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.

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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.

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.

Action, Action Comedy, Comedy

Free Fire (2017)

RATING CATEGORIES:

  • Overall Rating: 7 Stars
  • Plot: 7 Stars
  • Script: 6 Stars
  • Acting: 8 Stars
  • Music: 3 Stars
  • Sound Effects: 9 Stars
  • Special Effects: 8 Stars

(SPOILERS-WHY IT GOT WHAT IT GOT)

PLOT: So you got 5 people buying guns in a sketchy warehouse in the 70’s met by middle man Ord (Armie Hammer) who then introducers them to the seller Vernon (Sharlto Copley) and his goons. Vernon tries to sell them the wrong type of gun on purpose which gets Chris (Cillian Murphy) kind of cheesed. Besides that, one of the 5 buyers did something stupid the night before which affected a relationship of one of the seller’s goons which then started a chain events that was just one gun shot after another. Throughout the movie you constantly hope your favorite team, actor, or character will end up taking the money that is in a suitcase in the middle of the battle. It is great in the sense you can’t predict the ending to this movie.

SCRIPT: The script is decent for the amount of conversing that went on in this movie. Most of the things said were funny or like who just shot me. It is also hard to follow the characters and who shot who so look out for that. Thankfully do to great character development and accents from all over the world you can kind of understand who said what. 

ACTING: This is where we get into the 2 teams. They all were terrific at playing their role especially Sharlto Copley as Vernon, Brie Larson as Justine, Cillian Murphy as Chris amd Armie Hammer as Ord. Most of these actors are highly underrated or under used but this movie really shows the comedy and action stars in each character you may not of known they could play. Oh, and Martin Scorsese is the Executive Producer if it means anything to you.

Actors Buyers Sellers Actros
Enzo Cilenti Bernie Gordon Noah Taylor
Sam Riley Stevo Harry Jack Reynor
Michael Smiley Frank Martin Babou Ceesay
Brie Larson Justine Vernon Sharlto Copley
Cillian Murphy Chris Ord Armie Hammer

MUSIC: Unfortunately the music wasn’t there. They could of had a lot of great 70’s music and maybe even extended a scene or two just for that to really get you pumped or excited. All you get is a John Denver song.

Sound Effects: Guns, fire and explosions sound effects. What more do you need? There is a good chance this films sound effects wouldn’t of changed if the film was made in the 90’s. Everything they had was well used and used at the right time for the right object.

Special Effects: With guns, fire and explosions constantly being used in a shootout movie its important it is done right or realisticly. There is a good chance this films sound effects wouldn’t of changed if the film was made in the 90’s. Everything they had was well used and used at the right time for the right object. Though I’ve never pored gasoline and lit a fire I’m sure it would go up in flames.

Action, Action Comedy, Comedy, Drama, Remake/Sequal

The Fate of the Furious 2017

RATING CATEGORIES:

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

(SPOILERS-WHY IT GOT WHAT IT GOT)

PLOT: In The Fate of the Furious this time 1 of them goes rogue. Obviously it has to be their leader Dom (Vin Diesel) due to the blond bitch Cipher (Charlize Theron). It all starts when she says to him I got dirt on you, you don’t want getting out. Then of course that’s where it gets furious. A little week I think they could of had a better plot line for their 8th maybe incorporating more of what they did do right for this movie Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) vs Deckard (Jason Statham). As the two biggest haters join forces to stop the fastes and the most furious of all Dom.

SCRIPT: Besides the fact it should have been called The Feight of the Furious or F8 of the Furious you’re getting great jokes from Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris with surprisingly some hilarious parts from Jason Statham. Besides them classic jokes like “We Got a Tank” and everybody hating on Roman (Tyrese Gibson) especially Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell) it’s hard to say if this is a money grab action sequel or a do right by the Franchise while making money movie. Either way it didn’t matter about the name or the script they made a shit tone.

ACTING: Everybody is just themselves from previous Fast and the Furious movies and even other stuff you’d seen them in. If you love an actor or a character you’ll see this movie just for the enjoyment of seeing that actor or character. The cars get the Oscar though because without the cars the film would just be jacked dudes and comedians talking shit to eachother.

MUSICWith songs inspired by the movie and songs made for the movie. It is perfect! They know how the music should portray the movie and how the movie should potray the music. Though I wish they used Wiz Khalifa again for the main theme they still have another song done by him. have The song they chose is very good “Good Life” by G-Eazy & Kehlani. 

Sound Effects: Maybe over exaggerated. I mean but still done better than a lot of other movies with cars that go really fast. Do we know what a Tank or Submarine should sound like?

Special Effects: Great maybe repetitive or over used ones but hey they have the money to make things go boom shicka bing bang boom booooom bliffboom baboom kaboom boom when they maybe could of went boom kaboom boom with fire.

Action, Action Comedy, Comedy, Remake/Sequal

Going In Style (2017)

 RATING CATEGORIES:

  • Overall Rating: 7 Stars
  • Plot: 9 Stars
  • Script: 7 Stars
  • Acting: 9 Stars
  • Music: 4 Stars
  • Sound Effects: 10 Stars
  • Special Effects: 5 Stars

(SPOILERS-WHY IT GOT WHAT IT GOT)

PLOT: It is about 3 old guys who rob a bank, what’s not to love? Already I’m interested! It all starts when Joe (Michael Caine) has to go to the bank to check out what’s up with his mortgage. Turns out not so good for him then not so good for the bank as it gets robbed. Eventually he meets up with his friends Willie (Morgan Freeman) and Albert (Alan Arkin) and when they all go to work they realize their pensions disappear. That’s when Joe suggests let’s rob a bank!

SCRIPT: Zach Braff really knew what he was doing with these actors but I think as the script developed the actors had to make the script better. Though really funny it could have been funnier. When you’re working with these big names you expect greater things.

ACTING: Morgan, Alan, and Michael all huge names in Hollywood. If you liked even 1 of the what seems like 1000s of Freeman-Caine Movies out there you’re sure to like this one. Alan Arkin does a great job of playing what seems like a few of his other roles but still he’s funny. Then you got Matt Dillon who hasn’t really been funny since “There’s Something About Mary” which came out in 1998 but he tries. You remember Christopher Lloyd well his hilarious character Milton may not remember you because as you know most people with Dementia got issues.

MUSIC: Nothing special but a couple popular songs in scenes any song could of went in. No real soundtrack hear.

Sound Effects: Good for what they needed. Talking, cracking jokes and gun noises.

Special Effects: No real explosions or bomb threats though if there’s a sequel it would be cool to see them go all out.

Action, Marvel Comics, Sci-Fi, Superhero Movie

Avengers Age of Ultron (2015)

RATING CATEGORIES:

  • Overall Rating: 7 Stars
  • Plot: 6 Stars
  • Script: 7 Stars
  • Acting: 8 Stars
  • Music: 7 Stars
  • Sound Effects: 10 Stars
  • Special Effects: 9 Stars

(SPOILERS-WHY IT GOT WHAT IT GOT)

PLOT: Since it’s a superhero movie that came out after the Avengers it’s expected to be an unbelievable film. But it was sloppy and overly serious as apposed to scary. When the trailer first came out you got chills from hearing Ultron’s voice. When the movie came out the voice sounded less scary and more serious. The movie is of course about the Avengers but it’s also about their place in the world after the alien attack from the first movie. It brings into affect that Tony Stark/Iron Man just wants peace after the event and after finding the spear from the first movie he realizes it can help him complete a theoretical project called Ultron. Of course things take a turn for the worse and Ultron is born.

SCRIPT: Script was good. It kept with the same characteristics that made the last ones good. The Age of Ultron had a lot of one liners especially from Ultron. You notice a lot more jokes if you watch it more than once. Written and Directed by Joss Whedon.

ACTING: The acting is good due to the cast. We’re familiar with the cast and most people know the actors from other big pictures. The new addition: James Spader, who plays the voice of Ultron portrays him very well. The only problem is where’s the darkness that came out in the trailer, how did the character loose that spark? If you haven’t seen the trailers there is probably a great chance you’d really appreciate the casting and acting choices for the character. If they ever remake the Fantastic Four James Spader would make the perfect Doctor DOOM!

MUSICThe music in a film is very important to how we feel. They got the sad points down but when Ultron is on the screen you wanna feel the EVIL, DEATH, EXTINCTION and DESTRUCTION the character talks about and music is supposed to help with that.

Sound Effects: Really terrific! They have nailed all of the Iron Man type suits noises, got the shield noise down, and mastered the Hulk Smash and Thor’s hammer with extra energy and bursts of thunder.

Special Effects: Really good which is essential, especially because of a villain that’s a machine/robot/android. They knew it couldn’t look like a Cyber Man from Dr.Who. This film looks better in regular Blue-Ray or HD formatting instead of 3D due to the details in all the action scenes that you may miss if somethings pop out at you more than others.

Action, Action Comedy, Comedy

Chips (2017)

 RATING CATEGORIES:

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

(SPOILERS-WHY IT GOT WHAT IT GOT)

PLOT: It’s a Classic buddy buddy movie. 2 California Highway Patrol Cops or CHiPs, learn to live with each other’s stupidity and bad habits. Dax Shepard plays Jon Baker a retired extreme sports motorcyclist due to way too many bad injuries with marriage problems. He only joined the CHiPs to impress his slutty bitch of an ex-wife played by actual wife Kristen Bell. Then you have the horny FBI Agent undercover as Frank ‘Ponch’ Poncherello played by Michael Peña. As one tries to put his marriage back on track and the other tries to keep his job it makes for a relatively funny movie.

SCRIPT: Full credit goes to Dax Shepard on this script. He wrote and directed this film which is based on the 1977 TV Series. After he found the appropriate cast for their roles it seems like the hard part was probably done. But it’s a comedy film written by Dax Shepard. Do you know what his comedy track record is? If you’ve seen his other stuff then this is a huge step up for him.

ACTING: Dax and Pena are both great in this movie. We already know Michael Pena is one funny guy if you’ve seen him in Ant-Man. Then you have Vincent D’Onofrio who plays the big bad antagonist in the film. He might be getting into the habit of playing the same type of character but if you play the villain well, then play the villain. Sometimes those are the best roles anyway.

MUSIC: Nothing special and nothing memorable. Whoever picked the music for this movie wasn’t picking it so fans can get pumped or excited at a scene just because some awesome song was playing.

Sound Effects: Good for what they needed. Motorcycle noises, guns, and ammunition. Nothing to complain about except for maybe 1 or 2 over exaggerated explosions.

Special Effects: Poor for a film that suppose to be about an ex-motorcyclist. Come on let’s see some more ridiculous tricks. Where’s the rings of fire at? They focused more on set design and putting their money into the expensive motorcycles you see in the movie. If they showed more of their lives before the month they met like from 2010-2016 era it would of been more expected to see effects. They actually handled the effects well for an action comedy. Not a lot to complain about except for maybe 1 or 2 over exaggerated or even unnecessary explosions.

Action, Book to Movie, Sci-Fi

I Am Number Four (2011)

Rating Categories:

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

(SPOILERS-WHY IT GOT WHAT IT GOT)

PLOT: I Am Number Four is the first book in the Pittacus Lore franchise. Unfortunately, it is the only one made into a movie. These quotes can really get you into the vibe of the movie and make you intrigued if you’re a sci-fi fan. “In the beginning there were nine of us. We left when we were young, almost to young to remember. Almost.” and “In the beginning we were a group of nine. Three are gone, dead. There are six left. They are hunting us, and they won’t stop until they’ve killed us all. I am Number Four. I know that I am next.” Doesn’t want you wanna know who “THEY” are and why they are all numbered? It’s about an ongoing battle between a dieing race with superpowers who were hiding and are fighting to stay alive so the Mogadorians don’t kill them (in order) and wipe out their race for good. You don’t actually find out why they must be killed in order until  you read a few of the books.

SCRIPT: For a book developed into a movie they did a great job of keeping a lot of the original quotes or at least variations from the book. This is important in films like this because fans like it when their movies are mostly based on original content instead of loosely based like all DC and Marvel Comicbook movies.

ACTING: Alex Pettyfer does a wonderful job playing the approx. 17 year old Number Four secretly under the name John Smith. He really shows off how he can portray a high school teenager going through superpower puberty. Some actors who failed at this were Tobey Maguire’s Spiderman (2002) who was basically more mesmerized than scared about his future or how people would see him and another one is The Amzing Spider-Man (2012) whch was just basically an epic fail all together. A film that did this really well except it was adults was Fantastic Four (2005). Timothy Olyphant was an unbelievable Henri who basically a guardian of Number Four and older brother/father figure to him. Now you wanna see a good bad guy well you came to the right movie because Kevin Durand was perfect to play the Mogadorian Commander. He can play rude, ugly, and cruel very well with a dash of comedy sprinkled in. You may remember Kevin Durand as Fred Dukes/The Blob in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009).

MUSICThe music was unbelievable when you wanted to get pumped and into a fight. It was all well produced and well orchestrated but don’t expect a huge inspired by the movie soundtrack.

SOUND EFFECTS: Perfect. With the amount of powers and fight scenes they had they really knew what sound was perfect for where and when.

SPECIAL EFFECTS: Top Notch! Number Six (played by Teresa Palmer who would have been the star of the sequel that unfortunately didn’t get made due to screenplay disagreements) had the power of invisibility. When you have a character with this power you need the right demonstration of it and to show someone appear and reappear the amount of times she did in fight scenes was great and the sound effects combined with it just made it even cooler. Number Four’s light power is all about the glow that came off his palms. It had to be done in a way that it wouldn’t come off as an Iron Man poser. They succeeded by adding a little of blue flair and a neon tint to it that you can see in most poster for the film. If you are studying Special Effects watch the ending of this movie!