Enola Holmes

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Enola Holmes is a charming film noted with the acting of Millie Bobby Brown, and a decent mystery story!!!

Real Rating: 4 Mysteries

What I Like:

-Millie Bobby Brown was charming in her role as Enola Holmes, she really had what it takes to be a strong woman and add a little mystery solver in her repertoire, she was great
-I also enjoyed her interactions, her respect with Sherlock Holmes, her disdain with Mycroft Holmes, but her chemistry with her mother, Eudoria Holmes played by Helena Bonham Carter, was something special to see, it is peculiar, but the love and inspiration is really there

The So So:

-It is not a Sherlock Holmes story, or in this case Enola Holmes, without a mystery story, and this one was no different, as for this story, it is definitely interesting which involves missing people and somebody trying to kill you, though I felt the mystery was a little all over the place and lost sight of the main part of the mystery, with all that said, it was interesting

What I Didn’t Like:

-Without spoiling it, I thought the twist which I kind of predicted, to keep it broad, was in the same realm but not quite the right note, regardless it wasn’t too surprising

Overall:

It was a charming film mainly because of Millie Bobby Brown in the titular role of Enola Holmes. She was great, and shows she has what it takes to take on a big role. The future is bright for her. As for the rest of the film, it wasn’t boring. It had a decent mystery story that keeps you engaged. I enjoyed it, though it is not the greatest Sherlock Holmes movie I have seen. In the end, I hope there is more movies to come of Enola Holmes!!!

Real Rating: 4 Mysteries

Antebellum

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Antebellum had a lot of potential, but the twist and execution in the end made it ineffective!!!

Real Rating: 2.5 Horses

What I Like:

-The set up to this film had a lot of potential, judging from the trailers, it would make you believe that this will be something different, and with a good message, because of that, it kept me engaged
-The acting, most notably Janelle Monae, was great in this whole endeavor

The So So:

-It started off in the Civil War era, and showing the evils of slavery, and then it goes to modern times, which the trailer shows which had me guessing of what the real twist is, but once that happened, I was underwhelmed with what it really is

What I Didn’t Like:

-Without spoiling it, after the twist, it just all went downhill from there, it turned to be a typical thriller
-I thought this was going to bring out an effective message on racism, but it wasn’t that effective, can’t even compare it to Get Out

Overall:

I do believe that this movie was trying to have the same effectiveness like Get Out did four years ago. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case here. The set up was good, but once the twist came it fell off more than Wile E. Coyote. It tried, but storywise, it is not that good. It’s a shame cuz Janelle Monae did give a good performance that will be wasted!!!

Real Rating: 2.5 Horses

The Devil All the Time

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The Devil All the Time is dark and depressing, but it may be too dark and depressing!!!

Real Rating: 2.5 Deaths

What I Like:

-It has a good cast, and it definitely didn’t disappoint, all of them had strong Southern accents that did sound genuine

The So So:

-It was hard for me to pinpoint the main point of this story, it wasn’t until the very end to see what it is really about which is understanding, but not really worthy in my book

What I Didn’t Like:

-This story main themes are very, very dark, almost to the point of depressing with everything that went down in this movie, I don’t recall any positive thing in this, and to be quite honest, why would you like something so dark?

Overall:

Its strong cast does keep it afloat, but other than that it is just a dark slog. It is way, way too depressing for my liking. I eventually got the themes it tries to show, but why should I care about characters that goes terribly wrong for them? There was way too much of that, and why I didn’t enjoy it very much!!!

Real Rating: 2.5 Deaths

The Broken Hearts Gallery (Sidenote: Waiting for the Barbarians)

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The Broken Hearts Gallery is a cliched rom-com, but Geraldine Viswanathan did not make it boring!!!

Real Rating: 3 Hoarders in Denial

What I Like:

-This movie was entertaining at the very least because of the performance by Geraldine Viswanathan, her quirky persona and dealing with mental breakdowns when it comes to relationships is great to watch her do her thing

The So So:

-Though it is not for me because I don’t understand it, but if you all are into art and unique galleries, you will enjoy that aspect that this movie brings
-The comedy was hit or miss, but when it hits, I was actually laughing

What I Didn’t Like:

-It follows all the rom-com tropes which I hate with a capital H, I knew what to expect going in, but this was painful for me to watch, and very eye rolling for me, rom-coms are not my cup of tea, so please don’t sue me

Overall:

Yes it is a cliched rom-com that I will always dislike. However, the biggest spark is the performance of Geraldine Viswanathan. She was great, and the role worked naturally for her with her comedy and quirkiness. I’m willing to go out on a limb and say, she could play Ms. Marvel for the Disney+ series. She would be perfect. With all that said, art lovers and rom-com enthusiasts would enjoy this film. As for me, it just didn’t do much for me!!!

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(Sidenote: Waiting for the Barbarians – I get the message of this film, and the acting is great, primarily Mark Rylance and Johnny Depp. With all that said, it was all wasted with an execution that all falls flat. This has potential to be something really good, but, in the end, it is mediocre at best!!!)

Tenet

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Tenet is a crazy mind bending story that if you blink, you may miss something!!!

Real Rating: 4.5 Plane Crashes

What I Like:

-Christopher Nolan has created another thriller that was captivating, with the action scenes, special effects, cinematography, fight and war scenes, and intensity, it was fun to watch and worth it on IMAX, it is a spy/time traveling thriller you will like
-The acting was spectacular as well, John David Washington looks like he will be just like his father, Denzel Washington, in acting, Robert Pattison was surprisingly good in an action film, and Kenneth Branagh was great as the villain, a Russian villain no less

The So So:

-You have to watch this from beginning to end to really understand the effectiveness of this story, if you leave for the bathroom or to get a refill, you may miss a lot, heck, even a blink would make you miss something, with that said, it can be confusing if you’re not paying attention, but rewarding when you do and understand, it is worth a second watch

What I Didn’t Like:

-It is a long movie, and can drag during the slow parts, but it is very minor

Overall:

This film is worth the risk and watch in IMAX. Nolan has done it again in creating a story that will be thrilling and captivating. It will play with your mind, but once everything comes together, it is awesome and fulfilling. The acting was superb and pretty diverse. Inception is the best with it awesome and pretty straight forward story, but this one should be on par with Nolan’s repertoire of great films for sure!!!

Mulan

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Mulan is beautifully crafted despite the familiar flaws it gives!!!

Real Rating: 4 Chis

What I Like:

-Director Niki Caro really created a beautiful world that is very colorful and great cinematography, it is definitely eye candy for sure
-The acting is also very good, it looked genuine enough, especially Liu Yifei playing Mulan, I thought she was great, tough as nails in her battles, and showing true emotions in her dilemmas
-Soundtrack is still great

The So So:

-The action and battle scenes for the most part is good, but there were some scenes that looked fake, it seems every scene they use chi magic, it looks like a scene from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
-Some of the liberties they took in the film made sense like instead of having Mushu, they had a legendary phoenix as a protector, but some changes didn’t make sense like the character Xianniang which didn’t really fit to this story, instead, it created dumb scenes which could’ve been avoided

What I Didn’t Like:

-Even though it practically follows the story of Mulan from the animated movie, some of the changes they made kind if made it even more formulaic than before, like adding more emphasis of woman playing their role, and the way the final battle scene went down as well, it may be a good remake, but not a great one for sure

Overall:

It may not be high in my Disney live action remakes, but I do appreciate the changes to try to make it unique. Though some of the changes are good, and some just didn’t make sense. With all that said, I do appreciate the beautiful cinematography with the colorful blends, and the action scenes are some of the great things it brings to make it worthwhile to watch. I enjoyed for what it is, and really, that is all it needs to do!!!

Real Rating: 4 Chis

The New Mutants

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The New Mutants is different with its theme, but the story is underwhelming for what it promoted!!!

Real Rating: 3 Fears

What I Like:

-I liked how it tried to be a different X-men movie, it is the thought that counts
-Demon Bear looked really cool with its special effects and horrific look

The So So:

-It tried to be a horror movie which at times you can see those scary scenes which I give them props for, but all in all it didn’t really achieve what it suppose to do cuz I wasn’t really on my edge of my seat
-The final fight was cool to see, but the thrills were at its minimum

What I Didn’t Like:

-The character development felt rushed for everyone, I didn’t really feel effectiveness for each character, and it did leave it to the underwhelming final act
-Anya Taylor-Joy as Magik was the worst character to me, she was the stereotypical bully for no real reason, and her accent seemed uneven, like you hear it most of the times, but at times, you hear regular English
-With the horror tone and a X-men movie, I did feel underwhelmed with what it brought out

Overall:

As I said before, this film feels underwhelming. It didn’t really deliver in what it promised. I believe the fact that it was a planned trilogy, it really left with a lot of loose ends and a lot of underdeveloped story and characterizations. Now that we know this is the final X-men film in the Fox franchise, it was one heck of run. Though I’m excited for the future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I’m disappointed with the way it ended. It made a great franchise end on a low note which doesn’t give it justice for what it brought out. Still, I will always appreciate what the X-men films brought out, and it is something I will truly cherish in my life of movie watching!!!

Real Rating: 3 Fears

Peninsula

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Not as emotionally powerful as its predecessor, but still a fun zombie movie!!!

Real Rating: 4 Subtitles

What I Like:

-The action was a lot of fun, especially the car chase scenes that reminded me of Mad Max: Fury Road, and the zombies were a force to be reckon with

The So So:

-The story wasn’t emotionally effective as Train to Busan, but I did like the heist/mission type of story which was good fun

What I Didn’t Like:

-(Note: I saw this in a drive in theater) A lot of scenes were dark where I couldn’t see, and it was hard for me to read the subtitles, I get the story is suppose to be dark, but I need to see what happens in the dark
-It shared some political undertones, but not enough for me to care

Overall:

Train to Busan was an emotional zombie movie which made it very unique. This sequel is not as emotionally effective, but the pure zombie action is a lot of fun. Once you get used to reading subtitles, it is a marvel to see for sure!!!

Real Rating: 4 Subtitles

Unhinged

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Unhinged had some thrilling moments and good acting, but in the end, it is a usual thriller!!!

Real Rating: 3 Road Rages

What I Like:

-Russell Crowe acting as a psycho was pretty intense, all this for a simple act of road rage, he goes berserk on his victim of his road rage

The So So:

-I would say the first half of the movie is pretty thrilling at times, you didn’t know what the villains endgame is, however, once it reaches its climax, it was just a typical thrilling action film involving a psychopath

What I Didn’t Like:

-It is not as gritty I thought it would be, but lets be real, what are the chances that you honk at somebody like a true jerk and get harassed by a psychopath, I’m from Boston where road rage is at its highest, and you don’t hear stories like that, maybe a fight, but that’s it, with all that said the 3rd part of the story was just very underwhelming

Overall:

It started off intriguing, but then it pretty much went downhill from there. They try to put a message about road rage, but it was not effective whatsoever. With all that said, if you want to see some intense acting by Russell Crowe since Gladiator, this is the film to watch. Now I’m going to keep on road raging when somebody cuts me off!!!

Real Rating: 3 Road Rages

Bill and Ted Face the Music

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Bill and Ted Face the Music may be nostalgic to fans with some fun twists, but in the end, it is one crazily uneven story!!!

3.5 Robot Assassins

What I Like:

-Fans of the Bill and Ted franchise will enjoy this movie, it still brings the essence with a lot of great callbacks from the original movies, it does create nostalgia for sure
-I like the roles that Bill and Ted’s daughters play which does bring a good message about unity which I appreciate
-I enjoyed the new character of Dennis the robot assassin, had me laughing a lot

The So So:

-I’ve always said this, Keanu Reeves sounded more like Keanu Reeves than the character Ted in the film, not sure of that is a good thing or a bad thing, but the chemistry with Alex Winter is still great to watch, and seeing them dash out one liners after one liners can be funny or dumb, I guess it is a fun thing to see them together one last time, especially when they argue with themselves, hilarious

What I Didn’t Like:

-The story is uneven, but in a crazy way, there is a goal in mind, but with all the subplots, it can be hard to follow, it does crazily all come together, but it is a journey that can give you a headache, but then again, isn’t that is what Bill and Ted is all about?

Overall:

The story is as crazy as its original films in the early 90s. It can create uneven, gonzo storytelling that can leave you bewildered. With all that said, fans of Bill and Ted will love this for nostalgic purposes. It does bring out the charm that made it effective in their tone of wild events and time traveling. For that, you can appreciate, and their special message can make it worthwhile in a weird sort of way!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Robot Assassins