Nothing that made the original films (minus the third) fun and… MoreNothing that made the original films (minus the third) fun and enjoyable was retained in this new revision of the series. Missing is the goofball humor, cheesy but acceptably fun storylines, and worst of all: the camaraderie between the turtles. All of this is replaced with generic blockbuster action sequences and no hint of style. This is just CGI overload with bad dialogue and rote storytelling. Worst of all it is completely uninteresting and boring. I'm willing to accept changes if done well, but all of the changes in the new version didn't work and it felt like the soul of the series was completely missing throughout. Do not waste your time on this.
I had to watch this because of my unabashed love of the original… MoreI had to watch this because of my unabashed love of the original movie, but I pretty much expected a letdown after this long. While it does have its funny parts, most of the movie is just too dumb to be funny. The original movie rode that line between dumb and too dumb just right, but this one goes way over the top. The actors do not shine in this like they did in the original either. They are more like caricatures of the original characters despite being the same actors. They try way to hard instead of letting it come natural like they did the first time, which is a shame. This was by far my biggest disappointment with the film. I did get a bit of nostalgia at some parts and laughed here and there, but altogether this is a forgettable sequel that isn't completely awful, but not really recommendable either.
Despite being occasionally entertaining as a trashy erotic thriller,… MoreDespite being occasionally entertaining as a trashy erotic thriller, Fifty Shades of Grey's thin plot, shallow characters, terrible dialogue, and mediocre acting dampen the experience. The similarities to Twilight are remarkable (except the explicit sex scenes obviously) and after reading that this was originally fan fiction of Twilight everything made complete sense. The relationship is not a healthy one at all much like Twilight and the plot is thin at best. The excessive length of the film at over 2 hours was too much for what little plot there was. Nothing substantial happens in the second hour until the end when they end it on a cliffhanger for the next film. If you are a fan of the book I'm sure you will come away satisfied, but everyone else should skip unless they want to enjoy it as a trash romance.
While War is a more generic superhero film than The Flashpoint Paradox… MoreWhile War is a more generic superhero film than The Flashpoint Paradox was, it is just as enjoyable thanks to a likable cast and entertaining action sequences featuring all the of the characters from the Justice League. I've always wondered if they were gonna do an origin story film for the Justice League and I'm glad they finally did. The voice cast is changed from the last film and they do a solid job filling in, but Kevin Conroy is always missed when he doesn't participate. The story itself is mostly just to find a reason to put all these characters together and make them work as a team. Eventually the story gets out of the origins and into generic action film territory, but it is just interesting enough to hold your attention. This is a worthwhile addition to the animated features.
It's nice to see one of the main animated films of the DC canon… MoreIt's nice to see one of the main animated films of the DC canon feature The Flash rather than mostly doing Batman and Superman. He's an interesting character and this film shows exactly what possibilities they have with him storywise. It has a very intriguing alternate universe storyline where Thomas Wayne is a much more violent Batman, Bruce Wayne is dead instead of him, and many other scenarios out of the ordinary. Half the fun is seeing the different versions of the Justice League characters. The DC animated films have been getting progressively darker and this film continues that. Plenty of the action scenes are intense. The animation is well done and the voice acting is spot on. This is one of the better DC animated films I've seen. Being mostly a Batman fan and not much else, that's pretty good praise from me.
Denzel Washington gives a typically strong performance (when does he… MoreDenzel Washington gives a typically strong performance (when does he not?), but the Equalizer is of the same quality as many other Denzel led thrillers: without him it would not be worthwhile, with him it's watchable, but nothing special. It lacks a spark to take it to the next level and is too serious to be all out fun like less serious action films. The story is a little muddled and never goes into great detail about the main character's past, making it hard to get invested fully. Add in weak motivation and it is not as satisfying as it could be. It really is a one man show as Denzel takes up most of the screen time, so not getting invested fully hurts the film (Chloe Grace Moretz is only in the beginning and end). Equalizer is also incredibly slow paced in the middle, taking probably more time than needed to get things going. It might sound like I hated this, but that is not the case. It is a decent thriller and Denzel is one of my favorite actors for a reason, but it could have been much better.