Capone

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Capone is a tragic look at the infamous gangster of Al Capone’s life deteriorating, because of that, it can drag at times!!!

Real Rating: 3 Italian Sayings

What I Like:

-I thought Tom Hardy, play Al Capone deteriorating to death was pretty good, I’m not sure about the voice, but with everything else, it was interesting to watch
-I also like how not only his health was slowly going away, but his family as well, it does give a nice correlation of where the story is going
-I thought the direction from Josh Trank was really good as well, especially the nice blend of light and darkness from scene to scene in its cinematography

The So So:

-Seeing Capone health going down was disgustingly tragic, however, that was life suffering from the last stages of syphilis and early dementia, at times you don’t know what he is saying or doing which can lead to confusion while watching it, but his interactions with other people, whether they were real or not, was definitely fascinating

What I Didn’t Like:

-There were a lot of slow points which really can drag the film for very long periods of time, maybe it was intended for dramatic effects, but I rather if they get to the point

Overall:

It is a interesting tragedy of seeing the infamous gangster of Al Capone’s last year of life. It was sad to see how his health and his family was slowly deteriorating. Tom Hardy did his best. No doubt about that. Director Josh Trank also did his best, in showing us how bad it was in Capone’s final days. Unfortunately, the slow and dragging points really didn’t do the story justice in the end!!!

Real Rating: 3 Italian Sayings

Scoob! (Sidenote: The Last Full Measure)

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Scoob! may have the great animation and comedy, but it doesn’t have the essence of a true Scooby-Doo story!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Random Hanna-Barbara Characters Cameos

What I Like:

-The animation is stupendous for sure, kind of wish it was in theaters to see it in 3D, the characters were animated with authenticity, and did capture the character’s essence at least
-The comedy was actually pretty funny, not too juvenile, but light enough for everyone watching can enjoy, the voice cast for the most part is great
-The soundtrack does give the Scooby-Doo franchise a breathe of fresh air

The So So:

-I’m really glad that they tried to add some Latino representation with the character of Velma voiced by the beautiful Gina Rodriguez, with that said, I felt this type of representation was very forced in, I mean the character is named Velma Dinkley, and she only said one word in Spanish which just didn’t seem genuine enough, I would’ve been ok if they just left it how it is

What I Didn’t Like:

-I was asking myself is this really a Scooby-Doo movie? Truth be told, it really isn’t, it wasn’t a mystery solving type of story, instead, it was a cliched saving the world from the apocalypse by stopping a villain type of ordeal, and because of that, the essence of a Scooby-Doo story was nonexistence
-I was hoping for more of an origin story not only between Shaggy and Scooby, but with the whole mystery solving gang coming together, but instead, that whole origin story thing was greatly rushed

Overall:

For an animated film for the family, it is pretty good with its animation and comedy. However, as a Scooby-Doo movie, it really is not. It really lost its touch on what a true Scooby-Doo story is, and that is greatly disappointing. All in all, in the end, with Scooby-Doo aside, it is a decent action animated movie that is greatly cliched!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Random Hannah-Barbara Characters Cameos

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(Sidenote: The Last Full Measure – I did expect a lot more war battle scenes, but I understood what the story is all about. It can be inspiring for a soldier that is greatly deserving of a high honor, but I want to see more of what happened during that bloody day in the Vietnam War. Instead, it was more of a political drama which can drag the film a lot!!!
Real Rating: 3.5 Medals of Honor)

The Willoughbys

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The Willoughbys may be uneven in story, but the charm is there to make a family movie worthwhile!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Big Red Mustaches

What I Like:

-The voice casting was great from Will Forte, to Maya Rudolph, to Terry Crews, to Ricky Gervais, and even Alessia Cara in her voice debut all meshed well together, and brought in good spirits with their characters
-In the end, this family film has a lot of charm and good vibes with the theme of family and sticking together, makes it worthwhile for a family to watch

The So So:

-The animation needs some getting used to, it is like The Lego Movie, but once you do, the details they put in is amazing seeing the threads in their hair makes it doll lifelike if that makes sense

What I Didn’t Like:

-The story was all over the place, it was almost like three different cartoon sets in one movie and it does make a difference in tone and plot which can make it hard to follow sometimes
-The parents in this has to be the worst parents ever witnessed in film, it practically made me hate them

Overall:

The story is uneven throughout the whole ordeal. With that said, it still packs a lot good charm for the whole family to watch. The theme of family sticking together, and realizing who means most to you can be inspiring. Once you get use to the stop motion animation, you can relax and marvel to what it brings!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Big Red Mustaches

True History of the Kelly Gang (Sidenote: Like a Boss)

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True History of a Kelly Gang is a fascinating story, unfortunately the film didn’t do it any justice!!!

Real Rating: 2.5 Men with Guns and Dresses

What I Like:

-I thought the acting was superb with the whole family, and the dysfunction they bring to the table, it did seem genuine enough
-The final shootout scene had some great thrills and cool cinematography

The So So:

-This story is fascinating about this family and survival, but I couldn’t grasp all the weirdness it brings, I can understand, but don’t really know why

What I Didn’t Like:

-For a fascinating story, the plot and execution really didn’t do it justice, the beginning part for me was flat, it picked up in the second half, but it wasn’t enough for me to be kept engaged

Overall:

As I said before, fascinating story, but the execution was very subpar. It could’ve been a lot more interesting, but it was way too slow of the pacing. Maybe because of that, I didn’t understand why this family is so weird. The dysfunction gave it some development, but other than that, I just couldn’t get into it. I wish it was more like the final scene. It would’ve been a lot better!!!

Real Rating: 2.5 Men with Guns and Dresses

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(Sidenote: Like a Boss – Once you get use to the craziness of Tiffany Haddish, and the weak innocence of Rose Byrne their comedic chemistry is all right. It did flow well, but the story was quick and rushed. In the end the all too familiar type of plot just make this film meh!!!
Real Rating: 2.5 Lipsticks)

Extraction

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Extraction is action packed fun, with a decent even though familiar story, I was in awe of everything that was executed in this film!!!

Real Rating: 4 RPGs

What I Like:

-The action was great, I believe they took a more grounded approach with their action, because I don’t recall any scenes that used CGI, let alone, that one scene where it looked like everything happened in one shot was nothing short of awesome, it is an action film that really gave you what you want, great fun action
-This is probably my favorite film featuring Chris Hemsworth that doesn’t involve him as Thor, not only for his action stunts, but his acting was really genuine as well, that one moment where he became vulnerable with the kid he is saving, was some of the best acting I ever seen from him, and I love to see more of that Chris Hemsworth

The So So:

-The story is simple enough to keep you engaged and care for what is happening, but it doesn’t save itself from the typical action movie formula with its cliches and tropes, some of the minor twists I saw coming, but regardless, the execution of this film really made up for the decent story, and great execution comes great fun action

What I Didn’t Like:

-Without spoiling it, it did leave out some plotholes where I didn’t understand, like certain fates for certain people which I needed some more expounding of, so in that regard, it did leave a little unfulfilled

Overall:

I really enjoyed and have fun with this movie. The action and direction from Sam Hargrave really made this a grounded epic that I really sat back and be thrilled. Yes it has some flaws with story tropes and plotholes, but the execution of everything, and a great lead acting with Chris Hemsworth really made it worth watching on Netflix. I hope to see more of Hemsworth in these type of roles with the right script, other than other roles where he is wielding a hammer or being funny. This may be a direction in the right path for him, and I’m all for it!!!

Real Rating: 4 RPGs

 

Guns Akimbo

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Guns Akimbo is interesting, but all it is nothing but mindless action like you were on drugs watching this!!!

Real Rating: 3 Kill Shots

What I Like:

-Knowing what I was getting into, I knew this was going to be a crazy story which was engaging with all the craziness, with everything that went down, and the witty nature, it did its part

The So So:

-With the craziness comes the over acting and mindless action, even though I was expecting it, but it just got way too annoying once the third act started, bottomline, I just got tired of it

What I Didn’t Like:

-Believe it or not, these type of films I have already seen before, some examples like Shoot ‘Em Up, Hardcore Henry, Smokin’ Aces, just to name a few, and they all follow the same tropes and cliches, so with this film, I kind of got bored with it

Overall:

Before watching this, just remember this film is crazy and outrageous, and it is suppose to be that way. Even though I personally hated the third act, I understand that for some people that is what they need. Especially with a certain substance in them. (Don’t do drugs people.) As for me, I rather stay sober, and seeing it for what it is, it is just a film with a lot of mindless action and outrageous over the top acting. Not really for me. The only substance I want is a better story. Regardless, I understand people like this sort of mess, and more power to them!!!

Real Rating: 3 Kill Shots

Vivarium

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Vivarium kept me engaged with its weirdness and acting by their main characters, but the climax was very, very underwhelming!!!

Real Rating: 2.5 Weird Kids

What I Like:

-The acting chemistry between Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots was great, seeing them trapped in a a suburban home, and seeing them just deteriorate into madness was interesting.

The So So:

-The premise of this thriller definitely kept me engaged, with all the weirdness that is happening, I was waiting to see what is really going on with this story, with that said, it just kept going and going, and I was like just get on with the climax already

What I Didn’t Like:

-Because I was waiting for the climax so much, the payoff really did not suffice my appetite, it was like all I was fed was a mint when I expected a feast, when it all ended, I just didn’t get it at all, and I hate it when I feel that way

Overall:

A good premise and a fine acting job between their two leads was unfortunately not enough for this thriller. Yes, it might leave you on the edge of your seat, but all that rush for an underwhelming payoff. Maybe I might off missed something, but I haven’t been this confused since watching the movie Mother! I hate being this underwhelmingly disappointed,  but that is just what happened to me here. Now I have to rely on somebody to make sense out of all this!!!

Real Rating: 2.5 Weird Kids