One of the most anticipated movies of 2018 has finally arrived and I had the pleasure of seeing Steven Spielberg’s latest film. This film, based on a novel by Ernest Cline of the same name, is a geek’s dream. Everything from nostalgia, video games, Easter Eggs, action, comedy, wonders, and of course, escapism was the ingredients provided in this stew of blockbuster fun. I enjoyed just about every minute of this movie because I was given something visually to look at the whole time. The story we have seen before but it’s being paired with likable characters, light-hearted tone, and an execution that just allows you to watch and have fun for a while.
I know I have said this before and I feel I have to say it again just for transparency, that this review is coming from someone who hasn’t read the book yet. After seeing it, this is one film adaptation I wouldn’t mind reading the source material from. Spielberg definitely still has the mightiest touch to bring us a nice popcorn movie for all ages and I do mean that. Yes, the geek and the proud benefit more from this flick but I think anyone with a slight interest in this story may enjoy it. Especially parents with children will benefit from this film. Listening to a friend of mine say that his son thought it was the best movie he had seen to date, says a lot about the films that this latest generation of kids gets to witness.
I have a question for you movie geeks; Am I the only person who didn’t read this book as a child? I feel like I didn’t have a proper childhood when I found out that A Wrinkle In Time, written by Madeleine L’Engle, is this legendary book that everyone was either forced to read in school or read it at home as a bedtime story. So the news that a movie adaptation is to be written and also directed by Ava DuVernay (Selma, Netflix’s 13), and I notice the world went nuts to find out this was being made.
I am not going to lie; I saw the trailer to this and thought to myself, this looks pretty interesting. Also the fact that they got not only Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, and Mindy Sterling; they also pulled off getting Oprah Winfrey to join the cast. This movie had to be great. The fan base is already locked in from what I thought because of how beloved the book is. This feels like a win from all angles. I have to say that by the end of the movie, I was a little disappointed.
Just like the scrambled species and plant life discovered in the movie Annihilation, my emotions and thoughts on this film are just as scrambled. I am torn about how I feel about this movie. From a PR perspective that is a good thing. Walking out of a movie with thoughts and opinions about it means that people are talking about this film and not forgetting about it once the credits roll up. While there is a lot that people can discuss at the water cooler, it still doesn’t scream “smash hit” following the impressive movie Ex Machina from Director and Writer Alex Garland. Judging from an entertainment stand point it missed the mark but with the right fan, this movie actually can be their contender for one of the best of 2018.
Ghostbusters realness right now. Pic provided by vulture.com
This movie is brought to you by the novel of the same title written by Jeff VanderMeer, which teeters on the same sci-fi fantasy trip Garland took us on with Ex Machina. This movie stars Natalie Portman and reunites Oscar Isaacs (Ex Machina) as husband and wife whose lives are broken apart when Isaacs character Kane goes on an expedition into a part of a forest that has been surrounded by this fluorescent color shield and explore the inhabitants within. He returns not himself and very ill from his journey. To understand what happened to him, Lena (Portman) along with a crew of highly intelligent and skilled women go in to explore and collect data and discover what this new phenomenon is before it can potentially destroy the planet.
Winchester has all the potential for a great movie. It comes with the three H’s: Horror, Haunted House, and Helen Mirren. If any of you remember the trailer, it had everything it needed to be a successful flick. With the Spierig Brothers behind the lens, I was looking forward to getting the bejeezus scared out of me. Unfortunately, what you see is not exactly what you get.
“The award for best entrance in a horror film goes to….” pic provided by omahaworldharold.com
This tale is a true story of Sarah Winchester and the ghostly visitors who in one way or another told her, “If you build it, they will come.” It seems there is another way you can trap ghost and you don’t need a proton pack to do it. It turns out that by building the very room someone died in will draw the victims in that very room and keep them dormant until they can move on to the other side. Targeting the house are the victims of anyone who has died by being shot by the very guns, the Winchester Rifles, Sarah Winchester has made her fortune. There are people who think she is losing her mind so in comes Dr. Eric Price to come in and declare her incompetent so the rest of the investors can take control of the company and the fortune.
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.
As far back as I can remember, I don’t think I have ever seen a monster movie that was an authentic love story as its main tone throughout the film. Well, now I can cross that off the list. While there is probably more out there with the same tone, Guillermo del Toro writes and directs a touching and social satire story surrounding the unique and different kind of people as they struggle to find their place in a world that looks at them different and navigate love along the way.
Out of all the famous iconic monsters or creatures Del Toro could have used, he chose the gil man. This is a very interesting choice because we don’t see much surrounding the monster as the vampire, Frankenstein’s monster, and the werewolf is more popular to use in a film. Synopsis provided by Imdb.com, In a 1960s research facility, a mute janitor forms a relationship with an aquatic creature. That mute janitor is played by talented actress Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine, Godzilla 2014) and the aquatic creature is played by the infamous Doug Jones (Hocus Pocus, Hellboy) who is known to cover his face with makeup to make any fantastical creature come to life and he just brings that creation to life on screen so perfectly every time.
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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.