Movie Review: Son of Batman (2014)

I’ve told you how I love watching DC animated movies so many times before, so let’s just jump into the review.

Ladies and gents… “Son of Batman”.

On a night like any other, Batman (Jason O’Mara) gets a visit from Talia al Ghul (Morena Baccarin) who tells him that he has a son named Damian (Stuart Allan). So now Batman has to take care of his troublesome son while also looking into a case that seems to involve Kirk Langstrom (Xander Berkeley) and possibly even Deathstroke (Thomas Gibson). And this plot was… fine. While I like the idea of Batman finding out he has a bloodthirsty son that he has to take care of, I never really felt that invested in the plot. It was entertaining and I never thought it was poorly told, but it wasn’t as investing as it could have been.

The characters in this, while not the deepest, were pretty interesting and really entertaining. I’ve said it before and I’m gonna say it again, Jason O’Mara is great as Batman… not much else I can say there, he’s great. Stuart Allan plays Damian in this movie and I think he did a really good job. Firstly, he’s actually young, so he actually sounds like a kid. And secondly, he portrayed the vengeful, entitled, and angry feel of the character very well. Morena Baccarin was really good as Talia al Ghul. David McCallum did a really good job voicing Alfred. Xander Berkeley was really good as Kirk Langstrom. Thomas Gibson did a pretty good job as Deathstroke. He wasn’t bad per se, but I feel like his voice didn’t fit the character too well. Nightwing also pops up in the movie, voiced by Sean Maher. And I think he did a really good job as the character. So overall I’d say that the cast is really solid.

The score for the movie was composed by Fredrik Wiedmann, the same man that did the score for the awesome “Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox”. And I think the stuff he composed for this movie was really good. It was tense, exciting, and just overall worked very well within the movie.

So since this is a direct-to-video DC animated movie, we should talk about the animation. So how is it? The animation here is good. During scenes where characters just walk around and talk it looks fine, not great, not bad. But during action scenes it looks really good. The action in this movie is fast, fun, and surprisingly brutal. Especially during the last fight of the movie, that part was awesome!

This movie has been pretty well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 70% positive rating. On Metacritic it doesn’t even exist. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6,7/10.

“Son of Batman” is a fun addition to the DC animated universe. It has an okay plot, pretty good characters, good performances, great music, and good animation. However like I said, I wasn’t exactly that invested in the plot and the animation wasn’t always the best. Time for my final score. *Throws Batarang*. My final score for “Son of Batman” is an 8,89/10. So while it’s flawed, I’d still say that it’s worth buying.

My review of “Son of Batman” is now completed.

There’s a scene in Arkham Asylum in the movie and it shows how you do cameos the right way… Just saying.

Movie Review: Money Monster (2016)

Money. An essential part of modern society. Without money we could never really do… anything.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Money Monster”.

Lee Gates (George Clooney) is the energetic host of a finance show called “Money Monster” (roll credits). One day in the middle of his show a young man (Jack O’Connell) comes in and starts waving a gun around and then forces Gates to put on a bomb vest. So now we have a hostage thriller which is linked in some ways to financial issues. And overall I thought the plot was great. The hostage stuff was tense and it made everything a lot of interesting. And while the financial aspects of the movie could get a little preachy at times, I thought it was for the most part fairly well handled. So overall the plot is good. The hostage drama is great and the commentary on finances and the stock market is pretty good.

The characters in this movie are actually pretty interesting and surprisingly fleshed out… or at least the central three are. George Clooney is great as Lee Gates, playing  him with a good amount of energy while still keeping him serious and grounded. Julia Roberts plays Patty, the director of Gates’ show and she’s basically the one who’s trying to make sure everything going as smoothly as possible. And Roberts is great in the role. Then we have Jack O’Connell as Kyle, the young man who crashes the show and demands airtime and tries to get his will through. Not only is he the most compelling character in the movie (for reasons I will not get into because spoilers), but I would say that this is the best performance in the movie. O’Connell is fantastic as this troubled young man who isn’t just doing this to be an asshole, he has reasons that you find out throughout the movie, and I honestly understood where he was coming from with it all. We also get Giancarlo Esposito as a police captain who’s trying to stop this hostage bullshit and he’s really good in the movie. Caitriona Balfe is also really good in the movie. And Dominic West also does a really solid job in the movie. So even though the central three characters are the only ones who are interesting, the entire cast gives some really solid performances.

The score for the movie was composed by Dominic Lewis and I think it’s really good. It’s overall a tense and audibly interesting score that worked very well within the movie. While it leans very heavily on electronic stuff, it still sounds really good.

This movie was directed by Jodie Foster (Yes, THAT Jodie Foster) and I have to say that she did a pretty damn good job. She has a lot of flair in her directing and she makes scenes flow very well thanks to that. And the shots overall look pretty great.

This movie hasn’t been the most well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 57% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 55/100 And on imdb.com it has a score of 6,5/10.

“Money Monster” is a surprisingly solid thriller. It has a good plot, really good characters, great performances, really good music, and great directing. The only real problem is that the financial aspects of the plot aren’t always the most well handled, but it doesn’t detract from the movie too much. Time for my final score. *Some jingle plays*. My final score for “Money Monster” is a 9,23/10. So even though it is flawed, I’d still say that it’s definitely worth buying!

My review of “Money Monster” is now completed.

If you’re interested in watching this, try to avoid watching the trailer.

Movie Review: The Jungle Book (2016)

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I apologize for the lack of reviews lately, I’ve had a bad case of the lazies. But enough of that, uhm… oo-bidooo, I wanna reviiieeew.

Ladies and gentlemen… “The Jungle Book”.

Welcome to the jungle! In this jungle, among all of the animals and plants we have a young human boy named Mowgli (Neel Sethi), who has lived with a pack of wolves for most of his life. However his life changes quite a bit when a tiger named Shere Khan (Idris Elba) threatens to kill him. So Mowgli together with a panther named Bagheera (Ben Kingsley) and a bear named Baloo (Bill Murray) have to go on the run and kind of discover who he really is. Pretty simple premise for a movie, but it’s effective. I was truly captivated by the plot of this movie. It was interesting, it was engaging, it was entertaining, and it was even a bit emotional at times. A little bit predictable at times, but not in an annoying way. It was a pretty damn solid plot.

The characters in this movie were all interesting and entertaining. I have been pretty verbal about my skepticism about having kids act in movies, but even I have to admit that Neel Sethi who played Mowgli was really good here. Especially considering that this was his first movie and that he acted against… nothing. There were no humans to act against in scenes, only tennis balls on sticks (or whatever they did here), and given those two factors… he was really good, he carried the movie very well. Bill Murray did the voice of Baloo and I think he did a great job with it. Baloo was funny, charming, and just overall awesome. Ben Kingsley was great as Bagheera, nothing much to say there. Idris Elba as Shere Khan was intimidating and badass and almost a bit scary. Yeah, he was fantastic. Lupita Nyong’o played Mowgli’s adoptive mother, Raksha, and she was great. But by far, my favorite, one that I advocated for so long that it was perfect casting… Christopher Walken as King Louie. Yeah, he was so much fun and just… god, I loved it! The rest of the cast, including people like Giancarlo Esposito, Scarlett Johansson, and Garry Shandling (R.I.P) all did a great job. It was a really solid cast.

The score for the movie was composed by John Debney and it was pretty damn good. It was fun and really big and epic. There are also some newer versions of the songs from the classic Disney animation spread throughout, and they all sound really good. Not all the classic songs, but several of them are here. And they are implemented pretty well into the movie.

This movie was directed by Jon Favreau and I honestly think he did a pretty great job. The way he directed it is fun and exciting and makes for a very good pace throughout. The scenes flow very well and some of them are even really tense. Which brings me to the CGI, and Jesus fucking Christ the CGI in this movie is absolutely astonishing. I looked at it all and my mind was kind of blown. What’s also interesting is that nothing was shot on location in an actual jungle, this was all a green screen set… and I could never really tell. What they did with the visual effects here was nothing short of fan-fucking-tastic. And based on certain things you see in this movie I find it hard to believe that this movie is rated PG. I’m not kidding, I expected at least a PG-13 rating, but no… this shit was PG. Disney sure gets away with some harrowing stuff.

This movie has been very well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 94% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 77/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,6/10.

“The Jungle Book” is one of the few reamkes/reboots that actually turned out to be great. Not saying that it surpasses the 1967 original, that is still my favorite Disney movie… but I am still saying that this is a great movie in it’s own right. It has a really good plot, really good characters, great performances, great music, great directing, and fantastic visual effects. Time for my final score. *Roar!*. My final score for “The Jungle Book” is a 9,83/10. So it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
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My review of “The Jungle Book” is now completed.

Welcome to the jungle, We’ve got fun ‘n’ games…

 

Movie Review: The Usual Suspects (1995)

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You should know by now that I love crime movies. Whether it’d be a crime-drama, crime-thriller, crime-comedy, etc. There is just something about crime-based movies that I love. Maybe it is because I have never committed a crime and probably never will and the movies help me get some kind of weird satisfaction from it or something. Anyway, today we are taking a look at a crime movie that is being praised as one of the best.

Ladies and gentlemen, please step forward and say the line you’ve been given when told so… because we are taking a look at “The Usual Suspects”!

The story is about con man Roger “Verbal” Kint (Kevin Spacey) who is the sole survivor of a brutal and horrific gun battle on a boat/at a dock. He is brought in by the police and is being interrogated by US Customs officer Dave Kujan (Chazz Palminteri). As you may have guessed, the officer wants to know what the hell happened there. And not only does Kint tell him about what happened there, but he also tells about the events leading up to it starting with a random police lineup where he meets his fellow cast members (Gabriel Byrne, Stephen Baldwin, Benicio Del Toro, Kevin Pollak). And at the same time as Kint is telling Kujan about the different situations there is an investigation going on that revolves around the mysterious killer “Keyser Söze”. And then plot twists, great heist things and other awesome things ensues… and that is kind of what makes this story so great. It has an unconventional way of telling itself. It is not straightforward, it is not without complexity, this story is fucking awesome!

The characters in this movie are fantastic in every aspect of the word. Not only well-acted, but also fantastically well-written. They are all entertaining to watch and they all fill their shoes perfectly. But by god, the biggest surprise in this movie was Stephen Baldwin. Take in mind that I have only seen him in that shit movie “BioDome”. But here he not only gives a really good performance but also turned out to pretty much be my favorite character. He is witty, he is smart, he got a great beard and just is perfect for the movie! Also, Kevin Spacey gives an Oscar worthy performance in this movie (Duh, of course he was Oscar worthy, he won an Oscar for the role).

The soundtrack by John Ottman (Who was also the editor for the movie) is just fantastic! Combining both subtle and pretty (I don’t wanna use this word, but I have to) epic orchestrations. The subtle parts were there when they needed to and the bigger parts were there when they needed to. And therefore it really worked.

Fun fact: The script for this movie was written by Christopher McQuarrie who later went on to direct 2012’s “Jack Reacher” and the upcoming “Mission Impossible 5”. I don’t know, I just thought it was kinda cool to see his name in the credits of this movie since I really liked “Jack Reacher”. Also if you didn’t know, this movie was directed by Bryan Singer who you may know from movies like “X-Men”, “X-men 2” and “X-men: Days of future Past”. Yeah, this guy has been around and kicked butt. I also have to mention that this movie is perfectly shot. I know I rarely say that about a movie that is not directed by David Fincher, but this time I can say it without any problems. It looks fantastic!

Time for the reception. For the most part, “The Usual Suspects” was well-received. On Rotten Tomatoes it holds a score of 88% and of course with that score has been certified “Fresh”. On Metacritic this movie has a 77/100. Here comes the funny bit where I tell you about what Roger Ebert thought about it… he didn’t like this at all. He gave this movie 1,5/4 stars… I know, it’s kind of weird. Anyway, moving on from that! Let’s see here, on imdb.com this movie has a score of 8,7/10 and is ranked #23 on the “Top 250” list there. This movie also won 2 Oscars in the categories of Best Actor in a supporting role (Kevin Spacey) and Best screenplay, written directly for the screen (Christopher McQuarrie).

This movie got great performances, an interesting plot with cool twists, great music, perfectly shot and it made me like Stephen Baldwin. So time for my final score for this little movie. My final score for “The Usual Suspects” is a 9,70/10 which of course grants it the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
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“The Usual Suspects” is finally reviewed.

KEYSER SÖZE, KEYSER SÖZE, KEYSER SÖZE!

Cartoon/Movie Review: Batman: Assault on Arkham (2014)

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You may not know this, but I am a big fan of Batman (rhyming is fun). Whether it is the animated series, Christopher Nolan’s movies, the “Arkham” games or any of the original animated movies (Under the Red Hood, Year One, etc.). Sure, “Batman & Robin” was a big fucking miss and I am not a fan of “Batman: The Brave and the Bold”…but there are a lot of great Batman things. And you’re probably asking about my thoughts on the comics. Well the thing is, comics aren’t that big in Sweden and therefore they are incredibly difficult to get. But enough about that! Today we are taking a look at an animated Batman movie that is set within the “Arkham” timeline/universe.

Men and women, prepare yourselves…for this is “Batman: Assault on Arkham”!

The fun thing is, this Batman movie doesn’t use Batman (Kevin Conroy) as the main character really. He is only put in a sort of side story about him trying to find a bomb planted somewhere in Gotham by the Joker (Troy Baker). Instead this movie focuses more on a special group of criminals put together by the established Batman character Amanda Waller (CCH Pounder). This group is only consisting of big and dangerous criminals who are so called “expendable” (call Sylvester Stallone). This group is “The Suicide Squad”. Consisting of Deadshot (Neal McDonough), Harley Quinn (Hynden Walch), King Shark (John DiMaggio), Black Spider (Giancarlo Esposito), Killer Frost (Jennifer Hale) and Captain Boomerang (Christian Lanz, also fucking seriously?). What is their mission exactly? To break into Arkham Asylum to find a sort computer-chip-thing that is in the Riddler’s (Matthew Gray Gubler) cane. Also, they are gonna kill Riddler. And then twist and turns and action and Batman coming in to do shit. While the premise is kind of interesting, we know there are a bunch of things we can’t ignore that are kind of obvious. Especially since this movie is set between “Batman: Arkham Origins” and “Batman: Arkham Asylum”. But even though a few elements of the story were fairly predictable, I still had a hell of a great time with the storyline of “Assault on Arkham”. This movie had a plot that was really well executed…and within only 75 minutes. That’s right, this movie is THAT short. So yeah, really good story.

The characters are very fleshed out for being confined to a 75 minute time space. But still, if you are not familiar with the Batman mythos, you might get confused with who some of these are. For example, I had no fucking clue who “King Shark” or “Captain Boomerang” (Again, fucking seriously?) were before I watched this. But I still enjoyed watching them on screen, they had good chemistry and their writing was excellent as well.

The music was what you’d expect…epic and awesome. It was something you’d expect from a Batman movie. I found it to be perfect for the action scenes and othe scenes in this movie. So music was kinda easy to explain, but how is the rest of the sound design. I know I usually address this in my movie reviews, but since this is an animated feature, it might be good to cover. The use of sound effects and placement of said effects (how the sound travels and changes depending on where on the screen it is) was honestly really well done. The use of the sound was used in such a way where it did sound pretty realistic (as realistic as you can get an animated Batman film). And of course…the voice acting. The voice acting was no surprise to me. I expected greatness…and I got greatness. That is never really a problem in DC animated films. And it was fun hearing a few of the actors from the “Arkham” games return as their respective characters (Kevin Conroy, Troy Baker and Nolan North who I forgot to address earlier even though he voiced Penguin). But in general, the voice acting was excellent. I was especially pleased with Neal McDonough as Deadshot, he really brought life to the character. I was also happily surprised with Matthew Gray Gubler as Riddler…who knew he could do justice to the classic character. In general, everything involving sound was great.

Next up is animation, and boy is it good. Not saying it is as great as in maybe “Attack on Titan”, but it is still good. Again, something that is never a problem with DC animated features. It is nice to look at, the animators really gave this movie life…especially during the fight scenes.

I have nothing more to say here. And I usually have something to say in my “General stuff” area. This comes as a shock to me.

Since this movie just came out, it has barely gotten any reception. But there is a little in fact. As of the time of this review the movie has 7,4/10 based on 315 votes on imdb.com. And that’s about it. If you want more reviews, look up some yourself.

I have given this movie some positive feedback. And now for my score! My final score for “Batman: Assault on Arkham” that Batman beat out of me is a 9,54/10. It is worth picking up when it comes out on DVD/Blu-Ray. It just had a digital release. The physical release of the movie is set for 11th of august 2014. I suggest you pick it up. Oh yeah, almost forgot the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
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“Batman: Assault on Arkham” is now reviewed.

Thank god the assault was only on Arkham Asylum and not…OH GOD! DEADSHOT! NOOOO!