Wonder Woman 1984

Wonder Woman 1984

The charm from the original Wonder Woman movie is sadly missing.  I am not sure what happened to this movie, Patty Jenkins seem to have all the time in the world but build an incredible sequel, in which she failed.

WW84 takes no advantage from its 80s set up or the double villain scheme, delivering a mindless story that steers too far from the tone set in the previous installment in the worst way possible.

There are just too many issues with this movie for me to write about.  You will be able to hear about them in our upcoming pod cast.  If you currently have HBO and love the DC universe like I do, then check this flick out.  If not, skip it and stick with the original.

 

Tenet

Tenet

Christopher Nolan seems to be a master at telling a story backward.   Tenet is Nolan’s most ambitious film to date.  This is easily one of the best  action films I have seen this year, but it leaves you with one hell of a headache attempting to understand the plot and storyline.

Tenet is an intense ride to watch.  I cannot even imagine how much work went into creating these actions scenes.  It is a shame more film goers were not able to see this movie in theaters due to Covid 19.

Tenet’s plot and dialog are very ambitious and will require a second viewing to determine if this is truly another Noland masterpiece.

Bloodshot

Bloodshot

Bloodshot is an action packed comic movie that is so predictable you can guess the outcome in the first 20 minutes.  This movie had such great potential to usher in a different comic book movie outside the realms of the Marvel movies, but the acting and pace didn’t live up to the billing.

The movie is action packed and has some incredible visual effects, but that’s about it.  The story, dialog, and pacing seem like they were pulled from an old 80 action movie.  Vin Diesel and Guy Pearce are stale in both their rolls.  Eiza Gonalez and Sam Heughan are both forgettable.  It felt that the actors could only take the writing so far, and that wasn’t far enough to bring this movie home.

If you are looking for something with a lot of action, this is your movie.  Otherwise watch the trailer and you have seen the movie.

The Trial of the Chicago 7

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Thank goodness for Sorkin’s gift for dialogue.  It saved this film from obscurity.

The Trial of the Chicago 7 is a highly competent legal drama that’s entertaining because of the cast’s fluency in the ping-pong of dialogue that’s an essential feature of Sorkin’s scripts.  This could be one of Sacha Baron Cohen’s best roles.

If you are a looking for a solid film to view on Netflix, look no further as this is one of its best originals.

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.