Before Snow White came about, Ravenna (Charlize Theron) was the fairest in all the land. She had a younger sister named Freya (Emily Blunt) who was in love and pregnant with her first child, however, tragedy struck and her child and husband were killed leaving her with a broken heart. Believing that nothing good could come from love, Freya, becoming the Ice Queen, took children and raised them to become loveless huntsmen in her army. When 2 of these huntsmen (Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain) fall in love, Freya has each of them believe the other has been killed which leads both of them to lead sad and sorrowful lives, that is, until they reunite and plan to take down Freya and Ravenna once and for all.
The Huntsman isn’t as bad as the reviews say. Sure the acting is bad and corny, but I think the characters and the story make up for the flaws. The beginning and the end are the strong points as they have the major story elements and the middle is jumbled with your typical clichés and conflict. I think if it isn’t for the 4 major leads, this movie would have fallen flat on its face, but these 4 keep it watchable and interesting.
I liked the story obviously and sometimes that is all that matters. It gave me something to pay attention to with decent special effects. I think the side characters here hurt the overall idea because they are stupid and not funny! This movie was made by the same people as Maleficent and I can see the parallels to both movies. Neither are great or memorable, but both have enough heart, effects and story to keep audiences from walking out the doors.
At the end of the day, Snow White and the Huntsman wasn’t that great of a movie and neither is Winter’s War, but they both serve a purpose and both have ok stories to keep the film floating. In a way, I like Winter’s War better because Snow White and the Huntsman was a story I already knew, but that isn’t saying much. I think if you enjoyed the first movie or Maleficent, then you will be safe here. Co-starring Nick Frost, Rob Brydon, Sheridan Smith, Alexandra Roach, Sope Dirisu, and Sam Claflin.
6/10 Stars – Yes this movie has its flaws, but the story wasn’t as bad as expected and the 4 leads keep it afloat.
A year after her husband died, Marnie (Susan Sarandon) has moved from New York to Los Angeles in order to spend more time with her daughter Lori (Rose Byrne). Lori isn’t exactly excited with her life at the moment and her mother constantly being around is annoying and irritating. After being told to back off, Marnie decides to help other people she knows in order to continue to feel needed while she deals with the grief of her lost love.
The Meddler is a straight forward story about a woman who is entering her golden years and feels alone and empty. She lost her husband and now the only person she knows that she can connect with is her daughter, yet she is constantly rejected by her. Marnie is forced to look for happiness and a feeling of purpose from others she meets around town and eventually even finds a man who she likes. Susan Sarandon is quite likeable as she returns to form in this drama that will have many of us thinking what it would be like to be in a world without a sense of direction.
The only problem with The Meddler is that it stays safe. The drama here is only skin deep and the emotions it wants to stirs are much further down. Don’t get me wrong, this movie kept my attention from beginning to end, but I wanted something more that would help me connect more with Marnie than I did. There are no “crying” moments or times when I felt overly emotion (happy or sad). I wanted something memorable and it just wasn’t there.
When it is all said and done, The Meddler is going to be a movie women are going to enjoy more than men, and especially the older women. I loved Susan Sarandon’s charm and energy in this movie, I just wish there was more to care about overall. Co-starring J.K. Simmons, Cecily Strong, Lucy Punch, Jerrod Carmichael, Michael McKean, Sarah Baker.
6/10 Stars – Susan Sarandon is energetic and charming, but I wanted more emotion to elevate this to the next level!
Clarence (Keegan-Michael Key) and Rell (Jordan Peele) are 2 of the nerdiest black guys you’ve meet since Steve Urkel. When Rell finds a tiny kitten after a break-up with his girlfriend, he names the cat Keanu and falls instantly in love. However, when Rell’s apartment is broken into by hardcore criminals, Keanu ends up missing and the pair have to earn their street cred if they have any hopes of getting their cat back.
Straight from the previews I knew this movie was going to be stupid because I have never really found Key and Peele to be funny, and I can’t say my predictions were wrong. This action comedy has a stupid story with unbelievable stunts. Nothing in this movie is realistic and many of the scenes don’t make any sense. The characters aren’t well developed and several of them could have been cut out completely. The whole backstory about where the cat really came from was pointless and could have been changed to something much simpler and believable.
The only aspect of this movie I did like is the dialogue and there is plenty of it. The real humor comes from how these guys talk and how they create situations through conversation rather than through slapstick. If you don’t know my style of humor, I don’t like slapstick very much and I enjoy sarcastic humor, so I enjoyed scenes such as the Michael Bolton lesson in the minivan. Was this enough to save the film for me though? No. Keanu is watchable, but towards the end, the movie go too out of control for me and I just didn’t give a crap about the characters or the cat. Maybe if they made it about a dog (like in Keanu Reeve’s film John Wick… oh the irony) then I might have cared more.
At the end of the day, this movie tries to be something that Jim Carrey might have attempted in the 90s, but it fails miserably. It isn’t that funny or adventurous and I don’t recommend it for anyone that isn’t a Key and Peele fan already. Co-starring Method Man, Annis Farris, Luis Guzman, Rob Huebel, Tiffany Haddish, Will Forte, Jason Mitchell, and Darrell Britt-Gibson.
5/10 Stars – It is funny enough to not be disastrous, but the story and the action is crap!
Lee Gates (George Clooney) is a macho and arrogant TV news anchor who gives people daily tips on the stock market. His methods are over the top, but his producer Patty (Julia Roberts) is there to keep him in check. When advice Lee gives over the air causes a man to lose $60,000, Kyle (Jack O’Connell) takes the TV station hostage demanding answers.
Directed by Jodie Foster herself, Money Monster is a typical hostage thriller. There is plenty of suspense and nail biting moments which is what you would expect from this kind of movie, but the one thing was obviously missing and that was a twist. Money Monster offers nothing memorable and that is its biggest downfall. The performances are good, the story is good and the tension is good, but nothing makes this movie stand out. This might not be that big a deal, but this day and age, movies need to offer something different and original to be praised, and Jodie Foster simply made a good hostage movie.
If it weren’t for the simple fact that this movie doesn’t have a huge climax or plot twist, I might have something more to say about Money Monster, but at the end of the day, at a running time of just over an hour and a half, this movie is simply good. I recommend it highly, but in about 6 months you will forget everything you saw. Co-starring Dominic West, Lenny Venito, Christopher Denham, Giancarlo Esposito, and Caitriona Balfe.
7/10 Stars – Money Monster has a good story with plenty of suspense, but the lack of any twist keeps it forgettable.
The Jungle Books is the story of the young man-cub named Mowgli (Neel Sethi) who is raised by a pack of wolves in the jungle. The Jaguar, Bagheera (Ben Kingsley), acts as his mentor and teaches him the ways of the pack so he can fit in as best he can with the other animals. When the powerful and feared Tiger, Shere Khan (Idris Elba), learns that a man is in the jungle, he not only wants him gone, but he wants him killed. In order to keep him safe, Bagheera takes Mowgli to the outskirts of the jungle where he meets a carefree bear named Baloo (Bill Murray) who becomes his best pal, but when Mowgli learns of the influence Shere Khan has over the wolves, Mowgli vowes to return and fight the Tiger himself.
I never was a huge fan of the Disney animated version of the Jungle Book but we all saw it several times as a kid so its something we are all familiar with. Because of this fact, I feel like this movie didn’t need to be made, but Jon Favreau did a good job with what he created. The movie starts off with Mowgli being quite annoying as the story and characters are set up, but once Shere Khan shows up, the feel changes completely. Shere Khan is a top notch villain and not someone to mess with because he will mess you up! Sadly, once Mowgli runs off, Shere Khan disappears for the 2nd half of the movie (until the end) and I would have loved to see more of that Tiger! Mowgli’s time with Baloo seems to be a giant distraction as the 2 of them goof around for the most part enjoying life. This part leads to Mowgli running off and finding King Louie (Christopher Walken) which really seemed like a waste of time and filler for the story. I haven’t gone back and rewatched the Disney version, but I’m curious as to how much of this is on track with that adaptation.
As a whole, The Jungle Book is a well made movie with realistic animation and clever characters. I still believe that the movie didn’t need to be made, but I’m glad families are able to enjoy this tale once again. I’m not praising this movie like many others because I never really liked the story to begin with, but I still see the quality here. I’m glad some of the songs were included too! All in all, The Jungle Book will please both young and old! Co-starring Brighton Rose, Garry Shandling, Giancarlo Esposito, Lupita Nyong’o, and Scarlett Johansson.
7/10 Stars – Not a story I love, but the characters and animation make this one for both young and old!
His Review: Before Snow White came about, Ravenna (Charlize Theron) was the fairest in all the land. She had a younger sister named Freya (Emily Blunt) who was…
His Review: A year after her husband died, Marnie (Susan Sarandon) has moved from New York to Los Angeles in order to spend more time with her daughter…
His Review: Clarence (Keegan-Michael Key) and Rell (Jordan Peele) are 2 of the nerdiest black guys you’ve meet since Steve Urkel. When Rell finds a tiny kitten after…
His Review: Lee Gates (George Clooney) is a macho and arrogant TV news anchor who gives people daily tips on the stock market. His methods are over the top,…