Keanu Review

Synopsis: Friends hatch a plot to retrieve a stolen kitten by posing as drug dealers for a street gang.

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If you’re a fan of Key and Peele’s sketch comedy show then you know what you’re in for. This is essentially a really long version of their sketch show, which isn’t a bad thing. It actually does a great job of keeping the story interesting and keeping you invested in the characters. When you look at the plot of this movie it’s ridiculous. Two guys looking for a cat and trying to get it back from a street gang by impersonating some deadly and infamous gangster hitmen dubbed “The Allentown Brothers” and strike a deal to do a job in exchange for their cat Keanu. The kitten or kitten(s) that plays Keanu is the cutest freaking cat ever! What makes this movie enjoyable and funny is the comedic talents and chemistry of Key and Peele. The comedy and the writing is done really well they somehow manage to make some of the weirdest and most awkward situations so funny! I was laughing throughout most of the movie and the comedy while at times over the top it never felt like it was too much. The absurdity of the some of the situations they get in and how they both react is pretty hilarious. I particularly found a scene with Key’s character Clarence was with a few of the gang members handling lookout in van and he convinces them that the famous pop singer George Michael was a black artist with daddy issues just to save face from the fact that he was a huge George Michael fan. I loved how many of the action scenes with gun fights were shot, particularly when the camera zooms in to follow Keanu the kitten during these sequences it goes super close up and cinematic. You can’t help but laugh as you’re seeing this cute kitten running in and out of all this carnage going on around it. Without going into any spoilers I did have some issues with a plot hole in the story on certain events that take place during a drug deal that conflict with events that later happen in the movie. It’s not really that glaring but I did find it odd thinking back on the movie.

Keanu is a good time with some good laughs throughout thanks to Key and Peele’s comedic acting and rather clever writing and jokes. If you’ve got some spare time and want a good laugh you should check it out. Also Fun Fact: that is actually Keanu Reeves voicing Keanu the kitten in the drug trip dream sequence.

Should You See it: Sure, if you want a good time

Theater Worthy: No

Final Rating: C+

X-Men Apocalypse Final Trailer Reaction

Well call me surprised, a new X-Men Apocalypse trailer just drooped this week and I think this one is getting me the most excited for this movie to come out! The first few trailers were great but they didn’t have quite the “wow factor” for me like this one did. There just so many cool moments in this one. First I loved how a lot more of the mutants’ powers were showcased you got to see more of that scene with Psylocke (Olivia Munn) and you find that she is fighting Beast (Nicholas Holt). The other scene that was crazy was Storm’s lightning facing off against Cyclops’ optic blast Dragonball Z style!!! Yeah, who didn’t love that?! It was also interesting this time around they just come out and say that Magneto is Quicksilver’s father. In Days of Future Past it was heavily alluded to, but seeing as how it looks like Magneto’s family is the driving force behind him turning to Apocalypse’s Four Horseman that’s probably pretty important.

The thing that kind of bothered me a little is how Mystique is the new leader of the X-Men and it sets it up like she is the one that teaches and unites them not Professor X. I understand it from a marketing and business stand point, Jennifer Lawrence is a superstar and why wouldn’t you put her at the forefront of your movie? I even get it from a self-contained story stand point starting with X-Men First Class where it’s established that she has the potential to be good or bad and it’s been a struggle between Xavier and Magneto to try and influence her. Still, growing up on the X-Men animated series and comics from the 90’s it is just weird to me, but that’s just my personal opinion. I have no doubt that Jennifer Lawrence will be great and I’m even a huge fan of her as an actress, but it kind of bums me out that Xavier seems like he’s gonna get knocked out of the movie for a big chunk based on this trailer.

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Oh I can’t end this without talking about the big reveal at the end where you see Wolverine’s Adamantium claws come out! That definitely brought a huge smile to my face because I thought that Wolverine wasn’t going to be in this movie!!! Guys in the end I’m super pumped to see this movie I’ve loved every single one of Bryan Singer’s X-Men movies and this one looks to be the most epic one yet!!!

Midnight Special Review

Synopsis: A father and son go on the run, pursued by the government and a cult drawn to the child's special powers.

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I went into this movie without any real knowledge of the premise or the plot and I can honestly say I was very pleasantly surprised at almost every turn of this movie. Midnight Special is written and directed by Jeff Nichols who also directed another movie I enjoyed a few years ago called Mud which you should also check out. I’ll begin by saying this movie is not going to be for everyone; I can imagine that not everyone is going to like this movie. Without spoiling anything this movie leaves the audience with many questions and a lot to interpretation and imagination, which can be seen as one of this movie’s strengths.

I loved that this movie is so well paced and thrilling right from the get go and never lets up until the very end. You are immediately thrown into the movie with barely any setup or exposition and you as the audience are left to try and figure out what is going on by listening to and watching what the characters are doing and saying. It’s actually refreshing to watch a movie and not have things spoon fed to you in enormous amounts of exposition dialogue.  This element is great as it adds to the tension and suspense throughout the entire movie because you don’t quite know what is going to happen next. I loved that feeling of trying to figure out what is going on and not know what to really expect next. I swear there were some moments where I literally jumped out of my seat because I was caught completely off guard.

The other aspect that really sets the great tone and mood of this movie is the acting. I absolutely loved every major character had great performances all around. Michael Shannon and Joel Edgerton as Roy and Lucas are awesome I love this moment early in the movie where they were confronted by a state trooper while trying get Alton away and the way they both handle the situation really tells you what their characters are. Adam Driver was great as the NSA Agent Sevier he brought a sense of levity and humor to an otherwise very tense movie. Even though I’ve never really been of Kirsten Dunst she actually was pretty good in this movie even though she didn’t really have too much to do in the movie. Jaeden Lieberher the boy who plays Alton himself I gotta say was really damn good and I don’t mean just for a child actor. I really believed him when he was struggling with his powers and then when he began to understand them you could really see it in his acting how he was more confident and brighter.  

Midnight Special really makes you think and/or imagine. It doesn’t come right out and tell you exactly what Alton’s special powers are or where they come from, in fact, it doesn’t really come out and tell you anything. I feel like that isn’t really the point of the movie though it deals more with how different people would react to a person with special abilities that weren’t a superhero or a god. You get all sorts of view points in the movie from the cult community where Alton was born to US government and their different levels belief and interpretation of what Alton’s abilities are. There were a few things that I didn’t quite feel landed that well. The whole cult story line didn’t really get any resolution as in just sort of abruptly and unceremoniously stops and you never get to see how the events of the end affected them, but in the end that’s a really minor point and I’m nitpicking.

Midnight Special is a great suspense drama that will keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat while it gets your imagination into overdrive trying to figure out what’s happening. Combined with an awesome cast and great acting this makes for an interesting movie experience.

 

Should you see it?: Yes!

Theater Worthy: It can wait

Final Grade: B

Jason Bourne Trailer 1 Reaction

Heck yes! The new trailer for the fifth Bourne movie titledJason Bourne just dropped and it is awesome! (I am a little sad that they didn't keep the same title convention of "The Bourne 'Something'")

This marks the return of both Matt Damon as Jason Bourne and director Paul Greengrass  which is awesome because the two together created the greatness of both Supremacy and my personal favorite Ultimatum! First off its got the obligatory “holy shit, it's Jason Bourne!” reaction line from some government agent, you'd think by now they'd be used to it by now and just go “oh… Him again…” I love that they brought back Julia Stiles character Nicky Parsons back as I loved he character and always wondered what happened to her after Ultimatum also Julia Stiles is awesome and she's not in enough movies these days.

This is a great example of how a trailer should be done. *Cough* (looking at you Batman v Superman) It shows just enough exciting moments but it never really gives you a sense of what exactly the plot is. I love that I'm still confused as to what the movie is exactly but I know what kind of experience I'm in for! Guys and gals I'm freaking excitied for this movie because the Bourne trilogy films are some of my favorite spy movies as well as just movies in general! I never tire of watching them and I can't wait to see what random household item Jason will use to beat up some poor guy that gets tasked to take him on!!!

The Jungle Book (2016) Review

Synopsis - The man-cub Mowgli flees the jungle after a threat from the tiger Shere Khan. Guided by Bagheera the panther and the bear Baloo, Mowgli embarks on a journey of self-discovery, though he also meets creatures who don't have his best interests at heart.

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I just saw the live action adaptation of Disney’s The Jungle Book directed by Jon Favreau. First of all let me say that I am a huge Disney fan, regardless I still would have told you that I loved this movie. Disney have been going full steam with their live action adaptations of their animated classics like Maleficent, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland and now The Jungle Book. I’ve got to say this is definitely the best one yet I think they’ve finally perfected the recipe!

If you’ve seen the original animated version from 1967 you probably already know the plot but it does a great job of still engaging you and keeps you on the edge of your seat with its great pacing and storytelling, it never really slows down or gets boring. It’s also pretty impressive with how it takes the story and makes it flow far better than the sort of choppy segmented way in the original animated version. The screenwriters made wise choices to alter and/or shorten certain scenes from the original. What really made this movie special though were the performances. My goodness they were all spot on. You expect greatness from the star studded cast of the voice actors but one of most pleasant surprises was Neel Sethi who plays Mowgli. Sethi for his debut he did great, there were a few scenes that were kind of rough around the edges or poor line delivery but it never took me out of the experience. He also did as many of his own stunts which is impressive because the scenes of him running in and on the trees look great and seamless. I remember seeing those parts and thinking to myself, “is he actually running on those trees?” Turns out sort of, he was running on a green screen set but still impressive nonetheless. As mentioned before the allstar voice cast was awesome! Idris Elba who is quickly becoming one of Disney’s go to voice actors with Chief Bogo in Zootopia and later this summer in Finding Dory is intimidating as Shere Khan. Bill Murray as Baloo is hilarious and give a great performance, as you would think, but it is a little hard to get passed how recognizable his voice is that you can’t help but think “that’s just Bill Murray as a bear” same thing with Christopher Walken as King Louie. I also can’t say enough about Ben Kingsley as Bagheera his presence could really be felt with his authoritative aura yet you could still feel the warmth and care Bagheera had for Mowgli throughout the movie.

Visually this movie really sets a new bar for photo-realistic CGI animals because HOLY CRAP! Some of the animals looked so real and yet their facial expressions made them feel very human and the emotions of the voice performances could really be seen. I was impressed at just how good the all the animals looked. While not as impressive the jungle environment was sufficient you definitely tell that a lot of it was CGI. It had that very clean and glossy look to it but it doesn’t take you out of the experience like it does with say like the Star Wars prequels did by throwing it in your face. The movie looks amazing though, very beautifully shot especially the wider shots of Mowgli travelling through the jungle. The one complaint I have was that many of the action scenes were shot very close up and shaky so it was difficult to keep up with what actually was happening in the fights. I was often thinking “ok who’s winning the fight now?” As far as the score goes it complemented the movie really well it didn’t stand out but it really brought great emotion to each scene. Then again some say the best soundtracks are the ones you don’t even notice.  Oh and I can’t review The Jungle Book without mentioning the “Bare Necessities” I loved this rendition of the song, it fits so well and such a fun scene! 

One weird thing that crossed my mind throughout the film but really doesn’t mean anything, add or take away from it is “was why can some animals talk and others can’t?” It never really explains this nor should it but I just found it funny and made me think.

Bottom line, it’s a fun and beautifully made movie with some really great performances and updates a classic for a new generation of families!  

Should you see it?: Yes!

Theater Worthy: Yes! In IMAX

Final Grade: B