Movie Review: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

What really is there to say about Spider-Man at this point? He’s one of the most well known, beloved, and profitable superheroes of all time. You all know who he is, so nothing really has to be said, I am excited to talk about this different take on the franchise.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”.

Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) is just your average guy, except for the fact that he’s been bitten by a strange spider and has received Spider-Man-ish powers. And at the same time as he’s trying to get the hang of these new abilities, he discovers that Spider-people from other dimensions have shown up. So now Miles has to team up with his inter-dimensional namesakes to save the multiverse. And I absolutely loved the story here. It’s a fast-paced and fun comic book adventure that flies by fast than you can say “thwip”. It manages to be a good origin for this character that a lot of mainstream audience members might not know anything about, while also presenting a big multiverse adventure that should please a lot of comic book fans. But even amidst the fast-paced insanity, it knows when to slow down a bit and let the dramatic moments simmer a bit, making this whole ordeal a bit more engaging. So yeah, this is a great plot.

The characters in this are colorful, unique, fun, and just really interesting. Shameik Moore plays Miles Morales, this average guy who has a bit of trouble fitting into his current life. And when the Spider stuff comes into his life it forces him to evolve a bit as a person, and the development Miles gets is quite interesting. And Moore does a really good job voicing him. Jake Johnson plays Peter Parker, a cynical slob who’s also god damn Spider-Man. Not gonna say how he got there, but it’s funny and interesting, and he too gets some good development here. And Johnson does a really good job in the role. Next we have Hailee Steinfeld as Gwen Stacy, another interesting character who gets some decent development. And Steinfeld does a great job voicing the character. We also get supporting performances from people like Brian Tyree Henry, Mahershala Ali, Nicolas Cage, John Mulaney, LIev Schreiber, Lily Tomlin, Luna Lauren Velez, Kimiko Glenn, Kathryn Hahn, Chris Pine, and MANY more, all doing very well in their respective roles.

The score was composed by Daniel Pemberton, and I think he did a great job. While there of course is a lot of the heroic orchestral stuff throughout, Pemberton also mixed in stuff from hiphop, electronica, jazz, and even rock to create a sound that is both familiar and unique, which gives the movie its own sound. There’s also a fair bit of licensed tracks used throughout, and while I personally wouldn’t find myself listening to them on my own time, I thought they worked very well within the movie.

So this is an animated movie, and I seriously loved the animation here. At first some of it might look like it’s missing frames, but it didn’t take too long for me to get over that. And from that point on I got to experience one of the most visually stunning things ever. I don’t even know how to fully explain it, it’s just like someone put a fucking comic into a machine that would make the panels fully animated. It’s colorful, it’s fluid, it’s stylish, it’s unique, and it’s just some of the coolest stuff I’ve ever had the pleasure of looking at. Which also makes for some truly amazing action scenes. The movie also has a lot of comedy throughout, and all of it made me laugh, this is absolutely hilarious. Some of it subtle dialog, some of it broad slapstick, and some in-between stuff.

This movie just came out, but it has already been very well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 97% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 87/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 8.8/10 and is ranked #30 on the “Top 250” list.

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is an absolutely magical movie, filled with great stuff for both comic book fans and casual movie goers. It has a great plot, great characters, great performances, really good music, amazing animation/action, and hilarious comedy. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is a 9,90/10. Which means it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.

My review of “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is now completed.

2018 is a great year to be a Spidey-fan.

Series Review: Comrade Detective – Season 1 (2017)

I don’t know what kind of intro to make for this. Just the idea and existence of this is a riddle to me. So let’s just get into the review and see if this is any good.

Comrades… “Comrade Detective” season 1.

“Comrade Detective” is set in 1983 and is about Romanian police detective Gregor Anghel (Channing Tatum/Florin Piersic Jr.), a man sworn to stop crime and uphold the communist way of life. But tragedy strikes as his partner one day gets killed during an operation to catch some bad dudes. So Anghel, together with a new partner named Iosif Bacio (Joseph Gordon-Levitt/Corneliu Ulici), starts investigating the case of his former partner’s murder. And as they keep investigating they stumble upon a conspiracy that could endanger not only them, but also their communist way of life. So now we have this weird thing. But it’s not just a cop show randomly set in 1980s Romania, as it’s actually kind of a metanarrative. The show is presented as this really old communist propaganda show that had seemingly been lost forever, until it was found and then dubbed by Americans. So we’re working with a metanarrative cop drama that is also a satire of society and capitalism/communism. Yeah, it’s weird. That said, I found it to quite an interesting narrative. The cop side of things, while not always the most engaging, is actually fairly solid, filled with twists and turns. Then you have the satirical elements of it which adds a bit of a fun edge to it. Then you also have the dubbed aspect of it which is just a fun idea to add to it. So yeah, the plot here is… good.

What is interesting about this whole thing is that on the screen we see some actors, but the voices that come out of their mouths are clearly dubbed over, like in ye olde foreign films. Poorly dubbed with no sync between voice and mouth, which is clearly deliberate and also quite fun. So when you have Florin Piersic Jr. moving around and “talking”, you hear the voice of Channing Tatum come out of him. It’s a little weird at first, but I quickly got used to it and thought it was fun. And Tatum delivered his lines very well, and Piersic Jr. did well with the physical parts. Joseph Gordon-Levitt voiced the partner, Baciu, and he did very well. And Corneliu Ulici was good in the physical role. I don’t have the patience to write down every pairing and giving comments here, so I will just list some of the voice actors you hear in the show, but I will list the physical actors in the tags so I don’t get shit on too much. *Inhale* Nick Offerman, Jenny Slate, Jason Mantzoukas, Chloë Sevigny, Jake Johnson, John DiMaggio, Bobby Cannavale, Beck Bennett, Daniel Craig. There are more, but again… I don’t have the time or patience to write every single one. That said, it’s a well acted show.

The score for the show was composed by Joe Kraemer and he did a pretty good job. Some of it is the typical cop drama stuff, which is fine because it works well within the show. There is also some synth pop in here too, because of course there will be synth pop in a show set in the 80s. And alls the music in this show works very well for it.

This show was created by Brian Gatewood & Alessandro Tanaka, with the directing being done by Rhys Thomas, who I think did a good job. Nothing feels overly flashy or too current (for lack of a better word). It feels like an 80s cop show, only shot with better cameras. The period detail and directing style is what makes it feels genuinely 1980s. It is a well directed show that flows pretty well. The action scenes especially, they’re quite fun.

This show has been pretty well received (based on few reviews). On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 73% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 65/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6,8/10.

Amazon’s “Comrade Detective” is fucking weird, and I’m okay with that. It has a good plot, pretty good characters, really good performances, really good music, and really good directing. The only flaw I have with it is that the plot wasn’t always the most engaging. Time for my final score. *Comrades*. My final score for “Comrade Detective” is an 8,88/10. So while flawed, I’d say that it is worth watching.

My review of “Comrade Detective” is now completed.

I have questions… I don’t know what questions, but I have them.

Movie Review: 21 Jump Street (2012)

Remakes. Love ’em, hate ’em. And by that I mean love the good ones, hate the shit ones. Yeah, that’s all I got, let’s just get into the review.

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to… “21 Jump Street”.

Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) are a pair of cops who aren’t necessarily the best at their jobs. But they’re given a second chance to truly prove themselves when they get transferred to the “Jump Street” unit, a group of cops who get to infiltrate high schools because they kind of look like they could be in high school. So Schmidt and Jenko get assgined to infiltrate Sagan High School to find the distributor of a drug that killed a student. So now we have our screwball mystery. I say screwball mystery because part of the movie is Schmidt and Jenko goofing around high school, and part is a surprisingly interesting mystery when it comes to who is distirbuting the drugs. Now, the mystery isn’t as deep, intriguing, or interesting as in “The Nice Guys”, or “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang”, but it’s definitely more interesting than I anticipated. But this is really a fun, simple, and straightforward plot that I really enjoyed following.

The characters in this movie are fun, interesting, and just all kinds of entertaining. Jonah Hill is the sorta fat guy who compensates by being quite smart, and Channing Tatum is the handsome jock who is good at the more physical things in life, but is instead not too bright. So these guys are friends to sort of complement each other. And I thought Hill and Tatum worked very well together, their performances overall were good and they had excellent chemistry. And they were both quite funny. We get Ice Cube as the angry police captain, and he’s just awesome. We get Brie Larson as a girl that Schmidt kind of falls for, and she’s really good in the movie. Dave Franco plays one of the popular kids in the school and he’s really good. This movie is filled with great talents. Rob Riggle, Ellie Kemper, Chris Parnell, Jake Johnson, Nick Offerman… plenty of talent here.

The score for the movie was composed by Mark Mothersbaugh and it was really good. It was based both in your typical orchestra-based sounds but there’s also a lot of electric sound here. And it all surprisingly fits the movie. It’s often quite intense and kind of badass, but it still works very well within the movie. There are also a few licensed tracks throughout that fit their scenes very well.

This movie was directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the men behind the surprisingly great “Lego Movie”. And they did a great job directing this movie. Their direction has a lot of energy to it and helps give the movie a very fun a fast-paced feel. And when action happens (’cause this is a cop movie) it is pretty good. So how is the humor in this comedy? For the most part it is really funny, I laughed quite a bit throughout. There are a few jokes that don’t really land, mainly because they are repeats of previous jokes. There’s a lot of immature dick humor and such in this movie, and while I found most of it funny, there were a few points where they went on a bit too long with it. But it didn’t bother me too much, because I did laugh a quite a lot (like I said). And it’s not only dick jokes, because there are some really fun riffs on cop/action movie clichés, and as someone who recognizes a lot of those clichés, I found them hilarious. Just don’t bring your grandma to watch this… unless she’s fine with crude, R-rated humor, because if that’s the case then you should totes let her watch it.

This movie has been well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 85% positive rating and a “Fresh” ceritifcation. On Metacritic it has a score of 69/100. Roger Ebert gave it 3/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,2/10.

“21 Jump Street” is a surprisingly awesome reboot of the beloved 80s TV show. It has a really good plot, great characters, great performances, really good music, really good directing, and hilarious comedy. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “21 Jump Street” is a 9,77/10. This means that it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.

My review of “21 Jump Street” is now completed.

“Fuck you science!” – Jenko.

Movie Review: Jurassic World (2015)

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The “Jurassic Park” franchise is one of those franchises that I just can’t get enough of. Of course the first one is a fucking masterpiece that can’t be beat and “The Lost World” was a solid sequel, I rewatched a month or so ago with my best friend and it was better than I remembered. And “Jurassic Park 3” is… meh. But now it is time to talk about the long awaited fourth movie that people have been waiting for.

Dr. Gentlemen, my dear Dr. Ladies, welcome… to “Jurassic World”.

Keep this in mind, this movie ignores the sequels entirely, okay I’m done with disclaimers now. But in this movie, John Hammond’s vision of a dinosaur theme park has been made a reality. And it seems that there was no expense spared. So we follow the two brothers Gray (Ty Simpkins) and Zach (Nick Robinson) who get the cance to go and visit this huge park featuring living dinosaurs. But this park doesn’t only have the classic and awesome dinosaurs you recognize from other movies, oh no. In a lab led by Dr. Henry Wu (BD Wong, who also was in the first movies) they have cooked up something new, something… terrible. A new hybrid dinosaur that as you may expect manage to break out and cause tons of havoc. So now it is up to former marine, now raptor trainer, Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and park boss Calire (Bryce Dallas Howard) to try to stop it. Simple monster movie plot with the “Jurassic Park” name stuck to it. Does it hold up to the height of the original? Not really. Does it hold up as a fun and thrilling plot as an entirely different movie? Hell yes! I was invested and thrilled the entire way through. I loved seeing the plot of this movie move forward. I had no real problems with it.

The characters were interesting, compelling and above all, entertaining. Chris Pratt is as awesome as always but with a little more badass stuck to him. Of course he’s not all “super serious badass”, he does crack a few jokes every now and then which all are really good. Bryce Dallas Howard (Fun fact: Daughter of director Ron Howard) was also really good in her role. And the two young actors they got to play the two brothers in the movie were actually good considering young/child actors these days are rarely good, they are for the most part unbearable. But these two were pretty good. Vincent D’Onofrio was also in the movie playing what best could be described as an asshole, and that he did very well.

The score for the movie was done by Michael Giacchino. And it was actually really good. Not as good as John Williams’ classic original score, but still really good. I know it sounds like I am comparing things, but I am really not. Anyway, Michael Giacchino’s score is really epic and suspenseful and fits the movie prefectly. Nothing felt like straight up “stock action/thriller music”, every track felt perfectly placed and are were great to listen to.

This movie was directed by Colin Trevorrow who I have not seen a single damn thing from. But after watching “Jurassic World” I kind of want to watch more of his things. Because this movie is really well-shot, everything looks terrific. And the visual effects look pretty damn great. This is the only sort of flaw I have with the movie and that is the over-reliance on CGI. The previous movies were all about making the dinosaurs look real, so they used am ix of animatronics and puppets together with some CGI to make really convincing dinosaurs. Not that the dinosaurs in this movie look bad, oh no, they all look terrific. I just miss the practical dinosaurs which they did used a little bit in one seen. And with no joking what so ever, the final act of this movie is pretty fucking fantastic. Especially the final action scene which I will not spoil as it is as great as it is. And I admit that there were two points in this movie that made me tear up. One of the moments was the one early on in the movie when they played the original “Jurassic Park” theme, it just brought up so many memories that I cried out of happiness. The second one I will not spoil because it’s pretty far into the movie and once again, happy tears. Also, did anyone else (who saw this) think the older of the two brothers kind of looks like a young James Franco?
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Seeing as this movie just came out I don’t havr too much to go by seeing as these scoes will change in the near future. But I will still show them here because I always do that. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 71% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 59/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,8/10.

“Jurassic World” is a fun popcorn thriller that will keep you entertained. While not as good as the masterful original, it still beats the other sequels. It has an entertaining and thrilling plot, good characters, a good original score, good direction, excellent visual effects, entertaining action scenes and just an overall fun sense of adventure. Time for my final score. *Raaawr*. My final score for “Jurassic World” is a 9,86/10. I personally think it deserves the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”
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Review of “Jurassic World” is completed.

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