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In the Tall Grass (2019)
In the Tall Grass is a very suspenseful, but strange film. It's a lot to unpack in such a limited movie where there's only five main characters and grass. This film definitely needs a rewatch to grasp all of the themes and foreshadowing, because this movie has a LOT of foreshadowing.
In the Tall Grass uses a lot of suspense. Throughout the entire run time there is suspense, and it can be a little overboard. I think the suspense is what makes this film so strange, and I don't think it flat out ruins the movie. I've never read the book version, so I knew nothing about this movie going into it, and I still don't know anything about it after watching it. The climax of the film is crazy and confusing, but there is no explanation to what just happened, so you have to figure out what just happened by yourself. The cinematography is pretty good for a Netflix horror. It puts emphasis on the grass and it makes it feel as if the grass is a character of its own. I liked the atmosphere they created. It makes it feel like the grass is always hiding something, or something is in it. With an atmosphere like that, in makes the movie even more suspenseful. The sound editing is pretty good too, and it has to be good, as there is little music in the movie. When there is music, it's captivating with an eerie tone.
In the Tall Grass is amazing technically, the cinematography, atmosphere, sound editing, and music is top notch; I have no complaints about it. What bothers me about the film is the lack of explanation. I know that there is an explanation if you look hard enough, but a little exposition won't kill anyone. In the Tall Grass is style over substance, and that's what ruined it for me. Overall, In the Tall Grass is an average movie in my opinion. There's no "Correct" review; some will hate this movie and some will love it, and there's reason why you could love it or hate it. I would recommend this film anyway, as it's better than most of the stuff Netflix has been pumping out recently.
Green Book (2018)
A Great Portrayal of True Friendship
Without a doubt, Green Book deserved Best Picture of 2019. Everything about Green Book is perfect, and I have no complaints about the movie. The film just gives out a positive vibe, through beginning to end; even during the darker times in the movie, because the darkest moments of the movie is when both characters evolve into better human beings.
We follow Tony Lip and Dr. Donald Shirley tour around the south of America. We learn how it was a struggle for black men in the south during the early 60s. The plot is simple, and it always stays on its tracks. None of the scenes felt too short or too long, creating a consistent pace. Every scene in Green Book was about character development, and how both Tony Lip and Dr. Donald Shirley slowly start respecting each other.
The cinematography was hands down amazing, and I think Green Book should have at least won an Oscar nomination for best cinematography. The film had a very colorful look to it, teal being a very prominent color. The atmosphere Green Book created had such a warm feel, which made the movie so much more pleasant to watch.
Vigo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali are both great actors, and they give solid performances. In my opinion, the acting was not ground breaking, but it's still on a A+ level. I'm more impressed with the supporting cast than Vigo Mortensen, as they give more "Italian" performance than Vigo
Everything about Green Book fell right in place like a jigsaw puzzle. The film had such a unique mood to it, which was created perfectly by the cinematography and atmosphere. Very few movies can compete with Green book when it comes to character development. Green Book is by far the best movie of 2018, if not the best movie in the past five years.
What an Utter Disappointment
As a fan of Unbreakable and Split, seeing all the characters in one single movie is exciting to say the least. I thought that it would be impossible for M. Night Shyamalan to screw up the characters and/or the universe; I thought wrong. M. Night Shyamalan built these characters with separate movies, making none of the characters lacking in context. I was really hoping that M. Night Shyamalan wouldn't try his good old twists, because I knew that if he tried, it would mess up the universe he built.
The biggest issue with the movie is how slow and boring it is, and I never complain about slow pacing. The movie was building up for this one event or showdown, but it never happened. You just can't build up for a big finale and end the movie with it never happening, and then killing off the characters that we care about. We get all three characters: David Dunn, Elijah Price, and Kevin Wendell Crumb/ The Beast in a mental hospital, being treated for their "Gifts". For the longest time it felt like the movie just stopped dead because of nothing meaningful happening. In the third act, we get what we all wanted; a fight between the beast and David Dunn, but all the build up made the fight underwhelming.
The movie introduces a new character, Dr. Ellie Staple, who is even more boring than the movie itself. It felt like she had no motive or story for why she was interrogating the three characters. We later find out she works for a corporation that tries to eradicate people who have powers. Other than Dr. Ellie Staple, the script doesn't introduce anyone knew; and there was little more to know about the already known characters, so there was no character building.
The cinematography and overall color of the movie creates a lethargic vibe, which is then added to the slow pacing of the film. The cinematography isn't bad, I like it, but it's just too droopy when it's added to a movie like this. The acting is plain, but not in a bad way; it felt as if none of the actors had slept in a week. What makes Glass even more boring is the soundtrack. It's not a bad soundtrack, but it's slow and calming in some aspects.
The final fight scene was realistic and little CGI was used, which is a good and a bad thing. I enjoy realistic fight scene, the brutality and power can make it even more entertaining than CGI filled scenes. The movie has a pg-13 rating so the violence had to be toned down, and that's the main reason why the fight was so underwhelming. I'm certain that if the final fight was brutal, then it would have made up for everything else.
I really wanted to enjoy Glass, but the movie was such a waste of potential. There was little world and character building in this movie, which made the film feel pointless. Everything from the cinematography to the music gave off a boring slow vibe, and it was obviously on purpose, but if you're going to do that, then you have to have an interesting plot. I wouldn't recommend this movie if you weren't a fan of the series, or if you haven't seen the previous movies, because you are going to hate this movie, more than the fans did.
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
When are We Going to Get a Good Star Wars Movie?
Disney has been pumping out Star Wars movies every year now, and it's starting to get repetitive. It's so obvious that the Star Wars franchise has become a cash grab. I feel like the prequels are unnecessary and do a horrible job at explaining fan favorite characters. Solo: A Star Wars Story feels empty, they could have done so much better with expanding on the character of Han Solo.
This whole movie is about how Han Solo became a scoundrel/smuggler and how he got the millennium falcon, but not on Han Solo himself. There's so little known about Han Solo, and I want to know more about him, but this movie does such a poor job at explaining Han Solo's origins; in fact, there is no origin plot at all. The movie just starts off with a fully grown Han Solo on a dirty crime filled planet. Nothing is explained how he got there. There was only one line in the entire movie that talks about his parents; all Han says is "My dad was a pilot" and that's all; could we at least get a flashback? Nothing is explained on how he got on that specific planet; was he born there? There's so many unanswered questions that could all be explained through one flashback. The plot of the story isn't bad at all, in fact, I enjoyed. I liked how Han met Chewbacca, and I liked how the heists that were preformed. The heists were action packed, and it builds up the connection between Han and Chewbacca. If there was an equal balance between explaining Han's true past, and how he got the millennium falcon and became a smuggler, I wouldn't complain so much.
Alden Ehrenreich did a poor job at playing Han Solo. I feel like he tried to do an impression of Han Solo, but he didn't become Han Solo. He tried to have that charm that Harrsion Ford had, but he came out annoying and arrogant. This isn't Han Solo, it's a poor impression of him. The love interest between Han and Qi'ra was incredibly weak. We only see them once for about ten minutes in the beginning, then again halfway through the film. Qi'ra said that Han grew up with her, but we didn't see them grow up at all. I always complain about how love interests feel forced, but this is the first time where it wasn't forced at all. Lando was done the best in my opinion, and really, he's the one that's holding the film up. One huge plot hole is about how Qi'ra escaped the planet where she was left off on. They keep on mentioning how Qi'ra did horrible things, but it's never explained and it bothers me, because they keep on hyping it up for nothing.
The best part about Solo: A Star Wars Story is the action scenes and cinematography. Solo: A Star Wars Story is wildly entertaining and there are scenes that just look so amazing. The production design was done perfectly, and it really captures the looks of Star Wars. The creature design was also great, which isn't much of a surprise, as it is a Star Wars movie. The entire atmosphere is drenching with Star Wars, and I could never get enough of it.
It's upsetting that the only great part about Solo: A Star Wars movie is that it looks like Star Wars. Solo: A Star Wars Story is incredibly hollow; there's no proper character development, and there's so much plot holes with the story and the characters. I don't want Disney to run this beloved franchise into ground just because it's good at making a quick buck. I'm honestly right about to give up on Star Wars if it keeps this up. So Disney, please stop pumping out this hot garbage, and listen to the fans.
Finally, A Good DC Movie!
When I saw that Shazam had a budget of only eighty million dollars, I was even more excited. I feel like superhero movies in the 21st century focus too much on CGI and big fight scenes, and I tend to get bored of it now and then. It's pretty ironic; when you think about low-budget, you think of a cheesy B list movie, but the best superhero movies that came out recently are Logan and Shazam, which have low-budgets. When a movie has a low-budget, it tends to focus more on character development and more emotional scenes, and that's exactly what we get in Shazam.
The idea of a fourteen year old being a superhero is the freshest superhero plot that has came out in years. I generally liked that twist on a superhero movie, but I feel like it goes overboard sometimes. Shazam does a very good job at making fun at the superhero genre; Shazam is pretty much a parody. Sometimes Shazam goes overboard on the whole parody aspect, which gives this movie a cheesy feel to it. We rarely see a superhero movie that focuses on real life issues, like how Billy is lonely and doesn't have a family. The main focus of Shazam is about how Billy handles all these issues with other kids like him, and it makes Billy a more realistic and sympathetic character.
The casting choices were amazing; no one can play Shazam like Zachary Levi. In fact, Zachary Levi does a better job at acting like a fourteen year old than Asher Angel, who is pretty much a fourteen year old. Zachary Levi has such charisma that I don't even see a grown man behind a costume. Cooper Andrews is by far my favorite actor in Shazam; he just does such a good job at being likable. Jack Dylan Grazer plays Freddy Freeman really well, he can be nerdy and funny at the same time. One thing that I didn't like was the bullies. The bullies were incredibly cliche and stereotypical to the point where it just got annoying.
The comedy is one of the issues that I have. Yes, this movie is very funny, but there's too much comedy, and it's like an overdose; there's about a joke every 2-5 minutes. Actually, Shazam made me laugh out loud for the first time in a movie theater. Surprisingly, Shazam does a good job at changing the pace from complete comedy, to pure drama. Although Shazam is a comedy, there is a lot of real life issues this movie touches on, and I liked that balance. Another issue I have is with the costume design. I don't know if it's because of the budget, but the costume looks cheap, like I can buy it for $40 at a Halloween store.
The villain was done properly this time in a DC movie. He wasn't some sort of CGI purple dude or a guy with a weird helmet and an ax , it's just a normal human being. I liked how they set up the villain's origin; he has a sympathetic or even empathetic past. The concept of the seven deadly sins, and how every sin is a demon is creative. By far the best part about the villain is his weakness actually. Most superhero movies just say: "Beat this guy up enough, and there you go, you won the fight.", but this villain's weakness is unique. It takes strategy and patience to take him down, and I liked how they focused on that.
Shazam is by far the best DC superhero movie since The Dark Knight Rises. The casting choices were perfect, the villain was well thought out, and the comedy was good, although it was overboard sometimes. Shazam is definitely worth your two hours.
The Highwaymen (2019)
A Good Depiction of Historical Events
Netflix has been pumping out a lot of Netflix originals lately; most of them are low-budget movies, or stupid TV-Shows. I think it's refreshing for them to make a realistic portrayal of real events. In my opinion, Netflix's best movies are the dramas and realistic ones. I think Netflix should start focusing more on realistic movies; even though it might cost more.
The Highwaymen is based off of real events that happened in the 1930s. The movie shows how two Texas Rangers, Frank Hamer and Maney Gault took out Bonnie and Clyde during their killing spree. I like how the movie focuses also on the great depression, and shows how tough it was to live during that era. What I think is most impressive though, is how well they replicated everything and how they told this story so realistically.
The movie does such a great job at making Bonnie and Clyde hateable. Too many movies do a terrible job at creating antagonists. There are few scenes in the movie where we get to see Bonnie and Clyde, all of those few scenes depict Bonnie and Clyde doing inhuman things. When we only see antagonists doing horrible things, and being quite anonymous, we tend to hate the character more. The Highwaymen uses that technique, and uses it perfectly.
One issue I have with the movie is how we barely get to know our main characters. Yes, there are scenes where we get to know their history, but there so few scenes of that. One of the most memorable scenes is when Maney Gault explains Frank Hamer's past. That monologue was executed perfectly, but I just wish there was one for Maney Gault himself. It's actually quite ironic that we get to know more about Bonnie and Clyde the most, even though we barely see them.
I liked John Lee Hancock's directing. There was some shots that were so memorable, like when Frank Hamer was on the hood of the car, while Maney Gault was below. The cinematography perfected the looks of the 30s; many landscape shots that focuses on the sky.
The Highwaymen is definitely worth a watch. It depicts American history at an A+ level, and it keeps you hooked for the inevitable climax.
Still Mission Impossible
Mission: Impossible - Fallout is the sixth movie in the franchise, and you'd expect the series to be worn out by now, but somehow the series stays fresh. Mission: Impossible - Fallout feels unique compared to the other action movies in 2018. Every movie in 2018 feels like it tries to be like Marvel; goofy and filled with comedy; I think it's because they're afraid of failing at the box office. Mission: Impossible - Fallout doesn't do that though, they take a serious tone, with few jokes; and honestly, it feels good not to watch a goofy action movie. I always wonder how they can one-up themselves every time they make a Mission: Impossible, and now, I think they reached the top.
In this Mission: Impossible, the entire world is at risk by a group called the apostles, who gain access to nuclear weapons. This type of antagonism is different because they don't threat the world for money, they threat the world because of cult-like beliefs. This wouldn't be a Mission: Impossible movie without the plot twist, and there's many plot twists in this one, but all of them are slightly predictable.
Mission: Impossible - Fallout is two and a half hours long, and the pacing is fine at the beginning, but at the end, it feels really long. At the end, the nuclear timer is supposed to blowup in 15 minutes, the sequences during that time are double that. You're just sitting there saying to yourself, "The bomb should've blown up ten minutes ago", and it feels so unrealistic and it ruins the intensity for me.
I like how they always kept the same characters in every movie, and they add more and more to the characters each film, and they always leave a cliffhanger on the characters' relationships. Most movies have cliffhangers on the story itself, but Mission: Impossible - Fallout does it with the characters, which makes the cliffhanger better.
The action feels realistic, even though it's insanely unrealistic; which is a very hard thing to do. Mission Impossible - Fallout has some intense action scenes that are filmed in a cinematic way. There's so many locations in this movie that's it's hard to remember all of them, and it's amazing to look at the scenery. Some scenes in the movie show how beautiful the landscapes are, which is rare to see in an action packed movie nowadays.
Mission: Impossible - Fallout is another great Mission: Impossible movie. It's action-packed and cinematic. It has a serious tone that grounds the movie to a more realistic vibe; and it reminds me of 80's action movies. I lost my interest in action movies lately, do to the repetitive style of comedy; after seeing Mission: Impossible - Fallout, it gives me hope for the future of action movies.
Movie of the Year?
When I saw "The best picture of the year" in the trailer, I really didn't think much of it; as people love to overhype movies. So I went into this blindly, not reading a word from the description, and most of the time I was puzzled with what was going on. Roma is one of those movies where you really have to think about the moral of the movie. There's no exact motive in the movie, and that's why it's so great. All of the movies I've ever seen always had an exact motive to drive the story and the characters. Roma just feels so realistic about peoples' emotions and actions.
One of the biggest factors that make's this movie feel so realistic is that the story really doesn't go anywhere, like it's just going by, just like life. I see all these movies where the motives feel so unrealistic or unrelatable, which isn't a bad thing, but watching a movie that's so realistic and relatable is what makes Roma special. I've read some reviews saying "I don't understand what's really the point of this movie", and that's why it's such a great representation of life, because, "what is the point of life?"
The characters are by far the best part of the movie. Not only is the story realistic and relatable, but so are the characters. A wife stuck with her children because of an unloyal husband, a woman who was left by her partner due to an unplanned pregnancy, and children who are stuck in no man's land with a dysfunctional family. Yalitza Aparicio, the woman who plays Cleo did a fantastic job; it was her first big movie and she nailed it. The acting in general was amazing, it really made the movie more emotional and believable; even the kids who played the children were believeable.
The movie is on the slow side, being over two hours, which is mostly because of the long panning shots. I know some people who hate long panning shots, but it makes the movie feel more real, like it's being told right in front of you, like live-action. I loved the black and white, it makes the movie feel like it's in it's own time period. One scene, where a car was pulling up in a drive, and with the black and white filter, it looked so beautiful; I never thought that you could make someone pulling into a driveway cinematic. Alfonso Cuarón direction was so cinematic; I really think he deserved the AACTA nominee for best direction. There was no music in the movie whatsoever, it was quiet, lonely, and even more realistic.
2018 wasn't a standout year for drama movies, there really wasn't a movie where it's picture of the year, but Roma is closest to it in my opinion. Everything about this movie represents life so perfectly. For me Roma wasn't a tearjerker, but it's a great drama. I really hope Roma gets picture of the year, I think it's easily the best movie of the year so far.
Den of Thieves (2018)
Really Wasn't Expecting Much
I knew this movie was going to be trash, I was actually expecting worse honestly, but it held it's weight enough. Gerard Butler's movies haven't been doing well lately, but his acting really improved. You rarely see good acting in cookie cutter movies like these, I'm really impressed with Gerard Butler.
The story is as plain as it gets, and the writers didn't try to add a twist on the good old fashion bank heist. I've seen so many of these movies that it gets to the point where you know what's going to happen. The movie tries to add some twists at the end, but they weren't that mind-bending, and it just wasn't fascinating at all. Usually bank heists get intense at the end, but I was just so bored of it that I just didn't care. Den of Thieves is two hours and twenty minutes, and it just felt so long, and so much parts in the movie felt pointless, and add nothing to the story or characters. The pacing was just all over the placing; this movie is just really sloppy.
The characters are forgettable, except for only three main characters, O'Brien (Gerard Butler), Ray Merrimen (Pablo Schreiber),and Donnie Wilson (O'Shea Jackson Jr.). The supporting cast is just lame, they're just there to participate in the heists; they add nothing to the story. Gerard Butler does a fantastic job in such a terrible movie. Gerard Butler does a great job with playing a drunk, angry father; I feel like he should be in more dramas, he really does have the potential to be a drama actor.
Den of Thieves isn't an action-packed movie, a lot of the time is spent around O'Brien (Gerard Butler) trying to stop the heist crew. This is one of those movies where you support the protagonists and antagonists. It was sad seeing Ray Merrimen (Pablo Schreiber) die, although he was supposed to be the bad guy; and for that, Den of Thieves deserves an extra point, as it's hard to sympathize with the bad guys in movies. The best part in the movie is the climax, the final shootout is realistic, and everyone gets hurt or dies, no matter how important you are to the story.
Den of Thieves is an average heist movies, with few good moments. If Den of Thieves wasn't as sloppy, and if the characters were more interesting, then Den of Thieves could've been good. The acting is good, but the writers messed it all up with the characters and writing. If Den of Thieves was less boring, than it could've been actually thrilling, it had the potential. If you're a fan of heist movies, then you might enjoy this, but for you people who want to be thrilled or entertained, then this is not the movie for you.
Outlaw King (2018)
One of Netflix's Best Movies
I'm not really a fan of Netflix movie, because most of them feel really cheap,like Tau. I wasn't really expecting to enjoy this movie, but since Chris Pine is in this one, it convinced my enough to watch it. I'm a huge fan of these types of movies, and I feel like most of the movies like Outlaw King aren't brutal or realistic enough. Outlaw King reminds so much of Saving Private Ryan, with the realism of war. This movie feels so realistic, to the clothing, the hygiene, the warfare, and society. I'm really impressed with Netflix, and I hope they make more movies like Outlaw King.
The story continues right after the death of William Wallace, and I recommend that you watch Braveheart before watching Outlaw King, for some context. The story is pretty much the same as Braveheart, but with different characters. The Scottish are fighting back for their rights and their land from the English, but this time, the Scottish win. Their's no problems with the story that I noticed; there's no major plot holes and the pacing is good.
The characters are good, and every actor does a good believable job. Chris Pine obviously does the best in the movie, and I'm surprised a guy like him could look so medieval. The supporting cast does a fine job, but there's so many characters that it's hard to keep track of them all.
By far the best part of the movie is the warfare. I knew Netflix would do a good job with the brutality, as they always do a great job with it. This is one of those movies that some people can't stomach. The executions are insanely brutal and realistic; one of the least brutal executions in the movie is the aftermath of William Wallace's execution, with him be dismembered. The combat is dirty and bloody, as it should be. I was actually shocked at the last battle of the movie, as it is one of the most violent parts in Outlaw King.
Overall, Outlaw King is a good medieval movie. It had everything a war movie needed, hateable bad guys and brutally cringey warfare. I've only seen one Netflix movie before Outlaw King, and that movie was horrible, so I was being judgmental, and now I've learned to never underestimate Netflix again.
The Meg (2018)
Cheesy, But Enjoyable
I think most people can agree that we all knew it was going to be cheesy. But at least the movie knew that it was cheesy, and it had fun with it. I know this movie wasn't that great, but it certainly was enjoyable to watch; I mean, Jason Statham fighting a 70 feet shark, who wouldn't want to watch that? If you really think about it, The Meg was a pretty good shark movie compared to other shark movies, like Sharknado.
The story was obviously silly, but in a way, it was kind of smart. The story was that the megalodon(s) lived in a ecosystem under the Mariana Trench that was hidden from a cloud of gas. You might be saying: "Can't the Megalodon go through the gas cloud?", well, the hidden ecosystem is just warm enough to sustain the megalodon and other organisms, and if the megalodon went through the gas cloud, it would freeze to death, due to the depth; I know it sounds dumb, but it's kinda believable. The megalodon(s) escaped trough a heat pocket, but what I don't understand is how did two megalodons be at the right place, at the right time to go through the heat pocket together, but I guess you have to forget about that part. There was two megalodons, as I said before, but they didn't make the megalodons team up or fight against each other, they just surprised us that there was two megalodons while the first one was dead. The pacing was slow at the beginning, but once it started to pick up, it never started to slow back down. Overall, the story was silly, but interesting, and it did take a while for the movie to pick up the pace.
I liked the casting choice, and all the actors were on point, but Bingbing Li's acting was awkward at some points. I loved the casting choice for Morris (Played by: Rainn Wilson), and I liked how they made his character a rich good guy, which is unheard of in movies nowadays. There was a love interest between Jonas (Jason Statham) and Suyin (Bingbing Li), but there was no kissing, which was a good move, because that would've been really unfitting for the movie. Meiying (Little Girl) was a surprisingly a good character, as she brought some comedy into the movie, and Shuya Sophia Cai did a great job with the acting. The supporting characters were pretty insignificant, and they were there for only the comedy. Most of the supporting cast members were just stereotypes, like Jaxx, the strange emo girl, and DJ, the reasonable black guy. Overall, the acting was good, the main characters were decent, but the supporting characters were below average.
The Meg is so enjoyable because of the action, and that's one of the best parts about the movie. I love the graphics style and the color palette, being very colorful and bright. This is a big budget movie, so you'd expect good CGI. The action does get a little repetitive, like how everyone falls off the boat several times in the movie, and the megalodons were always looping around, but besides that, the action was great. The Meg does a good job at playing with our expectations; at certain times, I was like, "The shark is going to jump out and kill him", and the camera work does a good job to make us think that, so respect to the director. Overall, The Meg has a lot of fun action scenes, and the graphics style is amazing, but the action gets repetitive at times.
Overall, The Meg is a very enjoyable movie. I'm not going to give The Meg a 10/10 for knowing that it's stupid and that's the point of the movie, but this movie does have some issue, and I won't disregard that. But everyone knew the whole point of the movie and took it reasonably, and not giving it really high scores. The Meg was a fun silly summer flick, that's a good movie to watch with friends. I recommend The Meg to anyone that likes to enjoy cheesy movies, and not take it too seriously.
Dwayne Johnson is doing pretty good for himself in 2018; releasing two movies so far. Both 2018 movies feel tacked on and rushed, and Rampage suffers from both those issues. Dwyane Johnson has realized that he's one of the biggest actors nowadays, so he has to star in as much movies as he can before his hype dies down. The name Rampage is very self explanatory for the movie, and most of the time the movie does a great job at living up to the name. Dwayne Johnson is already in four movies in 2019, and I'm very confident he's going to burn himself out. Whenever I see a movie that's all about enjoying the action and having a great, I usually join the audiences' opinion, but this time I'm joining the critics.
Rampage is a very average monster movie, and it keeps that classic aspect to it. Rampage doesn't offer anything new, except for bringing in giant animals that could destroy a city. I think the script is a little silly in my opinion; that scientists were experimenting antidotes in space, then it goes south and the remaining antidotes fall onto Earth and a couple animals touched it and became big and dangerous. The story is very focused on corporate aspects, which a lot of movies nowadays focus on. To be honest, I was expecting a worse storyline, but it wasn't that bad. The pacing was pretty good, and the movie stays on track and doesn't focus on subplots too much. Overall, the story was decent, the pacing was pretty good for an action movie, and the story has a classic monster movie aspect to it.
A lot of action movies have trouble with creating good characters, and Rampage suffers from that too. All the characters were cliche; each character had their own stereotype. Dwayne was the strong protagonist, Dr. Kate Caldwell (Played by: Naomie Harris) was the smart good scientist, Claire Wyden (Played by: Malin Akerman) was the evil corporate leader, and Harvey Russell (Played by: Jeffrey Dean Morgan) was the cowboy special ops commander. The rest of the supporting characters were also cliches too. The monsters were done well; looking scary and being able to cause a lot of destruction. What confused me the most about the monsters was, why didn't George become all mean looking like the wolf and the crocodile. Overall, the characters were stereotypical and just terrible, the monsters were good, but why didn't George become evil looking?
Being a PG-13 movie, Rampage was very gore. There was a curtain scene that looked like it was ripped straight out of Saving Private Ryan (D-Day scene). I think the reason why this movie was PG-13 is because Dwayne Johnson was in it, but this movie easily could've been rated R. The comedy was very weak, not one joke landed, and it just came out awkward. I liked how when the action started, it never stopped; it was just constant action. Overall, Rampage is very brutal, and it could've been a rated R film, the action was fun and it never stopped, but the comedy was very weak and disappointing.
Overall, Rampage is an average movie. I only enjoyed the action, and that's it. A lot of action movies have great action, but a weak script, and Rampage is the perfect example of that. The comedy was really awkward and painfully cringey. The characters were terrible; all being cliches and stereotypes of modern Hollywood. Rampage is a fun movie to watch; only watch Rampage for the action, and that's it.
Death Wish (2018)
Not The Best Revenge Movie...
The revenge story has been used plenty of times in the movie industry, and it's hard to find a unique twist to these revenge stories. Death wish thought it was clever to add a twist, being the protagonist is a doctor/surgeon. The idea sounds fresh, but poor execution led this movie down the drain. I am a fan of Bruce Willis, but this is one of his worst movies on the big screen. I don't know if Bruce Willis had a bad script, but his character was really boring and one dimensional. In order to have a good revenge story, you must have a protagonist you cheer for and a antagonist(s) you despise. It's really easy to make an antagonist that everyone hates, but it's harder to make a protagonist that you can relate to and have sympathy. This movie is just so boring and annoyingly predictable and cliche. Very few times I agree with the critcs, but this time, I fully agree with them.
The robbers break into a house and kill the whole family, but the father survives and seeks revenge. This plot has been done so many times, for example, Law Abiding Citizen. I really wasn't that connected with the family before they were killed off, which is one of the worst flaws in revenge stories. All you have to do is make the antagonist(s) kill a puppy, and their you go; a sad revenge story. The movie would've been better if they took a little more time into introducing the family and less time hunting the antagonists. The pacing is really awkward; he hunts the antagonists then goes back to his job, then helps out a little kid and then goes back for revenge. The pacing is all over the place, and the movie didn't keep track of what it was supposed to be. Death Wish gets really boring halfway through the movie, because of the horrible pacing. The story is really cliche, which is normal for a revenge story, it would've been better if they added a twist at the end and tried to be more innovative. Overall, the story is below average; suffering from awkward pacing and lack of innovation.
I'm really happy about the casting for this movie. Dean Norris was an awesome choice for Detective Kevin Raines; Dean Norris knows how to play a cop. The acting wasn't bad, but it certainly wasn't the best acting of 2018. I would say the worst part about the characters are how boring they are. Bruce Willis' character, Paul Kersey isn't bad, but the daughter is by far the worst. Jordan Kersey (The daughter) is the victim of the robbery, and whenever there is a victim in a movie, you have to have sympathy for them, but I felt no sympathy; she's smart, talented in sports, has a wealthy father, and grew up in a good neighborhood. If the family has a rough financial problem, lives in a poor neighborhood, and the child (Under the age of ten) gets bullied in school, then I would feel a lot more sympathy. The Frank character was pretty unnecessary in my opinion, and I feel like he could've been removed and replaced as the son of Paul Kersey, just to make the movie more dramatic. Overall, the characters are boring and offer nothing new to the table, the acting wasn't bad, and some characters were unnecessary.
Death Wish was surprisingly brutal, which is a very positive thing in a revenge story. Besides the brutality, there isn't really anything unique. I did like how Paul Kersey was uneducated about weapons, and learned how to use weapons the hard way, it gives a sense of reality. It would've been nice to see the detectives take more part in the action, instead of helping at the end. Overall, the action is quite bland, except for the overly exaggerated brutality.
Overall, Death Wish isn't a very good movie, and I hate bashing on movies, because I know how much effort is put into them. This movie tries to offer knew things to the table, but fails in cringeworthy ways, like the media aspect. The media aspect was added in to show how single minded people are, but it just comes out cringey, like when the news and radio shows were calling Paul Kersey "The Grim Reaper". This movie tries to talk about so many issues about the modern world, and it just ends up losing track of the main focus of the story. The story was bland, the characters were one dimensional, and the action wasn't that satisfying. I don't recommend buying this movie, or renting it; just wait for it to appear on Netflix.
Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018)
We All New It Was Bad...
When I first saw the trailer for Pacific Rim: Uprising, I immediately knew it was going to be trash. I hoped that the director and the writers knew that this movie was going to be bad, and just make this movie a 100% jaeger vs kaiju, but of course it wasn't. I just wanted to see jaegers and kaijus fight, and we do get to see that, but there wasn't enough. The first Pacific Rim was more about the story and setting up the universe, so I was okay with all the talking and boring parts. In Pacific Rim: Uprising there was a lot of talking and explaining, which I thought was not necessary; and if there is a lot of talking, then at least have a good story to back it up. The story was average, nothing special. The way I see monster movies is that it's all about the monsters and destruction, and not so much on the story. I wanted this movie to be ridiculous, and some parts in the movie were ridiculous, but the lack of action and fun really made me disappointed.
The story is the exact same as the original's, but some differences. The story is very average for a monster movie, but the pacing was terrible. There was huge chunks in the movie that was just talking. When there wasn't any fighting going on, the movie just felt boring. If there was constant action and some storytelling, then I would be okay with it. The writing was awful and awkward, and it felt like a 12 year old was writing it. I liked all the different locations in this movie. There was around three different locations, Australia, Tokyo, and Antarctica. Pacific Rim: Uprising has a lot of creative ideas. There was a fight scene, jaeger vs jaeger, I thought that it was another pilot controlling the enemy jaeger, but it was a kaiju brain. Unfortunately, the movie didn't go into much detain about that kaiju brain. This movie focuses a lot on the boring things and not so much on the interesting things, like the kaiju brain controlling a jaeger. Overall, this movie doesn't focus on the fun parts, but mostly on the unnecessary parts, and the pacing is really boring.
The characters are by far the worst part about this movie. The only decent character is John Boyega's character. Scott Eastwood did an okay job being the uptight captain. The biggest issue I have is the teenagers. There was a lot of unnecessary things in Pacific Rim: Uprising, but the teenagers take the cake. I really don't know why the writers added in the teenagers; the teenagers were just boring, and stereotypical. The idea that there was no one left to pilot the jeagers, and that the teenagers have to step up and pilot is just stupid. So, you're telling me that there is no one left to pilot the jaegers in a military facility; where did all the professionals go? One character that was just pointless was that girl that showed up for a minute talking to Boyega and Eastwood, and she's apparently a love interest. If you're going to have a love interest, then don't make the girl show up for just one minute, and leave and never show up agian. Overall, all of the teenagers are one dimensional and stereotypical. Boyega and Eastwood are the only decent characters. And the love interest was just weird.
The action offers a few things new to the table, like the jaeger vs jaeger and the giant kaiju made of three different kaijus. I liked the idea of three kaijus combing together to make one massive one; that was a proper boss battle. There were three locations, my favorite was the one in Antarctica. The Antarctica fight was creative, I just wish the fight was longer. Most of the fight scenes were in broad daylight, but I prefer it in the dark, like in the first movie. The CGI was good, and there wasn't one scene where the CGI looked bad, so that was a good thing. The biggest issue I have is that there was only one kaiju fight (The boss fight). For a monster movie, there wasn't enough kaiju fights. Overall, the action was okay. There wasn't enough fights, but when there was action, it was great.
Overall, Pacific Rim: Uprising was an average movie. Pacific Rim: Uprising didn't have enough action, which made it boring. The story was just bland and it didn't offer anything new. The characters were done poorly, with each character having terrible dialog. I don't really recommend spending money on this movie, as it's just going to bore you to death.
Jurassic World: An Utter Disappointment
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom had a decent and entertaining trailer, but sometimes the trailer can be totally different than the movie, and this movie proves it. The trailer hides what this movie really is. All the scenes in the Jurassic Park island in the trailer is all that you get; literally, I'm not joking. I know that all movies nowadays are for cash grabs, but this movie is the cherry on top. They could've ended the Jurassic Park series with Jurassic World, but no, they have to add on one more, just for the money. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom shouldn't of exist. The story is just insane; yeah lets save the dinosaurs that killed thousands of people, that's a great idea. The story just proves that the writers ran out of ideas, so they just stuff in a ridiculous plot. I'm really disappointed with this movie. I'm a huge fan of Jurassic Park, and to see this franchise go down this path really makes me sad.
The biggest complaint I have with this movie is the lack of realism. No one would begin a movement to save the dinosaurs from an exploding island; maybe it would slightly make sense if they only brought back the herbivores, but still that's too dangerous. The pacing was really weird too. The movie starts off quick, and we get straight to the island, but we only get to see the island for about 15-30 min, which is short due to the fact that most of the Jurassic Park movies are set mostly on the island. Then for the last hour and a half we're in a mansion, and then the pacing is very long. So the story starts off quick, then ends long. This movie is a cliche-fest too; the good guy is actually a bad guy, all the villains die, and all the good guys live. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is very predictable; take everything that you saw from all the Jurassic Park movies and add them up, you get Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom. Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom has no original ideas. We get the Indo-Raptor, which is just a copied idea from Jurassic World, but this time it's less awesome than the Indominus Rex. Then we get the hunter guy, who was outsmarted by a dinosaur, which was straight ripped out of the original. Overall, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is just a remake of all the Jurassic Park movies. Everything was predictable and cliche, and the story was just stupid.
We get two characters from Jurassic World, Owen and Claire; they're pretty much the same, but Owen feels a bit more boring. Then the new Characters, Franklin and Zia. Franklin and Zia are just stereotypes and unoriginal. Franklin is the nerd that doesn't have any people skills and hates nature. Zia is the strong and fearless character, she's pretty much the exact opposite than Franklin, and we see these duos all the time in movies. There's two main bad guys, Eli and Ken. Eli is the greedy character. Eli is such a cliche character, he's a good guy on the outside and a bad guy on the outside; I really don't know if it was supposed to be a surprise when we find out that he's a bad guy, but it was really predictable. Ken is the hunter/leader of the operation. Ken is such a terrible character, he's pretty much a repeat of Hoskins from Jurassic World, but more boring. Ken even has a predictable death, his death is a remake of Muldoon's death (Muldoon is the guy that says "Clever girl"). Overall, all the characters are cliches and just straight out boring.
For a Jurassic World/Park movie, we really don't see that much dinosaurs. We really only see dinosaurs at the beginning and at the end. We do see dinosaurs quite frequently, but they're all in cages. We primarily see carnivores fighting people, and we only see dinosaur versus dinosaur about three times in the movie. The CGI is okay for a 2018 movie, but some scenes looked really fake. One thing that really bothered me was that we really only saw the Mosasaurus (Fish dinosaur) twice; at the beginning and at the end. If there was more Mosasaurus scenes, then I'd appreciate this movie a bit more. There wasn't that much action involved in this movie. Most of the time spent in this movie is just setting up what's going to happen in the movie, but we already know what's going to happen, because this movie is predictable. Overall, there wasn't that much action, there wasn't enough dinosaurs, and the CGI was below average.
Overall, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was a huge disappointment. Everything that I wanted in this movie wasn't there, and everything I didn't want was there. This movie really didn't feel like a Jurassic Park/World movie. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom fails in a lot of different factors, like the comedy. There wasn't a lot of comedy, but when there was comedy, it wasn't funny. The director wasn't the problem, it was the writers. The writers completely ran out of idea, so they have to produce this garbage. I think newcomers in this franchise would enjoy this movie, but long-time fans are going to be disappointed.
Deadpool 2 (2018)
A True Deadpool Movie...
Deadpool 2 is just a perfect representation of Deadpool; it's a perfect Deadpool movie. This movie did not take anything serious, and I feel like that's important for most comedy movies. The writers for Deadpool 2 pretty much nailed it for the comedy and the characters. I thought Deadpool 2 was going to be nothing compared to the first, but I think it's better. The jokes are funnier, the characters are far more likable, and the CGI looks better. And the Easter Eggs; if you think there was a lot of Easter Eggs in the first, wait 'til you see the Deadpool 2, there's at least double. Deadpool 2 was a bit of a disappointment for the characters. There was all these jokes and scenes in the trailer, but it never showed in the final cut. There was two scenes in the trailer that showed Bedlam and Shatterstar fighting, but it was like chunks in the movie were cut out. And I really wanted to see Terry Crews fight in a Deadpool movie.
This is a perfect Deadpool story, it could also work for any comedy movie. I love the idea of time travel, and they used that idea perfectly, because one of the funniest scenes has to do with time travel. The story goes like this: Cable, from the future wants to kill Firefist, because the future Firefist kills Cable's family, and it's up to Deadpool to protect Firefist. The story is so unique because you'd expect Deadpool to protect Firefist through the whole movie, but then they become enemies, then friends again. We also see Juggernaut protect Firefist at the end of the movie, which is interesting. Although Deadpool 2 was just under two hours, I did want it to go longer; it was just an enjoyable film. The pacing was good, I was never bored when there was no action, because of the constant jokes. I usually complain about subplots, but I felt like there wasn't enough. Some subplots were really interesting, like in the future where cable's family died. I really hope they show what it's like in the future. Overall, the story is funny, entertaining, and unique.
All the characters were good. They pretty much nailed Deadpool, with the jokes, and the fighting style. I liked how at first, Deadpool was fighting Cable, but then at the end they become best friends (In a way). The only thing that bothered me was how the original X-Force team died immediately after parachuting, it was a funny scene, but I hoped to see them all fight, especially Peter. We also see Juggernaut for a bit, which I never expected. And then we have the innocent Colossus. Colossus pretty much stayed the same from the original, and we also heard him swear for the first time, so that was good. I loved how in this movie, everyone gets the spotlight, and their own jokes; no matter how little the screen time is. And we see colossus fight dirty for the first time too, against Juggernaut. Overall, all of the characters were funny, but there was way too little screen time for the original X-Force.
Deadpool 2 was way funnier than the first. There was so many references to different movies that ruined the X-Men universe and Ryan Reynolds career. One of the references was about the leg cross in Basic Instinct; that was one of the funniest moments in the entire movie. The combat is brutal, even more brutal than the first, which is the way it's supposed, because it's a Deadpool movie. The director, David Leitch is so talented and underrated, and I really hope he directs another Deadpool movie. The CGI is decent, but some scenes looked a bit too cheesy. The choreography was good and action-packed, it was also funny; especially the fight scene with Juggernaut and Colossus. Overall, Deadpool 2 is an amazing action movie, with entertaining and funny choreography, and the comedy was hilarious.
Overall, Deadpool 2 takes what made Deadpool 1 so great, and makes it better. I loved every moment in this movie, and I never wanted it to end. I love the character Deadpool, and this version; it's exactly like the game; I haven't read any of the comic books, so I really don't know if it's like the comics. But I really hope everyone gets a chance to watch this movie, it really made me laugh, and the people in the theater.
Loved Every Bit...
I see a lot of reviews talking about how it's "Confusing" and "It made no sense". I mean come on! It's supposed to make no sense. It's supposed to be confusing. The reason why it made no "Sense" is because something from another world is changing and fusing DNA; it's a very simple story (For people who pay attention). The argument, "Confusing" is more reasonable than "Not making sense". This movie is meant to be "Confusing", and it's meant to make you think, and I respect that direction, because sometimes it's good to have an unexplained ending. I also see a lot of "Boring" in other reviews, and I get it, some people want to see action, but I loved the pacing, and I'll explain later. This movie really does appeal to a certain type of audience; people who love Sci-Fis, Thrillers and a bit of Horror and people who have patience, as this movie does have a slow start. Except from a few little issues, this movie is a really good Sci-Fi.
I like how the story doesn't explain things, and you learn more and more when the characters are learning more. But some subplots aren't explained good enough though, like how Lena is cheating on her husband. That subplot is more important then you would think, as it is the cause of Lena's husband (Kane) to leave and join this mission. The pacing affects the cheating subplot, so you really have to pay attention to what's going on. This is one of those movies that explains what happened in the past as the story is progressing, and I think that's why people are so confused. I liked how the movie doesn't go into detain about the alien, or the hole in the lighthouse, and we really don't know anything about everything. One of the biggest issues I have is at the very last scene, where we see Lena's eyes glow, if there was atleast five minutes more to explain just a little more then I guess it would be okay. Now the Shimmer. The idea that all the cells are changing and developing something new is one of the most original ideas I've seen in a long time. Seeing some of the characters change physically and mentally because of the Shimmer is really interesting. Overall, the story is creative. Sometimes a little too confusing, but it's balanced. But one of the subplots could've been done better.
The story really doesn't focus on the supporting characters, and because of that, the characters are weak. All of the characters are explained of why they joined this mission, but not explained into detail. I already forgot most of the characters' names and why they joined, that just goes to show how poor the character development is. I think the characters are so weak is because the characters are used to show the dangers of the Shimmer's environment. Like how Josie was used to show how the mutations affect her, Sheppard and Anya were used to show the dangers of the mutated animals, and Dr. Ventress was used to show the power of the alien. I do think the romance between Lena and Kane was weak, we mostly see them in the subplots rather than the present. Overall, the characters are below average, and the romance is weak, but I liked how the deaths of the characters show how dangerous the Shimmer is.
This movie is a mix of Sci-Fi, Thriller and Horror, which is common in Hollywood, but the direction this movie took really makes it unique. As I said before, the Shimmer is one of the most original ideas that has come out in a long time. Using that idea and putting it into a Horror is a great idea. Most Horror movies nowadays rely on jumpscares to startle you, but this has no jumpscares at all, and it's even more scary because of that. One scene, when a bear is in a room walking around beside the tied up crew members, the bear makes a noise. That noise is the voice of Sheppard, how died by the bear. We hear her screams of pain through this mutilated bear. That scene was so intense and frightening that it made me cringe the whole time. The visuals are great, and everyone should atleast agree on that. The pacing is also great, it really keeps me excited for what's happening next. There's that mystery of what could possibly come next. I did hope to see more monsters though, if there was more monsters, then that would've been the icing on the cake. Overall, this is a scary movie (With no jumpscares), the visuals and directing is great and the pacing always caries a suspense.
Overall, Annihilation has to be one of the best horror movies of 2018. And I know people are going to say; "it's not a Horror movie.", but it did make me cringe, because of how scary it is. For me, everything is perfect, except for some little issues. I loved the suspense and how this movie never goes into detail about certain topics. I really do recommend Annihilation. You could watch it on Netflex in some countries, but in others you can't, but if you have the time, try watching Annihilation.
The Shape of Water (2017)
Good, But Not Picture Of The Year...
As a huge fan of Guillermo del Toro and the Hellboy universe; I expected to love this movie, and I did. And yes, I did just claim that this movie is related to the Hellboy universe. I thought this movie was going to be a little more Sci-Fi/Fantasy than Drama/Romance. The idea was great; a little strange, but anything can happen in Hollywood nowadays. A lot of critics are praising this movie, and I can see why, but so much fame was put on this movie that some movies didn't get the spotlight it deserved. I think Edgar Wright should've got the Oscar for directing in Baby Driver, but it's just my opinion. I really couldn't find any problems in this movie; and I tried really hard to find just one issue. The pacing is good, the directing is good, the music was good, etc. Honestly The Shape of Water isn't really my cup of tea, but I can Respect it.
The story is unique and different, which is surprising; due to how long the movie business has been going. The idea that a woman falls in love with another creature can be a little strange, but the story was written so well that it kinda makes it normal; which is even more strange. The message of the story is kind of a cliche though; that you can fall in love with anyone or anything, and no one can stop you. This movie is 2 hours long and it's a Drama, so I expected to be bored, but I was always entertained. The storytelling and pacing always kept the movie on it's tracks, and it never leans to much into different subplots. Some of the subplots are great: Some are mysterious, some add to the story, and some make the characters more interesting. I liked how the story reveals itself more and more whenever Elisa finds out more and more. Overall, the story is interesting, the subplots are used perfectly, and the pacing leads to a great climax.
In order for you to have a good Drama, you have to have good characters, and that's why this movie is a good Drama. The two main characters (Elisa and Amphibian Man) don't talk, so you have to make them likable, but use no dialogue. Elisa's relationship with Amphibian Man improves both characters, and makes them more "likable". The antagonist was done well. I enjoyed Michael Shannon's performance a lot, maybe a little too much. He makes his character so frightening and vulnerable at the same time, sometimes having a vulnerable antagonist can improve the character itself. The supporting cast was good too. No one really stood out, but they were likable, like Giles (Richard Jenkins) and Zelda (Octavia Spencer). Giles plays an important role in the story as Elisa's neighbor and best friend. Giles is a rather interesting character; being a struggling movie poster artist in a changing world. Zelda plays a role similar to Giles; she's Elisa's best friend too. Overall, the Main and supporting characters are well done, and the antagonist is easily hateable.
This movie has colorful settings in a rather dark world. The settings are so interesting and surprisingly colorful. The teal backdrop of this world adds flavour in this dull world. I could never get over how colorful this dark movie is. The direction and production design is out of this world. Some of the sets and scenes are just so interesting to look at, and I really have to respect the production designers. The music is great and eerie which represents the entire feel of the movie. The pacing is great and it really foreshadows the climax. Not much CGI is used, and sometimes in order to make a creature look real; you have to make it CGI, but the costume design was great and they really did make Amphibian Man look real. Overall, there was a lot of time spent on this movie, with great directing, production design, and costume design.
Overall, The shape of Water is a great drama. I could tell there was a lot of time spent on this movie, and it paid off. This movie is a 100% 10/10. There was no flaws whatsoever. The story was entertaining and unique, and it delivered a cliche message, but it delivered it greatly. The characters are amazing; they all played a part in this movie. All of the characters are likable, except for the villain, which is a good thing. The directing and production design is top notch. Although The Shape of Water really isn't my type of movie, I still have to respect it for doing such a great job. I strongly recommend The Shape of Water, it's a perfect Drama and a good Fantasy movie.
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
The Hype Is Real!
I've been waiting for this movie to come out for forever now. I was afraid it was going to be terrible; if it was, then that would be a surprise. Marvel movies have been at the top for years now, and this is the peak. I was so excited to see all these characters meet for the first time and take down Thanos. For me, this is the best way to introduce the Infinity War story. There was so much characters and subplots, and there was no pacing issues and the story didn't get lost in itself. This movie could've been three hours plus, but putting it all together in two hours thirty minutes is a real achievement. I was never bored too; there was action right in the beginning to the end. I know a lot of the non-comic moviegoers are going to hate this movie, because they had no idea that Thanos would kill everyone, luckily I knew what was going to happen. I think it was a hard decision for Marvel to take this direction; due to the criticism of the naive moviegoers, salute to Marvel. The thing is, if Marvel never explained all of the characters, then this could've ended up as a failure. We knew all of the characters and plots. Marvel explained every bit to the audience through multiple movies. Marvel took their time to explain and not confuse the audience. DC didn't do that with Justice League, there was no hype for that, because there were no "Multiple movies".
There are six Infinity Stones, each stone was explained throughout every Marvel movie (Excluding the X-Men universe). We knew everything there has to be known about the Infinity Stones and the subplots, because of the "Multiple movies". This movie is subplot galore, and a lot of movies suffer from that, but this movie doesn't. All the subplots made the Marvel universe more interesting and exciting. For anyone who doesn't fully understand the plot, Thanos has to collect six Infinity Stones from around the universe, if he gets it, then goodbye to the superheros, and that's what happens in this movie. Most of the superheros are gone, it's up for the rest to end Thanos. There was no pacing issues, as I said before. I was never confused of what was happening; the plot stayed on its tracks the entire movie. We also saw Thanos collect each Infinity Stone, except for one. I liked seeing Thanos collect all these Infinity Stones while seeing the superheros band up together, it really builds up the the climax. Overall, the plot stayed steady, there wasn't too many plot holes, the story is action packed, fun, and exciting.
I loved all of the characters. Each one had their own movie to star in, which made them even more exciting to see them team up. For me, Thanos was perfect. They made Thanos strong and "Merciless". Thanos was such a good villain because he didn't fail to kill superheros, and that's what he did in this movie. If a villain managed to do nothing, then he's a bad villain, but Thanos managed to complete his mission. Every character was interesting, and they had their own part to play in this movie. Each character and setting was explained so perfectly in this movie, and in other Marvel movies. One of the newer characters is Eitri (Peter Dinklage). Peter Dinklage was the perfect choice for Eitri. Dinklage is such a good actor; he can really play any role. I would also like to see Eitri join the rest of the Avengers to end Thanos, that would be great. Since there's so much characters in a two hour thrity minute movie, some characters don't get that much screen time. I wanted to see more Black Panther, he was only helpful at the end of the movie. Overall, every character had their own role to play in the story, Thanos was perfect in this movie, but some characters didn't get that much screen time than others.
A lot of long movies like, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Blade Runner 2049 suffer from one important issue; the boredom. A lot of long movies feel long because there isn't enough action to keep the audience satisfied, but Avengers: Infinity War had no problem. None of the characters had to be explained and none of the major plots had to be explained, it was all action. This movie really used the power of CGI, and there was no problem. Sometimes having a CGI villain can ruin the villain itself, but the voice acting by Josh Brolin was good enough to make this CGI villain believable. The climax of the movie is one of the strong parts of this movie. Seeing most of the superheros work together for the first time is like rewatching the climax of Avengers (2012). But not all of the superheros were fighting the alien army. The other superheros were fighting Thanos. Overall, there was constant action, the CGI was on point, but I expected a slightly better final fight.
Overall, Avengers: Infinity War was perfect for me. I loved the story, the characters, and the action. I was afraid that Marvel would do something wrong, but everything was perfect. I really hope Marvel can keep up with the good work, but Venom scares me. Venom, in my opinion doesn't look that good for a Marvel movie, and I really want this Marvel hot streak to continue. There is one minor issue; there wasn't enough Hulk. I wanted to see Hulk in the final battle, but he was just in the Hulkbuster suit, which is ironic. Avengers: Infinity War was funny too, which isn't surprising. I strongly recommend Avenger: Infinity War, it's the Perfect Marvel movie, with lovable characters, laughs, and the constant action.
Lost in Space (2018)
A Bit Disappointing...
When I first saw the trailer, I immediately got excited. I'm a huge Sci-Fi fan, so of course I was going to enjoy watching, but it was a disappointment. Netflix released Altered Carbon a few months ago. And Altered Carbon was one of the best Sci-Fi show Netflix produced. So I expected Lost in Space to have the same success as Altered Carbon. Lost in Space had the potential to be amazing, but the writers' did a horrible job. The directing was great, but this show proves you have to have good writers to tell a story. The CGI was average, with some iffy scenes, but not on the same level as Altered Carbon. I'm not sure if Lost in Space was low budget, but it did feel a bit cheap, like the robot. The robot was too obvious that it was just a tall guy in a costume, and that really affected the entire mood of the show. I haven't seen the original show or the movie, so I can't compare it to the other versions, but I can compare it to other Sci-Fis. Lost in Space felt like Terminator 2 and Pitch Black. The acting was pretty decent, nothing too special, but Maxwell Jenkins, who played Will Robinson, did a great job.
As I said before, Lost in Space felt like Terminator 2 and Pitch Black had a baby. If you haven't watched Pitch Black, then let me explain; a crew crash lands on an unknown planet and they have to escape, because the planet their on has forever turned "Pitch Black", they also have to escape from the monsters that hunt in the dark. The plot between Pitch Black and Lost in Space are very similar. And Lost in Space is similar to Terminator 2, because there's a kid that becomes friends with a robot that's dangerous, but does what he says. So if you put those two movies together then you should get a good result, right? Wrong! You get a mess. The pacing was sloppy, and it was very noticeable. The story sounds good on paper, but the execution was terrible. It's one of those stories where it's a race against time, and those stories are easy to mess up. The story goes like this; colonists crash land, they find out they have to escape because of the Sun, they group up together to escape, and they eventually escape. But the plot is way too predictable; someone has an idea, they execute it, and something goes horribly wrong, so they start a new idea. The good things about the story is the mysterious subplot about the robot, and the creative story. Overall, the storytelling and pacing was awful, and the plot is too predictable. But it was creative.
The characters are decent. The whole family thing was cliche: You have the troublemaker, the genius, and the terrible father. Some of the characters were bland and boring, like Judy. The villain, June Harris/Dr. Smith was amazing. Allot of movies just make the villain evil, and has evil motivations, but this villain wasn't like that. The villain in this show was a psychopath. She doesn't care for anyone else, but herself, she manipulates people, and has a mischievous presence. The robot was horrible. I can see why Netflix didn't show much of the robot in the trailer. Whenever the robot would walk, it walked too similarly to a human. Whenever the robot would move his arms, it was too slow and lethargic, like the suit was heavy, and worn by a man. Some characters were better than others, like Penny Robinson. The character, Penny Robinson was slightly more likable than any other character, just because of her personality. You would expect Will to be one of the more better characters, but he wasn't even close. His character was too cliche and naive, he was just too "kidish". Overall, the most interesting characters are: June Harris, Penny Robinson, and Don West. All of the other characters are decent.
The action is one of the more stronger factors in this show. The CGI and effects are on Hollywood level. Some scenes clearly don't look as good as others, and there was no particularly awful looking scene. I expected to see a bunch of different life forms, but we only saw four: two bugs and two monsters. I was hoping there was more monsters though, it would really make the planet more scary and unknown. One of the monsters was like a pterodactyl, and it looked scary, but that scene didn't last long, and it was one of the better scenes in the whole show. Lost in Space was also boring, which is to be expected, as it isn't an action show. But when I watched the trailer, it looked somewhat action packed. If this show was more like Star Trek, than I think it would've been better. Overall, the CGI was good, but there wasn't enough Sci-Fi and action.
Overall, Lost in Space had the potential to be great, but it was a failure. The trailers made Lost in Space look big budget, and that annoyed me. I was so hyped, but then I saw the truth. Lost in Space isn't a bad show, but it was very disappointing. The main characters, Will was just a cliche, and the robot didn't act like a robot. The only good characters are the supporting ones. The story could've been better. The pacing wasn't right, the execution was terrible, and the overall plot was too overused. Maybe in the 60's, the plot would've been more creative, but not in the 21 century. Netflix had a reputation for making great show's, but this show proves that sometimes the best can make the worst.
Star Wars Digging Their Own Grave...
Everyone knows that Star Wars movies are always going to get billions in the box office, no matter how bad the movie is. I feel like Star Wars is now a cash grab from the fans, and I am a fan. The last Star Wars movie that was good was Star Wars: The Force Awakens, in my opinion, and it was in 2015; it's now 2018. I saw some mixed reviews on rotten tomatoes between the audience and the critics, as usual. Personally I'm more on the audiences' side, because I really don't care about the visuals, I care about the story; and let me tell you, the story is trash for a Star Wars movie. And I don't know if it was the director or the writers who screwed up the story. I'm now afraid of what Star Wars movies are going to become; probably a big cash grab, hopefully not to the point as Ghostbusters (2016). Star Wars: The Last Jedi is like a tennis ball, bright on the outside, but hollow on the inside.
The story is just unforgivable, and sloppy. The movie was over 2h 30min, maybe if I was entertained the whole way through, I wouldn't mind, but I was bored the whole way through. I felt like nothing was achieved in this story. And I have to mention the plot holes, it was plot hole galore, and I have the writers to blame for that. The story was overly complex too; how could you make a simple story like this, over 2h 30min. The story was about the last rebellion ships escaping escaping the empire, but they can't escape because the empire could track them through hyperspeed. Then Finn and his new girlfriend, Rose team up to find a guy who can disable the hyperspeed tracker, and then the ships escape. The End. The movie could've been 2hs if they just cut out the stupid parts. And if you think about it, Alien: Covenant and Star Wars: The Last Jedi have one thing in common, their both stupid. Like, why is Luke acting so different from the last time we saw him. In the first Star Wars movies, Luke wanted to end the empire, now he doesn't care; did the writers even watch the first movies. Overall, the story took too long to progress, and too many plot holes.
The characters were almost as bad as the story, sadly. First I want to talk about Luke Skywalker. Why is Luke so depressed? Is it because of Kylo. Why did Luke shut himself from the force? Is it because of Kylo too. Why did luke give up on the rebellion? Is it also about Kylo; I just don't believe Luke would do that just because of Kylo. Now let's talk about the Finn and Rose romance. The romance felt very awkward, as if it was a check mark on a to-do list. I prefer no romance if it's going to be this cheesy. But all the other characters are the same; Poe is still cocky, and Rey is still naive. I now want to talk about Snoke. How could you screw up Snoke so badly; J.J. Abrams made Snoke mysterious and powerful, but the writers' decision was to kill him. There was such a good opportunity to develop Snoke as a character, but they blew it. Now, I have to mention Luke's death. I think Luke was the first Jedi to die from using the force, that right there just shows the stupidity of this movie. Overall, the writers did a good job with not screwing up some characters, but did a good job screwing some up.
The action was the best part about Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The cinematography was amazing the the special effects were good. One of the highlights was at the end, when the rebellion was fighting off the empire. I loved seeing that red dirt fly off into the air, with the white ground, it was really amazing. The one issue I have with the action, was how little there was. There was complete sections with just talking and talking, but nothing really being achieved. When I think of Star Wars, I think of two things, spaceships and lightsaber fights; there was spaceships, but no lightsaber fights. There was only one lightsaber fight, and it wasn't Sith vs Jedi. The thing that bothered me the most was that we didn't see any training whatsoever from Luke. I got so excited when I saw Rey walk up to Luke in the last scene of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I was Like "I can't wait to see Luke train Rey, it's going to be awesome", but there was no training. Overall, amazing cinematography and effects, but boring sections.
Overall, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a decent movie, but a terrible Star Wars movie. I was expecting to be disappointed due to all the mixed reviews, but I didn't think it was this bad. The director and writers messed up pretty badly, in my opinion, but I still have hope for this franchise. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is either quantity or quality, and it's mostly quantity. I've watched all of the Star Wars movies, and I'm a huge fan, but seeing this direction made me fearful for the decisions this franchise is taking. In my opinion, get Abrams and the original crew of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and hopefully they can undue this mess. But this movie does get some things right, like the directing, which really gives this movie a 6 out of 10 for me. So Star Wars: The Last Jedi was a flop for the audience, but a success for the critics and the box office, unfortunately.
A Quiet Place (2018)
A Scary Place...
I'm not really a big fan of horror movies, but if I find it interesting, then I watch it. And when I saw the trailer, I new I was going to love it, and I did. A lot of horror movies suffer from the cliches, like making stupid decisions or false jumpscares, and this movie did have a few of those jumpscares. I think jumpscares don't make movies scary, but the thrill and the suspense is what truly makes a movie scary. A Quiet Place had so much suspense and thrill, and that for me made it scary. But I wasn't scared like I couldn't get an image out of my head, but I was scared because of what I thought was going to happen, like, is she going to die or how are they going to escape. A Quiet Place did have one of those cliches; at the start of the movie, it said "Day 89", you should have a basic understanding of survival and to keep quiet from these monsters, so why exactly would you turn on a toy rocket that makes sounds? Except from that instance, all of the characters make smart, logical actions.
The idea that we see the story the same way the characters do was a good. I'm guessing the characters have no idea why or how these monsters got here; the audience also doesn't know why or how they got here, and that's why I love this movie so much. The mystery of the monsters really does make them unpredictable, and generally good monsters. I liked how the movie starts at "day 89", It adds to the mystery. The story is simple; a family trying to survive from these monsters that use sound to hunt, I also believe they use echolocation. The story mainly focuses on the family, and not so much on the monsters; the movie focuses on how the family has to keep quiet and their reaction to the monsters. The story does have some weaknesses, like why aren't the monsters attacking the birds in the air; does the monsters know they can't get the birds. So clearly their are some unanswered questions and some plot holes, but not to the point where you're questioning the whole movie. The story is very strong in my opinion, it's entertaining, mysterious, thrilling, and simple. Overall, the story is great, but there are some plot holes and unanswered questions.
The characters are decent, with some characters obviously getting more attention than others (Regan, the deaf girl). At the beginning, one of the family members die (Kid with the rocket), and that kid's death at the start of the movie was a perfect way to start a horror movie; by showing how easy it is to die in the world they're living in. I think most of the characters were good, but it is difficult to make a character likable or attached to with such little dialog. Luckily all of the actors were good at acting, because this movie heavily relies on the emotions and the actions to show what a character is going through. And of course someone dies (John Krasinski's character, Lee Abbott), but it wasn't that emotional. The movie was very short in my opinion, with a run time of 1h 30min; if this movie was 2hs long, with the extra 30min developing characters, then maybe his death could've been sad. If the movie was 2hs long, then it would've been extremely boring, so either character development, but boring or boring characters, but entertaining. The John Krasinski and Emily Blunt duo was good, mainly because their married in real life. Overall, each character had their own moments that made them somewhat interesting, but below average character development, but since there was such little dialog, I will give them the benefit of the doubt.
Since the beginning of the film, we were shown the dangers of the world they live in, but I wanted a bit more. Right after that death of that kid, we didn't really see much from the monsters; I kind of forgot about them for a bit, but the dialog did keep reminding me of the dangers. I would say the last 20-40 minutes of the movie was about the situation the family was in, and how they had to survive the fight. Those last 20-40 minutes were so stressful; one moment the kids are trying to survive from the monsters, then we go back to the husband and wife, then back to the kids. The movie was like giving us short breaks before our hearts were pounding again. I would say the first half of the movie was building up to the eventual "final fight". There were a lot of jumpscares, but this movie doesn't depend on them, as I said before, but the thrill is what got me to the edge of my seat. Overall, the action was thrilling and heart pounding (especially at the end), but the movie does get a bit boring in the first half.
Overall, this movie was a good horror. The monsters weren't the most original idea, but the mystery and suspense is what makes them unique. The characters were well development for how little the dialog was. The fact that the story begins after the whole invasion/beginning was a good idea, and it makes the audience more unaware of what happened, which I think was a great way to start a horror movie. A Quiet Place is pg-13, and that slightly bothered me. Since it was pg-13, the movie shied back from the violence; if it didn't, then I think it would've made the monsters more scary and gruesome. I enjoyed A Quiet Place, and I think this movie is great to watch with a friend, so I strongly recommend, A Quiet Place.
Ready Player One (2018)
Steven Spielberg Never Fails To Surprise...
Ready Player One is based off the book the book, Ready Player One (2011), which I have never read (So pretty much that means I liked the movie, and I did). I was so glad that Steven Spielberg directed Ready Player One, because he has a reputation of turning books into movies (Jurassic Park). I instantly knew it was going to have the same style that Steven Spielberg is known for, just from the opening scene. For me, the best part of the movie was the references and the OASIS itself. You could spend hours trying to find all the references and Easter Eggs in Ready Player One. In my opinion, the OASIS was felt like a real video game world, like a sandbox/open world. Ready Player One gets a lot of things right, but the main issues I have is the villain and the comedy. The villain is pretty much every stereotype put all into one character and the jokes weren't that funny, but everything else was good.
I was surprised that I don't have any issues with the story. I was expecting some pacing issues, due to how long the movie is. The idea that there are three keys and whoever collects all the keys first, wins the contest and gets to control the OASIS. Everyone is looking for the three keys, even major companies, such as IOI. At first I thought it was silly that companies would go so far as kidnapping and murdering people just to win a contest in a video game, but then I released that it's a company, and companies will do anything for more money. The theme that the players have to fight back the companies from ruining good games is actually very realistic, and it's happening even now. The plot was entertaining, and I never lost focus on the story, I was always interested on how the players would find the next key. There was a few subplots that felt boring, but it never affected the overall story. I also liked how if IOI won the contest, not only the players would be affected, but the future of humanity, because of how much the OASIS impacts peoples' lives. Overall, the story was entertaining and it kept me interested the whole way through.
Although Wade Watts is a relatable and overall a good protagonist, there's still some issues, like the antagonist (Sorrento) and supporting cast. The supporting cast had little to offer in the beginning, only in the climax they played a role. The supporting cast also had way too little screen time, even for supporting characters. The antagonist is very bland, and he fits all the stereotypes. The antagonists' motives are believable, but that's the only good part about that character. The love story between Wade (Parzival) and Samantha (Art3mis) felt a bit rushed, like when Wade said he loved her so early in the movie, it was cringeworthy, but it did show how bad he was with woman. Some comedic characters, like I-R0k (T.J. Miller) was unfunny, he maybe got two laughs from ten jokes. The main characters were good though, they were interesting and relatable. Overall, the main characters were good, but the antagonist and the supporting cast were bland.
Some people complained that there was too much CGI, but I think it was necessary, because it is a video game, and most of the time the movie is in the OASIS. There was so much action especially at the beginning and at the climax. The climax had to be the most epic part about the movie, there was so action and pop culture references. The climax reminded me of the final battle in Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, with so much mayhem going on. One of my favorite scenes is when the players go into The Shining, and they pretty much remake the most iconic scenes in horror. One thing I want to point out is how they used Chucky as a weapon in the climax, I think it was creative. The comedy was on the weaker side, with only a few jokes landing. Overall, the action was entertaining and creative, but the comedy felt awkward.
Overall, Ready Player One was a superb movie, with only the characters and the comedy be on the weaker side. I've always appreciated Steven Spielberg's work, and now I appreciate it even more, because of how much hard work and dedication it took to make this movie. I know Ready Player One is going to get hated on because it wasn't exactly like the book, but even if I did read the book, it still wouldn't change my mind. I think I've spent my money perfectly on watching this movie, and I think everyone should get a chance to watch Ready Player One, because of how much this movie relates to every different type of audience.
Creative Take On An Interesting Story...
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle takes the story of Jumanji (1995) and makes it modern. Jumanji (1995) was about a board game, and now Jumanji is about a video game, and I think it was a good idea. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was surprisingly good, I have to say. When I first saw the trailer, I thought it was going to be cheesy. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle also has a very talented cast, which made the movie so much better, like the Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart duo. I liked how they took a lot of aspects from video games, like how some N.P.C.s repeat themselves in the middle of a conversation. I wished for more video game aspects though, like if they added a glitch or a side quest, then I think that would give much more opportunities for comedy. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle did a lot of things right, like the action and the story, but the antagonist was terrible, the movie didn't really focus on the villain, but more on the situation the protagonists are in. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is more of a human vs nature conflict, rather than a human vs human conflict.
The story was great, in my opinion. The story kept me interested the whole way through the movie. The story is much like a video game, find the objective, collect something, kill the bad guys and eventually reach the end of the game, and they did the video game aspect very well. The story is simple, return the gem to the jaguar statue, and complete the game without losing your three lives, the simple plot makes Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle more entertaining and more enjoyable. I was worried about the subplots, most video games explain the backstory of the main characters', but this movie doesn't focus on that at all, so that was a good decision. There was no pacing issues whatsoever, the movie never felt like it was dragging. I have no issues with the story, but I just wanted more, they could've done better, in my opinion. Overall, the plot was nice and simple, there wasn't too much subplots and the video game aspect was really well done, but they could've done better, by adding more video game aspects.
The characters were good overall, but the antagonist was very weak and bland. The antagonist didn't really have a strong motive to retrieve the gem, they didn't even explain why the antagonist wanted it in the first place. I feel like if they have done a better job on the villain, then the situation the protagonists' are in could've been more dangerous (making the movie more intense), with the nature also going against them. Even if there was a boss fight at the end, like what's in many other video games, then the antagonist could've been slightly more intimidating. The protagonists were well done. I liked the idea that the teenagers had to accept their new avatars, and learn to be the person they were to scared to be, like how Fridge would have to accept not being tall. All the teenagers were cliches, but it was on purpose, so I'm not going to complain about that. Overall, all of the protagonists were well done, but the villain was poorly done, being bland and just boring.
In my opinion, one of the best parts about Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was the action. The action was consistent throughout the movie, and I was never bored. I liked how the action scenes were mostly with animals, I thought it was creative, because most movies are human vs human conflicts. The comedy was on point, but some jokes just didn't work for me, but I was impressed how funny this movie was. I think Jack Black and Kevin Hart did most of the comedy, I really hope they do a movie together again. Jumaji: Welcome to the Jungle used a lot of CGI, not only for the animals, but for Jumanji itself. In Jumanji (1995), Alan (Robin Williams character) said Jumanji was a dangerous and scary place, but Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle did the opposite of what I was thinking, but I don't mind it. Overall, the action was on point, constantly entertaining, and the comedy was funny and consistent.
Overall, Jumaji: Welcome to the Jungle was a superb action and comedy movie. Once I saw the reviews for Jumaji: Welcome to the Jungle, I instantly had high expectations, and this movie surpassed all of them. The cast was very talented, especially Jack Black playing a teenage girl. The story was simple and basic. The characters were funny and well done, but the antagonist was by far the worst part about this movie. The human vs nature conflict was entertaining and unique. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle had a lot of themes, like to accept who you are and to learn how to cooperate with others. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a movie perfect for kid and adults, even gamers. I recommend Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle to people who likes action, comedy and fantasy movies.
Tomb Raider (2018)
Finally, A Good Video Game Based Movie...
As a fan of Lara Croft and the Tomb Raider (2013) game, I'm impressed with Tomb Raider (Movie). I had high hopes for Tomb Raider, but I was certain it was going to be trash, but it wasn't. Tomb Raider tried to be like the game, and it was a good choice, but the movie tried too much. Tomb Raider (2013) was a 10 hour plus game, but this movie was just short of 2 hours. If you tried to do that, then there are going to be storytelling issues, and there was. The story was a bit weak, with some pacing issues. I have to mention, Tomb Raider (Movie) was the first video game based movie that was actually good, and I have to respect the movie just for that. Tomb Raider was also very questionable, there was so much unrealistic moments in the movie, but it's a tomb raider movie, so it's to be expected. I do wish that Tomb Raider was extremely brutal, like the game, in my opinion it would've been better.
In my opinion, Tomb Raider had a very average story, and I was very disappointed about that. Tomb Raider (2013) had an amazing story, and since Tomb Raider (Movie) was based off of that, I thought the story was going to be the stronger part of the movie. The story is an origin story, so you're not going to be seeing an Angelina Jolie styled tomb raider. This story isn't really about the tomb raiding, but more about the relationship between Lara Croft and her dad. The entire story is about Lara Croft following in her dad's footsteps to eventually find her dad, and while doing that, she gets trapped on an island. In the game they explained why they can't leave the island, because of Himiko's curse no one can leave the island, that gave a logical motive to end Himiko's curse. But in Tomb Raider (Movie) they just say that you can't leave the island. The Himiko in this movie and the Himiko in the game are totally different. In the game, Himiko was actually evil, but in the movie Himiko was good. The weakest part about the story is the tomb raiding itself. I thought the motives were on the poor side, and that the tomb raiding was put to the side, and the story just focused on Lara Croft and her father. Overall, the story was average with weak motives and poor pacing.
I liked the characters in this movie, I thought they were great, except for the antagonist. I thought that the villain's motives were poorly explained and had no depth to it. In this type of movie, the villain has to be somewhat done well to have an effect on the story and the characters. I did like Alicia Vikander's performance. Alicia Vikander made everything look more brutal and realistic, which is surprising coming form a tomb raider movie. Daniel Wu who played Lu Ren did a great job. Daniel Wu made his character likable, which is odd to me due to the little screen time he got. The relationship between Lara and her father could have been done better. The relationship felt forced and unnatural if that makes any sense. I didn't feel any sympathy when Lara's father died, if Lara and her father had more time to build up the relationship, then the story and characters would've been stronger. Overall, the villain was poorly done, the relationship between Lara and her father was awkward, but the character Lara Croft was well done and Lu Ren was a likable character.
I really enjoyed this movie because of the amount of action. There was so many scenes that made me sit on the edge of my seat, because of how intense the scenes were. The choreography was good and it made the fight scenes more believable and entertaining. There was a lot of scenes that was straight ripped out from the game, and they made it even better. The cinematography was great and they made the island look like a paradise. The only issue with the action was the CGI. The CGI was iffy in some parts of the movie, mostly at the end. The unrealistic scenes factor in a lot, with some jumps or tumbles that make you question the movie at some points, but for some reason I liked how the director didn't care how some scenes were ridiculous. Overall, the cinematography and choreography was great, with some really intense action scenes, but the CGI wasn't perfect.
Overall, Tomb Raider did a great job with turning a video game into a movie. I think it was a good choice taking this direction for a Tomb Raider movie. There was few cons, but the cons were huge parts in the movie, so the rating really went down. Tomb Raider is the type of movie to turn your brain off and just enjoy the show. I always wondered what would happen if they took Tomb Raider (2013) and put it into a movie and see if it would be good, five years later and they finally did that, and they disproved that not all video game movies are trash. I strongly recommend this movie, it's entertaining and enjoyable, anyone can have a good time watching Tomb Raider.