This type of spoofing has been dead in the water for a very long time;… MoreThis type of spoofing has been dead in the water for a very long time; However, upon hearing that the "Fast & Furious" franchise was being spoofed, I had to take a look for myself. While there are a few jokes here and there that hit, the film misses on so many levels that it just becomes old and tiresome about 30-minutes in. Trying to play off the actors in the hit series does not work for any of these wooden actors and actresses, with the exception of mimicking Dwayne Johnson's character of Hobbs. Overall, these filmmakers know exactly what they are making and by now you should know what you are getting yourself into. I viewed this film out of pure curiosity and it was still a complete waste of time. The only compliments I am able to give this film is that the production felt a little more focussed than most of these types of films, but they do nothing with this created atmosphere to even care a little bit. Aside from a few moments of chuckling, it is a very stale spoof on the acclaimed action franchise. Recommended? Hell no...
Will Smith has fallen off his pedestal and climbed back up so many… MoreWill Smith has fallen off his pedestal and climbed back up so many times that it is almost a complete gamble as to whether or not his newest films will ever turn out good. This time around, he gives it his all and it makes for a very enjoyable picture, however, Focus' plot twists are far too complex that it becomes unbelievable by the time they are done. Watching Nicky fall in and out of money throughout the course of the film was a very interesting story to follow and the chemitry between Will Smith and Margot Robbie was pretty great, but the rug is practically pulled out from the entire film by the end and every set up kind of falls by the wayside. I did not like the ending in the slightest, but I had fun with this film enough to recommend it to Will Smith fans, or crime fans alike. "Focus" is unfocussed at times, but still enjoyable nonetheless.
"Serena" is a capsule to expose these actors even more than they… More"Serena" is a capsule to expose these actors even more than they should be, as both of them do not belong together in this film. After "Silver Linings Playbook," Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence have been getting typecast, and that is the worst thing to happen to an actor in my opinion. The best way to describe this film is a remake of "Romeo and Juliet" in all of the worst ways possible. Every bit of romantic dialogue shared between them felt forced, as every shocked moment made me roll my eyes rather than be surprised. I felt like someone has taken the script of "Romeo and Juliet" and altered aspects to fit this time period, because many beats are duplicated here. "Serena" is finely shot, but aside from that, every other aspect, from storytelling to to filmmaking, was extremely formulaic. Now that is not always a bad thing, because with formulaic filmmaking, a great film can be made out of a well-written script. That is not the case here, so in the end, "Serena" falls flat in almost every regard. Even though I enjoyed viewing this cast, the film around them just continued to fall apart. Recommendable? Not in the least.
While not really trying anything new, this live action update of… MoreWhile not really trying anything new, this live action update of "Cinderella" may just be the best one Disney has released to date. With all of the charm and sincerity presented by the original Disney fairytale, every bit of this film is well-acted and well-directed. The script stays very close to the original material, making for an extremely safe picture, however, this one resonated more than others, due to it's cast and set-design being so spot on. I truly believed there was a hint of magical undertone sprinkled throughout this picture and when a film pulls that off, it is definitely doing something special. Newcomer Lilly James portrays the title character to perfection, and Cate Blanchette escalates the character of Cinderella even more so. In the end, I was not blown away by originality, but if you know that going in, you can just sit back, relax, enjoy great visuals, and a classic fairytale told very tastefully. "Cinderella" is that rare remake that really works!
Wasting a talented cast on a terribly coincidental plot that never… MoreWasting a talented cast on a terribly coincidental plot that never works for a second is a damn shame. Aaron Paul, Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, and Imogen Poots all lead this film as four strangers meet on a rooftop on New Years Eve. As they all share different reasons for wanting to kill themselves, they decide to make a pact to wait and see if they still want to on Valentine's Day. The plot is ridiculous enough for one person, even two, but four? This outlandish and risky topic is turned into a tonally weird film that is both supposed to be taken seriously, while also trying to be funny. It never really reaches either mark, and it left me more puzzled than anything by the end. This film didn't even work as a showcase for these actors, because the script is so simply written that I did not care what they were saying. Giving backstories of each character set after the main events of this film was a very odd decision, as you kind of started to see exactly what was going to happen to everyone before it actually did. In the end, "A Long Way Down" is a tonally jumbled film with a great cast. I still do not really comprehend the message it was trying to send out, and for that, I strongly disliked this film. I do not recommend whatsoever.
Driven by the vibrant chemistry between Dylan O'brien and Brit… MoreDriven by the vibrant chemistry between Dylan O'brien and Brit Robertson, "The First Time" is the type of film that will only attract a certain audience, and I am happy to say that I am a part of that audience. I really enjoyed this picture. Based around two individuals whom are both dealing with feelings of another person, cross paths and become hopelessly infatuated with each other. Yes, you will probably guess exactly where the film is going by the end, but the actors make you not care about any of the cliches, and it almost makes for a completely fresh indie romance. It has just enough depth in it's script to earn multiple viewings. By the end of the film I had felt like I spent a weekend with these two characters and I admire films that are able to pull that off well. I will say that it is very basic point and shoot filmmaking, however, that is not the focus, so that aspect is easy to accept. This film is all about the build up to whether or not they will go through with their feelings and whether or not they will go all the way, but that was the least interesting aspect to me. This was a very solid film for different reasons. I won't be screaming to the skies about it, but I will definitely recommend this film. Very very enjoyable.
"The Cobbler" may seem like a heartwarming tale from it's trailers,… More"The Cobbler" may seem like a heartwarming tale from it's trailers, but on screen it is just a string of things that do not work whatsoever. Adam Sandler leads this film as the fourth generation son in his family to become a cobbler, repairing the shoes of customers in need. After stumbling upon the fact that each pair of his customers shoes allows him to literally step into their shoes and become them, an unfocussed storyline ensues. From drugs, to robbery, to murder, this film is all over the place, while still trying to give you the emotional undertone it promises from the very beginning. I was disappointed with how little Dustin Hoffman is in this film, but Adam Sandler does hold it together with a solid performance, and that was sadly one of the only decent parts of this picture. It never strives to be anything more and never has a full explanation. I feel that the writers should have fleshed out this story more and had more cohesive events building up to the twist. Overall, this is a pretty forgettable film, with nice performances and a lived in atmosphere. I admired a few aspects, but it kept failing on it's promise too much for me to care. "The Cobbler" is not a very recommendable film.
Fun, adventurous, albeit a little creepy at times, "Honey, I Shrunk… MoreFun, adventurous, albeit a little creepy at times, "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" is exactly the type of live action film that Disney knew how to do right in the 80's. It is a real shame that Rick Moranis never had that wide of a career, because his films are so much fun to watch. After accidentally being shrunk by their father's invention (the shrink ray) along with the neighbour kids whom they despise, they must trek their way across the lawn to get back to their house. Although you see the end coming from a mile away, this well-written family flick will hold you until the very end, smiling, laughing, cheering, and sending chills down your spine due to it's creepy practical effects. I loved every second of this film, even though it does helm it's fair share of cheesy moments. This cast works great together and the quirky score really elevates it. In the end, "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" is a blast from the past that has rewatch-ability written all over it!
"The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" earns most of it's praise from having… More"The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" earns most of it's praise from having such a talented cast, cleverly written comedy, and a story that will have people of all ages enjoying it's touching message of elderly people bonding, and realizing things about their lives. Having a running time of over two hours, it does feel it's length at times, but it is a very well-made film all around, making up for any slow moments. I have always been a fan of stories that involve multiple people from various locations all crossing paths and becoming the centre of the story. The cast interacts fantastically together, almost as if they were all meant to be cast, and when happy accident like that happen, great films comes from it. There are a few cliched feel-good scenes to get you through to the end, but overall, it is a highly enjoyable film with many great elements. "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" is a very impressive film for what it is.