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. 

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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.