Rogue One (2016)

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Rogue One Movie Review

Rogue One is a 2016 science fiction action film directed by Gareth Edwards and starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna and Donnie Yen among others. It is the first film in the Star Wars anthology series and is overall very disappointing.


I’m one with the Force, and the Force is with me.


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It follows Jyn Erso, the daughter of a man who designed the Death Star, and her quest to retrieve his plans for destroying it. Now, the story itself is the problem here as it is overly simplistic and of course it demanded so much action which we unfortunately got in abundance. The story is not only overly simplistic, but sometimes even quite weakly crafted and not to mention very slim as a whole. The action comes first in this movie and that was a big disappointment.

Now I really liked the first half of Rogue One. Actually, I loved it and I’ve had such a fun time watching it. It was not only entertaining, but also very well made, sometimes even funny and genuinely adventurous and involving. But that all changed in the second half which became everything but. Suddenly the story was sidetracked for action and it was non-stop action after action to the point that I became honestly very bored with the whole affair. It was overloud, overly bombastic and almost seeming like a video game. There is way too much war in it.


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Let’s talk about the characters. As a team, I really liked them and in fact, they served great as a team and the dynamic was excellent. However, each of them fails individually as none of them feels like a well developed, real individual, but rather as shallow figure that serves to the story instead of the other way around.

Jyn Erso isn’t as annoying as she was in the trailer, but she was still quite weakly developed and forgettable. Her becoming a leader of the rebellion really wasn’t well handled and it felt rushed. Cassian had his moments, but was overall not memorable. Bodhi and Baze are both very underutilized and Saw Gerrera was very problematic. His relationship with Erso was important here as it was accentuated a lot, but here you have a great example of Hollywood failing at emotion. You have a scene with the two of them reuniting and crying and it was all supposed to be very emotional, but I was just never moved at all because I don’t know these people as the film failed to establish them as proper human beings and not just as toys that serve the story.


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The villains I found to be really good and some were quite menacing and strong. Vader was very well used in his two sequences and Erso’s father had some excellent moments too. But I was so disappointed with their treatment of Chirrut. Here they got a really cool, badass character and they just used his action skills in a couple of scenes and that’s it. Tremendously disappointing. Really the characterization is super weak here which is my major gripe with the movie and the reason why ‘The Force Awakens’ was a better film.

The acting is, on the other hand, very strong. This was obviously Political Correctness 101 as there isn’t a single white man in the team, but that didn’t bother me, it only bothered me that they were weak as characters. But the actors did a really good job. Felicity Jones is quite good, although her American accent isn’t the greatest and is sometimes noticeable. Mads Mikkelsen and Forest Whitaker sold their emotional scenes with very good performances and of course the presence of Donnie Yen is always welcome.


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Donnie Yen is actually quite funny in this movie as is K-2SO. He is a very solid robot who is actually one of the series’ best – very funny and very likable. But unfortunately, only those two provided the humor and just rarely. The film was otherwise too serious. Now the action is overwhelming, but is actually very well executed undoubtedly. And of course the special effects are terrific. This is one of the year’s best looking movies and everything looks great from the scenery to the weapons to even the CGI of some of the characters. It was crazy to me that Tarkin was a giant effect and not a real person as the actor had died a long time ago. Really groundbreaking effects right there. The sound effects are too loud, but the score is really good and its theme that was repeated throughout was actually great.

The special effects are excellent, the score is terrific and the acting is very good in Rogue One as is its first half which is so great, sometimes even funny and genuinely entertaining and well made, but the second half is so weak with non-stop action after action that bored me to death. But the reason why ‘The Force Awakens’ was better lies in the characters as this movie has surprisingly weak character development and here you have a textbook example of where Hollywood usually fails – you have these big emotional scenes and you are supposed to be moved, but I just wasn’t as I don’t know these people as they aren’t developed as genuine human beings but rather as tools in service to the story. So disappointing.

My Rating – 3.5



Star Trek Beyond (2016)

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Star Trek Beyond Movie Review

Star Trek Beyond is a 2016 science fiction action film directed by Justin Lin and starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Idris Elba among others. It is an immensely disappointing entry.

The reason why this film failed in my opinion has to lie in its approach, execution and direction. This is basically an action film instead of being a nice science fiction adventure flick. The action is so overwhelming here that it basically overtakes the entire movie and what more would you expect from Justin Lin who is such a horrible director of that awful Fast and Furious franchise. This film is basically a blockbuster in its worst tendencies and I just don’t find that appealing at all.


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Doctor, I have just confirmed that theory to be horseshit


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The plot itself is awfully simplistic. The movie was saved by its third act, mostly just the ending in which they put at least some emotion in and at least some of the questions were answered. The villain was solid and the twist was fine, but his entire backstory and goal was incredibly familiar as is the entire storyline. The biggest problem in terms of storytelling is that the movie just moves through the motions and the action drives the movie instead of a plot or strong characterization and goals. The lack of backstories to most of the characters was immensely frustrating as well.

Spock is solid, but him being romantically involved here was odd. Kirk is solid, albeit not as memorable as this time around. Jaylah is a very problematic character who is very prominent, but remained incredibly thin. Chekov is forgettable, but Scottie is likable as always and Simon Pegg is good in this role. All of the actors did a perfectly fine job in their roles.

Star Trek Beyond is a technically serviceable movie with very good special effects and some excellent scenery. The movie really has some great and memorable alien landscapes, but it is such a shame that those are only small moments and we never really got to explore this planet leading to a film that is a failure as an adventure.


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Some of the hand combat fights were entertaining, but most of the other action sequences were very forgettable and never particularly exciting. And there lies the film’s biggest weakness. When you’ve got a film that is this obsessed with action, then the action in it has to not only strong, but exceptional. And it just never was this time around. Couple that with a very weak plot and you’ve got the weakest Star Trek movie in this new franchise thus far.

Star Trek Beyond has good special effects, fine performances, a solid twist and overall fine conclusion, but the film is overwhelmed with action that it just becomes one big tired and meaningless affair. The plot is overly simple and the film just goes through the motions, the goals of the characters and the backstories are sorely lacking and the film is frenetic to the point of being frustrating. Consequently, it is an immense disappointment and the weakest entry in this new series so far.

My Rating – 3



Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)

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Kung Fu Panda 3 Movie Review


Kung Fu Panda 3 is a 2016 animated action comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and it is the third entry in the franchise. It is a flawed, but definitely solid addition.

If you only do what you can do,

you’ll never be better than what you are

Po finally meets his father and has to travel to the panda village in order to prepare to fight the new villain. Overall, this is a solid film in terms of storytelling. I loved the introduction of Po’s father as that led to such a great character development of Mr. Ping in particular. I loved that father dynamic and it is great that this movie has a main character who has two fathers as it presents that development in an honest, very respectable manner.

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Another thing that I liked is the introduction of the panda village as that was visually arresting and so much fun. And even though they focused too much on the laziness character trait of the pandas, that was still funny to watch. I also liked the flashbacks in this movie as they were used sparingly and properly. And the ending is sweet, but the whole third act felt dragging to me as the action was overwhelming. But thankfully, the action wasn’t that present in its first two acts.

Let’s talk about the characters. Po is obnoxious here. Wow, he annoyed the hell out of me. I strongly dislike this character, but here he was even more annoying than in the previous two installments. He really ruined this movie for me. Li Shan on the other hand is pretty good and I liked his character and the relationship between the two quite a bit. As I said before, Mr. Ping continues to be such a wonderful character and I really loved him this time again. His problem here is relatable and he is such an important character.

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As for the Furious Five members, they are once again underused, but I have to say that this is the best use of Tigress yet as she is pretty likable this time around. Crane is also solid and Mantis is pretty funny in some moments. Oogway is pretty well utilized in the story and I really enjoyed that scene with him and Po near the end as it was visually powerful and a great plot progression. Master Shifu was a bit too hip this time around, but he was still quite solid. As for Kai, I don’t know what to think about this guy. On the one hand, he is once again a typical Kung Fu Panda villain who is weak, silly and forgettable, but on the other hand, he was genuinely funny from time to time and that makes him much more bearable.

The animation in Kung Fu Panda 3 is expectedly superb and just breathtaking to witness. I continue to respect this franchise for having such a strong artistic voice and this entry is no exception. Everything here looks great, from the characters to the imagery to the interiors. The natural landscapes are naturally the highlights as there are multiple scenes here that are wallpaper worthy how beautiful they look. The panda village scenery is beautiful and the film again uses traditional animation in a great way with some pretty artistic scenes and I only wish that there was more of it.

Kung Fu Panda 3 is an action comedy so let’s talk about those two important aspects. The action was incredibly disappointing as it was overwhelming later on and mostly too silly throughout the whole running time. Kai had some great moments himself as is usually the case with villains when they are on their own in this franchise, but otherwise the film fails as an action flick in my opinion.

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Whereas it fails on action grounds, it thoroughly succeeds in the comedy sphere as the humor here is stupendously good. I laughed more than a couple of times and that took me by surprise as I didn’t find the previous two entries all that funny. Mantis is pretty funny, the pandas had some great moments and the highlight is of course Kai and how nobody knows who he is. Those moments were absolutely hilarious and such a great parody.

J.K. Simmons is the new addition to the cast and he did a really good job in the role of Kai and he is probably the highlight here. But all of the others are again pretty good with Bryan Cranston also being a good addition. Kung Fu Panda 3 is again unfortunate in its use of silly humor in its action scenes and it again ended up being ridiculous and too childish when it could have easily been darker and awesome had it chosen to be that way. That was so frustrating and a continual pet peeve of mine in regards to this franchise.

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The film is tonally uneven and it is solidly paced, but overlong and dragging in its third act. The emotion is there and the script is mostly solid. The dialogue bothered me as it was too simplistic and pandering to the younger audience. It is the worst dialogue thus far in the franchise. But its message is well utilized, the score is solid and its visuals are splendid. It is of course much weaker than’ Kung Fu Panda‘, but it is pretty much on par with ‘Kung Fu Panda 2‘ and that is quite an achievement.

Kung Fu Panda 3 is such a solid third entry in the franchise with once again breathtaking animation, a great message, some superb character interactions, quite solid plot and stupendous humor with some hilarious lines, but the action is disappointing and overwhelming in its third act, Po is more obnoxious here than ever before and the film is again too silly. It is flawed, but overall quite solid for a third film.

My Rating – 3.5


Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)

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Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation Movie Review

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is a 2015 action spy film directed by Christopher McQuarrie and starring Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Ferguson and Simon Pegg. It is easily the best entry in the entire franchise.

This movie surprised me on so many levels. First of all, it is so admirable that a franchise can become better and better as it progresses instead of being the other way around which is more usual. The first and the second movie were quite bad, the third one was okay, ‘Ghost Protocol‘ was pretty solid and Rogue Nation is the only one that is clearly quite good and the most entertaining of the bunch as well. The story here is quite solid and the character interactions are once again pretty good. The characters are mostly pretty good with the newly introduced Ilsa Faust being the highlight of the movie and the only memorable female character in this entire series. She is so good and such a complex and well realized character.

The acting is pretty good. Tom Cruise is solid and of course respectable in his action stunts, but he and his character is unfortunately overshadowed here by Ferguson. Ethan Hunt has always been such a bore, but Ilsa is not and Rebecca Ferguson is so good in her role, delivering in dialogue as well as in action sequences. And Simon Pegg continues to be one of the highlights in this franchise as he is so incredibly likable. Jeremy Renner is also pretty good, albeit underused. But the relationship between Brandt and Hunt I really liked and especially their facial expressions towards each other which are so endearing and the highlights in this movie when humor is concerned. I loved that the we finally got a lightweight entry in this usually dull and serious series. That was a lot of fun.

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation has its problems mainly the pacing which is problematic and the film is overlong. Some scenes are unnecessarily long and some are quite boring. Also, there are many typical action scenes here as well. Ethan Hunt is again so incredibly boring and the villain in this movie is forgettable and not particularly well utilized.

But the action is very good and the fights in particular were some of the best in the franchise as they were so thrilling to watch and so well executed. The tone is also good as is the direction and acting. I liked the score as well, but the music was admittedly overloud at some points. The use of various locations brought a lot of eye candy here with London, Vienna and Casablanca all being really well utilized and beautiful to watch. It is a fun and very entertaining and even charming movie that even has some classy feel to it which was so refreshing to witness. It is undoubtedly the finest entry in the franchise and I respect the filmmakers for managing to make such a good and fun fifth film in a mostly dull and weak series.

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation has its problems which are some typical action scenes, still boring Ethan Hunt, some too prolonged sequences and a weak villain, but it has such well executed action sequences, an excellent female character in Ilsa Faust and such a charming feel to it that it is undoubtedly the finest entry in the franchise which is so admirable and it is not just the only Mission Impossible film that is quite good, but also the only one that is immensely entertaining as well.

My Rating – 4


Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)

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Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Review

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is a 2011 action spy film directed by Brad Bird and starring Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner and Simon Pegg. It is such an improvement over its predecessors.

The reason why this fourth film works better than usual is because it does have at least some plot. The plot is not only present, but also often pretty interesting to follow. The various locations they visit are beautiful to watch and there are many really entertaining sequences here. It is undoubtedly very engaging and fun to watch.

But it still disappointed me as the second half and mostly the third act is very uninspired. Whereas the film was engaging before, it later on became pretty boring and typical. That was unfortunate because if it hadn’t run out of steam, it would have been a pretty good movie. But because of that, it ended up being just solid. But that is still much better than is expected for this franchise which is why the movie still satisfied me.

The character development is much improved in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. Ethan Hunt continues to be boring, but at least we get some memorable supporting characters this time around. Brandt is pretty good and his backstory is interesting, Benji is quite likable and I really liked the female characters as well. But the film succeeds mostly because of the character interactions which are unexpectedly good for an action flick.

The acting is also quite solid. I liked Jeremy Renner quite a bit here even though he plays a typical Renner character. Tom Cruise is good as is Paula Patton, but Simon Pegg is likable and of course it is always nice to see Lea Seydoux who is such a good actress.

The Russian and the overall Slavic angle to the story annoyed me as it is so overdone by this point. But Ghost Protocol still has a solid plot and some scenes are very memorable. The highlights of course are the skyscraper action scene and everything afterwards is very good with the fights being well realized. And the first act also has quite good action. Yes, the action is very good here. The scenery is also pleasant as the film makes use of its settings wonderfully. The directing from Brad Bird is expectedly great, but this is still his worst movie in my opinion as most of his movies are either good or great with this one being just solid. But I still liked it and despite its weak third act, the film was surprisingly engaging to me and that I did not expect and I have to give kudos mostly to Brad Bird for that. It is of course infinitely better than ‘Mission: Impossible‘ and ‘Mission: Impossible II‘ and this is the only solid entry in the franchise along with the third film.

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol does have a very disappointing third act and some annoying plot points, but it is still an immense improvement over its predecessors due to much more memorable and entertaining action, great visuals, better story and some fine character interactions leading to a solid action flick.

My Rating – 3.5



Ninja Scroll (1993)

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Ninja Scroll Review

Ninja Scroll is a 1993 anime action film directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri. It is one of the most well regarded anime films and is a solid, but ultimately disappointing movie.

The plot is the reason why this movie is incredibly flawed. It is never particularly well crafted and the first act is awfully rushed and unexplained. We never get the characters introduced to us properly and the action drives the plot instead of going the other way around. And another problem here is that it can definitely be felt that this was a storyline better suited for a TV show which is the treatment it eventually received. It started to get a lot better from the second act onward, but I was still very much disappointed in the outcome.

The characters are flawed as well. Jubei and Gemma are pretty good, but I strongly disliked Kagero and what they did with her. She is basically eye candy here being naked most of the time and being just there for the male audience to look at. Yes, Ninja Scroll is an awfully sexist movie and I hated that. It treats women in the worst way possible which was just unpleasant to watch. But at least her death scene was emotional and a strong character driven moment for Jubei.

The voice acting is pretty good here and everyone did a nice job. The directing from Yoshiaki Kawajiri is also pretty good and the pacing is mostly good from the second act as the first one is awfully rushed. I really liked the action in Ninja Scroll. It is polished, looks well and is very entertaining to watch. The movements are well choreographed, the weapons are nicely incorporated and most of the fights are really well executed. The mythology of the world is also very good and the world building is fantastic which only adds to my disappointment that the end product is so rushed and does not use the world’s capabilities properly.

The animation in Ninja Scroll is quite good, albeit dated by now. It is crisp and looks good, but is sometimes on the TV level of quality. But the characters look good, the action is great and some scenery is great to look at. I loved a couple of scenes here with some fights being awesome and some being really intriguing. There are many fascinating choices here from a very interesting use of weapons to some great characters and especially villains.

However, what I strongly disliked is the use of violence. Thankfully it wasn’t as bad later on as it is in the first half, but some of those scenes where just too gruesome and too gory to bear. The sexual scenes were even more annoying to me due to that evident sexist approach to the characters. Some violent scenes are needed as to raise the stakes in an already mature movie, but some are just plain unnecessary in their disgusting  imagery which is one of my particular pet peeves.

The emotion is there, but it is too cold at times. The tone is too serious with just a couple of comedic moments to be had. The score is very good, I must admit. It greatly accompanies some intense scenes with great sounds. The story is entertaining, but not that sophisticated and you never get anything particularly deep or complex here. The dialogue is mostly good in the scenes where it is present. But overall, this is a style over substance and a disappointing anime flick in my opinion.

Ninja Scroll has some very interesting scenes, the world building is great, the score is pretty good and the action is very well executed and mostly fantastic, but the characters aren’t that well developed, the film is rushed at times, it is always a style over substance and the film is too violent and incredibly sexist which was really annoying leading to a solid, but disappointing film.

My Rating – 3.5


Mission: Impossible III (2006)

Mission: Impossible III

Mission: Impossible III Review

Mission: Impossible III is a 2006 action spy film directed by J. J. Abrams and starring Tom Cruise and Philip Seymour Hoffman. It is the third entry in this franchise and such a vast improvement over its predecessors.

The plot is still weak. It is definitely better than in previous installments, but it’s still a somewhat boring and typical action film. But the beginning and ending are very good and I liked that structure a lot and it’s used rather well here.

Ethan Hunt is also a much more likable and much better developed character here. And his fiancée Julia is boring, but at least she leads to some well realized scenes. I liked that exploration of marriage and committed relationships of spies and if that’s even possible. That was all really well done and finally one sophisticated plot point in this franchise. Owen Davian is such a good villain with a creepy presence and he adds a lot to the movie’s appeal.

Yes, the acting in particular is pretty good. Tom Cruise is once again quite good and is definitely better utilized than before and gave a much more memorable performance. But Philip Seymour Hoffman is the biggest reason why Mission: Impossible 3 works. He gave such a memorable, creepy performance and brought this great villain wonderfully to life with a great speech manner and many thrilling moments.

But the action remains typical and the cinematography is nothing to write home about, although the scenery of some landmarks is pleasing at times and very similar to the James Bond movies. The pacing is once again poor as the movie starts fast, but is slower later on and ends up being mostly dull. The score is still iconic, but way too overused by this point and especially in this movie. The screenplay has its good parts, but is overall typical and forgettable. Mission: Impossible III is easily the best film in the franchise yet as both Mission: Impossible and Mission: Impossible II are vastly inferior to it in terms of quality, acting and entertainment values. But it is still far from a great movie.

Mission: Impossible III does have once again boring action, a tired and dull storyline and it is never particularly exciting or intriguing, but at least it is more entertaining this time around with a great performance from Philip Seymour Hoffman in a great role and some interesting aspects to the story leading to a vast improvement over its predecessors.

My Rating – 3


Penguins of Madagascar (2014)

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Penguins of Madagascar Review

Penguins of Madagascar is a 2014 DreamWorks animated action comedy film directed by Eric Darnell. It is one of the worst films from the studio and one of their most uninspired.

It is a spin-off of the Madagascar franchise and stars just the penguins who were sidekicks in that franchise. You shouldn’t take the funniest supporting characters from the film and give them an entire film for themselves. The characters that are supposed to be there occasionally and always be funny end up being annoying. This is one of the best examples of that and I hate when they continue to do it with these stupid spin-offs.

The characterization is quite weak. The penguins themselves are fine, but don’t get much depth. However, I liked what they did with Private. They showed us his hatching from the egg and then his adapting to the team. First being ignored, he later on becomes a valuable member of the team and that storyline is the most satisfying one here. I didn’t care much for the North Wind characters as they are all pretty forgettable and underused, although interesting when species are concerned. Classified is good and the sequence between him and the penguin on the plane is hilarious. Short Fuse and Eva are both underdeveloped and Corporal is better, but still fails to leave a bigger mark. As for Dave, his persona is typical, but at least they gave him a backstory which is somewhat satisfying.

The acting is excellent. All of the voice actors for the penguins did a great job, but John Malkovich is superb as Dave and Benedict Cumberbatch is really good as Classified. He fits this character wonderfully not only with his voice, but also with his British accent.

The story is weak. I liked the first scenes with Private being born and added to the team, but the whole second half is filled with too much action that was frustrating to follow. Yes, some of it was interesting, but most of the action was uninspired and dull. The film is awfully frenetic and that is its biggest detractor. But I liked the scenes with the villain and the final scene was emotionally satisfying.

The animation is pretty good. The character design is typical, but great for the newly introduced characters with the North Wind crew being interesting and Dave being very well realized. It looks good do watch and is polished, but is hardly inspired at all and isn’t one of DreamWorks Animation’s better animated works.

The humor is the best reason to see Penguins of Madagascar. Yes, they were funnier in the Madagascar franchise, especially in the original film, but they were still pretty good here and some moments were hilarious. The first scenes are pretty funny with the reporter moment being hysterical. But the best sequence has to be the one where Dave calls them on Skype and starts having his villain speech only to realize that the sound is not on. That was so incredibly funny and such a nice parody of action films and villains. And there were enough of these clever and funny scenes to warrant a viewing, but I still wished for more as most of the humor was forced.

Penguins of Madagascar is technically troublesome. The pacing is ridiculously fast and so annoying and the directing should have been better. The acting is great and the imagery is pleasant to watch with some scenes being gorgeous, but the animation is overall not that great or interesting. And the whole movie is like that – uninspired and forgettable. It isn’t DreamWorks’ worst movie, but is one of the worst as only ‘Shrek the Third’ is to me certainly inferior whereas others are debatable. The tone is okay as it does have its heart. It is mostly forced and typical, but it was heartwarming from time to time. The script is unoriginal and predictable, but the dialogue is mostly okay. The score is flat and the action is weak, but at least the humor is pretty good. I overall did not find this film bad, but it isn’t good either and is just mediocre and a forgettable diversion.

Penguins of Madagascar does have its hilarious scenes, the characters are fine and the animation is okay, but the action is uninspired and boring, the pacing is too frenetic and the story is bland and boring. It is an uninspired spin-off that has its moments, but is overall forgettable.

My Rating – 2.5


Mission: Impossible II (2000)

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Mission: Impossible II Review

Mission: Impossible II is a 2000 action spy film directed by John Woo and starring Tom Cruise and Thandie Newton. It is the second and the weakest entry in the franchise.

The plot is just awful. It is non-existent almost and always typical and clichéd. This is such a different film from the original and definitely for the worse. There are no memorable moments here whatsoever and everything is tired, repetitive and even repeated from before. It is a basic, uninspired action bore that is difficult to watch.

The characters are also incredibly boring and Ethan Hunt is even weaker this time around. The newly introduced Nyah is so poor as this typical female character that is so forgettable as is the entire movie. Speaking of female characters, this film has such a strong sexist overtone that bothered me so much. There are so many lines here that are targeted at women and all are angry, sexist and so incredibly prejudiced and just awful to listen to. They portrayed women here as lying thieves who sleep with men just to trick them. That is such an embarrassing approach, especially for a movie made at the turn of the century.

The acting is okay. Thandie Newton is okay, if nothing special. And Tom Cruise is naturally the highlight once again as he is so good in his performance and action of course. But still, not one of them delivers a particularly strong performance and Anthony Hopkins himself is quite underused. I don’t understand why he agreed to do this movie as it is so clearly below him.

The action is the biggest reason why this film fails miserably. It is just so boring and so bad. None of it is memorable or unique in any away and some scenes just steal from the original which is so derivative. Yes, comparing it to ‘Mission: Impossible‘, Mission: Impossible II is much weaker as it has not one unforgettable and inspiring scene and all of it is more tedious and definitely more flat. I disliked this film so much as it is so weakly edited and directed as well and even that iconic score isn’t used that much.

Mission: Impossible II is a bad movie. It has awful and uninspired action, forgettable characters and some awful choices, but it is most of all just so boring to watch. It is the worst entry in the franchise and it is much worse than the already pretty weak first film.

My Rating – 1.5


Mission: Impossible (1996)

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Mission: Impossible Review

Mission: Impossible is a 1996 action spy film directed by Brian De Palma and starring Tom Cruise. It is the first entry in the franchise and it is incredibly weak.

The story in particular is very uninspired. It is always too complex, but complex in a bad way. It is convoluted and difficult to follow. But the problem is that I wasn’t invested in it nearly enough to even want to follow it, let alone understand it. It moves at a weird pace and seems almost like a TV show than a movie which is expected as it is based on a TV show. But it is mostly boring and tired.

The characters in Mission: Impossible are also very mediocre. Ethan Hunt is such a forgettable and typical protagonist that is of course cocky and arrogant. I disliked him and the rest of the characters are all forgettable. However, I did like the acting and Tom Cruise in particular is pretty good and this movie started his action career. He is a good fit for the role and is especially good in action sequences.

Speaking of action, it is mostly too over-the-top and ridiculous in nature. That is why I did not enjoy it. But I acknowledge its impact on the genre and I did like that famous scene in the middle which is so influential and of course quite iconic by this point. That was suspenseful and intriguing, but the rest is just flat.

It is weakly directed by Brian De Palma and awfully paced with such a weird, problematic pacing. The structure is so poor. The character development is non-existent almost and the story is unimpressive. Some of the action is good and that is the only reason to watch this movie along with the score which is just fantastic, not only in its hugely popular theme which is superb, but also in other scenes that are lifted by good choices. The score is the only impressive aspect of Mission: Impossible. It is unoriginal and the use of gadgets is only mildly entertaining at times and the whole film overall is not fun. It is also very unrealistic, at times ridiculous and always convoluted and typical. It is dated at times and it is such a weak, very uninspired way to start a franchise.

Mission: Impossible does have some memorable action and excellent score, but everything else is flat with boring characters, convoluted and unimpressive plot and many ridiculous and tired scenes leading to a very weak first entry in the franchise.

My Rating – 2