Saturday, February 29, 2020

My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising Review: The Entire Class 1-A Shines!

The Hit:

Most of you don't know this series but in summary, it's a setting where the majority of the world has a Quirk (Super Power, think mutants from X-men but worldwide and if you don't have one, then that's rare). Anyways, if you want to become a hero you need to apply for a school and make that as a career. We follow class 1-A to an island for temporary hero duties. Again these are high school kids and if a villain shows up they are on their own and that's when this story begins. 

Voice Cast: Johnny Yong Bosch, Justin Briner, Dani Chambers, Maxey Whitehead, Clifford Chapin, David Matranga, Luci Christian, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Justin Cook, Caitlin Glass, Josh Grelle, Kyle Phillips, Brina Palencia, Lydia Mackay, J. Michael Tatum, Monica Rial, Trina Nishimura, Christopher R. Sabat, Christopher Wehkamp, 
Christopher Bevins, Mike McFarland, Greg Ayres, Cris George, Joel Mcdonald, Ian Sinclair, Felecia Angelle, Zeno Robinson

Pros: The concept of them being alone on this island with no official hero around is pretty cool because when the threat eventually comes, it focused a lot on the students and how mature they have gotten throughout the series. Some did get more of the spotlight but the majority of the 20 classmates did get a good chunk of screen time. The animation was glorious in the fight scenes and I could tell the difference from the episodic anime and in this movie format. I'm not really a Bakugo fan but this made me enjoy him a lot more. He is pretty much a "don't need help from anybody" kind of person but when he teamed up with Deku, it made this very enjoyable to watch them kick some serious villain butt. The main villain "Nine" and his 3 followers were a real threat and put our heroes in the ringer more than a couple of times, so making him not a pushover was a great idea and his "quirk" was pretty O.P. That ending fight and that ending team up with Deku and Bakugo solidified the greatness that this anime has become. It was so intense, I know the packed theatre and I felt goosebumps. This second movie was by far better than the first and I do plan on watching this again. 

Cons: Deku, Bakugo, and Todoroki are to be considered the strongest in the class but this flick really Nerfed (to reduce power, weaken, or effectiveness) the character of Todoroki. He has the power of half hot and half cold, basically fire and ice. I've seen how powerful he is in the anime and the manga, but they did him dirty in this movie, I was not amused.

I'm sure most of you readers don't watch anime but this one would be worth your time if you like the superhero genre of Marvel and DC. It has its serious tones and also instances of some slice of life. This movie was very entertaining and I hope you give it a shot because it will not let you down. You don't really need to have seen the anime but I'm sure you will have questions after, so there's always that option to do so if you end up loving it.

Key Info: Rated PG-13. Genres: Animation, Action, Adventure

The Verdict:

Thursday, February 27, 2020

The Invisible Man Review: You'll definitely win hide and seek with this tech!

The Hit:

The way someone goes completely invisible in this fictional movie, somehow makes me believe the technology used could happen in the near or far future, and the thought of that makes this movie even scarier. 

Cast: Elizabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid, Harriet Dyer, Michael Dorman, Oliver Jackson-Cohen

Pros: This is one of those edge of your seat type of thrillers and I was surprisingly all in. Not only is the concept of someone near you without you knowing already creepy, but the way it's portrayed was also astounding. The musical score like so many horror and thrillers movies made you get ready to jump, but not that annoying every scene type, however in key moments, and that helped this movie get you more under your skin. The camera work made me guess at times where he could be because it would pan out and I'm sure the director wanted you to focus on a background to try to see if you could tell where he was, and sometimes you could see some things move and other times not at all. I don't see many things with Elizabeth Moss but she did amazing, her character desperately kept trying to prove that she was being stalked and everyone around her thought of her as being crazy. She is an actress I'm gonna keep an eye out, and I knew I recognized her in something and I just checked and came across that she's in the Handmaid's tale, definitely checking that out. 

Cons: I always make it a goal to at least add a couple of cons but I can't think of any, I know this movie is not perfect but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Kept me on the edge of my seat and focused all the way through. 

This movie is up there for me. There have been some hit and miss Horror flicks but this is a hit. Go check it out! 

Key Info: Rated R. Genres: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

The Verdict:


Friday, February 14, 2020

Sonic the Hedgehog Review: Gotta Go Fast!

The Hit:

Well, after the atrocity of the first official design of Sonic was criticized by the fans and then soon changed, I knew I had to go see this movie to see that outcome. 

Cast: Jim Carrey, Ben Schwartz, James Marsden, Tika Sumpter, Lee Majdoub

Pros: This movie was fun and exciting through and through. The Sonic we get reminded me of the old animated show but especially the game of the classic Sega console. I remember playing those games and miss turning into a blue ball and wrecking anything in my way. Which by the way we do get to see that move here and that nostalgia was very electrifying. Jim Carrey played a very good Dr. Robotnik and although he doesn't resemble the game's version physically, he brought out that character regardless and gave me that cartoonish humor. Seeing James Marsden's character and also Tika's interacting with Sonic reminded me of Detective Pikachu and if this continues, I'd love to see more games come to live-action. This is a good family film and although kids nowadays might not know the source material, I'm sure they'll still enjoy it. 

Cons: Towards the end, there are some plot holes that needed to be filled and if I really give it a lot of thought I'd be annoyed wondering how they resolved that issue but it doesn't affect me overall. There's some child humor that as an adult might not be funny but that was to be expected. There was a well-known actor at the beginning of the film that was introduced and we don't see him again, it was just random for him to be there and not worth the cameo. 

Sonic was great and if you ever played the games when you were younger and are still a fan deep inside, I'm sure you'll enjoy it. It brought back memories of me turning on that Sega and hearing it's classic start-up sound. Take the family as well, kids will love it. 

P.S. Stay during the Mid credits for an extra little scene of another Sonic counterpart.

Key Info: Rated PG. Genres: Action, Adventure, Family

The Verdict:

Friday, February 7, 2020

Birds of Prey Review: Slightly better than Suicide Squad! But, still a ways to go...

The Hit:

For a character like Harley Quinn, Joker's right-hand gal, the rating helped this movie but not by very much. 

Cast: Margot Robbie, Rosie Perez, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Ewan McGregor,  Ella Jay Basco, Chris Messina

Pros: It's brutal and the things she did to hurt others were both hard to watch but had a nice touch with adding a little comedic factor to it. Margot Robbie was made for this role and she brought that same Charisma from Suicide Squad, which she was one of the characters that made that movie a little bearable to see in the first place. Seeing Harley down in the dumps after Joker cut ties with her was something that she had to overcome being on her own and that journey to not rely on others made me root for her along the way. She made new friends of course but, she is not one to trust fully just yet. Ewan's character Black Mask, surprised me being such an evil scumbag, and even though Harley is a criminal too, he showed me that out of the two he is the eviler one. When all the girls got together the fight scenes were top notch. 

Cons: The title of the movie is misleading, it's mostly following Harley becoming her own person rather than the whole team. In the end, we do get the "Birds of Prey", but it should have been early on. It jumps from present to past a lot to cover each girl's backstories and although I've seen my fair share of that throughout tv and film, it got a little old. 

I'm a big DC fan and prefer it over Marvel in some areas but being that this was slightly better than Suicide Squad, it isn't that great. I was still entertained no doubt about it but this was just an average movie. If you enjoyed Margot kill it as Harley in the latter, you'll love this. 

Key Info: Rated R. Genres: Action, Adventure, Crime

The Verdict:
YELLOW LIGHT (Proceed With Caution)