Judging from the trailer I had a sneaking suspicion that I wasn’t going to get a movie about humans being shrunk to live in a different community. I guess I should have done my research before going into the film. I don’t really like hearing too much about a movie before going to avoid expectation. Having said that, what I got from this film is exactly what I didn’t want to see in the movie.
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Matt Damon stars in this imaginative world where they have discovered the ability to shrink humans down to the size of an ant and use it to help with the population problem and hopefully gain the economy back as well as solve a lot of world problems we are facing today. I would say this can be categorized as a dramady. Sort of in the same way that Matt Damon’s The Martian was labeled. A dramatic tale with a lot of humor in it. I was ready and wanting to see how adapting to life as a shrunk person would play out. Not really in a physical comedy sort of way but to see how the world would handle which such technology. Instead I was given more of a commentary on prejudice, world hunger, our belief in global warming, and how no matter what we do, the world, specifically the U.S. will always find a way to take something great and powerful and use it in the worse way possible. Basically, we are just not allowed to have nice things. For my last review of 2017, here are my thoughts on Downsizing.
Aside from going to the movies as much as possible I do love a chill night in with good ol’ Netflix. With the ENDLESS amount of content on the streaming service, Netflix also loves putting out their own original movies and T.V. In between my trips to the theatre I just so happened to be able to catch a movie here and there throughout the year and like last year, here are the list of movies l watched with a brief review of how they turned out in no particular order.
In my opinion as a movie critic or just someone who shares their thoughts and views on movies to the world have the responsibility to keep an open mind. To be appreciative of the movies they watch and hopefully present an opinion without a bias. Having said that, I have expressed more than once that I am not a Star Wars fan. I am just not as hyped up for the franchise as most moviegoers out there. Do I really have a reason to post a review about a movie that I already have a bias opinion on?
For those who enjoy reading my reviews and just want a different perspective on the latest in the series, I will give my opinion just based on entertainment value alone. To be honest, you are either a Star Wars fan or you are not so the only reviews people really want to read are the ones where they either agree with your opinion of the movie themselves. This will be a spoiler free review as well. Hopefully I do a justice to my followers.
This review is brought to you by someone who has never seen The Room or know who Tommy Wiseau even is. So, my thoughts on the film doesn’t come with any previous content to compare this true story directed by James Franco who also stars as Tommy Wiseau whose dream is to become a famous movie star. Hollywood doesn’t see him how he sees himself so Wiseau along with a friend, Greg Sestero, played by real life brother Dave Franco, he met in acting class decide to make a movie of their own. With an endless amount of money for budget, and a skeptical staff who is just living the dream assist him on making his vision come true.
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Written by Wiseau himself, he creates a film that would go down in history as one of the worst movies ever made with one of the biggest unnecessary budgets ever. We get to see the story behind the movie as we witness the love of film between two people who move from San Francisco to Los Angeles to become actors but have trouble getting into the industry. Once they decide to make their own film together, you see the hardship that comes from working with the mind that is Tommy Wiseau. This wasn’t an easy ride for both of them and along the way they are tested to see if fame and fortune is worth risking their friendship for.
So, if you were like me and heard about the idea of Jumanji becoming a reboot, remake, sequel, whatever they were calling it back then, you were skeptical. Also, a little worried that they would try and update it and modernize it to appeal to the next generation and this is just one of those gems that can’t be updated with today’s audience. I guess I have to put my foot in my mouth because I was completely wrong and I thoroughly enjoyed this updated sequel to the 1996 version titled Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.
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The Rock a.k.a. Dwayne Johnson took center stage leading a whole new cast into the world of Jumanji. This time instead of the jungle coming into our world, the movie took you inside of the game to the jungle where Alan Parrish spent 26 years in. Along for the ride are Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Jack Black, and Nick Jonas who play avatars in a video game version of the legendary board game. 4 teenagers who fit the clear tropes of any high school movie are sent to detention for their own growing pains getting in the way of school. In detention they come across the video game, choose their avatars and once they hit start they are whisked away into the game. Once there, they must work together and complete the mission of the game in order to return home.
From the people who brought you La La Land. It’s time for another musical to lift up your spirits and make you want to sing and dance. A complete 180 from the jazzy, slow, ballad filled academy award winning movie, this time around it’s a more fun, campy, catchy, and pop tone to the soundtrack telling the story of the man who brings us joy through the circus P.T. Barnum. In other words, the song “Another day of Sun” times 8.
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Hugh Jackman plays the infamous Burnham. A man who since his childhood has always been the one looking in as he watches the glitz and glam of the world from the wealth. Looking for his opportunity to shine and get his peace of the pie his imagination guides him to entertain but to also earn a fortune and create a life for him and the love of his life Charity (Michelle Williams) by using oddities around the world to showcase for people’s enjoyment. Along the way his journey is not an easy one as he loses site of what his dreams truly is and the townspeople who are against having him in town with his band of “freaks” causes problems for him.
Love stories are told through film all the time in many different ways. Some are for fun, others are to bring a tear to your eyes, and Call Me By Your Name is one of those rare love stories that are just so real that no matter who you are, you know all too well the feeling of the first time you fall in love. Based on a novel by André Aciman, Writer James Ivory and Director Luca Guadagnino bring you an innocent love story told between two men Oliver and Elio played by Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet respectively.
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The story takes place in Italy, and let me just say that this movie makes you want to visit Italy just for the scenery alone. In 1983, Oliver comes to Italy for the summer as an assistant to Elio’s father. While there, Oliver stays with Elio’s family and that is where their bond grows awakening Elio’s sexuality as they bond over the beautiful Italy as well as their similarities in their Jewish faith. This is a beautiful story. Especially told in the 80’s you are given a bit of nostalgia with the music and the clothes worn throughout the film.