Cayle’s Movie Review: “Cars 3”

When it comes to modern-day animation, Pixar (and Disney to a certain extent) is the gold standard. On the other hand, the Cars franchise is another story. The second installment of the franchise signaled the start of Pixar’s creative slump that lasted until the 2015 release of Inside Out. How does this movie compare to the first two movies?

Well, for starters, this movie is a return to form for the franchise. While the story is basic, it’s still an effective one. The movie has an interesting premise about being past your prime. While the first act dealt with this premise, the other two acts felt like a Rocky movie. I felt this aspect of the movie could have been explored more thoroughly.

The supporting cast of this movie is rather and miss. Cruz Ramirez is the love-it or hate-it character of this movie. Some people will find her likable while others will find her annoying. However, she does go through a character arc of her own. Jackson Lightning, the antagonist of the movie, felt like a one-dimensional character.

While Cars 3 is an improvement over its predecessor, it’s not on par with the other Pixar movies. However, it’s fine for a Cars sequel.

SCORE: 6/10

Cayle’s Movie Reviews: “Wonder Woman”

NOTE: It says on the video that it’s a 7/10. It’s actually an 8/10. My mistake!

It’s official: the DC Extended Universe finally has a good movie!

Wonder Woman is a unique take on the “fish-out-of-water” narrative in which the titular character is taken out of her environment and into war-torn Europe. You get to see the character arc of Wonder Woman/Diana Prince unfold during the movie’s runtime.

Another great aspect about the movie is its direction. The action scenes are well choreographed and the World War I scenes are filled with grim and despair. However, some of the movie’s CGI is rather unconvincing.

When it was first announced that Gal Gadot was announced to play Wonder Woman, there was a huge backlash. However, she managed to prove the naysayers wrong with her performance in this movie. She managed to portray Wonder Woman as an optimistic character in a grim world.

Chris Pine does a fine job as Steve Trevor. While he does have a great camaraderie with Gadot, his character is no slouch either. He does have his share of action scenes along with Wonder Woman.

My main complaint with this movie, however, is its villain set-up. I won’t go into detail, but it is one of those “surprise” villains. Another complaint about this movie is its use of slow-mo. It may work in a Zack Snyder movie, but it feels out of place here.

In conclusion, Wonder Woman is the very movie that the 2016 Ghostbusters failed to be. After a shaky start with Man of Steel, Batman v. Superman, and Suicide Squad, this film is a step in the right direction for the DCEU.

SCORE: 8/10

Cayle’s Movie Reviews: “Captain Underpants”

Believe it or not, Captain Underpants is a pretty good movie.

The film’s strongest asset is its humor. Yes, there is some toilet humor for the kiddies, but there is enough meta-humor for the adults. In addition to that, most of the film’s humor comes from its slapstick and its visual gags.

The movie has a solid voice cast. My main complaint with modern animated movies is that you hear whatever big-name celebrity the studio hired for the movie and not the character. Kevin Hart was surprisingly restrained in his performance as George. I was surprised to find out that the nerdy killjoy character was played by Jordan Peele of all people.

This film is essentially Deadpool for kids with its meta-humor. Although I would not place it among the better animated DreamWorks films such as How to Train Your Dragon and the second Kung Fu Panda, it’s good for what it is.

SCORE: 7/10

Cayle’s Movie Review: “Alien: Covenant”

Ridley Scott finally returned to the Alien franchise after three decades to direct Prometheus, a prequel to 1979’s Alien. While it had an overall positive reception amongst film critics, fans of the franchise were rather split. Will Covenant win back the fans?

Michael Fassbender pretty much steals this movie as the androids David and Walter respectively. Fassbender plays the former with a subtle hint of menace while he plays the latter as a newer model. Both Danny McBride and Katherine Waterson were the other standouts in this movie. However, the rest of the cast seem to exist just to be Xenomorph bait.

Despite some of the film’s questionable dialogue (e.g. “I’ll do the fingering”), Covenant had an intriguing story. While Prometheus was all about the questions concerning our purpose in the universe, this movie is all about the answers. This film does a fine job expanding the Alien universe. While Prometheus was a film that relied more on atmosphere, Covenant is a more action-oriented film that is in a similar vein to Aliens.

Just like its predecessor, Covenant will be a love it or hate it film. Personally, I felt that the good outweighed the bad in this case.

SCORE: 7/10

Cayle’s Movie Review: “Baywatch”

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NOTE:  I decided to do a written review instead due to a lack of free time this weekend. I hope you all enjoy!

Since Hollywood is currently out of original ideas and is turning to Buzzfeed 90s nostalgia lists for potential movie ideas, we have an official Baywatch movie. Yay…?

In city of Emerald Bay, FL, Mitch Buchannon (Dwayne Johnson) is the leader of a group of lifeguards known as “Baywatch”. The movie follows the team as they investigate a local drug ring on their beach.

The movies strongest asset are its two leads: DwayneThe RockJohnson and Zac Efron. Johnson is arguably the most likable actor working in Hollywood today besides Tom Hanks. Considering the fact that most of the movies sense of humor is rather hit and miss (I will touch upon this later in the review), Johnsons charisma is a much needed necessity. Johnson and Efron have a great chemistry with each other. The movie should have focused on their rivalry instead. Although Jon Bass did a fine job overall, his Ronnie character doesnt have a purpose within the movie besides being the comic relief. If you cut out all of his scenes, it would not affect the movie. The rest of the cast was forgettable including Priyanka Chopra (the actress who played Victoria Reed, the villain of the movie).

Baywatch is essentially a poor mans version of the recent 21 Jump Street reboot movies. Although this movie tried to capture the manic spirit of the latter, the results are rather mixed. As I have mentioned earlier in the review, the movies sense of humor is rather hit and miss. It seems that the film tries to be raunchy in order to appeal to the Hard R audience. However, the aforementioned raunchiness is favored over being clever in order to earn a profit.

Despite my grievances over the movie, its just plain dumb fun. Although it has the potential to be a much better movie (e.g. the 21 Jump Street movies), Baywatch is fine for what it is: a simple summer comedy.

Overall, this movie makes for a fine rental.

SCORE: 5/10

Cayle’s Movie Review: “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword”

Guy Ritchie began his career as an indie director. Thanks to the successes of Snatch and Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, Ritchie started directing bigger budgeted movies such as the Sherlock Holmes movies. Now he tackles the King Arthur mythos with King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.

Ritchie is known for his dry, British sense of humor. While there were scenes throughout the movie that contained this element, they are scarce. The rest of the movie, however, is rather unexciting for such a big-budgeted epic thanks to its slow pacing. Even for a Guy Ritchie production, the editing of the movie is atrocious. During a montage of Arthur’s upbringing, it appeared that the editor had put the fast forward on by accident.

Jude Law as the Vortigern was the best part about this movie. His performance manages to give depth to an otherwise disposable villain role. It’s a crying shame that the rest of the cast seemed to be phoning it in with their performances. The worst performance of this movie, however, goes to Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey for her monotone delivery.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword had the potential to be a good movie with Ritchie sitting in the director’s chair. However, the movie is a mess in terms of tone and presentation.

SCORE: 5/10

Cayle’s Movie Review: “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”

The second Guardians of the Galaxy has a lot to live up to thanks to the sleeper hit status of its predecessor. Thankfully, it manages to do that thanks to its witty dialogue and great characters.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is funnier than its predecessor. The movie ups the ante with its comedic elements thanks to the comradery of the main cast, speaking of which…

The film’s strongest asset is its ensemble cast. The main characters have a great chemistry with each other. This is essential because the main theme of the film is family.

What drags this film down, however, are its many subplots. At one point in the movie, the main characters are split up for a decent amount of running time. However, the subplots are rather uneven. While we get to know more about the relationship between Peter Quill/Star-Lord and Yondu, the relationship between Gamora and her sister Nebula seems rather rushed. All we know from their scenes together is that Thanos was their adoptive father…and that’s pretty much it.

Although this film isn’t as fresh and groundbreaking as its predecessor, it’s still a pretty impressive film.

SCORE: 8/10