So I am a little late to the game here. Took me a while to get this review out but I am finally here to let you all in on how this film did from an entertainment perspective. The next big franchise from Universal Studios is The Dark Universe. In the same structure as the Marvel Cinematic Universe also known as MCU and the D.C. Extended Universe also known as DCEU, the Dark Universe will be a series of films that all take place in the same timeline and same universe where even though each movie will be different they will all have a common bond and that’s the setting. The first of many films to come is The Mummy which is one of the many featured monsters that will be used to create the Dark Universe made famous back in the early 30’s and so on.
No, I am not talking about the trailers that are mobile. I am talking about movie trailers that I have seen lately that really grabbed my attention. I love a good trailer. Usually when I go to the movies I have to see trailers. They just set the tone for me and gets me in the mood for the movie I am going to watch. One trailer involves a natural disaster while the other two talk on social issues and awareness. These trailers have already sold me and maybe they will convince you too.
I love disaster films. It’s a genre that disappeared for a while that is slowly making a comeback. I remember watching the film 2012 (John Cusack) back in 2009 and then didn’t really return until San Andreas (Dwayne Johnson) came out in 2017. San Andreas reminded me how much I enjoy disaster films. So watching a trailer for Geostorm, which is about satellites that control the global climate starts to attack Earth. So any kind of natural weather disaster you can think of happens.
Rarely do I get a chance to watch these direct to video or direct to blu-ray, whatever is said nowadays, full length animated features. When I do, they are a lot of fun to watch and more adult than I would imagine. Say what you will about the DCU live action movies but what DC has over Marvel are their small screen films featuring our favorite heroes. These movies seem to have a way of keeping it light and fun enough for young teenagers to watch but making them just adult enough for those pushing 30 or even 40 and not feel like a kid watching them.
Teen Titans: The Judas Contract is just one of the few that have been released this year and more to come after this latest feature. The theme seems to be darker and a little moody then the others. The colors and tones are different and you can even tell in the choice of animation that they are trying to get away from the happy childlike look for them. If you were to look up the animation used on the CN (Cartoon Network) “Teen Titans Go” animation and compare it with this movie, you will see a huge difference.
The Fast and the Furious series is now at number 8. While the struggle in the beginning was real, this franchise has reached new heights I didn’t think anyone envisioned happening. You would think at this point in the series they would have run out of things to say or they continue to pull the same tricks as over and over again. I can tell you that after watching the latest entry of the series that they show no signs of trouble when it comes to entertaining and doesn’t plan on slowing down or stopping in the near future.
The film is changing things up this go around by making the leader of their family go against his team and everything he stands for. The advertising was very smart to show that Vin Diesel’s character Dom decides to work with new villain Cipher (Charlize Theron) a tech wizard hell-bent on world domination but keeping secret what brought Dom to work for evil. I’ll start by saying that the reason I didn’t see coming at all but if you have been following these movies you do have a little hint as to what makes him turn to the darkside.
Last night I had the pleasure of watching a movie about a young woman and a monster who are linked together by unseen forces. No, I am not talking about Beauty and the Beast. I am talking about Anne Hathaway’s latest film Colossal which also stars Jason Sudeikis and Dan Stevens (who is also in Beauty and the Beast).
In the film, Anne Hathaway plays Gloria, a woman with a drinking problem and no ambition had reality kicked her hard in the face when her boyfriend Tim (Dan Stevens) broke up with her and kicked her out. With nowhere to go she returns to her hometown to try to start fresh. Meanwhile, in Seoul, South Korea a giant monster or should I say Kaiju is manifested and destroying the city. Gloria following the story discovers that the monsters actions are linked to her and what she does at a certain part of the day.
It took me a little while to see this movie. That should tell you something already about this film. Let’s face it, you know the story. With King Kong, the movies that feature the oversize primate seem to have the same thing happening but just in a different location. So in that regard, it’s very important that the words “Skull Island” is included in the title because the location and its inhabitants is what makes this film fun and entertaining.
John Goodman plays Bill Randa, a scientist who is bored of his life and can’t help with tamper with things meant to kept hidden takes a group of soldiers to an unknown Island to discover that life and evolution has been amped up encountering many creatures including our beloved Kong.
Just as a recap, the first film brought us a boy has girl, boy loses girl, boy gets a puppy, boy loses puppy and car to a dumbass, boy is pissed and seeks revenge, boy gets revenge story. Typical action film. With a whole lot of bang, bang, pow, punch, kick, flip, stab, stab all in between. Now Chapter 2 begins with him completing his mission by getting his car back and going back home to lock this away and finally be at peace but someone from his past that he is indebted to has come to collect since John Wick has resurfaced. John refuses to pay his debt so once again his life is disrupted in a way that calls for more vengeance and justice. You think he is tired and banged and bruise to fight again. John Wick is just getting started.