Let me first start off by saying that, before I get into any negatives… MoreLet me first start off by saying that, before I get into any negatives (which are slim), I am going to be giving this film an overwhelmingly positive review. "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi" follows six men as they are tasked with going to benghazi to protect the men serving. Against all odds and against their jurisdiction, they must flea their site when an attack begins. After an American Ambassador is killed at a U.S. compound, this crew tries to figure out exactly what is going on, while trying to stay alive and protect their people.
Directed by Michael Bay and being released in mid January should have been two big red flags, due to the fact that this is the time of year when studios have no faith in their products. I must say, with little to no product placement, humour placed in the right places for the most part, and a cast that will have you in tears due to their realistic portrayals of these characters, "13 Hours" is easily my favourite film I have seen this January.
Yes, there are a few hiccups here and there, when they maybe did not have to crack as many jokes in certain moments and a few slow motion shots felt out of place. There are very few of those moments however. Aside from those complaints, this film had a surprisingly tight script and gripping action sequences. It may feel slightly long to some viewers, but that is just Michael Bay's style. I thought this movie was great from start to finish. Words I did not expect to say. "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi" is terrific and emotional!
Going into "The Finest Hours," I was very hesitant, as the trailers… MoreGoing into "The Finest Hours," I was very hesitant, as the trailers gave away a lot of the film. I was able to forgive that this time as this is based on a true story and many people may already know what happens. Being produced by Disney, I expected a lot of schmaltz, and even though it is there to get the tears jerking, it is very effective. Bernie Webber (Chris Pine) leads an unlikely crew of four men as they are out to rescue the crew of a ship that has split in half. Cutting back and forth between the two boats was very intense and put me on the edge of my seat. Sadly, that is not the only focus of the film.
As the audience finally get's swept up in this epic story of survival and rescue, the film cut back to shore where we follow Bernie's girlfriend, worried and desperate to help. Instead she slides her car into snow banks and does uninteresting things to pad out the running time. Overall, this is a very effective film and by the end, the moments with his girlfriend on shore end up being worth while, so it is forgivable. Is this the most memorable film of all time? No, but if you want to go to the theatre for some good-ol'-fashioned escapism, this may be the film for you. A very enjoyable adventure that has familiar elements throughout the entire picture.
Now a complete trilogy, the "Kung Fu Panda" films have all succeeded… MoreNow a complete trilogy, the "Kung Fu Panda" films have all succeeded exceptionally well in what they set out to do, which is captivate children all over the world with laughter and kung fu action. What these films have been so great at doing, is keeping a nice heartfelt story with a few adult jokes here and there in order to satisfy all ages. This third instalment takes Po on his seemingly final adventure as the old master Oogway is alive in the spirit realm and has his spirit stolen by Kai. As Kai returns to the mortal realm to pursue the Furious 5 and Po himself, his task is to collect all of the spirits that have the power of Chi. With references to the past two films in a loving and sweet way, this film really takes all of it's characters full circle, making for one hell of an effective conclusion to this very fun and lovable trilogy.
For myself, the best portion of the film was having Po meet his bilogical father and the tribe of Panda's, which had a huge impact on the overall storyline. This film is just a joy to watch. I had a smile on my face the entire way through, laughing and tearing up at the emotional core it was able to pull off. I truly believe this trilogy perfection for kids to watch. I had an absolute blast in the theatre watching this picture, and if you are a fan of the first two films, you surely will too. They are all equal for different reasons. "Kung Fu Panda 3" is great!
The studio took a major risk, making a sequel to a film that really… MoreThe studio took a major risk, making a sequel to a film that really did not seem like it could go any further, but that statement has been proven wrong i many more ways than one. Po and the Furious Five have returned and are still ready for another adventure. The visuals have improved and we begin to get some back story on "Po's" childhood. This new story is creative and you will find yourself having sympathy over these characters. The action is on a much larger scale this time around, the task is much bigger, and the time is much shorter. "Kung Fu Panda 2" is just as good as the original, if not better and I cannot recommend this film enough. This has got to be one of the greatest animation sequels that I have ever seen, simply due to the fact that most animated sequels are always subpar. This is a great film for all ages and I cannot wait for part 3.
Outrageously entertaining! Jack Black, along with the rest of the… MoreOutrageously entertaining! Jack Black, along with the rest of the voice cast, does an incredible job of making us believe that these animals are actually part of a kung fu team. I loved this movie from beginning to end. The witty humour, the hidden adult humour, the fight sequences, the visuals, and the storytelling, are all small elements that come together to make this movie one to remember. Dreamworks has definitely hit it's mark in super-stardom. I can praise this film all day long, but it's familiar story arcs and constant cliches do get tiresome. Overall, this film has everything you would want, but also everything you'd expect, which may or may not hurt the film for you. This film is so much fun to watch and I highly recommend it to people of all ages.
In this near perfect story of an unlikely 100-year-old man, the… MoreIn this near perfect story of an unlikely 100-year-old man, the audience follows Allan Karlsson (portrayed wonderfully by Robert Gustafsson) as he leaves his old age home to literally go anywhere. Stumbling across a man at a bus stop with a suspicious suitcase, he takes it along with him. Befriending another elderly man along the way, we get to see their friendship blossom as well as them meeting new friends.
This film has some bizarre and crazy attempts at comedy, and for me it was able to hit the nail on the head every single time. I had a blast watching this film. My two complaints would solely be the fact that we never know the illness he is suffering from, but I think that was purposefully done; However, the one valid complaint is that it distractingly changes between languages rapidly throughout the entire film, which could be tiresome for some viewers. Overall, I think this is a damn fine picture that does not have enough attention. I highly recommend it, especially filmgoers who love out of the box ideas. This is one of the most unique films of 2015.
"Racing Extinction," a film showcased on the Discovery Channel, is… More"Racing Extinction," a film showcased on the Discovery Channel, is essentially about how our world is falling apart. Following a group of documentarians, this story predates the dinosaur era and explains how methane may have been the extinction factor billions of years ago. This is a very honest, yet preachy film about how we are destroying our planet, while trying to keep ourselves alive. I really admired the impact that these filmmakers were trying to accomplish, and for the first half of this picture, I was enthralled. "Racing Extinction" derails a bit when it dives into the diets of human beings and what we should be eating. I feel that after showing all of the statistics and visuals of what we are doing to ourselves and the planet we live on, it spoke for itself. Although the film does get slightly preachy with it's messages toward the end, it is a very effective documentary with impressive footage and thought-provoking interviews. Not only was I interested in this story, but I felt myself really thinking about the world afterwards, and for that reason alone, I believe this film did it's job perfectly. In the end, this is a very well-made film from start to finish that I would highly recommend to those who can forgive a bit of preachy every now and then. "Racing Extinction" is very good.
Maybe it helped not knowing most of the backstories of these… MoreMaybe it helped not knowing most of the backstories of these characters, but "Straight Outta Compton" is one of the coolest films I have seen in 2015. It is an absolute blast to watch. Having just the right blend between witty dialogue between the crew and the grittiness of the streets, this film pulls off much more than I thought it would. My only complaint about this picture is that it visibly skips over life events, even though I did not know their stories, which felt obvious. That actually works in the films favour though, as the pacing of this film is great, which it definitely needed due to it's lengthy running time. I bought every line of dialogue each character said, making this definitely worthy of it's screenplay nomination at the 2016 Oscars. In the end, this is a brilliantly directed biopic that surprised me in more ways than one, and one that I will remember for a very long time. I love "Straight Outta Compton."
"Dirty Grandpa" boasts one great thing, and one great thing only. The… More"Dirty Grandpa" boasts one great thing, and one great thing only. The chemistry between Robert DeNiro and Zac Efron is much better than I was expecting it to be, and I really bought into their troubled relationship which each other. On the verge of marriage, Jason Kelly (Efron) and his Grandfather set out on a trip to Florida once his wife passes away. At it's core, this film is here to explore these characters emotionally as the audience watches them take their wacky trip. Self discovery and choosing what is right and wrong in life is what the message is here, and whether or not I bought into that is another story. I admired the attempt at something heartfelt, but when all of your humour is raunchy dialogue and visuals, it is hard to take a moment to enjoy the nice moments. "Dirty Grandpa" tries way too hard to impress it's target audience, and becomes a sloppily made comedy that really is not all that funny. In the end, I admired the attempt, but the execution was a little much for my taste. It really is a shame, because I love this cast, but they were not given enough to do. I did not hate sitting in the theatre watching this, but was it really worth the time? Sadly no.