Friday, December 29, 2017

Flick Hit's Top 10 Movies of 2017


1. Logan
A great film including story, actors, and all-around entertainment. A stupendous film send-off for Hugh Jackman as the Wolverine. Definitely my number one.

2. Only The Brave
This story of everyday heroes battling fires as a living was something else. The ending had me in tears and I appreciate those that do something so dangerous. Very emotional movie.

3. Coco
Disney and Pixar never seem to falter in their animation and this story hit me at home because of the culture they shared with us. It was eye opening and I learned a lot. It was very beautiful. 

4. Spiderman: Homecoming
I have enjoyed all the Spiderman movies to date and am finally glad that he has made his appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Tom Holland's performance as Spiderman finding his way into being a hero was astounding. 

5. Wonder Woman
Gal Gadot IS Wonder Woman and she brought back DC films from the brink of death. The rest of DC will have to follow what this film did to make a comeback. Truly a film DC needed and a director and leading actress that made it happen. 

6. Baby Driver
This movie flowed like a river with it's music and how they did it so great, I have no idea. It was very entertaining and had a real soul all the way through, and man can "baby" drive when the tunes hit.

7. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
One of the most controversial Star Wars movies. Sure some things are new, but different is always a great thing. I was glad it didn't follow the original trilogy path because that would of been real dumb and no one likes a copy cat. Can't wait to see how Episode IX turns out! 

8. John Wick 2
The adrenaline flowed with this movie. Keanu Reeves is such a bad ass and the logic behind guns only lasting what the clip really holds and are not always unlimited like any other movie, made this even more realistic. I am always entertained watching this film and its story of secret assasins. 

9. IT
Not really a total horror flick because sometimes it made me chuckle. Bill Skarsgärd as Pennywise was thrilling and exciting in a weird way. The kids themselves made this movie even more exciting than Pennywise. Stephen King is surely happy how this turned out. 

10. Beauty and the Beast
One of a select few of my favorite disney films as a kid was Beauty and the Beast. Seeing it brought to life was awesome. Emma Watson as Belle was really just magical and Beast was horrifyingly great. Disney's live-action films haven't faltered and I want more! 

Honorable Mentions:
  • Split
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • War for the Planet of the Apes
  • Get Out
  • Wind River


1. Logan

A stunning, haunting film all the way around. Hugh Jackman had the perfect exit as the Wolverine and the supporting cast was fantastic as well. I loved the direction they took with the Mutant Universe. Logan didn’t pull any punches and set a new standard for “superhero” films.

2. Coco
After a couple of misses, Pixar knocked this one out of the park. A beautiful blend of story, song, and animation, Coco isn’t just one of my top movies for 2017, it’s one of my favorite Pixar movies of all-time. 

3. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Not going to rant at all the haters here. Yes, there were some clunky scenes and a few lines that fell flat. Even so, The Last Jedi took the Star Wars saga in a bold new direction. I’m glad that JJ Abrams is taking the reins to finish off this trilogy but will still look forward to Rian Johnson’s standalone trilogy. #PorgNation

4. Logan Lucky
A clever heist film with a stellar, all-star cast. In a culture of action films and sequels, Logan Lucky was a breath of fresh air that didn’t get enough love. The twists and turns and deadpan humor came together in a wonderful film. Before you knock Adam Driver because of Kylo Ren, check him out in Logan Lucky.

5. Thor: Ragnarok
I would have never guessed Thor Ragnarok would have made my Top 10 at the start of the year. Before this, the Thor films were my least favorite in the Marvel Universe. But Ragnarok was a fun ride with snappy humor and a solid storyline.  Another great example of cast chemistry and my favorite superhero flick of the year.

6. Beauty and the Beast
The tale as old as time is Disney’s best live-action film to date, in my opinion. The cast was fantastic (Josh Gad, Luke Evans and Emma Watson in particular) and the music as good as the original.

7. Wonder Woman
By far the best DC film since The Dark Knight Rises, Wonder Woman sets the bar high for female-led superhero films. Gal Gadot was phenomenal and the overall storyline was a better war movie than the original Captain America. The romance between Diana and Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) was just right. In fact, the only miss in this movie was keeping David Thewlis’ body as Ares in the big reveal at the end.

8. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Yes, there were more over-the-top stunts than ever before in Pirates. But if you look past that (also talking to you Last Jedi haters) it was a solid film and a fitting end (?) to Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow. How can the farewell of such an iconic film character not make my top ten? I appreciated the loose ends tied up but not sure what I think about a potential return of Davy Jones.

9. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
2017 took itself WAY too seriously which is perhaps why so many lightweight, fun movies made it into my top ten. I love anything King Arthur and this Guy Ritchie adaptation was no different. There was plenty of action (the slow-mo style from Sherlock Holmes was well done), an awesome musical score refreshing twists to the legend of King Arthur. I would love a sequel.

10. Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle
Speaking of sequels, Kingsman 2 rounds out my top ten. It was just as funny and gruesome as the first but I appreciated the serious undertones that made the film more than a bloody laugh. I had a few issues with the way the story played out but can’t wait for a third.

Honorable mentions

  • John Wick 2
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Kong: Skull Island

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1. Coco
The perfect blend of humor, heart, and family, Coco had it all. The animation was unique and captivating and the characters were well-developed and interesting. This is one of my favorite animated films. It's on par with Moana.

2. Logan
Admittedly I'm not a super-hero junkie, but Logan was not your typical superhero flick. It was a dark and gritty portrayal of a complex character and had just the right amount of action mixed with humor and drama. Hugh Jackman's performance was tremendous.   

3. Get Out 
This flick was funny, scary, and had plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing. The movie was far more than just an action/horror flick. It was controversial at times because it made a lot of not-so-subtle statements and race and social status. 

4. The Zookeeper's Wife
This was an under-the-radar flick that shouldn't be missed. It is a powerful story of a man and wife struggling to survive and help others in worn-torn Europe that will move your emotions. 

5. Lady Bird
A funny and quirky coming-of-age story about a young rebellious teen in California. This a flick that many young people will be able to relate to, and it doesn't follow the typical Hollywood formula.  

6. Wind River
This was an intense flick that tackled a real-life subject I knew little about: brutal crimes on Indian reservations. The cinematography, acting, and plot were all excellent.  

7. Wonder Woman
Again, I'm not the biggest superhero fan, but I did appreciate many aspects of this film, including the story, special effects, and acting abilities of Gal Gadot. She was the perfect choice for a strong female lead, and it was refreshing to see. Sure, it was a bit cheesy at times, but I was willing to overlook that (hey, it's only at #7 anyway). 

8. The Big Sick
I'm always relieved when Hollywood comes us with something fresh and new, and while this flick wasn't great, I appreciated its originality. It offered a unique spin on the romantic comedy genre and provided some interesting insights into what it's like dating outside of your culture.  

9. Baby Driver
This was a fun action flick with a great soundtrack and some interesting characters. The car chase scenes were well-done, and I found myself rooting for the main character along the way. 

10. Split
The acting talents of James McAvoy were on full display. This was a creepy, unsettling flick that will leave you with more questions than answers, but it will keep you engaged the entire way. 

Honorable mentions

  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • IT

Flick Hit's Top 10 Movies of 2017

(Based on an average of the above rankings)

1. Logan
2. Coco
3. Wonder Woman
4. The Last Jedi
5. Only the Brave
6. Get Out

(4-way tie)
7. Spiderman Homecoming
7. Baby Driver
7. Thor: Ragnarok
7. Logan Lucky
7. The Zookeeper's Wife

Friday, December 22, 2017

The Greatest Showman Review: The greatest show this holiday season

The Hit:

Who misses Hugh Jackman as the Wolverine? I know he hung up the claws earlier this year but he doesn't fail to impress even in a different genre. This man can sing and keep you entertained. 

Cast: Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Keala Settle, Zac Efron, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Austyn Johnson, Cameron Seely, Sam Humphrey, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. 

Pros: Hugh Jackman was stupendous as P.T. Barnum. I have never really been fond of musicals and to be honest I never saw Les Miserábles. I may now go back and watch it. Jackman's acting didn't falter and the storyline flowed smoothly between his (Characters) life and those in his entertainment troupe. The Greatest Showman's music was very catchy, emotional and each song had significance. Michelle Williams plays Barnum's wife. Her character is a driving force for The Greatest Showman and helps P.T. Barnum through the troubling times. Side characters really fueled the show business especially Keala Settle. The choreography was on point and everything in the background was very catchy. The movie also goes through old life problems of back in the day and they handled it well. Zac Efron and Zendaya, I loved their chemistry and Zac keeps surprising me with his performances.

Cons: None

Again, I have to say that I am not fond of musicals but may now change my mind, because although the story could perhaps have gone without the singing it made it more magical and it sucked me right in. The Greatest Showman is a really great family movie that you should definitely catch during this holiday break, it's not one to miss. 

The Verdict:

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Review - Cast chemistry brings the game to life again

The Hit:
Who plays board games nowadays? As we all know, Jumanji is one you would want to avoid. Now, it has evolved to tangle those in its grip in the form of a game console.

Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, Alex Wolff, Ser'Darious Blain, Madison Iseman, Morgan Turner, and Bobby Cannavale. 

Pros: First thing that got me hooked was the chemistry between the actors. The roles they were playing were spot on. The person that really nailed their part of a teenage "popular" girl was Jack Black, he was hilarious. I liked the new version of the game, it took the basic concepts of what a video game is supposed to be and all the rules involved, which includes things like abilities and how many lives you have which was a real factor in their journey to get out. There is a nod to the previous Jumanji film within the game that I noticed. I could tell in the theatre that most missed it but I hope you notice it as well, so keep a lookout. Dwayne Johnson is a marvelous actor and although he is in a lot of movies he is gold in whatever role he is playing, including this film. Very fun adventure from start to finish.

Cons: I think Jumanji was two hours. It went by too fast and could have of been longer. With that in mind, the very end needed a little more depth to see how their lives went on after the game. Nick Jonas was a very meh character but his role in the game was important to bring them all together I guess.

Jumanji was very entertaining and I wouldn't mind seeing it again for the laughs and adventures, especially Jack Black playing as Bethany. The action was well done and also the music, especially those classic Jumanjii drums in the background. You'll leave with a smile on your face that's for sure. 

The Verdict:

Friday, December 15, 2017

Star Wars The Last Jedi Review: Boldly follows its own path

The Hit:

Star Wars Episode (VIII) 8 was one story that really was something we haven't seen in any Star Wars movie to date, which is why you will want to see it twice to fully enjoy it. 

Cast: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern, Gwendoline Christie, and Benicio Del Toro.

Pros: Mark Hamill did amazing playing Luke and was refreshing getting to experience that character again. His reprisal of Skywalker came close to an Oscar-worthy performance. Poe Dameron had some sick skills when shooting down TIE Fighters but in The Last Jedi, you get to see more of those skills which sets him apart from all the others, truly a genius in the air and space. Kylo Ren and Rey both struggling in finding their place in the galaxy provided a fresh perspective on the Force and how it balances. Leadership skills are not to be taken granted, Poe learned a hard truth in that. Action scenes were beautiful, either with a lightsaber or not. New creatures in this galaxy from far far away initially bugged me but in the end were okay to have around. A lot of exploration into the "Force" and I loved that. 

Cons: Story was good but not great. There was a chunk of a storyline which I won't spoil that could have been totally left out of the movie. Wish we got more of a backstory or action from Captain Phasma. The Last Jedi revolved in three certain areas and some scenes out of two of the three didn't make much sense. Some humor was forced and you could tell it was Disneyfied but some was great when it needed to be. 

To really enjoy and appreciate The Last Jedi you might have to see it twice and that is something I've never had to deal with. The first time, a lot of the storyline bothered me but I grew to appreciate it more after another viewing. All the pieces fell into place. The Last Jedi is not even close to being the best Star Wars movie but it sure is one that was different from the rest. 

The Verdict:
GREEN LIGHT (Go See it^2)

Friday, November 24, 2017

Coco Review: Beautiful animation and strong themes celebrate Mexican culture

The Hit:

Disney's Pixar has yet again made a movie invoking great emotions. Coco's message is one we can all relate to: always remember family and know where your roots come from throughout your family history. 

Cast: Anthony Gonzales, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach, Renee Victor, Jaime Camil, Lombardo Boyar, Sofia Espinosa.

Pros: The animation was incredible: the characters, the background, everything from the floor to the sky was astounding. Coco really grabbed the essence of what Mexico looks like and how the Day of the Dead is celebrated. The spirit world was very colorful and had me admiring every scene. The story was also well done. I learned more about my own culture, especially the Day of the Dead and the importance of it. Following Miguel as he discovered himself and his family was very touching. The music was a beautiful mix of English and Spanish so everyone could understand.

Cons: The only con is my own fault. Even with my Mexican descent, I do not know very much about what the Day of the Dead truly is and how you celebrate. Coco was very eye-opening and I felt a little embarrassed by my lack of knowledge.

The Verdict:

I walked in knowing very little about the Day of the Dead and left wanting to know more. Coco took a lot of time and effort to know the exact details of the Mexican culture and they got it all exactly right. Besides the Day of the Dead which I don't know much about, everything else seemed so familiar and well done. The theme was about family, currently living and those that have passed on. It left me teary-eyed and smiling. For a good family movie no matter your heritage, don't miss Coco.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Justice League Review: DC continues to improve

The Hit:

Another DC film in the books with another shot at either it being good or bad. Did Justice League meet the hype or was it another letdown?

Cast: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, J.K. Simmons, Ciarán Hinds, Joe Morton, and Amber Heard.

Pros: I love DC as much as Marvel (as you all must know by now) and lately DC has been struggling in their movies since The awesome Dark Knight Trilogy. Wonder Woman was a surprising hit and with that, a standard for all other DC films to follow. I loved the chemistry between all the heroes in Justice League and somehow I felt Wonder Woman was the glue that kept everyone together along with Bruce. The Flash had some funny scenes and made the tone of the movie lighter and enjoyable by his awkwardness. During troubling times and in hardship, coming together as a team is what made me love Justice League as a kid and seeing it on screen was magical. There are glimpses of another soon to be Justice League member that had me squeal like a kid which I won't spoil. 

Cons: Some of the CGI was too much and the villain, Steppenwolf, had a lot to do with it. I think I'd have preferred someone physically playing the role instead of CGI. Other CGI scenes were a little too much but not enough for me to hate the whole film. Justice League's story was better and not dragged or too fast like Batman v. Superman or Suicide Squad. I would have liked it to be a little longer to get more of a back story to the new super heroes introduced. But having their own movies coming out (The Flash, Aquaman) will be nice to flesh out the world and characters. Humor during the beginning wasn't really funny but got more enjoyable toward the end.  

The Verdict:

I really enjoyed Justice League and to me it was indeed better than Batman v Superman and almost as good as Wonder Woman. I would suggest you see this and give it your own opinion. The Rotten Tomatoes score has it low but honestly it should at least be Fresh. I do not understand where all the hate is coming from. If you are a DC fan and have been disappointed in the last couple DC films (except Wonder Woman) you will be surprised how good this is. Don't forget to sit through the credits (mid and end).

Friday, November 3, 2017

Thor: Ragnarok Review: By far the best in the Thor franchise

The Hit:

I'm not one to ever put superhero movies on the negative side, but out of all the three "Thor" movies, Thor Ragnarok was by far the best. 

Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Mark Ruffalo, Tessa Thompson, Jeff Goldblum, Idris Elba, Karl Urban, Anthony Hopkins, Taika Waititi, and Benedict Cumberbatch. 

Pros: The humor is one of the key things that made Thor Ragnarok so much fun: Thor telling old stories, Thor and Hulk's bickering -- it was great. Action, Action, Action, I loved the gladiator fight between Thor and Hulk. The Hulk is my favorite "Marvel superhero" so seeing him back on screen was a welcome sight. Thor and Loki's relationship continued to grow and develop. Although a normal sibling doesn't try to actually kill you, you feel the love/hate relationship between both. Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie was kick ass, she is now on the list of bad ass women superheroes, and I would love to see more of her, maybe even as an Avenger. The story in Thor Ragnarok was really so much better than the first two movies and we actually got a Marvel villain in Hela that maybe be as good as DC's for once.

Cons: One of the after credit scenes was just dumb, but the other was a nice setup for Avengers: Infinity War, which is shaping up to be the biggest movie next year. All of Thor's past allies from Asgard were shown so quickly in scenes that it bothered me that they completely forgot about them and didn't have a big part of the film. There's a scene with guns that had the classic problem of too much ammo but it didn't take away too much.

The Verdict:

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Only the Brave Review: Can't miss, heart-wrenching drama

The Hit:

Only The Brave is a film about the heroes of the Granite Mountain Hotshots. Knowing that it was going to be a sad ending I still didn't plan to tear up in the theater.

Cast: Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, James Badge Dale, Taylor Kitsch, Geoff Stults, Alex Russell, Thad LuckinBill, Ben Hardy, Scott Haze, Jake Picking, Scott Foxx, Dylan Kenin, Ryan Michael Busch, Kenneth Miller, Ryan Jason Cook, Brandon Bunch, Matthew Van Wettering, Michael L. Mcnulty, Nicholas Jenks, Sam Quinn, Jeff Bridges, and Jennifer Connelly.

Pros: I don't know very much about the facts of the events leading to the heroes that fell but I am sure the movie did it justice. I loved the actors and how well they brought out each person they were portraying. They sucked me into the lives of those fallen and I was amazed of the great chemistry they had. Only The Brave worked in timelines to make you invested in each character and it was well done. 

Cons: The only con I can think of is maybe the movie could have of been a little longer to squeeze in more hotshots that weren't in the spotlight. 

Take the family or even a date and enjoy this drama of actual events about those who battle fires to save our forests and, more important, our communities. Be prepared for a heart-wrenching ending and take a few tissues because Only The Brave is a tear-jerker. If you don't end up seeing it on the big screen this will be a must to own when it's released.

The Verdict:

Monday, September 25, 2017

Kingsman: The Golden Circle Review - Matches the mark

The Hit:

In Kingsman: The Golden Circle, we get yet another exciting thrill of an agent movie and it picks up right off with action and misery. The secret organization known as Kingsman gets demolished and now must rely on their cousins (the Statesman) for help against the new threat known as the golden circle. 

Cast: Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Hanna Alström, Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Edward Holcroft, Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Pedro Pascal, Jeff Bridges, and Elton John. 

Pros: I enjoyed The Golden Circle as much as the original Kingsman and it is almost similar in excitement and revelations. The Statesman were a good combination of teamwork with the Kingsman and added that extra comedy for a fun time. More new sweet gadgets from both the good guys and bad guys was great. The interaction between characters was well done, especially in scenes of brutal action to the scenes of utter heartache. The Statesman were just as great as kicking butt as the Kingsman and each held their own against the baddies. 

Cons: I didn't really enjoy the villain in this as much as I did Valentine in the first. Julianne Moore did great playing her character but I didn't feel like she lived up to Valentine's grand scheme. The heart ache I mentioned in my pros, without spoiling anything were some losses that made me bitter but if it was to tell the story and make it progress then it had to be done, but there were some characters I was really bummed about losing. Wish there were more scenes with Channing Tatum and Jeff Bridges. 

As from other critics I didn't feel like something jaw dropping happened in this sequel to make me really push you to go watch it, but it was still just as exciting as the first and worth your time to see it on the big screen. Taron Egerton is a great actor and I enjoy his work and he did just as awesome as he did in the first. For a good spy movie don't miss out on this flick. 

The Verdict:

Sunday, September 10, 2017

It Review: An homage to the classic with a twist

The Hit:

From the weird and creepy stories of Stephen King, we get the reincarnate story of Pennywise the clown who terrorizes the children of a cursed little town in this remake. It's certainly not held in this era but the special effects and cameras used, shows a sharper image and overall a better quality than the original "It". 

Cast: Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Jackson Robert Scott, and Bill Skarsgård. 

Pros: With better quality in shooting the different scenes you get more scared and creeped out by Pennywise and the images he shows the kids to fear him. I liked the overall comedy that was introduced and although this was a thriller/horror flick the comedy made all that scary stuff pass by a little easier with some laughs. The chemistry between the characters was incredible, it reminded me of how great the Netflix series "Stranger Things" was: so smooth with each cast member. Not only did the story progress with each scene the actors made it so much enjoyable as well. 

Cons: I don't have very many cons that I can think of that made me not like it but other than this being a Drama/Horror film I didn't expect it to have so many comical moments. Which I personally didn't mind but from other critics that was one issue. 

'It' was definitely a movie worth the hype. Not only did I get scared and jumped up in a few scenes I enjoyed watching the adventure of these kids struggling in fighting this demonic clown. There will be a sequel so let's see how that turns out but for now, go with friends or whomever and go laugh and get scared in this fun ride of a classic remake and you'll float too. 

The Verdict:

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

War for the Planet of the Apes review: Solid end to the trilogy

The Hit:

War for the Planet of the Apes is the third and final installment in this trilogy. I've read rumors somewhere for a fourth but for now, I will assume this is the final in the story. We follow the leader of the apes, Caesar, and his ape followers as they go up against humans in a war for humanity's survival.

Cast: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Sahn, Karin Konoval, Amiah Miller, Terry Notary, Michael Adamthwaite, Toby Kebbell, Gabriel Chavarria, Judy Greer, Sara Canning, Devyn Dalton and many others. 

Pros: What I liked about this movie is the same from what I enjoyed in the previous films: the special effects. The Apes looked so real and Andy Serkis is an amazing actor bringing a character like Caesar alive since the first movie. Not only did he master Gollum/Smeagol from Lord of the Rings, he has now mastered the leader of the apes as well. I liked how you side with the apes even if I myself am human, it just shows how the apes just want to live and how humans can be so evil and how it's easy to hate your own kind. The action was great and the emotional aspect and reasoning of this final chapter on how war drives us to madness was well done. Caesar has a hard time being peaceful with humans after an event but the girl you see in the trailers played by Amiah Miller shows him that not all are bad. He, of course, knows this since the first movie but after an event that transpires, his mind is clouded until she does a nice deed, it was pretty touching. 

Cons: The villain, played by Woody Harrelson, had an objective of eradicating all the apes but his plan to me was flawed. Rather than fighting and killing them he should have been putting other resources into something else he and his men were dealing with at the time, which I won't spoil. Also, War was probably not a good title for this movie, I say that because the movie had some scenes fighting between ape and humans but it was mostly just a build up of such fights.

This was a good end to a trilogy and was very touching. If there is a fourth I guess I wouldn't really mind but if doesn't happen I'd be okay with that too. Try not to cry in the end, I had to hold back a tear or two. 

The Verdict:

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Spider-Man: Homecoming Review: A fresh take and excellent tie-in

The Hit:

First off I want to say I loved the original Spiderman with Tobey Maguire and then the next reboot with Andrew Garfield. Those two did a wonderful job. But, the great thing about this new version is it ties in with this Marvel Universe we know and love.

Cast: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jacob Batalon, Zendaya, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori

Pros: I love that Spiderman can now join Iron man, Captain America, and the rest of the Avengers. We all know the sad story behind Uncle Ben's death, so not getting to go through that sadness and focus more on Peter was great! Story flowed nicely, including action and bits of comedy, a friend I went with compared that flow to Guardians of the Galaxy. You see a moment towards the end where Peter is struggling and you struggle with him as an audience and to be the "Hero" he wants to be he uses advice from Tony to overcome this hardship, it's a really powerful scene and probably my favorite in the movie. Supporting cast from those playing his classmates to Tony Stark, Happy Hogan, and even the villains made Peter more mature in becoming the hero he wants to be: Spider-Man. 

Cons: I want to be fair and add some cons but a con a brother of mine had was his suit was too high tech. Thinking about it more and more he might be right. There is a comic and even in the animated shows where the only high-tech suit he gets is when Iron Man makes him the Iron Spider suit. But until then he shouldn't really have anything too fancy. But it was cool hearing his own personal "Jarvis" while in costume. I wanted to see more Avengers make a cameo but that's just me. 

Like I mentioned above I loved the first and second versions of Spiderman but I fell in love with Tom Holland's performance just as much. I won't say he's the "best" but he deserves his recognition just as much as Tobey and Andrew did for their take on the neighborhood hero. Can't wait for the sequel but for now, let's get on that Thor: Ragnarok Train. Don't forget to stay during and after the credits for extra scenes! 

The Verdict:

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Wonder Woman Review: DC (finally) does it right

The Hit:

Wonder Woman exceeded expectations and is the best DC Film, since the Dark Knight Trilogy. Sure, I enjoyed Man of Steel, and Batman vs. Superman but Wonder Woman featured a stronger story with better pacing, especially compared to Suicide Squad

Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Saïd Taghmaoui, Ewan Bremner, Eugene Brave Rock, Lucy Davis, Elena Anaya. 

Pros: Wonder Woman did what all DC Films since the Dark Knight Trilogy haven't: a great origin story that flowed nicely without information overload. The cast showed great chemistry on screen. Action scenes were not over the top and although Wonder Woman has almost the same strength as Superman, the balance was just right when she was kicking butt. Gal Gadot shined as Diana and I cannot wait to see more of her in the upcoming films. 

Cons: The fan boy in me wanted to see some more cameos from the Justice League (we only get one). We got to see how Diana ended World War I but some brief description of what she did from that point to present, would have been nice.

Unlike the mature wonder woman we see in Batman v. Superman, we get a glimpse of Diana from childhood to adulthood. You see a childlike young woman witness the real world first hand with all its beauty and horror. Wonder Woman is destined to be a hero and you see her become one. An origin story worth the watch -- hopefully DC can stick to this course. Give me Justice League!

The Verdict:

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Review: The franchise is back and good as ever

The Hit:

Pirates of the Caribbean is back with the fifth flick in the franchise and it is by far better in my opinion than the fourth. The cast includes old favorites and new faces alike: Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario, Kevin McNally, Orlando Bloom, Kiera Knightley and many more. 

Dead Men Tell No Tales follows a young man trying to save his father from a curse. So his best bet is to receive help from a girl who can read a mysterious map and also, of course, find Captain Jack Sparrow to help him in search for the Trident of Poseidon -- an artifact that breaks any "curse at sea." It sounds way too good to be true but Jack's luck seems to have finally run out and the Trident may be his last hope.

What I liked about Dead Men Tell No Tales more than On Stranger Tides was the return of old characters we know and love. The story had action, comedy, love, and the expected ridiculous antics Captain Jack brings to the table. Again, it reminded me of the first couple movies in the series and was real fun to watch. I sort of wanted it to be longer to see what was Jack's next adventure. Hopefully, the rumors are true about a possible sixth. Stick around until after the credits as well -- there is a short scene that hints at what a possible sequel might entail. 

The Verdict:

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Alien: Covenant Review: Story, dialogue, and director's vision fuel this flick

The Hit:

Alien: Covenant fits in nicely to the Alien franchise as a sequel to Prometheus and a prequel to the original Alien movies. The rumor is that it will be part of a trilogy from director Ridley Scott, and based on the way it ends this would not surprise me. 

Alien: Covenant has a whole new crew and the actors playing them are: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Amy Seimetz, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England, Benjamin Rigby, Uli Latukefu, Tess Haubrich, and James Franco.

After the events of Prometheus, we are introduced to the Covenant, a new ship with more than 2000 life forms on a mission to colonize a new planet. The crew is awakened early from their deep sleep, and soon they receive a signal from a planet that is much closer than the one they intended to visit. They decide to go to the closer planet and that's when things start to go wrong. 

In my opinion, Alien: Covenant answered any remaining questions from Prometheus and then really dove into the world Ridley Scott wanted to tell. We saw the origins of the creator's home world and also the person who actually created the Xenomorph from the original Alien Movies which was pretty cool (and disturbing).The film might start off slow for some, but it's the dialogue and the story that make a film like this amazing. The cast was great and you will be pleasantly surprised with how Danny McBride handled his serious role. I want more of what Ridley Scott has created, and if you're a fan of his you'll enjoy this flick as well. Go watch the crew of the Covenant take on the big bad Aliens and see who make it out alive. 

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Review: This Adaptation of the Classic Story Delivers

The Hit:

This adaptation of the classic King Arthur story gives us a glimpse of how powerful the Sword Excalibur is and tells the story of a boy growing into a man. Eventually, the man must wield the power of the sword for the sake of saving his land and his people.

In this cast, we get some new faces but also some familiar ones from past movies and television including: Charlie Hunnam, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Jude Law, Djimon Hounsou, Eric Bana, Aidan Gillen, Freddie Fox, Craig McGinlay, Tom Wu, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Neil Maskell, and Annabelle Wallis.

The film tells the story of an evil person who overthrows a good king. After many years, he must face and kill whoever can manage to pull the sword from stone or else his plan to rule over all the land will end. We see Arthur 's childhood and the circumstances he was raised in. We learn Arthur's reasons for doing good and how much he cares about his loved ones and wants to help them.

Charlie Hunnam is known for his role on Sons of Anarchy and his work in other shows/movies, but I enjoyed him most in the film Pacific Rim. Having said that, I noticed that his acting skills have improved since Pacific Rim, and he had a good cast around him which made this film fun to watch. There was plenty of action, some comedy, and the story was decent. The only problem that I had was that I thought the flick was a tad too long, but that didn't stop me from leaving with a smile on my face. If you like old knights, magic, and Vikings then this film is just right for you. 

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Review: A fun and thrilling ride

The Hit:

This flick has received some negative reviews, but I disagree with those critics. In this second installment of the franchise, we follow the same galaxy saviors who have now become a full-fledged team that can be hired at the right price to do tasks that others can't do. 

We get everyone back including: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, the voices of Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, and a couple new faces such as Pom Klementieff, Kurt Russell, Sylvester Stallone, and a few more. 

The sequel is different from the first movie because Thanos is not the main focus. Instead, we see Peter finally meet his father Ego, played by Kurt Russell, and the movie revolves around their new relationship. They must also escape an alien race--and they have Rocket to thank for that (typical Rocket). The movie flowed very nicely and I enjoyed the fun it brought to the audience.

Two guardians that stuck out more in this film than the last are Baby Groot and Drax. Baby Groot was the cutest part of the film in every one of his scenes, and Drax brought a lot of comedic relief with all his lines. I cannot wait for the third installment, and I am really excited to see the guardians meet up with the avengers in Infinity Wars and take on the big baddie Thanos. Go watch this flick and see how Peter deals with his new father and other past attachments in his life in this exciting, fun, funny, thrill of a Galaxy ride Marvel movie. 

Also, there's a total of five during and after credit scenes so stick around. 

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

The Fate of the Furious Review: The franchise keeps on running

The Hit:

Sixteen years is a long time for a series but the Fast and Furious franchise keeps on bringing the heat and that flame is still lit. Going in I already knew what I was expecting and that was a lot of action, cars, racing, cheesy lines, and most of all a good time. I got all of that and more including some twists and turns along the way. 

Minus Paul Walker (RIP) many new and old faces show up: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Nathalie Emmanuel, Charlize Theron, Kurt Russell, Luke Evans, Scott Eastwood, and Helen Mirren. 

With this being the first movie other than Tokyo Drift without Paul Walker, The Fate of the Furious seemed to flow nicely and although he does get mentioned in the flick it was in a way where he didn't need to make an appearance and it was quite sad but fitting. In this installment, Dom is faced with a challenge and for the first time, he might turn his back on his family. But those around him have faith that he's doing it for some reason. Finding out that reason was a twist and a real wow moment. 

I enjoyed the Fate of the Furious story and all the craziness involved. I laughed at Hobbs's lines cause they are always so funny and cheesy and Roman's antics of course. I liked it when it got serious and when it wasn't. You'll all enjoy it after watching but the one thing that bugs me is how they have to work with Deckard Shaw after all the bad he has done but other than that this is the movie to see this weekend. It's a treat from start to finish, one quarter mile at a time. 

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