The Witches of Eastwick (1987)

The Witches of Eastwick Movie Review

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The Witches of Eastwick Movie Review

The Witches of Eastwick is a 1987 fantasy comedy film directed by George Miller and starring Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Cher and Susan Sarandon. It is a solid, funny flick.

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Who are you?

Just your average, horny little devil

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The Witches of Eastwick Movie Review

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It is about a devil who comes to taunt three single women. It is an original film I have to say as I have never seen anything quite like it. It is mostly a comedy with strong fantastical elements, but at its core it is supposed to make you laugh and it did make me laugh a couple of times as its humor is quite strong. Most of the lines spoken by Jack’s character and his behavior and seduction scenes were hilarious.

Yes, this is one of the best performances that he has ever given and certainly his most underrated. All three of these actresses are very strong, but he is easily the standout actor here in my book. Pfeiffer is forgettable and I have never been her fan, but Susan Sarandon is very good and Cher was actually a good actress around this period in time which is crazy. And Veronica Cartwright was overrated and over-the-top here.

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I wasn’t so crazy about their characters. Daryl was awesome and the mix of devilish and seductive with flamboyant and eccentric definitely led to a very authentic presence. But the women are not the greatest. They easily fail the Bechdel Test as they never talk about anything other than men and I didn’t mind it much as it is a comedy and that led to many funny scenes, but it was troublesome because the movie somehow presented itself as a feminist picture when in reality it is exactly the opposite.

The Witches of Eastwick is very well directed and it is crazy that this was George Miller’s work as it doesn’t resemble him at all. But he did a nice job with this crazy material. The film is well shot and the special effects are typical 80s effects, but far from terrible.

I loved the first half of the movie as it was sinister in tone and filled with hilarious scene after scene. Except the beginning which was somewhat dull, the whole first half was stellar and very good. However, the movie falls apart after that tennis match between the foursome as the fantasy elements came too late in the game and the battle wasn’t the greatest.

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But it mostly fell apart as it was too slow in its pace and it featured way too many music scenes. Those scenes ruined it for me as they significantly slowed the progress of the film and its storyline. It was a wasted potential as the film could have been much better, but ended up being just solid.

The Witches of Eastwick features a crazy, original storyline, many funny scenes, a great, underrated comedic performance from Jack Nicholson and the first half is terrific, but the second half is slow in its pace and much inferior in plot, the movie is somewhat sexist and it never succeeded as a fantasy as much as it did as a comedy flick.

My Rating – 3.5

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Paddington (2014)

Paddington Movie Review

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Paddington Movie Review

Paddington is a 2014 British family film directed by Paul King and, although the trailers weren’t promising, it proved to be quite a good film and even magnificent in its own right.

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This family needed that wee bear every bit

as much as he needed you. There. Said my piece

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Paddington Movie Review

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The first thing I noticed about this film is how old-fashioned and traditional it is. It reminded me of all those feel-good family films of the nineties that I grew up with. And the story is, although quite predictable and familiar in that fashion, nevertheless extremely entertaining and engaging from start to finish.

The technical aspects in this movie are absolutely terrific and they definitely help elevate the film to the next level. The direction is surprisingly good, but the art direction and production design is simply astonishing. The Muppets meets Wes Anderson – that’s what this film has been called by some. I honestly think that might be true, but it has to be more of the former, because I absolutely hate Wes Anderson’s films , they are just not for me, so that connection definitely seemed odd to me. But the evident attention to detail that went into this production is amazing to behold and all those wonderful details help the film feel like such a well crafted and rarely well thought-out children’s film.

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The next big thing that is certainly a huge plus for this movie is its humor. Wow, never would I expect something like this. The humor is so charming, endearing and filled with so many goofy moments and great lines that can really make you laugh. What of course makes it so good is the fact that this movie can be enjoyed by people of all ages and that is due to the inclusion of various kinds of humor that range from goofy slapstick to British dry humor to pop-culture references. Add to that some excellent messages and wonderful characters and you’ve got a beautiful distraction for the whole family.

Speaking of the characters, the character development here is dealt with surprisingly well. The protagonist is simply endearing, the whole Brown family is interesting and the villain is somewhat funny. But the relationship between Paddington and the father is what drives the film and makes it so human with all the nuances in his character. The acting is also pretty good, not fantastic, but fine nevertheless and serves the purpose.

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The pacing and editing are also quite good, but the action is overwhelming and while I know that today’s audiences like that, I dislike too much action and this is the same problem I’ve had with the Toy Story trilogy in that the story, characters and everything is so good, but there is not nearly enough quiet, character-driven or emotional moments to compensate for all that overwhelming action. But that, along with familiar storyline, is the only big flaw I found in this film. Everything else is unexpectedly phenomenal and charming.

All in all, Paddington is a proof that a family film can still be done if it is made with proper care, right amount of humor with all of its kinds, effervescent characters and charming tone and details. It is one of the biggest surprises of 2014 and one of the year’s best films for children.

My Rating – 4

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Home on the Range (2004)

Home on the Range Movie Review

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Home on the Range Movie Review

Home on the Range is a 2004 animated musical western comedy film which is the 45th Disney animated feature film and one of their weakest.

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Call me crazy, but I think these cows got it in for me!

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Home on the Range Movie Review

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This is one of those films that are perfect for kids and I could see myself loving it as a child. I do think that kids should see it regardless what adults think and yes, adults are harsh to it. A bit too harsh if you ask me. Yes, it is one of the worst films to come from Disney Animation Studios, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad as even the weakest Disney flicks are passable and okay as is the case with this one too.

The film is a comedy for sure and it is a musical owing to an abundance of songs, but more importantly it is a western film and that is rare for animation which is why I loved those elements here. ‘Spirit’ from DreamWorks is certainly an infinitely better western film, but this one manages to recreate the 1890s period really well thanks to solid imagery and good southern accents.

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The plot itself certainly takes the backseat to all of the action which is a big problem but it has its moments such as a memorable villain, somewhat well executed last chase and a wonderful ending that is emotionally resonant and sweet. But yes, the film is way too short in its running time to be having this much action in it.

Home on the Range features solid characters in my opinion. Not the greatest, but not bad either. I really liked the dynamic between the three cows and they serve as solid protagonists. Grace is somewhat typical, but Mrs. Caloway is charming and Maggie is quite good, though over-the-top at times. The relationship between the two is the strongest in the film and the casting of Judi Dench and Roseanne Barr certainly helped the movie a lot as they’re great.

Buck is annoying, I have to say. He is one of those sidekicks that only kids could like and to the rest of us, he is actually a waste of time here. Lucky Jack also wasn’t all that memorable and those two henchmen had some good moments, but were ultimately 101 Disney henchmen a bit too much. But I have to say that I really like Alameda Slim. He is a good mix of competent and goofy villain and I loved his singing and that it was used as a weapon. That needed to happen at some point in all these Disney musicals.

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Home on the Range has one of the worst animations ever for Disney. I really did not care for it and it brought the whole movie down significantly. It does have some good details and, as I said, the period is recreated rather well, but the only standout scene is the villain song and the rest are forgettable and actually kind of cheap. Not only does the whole movie look too garish in its colors, but also quite unappealing in its characters as their angular designs are rather off-putting. That is something that ‘Hercules’ did well, but this one fails in my opinion.

Easily the standout aspect of the entire film is its soundtrack and the only truly good thing about it. I really liked it and these songs are very underrated in my opinion as they are not only a lot of fun, but refreshingly different in their country genre and fitting to the tone and setting of the film.

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The titular opening number is actually incredibly entertaining and a good opening for a western film, very fitting to its style and I always say that I love when these films pay attention to its time period and setting which this one did tremendously. Will the Sun Ever Shine Again is very much the same case as with No Way Out from ‘Brother Bear’. It is just not needed as we can see the emotions ourselves and we don’t need the song to spell it out for us. Certainly the weakest song here.

Little Patch of Heaven is so good. Again very fitting in style, so well sung and with fine and charming descriptive lyrics, it succeeds as a very endearing and catchy country song and a very good theme for the entire film. Of course the highlight is Yodel-Adle-Eedle-Idle-Oo. I love this song so much and it is one of the best from Disney’s Second Dark Age. As I said above, it is a very effective scene for our villain and the greatest moment in the entire film, but I just love yodeling so I naturally loved this song as well. Again fitting to the film, it has good lyrics and the tune is just so damn catchy and the visuals are so psychedelic that you gotta love it.

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Home on the Range is definitely too short and actually not all that engaging for that short a running time which is a big problem. The direction is quite weak but at least the performances are good. The dialogue is nothing to write home about too. In the end, it is in my opinion the ‘Oliver & Company’ from the 2000s – a Disney flick which is fun and with a great soundtrack, but so weak in almost every other way that it’s one of the company’s worst movies.

Home on the Range is definitely one of Disney’s weakest films owing to a standard plot, way too much action for its short running time, forgettable supporting characters and garish animation with unappealing character designs. But it is still not a bad movie as it is very good for kids owing to its cartoony and goofy approach, it has good performances and fine protagonists plus its country soundtrack is a lot of fun and quite underrated in its own right.

My Rating – 3

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The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)

The Emperor's New Groove Movie Review

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The Emperor’s New Groove Movie Review

The Emperor’s New Groove is a 2000 animated comedy film. It is Disney’s 40th theatrical animated feature and one of their most underrated for sure.

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Uh-oh.

Don’t tell me. We’re about to go over a huge waterfall.

Yep.

Sharp rocks on the bottom?

Most likely.

Bring it on

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The Emperor's New Groove Movie Review

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I love this movie so much. I love it mostly for the humor, but let’s first talk about the plot. It is a pretty good story, though standard and overly familiar. Not to mention predictable. But I liked its zany, goofy nature in pacing, humor and animation and that mix of familiar ideas and cartoony style was great.
To me it is one of Disney’s most entertaining films of all time and maybe even the most fun. It is fun and wonderful from beginning to end, I loved its emotional approach and I loved that it was so well paced and always very well crafted in terms of storytelling and character development.
Kuzco is one of Disney’s finest characters ever! Yes, he is that good and, needless to say, thoroughly underappreciated. I loved his smart-ass, charismatic and narcissist personality and he truly is a great anti-hero. He certainly changed to the good side a bit too much in the end, but it was still done in that heartwarming Disney fashion so I personally didn’t mind.

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Pacha is kind of boring, but still an essential character for this movie and although on his own he isn’t as memorable, he is great with Kuzco and all of their shared sequences were outstanding. This is by far one of Disney’s most memorable and greatest duos as they are so fantastic together. I loved how their relationship progressed and it felt natural and emotionally rewarding.
Yzma is brilliant! Yes, she is also extremely underrated and one of the studio’s most interesting and entertaining villains. I loved her cartoony and over-the-top character and of course her relationship with Kronk is superb. Speaking of him, he is a typically dumb cartoon character who is always extremely stupid for sure. But Patrick Warburton elevated the material and of course he’s got many great lines. He is typical, but still so funny that I loved him regardless.

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This is a chamber piece and only these four are utilized properly and I liked that as it led to such a great characterization for each one of them. But the rest of Pacha’s family is endearing and of course Bucky the Squirrel stole the show in those small scenes that he got. And I have to mention the other actors besides Warburton as they all did a great job. Eartha Kitt lends such a memorable voice to Yzma, John Goodman is as good as usual and of course David Spade stole the show in such a memorable, charismatic execution of his dialogue.
The Emperor’s New Groove succeeds as Disney’s finest comedy as it not just funny from start to finish, but frequently hilarious even. Thanks to a superb dialogue above all and strong characterization and good script, the film manages to utilize superbly all of its amusing scenarios and to play it for laughs beautifully. It is such an energetic and brisk movie that is almost always extremely funny which is such a huge accomplishment.
The squirrel scenes were so funny in their silliness, Yzma got some pretty great moments and I loved how she was turned into a cat with that funny voice. Kronk of course is very funny and I personally loved his cooking lines the most, so funny. Pacha is too much of a straight character, but that is still needed for such a heavily comedic movie. Naturally Kuzco is the funniest and most charismatic presence on the screen and my favorite scene in the movie is the waterfall sequence which is filled by some of the funniest dialogue exchange I have ever heard.

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Of the two songs there are, I found Perfect World to be a forgettable song as a whole, but it still was fun, catchy and fitting in style to the movie and was a good opening number as storytelling and character development is concerned as it wonderfully introduces you to its main character in the quickest way possible. And My Funny Friend and Me is again forgettable, but featuring moving lyrics.
I truly admire The Emperor’s New Groove and it is quite possibly the best Disney film of the 2000s which was an incredibly weak year for the studio, but here they knocked it out of the park. However, it is still far from their best output mostly because it is at times too different from their style and almost feeling like a DreamWorks film plus it is a silly comedy with no songs and big heart which you expect from Disney. And it is predictable and it loses some of its steam near the end as it is an overly fast paced film.

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But it is still mostly well executed, directed and edited. I loved the performances and I also really liked its animation which was weird, but interesting and different. I liked its angular character design and all characters look authentic and recognizable with Yzma’s design being the finest. I loved some of the imagery and the film’s cartoony animation style I ended up liking a lot despite it being lacking in artistry.

The Emperor’s New Groove is certainly too fast paced and predictable, but still hugely entertaining and funny from beginning to end and even frequently hilarious owing to its many unforgettable, hysterical lines. The character development is superb and all four of the main characters are quite unforgettable. It truly is one of the best animated comedies ever and one of Disney’s most underrated films.

My Rating – 4

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About Schmidt (2002)

About Schmidt Review

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About Schmidt Movie Review

About Schmidt is a 2002 comedy drama film directed by Alexander Payne and starring Jack Nicholson and Kathy Bates. It is such a good, stupendous dramedy.

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You’ve got to appreciate what you have while you still have it

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About Schmidt Review

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This film surprised me with its quality. Yes, the first half is a bit conventional and it featured too much narration. The narration is fine and well done here, but I dislike that style as a whole personally. But it was still pretty good with some great scenes. But the second half is where the movie becomes great whereas it was just good previously. It is a great character study, but also very funny, highly emotional and with a couple of powerful scenes. The ending alone is just beautiful to witness.

I loved the characters here, so colorful. Warren is such a likable character and it was great to finally see Jack playing a sympathetic character for once. He is the heart and soul of this movie. But Jeannie is also good and I liked their relationship and of course Roberta is hilarious and quite unforgettable.

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About Schmidt Review

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The acting is top-notch. Unfortunately June Squibb didn’t get much to do here, but Hope Davis is pretty good and of course Kathy Bates is so strong in her crazy and hilarious role. But this is Jack Nicholson’s vehicle and he absolutely shines in this movie, delivering quite possibly the best performance of his career. He plays a different character than usual, he is understated, the facial expressions that he gives are comedy gold and he sold those emotional sequences majestically.

About Schmidt is a dramedy and it is one of the rare instances of it that you cannot really pinpoint its stronger emphasis as it is comedic and dramatic in just the right amount. Kathy Bates made me laugh out loud, but Jack’s facial expressions are genius and the movie was the funniest in those more subtle and realistic moments.

It is still a strong, relatable, realistic and emotional drama and I loved all of its aspects from the protagonist’s relationship with his daughter to the death of his wife to him helping an African kid. All of those themes were beautifully examined and powerful, culminating in a truly wonderful ending.

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About Schmidt is quite well edited and paced as it is never dull. The story was always interesting despite the first act not being the greatest. I absolutely adored its series of vignettes in its road trip, quite charming and quirky, especially the scene in the trailer. The film sometimes shifted in its tone abruptly, but it was for the most part quite polished in its shifts from drama to comedy and vice versa. The movie is weird, but mostly pleasantly so. The humor is outstanding and rarely have I seen a film that is both truly funny and truly heartwarming and dramatic. Another one of the highlights most certainly has to be that meteor scene which was just gorgeous and simply indescribable. To me About Schmidt succeeds as a series of vignettes much more so than a polished movie as a whole, but most of those scenes are so great that it is worth taking this crazy trip. I continue to have love-hate relationship with Alexander Payne, but I am happy to say that this is the only film I liked from him after ‘Nebraska’.

About Schmidt has a somewhat inferior first half and sometimes the tonal shifts aren’t the most skillful, but this is mostly a great film which is equally funny and heartwarming with some scenes that are absolutely hilarious and some that are emotional and simply beautiful. The characters are colorful, the script is very strong, it deals with a lot of important issues, it succeeds as a series of crazy vignettes and it features possibly the finest performance in Jack Nicholson’s career.

My Rating – 4.5

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The Freshman (1925)

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The Freshman Movie Review

The Freshman is a 1925 comedy film starring Harold Lloyd. It is a good, but archetypal and overly influential film.

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I’m just a regular fellow and I want you to step right up and call me Speedy!

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I am talking about its plot. The freshman tries to become popular by joining the football team and eventually wins the respect from everyone. Needless to say, it is a very clichéd, exceedingly so premise and execution. I get that it was the first of its type, but its influence is mostly bad when it comes to college and especially sports movies and that is why I disliked its plot even more.

But it still has its great scenes and is a good film, just not as great as the critics say it is. The extended sewing sequence is absolutely fantastic and the prime comedic moment in the movie. Perfectly delivered and constructed, not to mention quite unforgettable. The first speech at college was also very good and the scene in which he realizes he is unpopular and they have been mocking him all along is actually quite touching.

Harold Lloyd is very good here. He gave a good, competent comedic performance and he even got some emotional moments as well. This is nowhere near the quality of his ‘Safety Last!’, but at least it comes close as he excelled in the nerdy roles which is best exemplified here. I also liked his girlfriend and especially the coach who was a memorable supporting character.

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The Freshman is very well executed in action and although I wanted much more gags and action parts, those that we got are still excellent. The football part in the end is well executed, but I disliked it the most and that is what ruined this movie to an extent in my opinion. However, his first football practice is amazing and I just loved the scene in which he fools the angry dog and takes the ball close to him. Very good comedic stuff very well executed in terms of action.

So the film can be quite funny at times when it doesn’t rely on that stupid dance and clichéd sports stuff. Most of his gags worked and the film is surprisingly modern and hugely influential for better and for worse. It is a good influence when it comes to characterization which is very strong and humor which is mostly very satisfactory, but it is a bad influence when it comes to clichéd and entirely predictable storytelling.

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I found the intertitles to be excellent in The Freshman which is a surprisingly well edited and paced flick, especially for its troubled time. The runtime is short and sweet, the film is well shot and memorable in imagery and it is consistently entertaining and a lot of fun from start to finish.

The Freshman is a highly influential college comedy flick for better and for worse. It is clichéd and entirely predictable in its plot with a very annoying ending, but the characterization is very good, Harold Lloyd is excellent in the main role, it has a couple of memorable scenes filled with funny gags and the film is so well made and a lot of fun that it transcends its obvious script problems.

My Rating – 4

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Sister Act (1992)

Sister Act Movie Review

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Sister Act Movie Review

Sister Act is a 1992 comedy film starring Whoopi Goldberg. It is such a a charming, fun movie.

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What am I gonna do here?

I’m gonna go crazy!

There’s nothing but a lot of white women

dressed as nuns! What am I gonna do here?

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Sister Act Movie Review

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It follows a woman who accidentally witnesses a murder and has to be put in a convent in order to be safe. There she pretends to be a nun and befriends other nuns, eventually teaching them how to sing and renewing interest in their church.
Yes, the story does sound clichéd in a typical 90s fashion. It is definitely a product of its time – naive and saccharine. However, I still liked it quite a bit despite those odds as it has a certain charm to it and mostly because the characters are so memorable.
Deloris is such an unforgettable protagonist and Reverend Mother is typical, yet very well developed. The two have such a great progressive relationship. And of course Sister Mary Patrick and Sister Mary Robert are such likable comic reliefs. Their group is so much fun.

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Harvey Keitel plays such a tired gangster as he always does and he is certainly boring here. But the nuns are solidly acted and naturally Maggie Smith killed it in a role best suited for her. She is always superb in the role of cold women who eventually show their softer side. As for Whoopi Goldberg, she definitely is a hugely underrated comedic actress and one of the best, especially of its time. She is immensely likable, she gave such a strong performance and her charisma and comic delivery are remarkable.
Sister Act is also a musical in a way as it definitely has a strong emphasis on songs and I liked all of them, especially the entire performances which were a lot of fun. But I would still classify it as a comedy above all else. Of course I did not care for those gangster elements and they certainly were too mild which was expected of this type of movie.
The film is definitely great for kids. But the humor is so good. I loved some of Deloris’s lines which cracked me up and Whoopi is just wonderful here. It is a shame that she only got this movie and ‘Ghost’ when she should have gotten the chance to play in at least one more big movie during the nineties.

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It is well edited and flies by as it is hugely entertaining. Some scenes worked better than the others, but most were either charming or funny. The film is emotional, but rarely overly sentimental. Despite its flaws, it has such an apparent charm to it that I fell victim to it. It reminded me of all those 90s family flicks I grew up with and although I would usually loathe that as I am not a nostalgic person, here I liked it mostly because of the characters.

Sister Act is childish, naive and definitely clichéd, but also quite charming and a lot of fun. It can be quite funny at times so it succeeds as a memorable comedy. The musical performances are also very entertaining and Whoopi Goldberg is just so fantastic here – hugely charismatic and hilarious. The movie is a product of its time, but a sweet one nevertheless.

My Rating – 4

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Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown (1977)

Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown Movie Review

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Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown Movie Review

Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown is a 1977 animated adventure comedy film directed by Bill Melendez. It is the third Peanuts film.

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“Why can’t I have a normal dog like everybody else?”

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Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown Movie Review

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Now this is going to be a personal review as always. I realize that non-fans of this property would find this movie boring, but I am a big Peanuts fan and I honestly liked it a lot. That is why I give it four out of five instead of 3.5 or even lower as most would rate it. It is a low 4, but still a four.
Yes, the overarching plot here involving the rafting competition between the Peanuts gang and the bullies is typical and actually only serves to provide the gang to go on this great, fun adventure. But that is why I didn’t have a problem with it. Yes, it was rushed in its execution (especially in the ending), but that is unimportant as it gave us such a fun, spirited and highly cozy adventure which I just adored. I love when the entire gang is on an adventure together and this movie gave me that in such a wonderful fashion.

Let’s talk about the characters. Charlie Brown himself is as good as usual, although not utilized as much this time around. But the beginning and ending where he is left alone and Snoopy provides him a ride are typically brutal and memorable sequences for him. Linus is thoroughly underutilized here and I expected more from Lucy as well, but Sally got some funny lines and Peppermint Patty is here at her best and I loved her interactions with the entire gang, especially Chuck.

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As for Snoopy and Woodstock, they are actually superb in this flick. Their shtick can usually get old pretty quickly, but this time around they never got dull despite the prolonged screentime because they have some wonderful gags here and they work great together. Their relationship is probably the best utilized in this particular movie.
Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown has a pretty weak animation which is actually cruder than usual and that is problematic, but the scenery is beautiful and, as I said before, I loved the river setting here. The highlights were the rafting scenes which were incredibly entertaining and the cabin scene which is the most charming in the film.

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It is a very weakly edited flick with such a mediocre first act, but the rest of the film is so effervescent that I liked it a lot nonetheless. It isn’t as good as ‘Snoopy, Come Home’, but it is still a worthy addition to the Peanuts filmography which actually turned out much stronger than I expected. These films are definitely worthy and some even better than the specials themselves.

The first act is certainly not the greatest and the entire storyline here is weak and just an excuse to have a fun adventure with the gang, but what an adventure it is. I loved its setting, the character interactions are very good and it is such a charming and wonderful Peanuts flick that I honestly liked it a lot despite its many obvious shortcomings.

My Rating – 4

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Movie Review

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a 2017 superhero film which is the fifteenth entry in the MCU. It is a pretty good, but inherently problematic flick.

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“He may have been your father, Quill,

but he wasn’t your daddy”

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First, the story. What I liked about it is that it is very engaging and the entire film is immensely entertaining and a lot of fun. It also found good use of each of its characters which is a great accomplishment as its set of characters is so large. Each one of them got their proper due and their moments to shine and to me they were very well incorporated into the overall storyline which was impressive. And of course I loved its setting. I will talk more about the plot’s deficiencies later on.

Star-Lord isn’t as funny as he should have been and that was definitely a problem. He is good as Peter Quill here but totally fails as Star-Lord. But the theme of fatherhood is really well explored here and I loved his relationship with both of his fathers. The fact that he lost both of his fathers here is commendable and very dark, albeit predictable. So he is very good here as a dramatic character, but just not good as a comedic one.

Gamora is as boring as ever and their relationship lacked spark. But I loved her relationship with Nebula who is excellent here and such a tragic character. Drax the Destroyer is the opposite from these two as an entirely comedic character. Sometimes the film relied too much on his jokes, but he was mostly really funny and enjoyable.

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Yes, Baby Groot is adorable. I have to be honest. The film again relied too heavily on his cuteness, but again his scenes with Rocket were so funny. Speaking of Rocket, he is a bit too mean here, but still memorable and fun to me personally. I just loved Mantis! She is just such a sweetheart and I hope that she joins the Guardians team as was hinted here.

So let’s talk about Ego. I disliked him in the end. He had potential, but he basically became a clichéd superhero power-hungry villain in the end. And that is one of my major problems with Guardians 2. I thought that the twist with him being evil was so obvious and the entire storyline was very predictable from start to finish. I liked that he led to good development and emotional scenes for Peter Quill, but Ego himself is so typical and ultimately boring. Some of his lines were as subtle as an earthquake.

And my second and bigger problem is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’s sentimentality. It is overly sentimental to the point of being pathetic. Okay, it is great that all characters got their moments, but those moments were extended and became scenes and that was not right. Everyone was crying, everyone has a hard life and a set of problems and each one of them got their extremely emotional sequence. This is the reason why the film is so unsubtle and the big reason why the first Guardians was so much better.

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But the actors all did a really good job with Kurt Russell being admittedly very good in a weak role. The dialogue is weak, but the performances are good. The film is long, but is so fun that it never overstays its welcome. And I loved the special effects here as they were gorgeous and that entire Ego’s planet felt alive and it was very well explored and simply fascinating. The designs are beautiful here. The score is interesting and I guess I know why they chose calmer and more country oriented songs to fit the more dramatic mood, but I would have liked to have heard more fun songs regardless. The humor is pretty good, albeit not as good as it was in the original.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is overly sentimental – frequently even unbearably so – and extremely predictable, but still a lot of fun and it never overstays its welcome. The special effects are gorgeous and that entire planet felt alive and was fascinating to watch, the performances are quite good, the humor is solid and each character got their moment to shine.

My Rating – 4

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Lilo & Stitch (2002)

Lilo & Stitch Movie Review…………………………………….

Lilo & Stitch Movie Review

Lilo & Stitch is a 2002 animated science fiction comedy film directed by Chris Sanders. It is Disney’s 42nd animated feature and a pretty good film in its own right.

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Ohana means family.

Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.

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So this is an interesting mix of sci-fi and family drama and comedy. I thought that the sci-fi elements were childish, yet charming and a lot of fun. The humor is good, but the film isn’t as funny as critics have been saying it is. It succeeds the most as this family drama of two sisters and their relationship. That is where the heart and soul of the movie is along with Stitch’s place in the new family. To me the film used that ohana quote way too often to the point of verging into childish preachy territory, but it’s still such a great, memorable quote from the film that is wonderfully pro-family, but in a very modern way. I thought it was also quite emotional in some scenes, but also in a good, heartwarming manner. And by the way, I got some serious ‘Men in Black’ vibes from this movie which was interesting.

Lilo is an interesting protagonist for the fact that she is far from perfect and is actually a very problematic individual. A parentless orphan is a Disney cliché by now, but it was still done really well here with a lot of emotion and seriousness. Her personality is quite different than the rest of Disney protagonists and she is more relatable and realistic because of it. Nani is sometimes annoying, but still a positive, respectable character and the relationship between these two sisters is moving, so well established and quite sweet.

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Stitch is an interesting case as well. Both him and Lilo are unusual Disney characters in that he is for once an ugly creation and that was great to see and only further brought a lot of charm from him. His change in personality was expected, but still well handled and the relationship between the titular duo is quite wonderful. He could have been funnier, but he still ended up being a lot of fun.

Dr. Jumba Jookiba is a good sidekick, but in my opinion Pleakly is better and funnier. This duo is surprisingly solid in their own right. Cobra is memorable and I liked the twist in his background. Captain Gantu and David Kawena serve their purpose and David is a likable dude, but way too underdeveloped unfortunately. The voice acting is pretty good in this flick.

Lilo & Stitch is interesting for featuring watercolor animation which is a style the studio rarely does. And that’s why I really enjoyed it. The colors are pleasing and very inviting and to me the Hawaiian setting is gorgeously utilized here both in terms of animation and storytelling. The character designs are pretty good and the highlights are some of the more artistic and painterly color palettes and landscapes.

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Lilo & Stitch is not a musical, but it does heavily utilize on its soundtrack. It has quite a lot of Elvis songs in it and I am a fan of his so I liked that choice quite a bit. It fit so well within this world in my opinion. Suspicious Minds is the highlight as not only do I love this song, but the sequence itself is unforgettable and very inventive and funny.

There are two original songs to be had here and I have to say that I liked both of them and they are quite underrated if you ask me. Hawaiian Rollercoaster Ride is a lot of fun. It is such a cool and laidback Hawaiian song and I really enjoyed its rhythm and the accompanying scene. But to me He Mele No Lilo is even better and such an unfortunately underrated song. I learned it by heart by now and I really enjoy it for being such a catchy tune and for being a good introductory opening for the character of Lilo.

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This script demanded better dialogue as what we got here is too preachy at times and way too simplistic. I liked its themes of course, but better dialogue was needed nonetheless. And the pacing is all over the place. The film is fun and it flies by quickly, but its overly extended beginning and rushed ending are super troublesome as they significantly reduce the enjoyment of the film in my opinion. But it is still such an endearing, fun flick that is one of Disney’s best in this decade, certainly the finest after ‘The Emperor’s New Groove’.

Lilo & Stitch has weaker dialogue despite a couple of instantly recognizable lines and its pacing is all over the place as the beginning is overly extended and the ending is rushed. However, this is still one of Disney’s best 2000s efforts owing to very good characterization with interesting and different main characters than usual, fun sci-fi elements, pleasing watercolor animation, good score and a heartfelt, well explored family drama.

My Rating – 4

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