Action, Action Comedy, Comedy, Marvel Comics, Remake/Sequal, Superhero Movie

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

RATING CATEGORIES:

  • Overall Rating: 9 Stars
  • Plot: 7 Stars
  • Script: 9 Stars
  • Acting: 9 Stars
  • Music: 7 Stars
  • Sound and Special Effects: 9 Stars
  • Costumes and Makeup: 10 Stars

(SPOILERS-WHY IT GOT WHAT IT GOT)

PLOT: This is yet another version of Spider-Man Marvel and Sony has given us. This time with help from Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) from the Iron Man Franchise it really makes this film different and it gives viewers hope for greatness this time around. Spider-Man: Homecoming has a plot which continues from Captain America: Civil War that introduced us to young Peter Parker (Tom Holland) and Aunt May (Marisa Tomei). Tony Stark somehow finds out Peter Parker is Spider-Man and together Tony and Peter lie to Aunt May about the Stark Internship. This film also introduces a “blue collar” man Adrian Toomes also known as The Vulture story line which takes place just after the first Avengers movie. After being thrown off the greatest job of his career and penniless he decides to steal the alien tech to make weapons of mass destruction with help from his scientist friend Phineas Mason/The Tinkerer (Michael Chernus). After 8 years of staying under the radar Spider-Man stumbles upon some cool weapons which is where the story begins.

SCRIPT: The script is fun and packed with personality. It expresses anger, drama, and of course comedy. There is even some surpises thrown in along the way and interesting characters from the comics to look out for. They even found time to write in jokes for Aunt May because they hired Marisa Tomei to play her who is normally involved in more roles which show off her beauty.

ACTING: By now everybody knows how they like their Tony Stark so Robert Downey Jr. was perfect he knew what he was doing. Happy Hogan played by Jon Favreau though an old character to some this is the first time you knew or cared about his name or character to the full extent. He added just the right amount of comedy to the role and we saw his character develop more here than Iron Man 2 or 3. Michael Keaton who you may remember as Batman joins the club of people who went from DC to Marvel or Marvel to DC. Michael Keaton’s Vulture is perfect he is angry, greedy and just wants to stick up for the people that get ripped off all the time in life. If you love Michael Keaton you’d love him in this role. Now, last but not least Tom Holland as Spider-Man. Tom Holland did a great job of playing someone about 4/5 years younger than him. Mostly because of the way he looks. Which is great fans love when they find an actor who looks and can embody the role of a character that was once drawn for them on paper. It is his acting that of course made the movie what it is.

MUSICMusic in these big production  movies are either really famous songs like Guardians of the Galaxy or all orchestrated like Star Wars. Spider-Man: Homecoming has a little of both. When you need villain music bring out the orchestra and when you need fun, romance, and anything else choose a fun song you may of loved listening to in high school.

Sound and Special Effects: The sound was terrific. There wasn’t too much extra clicking, thumping, and wind noises coming from the suits which is great because with new suits for new characters it is sometimes hard to imagine what these unrealistic things will sound like. The special effects are gorgeous but if you see it in 3D there are times it gets to be too much.

Costume and Makeup: It has been a while since we’ve seen such beautiful technology put on a superhero or supervillain’s suit. The first time was Iron Man other times especially for villains was Iron Man 2 and Avengers: Age of Ultron. Also if you want something to just laugh about make the suit talk to you. Peter Parker gives his new suit’s I.A. a name and talk to it like a best friend. Something cool that they did with the Vulture’s suit was when he was thinking they just showed his eyes in a green shade or light in a helmet it kind of gave it a video game pilot feel from the viewers end. Some things to look foreword to are Spider-Man’s web-shooters, web cape/glider and his awesome droid pall.

Remake/Sequal, Comedy, Animation

Cars 3 (2017)

RATING CATEGORIES:

  • Overall Rating: 7 Stars
  • Plot: 8 Stars
  • Script: 6 Stars
  • Acting: 7 Stars
  • Music: 7 Stars
  • Sound and Special Effects: 10 Stars
  • Costumes and Makeup: N/A

(SPOILERS-WHY IT GOT WHAT IT GOT)

PLOT: In Cars 3 we get more racing fun for Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) and his friends. The only problem is he’s old and the rookie’s are taking over. The races have also become more competitive and less fun. It is a story that is almost a metaphor for an old man working in a digital age…smart right.

SCRIPT: Basic for an animated movie. There is no hidden laughs made just for adults. Oh well! They keep it fun though

ACTING: The reoccurring characters do a great job of being who they have always been and who we grew to love. The new ones Nathan Fillion as Sterling, Cristela Alonzo as Cruz Ramirez and Armie Hammer as Jackson Storm have made a nice addition and may have continue as the stars of a possible Cars 4.

MUSIC: Fun and Enjoyable. Classic Disney.

Sound and Special Effects: Pixar is the master of animation they know what makes a great animated film. The roar of the engines in the movie sound nice and real too.

Action, Action Comedy, Remake/Sequal, Sci-Fi

Transformers The Last Knight (2017)

RATING CATEGORIES:

  • Overall Rating: 5 Stars
  • Plot: 6 Stars
  • Script: 3 Stars
  • Acting: 8 Stars
  • Music: 4 Stars
  • Sound and Special Effects: 4 Stars
  • Costumes and Makeup: 6 Stars

(SPOILERS-WHY IT GOT WHAT IT GOT)

PLOT: As seen at the end of the Transformers film Optimus Prime goes to meet his maker. We find out his maker’s name is Quintessa (Gemma Chan) a small robotic Queen of what is left of Cybertron after the war. She has ultimate power more than any Transformer and she plans to remake planet Earth in her own image but not until she enslaves Optimus first. As all of this is going on Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) is scavenging for reusable parts of random Transformers no one knows came from to help out the Transformers of the last movie and more. The film even incorporates Merlin (Stanley Tucci who you may remember playing a different role in the last movie) and King Arthur (Liam Garrigan).

SCRIPT: Lacking creativity. With the comedy Mark Wahlberg can produce, the talent from Oscar winning actor Anthony Hopkins and the character bio developed from Josh Duhamel’s character Colonel William Lennox from the other Transformer movies you could have done a lot more with a less complicated story line. This franchise might have been saved in the 4th Transformer’s installment but this one made you forget what was actually good in the last one.

ACTING: On paper it is unbelievable casting but due to the script and story line it just didn’t help them. If you had Wahlberg, Hopkins, Duhamelm, John Turturro, Tony Hale and the sexy Laura Haddock you know there would be endless script possibilities for these actors to act out but they ruined it. The only thing that made the acting good was the amazing actors they chose but every character missed out on potential.

MUSICSuspense music in a Transformer’s movie should be more suspenseful and scary. Where’s the evil at?

Sound and Special Effects: Actually really bad!!!! You actually think the Transformers would look great and work well in our reality by now but the effects look worse than the last movies. They look placed instead of incorporated. Sound was OK, nothing special.

Costume and Makeup: Nice costumes, however in King Arthur’s era it seemed overly imagined and kiddish. Just slap some regular knight armor on them and continue with the movie.

Based on a True Story, Drama

Megan Leavey (2017)

RATING CATEGORIES:

  • Overall Rating: 7 Stars
  • Plot: 8 Stars
  • Script: 7 Stars
  • Acting: 8 Stars
  • Music: 5 Stars
  • Sound and Special Effects: 6 Stars
  • Costumes and Makeup: 7 Stars

(SPOILERS-WHY IT GOT WHAT IT GOT)

PLOT: This is based on a fairly interesting true story of Marine corporal Megan Leavey. It shows her journey from when she enlisted in the army till lets say an end of an era in her life. Megan Leavey (Kate Mara) is unemployed, friendless and her mother is fed up at her living at home with her and the step-father. Leavey decides to enlist and her journey as an American Soldier begins. Of course she gets drunk with her army friends once joining and gets punished with cleaning up army dogs cells. She meats a rude and stubborn dog named Rex and she finds a way to get into the program that trains and manages the army dogs with help from Gunny Martin (Common) who is a commanding officer at her army training base. After getting her shot she eventually gets stuck with Rex and learns to love him and hate him at the same time.

SCRIPT: The script is missing some details about Megan Leavey’s actual story. It would have been nice if they hired maybe a high school version of her to show the audience a scene which would explain how she became the person she was before she enlisted. When they sneak it into the movie it gets passed by. They maybe don’t have to show it at the begining but maybe when she sleeps they could show us a dream/memory of her as a young girl.

ACTING: Good choices for the five main roles: Kate Mara as Megan Leavey, Tom Felton as Andrew Dean, Edie Falco as Jackie Leavey,  Bradley Whitford as Bob (Leavey’s father) and Common as Gunny Martin. They all had a key role to play and it was important the casting was perfect especially because it is based on a true story. It had to be believable.

MUSICNothing Special. Just exercise/training music.

Sound and Special Effects: When they went to Iraq they had to make you believe that the crowds of people rioting or complaining and the army’s trucks and weapons made certain noises and they did a good job at that. Don’t expect to see some epic army explosion this is not that type of movie.

Costume and Makeup: It was important this was done well. People know what an American soldier looks like, how they dress, haircuts, how wounds look and so much more. This is an army movie based on a person’s life and a true story it is important for these things to align with reality.

Action, Drama, Superhero Movie

Wonder Woman (2017)

RATING CATEGORIES:

  • Overall Rating: 8 Stars
  • Plot: 8 Stars
  • Script: 7 Stars
  • Acting: 8 Stars
  • Music: 7 Stars
  • Sound and Special Effects: 8 Stars
  • Costumes and Makeup: 10 Stars

(SPOILERS-WHY IT GOT WHAT IT GOT)

PLOT:  Before even gaining the title Wonder Woman she had to become the woman she is. The movie shows her as a child. She was fierce and ready to learn how to fight. The only problem was that she was a princess to the Amazons. As she grew up she learned about her history and the battle her mother was apart of before she was born. One day an undercover american pilot named Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) crashes a plane through their invisible fortress and almost drowns. When Princess Diana/Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) saves him. Since she grew up on an island of all women she never saw a man before and asked him about where he came from. He said he came from an endless war, the worst war ever, a war to end all wars. Diana jumps to the conclusion that it is Eris-God of War/Son of Zeus returning to kill and take revenge on man kind once again.

SCRIPT: The script is basic. Don’t look for it to be funny, it’s not a funny Marvel movie! DC has always tried to aim for drama and great action. There are some funny scenes but it is the actors who portray the comedy not really the script.

ACTING: All the actors were terrific the supporting cast was very good. They weren’t all the most recognizable faces but they really did a good job in this movie. There are some mixed reviews however on Danny Huston who plays Ludendorff and Elena Anaya who plays Dr. Maru due to very comic book/overly fictional roles and accents.

MUSICGood classic score music with the Wonder Woman theme we already heard in Batman V. Superman when she first appears in the final battle.

Sound and Special Effects: The sound effects in this movie are mainly swords thrashing against another and WWI military noises. The airplane sound effects sound real and go well in the big crashes and war scenes in the movie. Some of the dessert and airplane scenes look a little fake but it only lasts a couple seconds so it might not matter to most.

Costume and Makeup: Really nice costumes in this film. Besides Wonder Woman’s costume and the beautiful person wearing it the army costumes they had to create were terrific. They made a beautiful depiction of 1914-1918 British clothing and England. You also can’t forget about those Amazons. The clothes, weaponry, tiaras, horse saddles, and building design was unbelievable but yet not too comic book like.

Action, Action Comedy, Comedy, Marvel Comics, Remake/Sequal, Sci-Fi, Superhero Movie

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

RATING CATEGORIES:

  • Overall Rating: 9 Stars
  • Plot: 7 Stars
  • Script: 8 Stars
  • Acting: 9 Stars
  • Music: 9 Stars
  • Sound Effects: 10 Stars
  • Special Effects: 10 Stars

(SPOILERS-WHY IT GOT WHAT IT GOT)

PLOT: In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 it is all about family dynamic. The movie shows 3 main family crisis: The relationship between Yondu (Michael Rooker) and his old teammate Stakar Ogord (Sylvester Stallone), then you have the two sisters Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Nebula (Karen Gillan) and finally the big one Star Lord (Chris Pratt) and his father Ego (Kurt Russel). As time goes on in this movie you see how they all have affected each others past and present and why they all can’t get along.

SCRIPT: The script is again unbelievable just like the first great comedy just when you need it. You may even be caught off guard sometimes and that’s the best part of it all. It maybe something you need to watch to get but if you’ve seen the first you get my point.

ACTING: The acting in this film helps you love the characters even more than the first especially Baby Groot (Vin Diesel). Bradley Cooper does an amazing job at potraying Rocket the Raccoon’s sarcasm and if you have seen videos of him doing the voice you can see he puts his whole body and sole into the character. Kurt Russel as Ego (The Living Planet) shows so many different sides of himself in this movie. He portrays angry, happy, hopeful and knowledgeable in so many different ways that his acting was why I liked the scenes he was in.

MUSICWe got themed music for this one and I don’t mean time related really like a compilation of 70’s and 80’s songs. We got some music that was just meant for certain scenes but most had to do with families, mothers, fathers and children. This all kept the theme of the movie going. The Soundtrack is great just check out the remake of Fox on the Run by The Sweet.

Sound Effects: Nice, great sound mixing and sound effects in this picture. We are that the point now that Marvel and Disney know what to use and who to use.

Special Effects: It takes place in outer space and half the characters are in full blown makeup, toys or covered in machines. That’s why it deserves at 10/10 because it ain’t cheap and they didn’t cheap out.

Animation, Comedy

Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017)

RATING CATEGORIES:

  • Overall Rating: 6 Stars
  • Plot: 7 Stars
  • Script: 5 Stars
  • Acting: 4 Stars
  • Music:  9 Stars
  • Sound Effects: N/A
  • Special Effects: N/A

(SPOILERS-WHY IT GOT WHAT IT GOT)

PLOT: The plot is actually pretty good for what may seem to be a forced production or money grab. It is about Smurfette (Demi Lovato) and her origin story. The movie is about her quest to find out who or what she really is and what type of Smurf she actually is.

SCRIPT: It has jokes for children and adults some might even consider inappropriate. Thank god the ending is hard to guess because sometimes adults say they know the ending in children’s movies before they know what is going to happen.

ACTING: The voice acting in this movie is great. They got surprisingly big names when they didn’t have too. They didn’t use all the same actor’s voices that they used in the first two Smurf movies with Neil Patrick Harris but it was a perfect casting anyway. Smurfette (Demi Lovato), Hefty Smurf (Joe Manganiello), Clumsy Smurf (Jack McBrayer),  Brainy Smurf (Danny Pudi) and the villain Gargamel (Rainn Wilson) are just some of the names they got for the movie.

Music: The music is really good. They got those nice pop and popy sounding hits that suit the mood and the adventure for this movie. With the original motion picture score done by Christopher Lennertz and a song maid by award winning pop artist Meghan Trainor called I’m a Lady. 

Based on a True Story, Drama

Blow (2001)

RATING CATEGORIES:

  • Overall Rating: 8 Stars
  • Plot: 8 Stars
  • Script: 7 Stars
  • Acting: 10 Stars
  • Music: 7 Stars
  • Sound Effects:  8
  • Special Effects: 8

(SPOILERS-WHY IT GOT WHAT IT GOT)

PLOT: Blow is based on a true story about George Jung, the guy who established the cocaine market in the 70’s. Throughout the movie you go through his life in every 2-3 years between 1970-1989ish. You see the struggles he went through, the famous people he met with, and why with his ambition he didn’t think he could do anything else.

SCRIPT: The script is good. The story is told in 1st person sometimes, it makes it seem more personal. 

ACTING: For those who like Johnny Depp it really is an amazing movie. If you think he’s weird, bad or anything else then I would still suggest seeing this movie. It is an educational story and Johnny Depp does a great job acting as a guy who can’t escape prison and as a drug lord kind of guy. The actors don’t really matter but props to Ray Liotta and Penélope Cruz for adding something extra to the film.

MUSICYour basic dramatic movie music nothing too spectacular but yet still pretty cool. Every song fit the scene.

Sound Effects: Nothing too crazy here but great for what they needed.

Special Effects: The scene changes and cinematography as done really well in this movie. They had him sitting around the table in one scene then behind bars one second later in the same position. Well done.

Comedy, Drama

Gifted (2017)

RATING CATEGORIES:

  • Overall Rating: 8 Stars
  • Plot: 8 Stars
  • Script: 7 Stars
  • Acting: 9 Stars
  • Music: 6 Stars
  • Sound Effects:  N/A
  • Special Effects: N/A

(SPOILERS-WHY IT GOT WHAT IT GOT)

PLOT: Gifted is about a sweet young girl who is raised by her uncle. The uncle Frank Adler (Chris Evans) raised her because his sister killed herself. As you watch the movie it eventually gets revealed why. Frank eventually says though his niece is a genius he knows that his sister would want her to have a normal life which where Mary Adler’s (Mckenna Grace) journey begins. It deals with the struggles of a genius child in a regular public school, the problems families face who have someone who committed suicide and so much more. There is some funny parts but overall the film is a drama and you will probably want to cry during some point near the end.

SCRIPT: The script is good. The conversations the characters have are very realistic. They got all the information of the characters in the movie out naturally. The comedy is well placed and the sad parts are done tastefully.

ACTING: Chris Evans can play so many different types of people as we’ve seen throughout his career such as a reckless college student trying to find his place in the world in The Perfect Score (2004), an obnoxious superhero in Fantastic Four (2005), all the way to a mature american soldier/superhero in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) but he is in his late 30’s now which means he has to learn to play the mature roles just as well as the funny and childish roles and he does it very well in the movie Gifted. Mckenna Grace who plays the young and smart Mary Adler has appeared in the famous TV shows The Young and the Restless and Designated Survivor so she is not new to the acting scene. You could see she is already a mature actress and maybe in time she will get an Oscar. The movie features Oscar Winner Octavia Spencer who plays Roberta Taylor the friendly landlord of Frank Adler but she does not joke when it comes to matters of Mary. She is the best person to play this role. Lindsay Duncan who plays Frank’s mother Evelyn and Jenny Slate who plays Mary’s teacher Bonnie could have been played by anyone sort of famous though both crucial parts in the movie and they still did a decent job due to chemistry with Mckenna and Chris.

MUSICThe music in this movie sets the tone for the happy and sad parts but mostly its the actors who take care of that in this movie. 

Animation, Comedy

The Boss Baby (2017)

RATING CATEGORIES:

  • Overall Rating: 6 Stars
  • Plot: 3 Stars
  • Script: 7 Stars
  • Acting: 8 Stars
  • Music:  5 Stars
  • Sound Effects: N/A
  • Special Effects: N/A

(SPOILERS-WHY IT GOT WHAT IT GOT)

PLOT: The story is very confusing at the start of the movie. It has like 3 plot lines going on at once and the trailer only really mentioned 1. The whole idea is that the baby comes to find out why puppies are so loved especially more than babies. What you don’t know is that the first plot introduced is about this only child who wants it to be just him and his parents and loves using his imagination. Then the baby gets introduced and it becomes a war of dominance in the household. You don’t get to the puppy part till the end of the middle of the movie which is 45-55 minuets in already. The movies tagline is Cookies are for Closers; They get no cookies!

SCRIPT: It is funny if you are an adult. All the jokes are refrences grown ups get cause they’ve experienced this stuff or lived through it. The jokes are good but they don’t move the plot along.

ACTING: The voice acting in this movie is really just regular talking from all the actors hired to do the film no voices necessary. Maybe some mouth sound effects here or there but that’s not important.

Music: Nothing fancy and nothing memorable. It is mostly stuff made for the movie. The music they chose really sets the mood and if you’re a girl in your teens who loves when families come together than the music may help you cry to some moments in the movie.