Monday, June 06, 2016

X-men: Apocalype-review


      The ambiance of a theater adds to my film going experiences often. In this case, my fellow attendees were a lot of younger people some smelling of weed smoke all there for the late show as well. We entered theater #3 and I observed that it was pretty dirty you know the kind of dirty your feet stick to the ground a little bit as you walk to your seat. I saw attendants sweeping as we entered but I still felt sticky as I inspected my seat and decided not to let my OCD defeat me that evening. All the popcorn on the floor made me regret being cheap and not buying any. Two young ladies next to us brought in their own grub and I wished I brought in those Ritz crackers that I guilted myself out of bringing in. Although, this was the kind of theater once inside I realized reminded me of the Joy a once disgusting downtown theater in New Orleans. The type of place you would see people sneaking in a can of green beans, a hot sausage sandwich,  and a pineapple soda. So, with no snacks I kept my hands on my lap and waited for this movie to begin.
       Watching X-men: Apocalypse was kind of like watching a Sci-fi B movie that had a big budget. This was pretty much a how did they meet each other and get to where they are now film linking up the top X-men characters. Overall, the acting is good and the visual effects are always top dollar. It is missing good action scenes that aren't over the top. It's also missing any plot that gives us a true vested interest in the outcome. It was like here's this small little hiccup that took place before all the X-men ended up at Xavier's school. I'm disappointed that Storm's character has such a small role and she even came off as weak. This would be better as a rental. I really wish the same people that make the Avengers films would make the X-men movies. So it goes....

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

        I have to put some spoilers in here. Let me first say, that my son is a huge Ninja Turtles fan so there was no way he was going to let this one go. Seeing, the posters on city the buses and the billboards didn't help either.  The film has an almost two hour running time (it is an hour and 52 minutes to be exact). 
       The best part of the film to me is that the boys are really likable. They each have their own unique personalities making for good laughs. 
      The big disappoint (and a spoiler) for me was that the whole movie is about Shredder being this dangerous bad guy. I was expecting a big battle with Shredder but in the end this did not happen. Instead, Shredder was easily tricked and defeated by another nemesis Krang. So, Turtles end up battling Krang to save the city. 
       I question why they made this PG-13. They really could have left the swear words out and the close ups on Meghan Fox. The violence or fighting is minimal and this is more about brotherhood than anything else. I think if I were a little boy I would have loved this film. As an adult, I felt the action is mild to moderate and the humans in the film are forgettable. I'll give it 3 stars for being a good kids film especially one that doesn't have a girl centered theme. I'm not saying girls won't enjoy this, I'm saying that it was nice to not see pink everywhere and soft fluffy animals for a change.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Angry Birds - Review

     Okay, I'll start by saying this.... I took my kid to the movies so I could take a nap therefore I apologize and must say that this isn't a fair review (you know since I missed a good 20 minutes of it in the middle and we were late so the first 10 minutes as well). Heck, I probably shouldn't even review this one but I'm going to anyway cause that's what I do write film reviews. 

     Alright, 'Angry Birds' - is about a bird named Red (the red bird) that has anger issues. Red keeps to himself in a home he built away from all the other birds in his community. He is sent to anger management and meets three other birds with their own issues. These other birds are not really angry with one being a troublemaker, one that explodes spontaneously, and the other one is grumpy.  It's as if Red is the only real "Angry Bird" most of the film, until a group of green Pigs visit their Island and make them react but still they don't really get angry. 
          They made sure they put a slingshot in the film so we could watch birds fly into stuff just like the game. They also seemed to feature all the various birds from the game and their special weapons. I've played the game a couple of times (years ago like when it first came out) so I don't remember all of the birds.  My son did enjoy it but I mean we haven't been in a kid flick yet that he said he didn't like. Compared to other kid's films this year,  this film was trying too hard to be funny or even interesting. Although, Chuck (the yellow bird) is pretty funny throughout the film.
              Spoiler: I actually liked the Mighty Eagle character/storyline and wish it would have been used better to convey the message that seemed so random at the end. In the end, Mighty Eagle tries to get Red to understand that he wanted him to believe in himself before he came to save the day.           Instead, of giving Red a true champion moment they gave him acceptance into the community. What do we have here folks? Red is a bird with pain from the past that has made him the angry bird he is today. Making this a movie about a bird ridiculed for being angry who later uses his anger for good and then later controls his anger welcoming others into his life. Meh! 

Monday, May 23, 2016