Movie Review: Hellboy (2019)

It should come as no surprise that I’m a huge fan of Guillermo Del Toro’s two “Hellboy” movies from the mid to late 2000s. They’re fun, character-driven, action movies filled with solid performances. So when a reboot was announced, I got scared. Then set pics came out, and I got less scared. And now I finally watched it. So let’s talk about it.

Ladies and gents… “Hellboy”… the rebootification.

When an evil blood witch (Milla Jovovich) is about to return, it’s up to Hellboy (David Harbour) and his allies to try to stop her. So now we have our plot. And it’s quite a mixed bag. On one hand, it’s an apocalyptic horror-fantasy, and on the other it’s a lighthearted monster romp, and it just clashes. Now, movies can switch between different tones and still work, we’ve seen it so many times. But “Hellboy” doesn’t have the flow to hold it up. Every tonal shift feels so sudden and unwarranted. And even if you take the scenes in on their own, they’re often so blandly written that I just didn’t give much of a shit. And that’s not how I want it. I want to give a shit, I wanted this to be a great story. But as it stands, it’s not great.

The characters in this are, like the story, a bit of a mixed bag. I see the potential in them, but they flip-flop around a bit much. Are they goofy comic action movie characters or are they broody soap opera ones? Both apparently. David Harbour plays the titular horned hero, a demon summoned from the depths of hell, raised to stop evil. He’s a bit of a jerk, but he’s also sometimes a decent enough dude. Seeing him learn more about himself is interesting, even if, as said before, he flip-flops a little bit. But I do think Harbour is good in the role, doing his best with the material he’s given. Next we have Ian McShane as Al Sweareng- I mean Professor Broom, Hellboy’s adoptive father. The reason I made that little joke was because in terms of writing, he feels like a watered down version of Al Swearengen from “Deadwood”.  I love “Deadwood”, but you can’t make everything “Deadwood” just because Ian McShane’s in it. Oh well, at least it’s an enjoyable performance. And Milla Jovovich plays Nimue, the Blood Queen, the movie’s main antagonist of the movie, and she’s fine in the role. Again, subpar material. We also get supporting work from people like Daniel Dae Kim, Sasha Lane, Stephen Graham, Thomas Haden Church, and more, all doing either okay or very well in their respective roles.

The score for the movie was composed by Benjamin Wallfisch, and it was alright. It’s not exactly memorable, but it’s overall well composed. A lot of BWOOOOOM, some emotional strings, and some electronic enhancements, making a decently passable score. Then there are also a whole bunch of licensed tracks used throughout, and I swear, it feels like they went through several of my spotify playlists to pick out some of those tracks. Some of the tracks work fine in their respective scenes, and some are… meh.

Based on the critically acclaimed comics by Mike Mignola, this movie was directed by Neil Marshall, and I think he did an alright job with it. You can tell that he put a lot of work into shot composition and making sure scenes could flow decently well, making for occasionally fun action beats. But then the shit hits the fan again. The editing is really weird, making for some awkward cuts and moments. And let’s talk effects. Most of them are pretty good, both the practical and CG. But then we get to the blood and gore. I don’t mind that shit in a movie, it can be kinda fun or intense. But here it looks like someone tried rendering raspberry jam on a Windows 98, which really took me out of it when I started enjoying parts of the action scenes.

This movie has not been well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 17% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 31/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 5,2/10.

I really wanted to like this movie, and it does admittedly have its moments. But in the end “Hellboy” (The Rebootification) is not really a good movie. It has a janky plot, meh characters, good performances, okay music, okay direction, and bad editing/blood effects. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “Hellboy” (The Rebootification) is a 4,87/10. So I’d recommend skipping it.

My review of “Hellboy” (The Rebootification) is now completed.

You make me sad, movie.

We now have a trailer for the “Death Note” movie.

Hello there, ladies and gentlemen! As you know, sometimes certain trailers come out and I then talk about them. Well, it happened again, so here we fucking go!

So as the title of this post suggests, we have now gotten a trailer for the American live action adaptation of “Death Note”. For anyone that is unaware, “Death Note” is a Manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata. It follows Japanese high school student Light Yagami who one day finds a mysterious notebook called “Death Note”. And very soon he finds out that he can use this notebook to kill people. An he starts using this to kill criminals. And what follows is a supernatural thriller that really is an exporation of morality and unchecked power. As with most mangas, it got turned into an animated series by Japanese animation studio Madhouse. And if you’re wondering, yes I’ve seen the series, and I think it’s great. Alright that’s kind of the backstory of this franchise. We good? Great! So now let’s talk about this trailer. So the basic premise seems to be the same, only now it’s set in the United States. So now his name is Light Turner (Nat Wolff) instead of Light Yagami. And what do I think of this trailer? Uhm… yeah, it’s not great. One of the worst parts was towards the end of the trailer where a fucking ferris wheel start falling apart and you see Light hanging on for dear life. Yeah, that’s just dumb. I’m all for re-imagining characters and stories in various settings, but I don’t like the “let’s add stupid action to it” angle. “Death Note” is a psychological thriller with a supernatural twist, and that’s what made it compelling. No big and stupid action set pieces… just suspenseful situations. Sure, the show had some action scenes, but nothing as big and dumb as a fucking ferris wheel crumbling. They seem to overall put a bit more of an action-thriller spin on it, which could be fine if they didn’t try so hard to make it… dumbed down and bloated. The best part of the trailer is at the end when you see the silhouette of Ryuk (Willem Dafoe) and he says “Shall we begin?”. For one, Dafoe is the perfect choice for the character. And secondly, I love Ryuk, he’s a really great character. What’s also interesting to note (pun intended) is that this movie is directed by Adam Wingard, the man behind the awesomely awesome “The Guest”. I don’t have much else to say on that, I just thought it was worth noting (pun intended). So am I excited about this? I don’t know… I am VERY skeptical about this, but who knows… it MIGHT be okay. “Death Note” (the rebootification) is set to come out on August 25th this year, only on Netflix.

So what are your thoughts? Are you excited about “Death Note” (the rebootification)? And are you a fan of the manga/anime/Japanese live action movies? Leave any and all thoughts in the comments!
Have a good one and enjoy.

“DuckTales” Reboot First Look

How’s it going, guys? Hope you’re all having a good Friday! Anyhow, let’s talk about a trailer.

So we have gotten our first trailer/look for the “DuckTales” reboot. Now, this trailer came out a little over a week ago, but I didn’t talk about it sooner because I didn’t exactly know what to say. But now I do have something to sau, so fuck it… I have nothing better to do! For the people who have been living at the center of the earth for the past 30-ish years, “DuckTales” is an old Disney cartoon about Scrooge McDuck going on adventures with Huey, Dewey, and Louie. As a kid I watched the show, and kind of loved it. And now we’re getting a reboot. So what’s in this trailer then? Well, we have Donald Duck (Tony Anselmo) introducing Huey (Danny Pudi), Dewey (Ben Schwartz), and Louie (Bobby Moynihan) to the one and only Scrooge McDuck (David Tennant). And then we see them go on crazy adventures together with Webby (Kate Micucci) and Launchpad (Beck Bennett). Now, when this reboot was first announced I was a bit angry. But as more things about the show has been revealed over the last few months I have opened up a bit more to it. And honestly… this trailer has gotten me excited. Firstly, the cast is amazing. All people involved are pretty great. Secondly, it looks like it will keep the classic adventure-y pace from the original show. And third, there are some really good jokes featured in this trailer. I am still a little bit skeptical, mainly because of the new art style. But you can tell that the creators are actually giving the show their best efforts and not just half-assing it. So I am genuinely interested in this. There is no set premiere date for “DuckTales” (The rebootification), but it’s confirmed to at least be out at some point this year.

What are your thoughts? Are you excited about “DuckTales” (The rebootification)? And what do you think about the original show? Leave any and all answers in the comments!
Have a good one and enjoy the trailer!

We now have a trailer for the “Power Rangers” reboot

They’ve got, a power and a force that you’ve never seen before. They’ve got, the ability to morph and to even out the score. Nooo one, can ever take them down. The power lies on their siiiiiide! GO GO, POWER RANGERS!

Hello there guys, and that’s correct, we now have a trailer for the 2017 movie reboot of “Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers”. Only that this time they decided to simply call it “Power Rangers” because of course they have to confuse us. I mean, first thing they did was cast a black guy to play the blur ranger, which itself is no big deal… but they did the same thing in “Power Rangers: Dino Thunder”, so now my brain is just gonna focus on that. Also, what’s wrong with calling the new one “Mighty Morphin'”? I mean, I think it would actually make it sound even cooler but nope… no Morphin’ of Mighty Rangers. Sorry, I’m nitpicking here in a joke-y way… but I am a “Power Rangers” fan, and I pick up on tiny little details like that. So what is this movie all about for anyone who lived under a rock and didn’t know ANYTHING about the “Power Rangers”. Well, five teens with attitudes get recruited by the mighty Zordon (Bryan Cranston) to become “Power Rangers” so an evil witch named Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks) from doing her evil shit. That’s basically it. That is the original premise of the show, and it seems like they are bringing that along for this new movie as well, with some slight changes. Firstly, the way they get their powers reminds me a lot of the movie “Chronicle”. Basically, they find alien stuff, they get super powers. In the original show, Zordon just asked his robot, Alpha 5 (Voiced in this new movie by Bill Hader) to bring in five teenagers to stop Rita. Ah, times were simpler once. Secondly, this isn’t colorful and campy like the original show, this looks like it’s a lot more serious which has both pros and cons to it. Pros, it won’t be as laughably dumb. Cons, it might not be as fun. Okay, it wasn’t as plural as I thought it would be… but still. Do I think this looks great? Not really. I wasn’t hooked by this. If you loved this trailer, great, you go ahead and love it! But me on the other hand… I’m staying a skeptic for a while. “Power Rangers” (the rebootification) is set to be released in March of 2017.

So what are your thoughts? Are you looking forward to “Power Rangers” (the rebootification)? And are a fan of the original show? Leave any and all answers in the comments.
Have a good one and enjoy the trailer.

Movie Review: Ghostbusters (2016)

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What? Two reviews in such a short amount of time? And both of recent movies that are in theaters? What kind of madness is this? I’ll tell you what it is… Mad skills, that’s what it fuckin’ is!

Ladies and gents… “Ghostbusters” (the rebootification).

Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) and Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) are two long time friends, both having an interest in the paranormal. So when they discover that ghosts actually, truly, without any doubt exists, they form a group/firm together with crazy engineer Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon) and historian Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones). They also get a secretary named Kevin (Chris Hemsworth). And together these people make up… the Ghostbusters (roll credits). And what they have to do is try to stop a sudden paranormal invasion of New York City. Interesting? Decently. Investing? Not really. I never really thought the plot was bad throughout the movie, but there was also never a point in which I got emotionally invested in it. I wasn’t bored at any point, but there was never that full on investment that I might’ve wanted from the movie.

The characters, I honestly thought I would dislike them… but no, they’re actually pretty enjoyable. Let me first say that the central cast have terrific chemistry, they work well together. Melissa McCarthy does a fine job in the movie, she’s not bad nor great, she does well. Kristen Wiig does a really good job with her performance and her character was enjoyable. Leslie Jones, I thought she would be pretty annoying, based on the trailers. But no, I actually enjoyed her in the movie. Then we have my favorite of the four… Kate McKinnon. Her character was just absolutely nuts, and was definitely the one I enjoyed the most. Best way I can explain her is that she’s kind of a mix of Doc Brown from “Back to the Future” and Tyler Durden from “Fight Club”. Chris Hemsworth is a lot of fun in this movie… mainly because he’s playing a dumb blonde secretary who’s pretty much inept at anything he tries to do. Yeah, everybody did a good job… holy shit, I never thought I’d say that about this movie.

The score for the movie was composed by Theodore Shapiro and I thought it was okay. It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t bad. It was what most people would call passable. It worked just fine for the movie, nothing spectacular. As for the new and “updated” theme song however… yeah, I fucking hate it. And just so you know, saying that saddens me because I like Fall Out Boy. I think they’re a good band, but this new “Ghostbusters” song is not good.

This movie was directed by Paul Feig and I actually think he did a pretty good job. The direction is pretty fast and snappy and never spens too much or too little time on a specific bit. As for the CGI? It’s fine I guess. I wouldn’t call it bad, but there’s a point in this movie where it’s just a bit too much. And the ghost designs aren’t really creative or even scary, which is a little sad (Sidenote: Slimer looks like shit). And since this movie is a comedy, we should look at the jokes and see how they are. I thought the jokes were fun. Not all of them, there were a few that made me cringe a little bit, but the majority of jokes at least made me at least chuckle. There was one joke which I can’t remember, but I know that it made me laugh quite a bit. Most of the comedic entertainment came from Kate McKinnon and Chris Hemsworth in my opinion, both of whom had a bunch of fun lines and entertaining personalities. So let’s talk cameos! That’s right, all of the original cast members (‘cept for Rick Moranis and William Atherton) had cameos, even Harold Ramis who is dead. And these cameos felt a little bit distracting for me. While not as gratuitous as some cameos in other movies, they still felt a bit distracting and almost even forced.

This movie has sure as hell gotten some mixed reception. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 73% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 60/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 5,4/10.

Let me start this wrap-up by saying that the movie was a lot better than I anticipated. Sure, the plot isn’t very engaging, the CGI gets a bit too much at times, some of the jokes don’t land, and the cameos are distracting. But the characters are all enjoyable, the performances are good, the music is fine (‘cept for that damn theme), the directing is pretty good, and a lot of the jokes are pretty fun. Time for my final score. *WHO YA GONNA CALL!?* My final score for “Ghostbusters” (the rebootification) is a 7,54/10. While not that great, it’s still worth a rental (or in this case, worth a watch).
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My review of “Ghostbusters” (the rebootification) is now completed.

True story: When my parents and I got out of the theater and got into the car, the original (AKA good) “Ghostbusters” theme played on the radio. No joke, it actually fucking happened.