Sunday, August 24, 2014

Let's Be Cops a surprise laugh

The Hit
Let's Be Cops is similar to 21 Jump Street, but with enough differences to let it stand on its own two feet. Although the two main characters Ryan (Jake Johnson) and Justin (Damon Wayans Jr.) don't go to the academy to become official officers, one has a couple of uniforms on hand. They test them out at a costume party, which turns into a masquerade the whole movie long.

After leaving their shindig, they head home they walk the streets of L.A. and realize civilians treat them like the real deal. After seeing the effects, they become intrigued and take their antics to a whole new level. It's a different approach but the comedy is great!

Let's Be Cops has it's own take on the law. One of the characters gets so serious it becomes his persona. I went in with low expectations but came out with a happy grin. It was funny and while I had never really heard of the two main actors, Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. did a great job as a new comedy duo. The lead female role, Nina Dobrev, added a little romance to spice things up as well.

Two nobodies become somebodies and get entangled in a mess they can't get out. Ryan and Justin have to correct their mistakes and, for the most part, have fun doing it. For a good laugh, go see this movie. Maybe a career in law could be your thing too?

The Verdict

  • See It
  • Don't See It
  • Rent It

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles great for old fans and families...but that's about it

The Hit
Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Runtime: 101 minutes

Those who have seen the classic Ninja Turtles and have been fans since childhood will probably have a love/hate relationship with this movie. To clear things up, the CGI of the new TMNT was better and more realistic than that of the 2007 movie but still just too freaky. This movie was geared towards lifetime fans who grew up with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, so cheesy lines were filled throughout the adaptation. If you have kids, I highly recommend taking them to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It will be a good family treat.

I'm not saying its not worth seeing for adults either. It was good to get my kid side out and brought a couple of smirks and laughs which usually only come from crude comedies, not clean ones. The action was great. The ninja turtles lived up to their names and kicked butt with each of their different styles of martial arts and weapons which made it fun to watch.

The story line was good and I felt that it didn't falter in any way. Megan Fox plays April O'Neil, a dedicated reporter searching for a big story but never lucky enough to get the scoop. Everything changes when she meets up with the turtles after an attack. Later she finds out she has a bigger role in the creation of the turtles that only Master Splinter  the mutated rat/sensei/ father to Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo  knew about.

 Each of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are true to their original personalities: a nerd, a serious and responsible leader, a practical joker/class clown and a steadfast and strong-minded loner. They face the iconic villain Shredder and his followers and, with April at their side, must battle it out for their city.

The Verdict

  • See it
  • Don't see it

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Why Guardians of the Galaxy may be the best Marvel movie yet

The Hit
Why does Marvel outrank, outscore, and out film DC? Because Marvel knows how to plan things out years in advance to produce killer, interwoven plots.

Guardians of the Galaxy seemed like a mediocre film from the trailers, but trust me when I say this movie can stand proud on its own in the Marvel Universe. If you’ve kept up with all the after-credit scenes from past Marvel movies, you’ll know that Guardians IS in the same universe as the Avengers. Soon they will have to come together to beat a threat certain enough to give both parties a fight.

That threat is Thanos, the big boss man seen after the credits in The Avengers. He makes an appearance in Guardians and, if he gets his way, it could spell trouble for the entire Universe. Finally, we’ll get a greater glimpse at the connection between the Aether and the Tesseract and why Thanos is looking to collect them (and the rest of the Infinity Gems).

Guardians of the Galaxy follows Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), a human abducted from earth who’s a rogue and a lady’s man, Gamora (Zoe Saldana), an assassin with moves to rival Jackie Chan, Drax (Dave Bautista), a juggernaut alien out to do some avenging of his own, Rocket (Bradley Cooper), a loudmouthed lab experiment, says what's on his mind raccoon, and Groot (Vin Diesel), a tree-like, self-regenerating mini-Ent. Put them together and you’ve got the Guardians of the Galaxy, a ragtag team of misfits and anti-heroes struggling to get along long enough to save their galaxy. The threat? A renegade alien named Ronan (Lee Pace) who wants to reduce everything to ashes with a power we’re all too familiar with.

Guardians of the Galaxy is full of action, extra doses of comedy, sarcasm and plenty of 70's and 80's references. The soundtrack was a home run! I’d recommend this movie to anyone, Marvel fan or not.

The Verdict
  • SEE IT
  • Don't see it
  • Rent it