Chris’ Quick Thoughts Movie Review: Blockers

Chris’ Quick Thoughts Movie Review

Blockers

Rating: 7/10 (Satisfying)
Recommendation: Pay The 8

Remember, comedy is very subjective. Don’t blame me if you don’t laugh once.

Pros

The chemistry is good between the parents and the kids. Each group of actors feel like they’ve known each other for a long time. The comedy is hit and miss but there are definitely moments where you’ll get a good laugh in or two. And the film is thought provoking…. I’ll explain.

Throughout a lot of the movie, the parents or the kids will bring up good questions about stereotypes with sex, being gay, and how parents react to their children growing up. It asks questions like “Why is it okay for men to lose their virginity but not women?” Or how much is too much for a parent to be involved with their kid’s life. And so on. It doesn’t necessarily answer these topics but it does get you to think about them, especially if you’re a parent yourself, and that helps set this film apart from many other comedies out there.

Cons

The pacing can be a bit slow from time to time. Some of the scenes really go nowhere. And some of the jokes tend to ramble on for a bit too long.

Overall

If you’re looking for a chill, laid back type of movie, this should suit you well. Comedy is subjective but there’s more to it than just laughs. There is solid chemistry between the actors and a good, quirky, story that goes along with it.

It won’t be something you’ll return to time and time again but it should be good enough for a one time viewing.

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Chris’ Quick Thoughts Movie Review: Rampage

Chris’ Quick Thoughts Movie Review

Rampage

Rating: 4/10 (Sub Par)
Recommendation: Skip It

Pros

Dwayne Johnson is a decent lead. His charm helps keep the movie flowing. The action scenes are decently fun. And the film is aware of what it is. It keeps the run time short and doesn’t fully overstay it’s welcome.

Cons

The dialouge is cheesy to the max. When there aren’t any action scenes, the movie barely holds your attention. Most of the characters are a waste or see forgotten about. The plot is stale. The villains are wishy washy. And the acting can range from “Okay” to “Oh. That was bad.”

Overall

If you’re seeing this film, you know what you’re getting yourself into. The previews have basically shown you all of the good parts and there really isn’t much else the movie will provide you other than cheap, fast, entertainment.

At best, it’s a popcorn flick. Take what you will from that.

Cayle’s Movie Review: Ready Player One

THE SUMMARY

In 2045, the world is going through a massive recession. As a result, a lot of people are living in slums known as the “Stacks”, which consists of trailers stacked on top of each other. To escape their hardships of everyday life, many people are playing a virtual MMO game known as the OASIS, including 18-year-old Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan).

After the passing of OASIS co-creator James Halliday (Mark Rylance), it is announced that he has included a new hidden mission within the game. The first person to successfully complete the mission will get to inherit the game. Wade Watts, along with his friends of course, sets out on a quest to complete the mission.

THE PROS

The best thing about Ready Player One are its visuals. Since the movie takes place inside a MMO game, the movie immerses the viewer into its digital world. Normally, I would have a problem with excessive CGI, but it works well since it mostly takes place in the virtual world of the OASIS. There are lot of great sequences within this movie. For example, there’s a great scene involving a level that is based on the Overlook Hotel from The Shining.

When the trailer for this movie was first released, it received a lot of scrutiny on the Internet for its numerous pop culture references. However, they are the least of the movie’s problems as they are mainly in the background. I would compare Ready Player One to Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Wreck-It Ralph respectively. Plus, it makes sense within the context of the movie, especially when it comes to avatar and mod customizations.

The movie also has a solid supporting cast. It’s nice to see Mark Rylance in a Spielberg movie again since his performances in The BFG and Bridge of Spies. He does a fine job in portraying a socially awkward yet endearing character like Halliday. Simon Pegg also does a fine job as the character Ogden Morrow in this movie despite his questionable American accent.

THE CONS

The good news about Ready One Player is that it’s a classic Spielberg movie. The bad news is that it’s a classic Spielberg movie. Let me explain…

The movie has a rather paint-by-numbers plot. Although it’s essentially a plot that’s been done to death (i.e. a kid takes on an evil corporation with the help of his quirky sidekicks), it does nothing new with it. I might be nitpicking here, but I felt the stakes within this movie weren’t that interesting. The main threat of this movie isn’t the characters potentially dying in real life or a complete breakdown of society, but rather an asshole corporation taking over the game.

Another complaint I have with this movie is its development (or lack thereof) of the main character Wade. The movie does not go into detail with the main character’s home life as well as the environment he lives in. Instead, the movie focuses mainly on the OASIS. I won’t go into detail, but when something happens to Wade’s family, it is quickly tossed aside as if nothing happened at all.

THE FINAL VERDICT

Although Ready Player One is a case of style over substance, it is an entertaining movie.

SCORE: 7/10

Chris’ Quick Thoughts Movie Review: A Quiet Place

Chris’ Quick Thoughts Movie Review

A Quiet Place

Rating: 9/10 (Great)
Recommendation: Pay The 8

Pros

The acting is so good. Most of everything is done through facial expressions and emotions because if you make a sound, you’ll be hunted. So the film really hinges on strong acting to be able to get us, the audience, to care about the characters on screen.

The suspense is intense. Every scene is filled with thoughts such as “Is that too loud?” And so on. You’re always holding your breath because you never know what will spark the creatures to attack the characters in the movie.

The film also does a great job of showing you the background and using that to describe the situation other than using words. Yes, movies do this a lot with the whole “Show don’t tell” premise but you don’t always get a chance to fully appreciate it until you have a film like this with limited dialouge.

Cons

The story isn’t paced the best. There are large leaps in time that just miss out on potential plot information. The movie could’ve taken a little more time to let things settle in as opposed to making things feel rushed. (Especially with the other humans out there. Like, we know there are others but why don’t they form a society or a group?)

There are a couple of jump scares that just feel out of place and are distracting since they’re “Fake out” scares. The film didn’t need such things and it feels extremely cheap when they’re being used in this setting.

And, finally, the climax might feel like it has a little too much going on towards the end. The movie has a short run time of 1 hour and 35 minutes so it tries to cram in as much stuff as it can. If it was longer, they could’ve fleshed out the climax a lot better. But then again, if they did that, it might have missed the point altogether.

Overall

The tension is real. If there’s one thing this film really has going for it, it’s the uncomfortable atmosphere. You never really get settled in because you’re always holding your breath along with the characters. Sure, there are some flaws, maybe even plotholes, but that doesn’t take away from the uneasiness you feel throughout the movie as you are actively rooting for the characters to survive. And that’s good film making.

Also, no, this wasn’t a very “Quick” review but like I said before, sometimes it’s okay to extend the review accordingly.

Spolier Alert

This is something I wanted to just get off my chest real quick. It’s not a huge issue but it can take away from the experience of the movie for some.

Okay, for those who stayed, here it is. The creatures are never explained. They don’t really say where they’re from, what they are, or anything along those lines. You get a basic concept of how they work but that’s about it.

Now this isn’t a huge problem but throughout the whole viewing I kept wondering where these things came from? Yeah, they showed some newspaper articles in the beginning but I don’t think they really talked about what they were or where they came from. (If those papers did say something, and I missed it, let me know).

Like I said, it’s not a huge issue but I was curious to know more about them. Also it could distract you but I hope it doesn’t. Let the film surround you with it’s atmosphere first and then you can complain about the problems you had with it afterwards. I feel that should be a good trade off.

Cayle’s Movie Review: “Pacific Rim: Uprising”

SUMMARY

Ten years after the events of the first Pacific Rim movie, Stacker Pentecost’s son Jake (John Boyega) is making a living off stealing and selling Jaeger parts in the black market. After being arrested in a sting operation, he is given a choice between jail and returning to the Jaeger program with fellow scavenger Amara (Cailee Spaeny) as his recruit.

THE PROS

John Boyega is the best part about Pacific Rim: Uprising. He has proven himself to be a capable lead with such films such as Attack the Block, Detroit, and, dare I say it, The Force Awakens. This movie is no exception. He is a step up from Charlie Hunnam in terms of a leading actor. However, I could not say the same for the rest of the cast. I will go into more detail later in the review. The visual effects are another plus for the movie. Just like its predecessor, Pacific Rim: Uprising is a cut above the Transformers franchise with the use of color schemes in its visuals.

THE CONS

Unlike the first movie, Guillermo del Toro is not in the director’s chair this time around. And it shows…

While the first Pacific Rim movie is a fun popcorn flick, it had more heart than the average blockbuster thanks to del Toro’s involvement. The previous movie had some great moments, most notably the father-daughter relationship between Stacker Pentecost and Mako Mori. In this movie, Mako barely has any time and is quickly forgotten. Even worse, Charlie Hunnam’s character from the previous movie isn’t mentioned at all. Jake Pentecost felt like a self-insert character in a Pacific Rim fanfic.

Charlie Day and Burn Gorman stole the show in the previous movie as the comic relief characters Newt and Gottlieb respectively. However, their dialogue felt rather cringy this time around. Scott Eastwood’s character managed to be even more cringier. It’s obvious that the apple fell too far from the family tree. I felt he was the weak link of the movie.

The movie missed a major opportunity with Amara’s character development. She was introduced in the first act only to be tossed aside for the rest of the movie.

THE FINAL VERDICT

The reason why the previous movie succeeded is due to del Toro’s involvement. It was obvious that the first movie was a labor of love. The only reason that this sequel was even green-lit is due to the previous movie’s success in many Asian countries such as China. Uprising is an unnecessary sequel in a long line of unnecessary sequels.

SCORE: 5/10

Chris’ Quick Thoughts Movie Review: Unsane

Chris’ Quick Thoughts Movie Review

Unsane

Rating: 7/10 (Satisfying)
Recommendation: Redbox It

Fun fact: This whole movie was shot on a iPhone 7.

Fun Fact: You can definitely tell.

Pros

The acting is really good. Claire Foy is mesmerizing. Joshua Leonard is timid but fearful. And Jay Phoroah is the friend that you wish you had. The story is engaging and you’re always wondering what twist or turn it might take next? The camera work is pretty solid despite it being shot on only an iPhone. And the tone generally stays neutral so not too lead you one way or another.

Cons

There are blatantly obvious moments you can tell this movie was shot on a phone. While you’ll notice the whole time throughout the film that it’s shot on a phone, it generally doesn’t distract you all that much until you hit certain scene or two. Then it fully comes to light and it can suck you out of the moment. Also, Claire Foy’s character makes some dumb decisions once in awhile. And the ending ends sort of bitter sweet and also makes you question is Claire sane? Or insane? You decide.

Overall

If you’re looking for something different, then this might suit you. The camera work is very interesting to watch unfold and the characters/story do follow keep the film going at a nice pace. There rarely is a dull moment. But it does faulter here and there and, depending on who you are, it may take you out of the moment of what’s going on onscreen.

It won’t be for everyone but give it a shot. It might just surprise you.

Chris’ Quick Thoughts Movie Review: Ready Player One

Chris’ Quick Thoughts Movie Review

Ready Player One

Rating: 7/10 (Satisfying)
Recommendation: Pay The 8

Pros

The virtual world is amazing. Almost all of the scenes in it are engaging and intriguing. (Especially that opening race scene. Oh that’s so good!)The action is done very well done (Even with the gratuitous amounts of CGI). The story, when not interrupted by real life, is fun and endearing. And the callbacks will make you smile and feel nostalgic.

Cons

The real life plot isn’t very interesting. The story is rushed after the first key is obtained. The love story is paced terribly. The real life characters aren’t as interesting as the ones are in the Oasis, somehow. (Like, how do you do that?) And the villain is super cheesy and just distracts from the overall plot.

Overall

Ready Player One is an escape from reality, when it doesn’t sneak in the real life story. There are so many fun and engaging moments that you’ll become super invested right away. But when the live action comes back around, it will always bring the movie to a halt. It’s sometimes jarring and you wish that you never left the Oasis yourself…. Maybe that was the point?… No. Can’t be.

Honestly, if you rewrote the live action portion of this film to make it fit with the game and creator’s back story better, you’d have a tremendous movie on your hands. Instead, you’ve got something that’s good for about 2/3.