Movies in Review: “The Post”

Post_(film)The trailer presented what looked like a riveting story with a cast to match. Yes The Post ranked high on my list to see. I love films based on real events, and loved the focus of this story. It is fun to see what is involved in some decisions that can affect so many. I expected nothing less than great performances from Hanks and Streep. My expectations were high for this one. 

 

I knew I would like this film, but I did not expect to love it as much as I did. This move had a running time of over 2hrs and kept my attention for every minute. I think many journalists would love this film. The script and direction was amazing. The battle between journalism and the government had me on the edge of my seat. It was a battle that needed to happen, and it was a woman at the head of it all. It was purposely done to show where men placed women during 1971. The theme of the country being run and decisions being made by old white men was heavy in this film. What was also heavy was the theme that there were no other races around during this time…I digress…but ijs.

 

Although we all know how this story ends, seeing the work that went into it was so powerful. I have to point out my favorite part in the movie was the scene at the newspaper when they were preparing to print the story. A very intriguing and beautifully filmed scene. By the time this film ended my heart was settling from racing and I said “That was a good movie”. I don’t find myself saying that too often, but this film is a work of theatrical art and well worth seeing…A+

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Movies in Review: “Molly’s Game”

Molly's_GameAlthough the trailer for this film wasn’t riveting, I am a huge fan of Chastain, and I have love for Elba. So needless to say, I went to see this film based on the cast. My interest was also peaked by the favorable reviews it was receiving from critics and audiences. I didn’t think the film would be bad, and I was definitely planning to see it. However I wasn’t running to the theater. I don’t know, perhaps it was just my personal mood, or the overload of films being released this holiday season. Who am I kidding…I think it had more to do with the 2.5 hr running time this movie had. Time is of the essence, and a film better be worth me losing almost 3hrs of it…lol.

 

I definitely did not doubt the performances, which were exceptional from Chastain and Elba. The film started out great. I loved the way it was directed, and how Chastain’s character narrated throughout. Chastain is strong and beautiful on-screen and can held down every scene she was in. It was tough seeing men’s lives crumble under the addiction of gambling…wow. I really applaud the story, however the running time could have been shortened. By the end the movie did feel like it ran longer than what was absolutely necessary…ijs.

 

If you are a fan of crime dramas, this is a film that delivers. Although I really enjoyed it, I would still say it’s not anything I feel you need to run to the theater to see, unless you have 3 free hours on your hand. I do think you need to see it, but with its running time I know I probably would have enjoyed it better on a leisurely day on my couch…B+

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Movies in Review: “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”

Jumanji_Welcome_to_the_JungleJumanji was definitely the movie I was most looking forward to this weekend, the bonus was that my 5yr old sidekick was also super interested in seeing this film. The film boasts a PG-13 rating, so I was a little worried it wasn’t right for someone his age, but I also he has seen worse, so I still took my chances. The buzz around this film had me with the highest expectations, especially since the first film was so amazing, a sequel was real ambitious. With an outstanding cast, I think everyone wanted to know how the film faired with the passing of Robin Williams.~fingers crossed

 

What really drove this movie was definitely the cast. The action wasn’t as great as I had hoped, but the entertainment value was still on 100. My kid had a ball watching this film and was laughing and jumping with excitement all over his seat. I had to tell him to calm down more than a few times (yes films excite him as much as me…lol). What I loved is the Jumanji characters played by Rock, Hart, Black and cast acted just like the people they were in the real world. That definitely upped the comedic factor. Rock and Hart are a great comedic pair, but you add in Jack Black made it even more magical. I am still laughing at some of the exchanges that were had on-screen. A very well cast film. 

 

This movie has some great moments, and the best part is that it is laugh out loud funny. I took my 5yr old and he loved it. The audience was filled with other young viewers who also had a ball, so I’d call this family fun entertainment. I enjoyed this movie as much as I had hoped to, and I think you will too…A-

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Movies in Review: “The Greatest Showman”

Greatest_Showman_posterI seriously believe they did a great job with the marketing for this film. I was the advertising and marketing that peaked my interest for this film. I liked the trailer, but felt I could take it or leave, and wasn’t pressed either way. However it surely became my 2nd movie of interest for this weekend by its release. The cast looked remarkable, but I seriously think the soundtrack also had great deal to do with my decision to see this film as well. I was hoping for great things from The Greatest Showman!

 

Ok…so call me stupid, but I totally missed that this film is a musical…I wasn’t ready. The singing started and I remember feeling annoyed and I didn’t think I would be able to sit through a musical (I have to be in the mood). I wanted to give this movie a chance, so I kept myself seated, and I’m happy I did. The movie and singing started out a bit slow, but as more and more characters were introduced the magic started to happen. The singing and choreography gave me goosebumps and chills. The costumes were beautiful, and performances were excellent. Musicals are definitely are definitely where Zac Efron shines, because he was EVERYTHING in this film. Which is an exceptional comment coming from me because I usually find him annoying…lol. Not the case in this film, he was perfect. Everyone was perfect. Can we talk about the singing again. Best film soundtrack this year ~standing ovation. The music was all that for this film…ALL THAT. “Never Enough” by Loren Allred is on repeat for me for the rest of my life…lol.

 

A very well cast, choreographed, and directed film. The musical performances were exceptional and made the movie everything it needed to be, pure entertainment. I very much enjoyed this film, and probably was the underrated film coming out of the weekend and shouldn’t have been. Keep in mind it’s a musical, if that’s not your thing, but definitely well worth seeing…A-

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Movies in Review: “Downsizing”

DownsizingI am a HUGE Matt Damon fan, so there isn’t much I wouldn’t see that he’s featured in, even that debacle of a film Suburbicon…smh. Unlike Suburbicon, I actually found the trailer for Downsizing to be very interesting. I thought the story seem to offer something fresh, fun and creative. The trailer was also amusing and offered a great cast. This film definitely felt like a winner that I was really looking forward to seeing. My expectations for this film were about average, and it ranked in the top 3 films I wanted to see this weekend.

 

Downsizing is listed as a comedy-drama, and I guess I was expecting a little more comedy ~shrugs. It had a number of comedic moments, which had a dramatic undertone feel (if that makes sense). The film was wonderfully cast, although Kristen Wiig felt a little out of place. The story also felt a little all over the place, especially at the beginning. However the story picked up when the character Ngoc Lan Tran entered. In my opinion, earlier scenes could have been edited to focus more on the story of Damon’s character and the people like Tran. This was the best part of the film, and all the other stuff seemed like a waste and seemed to drag the movie down. There was definitely too much downtime at the beginning of the film. However the film did progress well, then sort of got weird again in the end. 

 

This was a decent movie, but was filled with a lot of stuff that wasn’t needed and dragged the film down. The best part of the film was Damon and Tran’s story, especially Tran. I didn’t think Sudeikis’s story was necessary, nor the extended party scene shots of Damon’s character…meh. All in all, the meat and potatoes of the film are great. It’s the unwanted appetizers that might have you overlook and miss the main dish…B-

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Movies in Review: “Father Figures”

Father_Figures_(2017_film)I seriously was going to have a heart attacked this holiday weekend. You guys know I am all about reviewing the latest movie releases, which usually isn’t a problem. However, this weekend there were more than 5 movies released!? Omg…can you say ~dead. I guess it wouldn’t have been a big problem if I also didn’t have interest in seeing all of them. Out of the 5 I had lined up, I knew one would have to go, so I rolled the dice on Pitch Perfect 3, and Father Figures. As you can see Father Figures won. I hadn’t been hearing anything great about PP3, and I thought the trailer for the film was just ok. However I found the trailer for Father Figures more hilarious, and figured if I wanted to see a comedy this would be the better choice.

I wish I had chosen Pitch Perfect 3…smh. Father Figures failed at trying to be too funny. The comedy was so extra that it totally missed the mark. Ed Helms and Owen Wilson weren’t the best comedic match. I find Helms very funny alone or with someone more evenly matched than Owen Wilson, who I don’t find funny very often. The potty jokes the men had about their mom got repetitive and old very quickly. I found myself dosing off more than laughing. The story didn’t come together well, then got weirdly dramatic and depressing at the end. A little too dramatic for a comedy in my opinion.

This was definitely my least favorite movie from the bunch. I’m pretty sure I would have gotten a better laugh from Pitch Perfect 3. So if you are looking for a comedy to see this holiday weekend I recommend passing on this one…D

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Movies in Review: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

Star_Wars_The_Last_Jedi.jpgI am not a diehard Star Wars fan. As a matter of fact, the Star Wars: The Force Awakens was the first film from this franchise I was able to watch all the way through. These movies have the longest running times for any film franchise which is probably the reason I was never able to watch them when I was young. I just didn’t have the patience to sit through a 3hr movie then ~shrugs. However I was surprised how much I enjoyed The Force Awakens, and my excitement when I watched the trailer for The Las Jedi. I thought The Force Awakens was a little corny, but still entertaining enough to have me wanting to see this latest installment. My expectations weren’t high, however I did expect this film to be at least as good as the last.

 

I got far more than I expected from this movie. This was definitely the best Star Wars film so far. I really wish they could get a hold on the running time, but besides that, this film was a master piece. I have found that these Star Wars films can be a bit corny, and at times overloaded with characters and subplots, not the case here. This story was more focused this go round and developed beautifully. This film, in my opinion, was far less corny, but still had the humor you love about these films. Although this film wasn’t as fast paced as the other films and lacked some visually riled scenes, the scenes it did have were true works of art. I loved the red salt scenes, very beautifully done. I also loved the chase through the red crystal mine and the mirror scene with Rey, which all had me going “Wow”.

 

Most fans weren’t the biggest fans of this film, but it was definitely my favorite to watch. I loved the story, I thought it was easy to follow, and wasn’t full of corny lines and characters, which annoyed me about the earlier films. This installment had more balance, which I enjoyed. Again that running time could stand to be decreased, but other than that, this film is a winner…A!

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