Wayne’s World (1992)

Wayne's World Movie Review

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Wayne’s World Movie Review

Wayne’s World is a 1992 comedy film starring Mike Myers and Dana Carvey. It is a highly overrated, unfunny film.

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No Stairway. Denied!

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Wayne's World Movie Review

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It follows two slackers who have their own show and try to make money off of it. That is the core here, but in my opinion this movie doesn’t really have a story. It is very uneventful and slight and when you think about it, it doesn’t really go anywhere as evidenced by its very annoying non-ending or a parody ending of whatever you want to call that scene.

Mike Myers is weak at first, but he got better as the movie progressed. He is certainly more memorable than Dana Carvey who never really got much to do here. I liked Wong quite a bit and as far as I’m concerned, the only strong reason to see this film lies in that romance between her and Wayne. It is very charming, sweet and overall quite good and unexpectedly strong. Other than that, the film is a waste of time.

Wayne’s World is a waste because it is a comedy but it is just never funny at all. At least it wasn’t to me. I guess that people who were like Wayne and Garth back in their youth or they know somebody like them can empathize and find it funny, but I am not a part or a fan of this particular culture and thus I found the entire film boring. True, great comedies transcend their premises and characters and offer great humor for everyone and this is simply not that film.

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Wayne's World Movie Review

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So not only is the humor weak and most of their catchphrases aren’t all that interesting as the movie makes them out to be, but the mockumentary approach is also very silly, unnecessary and mostly it did not pay off as it was used quite often, but not often or strongly enough. The direction is weak, the structure is odd and the acting is not the strongest. The script is also bad and although the film has its sweet and endearing moments, it mostly fails to connect emotionally.

Wayne’s World has a couple of fine scenes and the romance is actually quite good, but it is overall a hugely overrated comedy which is just never funny or memorable in any way. The plot is non-existent, the film is too limited in its appeal, the mockumentary approach did not work particularly well and the ending is very annoying.

My Rating – 2.5

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Horrible Bosses (2011)

Horrible Bosses Movie Review

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Horrible Bosses Movie Review

Horrible Bosses is a 2011 black comedy film directed by Seth Gordon and starring Charlie Day, Jason Bateman and Jason Sudeikis. It is one of the best comedies of this decade.

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This is what’s gonna happen. I’m going to take

a two-week-long, very expensive holiday with my fiancee.

Let’s call it a honeymoon. And you’re going to pay for it!

Then I’m going to return to a nice, rape-free workplace from now on.

Because if you so much as look at my sexy little ass, Julia,

I will have yours locked the fuck up

you crazy bitch whore!

Man, that felt good!

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Horrible Bosses Movie Review

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It follows three men who set out to kill their bosses after they have been tormenting them for quite some time. They also have a raise in mind by doing that. It is a killer premise which did not stay unfulfilled but it also so well executed and explored. It doesn’t go too dark as some may state, but I liked that as the three remained likable that way. They would otherwise be too unlikable and not easy to root for.

Let’s first talk about the characters. And there is a lot to talk about here as almost all characters are so terrific. Of course Nick, Dale and Kurt are the highlights. Nick is the straight guy in the team but even he got some great moments to shine in terms of the humor. Kurt is this sex-obsessed, perverted guy and his obsession with sex and his looks (and ass) led to a lot of hilarious moments.

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Horrible Bosses Movie Review

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Of course Dale is the best of the three as his various lines are the funniest here with the ending being particularly effective. He is the most likable and the funniest part of the team. That goes without saying as Charlie Day plays him. He was great in ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ and here he is just as good. His high-pitched voice is funny and his comedic timing is terrific. Jason Bateman and especially Jason Sudeikis are both very good, but Charlie Day steals the show here. The three have such great chemistry that I bought them entirely as friends.

I thought Colin Farrell’s character was both typical and underutilized. But Jamie Foxx is so amusing and of course Kevin Spacey is very menacing and suitably cast in the most dangerous and villainous role. The scene where he gave himself another job was so funny.

But one of the highlights is Jennifer Aniston and rarely have I seen here in a better role. She almost steals the show from the rest how funny she is. Her sexually charged, crazy character works and each of her scenes was a winner in my book. She delivered such a great comedic performance, unexpectedly great. Every scene with her and Day was the standout one in the film and those made me laugh the most.

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Horrible Bosses Movie Review

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Horrible Bosses has its flaws – the second half is less funny than the first one, some of the scenes were rushed and some were too convenient. I think I just wanted more strong humor in the third act, but other than that, this is truly a stupendous comedy that is one of the best of the 2010s. The dialogue is great, its black humor works entirely, various lines are hilarious here and the delivery from the actors is top-notch. The script is stellar and the film is relatable. And both direction and pacing are pretty solid too, though not great. This was a really pleasant surprise and a highly underrated comedy flick.

Horrible Bosses is such a great comedy fueled by a superb chemistry between the three leads. Its ensemble cast is terrific and everyone did a great job with the highlights being Charlie Day and Jennifer Aniston whose comedic timing and delivery are perfect and those two made me laugh the most. It has a killer premise, but terrific execution as well. It is a hilarious riot almost from beginning to end thanks to stellar dialogue and many memorable scenes. This is easily one of the best comedies of the decade.

My Rating – 4.5

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A Christmas Story (1983)

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A Christmas Story Movie Review

A Christmas Story is a 1983 family comedy film directed by Bob Clark. It is a pretty solid, but overrated holiday flick.

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No, you’ll shoot your eye out

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A Christmas Story Movie Review

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Now I have to say that I found watching this movie really odd owing to its structure. It has a main story but it wanders off of that course pretty regularly to present us a series of continuing vignettes. So in that way, the vignettes are bad and the main story is quite good leading to one good movie here and one bad film.

While watching the first half of A Christmas Story, I was really shocked. Not only disappointed, but honestly befuddled. Not only did I not see why people think it is great, but I also thought it was a very annoying, frustratingly cloying film that got on my nerves pretty quickly.

That is because those vignettes just did not work for me. They never did and thus they ruined the movie for me. The main story is so strong that it saved this film from being a total disaster, but still those detours were pretty insufferable. I disliked the lamp story, the dogs’ plot was also weak and every scene in the school was overly childish and highly annoying.

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A Christmas Story Movie Review

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But the second half fixed all that by getting back on track with the main storyline which is great. It is both charming, old-fashioned and highly endearing and even funny. The highlights are the two scenes that are so great that the film is worth seeing just for them alone.

One is the Santa Clause sequence which is absolutely hilarious and oh so truthful. I was scared of him as well and thus I found this scene very relatable and honest. The entire scene is so funny how bizarre it is. And of course the second great scene is the presents scene which is just lovely. It was wonderful seeing the whole family open presents and I adored those moments. The ending was so charming.

The film is weakly directed and edited, but definitely well acted and shot. I found its narration so annoying as that adult voice is very unappealing but the humor is great in the second half even though it was very bad in the first one. The characters are solid, but underdeveloped, Overall, it is a solid, but highly overrated, odd film.

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A Christmas Story Movie Review

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Watching the first half of A Christmas Story, I was utterly befuddled by what I was seeing and I found myself thinking – Is this really considered a Christmas classic? The narration is very annoying, the humor is odd, it felt too childish and those vignettes did not work for me at all as I found them very frustrating and mediocre. However, the second half fixed all of those problems by getting back on track with its main storyline and giving us two truly terrific scenes: one is that wonderful, charming presents sequence and the other is the Santa scene which is hilarious, bizarre and oh so relatable. So in the end, the film was saved by its second half from being a total disaster, but it still remains only solid and far from a classic deemed by so many people.

My Rating – 3.5

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Victor/Victoria (1982)

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Victor/Victoria Movie Review

Victor/Victoria is a 1982 musical comedy film directed by Blake Edwards and starring Julie Andrews and Robert Preston. It is a wonderful film.

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Oh, God…

there’s nothing more inconvenient

than an old queen with a head cold

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Victor/Victoria Movie Review

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It is about a jobless singer during the 1930s who gets pressured by her gay friend to develop a new persona. She will be a woman pretending to be a man pretending to be a woman. Needless to say, this story is very original, exciting and just a lot of fun while also containing very sharp social commentary in it.

The film showcases homophobia during the thirties but it above all else showcases sexism and how for women it was even more difficult in a way than for gay men living in this period. When Victoria says that living as a man liberated here, you believe her and that moment truly is the most powerful in the entire film.

But Victor/Victoria handles those themes subtly and stupendously without ever getting in the way of its humor and the humor is terrific. The film features such a great mix of old-fashioned slapstick comedy and more insightful humor such as clever dialogue and back and forth between the characters. Both work to the fullest extent and some of the highlights are the restaurant scene as well as all of the romantic scenes between Victoria and Marchand.

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The film is also a musical and even though it is better as a comedy, it is still quite good as a musical as it features fittingly retro musical numbers that transport you to its wonderful time period really well.

Gay Paree is amusing and, well, gay. The Shady Dame from Seville is repeated throughout and that was a great choice as it is the most catchy and infectiously exuberant number in the film. You and Me is also solid and the other songs serve their purpose, but are somewhat forgettable. But still this soundtrack is pretty good and the score itself is excellent.

The casting is the film’s only and unfortunately big problem. Andrews, Garner and Preston are all magnificent in their roles, there is no doubt about that. But I just never bought any of them in their roles. Garner is not manly enough for the role, Preston isn’t gay enough and Andrews isn’t androgynous at all. And because these three are the most important, essential characters, the fact that I never bought them in their roles was troubling.

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But the acting remains fantastic. Lesley Ann Warren is suitably over-the-top and frequently hilarious as ditzy Norma Cassidy, James Garner is charming as Marchand and Robert Preston is sweet and subtle as Toddy. Julie Andrews definitely steals the show from all of them and deservedly was Oscar nominated. If it wasn’t for Meryl Streep in ‘Sophie’s Choice’, she would have won. She is radiant, beautiful and always wonderful and charming as the protagonist of the film and I simply loved her here. An elegant actress in an elegant role.

Victor/Victoria is a consistently entertaining film which is never rushed and never prolonged. It lasts for just the right runtime and always delivers. I loved its very clever dialogue and couple that with terrific acting and fitting music at display and you’ve got a wonderful homage to the best era in filmmaking. It is also superbly directed by Blake Edwards.

Very insightful in its social commentary but never forgetting to be funny and it truly is hilarious, Victor/Victoria also has fittingly retro, solid soundtrack and it thus succeeds as a phenomenal musical comedy set in wonderful 1930s. The casting is pretty bad, but still everyone did a great job – Lesley Ann Warren is hilarious, James Garner is charming, Robert Preston is likable and Julie Andrews steals the show in a powerhouse performance playing wonderful, elegant and charming Victoria. The movie fires on all cylinders and I’ve had a blast watching it.

My Rating – 4.5

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The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017)

The Lego Ninjago Movie Movie Review

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The Lego Ninjago Movie Movie Review

The Lego Ninjago Movie is a 2017 animated action comedy film starring Dave Franco and Jackie Chan. It is a hugely underappreciated flick.

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You ruined my life!

That’s not true! I haven’t even been a part of your life,

how could I ruin it? I wasn’t even there

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The Lego Ninjago Movie Movie Review

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Certainly a story about a ninja who has a villainous father who abandoned him is rather familiar. There is no denying that. But it is so well executed that I didn’t mind it all that much. I found the relationship between the two to be really sweet and strong. It’s the heart of the film. It is a very engaging, wonderfully entertaining watch.

Lloyd is a pretty good main character and I liked his struggles and how well they were depicted. Dave Franco’s voice is somewhat too mature for the role but still he did a really good job here. The ninjas are solid. They are actually rather fun and dynamic as a team, but definitely underdeveloped and underutilized individually.

The mother is typical as is her story, but I still ended up liking her and I wanted more of her. Master Wu is a lot of fun. He is that typical Asian master character and the movie made fun of him really well and he himself is particularly funny at times.

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The Lego Ninjago Movie Movie Review

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But of course Lord Garmadon steals the show. He is amazing! His story is definitely familiar, but again so well done that I didn’t mind it too much. And because the film takes its time to get there and it develops the father-son relationship fully, his character entirely worked and he changed throughout the course of the film and not too suddenly. But above all else has he amazing one-liners and he made me laugh so many times, especially during the film’s first half.

The Lego Ninjago Movie is expectedly superbly animated and once again the various Lego pieces seem real and not at all like CGI which definitely adds a lot of cute, real appeal to the entire viewing experience. I liked the character design and the jokes surrounding their hook hands were so funny. Garmadon in particular looked great and very memorable. The imagery is awesome, the tech looked fine and the city is fittingly Asian influenced and fueled by great attention to detail.

The problem with this film apart from the familiarity lies in its second half. I did like the family drama and, once again, it was really well done and with mostly strong dialogue. However, the film became too dramatic and less comedic and thus it lost its edge. The first half is much better and much funnier and there lie some of the film’s best moments.

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The Lego Ninjago Movie Movie Review

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I liked the role of the kitty, really well done. But despite a solid work from Jackie Chan, those live-action beginning and ending scenes did not do much for me. Meowthra was great, the Volcanic Lair was awesome and the film had a bunch of memorable set pieces. The action is really well executed too and surprisingly not at all overwhelming as I expected. Overall, the movie took me by surprise and it is actually one of the best animated films from this very weak year. It is weaker than ‘The Lego Batman Movie’ but certainly better than ‘The Lego Movie’.

The Lego Ninjago Movie definitely lost its steam in the second half and the entire story is very familiar, but still well done with a lot of heart and strong characterization. I loved that the film did not have overwhelming action but it relied more on characters and certainly Lord Garmadon steals the show as he is so hilarious. The movie is funny, but also a lot of fun from start to finish leading to one of the year’s most underappreciated films.

My Rating – 4

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

Kingsman: The Golden Circle Movie Review

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle Movie Review

Kingsman: The Golden Circle is a 2017 spy comedy film directed by Matthew Vaughn and starring Taron Egerton, Julianne Moore and Colin Firth among others. It is a very solid follow-up.

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If I save the world, will you get me two tickets to your next concert?

Darling, if you save the world, I’ll get you a backstage pass

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle Movie Review

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I do not understand the low score for this film on Rotten Tomatoes and I do think that the critics are too snobbish in this instance. While nowhere near as good as ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’, The Golden Circle is still a worthy sequel to the original.

The film is certainly too silly in its storyline and characters. And of course the action. But I still really liked this story as it had a very good commentary on drugs plus it is just so incredibly engaging to watch and most of those silly parts tend to work and are funny so I did not mind them all too much.

I did not like how they brought back Harry at all, but Colin Firth is back in action and of course that’s exciting. Taron Egerton is quite good, though more interesting in the first film. Merlin got a couple of wonderful scenes here. Channing Tatum in my opinion is overexposed by now as he appears in way too many movies and always in very minor roles. His character here is essentially the same one he played in ‘Logan Lucky’.

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I liked the Statesmen and the film definitely Americanized the concept, but still it was very amusing seeing the American version of the Kingsman organization. Julianne Moore is so good as Poppy Adams who is this over-the-top villain with a very dark edge being that she is a cannibal. I really enjoyed her character and she was a lot of fun.

Elton John plays a surprisingly big role here which is not a cameo and is more of a supporting character and his addition definitely worked despite weak acting talents. He was the funniest part of the film without any doubt. Some of the highlights include his flirting with Colin Firth, calling Poppy a bitch and of course kicking some ass in that funny outfit. That scene was perfectly done and hilarious.

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle is well scored, well acted and overall with solid dialogue. The script is also quite solid, if not great. I thought the pacing was weak and the film’s runtime should have been slimmed down a bit, but still it ended up being hugely entertaining for the most part and it’s such a fun time. I did not like some silly action sequences and the action was most certainly overwhelming here, but the entire final battle was glorious and hugely entertaining plus the humor is frequently so good that I really enjoyed this film despite its certain shortcomings.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle has too many characters, too much action and spectacle and the runtime should have been a bit shorter. However, this is a very underrated, worthy sequel that gives us a lot of silly action and plot points but those mostly worked as they were either hugely entertaining or frequently very funny. The entire finale is the highlight with some terrific action at display along with Julianne Moore’s Poppy who is a memorable edgy villain and Elton John who stole the show with his hilarious one-liners.

My Rating – 3.5

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Heaven Can Wait (1978)

Heaven Can Wait Movie Review

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Heaven Can Wait Movie Review

Heaven Can Wait is a 1978 fantasy comedy film directed by Warren Beatty and starring him opposite Julie Christie. It is a very slight affair.

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The likelihood of one individual being right increases in direct proportion

to the intensity with which others are trying to prove him wrong

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Heaven Can Wait Movie Review

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The problem I’ve had with this film is that it is a remake and thus it felt unnecessary and the kind of throwback that doesn’t really work. Of course it is a throwback to fantasy comedies of the forties but it never even comes close to the power of those films because it is just never as competent or as magical.

The characters are all very forgettable and not particularly interesting. The performances are solid, but not great and certainly not Oscar-worthy. Julie Christie is solid but Warren Beatty somewhat annoyed me and he isn’t particularly likable here. James Mason probably did the best job here with his signature voice.

Heaven Can Wait has a solid premise but up until this point overly familiar and nowhere near as magical or as intriguing as it might have been before. It’s a very typical story, but the execution is even worse as it is so by-the-numbers and never lifting the material properly.

There is no magic here and only a couple of scenes are enchanting or heartwarming with all of the others being disappointing. The beginning and ending are certainly the best parts but the entire middle section is lacking and of course it centers around American football so of course those sports scenes bored me to death and they stopped the movie right in its tracks.

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Heaven Can Wait Movie Review

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It did not deserve any of its nine Academy Award nominations. Yes, ridiculous that it received that many. Maybe the score I can see it getting because it is a pretty good score, but the performances are overrated, the direction is not great and of course the screenplay is the most undeserved of the bunch. I didn’t hate this film as it is perfectly passable for family entertainment, but the kind of old-fashioned filmmaking that is too traditional and too familiar.

Heaven Can Wait has its charming moments with the beginning and the ending being the highlights, but this is still a very overrated film that did not deserve any of its nine Academy Award nominations. The execution of the familiar plot is tired and not great, it fails to enchant properly and the characters are forgettable. A very disappointing film.

My Rating – 3

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Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

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Thor: Ragnarok Movie Review

Thor: Ragnarok is a 2017 superhero comedy film directed by Taika Waititi and starring Chris Hemsworth. It is a very problematic, but still highly entertaining film.

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I’ve been falling… for 30 minutes!

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Thor: Ragnarok Movie Review

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This is not one film but two films stacked together. Even I can realize that and I have not read these comics. They put two storylines together – one about Hela and another set in Sakaar. That is why the film felt rushed even with a long runtime and it felt hastily put together and not as well connected. I do think that two movies instead of one would have been better.

But I did really like both of these stories. The Hela one is very dark and brutal which I did not expect and it was very entertaining and Marvel raised the stakes somewhat successfully there (I will talk about that later). And the whole Sakaar story was even more entertaining as it gave us a bunch of new memorable characters, fun action and good humor.

Thor is changed here and although I love seeing Chris Hemsworth be funny and more jokey and energetic for a change, they still changed him too much to the point of almost becoming a different character. Loki was honestly unnecessary in this film. It is sad to say that but he lost his edge entirely and he became very predictable and boring. Hiddleston’s performance is also lacking. They should have killed him honestly as he was very stale here, especially put up against other new and fresh characters.

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Thor: Ragnarok Movie Review

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Let’s talk about Hela. I absolutely adored her. Finally we get a great Marvel villain. Cate Blanchett excelled in the role as she obviously had a lot of fun playing her and it translated to the character herself who is very entertaining. She looks amazing with her fun goth look and she posed serious threat and never made a single mistake. I loved how they had to bring Ragnarok to basically destroy the entire planet and that was the only way to kill her. And she is also very much evil and she was never humanized which was so refreshing.

Heimdall is forgettable here and Skurge’s story is typical and he took too much of the screen time. Valkyrie is problematic in my opinion. She is meant too much to be cool and to me an alcoholic is not cool. She was overly cold and aggressive as this typically feminist character.

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Thor: Ragnarok Movie Review

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Grandmaster is awesome. He is simply hilarious with his over-the-top theatrics and various funny facial expressions and lines. Jeff Goldblum absolutely killed it in this role. Hulk is great and I loved seeing Mark Ruffalo again. He did a really good job as this torn man with a split personality and both Hulk and Bruce Banner are very well developed here. Odin should have been utilized more. Others are not all that important and I did not understand why they included Stephen Strange for just one scene. A total waste of a great character from my favorite superhero movie.

Thor: Ragnarok honestly has some pretty weak special effects, especially for this day and age. The imagery was fine, but the effects were lacking. The film is rushed, but entertaining from beginning to end and so well acted and also directed by talented Taika Waititi. It most certainly is a giant improvement over the previous film and even the original, but it is still far from the best MCU films because it has one inescapable problem.

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And that problem is the film’s humor. It was forced at times in the vein of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ and even though some scenes and lines and facial expressions were hilarious, I did not laugh as much as I should have.

But the major problem is that the tone is all over the place. In this film we get to see Thor lose his hammer and his eye and we get to see Asgard totally destroyed. Those are some of the darkest scenes from any MCU film so far and I respected that they took those risks, but they only paid off to a certain extent because they were undone by jokes.

I do not understand how they could joke about something so horrible and serious and those darkest moments were thus mostly ruined. The film is still quite good and hugely entertaining, but not great as it was seriously hurt by its comedic approach and especially by that very unappealing first act. But at least the other two acts were great.

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Thor: Ragnarok Movie Review

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Thor: Ragnarok is a very good, but also very problematic movie and thus far from the best when it comes to the MCU. The first act is mostly quite unappealing and the film’s humor is good, but it can be forced at times. This movie should not have been a total comedy as it has some of the darkest scenes of any Marvel movie and those scenes that should have raised stakes and should have felt horrible were seriously offset by the obligatory upcoming jokes. Still, there is a lot to love here from the action which is a lot of fun to its two stories which are clumsily put together but are both excellent. Thor is funnier and more interesting here, Hulk is great, Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster is frequently hilarious and Hela is the best thing about the entire film. Cate Blanchett obviously had a lot of fun playing the role, she looks great, she is powerful and never made a single mistake and she is refreshingly purely evil and never humanized leading to Marvel’s very best villain so far.

My Rating – 4

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Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

Mrs. Doubtfire Review

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Mrs. Doubtfire Movie Review

Mrs. Doubtfire is a 1993 family comedy film directed by Chris Columbus and starring Robin Williams and Sally Field. It is a flawed, but charming film.

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Broke my bag, the bastard. Ooh!

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Mrs. Doubtfire Movie Review

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This is surely one of my childhood favorites as I have watched it on TV as a kid multiple times. As an adult, it is nowhere near as magical and some ugly flaws are revealed to me now, but it still holds up pretty well and is a good film overall.

All of these drag comedy films such as this one and ‘Tootsie’ are pretty dated in today’s society where trans women and drag queens are getting more and more recognition and respect. And surely enough, there are some scenes here that are awfully uncomfortable, dated and transphobic with the urination exposition scene being the most obvious offender.

Still this film is so charming, wonderful and endearing that you can’t help but enjoy it tremendously. It did not need to last for two hours, but it is so entertaining and wonderfully childlike that it mostly flies by and I’ve had such a great time watching it. The overall story promotes fatherhood in a great, meaningful manner and I honestly loved that the two did not stay together, but found a way for both to have a lot of time with the kids. That was great.

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Mrs. Doubtfire Movie Review

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Robin Williams’ humor is pretty dated in my opinion as it is overly theatrical. And this movie is never truly hilarious and although funny at times, it should have been much funnier having in mind it’s a comedy. But still it is amusing and his character here is amazing and really well developed and imagined. He definitely gave one of his stronger performances here.

Sally Field is also great and reliably fantastic in the wife’s role. I loved the relationship between the two and to me the film succeeded in realistically portraying a marriage that is ending. The kids are fine, but should have been more memorable. And Pierce Brosnan is very well cast as this potential love interest for Miranda and he did a good job in the role.

Mrs. Doubtfire is the best in the scenes with the character being in the house with the children and talking with the wife. I wish it had more such scenes. The restaurant scene is very typical in its situational comedy, but still very well done. I also really liked the animation scene at the beginning.

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Mrs. Doubtfire Movie Review

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The movie is very well made and superbly acted and also directed by Chris Columbus who was a perfect choice for this family flick. It is long, but entertaining and mostly solidly paced. Of course the make-up is amazing and deservedly won an Oscar. I definitely thought that the film was overly sentimental at times, but still undeniably sweet and moving in those scenes. Overall, it isn’t quite as good as when I saw it as a kid, but it still holds up well.

Mrs. Doubtfire is a childhood favorite that is overly dated in some of its humor and sometimes excessively sentimental, but still it holds up pretty well thanks to Robin Williams’ very strong performance in a highly memorable role, some charming and funny scenes and a great ending. It is a very flawed, but undeniably sweet and pleasant family flick.

My Rating – 4

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Three Colors: White (1994)

Three Colors: White Movie Review

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Three Colors: White Movie Review

Three Colors: White is a 1994 French-Polish comedy drama film directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski and starring Zbigniew Zamachowski and Julie Delpi. It is a weak sequel.

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What counts on bridge is memory. And mine is excellent

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Three Colors: White Movie Review

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It is about equality with the film depicting Karol Karol, a shy man who, after being left by his wife in humiliating circumstances in Paris, loses his money, his residency, and his friends. As a deeply ashamed beggar in Warsaw, Karol begins his effort to restore equality to his life through revenge.

The film may sound good on paper, but in the actual execution it is far from good. Whereas the previous film in the trilogy was very much a drama and a tragedy, this is more of a comedy even though the circumstances are not really comedic. It is a black comedy in its style.

And that did not work for me at all. Kieslowski just does not know how to do comedy and he should have done a straight drama instead as the humor here wasn’t great and the film is not funny, at least not to me. I also really did not like its crime elements introduced later on.

Karol Karol is a fine protagonist and I sympathized with him. Zbigniew Zamachowki definitely gave a very strong performance in the main role. Julie Delpi, on the other hand, is just not as memorable as she plays a basic bitch and nothing more than that.

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Three Colors: White Movie Review

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Three Colors: White is weakly directed by Kieslowski and ‘Three Colors: Blue’ was in my opinion a much better, more emotional and overall richer film. Here only the first act worked as it was quite moving in its couple of scenes and I rooted for the main character and felt sorry for him. The movie then lost all of its power when it tried to be funny and it went into an odd black comedy territory that just did not work for me. It isn’t a bad movie, but it is pretty weak overall.

Three Colors: White is much inferior to its predecessor. It is well acted and I liked the first act. But the rest was just not good. The film then went into odd black comedy territory and that just did not work for me as it wasn’t funny and it wasn’t interesting too. It’s a weak sequel.

My Rating – 3

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