Movie Review: Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

And the 2018 catch-up continues. Admittedly I don’t have a super specific series set up, but catching up on the year’s movies is what one have to do when nearing the end of said year. Enough rambling, let’s shrink.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Ant-Man and the Wasp”.

Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) has to once again don the Ant-Man suit, but instead of using it to steal some shit, he has to use his abilities, as well as the assistance of his ally Hope (Evangeline Lilly), to get hold of some tech to try and pull Janet Van Dyne out of the Quantum Realm. But this quest will prove challenging as opposing forces want this technology for their own purposes. So now we have our “Ant-Man” sequel plot. And it’s good, a fun comic book romp. Has a few decent dramatic moments. Not much I can say, it’s just a fun superhero plot. Doesn’t do much, but doesn’t do little either. It’s fast-paced and easy to follow while expanding on a few of the ideas set up in the first movie. It doesn’t do anything special, but it also doesn’t need to. It’s just an easygoing and fun plot.

The characters in this are colorful, interesting, and really entertaining. Paul Rudd of course returns as Scott Lang, the charming ex-con/superhero with a heart of gold. He’s fun, he’s someone I care about, and he is just generally an enjoyable protagonist. And Paul Rudd is great in the role. Next we have Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne/Wasp. She was just sort of a tough sidekick/teacher in the first movie, but here she gets to do a lot more, especially since she now has her own super suit to play with. And she’s quite an enjoyable character to follow. And Lilly is great in the role. Michael Peña returns as Scott’s best friend, Luis, and he’s just as hilarious as he was the first time around. Michael Douglas returns as Dr. Hank Pym, and he’s once again pretty great. Newcomer time! First up, Hannah John-Kamen as “Ghost”, a mysterious new villain with a pretty compelling arc that I won’t say more about here, but I found it to be pretty cool. And John-Kamen is really good in the role. We also get Walton Goggins as some shady black market dealer, and he’s as Goggins-y as ever, and while his character doesn’t have much to actually do, Goggins is really good in the role. We also get supporting performances from people like Judy Greer, Bobby Cannavale, Abby Ryder Fortson, David Dastmalchian, Randall Park, T.I., Laurence Fishburne, Michelle Pfeiffer, and more, all doing very well in their respective roles.

Like with the first movie, Christophe Beck did the score for this one. And it’s just as fun and enjoyable as the first time around. It’s bouncy, irreverent, and just overall fits the lighthearted tone that the movie generally goes for. The added use of synth and (for lack of a better word) bouncy percussion really helps keep the pace up. It’s just fun. And there are a few licensed tracks used throughout that work well enough in their respective scenes.

As with the first movie, “Ant-Man and the Wasp” was directed by Peyton Reed and I think he did a good job with it. His directing is fun, fast-paced, and just generally has a certain energy that makes it all quite enjoyable to watch. The action scenes too are quite solid, giving us some good close quarters combat, as well as the shrink/grow superhero stuff we came to see. There’s of course also a lot of comedy throughout this movie, and I found most of it to be quite funny. A few jokes weren’t the best, but none of them made me want to tear my brain out. Some mild nose-wrinkling, some chuckles, a few out loud laughs… yeah, it’s funny.

This movie has been pretty well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 88% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 70/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,2/10.

“Ant-Man and the Wasp” is a fun movie… not one of the best of the year, but an enjoyable romp nonetheless. It has a good plot, good characters, great performances, really good music, really good directing, and funny comedy. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “Ant-Man and the Wasp” is an 8,76/10. So while not perfect, it’s still definitely worth buying.

My review of “Ant-Man and the Wasp” is now completed.

Baba Yaga…

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Movie Review: War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

It has come to this. From James Franco trying to use science to help people, to apes and humans having to reluctantly cooperate to survive… to a war. The end of an era.

Ladies and gentlemen… “War for the Planet of the Apes”.

When the ape colony faces a horrible tragedy, Caesar (Andy Serkis) has to go on the hunt for the army that caused this tragedy to get revenge. So now we have our ape-drama. That’s right, you heard me… ape drama. It’s not so much a straight-forward war movie as it is Caesar’s personal conflict, both against a physical threat and his own inner darkness. And this plot is tense, epic, intriguing, and emotional. Really, it’s pretty fantastic.

The characters here are all interesting as all hell, especially those we’ve gotten to know over several movies. Andy Serkis of course returns as Caesar, our portagonape. And you can tell that he’s in a much darker place here than in the previous movies. He’s struggling with his inner darkness, showing that he’s incredibly conflicted about his path of revenge. And that makes him insanely compelling. And Serkis is fucking fantastic in the role. Karin Konoval returns as Maurice, Caesar’s right hand orangutan. And Maurice is still a great character, the voice of reason. And Konoval is great in the role. Terry Notary returns as Rocket, another of Caesar’s closest pals. And he’s still a badass. And Notary is great in the role. Alright, new people time! First up, Woody Harrelson as The Colonel, a Colonel who’s a bit of a dick and is also the leader of the army that Caesar goes after. And while he at first can seem like a generic evil Colonel type character, you soon learn that he (and the other humans) are just desperate to survive. They don’t wanna be dicks, but they kind of have to so they don’t get wiped out. And Harrelson is great in the role. Then we have Amiah Miller as a little girl that Caesar and crew runs into during their journey. She can’t speak, but she is still quite interesting. And Miller is pretty damn good in the role. Then we have Steve Zahn as Bad Ape, a strange ape that Caesar and crew run into. He is meant to be a sort of conic relief character, which could go to shit very easily in such a dark and serious movie. But they manage to find the right balance of humor and emotion with him to make him fit in very well. And Zahn is great. Really, all the performances here are quite solid.

The score for the movie was composed by Michael Giacchino and it was pretty damn fantastic. You do get tracks that are the big badass bombastic battle brass ones, but you also get a good amount of tracks that are a bit more quiet for the moments that need something more intimate and emotional. And it all comes together to make a beautiful package that enhances the movie in every way.

The movie was directed by Matt Reeves, the man behind “Dawn of the Planet of the Planet of the Apes”. And once again, he knocked it out of the god damn park. His directing here is big and sweeping, but also tight and personal, never losing sight of the characters among some of the bigger moments. And while this isn’t a straight-up action movie, there are still a couple of action scenes in this movie. And they are big, badass, and intense. The movie is also quite brutal for a PG-13… just thought I’d mention that. And I don’t think I really have to talk about the visual effects, because you already know that they are absolutely incredible. These apes look real. I have trouble believing that this was done with computers, the amount of detail in the fur and movements combined with external effects looks so incredibly real… but this is CGI, and it’s some of the best CGI I’ve ever seen.

This movie has been very well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 93% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 82/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,5/10.

“War for the Planet of the Apes” is a fantastic movie, and solidifies this as one of the best trilogies ever. It has a fantastic plot, great characters, great performances, fantastic music, and amazing directing/cinematography/visual effects. Time for my final score. *APES!*. My final score for “War for the Planet of the Apes” is a 9,88/10. Which means that it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.

My review of “War for the Planet of the Apes” is now completed.

Apes. Together. Strong.

The “War for the Planet of the Apes” trailer is finally here!

Trailers… trailers everywhere!

Hello there, ladies and gents. As you may have understood, we now have a trailer for “War for the Planet of the Apes”, the third part in this reboot/prequel trilogy of “Apes” movies. Before we get into the trailer itself I want to mention that I am a big fan of the last two movies, they both had exciting ideas, amazing visual effects, and a surprising amount of emotion. And now at last we can see what the next step in this series is. So here we once again follows the super intelligent ape Caesar (Andy Serkis) as he leads his pack of apes. We get various shots of apes and humans as there is a voice-over from Caesar, like a conversation. And then there is all out war between apes and humans and this movie looks AWESOME! I am glad that Matt Reeves returned to direct this one because he did “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” and that movie was pretty fantastic. It had great action, but also a very well told story that had moments that may or may not have made me cry. And this movie looks to be a bit more action-packed while still having some tense drama to it. So yeah… I’m god damn excited for this movie! “War for the Planet of the Apes” is set to be released in July of 2017.

So what are your thoughts? Are you excited about “War for the Planet of the Apes”? And what’s your favorie movie in the entire “Apes” franchise? Leave any and all answers in the comments!
Have a good one and enjoy the trailer!

Movie Review: Ant-Man (2015)

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With “Civil War” just around the corner, and by around the corner I mean that it comes out tomorrow but I might not be able to see it until saturday because of the company I keep, I deemed that it was finally time for me to see the last entry in the MCU that I had not seen yet, please don’t kill me.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Ant-Man”.

Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) just got released from prison. However his life outside of the bars isn’t going to be the easiest after he ends up taking another job where he steals a special super-suit from scientist Hank Pym (Michael Douglas). So now Scott has to work with Hank and also Hank’s daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly) to pull off a big heist to more or less save the world. Basically it is “Iron Man” combined with “Ocean’s Eleven” when it comes to the style of the story. Don’t misinterpret, I am not saying that “Ant-Man” is as good as eitehr of those movies, but that it feels like a mix of the both. And I have to say that I really enjoyed the experience of watching this play out. It’s actually kind of refreshing to have a Marvel movie on such a small scale where the entire planet isn’t TOTALLY at risk. It’s a fun, fast-paced trip and I enjoyed every minute of it.

The characters in this movie are all very entertaining and all work pretty well within the story. Paul Rudd is fantastic as Scott Lang, he is likeable, funny and his performance overall was really good. Michael Douglas, an actor I like but haven’t seen much from recently… holy hell, he was great as Hank Pym. Seriously, I haven’t seen him this great in a lot of (if any) recent stuff. Evangeline Lilly was great as Pym’s daughter and the two had really good chemistry with each other. Michael Peña plays Scott’s buddy who kind of helps him after he’s released from prison… seriously, pretty much every word out of that guy’s mouth is comedic gold. He is so great in the movie, he constantly had me chuckling/laughing. Then we have Bobby Cannavale who plays a police officer who now has a relationship with Scott’s ex-wife… yeah, he’s great. The last one I want to mention is Corey Stoll who plays the main villain, Darren Cross/Yellowjacket… how do I put it… he’s kind of a mixed bag for me. I do think Corey Stoll gives a good performance in the movie and when he puts on the Yellowjacket costume he is absolutely badass… but as a villain he isn’t that compelling, kind of standard stuff here. His motivations aren’t that interesting and I won’t really remember him too well after this I think… at least his acting was good.

The score for the movie was composed by Christophe Beck and it was actually really good. Sure, some of the tracks sound like your typical superhero stuff that doesn’t sound bad but you’ve heard it a billion times. But then there are tracks very reminiscent of tracks for a whole bunch of different heist films and I thought that was really cool and that it really worked for the movie.

This movie went through some problems as it was getting made. Originally it was supposed to be directed by Edgar Wright (which would have been amazing), but then he dropped out due to creative differences between him and Marvel. Then it went through some different hands until finally landing in the hands of Peyton Reed (oh boy). And while I think that whatever Edgar Wright would’ve conjured up would have been much more interesting/better, I have to say that I am happily surprised with how Reed handled the direction of this movie. It is quick, it is smooth and it’s overall very well done (Still wanna see Wright’s version). The action scenes too, holy shit, they exhilarating and really entertaining. The way they use Ant-Man’s shrinking technology for the action scenes is very creative and makes for some very fun and awesome scenes. I will also say that the visual effects are overall really great. The writing is also really good, with a lot of clever and funny dialogue that kept me entertained/laughing. Also, like with every Marvel movie I recommend that you stay through the entire credits for some pretty sweet stuff. Also look out for some pretty cool cameos throughout the movie.

This movie has been pretty well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 80% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 64/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,4/10.

“Ant-Man” is one of those strange supereroes that I’ve for a long time wondered how he would make it on the silver screen. Well I can safely say that his first outing is a good start. The movie is fun, fast-paced, heartfelt, well acted, well directed, well written, funny, has great action and is just pretty damn great. Yes, the villain isn’t very compelling, but I guess he’s servicable. Time for my final score. *Shrinks* Damn it… My final score for “Ant-Man” is a 9,76/10. While flawed, I think it deserves the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
Seal of Approval

My review of “Ant-Man” is finally completed.

*Grows to normal size* Gotta stop leaving the buttons so easily accessible. 

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!”
Seal of Approval

Review of “Jurassic World” is completed.

The park is open

 

Movie Review: Henry’s Crime (2011)

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Heist movies! they come, they go, they rock, they suck! That is the circle of life my friends. Heist movies are some of the most entertaining movies existing, mainly from seeing both the plan and execution of said heist. We have had some really awesome ones such as “Heat”. Then we have also had some less-than-stellar ones like “30 minutes or less”. But it is always interesting to see what different heist movie brings to the table. Today we are taking a look at a heist movie that not too many people know about… maybe for the better? But is it really complete shit? Or is it actually a masterpiece? Let’s find out!

Henrys and Henriettas… “Henry’s Crime”.

The movie follows Henry Torne (Keanu Reeves) who works nights in a toll booth. But one day everything changes when he gets charged with first degree armed robbery (even though he didn’t commit the crime). Three years later he gets out of prison to see that everything have changed. His wife Debbie (Judy Greer) being together with another dude and such. But after going to the bathroom at a local diner he gets a plan. What kind of plan you ask? Well the dumb son of a bitch gets a plan to go and rob the fucking bank he was arrested for allegedly robbing. And he does it with the help of his former cellmate Max (James Caan) and his new (and kind of bitchy) friend Julie (Vera Farmiga). The plot is silly but I feel like it works in the sense that it isn’t completely brainless. The only problems I had with the plot are minor pacing issues here and there. Overall it was pretty good.

The characters are for the most part good. Keanu was good in the role even though maybe a bit stilted (like usual). But I enjoyed watching him because I felt that he had a bit of chemistry with the other actors. Particularly James Caan who I thought was pretty awesome in the movie. He was by far the most interesting and entertaining character in the movie. Vera Farmiga was also really good in the role as this kind of bitchy yet likeable woman. I enjoyed the characters and acting for the most part.

The music in the movie was pretty cool. It was a mix of jazz, blues and gospel. I thought the music was good and fit. For the most part there were only licensed tracks in those styles, but since they were used well enough in the movie I didn’t mind. I am sure there was an original score in there somewhere but I didn’t feel like looking it up to see who composed it. But I did like what I heard!

The camera work (while nothing mindblowing) was pretty good. It looked good enough and never bothered me in any way. I also did laugh at a fair amount of the jokes in this movie. Not all of them hit me but I did enjoy a fair amount of them.

This movie has gotten some pretty mixed reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 40% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 49/100. Roger Ebert didn’t like it too much giving it only 2/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6,0/10.

“Henry’s Crime” is an enjoyable and pretty funny heist movie with a few decent performances and some pretty good music. The camera work was pretty good as well. But like I said, nothing in this movie was particularly mindblowing or Oscar worthy. Time for my final score. Thank you Henry, coudln’t have been easy to steal the envelope, huh? My final score for “Henry’s Crime” is a 7,45/10. It’s a pretty good time and I think it is worth renting.
Rent it

Review of “Henry’s Crime” is done.

What? No “woaw”, Keanu? Shame on you.