The Space Between Us (2017) Review

Director: Peter Chelsom

Starring: Gary Oldman, Asa Butterfield, Carla Gugino, Britt Robertson

Rating: PG-13

Plot:

The Space Between Us begins with a mission to colonize Mars. Upon arrival astronaut, Sarah Elliot (Janet Montgomery) finds out that she is pregnant. Soon after she gives both to Gardner Elliot (Asa Butterfield) she dies. Sixteen years late while Elliot is living on Mars and being raised by Kendra Wyndham (Carla Gugino) he befriends a teenager, Tulsa (Britt Robertson) back on Earth. Through curiosity and a sense of adventure to find the one thing Elliot has missed out on, a father he returns to Earth. Elliot soon realizes Earth may not be all he imagined and runs into many issues upon his journey.

What The Film Did Well:

When The Space Between Us is, well, in space it is visually fantastic. It has some pretty stunning CGI based scenes that take place in space and on Mars that really stick out and reminded me a lot of the visual effects in movies like Gravity and Interstellar. Although, both those movies are better both in overall quality and with visual effects The Space Between Us is very reminiscent of those movies aesthetically speaking. When parts of this movie takes place back on earth it also has some really beautiful cinematography and pan over shots, including one near my hometown which was really awesome to see.

Another thing that this movie does well is it is very well casted and well-acted by everyone involved. The performances in The Space Between Us is not going to blow anyone away or get any award consideration, but the acting is still good. Gary Oldman helps carry parts of this movie with his character Nathaniel Shepherd and that was to no surprise because Gary Oldman is basically great in everything he does. The chemistry between Asa Butterfield (Gardner Elliot) and Britt Robertson (Tulsa) was really good and believable throughout the movie. Carla Gugino was also very good in her role of Kendra and just overall this movie was well acted throughout which was really nice to see.

What The Film Didn’t Do Well:

There are a few points in The Space Between Us where the timeline seems little inconsistent or had an awkward flow. At one point, it jumps two years ahead and then it suddenly jumps ahead sixteen years without any real development of the plot. Fortunately, those are the only times that the movie does this, because when it did happen it was not totally clear on the rhyme or reason behind them wanting to jump lot points suddenly.

One major plot point that I didn’t quite understand and took me out of the movie would have to be how the character of Tulsa knows the character of Gardner. When it jumps forward to Gardner being sixteen he knows another teenager on earth and they communicate via an instant messaging system and it is never clear how they initially know of each other or meet. It was just all very confusing to me and a hole in the plot that just was too big for me to skim over.

Another aspect to this movie where it falls through and truly falters is the tone and genre. It starts off with the tone of a science fiction thriller which seems like a great idea, but slowly it changes the entire tone. It starts to develop into a romance, which seemed unnecessary at first and had me questioning why and even kind of groaning at that aspect. As The Space Between Us progresses it develops into a coming of age young adult movie which it does well. I wasn’t a fan of the crossing over of the genres, but once it developed into the young adult movie it achieved what it set out to do.

Final Thoughts

This movie gets a 5/10. It is not a bad movie and is made for a specific audience. For that audience, it is probably a fantastic movie, but for a regular audience member it struggles in a lot of areas. It gets cheesy in parts, especially towards the end. It becomes bland and boring occasionally, but was not a bad movie overall.

The Space Between Us

 

 

 

Rings (2017) Review

Director: F. Javier Gutierrez

Starring: Matilda Anna Ingrid Lultz, Alex Roe, Johnny Galecki, Vincent D’Onofrio

Rating: PG-13

Plot:

Rings starts off on a plane bound for Seattle where a passenger by the name of Carter (Zach Roerig) informs another passenger, Faith (Laura Wiggins) that he has watched the tape of Samara. Another passenger on the plane named Kelly (Lizzie Brochere) has also seen the tape and neither one has made a copy of the tape and because of this it causes the plane to crash. Fast forward two years later where Gabriel (Johnny Galecki) buys a VCR who was owned by Carter with the tape inside. Gabriel turns out to be the professor of Holt (Alex Roe). Holt and his girlfriend Julia (Matilda Anna Ingrid Lultz) become cursed by the tape and begin to investigate the case of Samara Morgan.

What The Film Did Well:

Where should I start? Rings really does not do a whole lot well, but it sure does try. At points during this movie it becomes difficult to watch, but the pacing is something that can be looked at as a positive in. Even though it has a run time of just under two hours it seems to move along from plot point to plot point rather quickly. It’s good that this movie moves along quickly because if it didn’t a lot of people probably would have turned it off or walked out of the theater.

The other positive from Rings is Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory) who plays the character of Gabriel. Although Galecki’s acting was nothing over the top, compared to the rest of the cast he is the stand out in the entire movie. Going in, I thought it would have been the opposite since I am only used to seeing him in a comedic role. I was pleasantly surprised to see him do well in a more dramatic role and succeed for the most part in doing so.

What The Film Didn’t Do Well:

There is so much that this film lacks and comes up short in almost every way imaginable. Let’s start with the opening scene on the plane. It starts off not bad in the opening sequence, but then just takes an ugly turn in terms of storytelling and film making. It gives no background on the story of Samara and just jams a summary of her story and the VHS tape down your throat in about thirty seconds. It gives no real background and just makes the opening seem too cluttered and just a jumbled mess with characters that are not going to be featured in the rest of the movie.

Rings soon becomes such a pathetic and cliché horror movie that just turned me away and had me uninterested for the entire movie. It is the overused tale of an individual or a group of people who find a relic of someone and are warned not to use it, but decide to do so anyway. I am not a fan of this method to tell horror movies and it is so overdone, every time I watch a movie with that uses this, it really diminishes the quality of the movie.

This movie lacks any development of characters and because of this you have no emotional investment in anyone in the cast. Their acting becomes dry as the movie goes on and doesn’t help with the development of the characters or the story. Every character in Rings makes some of the most questionable and idiotic decisions that I have seen in a movie within the horror genre in quite some time. Every minor thing they do makes Rings more and more cringe worthy and hard to watch. These characters struggle to make the smallest rational decisions and because of this I had no care or thought into the implications that their potential decisions could have on their outcomes or the overall outcome of the movie.

Rings is supposed to be considered a horror movie, but there is nothing scary about it. At times, it shows glimpses of a disturbing movie more than anything else and that would even be a stretch. It tries too hard with its jump scares and none of them even had a slightly startling effect. Rings completely falls on its face in terms of trying to scare the audience.

Final Thoughts

I wasn’t expecting a lot out of Rings, in fact I thought it was going to be bad in a lot of ways and it was bad and didn’t even meet my rock bottom low expectations. Rings gets a 3.2/10. It’s not a good movie, especially in comparison to the original and whether it is a remake, sequel or reboot it fails in almost every aspect.

Rings

 

 

Split (2017) Review

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

Starring: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson, Jessica Sula, Betty Buckley

Rating: PG-13

Plot:

Split starts out with three teenage girls in Claire (Haley Lu Richardson), Casey (Ana Taylor-Joy) and Marcia (Jessica Sula) being abducted by Dennis (James McAvoy) who is also one of the twenty-three personalities in the brain of Kevin Wendell Crumb. Crumb was previously a victim of child abuse and now suffers from dissociative indemnity disorder (DID). Crumb imprisons all three of the girls and plans to use them as a sacrifice to “the beast”, all while trying to cope with his mental disorder by working with Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley) who is his psychiatrist.

What The Film Did Well:

Let me start off by saying that I absolutely loved Split. I saw it opening weekend back in January and instantly was fascinated with it. What I love most about Split has got to be the job by James McAvoy who plays the character of Dennis, Patricia, Hedwig and all other twenty-three personalities that his complex and layered character has. McAvoy portrays every character he plays marvelously and at points in the same scene seconds apart he completely changes character and it had me in awe. It is a type of acting job that has stuck with me and is unlike anything I have really seen before. I’m in a minority here, but I really think that the performance McAvoy gives in Split should get some Oscar consideration.

I also love the character development throughout this movie. From the roles that McAvoy plays to the three girls Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy), Claire (Haley Lu Richardson) and Marcia (Jessica Sula) all meticulously act in ways that benefit the different individuals. Everything they do or consider doing and all their actions are thoughtfully considered and it adds so much to this movie.

The cinematography and camera work from the opening scenes until the credits roll are brilliant and add so much aesthetically to this movie. Now, it is not the best shot movie and there are prettier and more beautifully shot movies, but the way it shot does add to the quality of the movie.

Split is also full of suspense and a complete psychological thriller through and through. It grips you and your attention and never loosens it. I have seen this movie twice now and both in the theater and at home I have been on the edge of my seat waiting to see what will happen next. It is one of the more fun movies I have watched of the year so far and a big part of that is because it is so suspenseful a thrilling from beginning to end.

What The Film Didn’t Do Well:

The supporting cast, especially Claire and Marcia are nothing to really rave about. When they are on screen the movie begins to suffer and part of it is because of how excellent McAvoy and Taylor-Joy are. When the leads are on camera they are both so superb they lift Split right back up again. I was not like the supporting cast were bad actors, I don’t believe that at all; they just seemed to come up slat when they were the focal point of certain scenes.

There are flashbacks with the character of Casey that occur throughout Split and even though I realize why they are there and are supposed to have parallels between McAvoy’s characters’ and Casey I’m just not a fan of them. A big reason for me not enjoying the flashbacks as much has to be because they just did not feel natural or organic in the way they were done and seems to disrupt the flow of the movie after the fact of the flashbacks.

Another part of this movie that I thought it lacked or will not be for everyone is the twist at the end. Part of the reason I thought it wasn’t done well is because not everyone will understand it right away. Although, I think the twist, if understood is done with such excellence it is not for everyone. If you are one that understands and recognizes the twist it changes the entirety of the movie. There are very few plot points in movies that can do this and Split does it at the highest of levels, but like I said not everyone will understand it.

Final Thoughts

I love Split and I think that it is a vastly underrated film with tremendous acting. Split gets and 8.3/10 form me. It probably won’t win any awards, but McAvoy should get consideration for an Oscar nod for Best Actor. Split is a return to form for Director M. Night Shyamalan. Hopefully he will continue to make great movies such as Split going forward. Split is not a movie for everyone and is made to please a specific audience, but everyone should give it a shot because overall it is really a brilliant movie led by terrific acting.

Split

 

 

The Bye Bye Man (2017) Review

Director: Stacy Title

Starring: Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, Cressida Bonas, Michael Trucco

Rating: PG-13

Plot:

People commit unthinkable acts every day. Time and again, we grapple to understand what drives a person to do such terrible things. But what if all of the questions we’re asking are wrong? What if the cause of all evil is not a matter of what…but who? From the producer of Oculus and The Strangers comes The Bye Bye Man, a chilling horror-thriller that exposes the evil behind the most unspeakable acts committed by man. When three college friends stumble upon the horrific origins of the Bye Bye Man, they discover that there is only one way to avoid his curse: don’t think it, don’t say it. But once the Bye Bye Man gets inside your head, he takes control. Is there a way to survive his possession? Debuting on Friday, January 13th, this film redefines the horror that iconic date represents-stretching our comprehension of the terror this day holds beyond our wildest nightmares.

Plot from Rotten Tomatoes

What The Film Did Well:

There is not a whole lot that The Bye Bye Man does particularly well. The best part of the entire movie comes within the first five minutes and it takes a gigantic nosedive until the end credits begin to roll. This movie starts off in 1969 with someone going on a rampage and must kill all the people that have said his name. In this opening scene, it kicks it off with both a literal and figurative bang. At this point I was extremely hopeful that this could be an exciting thriller or slasher film and boy was I wrong.

The Bye Bye Man has good aspects of a psychological thriller and those parts were rather enjoyable. The Bye Bye Man teases and hints at being a good and exciting psychological thrill ride, but as soon as it goes in that direction it over corrects itself and retracts into the opposite direction and by doing this the entirety of the film suffers greatly.

Something that I did really enjoy about The Bye Bye Man is how it uses peoples’ insecurities that they have deep down and uses them as a scare factor. When they use this, it is effective and adds positive aspects to the movie, but at times there almost seems like an overuse of this method and towards the end of the movie it, the repetitive nature wears on the audience and becomes boring and unappealing as a viewer.

What The Film Didn’t Do Well:

The acting was pretty damn bad and that could be considered an understatement. The only decent acting job was done by Lucien Laviscount who plays the supporting character of John. The lead Douglas Smith who plays Elliot come off so creepy it becomes cringeworthy to watch. Even though it works for the character of Elliot during some points during the movie he almost becomes too creepy as a character from the very beginning and it is very hard to watch and not enjoyable in the slightest way. Cressida Bonas who plays Sasha comes off as bland and uninteresting. Bonas also decided to try and sound British halfway through the movie and completely threw me off and took me completely out of the movie. The three main characters lacked chemistry with each other and had trouble finding a balance of overacting and trying too hard not trying to act hard enough and under performing.

The Bye Bye Man also had an ineffective use of jump scares. Although, I am glad they didn’t over rely on jump scares to keep the audience invested, the ones they use are completely bland and not scary. The Bye Bye Man uses about two or three jump scares and all of them had no effect on me and I would assume that this was the same for most people that saw this movie.

The few visual effects in The Bye Bye Man are some of the worst I have seen in a long time. There’s this demon dog or hound that was created with CGI and was the most unrealistic creature in a movie I might have ever seen. It looked like someone threw it together last minute and made it seem like the visual effects team really did not care about what they were doing. Now, I couldn’t do much better when it comes to visual effects, but I also have no experience in that field. The small visual effects they used seemed very unnecessary, but they threw them into this movie anyway for a reason I am having trouble figuring out.

Final Thoughts

This movie absolutely stinks. It gets a 3.2/10 from me and I wouldn’t advise anyone to see it and feel bad for those who wasted money to see it in theaters when it came out in January. Even though January is known for putting out bad movies, this takes that to even lower depths. This movie has no redeeming qualities. It isn’t scary, fun, thrilling, suspenseful, it’s really nothing. From start to finish it is unfortunately and dumpster fire.

The Bye Bye Man

47 Meters Down (2017) Review

Director: Johannes Roberts

Starring: Mandy Moore, Claire Holt, Matthew Modine, Chris Johnson

Rating: PG-13

Plot:

Two sisters vacationing in Mexico become trapped in a shark cage on the ocean floor. As their oxygen starts to run out and with great white sharks circling them, the sisters must find a way to get to the surface alive.

Plot from Rotten Tomatoes

What The Film Did Well:

47 Meters Down starts off as a very fast paced movie and it works for the introduction of this movie because the tone of this entire movie seems to be centered towards action and suspense packed. As 47 Meters Down progresses it loses the quickness that works so well in the beginning. If 47 Meters Down leaned more towards being an action movie rather than trying to be a horror-suspense hybrid it automatically has the ability to become a better movie.

What 47 Meters Down does best, is it becomes a fun adventure that the audience become a part of. Throughout 47 Meters Down it feels like an amusement park ride for a majority of the movie and adds to the fun in watching this movie. It reminded me of how Jurassic Park and Jurassic World felt like a park at a Disney resort. Although this movie is not on the same level as those; they all have that amusement park ride feel when you are watching 47 Meters Down.

This movie is not a scary movie or horror movie, but it did pleasantly surprise me with use of jump scares throughout. 47 Meters Down does not have an over reliance on jump scares to keep the audience on their toes, but the use of jump scares in this move became extremely effective. I am not a huge fan of the use of jump scares in movies, but the ones in 47 Meters Down had a very positive impact on the movie and helped progress.

Another thing this movie does well is there is a small twist towards the end. It was a weird twist in a lot of ways and I kind of saw it coming at some points, but it adds another layer to 47 Meters Down and keeps the audience interested until the end. The twist was not necessary to the overall story, but it helped exemplify some foreshadowing that was apparent at about the midway point of the movie. It was an overall well executed twist, but it can be argued it just was not necessary to the development of the story.

The best part of 47 Meters Down is how it focuses on real fears and is the most relatable part of the entire movie. When the main characters are faced with different fears such as: loneliness, claustrophobia, darkness and the idea of not knowing what is out there is extremely real. Both of the main characters are faced with all of these fears and every single time that they encounter these fears it feels very real and I was able to relate to those emotions that the characters were going through.

What The Film Didn’t Do Well:

47 Meters Down has many shortcomings and aspects that take you out of the movie. The first and main one is the use of CGI. I feel for a suspense/thriller there was an overuse of CGI throughout the movie. Every time a shark came on screen it was extremely obvious that is a CGI and at times the water seemed overly done with CGI. These moments took me out of the movie and made it feel so fake to me, and I get it movies aren’t always supposed to feel real, but when they feel overly fake it ruins the movie.

There was little character development in this movie. This is the fault of the fast pace in the beginning, as it did not give time to develop the main characters and truly have me care about what they are going through. From start to finish I found myself not caring what was happening to the characters and I had not emotional investment on any of the outcome, good or bad, with anyone in the movie.

47 Meters Down suffers greatly from poor writing, especially when it comes to dialogue. Part of this can be blamed on the actors in the movie, but there was just no emotion behind what was being said in the movie. The lines came off as bland and emotional scenes became very monotoned. This was another aspect that took me out of the movie and during one of the more “emotional” scenes in the movie the lines were delivered with such a lack of enthusiasm I asked myself if the actors were really trying.

Lastly, the ending to 47 Meters Down became very cheesy. Part of this is because of the CGI and part of it has to do with the twist towards the ending. It draws out the conclusion far too long and almost felt like they didn’t really know how to end the movie. The ending felt forced and ruined the flow of the movie and is a bug proponent on why this movie falls flat.

Final Thoughts

Overall this movie gets a 6/10. Going in I really wasn’t expecting much out of it, and with such low expectations it even exceeded in some minor areas. Despite its flaws, 47 Meters Down is a fun adventure and story, it’s just not a great movie by any means.

47 Meters Down

It Comes at Night (2017) Review

Director: Trey Edward Shults

Starring: Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo, Riley Keough, Kelvin Harrison Jr.

Rating: R

Plot:

Imagine the end of the world. Now imagine something worse. Award-winning filmmaker Trey Edward Shults follows his incredible debut feature Krisha with It Comes at Night, a horror film following a man (Joel Edgerton) as he learns that the evil stalking his family home may be only a prelude to horrors that come from within. Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, the tenuous domestic order he has established with his wife and son is put to the ultimate test with the arrival of a desperate young family seeking refuge. Despite the best intentions of both families, paranoia and mistrust boil over as the horrors outside creep ever-closer, awakening something hidden and monstrous within him as he learns that the protection of his family comes at the cost of his soul.

Plot from Rotten Tomatoes

What The Film Did Well:

One of the best parts of this movie was the acting, especially from Joel Edgerton who plays Paul. I have always though Edgerton brings a lot to the roles he gets in the past and he does the same here. Each one of his decisions throughout the movie brings more drama and suspense to the screen. Unlike other horror or thriller movies where the main character acts like a schmuck the whole film making questionable decisions; Edgerton and the rest of the cast make logical choices throughout the movie.

It Comes at Night is filled with suspense from the very first scene until the credits begin to roll. With each new scene, everything from the plot to the score to the acting comes together in order to build an everlasting suspense that carries from one plot point to another. The suspense in It Comes at Night grips you and holds your attention throughout the entirety of the movie. It is safe to say that It Comes at Night does not lack intensity and dull moments are a scarcity.

The score in this movie superb. It’s not a score that will win any awards, but for this type of movies, it fits so well. The music that is mixed with the suspenseful movements really helps draw the audience in and helps build to potentially climatic moments throughout the movie. The music alone makes the movie feel like a movie done by Hitchcock if he made a horror – thriller in the year 2017. There was just something about the score, mixed with how this was shot that made it feel like a more old school horror movie which was aesthetically pleasing.

What The Film Didn’t Do Well:

There were a few things in It Comes at Night did that wasn’t necessarily “bad”, but took away from the movie and is what makes the movie just good, instead of great which it could have been. From the beginning of the movie, the characters’ motives are not always clear. The characters in this movie have motives that change throughout the movie, which although it adds a sense of realism to the movie and the events throughout; it makes that characters and their individual story lines difficult to follow at times. To some, this will not be considered a negative and they will love it, for me I just was not the biggest fan.

The biggest issue I had with this movie was the anti-climactic nature that occurs throughout the movie. The suspense is great throughout the movie, but it never really leads to anything. This takes a lot away from the movie and makes the movie feel empty whenever there’s a string of suspenseful events that never lead to a big reveal or event. The entire movie makes you think there’s going to be this big “ah-ha” moment or even, but unfortunately this movie never does evolve into that. This could all be the result of me expecting something a little more or even the marketing for this movie. Through the trailers, it made it seem that there was going to be a big horror movie reveal and because it never gets to that point I felt disappointed.

Final Thoughts

Overall It Comes at Night gets a 7.5/10. It is a good movie, but is a few moments away from being a great suspenseful thriller. There is nothing that really will stick with me when I think about this movie, but that doesn’t make it a bad movie. It is overall a fun watch and kept me entertained throughout the whole movie, but I just didn’t love it as much I wished I had. Just because it was not what I and others expected from it, does not make it a bad movie or takes away from the entertainment, the curveball it throws at you adds to the entertainment factor of the movie. It brings some very interesting and new cinematography methods when it comes to dialogue that I had not seen before, but was very effective. It is a different and fresh type of horror movie in an era of good and at times great horror movies, but just misses the mark in a few places. 

It Comes At Night

The Mummy (2017) Review

Director: Alex Kurtzman

Starring: Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Russell Crowe, Jake Johnson

Rating: PG-13

Plot:

Thought safely entombed in a tomb deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess (Sofia Boutella) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension. From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.

Plot from Rotten Tomatoes

What The Film Did Well:

The biggest thing that The Mummy does well is it is an action packed and fun adventure for a movie. It sets a tone from almost the first scene and continues with an upbeat tempo until the credits role. The Mummy is not going to win any awards and is not a great movie by any means, but it is a fun watch. A lot of times when watching this movie, it felt like it had the speed and pacing of a Mission Impossible movie, which makes a lot of sense since both Tom Cruise and director Alex Kurtzman was a writer on the third installment of that franchise.

Another thing that this movie does well, or at least something that should be noted before going in is that it is a typical Tom Cruise movie. To some who hear that it will turn them away, which I completely get. Tom Cruise has a very specific style when it comes to his movies and this is no different, he is not going to surprise you with his performance here. To others that will draw them in or have them remain neutral about it for the same reason, you basically know what you’re going to get with Tom Cruise. Typically, you will get an action filled two hours or so of a movie which can be very appealing to audiences.

The part of The Mummy that stood out the most to me was: the mummy. I know that sounds ridiculous and some of you might wonder what I am talking about, but the character of Ahmanet played by Sofia Boutella was the best part of the movie. Ahmanet is the main antagonist in this movie and was also the most developed character in the entire movie, by far. It wasn’t done by superb acting, but the back story that was developed for her and how they continuously built this character throughout the movie really had me excited about her.

What caught my eye (or ear) would have to be the score. The music for The Mummy was done by Brian Tyler (Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Fast Five, Furious 7). I felt that his composition of music really helped bring the entire movie together. At certain parts in the movie it almost sounded like it had themes from The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises and helped get the audience even more invested in the movie.

What The Film Didn’t Do Well:

Even though The Mummy has some positive takeaways and is an overall fun movie, it has some flaws that really take you out of the movie for large chunks at a time. The biggest flaw of The Mummy has got to be its identity. This movie struggles in showing what the audience what it really is and struggles with this until the very end. Like I mentioned before it has nonstop action, but it shouldn’t be considered an action and adventure movie. It doesn’t have the same tone as classic movies from that genre like an Indiana Jones movie, for example. It seems to be missing a type of charisma in order to be a witty action and adventure movie. At the same time, this is not a horror or thriller movie. This does not keep it from trying though. Throughout the movie there are some minor jump scares that revolve around Ahmanet and I will admit, a few of them did get me. With both of these themes in the movie, it also tries to be comedic in some parts. It adds some one liners and potentially funny scenarios, but in every case of it trying to add humor it seems out of place, bland and honestly just not funny. It tries to be witty throughout the movie, but these characters are not witty in any sense of the word.

Another negative of this movie happens a little over two thirds of the way through the movie. In a specific sequence, it adds a brand-new antagonist seemingly out of nowhere. This took me out of the movie for a good fifteen to twenty minutes. It was unnecessary to the development of the story and felt like they were trying to add a twist that wasn’t really that big of a twist and had me questioning why it was in there at all.

The last negative, and it is more of an analyzation is: where does the Dark Universe go from here? In theory, I think the Dark Universe can work, but they have a lot to figure out. Universal needs to find out what tone they will be approaching this new cinematic universe with. I would be in favor of a much darker tone and want them to try and make these movies into horror thriller. These movies are supposed to be based on monsters, so it only makes sense that they would want to make them more on the scary side, but we will see. I also am curious how these Dark Universe movies will tie together, if they will at all; it would be fun to see all the movies and characters connect but is a tall order.

 

Final Thoughts

The Mummy falls flat in a lot of ways. It is a 6/10 type of movie. It struggles greatly in so many different way, but is still fun for the audience. It is not a movie that will stick in my mind very long though. It’s not necessarily a remake of the movie by the same name from 1999, but it sure does copy so many things from that version. I would have liked it to be its own story and be original like the 1999 version, but it fails to do that. For the Dark Universe to be a success, they need to figure out a few things including direction of these movies and overall tone of the stories they wish to tell. If they can figure that out, the potential for this new cinematic universe is very high.

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Wonder Woman (2017) Review

Director: Patty Jenkins

Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, David Thewlis

Rating: PG-13

Plot:

An Amazon princess (Gal Gadot) finds her idyllic life on an island occupied only by female warriors interrupted when a pilot (Chris Pine) crash-lands nearby. After rescuing him, she learns that World War I is engulfing the planet, and vows to use her superpowers to restore peace.

Plot from Rotten Tomatoes

What The Film Did Well:

There is a lot that Wonder Woman does well. Starting with the basics, the acting in this movie is all around good. Gal Gadot portrays Diana/Wonder Woman to near perfection. She has a powerful presence from the moment she hits the screen, brings forward a wit and humor that I did not expect and does this all while adding a sense of innocence to the character of Diana. Her counterpart, Steve Trevor played by Chris Pine does another great acting job. Chris Pine was a real surprise here, as for the first part of the movie he was the better actor in my opinion. It wasn’t that his acting digressed as the movie developed, but we became or invested in the character of Diana. Gadot and Pine had great chemistry throughout the movie and made it so I genuinely cared about the character until the very end.

Another aspect of this movie that I though was executed greatly was the story. This was a true origin story through and through. It follows Diana as a little girl on Paradise Island all the way through where she begins to discover what she is capable of and what all her powers can do. In this origin story, I loved how they kept true to what the comics laid out, but built off them. It didn’t try to be too original and make up a new origin story, but it also didn’t try and copycat the comic origin story verbatim.

The final part of Wonder Woman that was done well, was it was extremely fun to watch. From the opening to the end it grabs your attention and never really lets go. It gets emotional at certain aspects of the movie and I could certainly feel that in the audience I was watching with. It’s one of only two or three movies that I have watched where a majority of the crowd gave a standing ovation at the end of the movie. There are also parts of this movie that gave me absolute chills. In particular, the part where Diana finally transforms into Wonder Woman gave me goosebumps up and down my body and was one of the best parts in a great movie.

What The Film Didn’t Do Well:

There is not a lot that Wonder Woman does not do well. The first thing that kind of bugged me about the movie would have to be the pacing at the beginning. The first forty-five minutes or so just was a little inconsistent in terms of speed compared to the rest of the movie. It was slipping between a fast and slow pace, while the rest of the movie progressed relatively quickly.

Another part of this movie that I did not love, would have to be the slow motion in some of the hand to hand battle scenes. A lot of time action movies and super hero movies have a slow-motion effect in fight scenes, which I have never been keen on. It always takes me out of the movie a little bit. The only positive I see from using this is it gives it more of a comic book feel when it is slowed down, but I am just not a fan of it. It does not diminish the value of the movie, just briefly took me out of it when it did happen.

Final Thoughts

Without a doubt, this movie is amazing. I give it a 8.5/10. It is the best DCEU movie to date and gives me hope they will continue to make great movies down the road, and show comfort hard core DC fans for the future. This movie is also important in a lot of ways. For women, this movie is extremely import. Wonder Woman builds on this trend in cinema of strong female characters and in my opinion does it best other than maybe Rey in Star Wars and quite possibly does it better than that. At the end of this movie there were females in the audience with teary eyes and that shows that this movie might have a bigger impact than anticipated. For girls 12-16 years old this has potential to be the first female role model that they see on screen and this Wonder Woman represents power, strength, hope and believing yourself and that is why it will be such an important character to so many young girls out there. Wonder Woman is also important because of who directed it. Patty Jenkins was the first female director with this type of budget. Ever. Jenkins absolutely delivered and will likely continue to make great movies and hopefully it opens up the door for other female directing job, the individuals are out there; they just don’t always get the same opportunities as other directors. This type of representation matters, like all representation and that is why this movie is important and delivers on so many levels.

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Introduction to My Movie Review Blog

Hello! My name is Will. This is a post all about what this blog will be about. The reason that I am creating this blog is because I love doing things such as watch movies and for fun, at least throughout the summer I want to write about the movies I go and see and just give my thoughts about them. Watching movies and talking about them has always been one of my favorite things to do and I want to do that and experience it with people. In each blog post it will be broken down into four sections: overall plot or summary, the best part, the worst part and my overall rating out of ten and opinion. If there older movies you want a review of, please tell me and I will do my best to do so. I look forward to this and will try and put out a post at least once a week if not more and hope everyone enjoys it as much as I will!