Movies in Review: “A Wrinkle in Time”

AWrinkleInTimeTeaserI love me some Ava DuVernay, so I was more than excited to see her direct this science fantasy film based off the book of the same name by Madeleine L’Engle. I found the trailer for this film to be beautiful and exciting. I loved the diverse casting for characters, and visuals. Needless to say, my expectations were very high as DuVernay has already directed a combined number of films and TV shows that I love. I went into the theater with enthusiasm and walked out with dread about writing this review. ~smh

I’m not saying this movie was bad, but I will say if I had lowered my expectations I think I might have enjoyed it more. Unfortunately, this movie combines all its best parts in the trailer, then in the film these parts are spread out causing the film to drag, at least for me anyway. I was expecting the feeling I received from the trailer, and much more, but the much more never happened. Someone commented to me that I would have enjoyed it more with the mindset of a pre-teen. I can agree with this, as this age group is the targeted audience.  However, the novel was written in 1962, and any fan of the book would be my age or older (fyi…I never read the book). This movie may be more appealing to pre-teen girls, I’m not sure boys will find it as entertaining ~shrugs.

I wanted to love this movie more, but I felt it lacked character development. I felt thrown into the story and wanted to know a little more about what I was getting into. I also thought the film would be a little more visually appealing, but even that aspect was just ok. I wasn’t wowed nearly as much as I thought I would be. The costumes and make-up were great, but Oprah’s heavy glittered and beaded eye make-up was giving me anxiety. I swore she was going to slice her retina…lol. I did love Reese Witherspoon, she was the most enjoyable character along with the young actor who played Charles Wallace. The other kid actors could have used some help. The emotions of the main young actress felt contrived.

I wanted to love this movie, but by the final scene I was waiting for it to end. The final scene really dragged…omg…smh. The movie was perhaps a little too dramatic and was in my opinion too slow. It lacked character development in my opinion and missed the mark for me visually. I wish I had something better to say. I do think it’s a decent film to see with your preteen daughters, for everyone else, if you lower your expectation you might find your experience to be more enjoyable…B-

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Movies in Review: “Gringo”

GringoPosterThe thing that attracted me most about this film was the cast. It also didn’t hurt that I found myself laughing through the trailer. I am always open for a good comedy, and it was nice to see David Oyelowo give his comedic chops a go. I think my expectations expectations were about average for this film. I definitely felt I would walk out of the theater satisfied, as it has more than a few of my favorite actors cast in it. However sometimes a great cast isn’t enough to save a bad movie.

Now I’m not saying I hated this movie, or that it was completely bad, but the content was more than enough to personally rub me the wrong way. The best part about this film was definitely David Oyelowo who was more than amusing. He was a very animated character and provided most of the comedy for this film. I thought they over-sexed Charlize Theron’s character. To me she’s better than this role. I usually like Joel Edgerton, but just like Red Sparrow, he was just ok in this movie. He doesn’t really bring much to the film. Sharlto Copely had a small bit role playing Edgerton’s brother, and brought more to the movie than than most of the main characters. I didn’t see the significance for Amanda Seyfried’s storyline. It was like an additional subplot that was hardly needed. Also, I’m not the biggest fan of Seyfried…ijs. Although I didn’t love this movie, there were parts (very small) I did enjoy. I enjoyed the story Edgerton’s character told Oyelowo’s character concerning the gorillas involving carrots and bananas. That story made me smile, especially how it played into the ending :).

All in all, I can’t say I would recommend paying for this one. You will enjoy it more if you caught it on Netflix, or in Redbox ~shrugs…C

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Movies in Review: “Red Sparrow”

Red_SparrowIt has been a while since a movie has filled me with excitement. Much have been the same old mundane plots inserting different actors. This is how I felt when I watched the trailer for this film. It reminded me of Atomic Blonde, which I was not the biggest fan of. However I was willing to give this film a go as my only other choice was Death Wish, and you couldn’t pay me to see that. I wasn’t expecting much, but I did feel I chose the better of the 2 movies released this weekend ~shrugs.


You know…I like me some Jennifer Lawrence. Much respect to her performance in this film because if it wasn’t for her I probably would have been sleeping. This young lady really knows how to dive into a role and pull it off. I was really surprised by this role as this film was very sexual in content. So much so, I found myself squirming uncomfortably in my seat during some scenes. I love a good spy thriller, but this one added very little new and was very reminiscent of other films. There were some very interesting and attention grabbing torture scenes, but the film lacked the action it so desperately needed. The story dragged a bit at times as I found myself dosing off at least once. The running time could have been shortened. It felt as if this movie was trying to do too much. Joel Edgerton co-starred but didn’t really shine or feel present in this film. I’m used to seeing better performances from him :/.


All in all, it’s a decent film. Jennifer Lawrence’s performance is worth seeing. The story will feel familiar, but the added torture and sexual content will get you through, or having you cringe in your seat…lol. I didn’t hate it, but I could take it or leave it. However if you’ve seen everything else and are choosing between this and Death Wish, this one is the winner hands down…C+

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Movies in Review: “Game Night”

Game_Night_(film)I love a dark comedy, and no one delivers them better than Jason Bateman, who seriously knocks this movie genre out of the park. I thought the trailer for this film was decent enough, but it was definitely Bateman who hyped my anticipation for this film. It was a bonus that Rachel McAdams is cast, as she also shines in roles like this. As most movie goers, I am still coming off of my Marvel high of Black Panther. However a comedic break from the fabulosity we all know as Wakanda was still in order. I expected to laugh, and enjoy this film. So there was little worry for me when purchasing this ticket.


I thought this movie would be good, but it still found a way to exceed my tepid expectations. The best part about this movie was the entire cast, whose chemistry set this movie on another level, especially McAdams and Bateman. Their scenes were hysterical. I laughed throughout the film, but I also found myself laughing so hard I was in tears…lol. The writing and story were fun, with interesting twists. The cast kept the movie going at a nice pace as everyone owned their scenes and were great characters for the film.


If you are able to move on from Wakanda, I seriously recommend this comedy as your next stop. I don’t think you will find yourself disappointed…B+

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Movies in Review: “Black Panther”

Black Panther has finally hit the theaters after what seems like a year of heavy marketing and building anticipations. I was definitely looking forward to seeing this movie and the marketing definitely helped. If I can be honest, I don’t have too much background on comic book heroes. When Black Panther made his first appearance in The Avengers film I was probably the only one who could have cared less. I mean I love Chadwick Boseman, but I didn’t see all the hype surrounding a man in a cat suit with tiny little claws…lol…ijs. I found his debut in The Avengers film to be very cute though. However this standalone film seemed to deliver a Black Panther that was anything but cute, instead stronger and more powerful. I was with it. I thought the initial trailer was a little weak, but the trailers definitely got better and better, so much so I seriously thought it would be completely impossible for this film to live up to ALL this hype. I was expecting it to be good, but I didn’t let my expectations to get out of control.

 Ummmmmmmm…talk about delivering! This movie is all that and a bag of chips. It’s everything you see in the trailer and more. It is every good thing any person has to say about it. It is a dope ass movie (pardon my French). Here are a few reasons why. Marvel usually produces entertaining movies, but let’s admit, they can at times get corny, but we still love them. However Black Panther stayed on point with its story and still packed the fun and entertaining laughs we expect from Marvel. Can we talk about the movie soundtrack that played as the hype man for every scene? The music amped the scenes to another level. For example when Okoye was fighting in the Korean Bar scene in that red dress. Did you notice how the beat slightly changed and set that action sequence on another level? There were so many scenes just like that. The artistry of the music and action melded perfectly. I have to give it up to Rachel Morrison for capturing the beauty of everything with the amazing cinematography. She and her team did the damn thing.

 Now can we just take some time to revel in the artistry of the hair, make-up and costume designs that was brought to us by Camille Friend (hair), Joe Harlow (make-up), and Ruth Carter (costumes)? Chadwick Boseman’s ensemble fit every inch of his body. Can we speak on his attire in every scene…immaculate. I’ve dropped a few pics below…you’re welcome.

Of course we can’t forget about the skin markings done on Michael B. Jordan’s beautiful body. Not to mention all the other costumes, colors and beautiful make-up our eyes had to feast on…Stunning!

  This movie was a true visual and emotional experience. I laughed, I cheered, and I was totally engrossed in this film. I walked out of the theater with chills, and I am still in the land of Wakanda. This is what a movie experience is supposed to be. You don’t want to miss this one…A+!

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Movies in Review: “Peter Rabbit”

Peter-rabbit-teaserYeah I know I’ve been MIA for a few weeks, but don’t worry, I haven’t abandoned this blog (yet), I’ve just been busy or very disinterested in the movies that have been released ~shrugs…Sue me…lol. I have been super busy and did and haven’t had a chance to catch up on a number of films I did want to see. I was happy a friend passed me these tickets for an early showing for Peter Rabbit, as I knew I would be busy this weekend and it would be a struggle to try and see. However I was more than pleased than me and my little movie date (my 5yr old son) were able to catch this early viewing because this was a movie both of us were excited to see. I love live action animated films, but it was James Corden cast as the voice of Peter Rabbit that actually sealed the deal for me. Not to mention 2 of my other favorite actors, Rose Byrne and Domhnall Gleeson were also cast…wins all around. I and my sidekick enjoyed the trailer and expected great things from the film ~fingers crossed :).


I really really enjoyed this movie. There were a few meh parts, but for the most part, the film was filled with spot on entertainment. There weren’t too many dull moments as the characters, especially the rabbits were in some of the funniest predicaments. Corden shined as Peter Rabbit and had me laughing out loud throughout. His sisters were great additions to this funny bunch, with each of them having their own sparkling personalities. Byrne is an amazing comedic actress, so of course she shined in this role. She and Gleeson worked magically on-screen together. Although my kid liked the movie, the humor was a little above his age group, so his interest waned throughout the film.


I would put this in the category of a good family film. There is enjoyment to be had for everyone, as long as the little ones aren’t too young. I laughed, I was entertained and for the most part very satisfied with this movie. I guess it also didn’t hurt that I watched it for free, but I’d also pay for it…B+

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Movies in Review: “Den of Thieves”

Den_of_Thieves_posterI love a good heist thriller, and with a cast like this it was hard not to expect something great. The trailer boasts strong bravado, which can be overpowering, but seemed to work in this trailer. I liked the “good” guy’s vs “bad” guy theme in the trailer. I was expecting great action and a story that would live up to what I loved so much in the trailer…and somewhat it did…


This film is very reminiscent of other great action heist thrillers like The Town, however failing to fully live up to it. It had everything going for it, but didn’t have a cohesive story-line to keep it tight and in control. I love the actor O’shea Jackson Jr. is becoming, and I loved his character in this film. Curtis Jackson, along with Gerard Butler, and Pablo Schreiber provided the muscle and bravado. If you look past the impossibilities of this heist, it wouldn’t be a bad movie. However, although some parts of the story are fairly decent, there a still plenty that will have you giving this film the side eye. The movie had a great build up, then towards the end started to take a nose dive for me. Although I loved the twist, it felt like a desperate move to save this film, which actually worked a little…lol.


I keep getting asked if this film is worth seeing. If you set your expectations a little low, I would say this movie is definitely entertaining to watch. However if you are expecting something extraordinary, you might find yourself leaving the theater a little disappointed like I did. The ending helped to boost my grading for this film, although the ending felt like desperation…C+

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