Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Get Hard: Another vanilla Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart movie

The Hit:
Get Hard was a comedy about getting ready to go into prison. Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart team up as the rich millionaire who is charged with fraud that goes to a middle class "black guy  to get "tips" on how to survive prison. The twist is, Kevin Hart's character, Darnell, has never actually been in jail.

Will Ferrell's character, James, is pretty much a racial profiler and makes fun of a lot of races. I'm sure they weren't trying to hurt anyone with those sort of jokes, but I personally enjoyed them and laughed at jokes on my own race. 

Get Hard is about a millionaire down in the dumps, but with a little hard work, he gets it back and makes a new friend out of someone he never expected. We've seen this type of story before but not as much in comedies. Sure, some parts were cheesy and lame but others were pretty good. Get Hard is just another one of those Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart bread and butter type of movies and you know what to expect. A lot of other critics out there were saying it was really bad but I'm glad I gave it a chance. It was funny and not a bad idea for a Saturday night movie. If you don't see it in the theater, it would be a good rent.

The Verdict:
Yellow Light (Proceed with caution)

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Insurgent Review: A strong follow-up in the series

The Hit: 
Insurgent is the second installment to the Divergent Trilogy. Shailene Woodley is the divergent Tris still on the run from the futuristic government. She is accompanied by her boyfriend Four (Theo James), her cowardly brother Caleb (Ansel Elgort) and the troublesome Peter (Miles Teller). She and the others are hiding in another faction that pretty much looked like a bunch of hippies. 

The government is set on opening a box that only Divergents can. It features all five Faction Simulations. Abnegation, for the selfless; Amity, for the peaceful; Candor, for the honest; Dauntless, for the brave; and Erudite, for the intellectual. Jeanine (Kate Winslet) tests out some Divergents but all of them die, leaving Tris as the last possibility. 

Tris is forced to visit Erudite headquarters or lose those close to her. She beats all the simulations and at the end there is a message that I don't want to spoil.

In the meantime, Four's supposedly dead mom (Naomi Watts) is building an army to take down the corrupt government. The movie ends with her taking her army to save Tris.

The story was good but had a few plot holes that maybe the books filled. The action and visual effects are what dragged me in and the suspense kept me on my feet. Books into movies are slowly taking over the screens and the Divergent series could be one that competes with Hunger Games. Either way, it's a story worth watching. 

The Verdict: 
Green light (Go see it) 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Cinderella Review: Disney continues its live action success

The Hit:
I didn't worry if Cinderella was gonna be good as a live action film, but I wanted to see if the film would follow the original storyline from the cartoon and build off of that. Well, it does almost to a point that it mirrors it. Some things were changed and I'll try not to spoil anything because I'd rather you go see it and enjoy it yourselves! 

This time around, Disney creates the back story of Ella: how she was raised and how she was such an innocent child and pure of heart. Her mother tells her to take two things to heart as she grows, "to be kind and to have courage". She lives by those words and man, is she a trooper. 

The step mother and the two step sisters come into the picture and Ella takes a lot of crap from them without arguing or talking back. Besides that part of the story, they introduce the Prince earlier than the Ball as well. He and Ella have a little moment and sparks start to fly.

Fast forward and it's dance time. The Prince is pushed to choose a princess from another kingdom but love prevails and he chooses the kindhearted Cinderella.

The cast was amazing, Lily James as Cinderella was perfect and beautiful. You couldn't take your eyes off of her and the crappy moments she was going through made you want to go through the screen and help her out from her evil step mother (Cate Blanchett). Her two brats for kids, Sophie McShera as Drisella and Holliday Grainger as Anastasia gave you a bad taste in your mouth.

The Prince, played by Richard Madden, (known for Game of Thrones) did not disappoint and the ladies out there would probably want him to choose them too. Other cast members did just as good, like the mouse Gus Gus and cat Lucifer. Helena Bonham Carter proves  as the Fairy Godmother that she can play any type of character. When she enters the stage and bippity boppity boo's that pumpkin into a carriage and Cinderella into a jaw dropper with the glass slippers I could tell the whole theater was amazed to see the magic unfold. 

Cinderella is going to be a must own when it comes out on DVD and Blu Ray. Like Maleficent, it was a live action Disney film that did not disappoint and made the kid in you smile on the inside and out. 

The Verdict:
Green Light ( Go See it)

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Chappie Review: More than just another robot action film

The Hit:

Business in the front and party in the back. Hugh Jackman takes on a mullet and a different role than usual in the sci-fi flick Chappie, a movie about a robot created for the purpose of serving and protecting the police in South Africa. 

The main creator of all these robots is Deon Wilson (Dev Patel) who makes a program to give the robots enhanced artificial intelligence even though he's told not to. Hugh Jackman's character is a jealous scientist and will do anything to sabotage Deons's robots to make his creation the first choice of their company. Instead, Deon goes behind everyone's backs and decides to take one damaged robot called Chappie to test out his new AI. At first, Chappie acts like a little kid and doesn't know what's going on but throughout the film he learns at a super fast pace.

Chappie is super impressionable. If he's around good people he picks up mannerisms from them and the opposite is true for bad habits as well. He has his own judgement and decides what to retain, which luckily means he doesn't harm others.

Chappie goes through trials and is treated different from humans because everyone else sees him as a robot cop but that isn't all he is. You feel bad for him at times and would take his side over the humans The movie is a great sci-fi film from the director of District 9 and doesn't disappoint. The movie revolved around things like racism and acceptance of things out of the ordinary but is also an action film.

The Verdict:
Yellow Light (Proceed with caution)

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Focus Review: Will Smith and Margot Robbie shine

The Hit:
Focus is about con man named Nicky (Will Smith) who has been a con his whole life. When a pretty woman named Jess (Margot Robbie) shows up in his world of stealing he falls in love but when things get good he has to let her go before they can get too close. Well, they end up catching each other's gaze once again and that's when it gets fun. 

Focus was not what I was expecting and I found it really enjoyable. There was a mix of comedy and deception and that's what really reeled me in. I laughed, thought, and tried to figure out how the con was gonna go down. There's a scene where even I didn't know what was going on and had my hands pressed to my face wondering why is this happening, why is he doing that and why doesn't he just stop? Also, if you want to learn how to steal little things like watches, wallets, hats, or rings you could get some tips. It's pretty neat how, by distracting certain areas of the body, you can take almost anything from someone. 

Will Smith recently said his last movie, After Earth, was one of the worst he's ever done, but Focus was a hit and better than expected. He was amazing. Margot Robbie (Wolf of Wall Street), aside from her great looks was also a great pair up with Will Smith. She plays a con in training with a lot of natural talent for lifting items.

There was comedy throughout Focus, but the real stand out was an actor by the name of Adrian Martinez. If he doesn't make you bust out in laughter from the things he says then I don't know what will. 

The Verdict:
Green light (Go see it)