Sunday, July 13, 2014

Mr. Peabody and Sherman- review

Historic cliches and puns.

Mr. Peabody and Sherman tells us the story of a little boy Sherman adopted by a dog named Mr. Peabody. At this time in their life Sherman is getting older and more rebellious. He has a fight at school that causes Mr Peabody to be investigated about his parenting. This also causes a struggle between the two as Mr. Peabody doesn't know how to handle this stage of adolescence.

Of course they go back in time......
There are a lot of adult jokes and in the end Mr. Peabody learns Sherman isn't a baby anymore.
The soundtrack is different than most kids movies. We actually got a promo bag with the soundtrack. It's mostly classical music. I think there is only one song that has lyrics and my son likes it. I'm not downplaying the music at all and actually the music is well composed it's just far from the norm.

It was cute! It wasn't amazing though. We saw it at the dollar show. It looked good on the big screen but I'm sure it would be just as good on dvd,


  • 2 stars



Monday, July 07, 2014

Think Like a Man Too- review


Think Like a Man Too-  the couples are back and trying to keep the love alive. In the first film two of the couples begin and the other couples try to stay together. The first film based on the best selling book is loaded with advice and voiceovers. It was a good film and a nice start to this franchise they are building with Kevin Hart. Now, in the sequel the couples venture to Las Vegas to attend a wedding and to have bachelor/ batchelorette parties. 

It's a wild time in Vegas. 
By the time the credits rolled I thought it was a cute film that would be good for a date night. The pacing is pretty smooth at first but it starts to fall off around the second act. There is a music video in the middle of the film that is long and kind of annoying. I would think it would have been cut down in a final cut. 

There are also times when they are trying to not be predictable but they deprive us of things we would like. 
1)Kevin's character loses money but never makes it back
2)They sign up for a stripping contest and not one of the lead guys strips. 

So to sum it up this would make a great rental. It wasn't as good as the first but it didn't drop the ball. 

Three stars






Earth to Echo- review


Oh boy I liked a movie.
Earth to Echo-is about a town being forced to relocate due to the building of a new freeway.  Three kids that live there get a weird map on their phones and decide to follow the map as a last adventure before they all move away. On this adventure they are joined by a girl they all have a crush on and they discover a cute little alien that they name Echo.

The film is being compared to the major childhood films like ET, The Goonies, and the Lost Boys. For me my favorites were The Flight of the Navigator, Monster Squad,  and The Never-ending Story but maybe I just have different taste.  Although the Goonies was great too. Since I don't remember much about ET except that he wanted to get home the comparison to Echo makes sense because he also wants to get home. Earth to Echo is like the Goonies because the kids are all moving away soon (I think I remember something like that in the Goonies I know they needed money to stay).

Earth to Echo is cute. The characters are cute and the little alien is cute. The theme about friendship is sweet and I got a little emotional at the end remembering my childhood of having to move.  What it doesn't have is really memorable kids like The Goonies does. It still wins.  It's a simple story that utilized the basics well without needing a whole heap of special effects to you know make it special. I think it can stand alone without all the comparisons. I'm also happy to see a movie about real kids with no special powers and nobody dies.

 I'm going to give it four stars because I can.