Movie Review: Boss Baby Had a Great Premise But Not Much Laughs

 To be honest, this was not a movie that was on my list to see at first. Adapted from the 2010 children’s book for the same name written and illustrated by Maria Frazee comes the latest DreamWorks Animation feature Boss Baby. The trailer at first didn’t catch my attention as a must see but as I kept watching different trailers close to the release date I started laughing more and more so I figured why not. As long as it’s not a movie like Norm of the North I couldn’t have been that bad. Unfortunately, what I saw didn’t translate well watching the full feature.

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The movie had a brilliant voice cast using Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, Steve Buscemi, and Tobey Maguire to play the main characters. Leading this feature is Alec Baldwin, who is the perfect actor to play Boss Baby, a briefcase business savvy baby sent to investigate and stop a plot that is making people love baby’s less. The story is told through Boss Baby’s older brother Tim who is use to being an only child and now has to share his parents with the new baby becomes suspicious and finds out that his little brother is no ordinary baby.

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Movie Review: Saban’s Power Rangers Is a Great Example Of What A Reboot Is Suppose To Look Like.

Saban’s Power Rangers directed by Dean Israelite (Project Almanac), took a childhood TV show and made it modern and up to date while keeping its core essence intact from where it started. This is a definitely a reboot as we get an origin story of how five teenagers who don’t know each other being brought together by fate to become the next generation of superheroes to protect the town of Angel Grove as well as Earth from menacing alien creatures and villains who want to conquer Earth.

  I honestly welcome reboots and remakes because it’s a way to see a story and characters you already know and told from a different perspective. These movies should definitely be used towards material that was not good the first or maybe even second time around (Hint Hint Super Mario Bros.

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Double Take: The Witches

“You are DOOMED old woman. You are DOOMED FOREVER!”

What can I say about the movie The Witches that you don’t already know or feel about it. This is one of those movies that you have either never seen/heard of before or you have and the film was apart of your childhood. I don’t recall anyone saying this film was bad. This movie, even though I haven’t watched it since I was a kid, is a fun and wonderful adaptation from the book I would watch all the time along with Labyrinth. It was sort of my double creature feature when I was young. This film along with another good called The Worst Witch started my love of witches in film. 

For those who have never seen this movie, watch the trailer in all it’s 90’s glory and read my opinion on the film after watching it over two to three decades later. 

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Double Take: 3 Ninjas

My first entry into my 27 week movie project testing the possibility that movies get better with age or can a movie live up to what you remember as a kid or young adult. My first entry down memory lane is 3 Ninjas. I remember watching this movie as a kid, wanting to learn karate, still getting the home alone vibe from it and just enjoying how fun it was. From the cool ninja nicknames they got, and using their skills to take care of the bullies at school to the chanting of the two lovebirds Rocky and Emily, this was one of my go to movies where I watched if I wanted to laugh or just put a smile on my face. With the story kind of similar to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with the brothers who study martial arts from their relative/sensei, the ninjas dressed like the foot clan led by an old partner/student of the grandfather. The three bumbling idiots that remind you of Bebop and Rocksteady tasked to kidnap the kids but fumble along the way. Great kids movie from what I remember but lets see if it still holds up 24 years later.

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Movie Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

TMNT: Out of the Shadows takes us back to the 90’s and reminds us how fun the Ninja Turtles can be with, a new look for the turtles,  its subtle well-timed nostalgic Easter eggs, great special effects, great use of new characters, and with actual humor.

The four brothers in a half shell are back for another go following the 2014 movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This go around features the original cast including Megan Fox as April O’Neill, our favorite female reporter in yellow, Will Arnett as cameraman Vernon Fenwick, and Shredder himself Brian Tee. Here to bring the turtles and the city of New York so trouble are Bepop and Rocksteady, our favorite animal goofball minions played by Gary Anthony Williams and WWE wrestler Sheamus respectively, Tyler Perry playing Scientist Baxter Stockman, and the brain from another dimension, Krang voiced by Brad Garret.

The movie follows the events of the first film as we see Shredder pay for his crimes but the turtles still living in the shadows as the city and the world is not ready to know who they are. The credit for Shredder’s demise is given to Vernon which brings the plot of this story to light watching the turtles deal with having to stay hidden but yearn to be a part of the world and be known as the heroes they are.

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