Zombieland: Double Tap

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Zombieland: Double Tap is pretty simple to review, if you love the first movie, this will not disappoint!!!

Real Rating: 4 Stars

What I Like:

-You get what you are expecting in a Zombieland movie, fun zombie action, great comedy, awesome acting from the cast, and spin some of that quirkiness it brings makes it enjoyable for fans and newbies alike
-The scenes with Luke Wilson and Thomas Middleditch were pure gold

The So So:

-It is enjoyable as its predecessor, however, like most sequels, it is not as original or surprising as the first, it is just the way it is, if you like the first you will enjoy the second one, but not with the awe surprising factor as the first one

What I Didn’t Like:

-Zoey Deutch’s character as Madison is really, really annoying to me, her dumbness was not funny to me, just really sad and stupid

Overall:

As I said before, if you’re a fan of the first film, you will like this one as well. Everything you love about the first Zombieland film, you will see here. Just don’t expect anything original, because for sequels that is hard to do to top a surprisingly good movie as the first one. Regardless, I had fun watching this!!!

Real Rating: 4 Stars

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (Sidenote: Midsommer)

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Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is directed beautifully, but the story couldn’t quite live up to visual effects!!!

Real Rating: 3 Stars

What I Like:

-I thought director Joachim Ronning really painted a beautiful picture for this sequel, the visual effects were stunning, and the battle scenes were fun to watch
-The acting was fine, you get what you get with Angelina Jolie, and Michelle Pfeiffer did good in her role as well, everybody else was good enough to not make it corny or boring

The So So:

-I enjoyed the backstory of where Maleficent comes from, but it really didn’t mesh too well with the rest of the story, and was just an added in for reasons I guess, and doesn’t quite make sense

What I Didn’t Like:

-The story is very subpar, the usual fairy tale of good vs evil, humans vs other entities, real vs magic, evil manipulation twists we see from miles away, and all the other things we have seen before, not only that, everything seemed rushed without substance, and lastly, the ending was just dumb in the end

Overall:

Plain and simple. Great visual effects worth seeing in 3D, but a story too subpar that it isn’t fulfilling. Since I saw the first trailer, I thought this was a very unnecessary sequel. Though I appreciate the effort on making something original with an iconic Disney villain, it really wasn’t that original at all. Now we will see what more Disney live remakes will happen. For better or worse!!!

Real Rating: 3 Stars

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(Sidenote: Midsommer- Very rare you see a creepy horror film in the bright of day, but this is exactly what you get. I give a lot of credit to director Ari Aster for beautifully creating a horror film about anthropology students going to a small town in Sweden for their thesis, and ending up being in a cult festival in a time in the summer where night time is almost obsolete. It is very genius, but also very creepy in seeing how crazy people can get. Interesting, yet somewhat terrifying, for a movie with a slow burn at the beginning!!!
Real Rating: 3.5 Stars)

Gemini Man

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Gemini Man is decent in action, but subpar in story, it is simple as that!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Stars

What I Like:

-The action was pretty good, because of that I wasn’t bored watching
-With a movie directed by Ang Lee, you can expect great cinematography, and this one is no different, with his new style of high rate frames, the visionary work is quite good, especially showing how beautiful the cities of Cartagena, Colombia and Budapest, Hungary are

The So So:

-I love Will Smith with a passion, in this film you get two things, you get the charisma of Will Smith that we all know which sometimes doesn’t work for this film, but then you get the brilliantly acting of Will Smith with his clone, Junior, with the de-aging face is spectacular to see
-The motive of the villain, Clay Varris played by Clive Owen, had an interesting motive where I second guess whether his idea makes sense or not, maybe his methods were unethical, but his bigger picture made sense to me, so I don’t know, but you all can tell me if you agree with his idea for the future

What I Didn’t Like:

-The story was intriguing at first, but once it got to the climax, it was very underwhelming to me, it seems like the converting and final action went way too fast and under developed
-It was also predictable as well

Overall:

For all the action junkies, this is worth a watch. For all Ang Lee’s fans of his creativity, you will not be disappointed. For people who want a good all around movie, this may underwhelm you. It’s too bad, because the story was interesting, but the ending didn’t give enough gratifying substance. With all that said, I couldn’t give more than a decent rating!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Stars

Jexi

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Jexi has its comedic moments, but the slap stick and stupidity can only last so much!!!

Real Rating: 3 Stars

What I Like:

-There were some very funny moments and lines that had me laughing out loud, sometimes the comedy can be so stupid that it is funny, and that is the case with this film

The So So:

-The premise of the story is intriguing, but I thought the execution of everything just seemed a little off to me, but I get the thought and theme it tries to do, just wasn’t executed properly

What I Didn’t Like:

-The stupidity and the slap stick can only last so much, where the comedy gets old really quick, I mean, how many times do I need to hear Adam DeVine scream, not enough apparently with this movie

Overall:

The premise is interesting. The comedy has it moments. With all that said, there’s only so much stupidity and slap stick you can do before it gets old real quick. That’s how felt watching this movie, but at least it was entertaining enough to keep my attention. If only the theme of the story was written better!!!

Real Rating: 3 Stars

The Addams Family (Sidenote: Annabelle Comes Home)

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The Addams Family has great writing and animation, however, it feels like something we have seen before!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Stars

What I Like:

-The animation was awesome to see, especially in 3D which I did, to me it is a perfect way to watch The Addams Family and their schtick is watching in animation to make everything work
-The voice cast was great Oscar Isaac and Charlize Theron as Gomez and Morticia were great, and I can’t forget about Chloe Grace Moretz as Wednesday, I thought that character was captured very well, there were many others that voiced their roles great
-The scenes with Lurch and Thing were the funniest parts of the film

The So So:

-The writing is great in dialogue, it does capture the essence of what The Addams Family is all about with their opposite and dark views, it was pretty spot on and flowed very well, with that said, as far as the story goes, it is something we already seen before, especially with past Addams Family concoctions

What I Didn’t Like:

-As I said, the story is something we already seen before, especially when it comes to the villain, Margaux Needler who is voiced by Allison Janney, about people not accepting the Addams Family for being different and since they are an eye sore, they will do anything to destroy it, just watch anything that is Addams Family before and tell me you don’t see what we saw in this film, question is, what more can they do?

Overall:

Yes it is a typical old story with this The Addams Family franchise, but it is still fun to watch. With the great animation, great voice acting, funny dialogue, and quirky scenes you will enjoy it for what it is. With that said, I believe trying to relaunch this franchise is beating a dead horse!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Stars

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(Sidenote: Annabelle Comes Home- The Conjuring franchise may be wearing out its welcome. Especially when it comes to character of the creepy doll, Annabelle. To me the story seemed very basic and even tweenish. Let alone that you barely see the main character of Annabelle a lot, only in doses. Instead, and this is the interesting part for me in the film, you get to see the rest of the spirits and things involving that area of the room where the Warrens keep the most evil things. It’s good that you get to see some brief backstory with certain things. However, as a movie overall, it is less than satisfying relying on the jump scares!!!
Real Rating 2.5 Stars)

Joker

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Joker is a slow burn, but once it starts unraveling, it is a dark show worth watching!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Stars

What I Like:

-Joaquin Phoenix playing the titular character of the Joker was awesome to see, I thought Phoenix captures the role and character very well, and did it his own way, though not my favorite Joker (Heath Ledger still has my vote), it is up there in the pantheon of great Jokers
-There were some intense scenes, most notably, the final scene which I won’t spoil, but it is so tense and great, worth the build up to see that scene

The So So:

-The movie is dark, and deals with mental illness and what not, in that regard it made it interesting, however, I kind of wished they dive more into how to help mental illness instead of glorifying the dark ways it can bring, then again, we wouldn’t have a Joker movie if it did

What I Didn’t Like:

-It is a slow burn with a lot of development at the beginning, and because of that, it made me lose focus a little bit, other than that, it made itself from decent to good

Overall:

If you’re expecting a Marvel movie or even a Justice League movie, you will be greatly disappointed. However, if you open your mind and really see how bad society can make a person crazy, this is one you should not miss. Especially involving an iconic villain. As I said before, it is a slow burn. Once the darkness starts peeling off, it is one dark and crazy film that can mess with your mind. Whether in a good way or a bad way, it is up to you!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Stars

Abominable (Sidenote: Mary Magdalene)

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Abominable is a sweet and heartwarming film that is great for the whole family to watch!!!

Real Rating: 4 Stars

What I Like:

-The animation was spectacular, maybe worth a watch in 3D
-I enjoyed seeing today’s Chinese culture as it is set in Shanghai, China
-Chloe Bennet voicing the main role as Yi was really good
-Everett is a sweet beast that we can all love

The So So:

-The story is something we already seen before, especially in animated films about beasts or aliens and the government alway interfering, with all that said, I still say it is a sweet and heartwarming film that your whole family can enjoy

What I Didn’t Like:

-The millennial stereotypes are annoying, but I hope we it is something we can see and learn

Overall:

As I said before, it brought nothing new to the table, but it is still a beautiful, fun, and heartwarming film for your whole family to sit back, relax, and enjoy. I like the Asian culture it brings as well, especially in today’s setting which is interesting to see. I enjoyed it, and I hope you all can too with a sweet Yeti!!!

Real Rating: 4 Stars

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(Sidenote: Mary Magdalene- Sometimes biblical movies can be good, horrible, or in the middle. For this one, it wasn’t that biblical which is strike one for me. Strike two was the story was pretty much boring even though Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix starring in it. Strike three, was they try to put their own political opinion on it which really didn’t make sense. So in a nutshell you get a biblical story that missed the point, didn’t put the main parts of the story to the film, and made it boring!!!
Real Rating: 2 Stars)