. For example, the fate of Mufasa was not sad at all, including other key moments from singing the catchy tunes and so on. You don't see fear, happiness, anger, sadness and so forth, sure you know from the cartoon you can imagine what emotion in the scene is supposed to be, but that was my biggest con. I tried to ignore it but that just stood out the whole time.

The movie was average and you just may enjoy it more than I did. If you decide to just watch the original instead I won't blame you. 

The Verdict:
YELLOW LIGHT (Proceed with Caution)

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Spider-Man: Far From Home Review: Vacation? No such thing as a Superhero

The Hit:

With the drastic events from Avengers: Endgame, we get a break down of the world after the snap that brought everyone back. (If you haven't seen endgame by now and are mad that I just spoiled it, that's on you). #notsorry. 


Cast: Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zendaya, Jon Favreau, Samuel L. Jackson, Jacob Batalon, Marisa Tomei, Cobie Smulders, Angourie Rice, Tony Revolori


Pros: The tone of the movie was more fun and comedic and the idea of being on vacation worked well after such depressing events from endgame. Peter and his fellow classmates had me smile from ear to ear with funny antics, he also forms new bonds along the way that will help him become the hero tony always wanted him to be. He also goes through hardships and somehow the movie focuses on that and makes you put yourself in his shoes and although he is an avenger now himself, he's still a kid and that tears him apart for wanting to be normal for a second. At times you'll see Nick Fury be a certain way with him but it's only out of love. New suits are always a plus and action scenes always steal the show. Without pointing anything out, if you guessed how the story was going to go from the very first trailer, you were probably right and because of that, I still enjoyed the movie very much. Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio was a perfect addition to the MCU. A perfect ending to this phase of the MCU and beginning to the next set. 

Cons: Wish it was longer. I also would have enjoyed a cameo or two of some current avengers but we don't and one bonus scene had my head in deep thought and not in a good way. Maybe with the next installment, we'll see where it goes.


Tom Holland is really the Spiderman we always wanted on the big screen and is very likable, can't wait to see him in the next one along with everyone else, including his classmates, aunt may and happy. Make sure you don't miss out on this flick and you may just want to see it more than once, it was very enjoyable. 

The Verdict:

GREEN LIGHT (Go See it)

Make sure to stay throughout the Credits!