Sunday, December 27, 2015

Daddy's Home Review: A long shot from best comedy of 2015

The Hit:

Daddy's home is about a step father and biological father competing for the affection of their two children. The duo of Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg make this story quite comical. Will Ferrell's character Brad Whitaker is living the life as a radio executive and has slowly been winning the love of his two step kids. But just as soon as he thought he has them, the real father, Dusty Mayron (Wahlberg) comes back into the picture. Now, both fight to be the better daddy.

The two go back and forth with love, affection and gifts but what they eventually notice is, that they just need to "be there" for the kids. Aside from the bickering and feuding between Ferrell and Wahlberg, Daddy's Home was not the best comedy of the year but I had some laughs here and there. There was also an ironic twist at the end that turned things around for the two competing dads.

Daddy's Home had a good story and message while being comical as well. It's not on my must-see films, so if you want to wait until the DVD or Bluray release I wouldn't blame you.

The Verdict:
Yellow Light (Proceed with Caution)

Friday, December 18, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Review: A glorious return

The Hit:

The Force has returned and it was glorious! I will add no spoilers so those that haven't seen it can have a chance to enjoy it with all the surprises intact.

We get lots of old faces from Episodes 4-6. But even with old friends, this is a new story with a fresh slate of characters and those newcomers did a remarkable job. 

First, we have the new villain by the name of Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), the wannabe Darth Vader with a secret past. Next is Finn (John Boyega), a person trying to figure out who he really is when he meets Rey (Daisey Ridley). Rey has a secret past, surrounded by much speculation. She is a character I enjoyed and am excited to see where her destiny takes her. BB-8, the ball droid seen in the movie trailers is one you will really love as well.

Again I will refrain from any spoilers but will try to add what I can without doing so. The Force Awakens was a story similar to another episode but with its own unique twists and flavor. There is classic Star Wars comedy and action throughout. I never felt that Force Awakens slowed down or was dull, even for a second. Each new character built upon one another to bring it all together. The Force was mentioned, of course and to this day the Dark Side is still on top, unfortunately. There is still no balance and Luke seems to remain the only hope of restoring light to the galaxy. We see a new villain above Kylo Ren as well, Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis), an evil being that takes the place of the Emperor from the original trilogy.

Seeing The Force Awakens will be the greatest way to end 2015. It brought back the joy and memories from the original trilogy and played on all my emotions. I'm a sucker for lightsaber duels and you will see that for certain as well, along with a wide variety of other action scenes. Waiting for the next movie will be cruel indeed. 

May the Force be with you. 

The Verdict:

Green Light (Go See It)

Sunday, December 13, 2015

In the Heart of the Sea Review: Fantastic acting, directing and effects all come together

The Hit:

What a ride from start to finish. In the Heart of the Sea was a flick I was about to not see but would have made a mistake if I had missed out on it. Some reviewers are saying the only good thing about the movie was the acting and not much else, but from what I saw everything was great, the story and design and everything you can think of. Don't be fooled by those saying this was not good.

Ron Howard known for Rush, Cinderella Man, the Davinci Code and many others brought Moby Dick, the White Whale to life. It's so massive it brings fear into the eyes of men foolish enough to attempt to kill it and take the oil from inside its hide. 

Chris Hemsworth plays first mate Owen Chase, a whaler who has had past successes in getting large amounts of oil but has not been able to be a captain of his own ship because of his last name. The captain of the ship is George Pollard (played by Benjamin Walker) and together with Chase and the crew, they set out to get 2000 barrels of whale oil. In the Heart of the Sea is told from the perspective of a boy named Thomas Nickerson (Tom Holland) who is now an old man. He wanted to be a great whaler and admires Owen Chase very much. He is actually going to be playing the next Spiderman in the Marvel series and from seeing him in this movie he will be amazing.

In addition to key characters, the entire cast does a great job acting. When you see them doing their job in securing and killing whales you get the idea of how crucial it is to get oil and the hardships involved in retrieving it. Failure was not an option if you wanted to make a name for yourself or money. 

In the Heart of the Sea is all about survival. As seen in the trailers, Moby Dick, the enormous whale damages the ship they voyaged on and now the crew fights just to get home alive. This movie was a thrill ride and the effects were extraordinary. I loved the story, the acting, and imagery. Chris Hemsworth who is mostly known for playing Thor has been rising to the top as a great actor and in this he soars again. You will not regret seeing In the Heart of the Sea.

The Verdict:
Green Light (Go See It)

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Creed Review: Balboa and Jordan are a killer combination

The Hit:

What more can you ask for than Sylvester Stallone reprising his role as icon Rocky Balboa and Michael B. Jordan playing Adonis Creed the son of Apollo Creed? The chemistry these two bring to the floor is beyond words. Sylvester and Michael made the film, added a little comedy and tugged at your heart strings. Their characters need each other: Adonis wants to make a name for himself and make the name of Creed famous. Rocky is just the owner of a restaurant and doesn't want to step in the ring as a fighter or coach, but deep down he knows that is what he loves and needs because he was born to do so.

Adonis never met his dad because he was not born yet when Apollo died. We see his struggle early in his life and even though he had a good job later on, deep down that was not what he wants to do with his life. Instead, he takes a leap of faith and asks Rocky to train him. When Rocky finds out that Adonis is Apollo's son, he can't let his old friend down. Although Creed is sort of the continuation of the Rocky films, it's mostly about Adonis, as the title suggests. Sure, I liked seeing Rocky again, but watching a new fighter begin his own story was a great way to continue the Rocky franchise.

I have nothing negative to say about this film, it was a fight straight through and through. Rocky is old so we see him struggle and go through a phase which was sad to see but Adonis was there for him, not just as a student but as a son, as family. Other cast members did amazing, including Adonis's love interest, Bianca, played by Tessa Thompson. She also became a big part in Adonis' life and is there by his side in the end. 

Creed is a must see and a must own when out, it is touching with a great story and a great cast. When you hear the old Rocky music playing, it sends chill throughout your body. The last fight in the movie is an all-out brawl each round. With rocky in his corner and his loved ones at home watching, can Adonis win and bring fame to the Creed name once more? The Rocky and new Creed duo was fantastic. 

The Verdict:
Green Light (Go See It)