Teddy Chan unleashes martial arts on the crime drama world of Kung Fu… MoreTeddy Chan unleashes martial arts on the crime drama world of Kung Fu Jungle.
Intriguing from the start, the 100 minute story slowly loses some of its steam before picking itself up for the finale. For the most part, the film plays out like a crime thriller more than it does an action adventure; however, the martial arts manages to find its place in this picture.
The pacing is moderate, while the action is fast and frenzy. The lack of slow motion helps to showcase the choreography of the fights, leaving the want for more. The CG isn't that great, but its use is limited.
It isn't a martial arts extravaganza without Donnie Yen and he doesn't disappoint. His acting doesn't stand out, but his action sequences do. Charlie Young is there to carry the film from an acting perspective. The plethora of cameos, identified in the film's closing credits, is a nice touch.
Kung Fu Jungle lives up to expectations with martial arts in a modernized setting. Recommendable.
Pou-Soi Cheang goes up, down, and all around with The Monkey King.… MorePou-Soi Cheang goes up, down, and all around with The Monkey King.
For most of its entirety, which is nearly 110 minutes, the storytelling moves from place to place and scene to scene in orderly fashion. The problem is, despite the playful atmosphere, the connection and movement between everything. There isn't much in the way of character buildup and smooth transition between plot details.
There is extremely heavy reliance on CG and green screen; too much for its own good. At times, the visuals delight and entertain the eye; however, much of the story and action gets enveloped by it all.
Donnie Yen, along with the voice-work, provides a very lively Monkey King with a little bit of an annoyance factor. Thanks to the CG there isn't much martial arts action to enjoy from him. Bummer. Chow Yun-Fat and Aaron Kwok are the other notable cast members.
The Monkey King does showcase its budget, leaving enough on the table to be watchable.
While the title is misleading, though not entirely, Yoshihiro… MoreWhile the title is misleading, though not entirely, Yoshihiro Nakamura's The Snow White Murder Case is murder told right.
While spanning a solid 2 hours and definitely moving at a leisurely pace, the storytelling manages to keep this murder case open until the finale. The plethora of character anecdotes which retells the story in a different manner each time, leads to a well crafted film.
The use of Twitter, while managing to overwhelm the screen at times, actually creates an interesting piece of the puzzle. Not only is this use of social media modern, but it isn't just thrown in just for the heck of it. It actually proves to be an integral part of the story.
Mao Inoue is very monotone with her character, but it works well in contrast to the likes of Nanao and Risako Kano. The rest of the supporting cast fill in the holes of the case nicely.
The Snow White Murder Case shrouds itself to entertain. A Japanese crime drama to see.
Mark Millhone's Universal Squadrons AKA Minuteman hints at promise,… MoreMark Millhone's Universal Squadrons AKA Minuteman hints at promise, but struggles to deliver.
Moving in at 80 minutes, the story never finds its footing. The pacing is inconsistent, while the plot details are half of what they should be. The combination of science fiction and drama never full comes together with the drama seizing control most of the way.
The violence is enough for a mature audience and the action holds some potential, but is limited in quantity. Most of the combat situations are unleashed in the film's mess of a finale.
Riley Smith and Willa Ford are much better than unknowns; of course that's not to say that they make this a recommendable picture. It would be a surprise if this is not where most of the budget went.
Universal Squadrons fails to be the worst; however, it also fails at reaching mediocrity.
Jonathan Liebesman dishes out the plain old cheese pizza in Teenage… MoreJonathan Liebesman dishes out the plain old cheese pizza in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Sliding in at a mere 90 minutes, it is a quick viewing. Aside from a mediocre 15 minute opening, the pace picks up and moves at a quick stride the rest of the way. The problem is that the back-story is poor, the characters aren't built up, and the plot details are too simple for its own good.
A ton of action explodes its way onto the screen. Highly stylized and heavy reliance on CG is both its shining moment and downfall. The CG allows for some adrenaline packed material, but at the same time, there isn't enough down-to-earth martial arts choreography.
The mixture of CG and real life characters don't work all that well. Megan Fox and Will Arnett have terrible characters and too much screen time in comparison to the real stars of the show, the 4 turtles. Thanks to the lack of time focused on the turtles, the voice-work takes getting used to; however, it is much better than watching any of the human characters.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has its ups and downs leaving a picture that just slides on by.
Sam Taylor-Johnson's adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey puts emphasis… MoreSam Taylor-Johnson's adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey puts emphasis on the Grey. The color grey; as in bland.
For a 2 hour story surrounding kinky sex, there is very little in the way of arousing excitement. The story is thin and it never seems to be heading in a forward direction. Integral plot details are far and few in between, leaving the sex to stand out.
On the subject of sex, there are a number of erotic scenes with a bunch of buildup for them. To associate with the R-rating, these scenes never fully engulf what makes the Fifty Shades of Grey what it's meant to be. Possible pushing to the NC-17 rating is what is needed.
Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan are attractive in their own right, but viewing their performances is very tiring. Maybe the characters are meant to be this way, but it's easier to read then view on screen.
Fifty Shades of Grey does have a few moments, and only a few. Easily passable.
Directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch schedule a dinner… MoreDirectors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch schedule a dinner reservation with John Wick.
Despite showcasing a linear storyline with a lack of depth, John Wick manages 90 minutes of pure entertainment. The introduction and buildup do well to setup what the film unleashes the rest of the way. At that point, it's sit back and enjoy the ride.
The violence is bloody and the action is a plenty. Watching John Wick go to work is a definite highlight. Bullets hit their mark consistently, leaving the body count at a high mark.
Keanu Reeves is very monotone, which should create boredom, but the lack of dialogue and the details surrounding his character help to cover it up. Michael Nyqvist is a suitable villain, while Willem Dafoe, Adrianne Palicki, and Ian McShane successfully fill out the major supporting characters.
John Wick is as simple as its title. No more, no less. Recommended.
Paul Tibbitt knows what to get out of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out… MorePaul Tibbitt knows what to get out of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.
A quick 90 minute journey from Bikini Bottom to the surface is what the story entails. Laced with obnoxious humor, as well as internal jokes, the film finds itself easy to swim along with. Familiarity with the series isn't a requirement for this viewing, but it helps since there isn't much character background to educate.
The combination of original 2D animation, 3D rendering, and live action does wonders for this film's production. It serves as nice change ups throughout the story.
There is nothing to argue about when it comes to the voices. The likes of Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Rodger Bumpass, Clancy Brown, and Mr. Lawrence have been lending their talents to these characters for a long time. Antonio Banderas serves as the lone live action character to entertain.
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water makes waves for a fun ride. Leave it at that.