It Chapter 2

It Chapter 2

It Chapter 2 felt rushed and far less captivating as the its predecessor.   It chapter two traded scares for humor, which is a huge disappointment for fans of the 2017 movie.  I was expecting an elevated experience with more nightmares.  What we received was an anti-climactic mess with a ton of plot holes.

The writers and director had three hours to tell a story, but it goes absolutely nowhere and fails to answer any burning questions.   Instead of building on the incredible foundation of its fist entry, we are left seeing a strong cast being wasted, a non-engaging story, and a lackluster sequel.

If you loved the first movie, end on a high note and skip the sequel. 

Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic the Hedgehog

If you are searching for a fun escape, Sonic is the movie for you.  The adventure that ensues may not be a cinematic masterpiece, but as far as video game adaptions go, this one is a lot of fun. 

I was worried about Jim Carrey’s Dr Robotnick from the trailers, but Carrey’s insanity and over the top acting works here.  Carrey and Marsden have incredible on screen chemistry that leaves you wanting more back and forths between the two.  Sonic offers an endearing message about friendship while still delivering laughs. 

Sonic is fun and very silly, but is still worth your time.

Conspiracy theory time – there is a theory that the studio released the first trailer with a Sonic design that they never planned on using.  They released that trailer with the fake Sonic in order to create internet buzz about the movie.  If that is true, there is a marketing genius working at Sony as this was an internet topic for months. 

Superman: Red Son

Superman: Red Son

Superman Red Son is an entertaining adaption of one of Superman’s famous comic book stories.  It is fun to watch, but true fans of the graphic novel may be left wanting more. 

Red Son asks the question, what if Superman landed in the Soviet Union as a child instead of United States.  How would Communist ideology change Superman’s character?  Without standing for Truth, Justice, and the American way, what would he be a symbol of? 

The animation is good, but not on par with DC’s past animated motion pictures.  The story seems to be a bit diluted to ensure a younger audience.  If you are a true fan of Superman, read the graphic novel, skip the movie. 

Gemini Man

Gemini Man

Gemini Man aspired to be more than just an action flick, however with lack of story and character development, the third act and movie falls flat.

The trailer says it all, old Will Smith against young Will Smith.  The idea presented is that our own worst enemy is ourselves.  A great concept, but poor writing and plot holes causes the movie to feel very clumsy.  And worst of all, the special effects look worse than most TV produced movies.  The young Will looked odd at times and the final battle reminded me of the CGI used in Blade 2, yes that bad.

If you are looking for an action flick to watch, I say you can find better choices on Netflix.  You might even give 6 Underground a try over Gemini Man. 

The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man is incredibly suspenseful and a surprising delight.  Elisabeth Moss plays Cecilia, who is on the run from here abusive ex who recently taken his own life, which she suspects is a hoax.  A series of coincidences turn lethal, and Cecilia works to prove she is being hunted by someone that no one can see. 

This movie if filled with thrills, suspense, and storytelling we hoped Universal’s Dark Universe would have delivered on.  What makes this story so scary is how realistic it could be. 

The Invisible Man is a smart unexpected delight.  I highly recommend checking this movie out if your are looking for a thrill.

Aladdin

Aladdin

Aladdin is a unique remake that should have been entertaining but feels empty and forgettable.  Will Smith did his best to fill the shoes of Robin Williams’s Genie, unfortunately he does not live up to the original.     

The most off-putting part of this remake to me was the musical pieces.  They don’t seem to match the tones of the scenes they were forced into.  I didn’t mind the unnecessary subplots of the Geni’s romance or Jasmine wanting to lead her kingdom, but both felt forced and didn’t help the overall narrative. 

This remake just feels unnecessary and a bit of a cash grab.  I say skip this and watch the original instead. 

Missing Link

Missing Link

There is absolutely no shortage of Fun in this movie.  Missing Link dazzles the eyes, will capture your imagination, and warm your heart.  Zach Galifanakis and Hugh Jackman shine as the new odd couple in this adventure. 

The story follows Mr. Link (Galifanakis) who recruits an explore Sir Lionel Frost (Jackman) to help find his long-lost abominable snowman relatives.  Adventure and hilarity then ensue.   The third act delivers a great message about friendship and humanity.  

If you are searching for something lighthearted and fun during this Pandemic, I highly recommend giving Missing Link a viewing. 

Rambo: Last Blood

Rambo: Last Blood

My first reaction after watching this movie, “oh man, Rambo Home Aloned them. “  Who asked for this movie and who wanted this movie?  Based on the box office, not many.

Considering this is the fifth installment to a series that began in 1982, the 72 year old Sly shows he still has tons of action left in the tank.  Rambo fans will be pleased with the film and the continued story of the character that many love.  Action junkies will be pleased and shocked to find this new installment contains even more gore and violence than the previous movies. 

It’s an enjoyable movie if you don’t take it too seriously. 

47 Meters Down: Uncaged

47 Meters Down: Uncaged

What is the one thing that every good shark movie needs?  The one thing that Jaws delivered on better than most movies.  Tension.  Uncaged fails to deliver this.  The standard jump scares can been seen coming a mile away. 

Uncaged is the textbook definition of disposable summer entertainment.  Weak characters and intermittent thrills.  Skip this unless you are really needing something outside of Shark Week.

Terminator: Dark Fate

Terminator: Dark Fate

Tim Miller had the daunting task of making Terminator relevant again.   Dark Fate borrows heavily from T2’s plot and has signs of heavy franchise fatigue. 

There are a few high points, such as Linda Hamilton reprising her role as Sarah Connor, one she was born to play.  The story doesn’t focus so much on the future that it forgets to tell the story of its current time period.  It also leaves out the messy timelines from the past three movies to keep the plot simple. 

Dark Fate has many issues from action to pacing, but it is by far the best sequel since Terminator 2 Judgement day in 1991.  If you are a fan of T1 and T2, this is defiantly worth watching.