Baywatch – Movie Review

So…. this movie isn’t good.

That shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone.

But it isn’t any fun either. Which surprised me.

Everything about this movie seemed like it was going to be fun: the cast, the concept, the dumb jokes…. but I think they got caught up in the preview screening trap and didn’t trust their original concept enough. The movie is plagued with ADR that ruins scenes. I didn’t do a count while watching the movie, but I’d guess there was at least 30 added lines, and it was distracting and unnecessary.  There were some good parts in the movie, but because of the mish mash structure of everything, it all felt disjointed. They should have just let this movie be completely stupid and linear, it would have been fun!

I’d be interested to see what the original cut would have been, because it probably would have been more fun to watch. The best part of this cut is the blooper reel at the end of the movie, it actually made the other 90 minutes worthwhile because at least now I know everybody had fun making the movie.

I just didn’t have fun watching it.

4/10

Joe

Icarus (2017) – Movie Review

A documentary that started about one thing goes into a vastly different and dangerous direction.

It’s intense.

How much of the danger that drives the intensity of the movie is actual and how much is manufactured by the film making? That is unclear. It doesn’t really matter though, because the story isn’t really about the danger of the situation, it is about a guy and his involvement in possibly the greatest sports cover-up in history.

The best part? It’s a Netflix gem, so you can go watch it today. And I recommend that you go watch it today. It is very interesting and was filled with a ton of information I was not aware of. Overall, it was very well done.

8/10

Joe

The Wall (2017) – Movie Review

The Wall is a pretty good movie from director Doug Liman. Starring John Cena and Aaron Taylor-Johnson as two American soldiers and Laith Nakli as the faceless bad guy. I really liked the chemistry between Cena and Taylor-Johnson. I’d love to watch a movie about those two guys that wasn’t basically a long bottle episode of the TV show The Unit. I don’t want to detract from the movie by saying that, but that is just what it felt like, and I also want to add that it isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The Unit was a good tv show.

Also, in the spirit of non-spoilers I will not discuss the particulars of the ending other than to say that it is following this popular model going around right now, especially in thriller/horror movies. On one hand it is a nice change of pace, but on the other hand it is becoming predictable and trite.

But is the movie worth a watch?

Absolutely.

It held my attention and I was never bored. And at 90 minutes it doesn’t get full of itself and drag on too long. The acting is good and the plot is pretty interesting. I would definitely recommend it to those looking for a change of pace from the war movies full of feels.

6/10

Joe

The Mummy (2017) – Movie Review

How do I say this nicely? I mean, everybody worked really hard to make a fun summer blockbuster popcorn movie. They didn’t set out to make a bad movie, they are all just people with jobs and whatnot, so I don’t want to disparage them too much.

But this movie is the film equivalent to “meh.”

Every single aspect of this movie is under-utilizing the pieces you do have and over utilizing CGI and set pieces. The movie is filled with fine actors who can turn out fine work, but for whatever reason – weak script, poor direction, lack of chemistry – they just don’t. They only fun relationship in the movie is between Tom Cruise and Jake Johnson, and for reasons I won’t spoil you with, it is under-utilized.

The movie jumps from CGI action set piece to CGI action set piece and will probably leave you feeling like you should have watched the way more charming Mummy movie with Brendon Frasier.

At least they are going to be booting up a Dark Universe with all our favorite movie monsters. So there is that. So…. if those end up being good you will probably come back and watch this one to see what you missed. So just get it out of the way now. It’s just easier that way.

4/10

Joe

Gifted – Movie Review

I knew from watching the trailer for this movie that I was going to end up crying while watching it.

Aaaaaaaand I did.

Chris Evans is great in this movie. McKenna Grace is great in this movie. Jenny Slate is great in this movie. And Octavia Spencer steals every scene she is in. So, to say the least, the acting is strong.

The filmmaking, however, is quite weak. It is shot and/or edited a little weird. I couldn’t put my finger on it, but it felt more like television than film. It was effective enough to tell the story though.

The story, well, if you’ve seen the trailer you know basically everything that happens. There are one or two surprises thrown in there, but you basically get all you need from the trailer. What you don’t get from the trailer is the depth of performance by all of the actors involved. They were all great, as I previously stated…

So, it’s a indie film that feels like a really, really indie film. It’s very well acted. And the story is compelling but predictable. All that being said, I highly recommend it.

6.5/10

Joe

Wakefield – Movie Review

Bryan Cranston’s acting was by far the best part of this movie.  I watched this movie without watching a preview first and I was confused most of the time.  The plot of the movie was compelling, and I continued watching the movie because I was wondering what the outcome would be. However, the story did not wrap up in a satisfying way for me, and the wrap up was quite abrupt, leaving me even more dissatisfied.

Another point to mention is there is barely any speaking by the characters in this movie; it is mostly narrated by Cranston. I would not watch it again but Cranston did a great job personifying the character. I want to add that while I didn’t care for the movie as a whole, I really liked the direction and cinematography. It was really well done. I also liked the way the film was viewed through Cranston’s eyes. They really played with the meaning of viewpoint and it worked really well.  All that being said, I can’t recommend it for a watch.

2/10

Shannon

Spiderman: Homecoming – Movie Review

There is a lot to say about this movie, and it would be difficult without spoiling too much. So to keep it brief….

Tom Holland is excellent as Peter Parker, but I’m wishy washy on some of the cg for Spiderman.

Michael Keaton is brilliant. I absolutely loved everything about his performance.

The Hughesian vibe of the movie struck a perfect tone for me. The band of smarty-pants misfits was expertly cast.

Downey and Tomei were great as well, but I don’t want to say too much about their specific involvement and how it relates to Peter’s struggles as he ventures out into new territory as Spiderman. Just know that it is a fun ride.

The movie was great. I’m not exactly sure if I like it better than Raimi’s first outing…. It felt very much like a prequel to an “amazing” Spiderman movie, but it was amazing as well so…. yeah.

The best thing about movies is that you can judge for yourself. I think that if you are a fan of these types of movies, or of those great John Hughes movies of the 1980’s, you should go see it.

8/10

Joe