Sleight (2017)

Sleight Movie Review

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Sleight Movie Review

Sleight is a 2017 fantasy drama film starring Jacob Latimore. It is an okay, but very disappointing indie flick.

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So, she’s a lot cooler than you?

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Sleight Movie Review

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Its plot actually had some potential and is rather interesting. It mixes drama with fantasy elements and is basically a drug movie but with a magical twist as its protagonist is a magician. It is implied that his powers are real at the end. I liked those magical elements, but they were sorely underutilized and ultimately disappointing in context to the whole movie despite having some memorable moments.

And its drug part is as typical and as annoying as you would come to expect from “black people selling drugs in order to support a family member” premise. Entirely unoriginal and only the magical element was new and exciting but it also fell through unfortunately.

Jacob Latimore is memorable in the role and quite good and all of the actors did a solid job, but the characters themselves are quite boring and typical stereotypes and nobody managed to stick through. And the direction by its new director isn’t the greatest as expected.

Sleight is well edited and paced and it is not boring and its running time is manageable, but should have been used for better things as the film was sometimes repetitive and I also thought that some scenes and plot progressions felt unrealistic and the film was not brutal enough which is weird to say coming from a guy who hates violence, but here the film was too non-violent given the premise.

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Sleight Movie Review

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I felt like that throughout the whole time watching the movie and the stakes were never as high as they needed to have been. There are some memorable scenes here such as all those magical moments, but most of it was forgettable and uninspired leading to one of the weaker films of the year and one of the more disappointing indie films.

Sleight is well acted and quite interesting in its premise, but underutilized and familiar in its execution with uninspired drama elements, dull and forgettable characters and too many typical scenes. A disappointing indie flick.

My Rating – 3

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Colossal (2017)

Colossal Movie Review

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Colossal Movie Review

Colossal is a 2017 fantasy thriller film directed by Nacho Vigalondo and starring Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis. It is one of the year’s most underrated films.

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Hi. She’s the monster; I’m the robot

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Colossal Movie Review

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The film really should not be talked about in detail as the story is so unique that it should be experienced by everyone without spoilers. It is one of the most original films that I have ever seen and its offbeat nature just blew me away. It seemed like something anime would do and seeing it in an American film and realizing that it is not based on anything previously published or released makes all the difference. It is the proof that originality is still possible, even in this day and age.

It juggles its tones so well and it truly is very diverse in terms of the genres. I do not agree that it is a dark comedy, but it does have some of those elements. It also has some drama as well as really well realized horror elements. But it is at its core a fantasy thriller in my opinion. The film starts as a drama, then suddenly becomes a full-on fantasy and it afterwards introduces strong thriller elements with its villain. It is unlike anything I’ve seen before.

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Colossal Movie Review

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Of the highlights, I absolutely adored its ambiguous ending as well as the final fight which was so well thought out and with a great twist. The film has exceptional attention to detail and they truly did the most they could do with this premise. Some of the chases felt unrealistic and to me the film has a plot hole or two (why not call the police or at least retain the villain in some way), but those plot contrivances are to be expected of any crazy and original idea and most of the movie had no such problems.

Dan Stevens is good in the role, but this is the show between Jason Sudeikis and Anne Hathaway. Him I did not buy in this role as his comedic background was not perfect for a very dramatic, serious role. He is still good, just not great. But the character is so well written and memorable. Anne Hathaway, on the other hand, entirely stole the show here and delivered one of her best roles to date in such a phenomenal, really strong and heroic female role.

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Colossal Movie Review

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Colossal is so well made. The direction is good and the script is out of this world. Its attention to detail and its dialogue are both terrific and the movie is actually pretty smart. It actually explores two things really well. One is the nice guy facade which women do know a lot about and the other is a quest to beat alcoholism which is the main theme of the film. Every woman should see this movie in my opinion as its heroine is great and the troubles she faces should prove relatable to them.

The score is forgettable, but I did like its special effects. Humble, yet very well done and the two creatures correspond well to the two characters. I liked their designs quite a bit. The film can be surprisingly funny at times while also being genuinely dark at other times. It is always a riveting ride and truly one of the most underappreciated films of 2017.

With absolutely amazing and actually quite thematically rich script, excellent characters and a superb performance from Anne Hathaway in such an admirably heroic female role, Colossal is simply unlike any movie I’ve seen before. It juggles its tones and different genres so well to create a well thought out and incredibly offbeat story that is not only incredibly entertaining, but also very deep. It is one of the most underrated films of 2017.

My Rating – 4.5

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Pacific Rim (2013)

Pacific Rim Movie Review

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Pacific Rim Movie Review

Pacific Rim is a 2013 monster film directed by Guillermo del Toro and starring Charlie Hunnam and Idris Elba among others. It is an okay, passable, overloud diversion.

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Hey! Guess who’s back, you one-eyed bitch?

And you owe me a kaiju brain

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Pacific Rim Movie Review

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Now having in mind that I usually dislike mecha, giant robot and loud action media, I was surprised by this movie and it definitely wasn’t as bad or as annoying as I thought it would be. That is because the first half is quite good and a lot of fun. Unlike most people, action annoys me and bores me to death which is why the second half bored me and the first was entertaining to me.

I really enjoyed the banter between some of the characters, the humor is quite solid and I liked the build-up to the eventual overlong action quite a bit. The film surprisingly had pretty strong characters and at least some sort of story so that is why I enjoyed that first half.

But the second half is just so boring. I get that most audiences want this, but that is not my idea of fun. A couple of fights would have been enough and it was entertaining up to that point, but when the entire second half basically become action after action spectacle, then the movie lost me and I was waiting for it to end. It certainly overstayed its welcome.

Of the characters and actors, I thought Idris Elba was quite good and this was one of his more memorable roles. But Charlie Hunnam is boring per usual. Mako Mori definitely plays an interesting character and I liked the relationship between her and Elba. But of course Charlie Day stole the show here and I loved his crazy, nerdy doctor personality. He was expectedly so funny here.

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Pacific Rim Movie Review

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Pacific Rim has some good action, but most of it was forgettable and overly abundant. The choice to shoot it in dark and in water hurt it tremendously as that annoys me, but I still really liked the special effects here as the robots and aliens both looked pretty good. The film has that cool anime style to it while using the color of blue so well.

Pacific Rim is surprisingly very good and entertaining in its first half, but so incredibly boring in its second half which was filled with action scene after action scene and that bored me to death. But the characters are surprisingly solid here and are well played by their actors with Idris Elba being one of the highlights and Charlie Day stealing the show with his signature humor. The movie is too dark, but its anime style with an abundant use of color blue was pleasing. It is a typical and shallow movie which was still surprisingly passable and not as bad as I thought it would be.

My Rating – 3

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Mommy (2014)

Mommy Movie Review

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Mommy Movie Review

Directed by Xavier Dolan, Mommy is a 2014 Canadian drama film about a widowed mother raising her extremely problematic son.

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Loving people doesn’t save them

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Mommy Movie Review

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This is the movie which I was very excited about and heard great things, but it let me down unfortunately. The story is where I had the biggest problem. It is very repetitive and the concept is that for a short movie or maybe an hour and a half at best, but they stretched it for more than two hours which is troublesome and quickly wears its welcome. I was also very annoyed with its constant redneck cursing, yelling and overall awful behavior of its characters. And the kiss between them near the end is extremely sick and very unpleasant and totally unnecessary sensational stuff. Plus I never found the mother’s behavior realistic for a second because she had no reason to put up with his behavior for so long. It definitely felt unrealistic.

As for the characters, they are very well developed. You feel like you’ve met them, but that is not necessarily a good thing here as both of them are extremely unpleasant and annoying people that you never wish to see again. But the acting is absolutely amazing and it is probably Mommy’s biggest asset with both actors giving an extraordinary performance in very demanding roles.

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Mommy Movie Review

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The directing from Dolan is very good as is the cinematography with a lot of cool choices. However, the small aspect ratio is awful, I have to be honest. I can understand that it is original, but it is never artistic and it is just frustrating to watch for such a long time such a short screen. Very unappealing. And the editing is of course weak because the movie never needed this long running time leading to a lot of repetitive sequences.

With well developed but annoying and despicable characters, awful and frustrating aspect ratio, extremely bloated running time and bad approach with too much cursing, yelling and some sick scenes, Mommy is a huge disappointment and although it is very well directed and acted with fantastic performances, it is also a bit unbelievable at times, annoying for the most of its long running time and above all a very unpleasant watch.

My Rating – 2.5

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Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2014)

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter Movie Review

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Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter Movie Review

Directed by David Zellner, Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter is a 2014 American drama film about the urban legend following the death of Kanako Higashi.

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Solitude? It’s just fancy loneliness

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Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter Movie Review

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This was an incredibly frustrating movie as it has its fair strengths but again is riddled with awful weaknesses. For example, the premise is excellent with a girl going on a trip to Fargo to find treasure. But the story in the film never makes use of that premise with too dull pacing and only interesting beginning and ending with the second half being incredibly boring and slow.

But the protagonist is extremely annoying and the actress portraying her is unfortunately stuck with this hugely unsympathetic and flat character. She is just flat, lifeless and tedious and that never is a good sign when your main character is like that while also being the center of the movie. It just brings the whole movie down.

But technically this is a stunningly beautiful movie. It is weakly edited but fairly well directed. And the cinematography is terrific with absolutely gorgeous scenery with the third act in the wilderness of course being the highlight. The movie is very well filmed and it is such a shame that the script and character development are such failures as otherwise it could have been a thrilling picture.

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Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter Movie Review

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Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter is beautifully filmed with terrific cinematography and gorgeous scenery and it is fairly well directed, but the script is weak never making use of its interesting premise and the protagonist is awfully flat, unlikable and just plain boring. It could have been a great film had it been as amazing as its ending, but it unfortunately isn’t and it’s just passable because it is so lifeless, tedious, extremely slow and uninspired. It is such a shame because it had a lot of untapped potential.

My Rating – 3

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The Salt of the Earth (2014)

The Salt of the Earth Movie Review

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The Salt of the Earth Movie Review

The Salt of the Earth is a French-Brazilian 2014 documentary film directed by Wim Wenders and it is about the works of Sebastiao Salgado, the famous Brazilian photographer. The film was also nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 87th Academy Awards.

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We are a ferocious animal.

We humans are terrible animals.

Our history is a history of wars.

It’s an endless story, a tale of madness

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The Salt of the Earth Movie Review

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This movie is another bad example of the Academy’s tendency to go into the typical political territory when nominating films for their Documentary category. It is super frustrating and they continue to do it. And yes, this film feels way more like a politics than art movie which is really problematic. It is also preachy, somewhat full of itself and way too boring and frankly immensely dull from start to finish. It needed better direction and more energetic approach.

The silver lining here lies in the technical categories, mostly the cinematography and imagery which is absolutely stunning and fitting within its subject matter perfectly. There are many really beautiful scenery present here and the black-and-white photography is really professional and done beautifully. However, although the film looks excellent, that doesn’t change the fact that the story is incredibly boring, uninspired and downright tedious. It also goes for too long and rarely documentaries that are over hour and a half can remain interesting and this is unfortunately not that case.

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The Salt of the Earth Movie Review

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With uninspired, boring and slow story which is never particularly engaging or thought-provoking, The Salt of the Earth does have some good technical categories including the terrific black-and-white photography and some striking imagery, but the direction is pretentious, the subject matter is tedious, the running time is way too bloated and it is way too political and preachy instead of being about art that it promised. This is another forgettable Best Documentary Feature nominee, a movie that is easy on the eye, but way too dull and uninspired to recommend otherwise.

My Rating – 2.5

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War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

War for the Planet of the Apes Movie Review

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War for the Planet of the Apes Movie Review

War for the Planet of the Apes is a 2017 science fiction war film directed by Matt Reeves and starring Andy Serkis and Woody Harrelson. It is a wonderful end to this spectacular trilogy.

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All of human history has lead to this moment.

The irony is we created you.

And nature has been punishing us ever since.

This is our last stand. And if we lose…

it will be a Planet of Apes

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War for the Planet of the Apes Movie Review

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I expected great things from this movie and I did get great things. And I am so glad to say that all of these three entries got a five star rating from me even though this one wasn’t as firm of a five as the previous two. I do think that ‘Rise’ and ‘Dawn’ are better and ‘Dawn’ still remains my favorite entry, but still the fact that this is another great movie is the most important and admirable one as the last entries are hardest to do and here they blew it out of the park.

I loved this movie so much because it wasn’t as action-oriented as I feared it would be. For a movie that is called War for the Planet of the Apes, it is surprisingly restrained in war/action scenes. They are still here and they are amazingly well executed ad exhilarating, but you also get a lot of emotional ad sophisticated drama and a damn good story in this package.

I loved the beginning, but the second and third act were the best and most memorable. Certainly the cage scenes weren’t all that original as they are basically influenced by ‘The Great Escape’, but still the execution is so great and almost flawless that it doesn’t really matter. I loved the regressive virus that led to some humans going primitive and losing their speech. The Nova nod to the original film just made me smile. I adored that moment.

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War for the Planet of the Apes Movie Review

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That is why this film is so amazing. It perfectly ends this trilogy but it also beautifully sets up the original 1968 film without sacrificing this trilogy. The detailed approach to this movie is meticulous and the careful and thoughtful approach that went into this production is what counts the most and what made it the classic that it’s going to become in the future.

The film explored so well how important speech and intelligence is to humans and I thought the villain killing all “primitive” humans was a realistic thing that could happen in real life. I loved how that led to the splitting and two different human fractions fighting together. It is hilarious and ironic that the apes beat humans accidentally and although that final avalanche was a bit too convenient, I also thought that it could happen and sometimes luck is all that you need. It made the movie so original ad unexpected as I thought apes would kill humans and this twist was in the end pretty satisfactory. Caesar’s death in the end was tragic and really heartfelt. A beautiful ending.

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War for the Planet of the Apes Movie Review

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So let’s talk about Caesar. It is odd and somewhat disappointing that they did not bring Koba back after the hint that he is alive in the after-credits scene of ‘Dawn’, but him being haunted by Koba was an interesting aspect to this story and I loved the inner conflict inside him as he was becoming vengeful like him but eventually did hold back. Really strong drama and he remains one of the strongest, if not the very best, blockbuster protagonists ever. His journey has been absolutely fantastic ad Andy Serkis once again killed it in this role.

Bad Ape is a fun, a bit too funny and goofy, but still solid addition and he could be really funny at times. He brought some necessary humor to an otherwise incredibly bleak movie. Maurice is wonderful and his paternal side emerging with the arrival of Nova was wonderful to witness. She is also such a cute kid who was very important in this war and I liked that development quite a bit. The scenes with her were all so heartwarming without ever becoming too sentimental.

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War for the Planet of the Apes Movie Review

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I liked the concept of the Donkey. All of Koba’s followers went to the human side which was quite realistic and it brought another complex layer to this story. The moment when Red redeems and sacrifices himself in order to save Caesar was probably the most unforgettable scene in the entire film. And even though Woody Harrelson wasn’t best suited for this role, it was interesting seeing him in such a villainous, creepy role. I really liked his character as he was very demanding and memorable and his goal was well established.

War for the Planet of the Apes is technically arresting. The CGI is once again breathtaking. The apes look real and you can almost believe they are real because the VFX work here is some of the best thus far and quite underrated. The action is phenomenal and so exciting and the film is so well directed by Matt Reeves and superbly paced with never a prolonged or rushed scene.

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War for the Planet of the Apes Movie Review

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The cinematography is stunning and there are a lot of memorable set pieces here from the underground fighters to the avalanche to the final scene at the lake. But what takes this movie to classic status is its score. Michael Giacchino’s score is just stunning, old-fashioned in approach and always moving or exciting. It brought another level of poeticism to an already stunning film.

With absolutely stunning special effects, many memorable set pieces, great direction, superb performances and such a beautiful Michael Giacchino score, War for the Planet of the Apes is another masterful film that concludes the greatest trilogy ever on a majestic note. Highly moving in emotion, sophisticated and well thought out in its storytelling and exhilarating in its action, the film ends the trilogy so well while wonderfully connecting it to the original 1968 film in the process. It has been such a wonderful journey and I am so glad I witnessed it on the big screen.

My Rating – 5

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Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Spider-Man: Homecoming Movie Review

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Spider-Man: Homecoming Movie Review

Spider-Man: Homecoming is a 2017 superhero film which is Marvel’s sixteenth film and the second Spider-Man reboot. It is the best Spider-Man film so far.

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I’m nothing without the suit!

If you’re nothing without the suit,

then you shouldn’t have it

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Spider-Man: Homecoming Movie Review

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Marvel was always the right place for this character and the Sony-Marvel co-production really led to a stellar film here. What I loved about it is how it is different. It is so original for a reboot, especially a second one, and the plot and even the characters are different than usual.

We did not get an origin story here and I was thankful again. Twice was enough, thank you very much. We were also spared from the family drama which was also great. The overall storyline isn’t great, but is pretty competent and the film flies by how fun it is.

The only problem is the high-school stuff. I was promised a movie in the vein of John Hughes teen flicks of the eighties and I never really got that and that bothered me. Surely some of its moments were good and the teenagers mostly felt more realistic than your usual movie teenagers, but mostly the film relied too little on that aspect and certainly not as much as I expected it would.

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Spider-Man: Homecoming Movie Review

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Tom Holland kills it in this role which was expected from his caliber as he was amazing in ‘The Impossible’. He truly became both Spider-Man and Peter Parker and is undoubtedly the best incarnation of this superhero yet. But what I did not expect is the greatness of Vulture who turned out amazing. Finally we got a truly great, awesome MCU villain and I absolutely loved how creepy he was and his suit was also very interesting and creepy. The scene in the car where he interrogates Peter and realizes his identity is just absolutely brilliant in its intensity.

Happy is funny at times and MJ is interesting but sorely underutilized. Aunt May is a lot of fun and very charming whereas Tony Stark was used in the best way possible. He is quite restrained and not overused yet expectedly funny and arrogant. I loved the Pepper scene and I want her to return to the MCU soon. Flash is somewhat typical as Peter’s rival, but Ned is a solid comic relief, typical but solid and his nerdy lines were funny.

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Spider-Man: Homecoming Movie Review

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Spider-Man: Homecoming has another fatal flaw apart from the high school stuff and that is the entire action finale. I really disliked it. I do get that Vulture flies and it was suitable that they fought in midair but it was weakly executed in action and in effects and it was just not at all exciting. But the rest of the movie thankfully featured very good, though not great, action scenes.

Which brings me to my next point – this Spider-Man is not cool. That was the decision that paid off with me as I sympathized and connected with him and he proved relatable to me but I do not know how others would like that. But he should be unprepared and clumsy as he’s a teenager who is just learning and beginning his superheroics. He was so clumsy, whiny and even incapable of anything that it was really a shock to see. He even did not beat the villain in the end and he never really succeeded in anything, but he kept trying and that was wonderful to witness.

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Spider-Man: Homecoming Movie Review

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I also liked that he refused to join the Avengers even though he had a blast with them in ‘Civil War’. This movie features good dialogue, solid humor and pretty good score. It is fun and funny throughout and is in my opinion the best ever Spider-Man film. It is a proof that 2017 is the best ever year for superhero films. ‘Logan’ gave us emotion and realism, ‘Wonder Woman’ gave us the humanity and classical approach and Homecoming gives us the relatability. All three are such good movies and I loved each one of them. This one is also going to end up pretty high on my Marvel ranking list.

Spider-Man Homecoming is the best Spider-Man movie yet and it features the best incarnation yet with Tom Holland killing it in the role and basically becoming both Spidey and Peter Parker. The movie is not great as the last action scene was disappointing in my opinion and the film never really gave me the John Hughes teenage drama that I was promised, but it still features a pretty strong plot thankfully devoid of an origin story, different and interesting characters, a relatable hero, fun action and humor and the first truly great MCU villain in Vulture who is so incredible (the car sequence is brilliant in its intensity). It is another very strong superhero film in the best year ever for the genre.

My Rating – 4

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The Boss Baby (2017)

The Boss Baby Movie Review

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The Boss Baby Movie Review

The Boss Baby is a 2017 animated comedy film by DreamWorks Animation. It is an okay, passable diversion and nothing more than that.

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Can’t we just share?

You really didn’t go to business school, did you?

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The Boss Baby Movie Review

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The plot follows a baby who is a secret agent in the secret war between babies and puppies. Yes, that is this movie in a nutshell and, needless to say, it is so far from a high-concept idea that the movie just never managed to get away from that silly and too simplistic premise. They did the best they could mostly, but that was still not enough.

I thought that the movie actually had pretty solid world building for a silly plot such as this one. Some of the scenes such as everything in the Baby Corp as well as the entire final scene which was intriguingly ambiguous were terrific and entertaining, but I do think that the film struggles with finding its audience. It is way too convoluted and detailed in its plot for kids and yet it was so obviously made for them. The perfect balance was not always struck here.

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The Boss Baby Movie Review

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Let’s talk about the characters. The titular boss baby is a mixed bag for me. I liked how memorable and fun he was and caring for his brother yet I wanted more edge from him. I thought that according to its trailers, the movie would have been more adult-oriented and yet the baby himself is way too mild and too much on the good side. But Alec Baldwin did a really good job in the role.

Tim Templeton is your typical yet likable and realistic kid and I have to say that the film nailed their relationship. Their brotherly bond and love is wonderful and all of their scenes together are the highlights of the movie which is actually very sweet and childlike which I did not expect.

The parents are thoroughly forgettable, but the villain is pretty solid though again typical. The baby’s employees were too childish, but I did like that Gandalf alarm clock. The movie is mostly just about the baby and Tim so the other characters suffer consequently.

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The Boss Baby Movie Review

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The Boss Baby actually features some pretty solid animation from time to time. Yes, it is your typical overly polished and garish CGI animation of the 2010s, but it does have a couple of surprises up its sleeve. I am talking about those imaginary sequences which were cute and charming. The pirate ship was so well incorporated into the story. And the pop-up book segment was the most inventive of the bunch. Sometimes the movie was surprisingly inventive visually, but those moments came too far and few in between.

I found its score forgettable and to me the humor is where the movie dropped the ball almost entirely. Yes, some moments were admittedly chuckle-inducing, but most of it was overly childish in its approach and most of the jokes were overly simplistic and cartoony. The kids should find this movie mostly great, but for anyone older than 12, it should prove a challenge.

The action is way too overwhelming, at least it was to me personally. Again the reason why it is better suited for kids than adults. Some of the set pieces and action scenes were so long and silly and goofy that only the children could properly enjoy them, but I myself found the movie to be overly frenetic to the point of being exhausting at times.

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The Boss Baby Movie Review

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The Boss Baby has a lot of heart at its core, but in its sibling relationship, though the strongest, it’s also very derivative and your typical animated flick stuff. The ending is interesting, but I still saw it coming as it is a very predictable flick. It is a harmless little flick that is actually far from the worst that DreamWorks produced, but it is also far from truly good or solid too. But as I said, it is harmless and I do not get why some would object to it so harshly. It is along the line of ‘Home’ on my DreamWorks ranking list.

The Boss Baby is not a particularly good movie, but it’s a harmless, passable entertainment best suited for kids. It is way too frenetic in its action and too goofy at times, but also surprisingly sweet and touching in its brotherly relationship. But it is just okay as the humor is ultimately lacking and the movie never really overcame its ridiculously silly and simplistic premise. Some plot points were interesting and some of its animation was even inventive, but most of it was your typical DreamWorks fare and nothing more than that.

My Rating – 3

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Finding Vivian Maier (2014)

Finding Vivian Maier Movie Review

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Finding Vivian Maier Movie Review

Finding Vivian Maier is a 2014 documentary film chronicling the life and art of the recently discovered title artist.

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We have to make room for other people.

It’s a wheel. You get on. You go to the end.

And someone else has the same opportunity to go to the end.

And so on. And somebody else takes their place

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Finding Vivian Maier Movie Review

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The film begins somewhat abruptly and it is rushed failing to explain what the subject matter is, but it is also intriguing from the early start certainly making you interested for the rest. Then it starts to unravel the story as some sort of mystery and that is the biggest reason why this film works so well. It serves as a puzzle that you uncover more and more until you learn who this person is. And the ending is very beautiful concluding it wonderfully.

The direction is incredible here as well as the cinematography. But of course the editing is remarkable, it’s so fast paced and edited that it does not become obnoxious but rather entertaining and always very involving. Also, the whole documentary is so wonderfully crafted all around that it is easy to see the evident care that went into production.

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Finding Vivian Maier Movie Review

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What I found fascinating is the use of her photographs, but most importantly the interviews with the people who knew her and had some sort of relationship with her, because she was so introverted. The speeches and interviews are very warm and emotional because it is evident in their talk that they knew and cared for her and that is the finest aspect that distinguishes documentaries from biopics – the interviews are with real-life friends or relatives who knew the person thus achieving the very emotional and undoubtedly personal  approach helping you better understand the person.

What is also great here is how the filmmakers didn’t shy away from Vivian’s darker side exposing her unfortunate awful things she did to some of the kids she took care of. It adds to the realism of it all and makes the film such a great character study making you know the person as if you had met her.

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Finding Vivian Maier Movie Review

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The problem here is that they didn’t show much of the art aspect to the story and although what they showed is great, it should have been more. And the running time could have been longer given the fascinating subject matter. But the question it poses if it is okay to expose this person’s work after her death is thought-provoking as well as the nuances in her personality and of course the mysterious side to her. It makes you question her decision not to share her art with the people and if it is a necessary step in the artist’s life or if some of us are not like that and maybe she would find that intruding and would not want all the attention. Those are all fascinating questions making you think. The film is certainly smart.

Finding Vivian Maier could have been longer and should have delved deeper into the art aspect, but it is a magnificent documentary with a mysterious, puzzle approach to it, wonderful technical aspects, excellent personality study, some thought-provoking questions and all in all fascinating subject matter.

My Rating – 4.5

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