Chris’ Movie Review: The Mummy (2017)

Chris’ Movie Review

The Mummy (2017)

Rating: 4/10 (Sub Par)

Recommendation: Skip It

Tom Cruise in an summer Blockbuster? No way. Let’s go check that out….

I regret doing movie reviews as a hobby sometimes.

The Mummy stars Tom Cruise (Nick Morton), Russell Crowe (Dr. Henry Jekyll), Annabelle Wallis (Jenny Halsey), Jake Johnson (Chris Vail), and Sofia Boutella (Ahmanet).

Plot Summary

Nick and Chris are theives. While they’re on a scavenger​ hunt for treasure, they come across a group of terrorists. They get caught in the middle of cross fire and Chris calls in an air strike. In doing so, the missile blows up an opening to an Egyptian tomb. Nick and Chris are joined by Jenny, an archeologist, to explore what’s inside. But, little did they know, they opened a grave that was never meant to be discovered.

Now Nick, Chris, and Jenny must fight the new evil they’ve unleashed into the world, also while Nick fights the curse within himself.

Review

The Mummy is one of those really generic action movies that gets put out every summer to make a buck. The plot isn’t very important. The characters are left to really basic stereotypes. And the actors can choose whether or not they want to put effort into the film.

For starters, Tom Cruise does his Tom Cruise acting. It’s not bad, he’s actually pretty decent, but it’s what you expect from an Tom Cruise action flick. He comes in, runs a little, gives his half open mouth look, and gives a few snarky lines. And, even with his typical tropes, he’s the most compelling character of the bunch.

The writers really didn’t put a lot of thought into the characters of this film. Each one is a trope and there’s​ nothing exciting or interesting about the individual. They’re cardboard cutouts of characters you’ve seen before, stuck in a movie, that you’ve seen before.

The plot of this film is sort of a mess. While it’s easy to get the gist of what’s going on, the details are just dull or hard to understand. When the story starts to dive into itself, it just becomes uninteresting and confusing, and you want the movie too just get back into the action because those sections are at least compelling to watch…. Well, not all of them.

The ending is awfully boring and uneventful. Throughout the film, Tom is fighting Sofia and the tension keeps building upon itself, giving you the expectation that the concluding battle is going to be epic…. But it’s not. The finale is nothing more than a simple slap across the face and a 3 minute fix to the problem. Which is super disappointing considering how much build up was given in the rest of the movie. That and you’ve just sat through 2 hours of mediocre crap for a lackluster ending.

Now the only true reason to see this film is because of the action scenes (Other than the ending). These scenes are captivating, thrilling to watch, and Tom Cruise really sells each scene. The tension and emotion from Tom really gives these scenes an edge and it’ll make grip your seat a little bit throughout. But only a little bit. It’s not Edge Of Tomorrow or anything like that.

Overall

The Mummy (2017) is a sub par action movie that is only there for you to waste your money at theaters. You may get a few cheap thrills but there’s nothing of substance here.

The action scenes can be good. Once in awhile there’s a good line or two. And Tom Cruise does give it his all. But the characters are generic, the plot of messy, and the ending is extremely underwhelming.

In all honesty, go watch Wonder Woman. And if you’ve already seen it, go watch it again. You’ll get your money’s worth that way.

As usual, thanks for reading!

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

Chris’ Movie Review: Captain Underpants: The First Movie

Chris’ Movie Review

CaptainUnderpants: The First Movie

Rating: 7/10 (Satisfying)

Recommendation: Pay The 8

I used to read the Captain Underpants books growing and they were fun. They weren’t the greatest but there was creativity and sense of child life fun, but they are also very short.

So the question becomes, how do you make a movie out of such little material? And, most of all, how do you make it good?
Captain Underpants: The First Movie stars Kevin Hart (George), Thomas Middleditch (Harold), Ed Helms (Mr. Krupp/Captain Underpants), and Nick Kroll (Professor Poopypants).

Plot Summary

George and Harold are 4th graders (I think, I kind of forgot) that have been friends since kindergarten. They love to hang out, write comics, and, most of all, laugh. But the school they attend is full of dullness and no fun.

Mr. Krupp is the principal of this school and he doesn’t like children having fun or creativity. One day, George and Harold pull the ultimate prank but they caught in the process. Mr. Krupp is about to assign the two to different classes but George hypnotizes​ the principal and they make him become Captain Underpants.

Now the kids must keep Captain Underpants under control and also defeat a future foe who is out to kill laughter once and for all.

Review

Captain Underpants is one of those movies that, once you see the trailer, you know who the target audience is. It’s not too say adults can’t enjoy kid’s films, I like a lot of them, but this one seemed to be on the more low brow side than usual…. But that’s the point. It’s a Captain Underpants film.

For starters, the voice acting in this movie is really solid. Ed and Nick have a great presence and they act they part so seeminglessly, that you get sucked into the character and not the person behind the mic. But I know what you’re thinking. How does Kevin and Thomas pull off kids’ voices? Well, I’m not sure, but I have a guess.

Kevin and Thomas don’t try to pull off high pitched vocals. They, more or less, just use their normal everyday voices and it’s not distracting. Now what it sounds like, unless it was the theater, is they mixed the sound too cutback on the volume of the main leads. Kevin doesn’t come across as harsh as he usually does and Thomas isn’t as forceful as you’d think he would be. These two voice actors really fit their character type and, to be honest, you won’t even notice that they’re grown adults most of the time because of how well they voice their parts.

Now, one of the more surprising aspects, is the story telling. The runtime of this film is short. It goes for about 80 minutes and that’s it. You’re in and you’re out. And with the comic book being so short itself, this really benefits the film as a whole.

The plot may whiz by but it tells the origin of Captain Underpants, shows a villain’s back story, gives a look into Mr. Krupp’s personal life, and gives you a peak into George and Harold’s humble beginnings.

The film is able to cover all of these elements and it spaces them out properly, giving each section enough time to process through your mind. It’s really quite brilliant, especially when some movies can’t handle a basic character set up. (Cough Life [Earlier this year] Cough). But this movie doesn’t come without it’s flaws.

One of the negatives is the animation. It’s not that great. Maybe it was the texture or designs but the animation isn’t the greatest to look at…but it’s not the worst either. It’s colorful and fast moving but it just doesn’t feel as sharp as it could be. Granted, this movie might have been on the lower side of the budget, there’s even a joke thrown in the middle about it, but this is a DreamWorks film. You’d expect just a little bit better.

The next issue is the comedy. Obviously this is for kids. There is some adult comedy thrown in and you should get some laughs but, at a certain point, the potty jokes get little old. I know, it’s Captain Underpants but they over use the toilet humor just a tad too much. If they cut back on it some, it would’ve been fine. And, yes, I know comedy is subjective. So this may not be an problem with you, which is completely fine as well. It just needs to be pointed out.

Overall

Captain Underpants is a movie that’s not that long and, in return, it gets a short review. The film isn’t going to be mind blowing, like most Pixar movies, but nothing about the film is horrible. It gets you in and gets you out. What else could you want as a parent?

The animation isn’t on par as other DreamWorks films, the humor can be a tad annoying, and there are  one or two slow scenes. But the voice acting is really good. The story telling is thorough, even with it’s short run time, and this movie feels like a faithful adaptation to the source material. Something not all films get these days.

At the end of the day, as mentioned many times, it’s a Captain Underpants movie. You shouldn’t expect much but the people behind scenes really put some time and effort into this film. And, if you grew up reading the comics or you’re just going because of your kids, you might find yourself enjoying this movie by the very end too.

As usual, thanks for reading!

Chris’ Movie Review: Wonder Woman

Chris’ Movie Review

Wonder Woman

Rating: 8/10 (Good)

Recommendation: Pay The 8

Oh my God. Wonder Woman is such a bad ass. I never knew and now that I know, I feel so ashamed that I didn’t know. We need more movies of Wonder Woman. Or hell, let’s get a Super Girl movie out here. Let’s get these women more recognized.

Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot (Diana/Wonder Woman), Chris Pine (Steve Trevor), and IMDB the rest because there are so many side characters.

Plot summary

Diana is a God. She just doesn’t know it yet. Growing up as a small child, she’s deterred from learning combat by her mom. Her mother wants Diana stay away from learning self defense but Diana persists and learns against her mother’s wishes.

One day, Diana is staring out into the sea when she sees a man crash land into water. Diana dives into the sea to save him and drags him up onto the shore. But along with saving this man, an enemy army of Germans comes into the Amazon territory.

From this moment on, Diana learns that there’s evil, death, and despair in the world and she wants to save the innocent from suffering and to bring peace back into this world.

Review

Wonder Woman is a movie that I was hoping they wouldn’t screw up. Not because I’m very familiar with the character herself but because we needed a good DC film. There’s been so many bombs as of late that the DC universe virtually had nothing left to stand on other than The Dark Knight. And thank goodness they pulled through with Wonder Woman.

For starters, all the actors are tremendous. The cast plays well off each other and you just can’t help but enjoy each and every quirk they bring. Hell, even the villains are played well…even if they’re not the best written but the actors play their part well. But nothing compares to the chemistry of Gal and Chris.

Gal and Chris are at the top of their game here. They play off each extremely well. Their chemistry and love really hook you into this film and it makes you really care for the them on screen. And the best part, there isn’t a damsal in distress either.

Obviously, Chris Pine’s character is a mortal human but what makes his character work so well is that he doesn’t just sit back and let Wonder Woman do all the work. Chris’ character is involved with almost every scene. He jumps into battle just as much as Diana does and he always has her back. This, combined with his character’s personality, really makes a strong bond with the audience and Diana. And speaking of which.

Gal Gadot is fantastic. I think I heard that there was some backlash to Gal playing this part, but those haters can go watch another movie. Gal is Wonder Woman. Maybe it’s the fact that I’ve never really been invested with this character in the past but when you see Gal portray Diana, you just can’t see someone else doing it. She seems to hit all of the right notes with Diana’s energy, sense of wonderment, joy, curiosity, obliviousness, and so on. Maybe you can call me out and say that I don’t know enough about Wonder Woman to make this judgment but what can I say? Gal does a great job here. If she didn’t, I’d tell ya about it.

Another good aspect is some of the action scenes…not all of them are good though. I’ll touch on that in a minute but the ones that are good, are good. Some of the action scenes really show off how powerful Wonder Woman is and, to any new comers, this is great. When the camera work and special effects are on their game, Diana’s powers really come through and shine a light on how awesome she is as a hero.

Now, there are some missteps in this movie. As mentioned in the previous paragraph, some of the CGI and action scenes don’t always blend. There are quite a few blatant moments when Diana will be doing a super hero move and it’s greatly exposed to the weakness of the CGI mixing. Maybe they didn’t have the budget to really put in those finishing touches but those scenes are still there and they’re​ really noticable. Almost to the point where they’re distracting.

To keep on with the previous paragraph, some of the action sequences seem like a bit of a stretch. Again, the CGI doesn’t always help but the way the scene is setup really tests your limits on believability. Which, this just might be my personal experience but you might see it too.

There’s one scene in particular where Diana explodes through a room and there are a bunch of men standing around with guns. When Diana goes to attack these individuals, you notice that there’s a sense of lag. Yes, the action does get slowed down but there isn’t a lot of flow in how the hero is fighting against the enemy in this room. This occurs occasionally throughout the movie too. It’s not a huge problem but, again, it’s noticable.

Another hit is the villains. Which is odd because DC usually has great enemies but this time around, DC failed us as an audience. Now it’s not too say they were awful, but they’re just forgettable. They don’t really do a lot of talking or take very many actions. Hell, there’s three of them and one of them comes in as a twist villain. It’s just a shame that they didn’t take full advantage of these characters. The writers did so well with the heroes this time around that you wish the villains were just as good.

Lastly, Diana can get a little annoying. It’s not Gal’s fault for this but it’s Diana’s contestant persistence that if she kills this one man, every evil thing will stop. Which, yes, she was taught that from an early age, so she knows nothing else, but Steve tries to tell her a different perspective and Diana will have nothing to do with that. This is a very minor issue, because of she was raised, but it’s worth mentioning because some other people might feel the same way as well.

Overall

Wonder Woman is a movie that bases it’s strength off it’s main heroes and throws in some really good action scenes, when it’s not too busy worrying about budget cuts, to give it’s character the seal of approval of a “Bad Ass.”

The multiple villains aren’t very well written. The CGI can be really off at times. And Diana’s stubbornness can wain on you a tad. But the movie is shot well, there is humor and well written characters, And Chris Pine and Gal Gadot carry this film all the way to the finish line with how well they work off each other and how invested you will become with these two on screen.

I might be hyping this movie up a bit and I might be putting to much stock into how much I like the characters, that I’m over looking everything else but, damn it, DC gave us a good movie. After DC has shafted us film after film, it’s about time that we get to sit back and actually enjoy a good film, that isn’t perfect, but brings a lot of joy to it’s viewers, for once in a long time. And you may disagree but I had a blast watching this. Something I can’t say about Suicide Squad, Batman V. Superman, Man Of Steel, or others. The Dark Knight Rises I’m borderline on.

As usual, thanks for reading!

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

Chris’ Movie Review: “Baywatch”

Chris’ Movie Review

Baywatch
Rating: 5/10 (Average)

Recommendation: Redbox It

It’s hard to fully review a film that you know is meant to be ridiculous. On the one hand, if you’re to harsh, you’ll come off as stingy and unwilling to compromise. On the other hand though, if you’re too light, people will say “Yeah. It’s fine. But how come that person loved it so much?”

You can say this about any review really but when it comes to movies that go out of their way to be over the top, you have to really tread a thin line…. Unless it’s really good or bad. Then you can say what you please.

Baywatch stars Dwayne Johnson (Mitch), Zac Efron (Matt Brodie), Alexandra Daddario (Summer), Priyanka Chopra (Victoria), and Jon Bass (Ronnie).

Plot Summary

Mitch is the head of the beach. He runs the beach and nothing gets by him. He’s also the best lifeguard of all time.

Once a year, Baywatch holds tryouts to add one new member but this year, they’re making an exception and they’re adding three new candidates. In steps in Matt Brodie. A two time Olympic gold medalist and one cocky man. Brodie expects special treatment but Mitch won’t give it to him.

As Matt fights for a spot, drug deals start happening on the beach and Mitch investigates. Even though the cops tell Mitch this his isn’t jurisdiction or problem, he goes against the system.

Baywatch now is involved with solving murderers, drug deals, and all of the silliness that entails from these scenarios.

Review

Baywatch has so much going on that my plot summary probably felt like it took an hour to read but there’s so much to cover in this “Simple comedy,” at least story wise there is. The review itself, maybe not so much.

For starters, the cast is likable. I’ve come across a lot of movies, this year, that have had likable actors in it. Sure the movies aren’t always good but I just find this to be interesting. And, obviously, this film isn’t an exception.

Name one movie where Dwayne Johnson isn’t likable? I’ll wait. I can’t honestly think of one and this holds true here as well. Dwayne is one of those actors that isn’t “Oscar” worthy (Unless he does a film like that and really steps up) but he has a presence that oozes fun. He makes a film feel extremely lively and the atmosphere just glows around him. It’s just amazing to see, especially since he pulls it off in every movie, that I’ve seen, he’s in.

The rest of the actors are fun to watch too. Zac plays his usual “Jock” type well. Alexandra has great chemistry with Zac on screen. And Jon Bass plays a good “Comedic relief” character. Normally a character like this can hinder the movie but Jon isn’t always in your face. He lays around in the background and strikes when needed and, most of the time, he’s pretty funny. But Priyanka is sort of the outcast here.

Priyanka plays the villain, and while it’s not bad, she’s just forgettable. The writers didn’t give Priyanka much to work with. They gave most of the script to Dwayne and Zac. Priyanka, and some of the other cast members, are left out to dry. Which is a shame because Priyanka’s character probably could’ve been a lot fun to watch but the writers missed the boat on that one.

Another hit, is the comedy. While the actors do a good job making the film likable, the jokes are hit and miss. The comedy can be very crude and it can over stay it’s welcome way too often. Again, not all of the jokes land on the negative side of the spectrum, but more often than not, the comedy lands on the wrong side of town.

Another, odd but noticable, issue is the green screen effects. Most of these are just bad. Along with that, the action scenes aren’t shot that well. There are way too many close-ups and you can’t tell what’s going on half of the time. Which is a shame because the movie has actors who can pull off these stunts well but the director chose not to show them off.

Even though it was mentioned earlier, the plot is too condiluded. There’s way too much going to really comprehend. Most of the time, you might zone out trying to follow what’s going on. I know I did. Once the story gets back on track with the Baywatch crew, the movie starts to flow again. But when the plot derails, the plot just becomes a jumbled mess trying to surface to the top of the water.

Overall

Baywatch is a movie that goes over the top on purpose but it holds back in certain areas. And if the film decided to just go all out, it probably would’ve made it an awesome experience to witness but unfortunately, that’s not what we get here.

The film struggles with keeping the narrative clean and free of becoming a mess. The villain gets shafted. And the action scenes aren’t that great to look at. But the actors are likable. The jokes can be really funny from time to time. And Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson…enough said.

Baywatch isn’t a theater film but if you’re bored and this is in a Redbox, give it a quick look over. It’s light hearted enough to get a few laughs.

As usual, thanks for reading!

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