Thursday, December 22, 2016

Collateral Beauty- review

With such great reviews I almost skipped this film but as a big Will Smith fan well you know.

Collateral Beauty - is about a man who loses his child and is having a hard time coping. Okay wait I can't spoil it here okay so he writes letters to death, time, and love who later visit him in human form. His co-workers/friends want him to get out of his disconnected state and help them keep a work deal that will make them money.

It is cheesy but all feel good movies are. I know I've said this before but I love feel good movies and I liked this one. I cried at the end and feel that this was a good role for Will Smith. It reminded me of his Fresh Prince days. I don't think this was meant to be a serious film come on people. I laughed more than I cried and I'm glad there was a spin on it. It wasn't too campy trying to be super serious like the film "It's a Wonderful Life" (a film I have never watched all the way through). I enjoyed this more than "Miracles from Heaven" and the last X-men film so that's to say it wasn't the worst movie of the year or Will's career.

My gripes: I didn't like some of the acting and some of the dialogue. I wanted to yell at the screen saying if one more person crosses the street almost getting hit by a car I'm going to scream. I think the film could have been better because it has a good story and a good message. With such a sad premise could have been horribly sad or if they added too much humor we would have thought this shouldn't be a funny movie so they rode in the middle. I know a good movie to compare it to "Reign over me", that was a great film and in comparison that story let it be without giving it in your face sappy dialogue. Last thing, I don't like the title of the film it feels like it's trying to be deeper than it is.

I think if you've been waiting to go see it, then go see it and judge for yourself.  I liked it so there's one vote for it.




Kubo and the two Strings- review



Kubo and the Two Strings- tells the story of Kubo a young boy who has magic in his guitar that can manipulate paper in his favor. Kubo and his mother have ran away and are in hiding but like every kid in a movie Kubo doesn't listen to his mother and puts their lives in jeopardy. 

The story is about love and memories and how powerful the two are. The story is sweet with memorable characters that lighten up the films dark theme. The winning element here is the style of animation and the execution of it. It took a lot of skill and attention to detail to pull off this film. I always wonder if the characters came out just like the animator pictured in their minds. Loads of fierce competition this year in the best animated feature category. Don't sleep on this one. 


Sing- review




Looks like we've seen most of the popular animated films this year except for Trolls

Sing- tells the story of Buster Moon a theater owner out to save his theater by holding a singing competition. Obstacles arise for him as he continues his shady practices and as he deals with aspiring stars that have challenges in their own lives. 

Gonna keep it short since I have nothing profound to say about the film. It was a cute movie and my son liked it. Most of the kids in the theater clapped, cheered, and sang along. For me it was a bit like watching an actual singing competition and listening to all the overplayed pop songs of the decade. I think I laughed once or twice but not much. The trailers for the film feature a good percent of the movie and it's most comedic moments. It's not the best animated film of the year but it's worth going see over this holiday break. 




Moonlight-review


As I went to fetch this photo for this review and looked at it up close I am just now seeing this is a combination of the three actors that play the lead role (please tell me I'm not the only one who is this slow).

Moonlight- a new film by Barry Jenkins, tells the story of Chiron a young boy that grows into an adult man that never addressed his sexuality. As a young child and a teenager he is bullied about his sexual preference which he hasn't yet claimed. The film has a lot of artistic moments better yet stylized moments that reminded me of Spike's signature techniques not because they were the same but because they can be loved or hated (that run on sentence).

Okay so to me it took some time for the film to build momentum and I'll also add that the other characters were there but they didn't have enough story to them. I say this because there are so many unanswered questions about them but then again it isn't their story. I thought the film would address growing up in the South and the stigma of being homosexual more from the parent's ideals pushed on their kids. The film gave us a little bit of that but it seemed his biggest battle with his sexuality was among his peers. I don't know how men handle their friendships with other men that have an opposite sexual preference. Most straight men I know just don't have gay friends. The unique spin on this tale is that the lead character grows into a thuggish drug dealer look and you would never think he was gay. So, as a woman I went there with my thoughts thinking geez this is why there are so many down-low men.
Can I steer away from this for a moment? I remember one time I joked on fb about my son trying on my heels. It turned into a big debate in the comment section. Later, my guy friend told me he thinks there is something to boys being raised by single mothers and then growing up to be gay. I didn't take this well as I don't take well any remarks about single mothers that some how suggest we are incapable. I know it's a film but I don't think his mother stopped him from showing who he really is or turned him gay. Some might argue the mean mother that he hated started his hate for all women. You see where I am going here. The film is more about how men do this to each other. It is so shunned among each other sometimes that how can they even be honest with each other.

I think what got me in the feels was one big thing about the movie
1) The love story...the thing most of us are able to relate to. The loving  of someone and it being taboo or not reciprocated when we want it.

Okay last remarks the set design and the wardrobe were spot on and authentic kudos kudos. The acting was good like everyone else is saying. I didn't love the movie but I enjoyed it and like the story. There are scenes that stood out but I won't spoil it for you. I am also a B. Jenkins fan since his first film glad to see him still making movies.