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Thursday, September 7, 2017

It (2017) Movie Review


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The Good:
"It" wastes very little time with getting to the good stuff. Within less than 10 mins into the film, we're already introduced to the horror that is Pennywise. What I really appreciated was that we didn't get the same old traditional horror movie setups. In most [jump-scare] horror films, we tend to get camera shots of an area that will later be used to have the monster pop out at you. While "It" does have a few scenes like that, it simply doesn't use that film tactic as a crutch.

Director Andy Muschiettie creatively uses a wide variety of camera angles and misdirection to place some timely jump-scares. Of course, pumping up the volume during those scary moments really helps get you out of your seat too. You will probably notice that this movie doesn't have one way to scare you either. A number of scare tactics that Pennywise uses on the other characters are very reminiscent of other horror films you may be familiar with. (i.e. The Exorcist, The Conjuring, Jeepers Creepers, etc.) It's that level of variety that keeps you from anticipating even the cheapest of scares throughout the film.

A pleasant surprise was the inclusion of so much humor in the film. Most of the comedic relief came from Finn Wolfhard (plays "Ritchie"). His wise cracking comments and foul mouth seemed to always lighten the eerie mood throughout the movie.

I think it's fair to say that Sophia Lillis ("Beverly") probably had the deepest role in the film as a character. Sophia delivered a great performance by balancing her complex emotions given her character's disturbing home life.

Of course, I've got to give some props to Bill SkarsgÄrd who played the evil clown, Pennywise. While many will immediately draw comparisons to his predecessor, Tim Curry, I think Bill did the character justice. There was an eeriness to his character that gave you chills whenever you saw him on the screen. I thought it was really impressive to show Pennywise to be both charming and sadistic at the same time. If you weren't afraid of clowns before, he may just change that for you.

The Bad:
Unfortunately, "It" was not impervious from committing some of the major sins that a lot of other horror films do on a regular basis. The first issue was the revealing of the monsters or scary figures. In most of the scary moments when the kids are being terrified, the scenes are legitimately scary. That is, they're scary until we get a good long look at the actual monsters. Once we actually see what they look like (and notice the CGI effects), it kind of diminishes the sense of fear after the initial jump scare. It's almost like this film would go from Insidious to Goosebumps in a matter of moments.

Maybe this was a part of the books, but it's ridiculously annoying when characters in horror movies do the DUMBEST things in the movie. You already know what I'm talking about. They see something (that they know is a trick) and yet they proceed to go investigate. I'm sorry, but I'm not buying the whole "Well they're just kids" excuse because these are kids that know what they're dealing with at this point in the movie. If not, they at least would realistically be more afraid rather than to go investigate something in a creepy house, by themselves.

Lastly, again maybe this is a book thing, but I wasn't a real fan with the "over-adulting" of all the children. Many of the kids were not only using adult language and cursing, but engaging in a lot of crude adult jokes as well. It was also a bit disturbing to see what appeared to be the over-sexualizing of the children too. I guess if you know about that specific "bonding event" at the end of the novel, then it's kind of hard not to feel even more disturbed while watching this movie. (Parents be advised.)

The Reason:
Overall, I really enjoyed "It". Keep in mind that I'm speaking from the perspective of someone who hasn't read the book. (Though I read up on some of the excerpts.) I also haven't seen the original "It" (1990) movie or TV series in a very long time. So I'm really watching this movie similar to someone watching a Star Wars film for the first time, but already had common knowledge about Star Wars. (If you catch my drift.)

The film felt similar but different enough to be its own type of horror movie. If we were making this film into a salad you could think of it as a bowl of “Jeepers Creepers”, topped with some crunchy “Insidious”, and drenched with some "Are You Afraid of the Dark" all over it.

Since I didn't really watch "It" as a child, I never developed that sense of fear of clowns that people claim to have due to the original movie. I can probably say that this movie won't help you if you still have that fear. "It" is totally worth watching in theaters and I'd recommend checking it out.

The Rating: 8.5/10

My [Loosely based] Ratings scale
10-9 = A Must watch at any cost. 
8.5- 7.5 = Theater worthy 
7-6.5 = Matinee/rental worthy at best
6 = Watchable (If it's free)
5 - below = Avoid at all costs

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Crown Heights Movie Review




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Monday, August 14, 2017

Annabelle: Creation Movie Review


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Annabelle: Creation Review


My [Loosely based] Ratings scale
10-9 = A Must watch at any cost. 
8.5- 7.5 = Theater worthy 
7-6.5 = Matinee/rental worthy at best
6 = Watchable (If it's free)
5 - below = Avoid at all costs

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Detroit Movie Review


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Detroit Review

Podcast Discussion (Spoiler Alert)
Click Here to listen in on my thoughts on Detroit in a bit more depth as I guest starred on the Feeling Film Podcast.  This expands a bit more on my thoughts in the "Bad" section and it's worth the listen.

My [Loosely based] Ratings scale
10-9 = A Must watch at any cost. 
8.5- 7.5 = Theater worthy 
7-6.5 = Matinee/rental worthy at best
6 = Watchable (If it's free)
5 - below = Avoid at all costs

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Atomic Blonde Movie Review


The Trailer:

The Good:
I think from the very beginning, it's apparent that you're going to be seeing a fresh and vibrant film with an 80's vibe to it. The look and feel of the movie tie-in perfectly given the time and setting that takes place.

Charlize Theron deserves a lot of credit in this action-packed role. One thing that I enjoyed about her character was that she was ruthless and efficient, but at the same time she showed signs of vulnerability. She wasn't some stone cold killer that was invincible.

Speaking of which, major props go to Charlize for obviously putting in a lot of time and dedication towards the training for this film. She was amazing in her fight scenes. You can definitely tell that it's Charlize throwing the punches and kicks in the film all thanks to how the director shot the scenes.

One of the most standout scenes in the film is a major fight and chase sequence towards the final act of the movie. Director David Leitch does an outstanding job of capturing this very long sequence of non-stop fighting and car chases. What made it so great was the fact that most, if not all, were captured in long continuous takes. That means there's little to no room for stunt doubles to come in or out. It's all the actors doing the crazy stunts. (At least that's how it appeared to be anyway.)

The Bad:
The only real issue I had with this film was the story wasn't very interesting. While this typically isn't always the case for most action films anyway, this movie didn't really feel like the usual action film either. It was a mix of espionage, mystery and intense action. However, the espionage aspect seemed to fall a bit short. (Maybe the time and setting of the Cold War didn't resonate with me due to my own ignorance of the time and events.)

There are some big twists that really don't feel that surprising; or better yet, they're kind of predictable. Then when you discover some of the other reveals later in the film, it almost felt a bit forced and underwhelming. I suppose it felt like they just did a "gotcha" type of reveal just for the sake of doing it. The mystery that is supposed to be unraveled in the film just feels like it takes a back seat to everything else happening.

The Reason:
Atomic Blonde was a decent film that is carried by an awesome 20 minute action packed sequence. Charlize Theron kicks butt in more ways than one, and proves that women certainly can carry these types of films with no problem. It's certainly worth the watch but I'd probably say more so as a matinee. If you waited to watch it at home, you may feel like you'd get a better payoff at the end of the day.

The Rating: 7/10
My [Loosely based] Ratings scale
10-9 = A Must watch at any cost. 
8.5- 7.5 = Theater worthy 
7-6.5 = Matinee/rental worthy at best
6 = Watchable (If it's free)
5 - below = Avoid at all costs

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