Phil Lord and Chris Miller. It takes two directors to direct a sequel… MorePhil Lord and Chris Miller. It takes two directors to direct a sequel of twos.
For an hour and 50 minutes, 22 Jump Street strings a lot of the same along the way; however, through it all, the entertainment value manages to loiter at a high level. The story is also easy to follow.
R-rated material lace the humor. Sexual, racist, and consistent cursing, while overdone in this day and age, find a way to generate laughter. The violence is in good quantity, although mild in nature when compared with the strong humor.
Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill work well together, creating great chemistry for a leading duo. Ice Cube delivers in some of the funniest pieces of the film. Amber Stevens is easy on the eyes.
When all is said and done, 22 Jump Street is an enjoyable sequel, especially with the closing credits.
Seven Swords has Tsui Hark conjure up 1,2,3,4,5,6 and 7… MoreSeven Swords has Tsui Hark conjure up 1,2,3,4,5,6 and 7 swords.
Lengthy can be used to describe the story. There's a lot of characters to go around and while sporting a decent pace early, there are moments later on when it slows down. By the time the end credits roll, 2 and a half hours have passed. With that said, there is enough material to fill the time; just not enough of the right material.
The action is highly stylized with unique weapons across the board; however, the lack of emphasis on the swords is a letdown and the editing during the martial arts segments has room for improvement.
The cast needs no introduction. Some characters have great buildup, while others are, unfortunately, left in the dust. Donnie Yen and Leon Lai are a bit stale. On the other hand, Honglei Sun and Jingchu Zhang have emotion.
Seven Swords has the potential to be much more, but it is good for what it is.
Takashi Miike goes spirit overload with The Great Yokai… MoreTakashi Miike goes spirit overload with The Great Yokai War.
2 hours of slow to mid pacing and a few segments of choppy storytelling doesn't work in this film's favor; however, the fantasy piece of the story along with a dash of some Miike abstractness is enough to overcome the disappointments.
The CG fires away in high abundance and it delivers in decent quality. The violence is a tad harsh, which leaves a darker atmosphere then this film initially looks to showcase; maybe not as much of a kid's picture than it seems.
A plethora of overacting matches the wacky characters that show up. Ryuunosuke Kamiki carries the film while Chiaki Kuriyami proves to be a delightful watch. The lovely Mai Takahashi is monotonous, but her outfit makes up for that.
The Great Yokai War gets by with its moments of spirit fun. A check out if the chance arises.
Slow and steady is the road taken by Young-Seok Noh's… MoreSlow and steady is the road taken by Young-Seok Noh's Intruders.
Unraveling with 100 minutes of screen time, the story takes its time getting to its conclusion. The buildup, while showcased by an excellent secluded setting and cinematography, is tedious; however, it ends up as a solid contrast for what comes in the film's final act. To top it all off, the plot details at the end are quite satisfying.
Dark and suspenseful is the mood of the film and the violence is delivered in timely fashion when things start to pick up. Not necessarily brutal in nature, there isn't much savagery to stomach when all is said and done.
Jun Suk-Ho is bland and monotone, which both works for and against this picture. On one hand, watching his character tends to be disappointing, but on the other, it works as a nice setup for what he does near the end. Tae-Kyung Oh has one of the more entertaining characters of the film.
Intruders takes it slow and steady early on, but there is some pay off in the end.
Osu! Yoshikatsu Kimura gets kicks and punches out of his Karate… MoreOsu! Yoshikatsu Kimura gets kicks and punches out of his Karate Girl cast, but not much else.
Simple and straightforward is how the story plays out. A running time under 90 minutes is still long for what transpires in this film. The storytelling is tedious and serves more as a way to tie the karate scenes together.
Excellently choreographed, the fight sequences are a delight to watch. A few slow motion scenes and some repeats from different angles insert themselves throughout, but for the most part, the karate is show in real time; a definite plus. The hits also get that extra kick from sound effects.
Rina Takeda and Hina Tobimatsu are dull as dishwater when it comes to acting; however, the moves they deliver on screen are fluid and easy to see that they know what they are doing.
It's hard to argue with a pretty girl in a schoolgirl outfit kicking butt, but Karate Girl only has enough to be thrown into the average bucket.
Reset after reset brings out the best in Doug Liman's Edge of… MoreReset after reset brings out the best in Doug Liman's Edge of Tomorrow.
Reset. Based off of the book All You Need is Kill, the concept behind the story easily makes for a 2+ hour picture; however, this film picks its pieces well and manages a solid story in roughly 115 minutes. The pacing is quite fast, yet the repetitive scenes help to prevent story loss.
Reset. The sci-fi action is frantic and explosive. While leaving devastation in its wake, these segments still aren't the greatest piece of this production.
Reset. Tom Cruise does what he does best; not winning any awards with his performance, but his persona tends to make his characters amusing to watch. Emily Blunt needs no introduction. She is stunning on screen from every angle.
Reset. Edge of Tomorrow has its moments of laughter, but ultimately is a sci-fi gem. Reset.
Seth MacFarlane delivers up some laughs and a whole lot of profanity… MoreSeth MacFarlane delivers up some laughs and a whole lot of profanity as he details A Million Ways to Die in the West.
For nearly 2 hours, there is an offbeat pace with the film's story. The humor comes and goes, while at times, the film gets completely serious while dishing out some drama. Despite some setbacks with the storytelling, it still does a good job with its western setting.
The humor is hit and miss. Some comes out of the blue, some can be seen coming, and a lot of it is sexual. There's nothing wrong with it; however, it does get stale after awhile.
Seth MacFarlane isn't much of a lead, but given the film's style he isn't too bad. Charlize Theron is a delight to see on screen. Neil Patrick Harris delivers laughs with his performance. Successful cameos also work wonders in this picture.
A Million Ways to Die in the West is far from a horrible movie, yet it isn't a great one. A few laughs lead to a viewing, if only once.