Summer Movie Reviews: Now With 100% More NWA

Straight Outta Compton 5/5

I was so fascinated by the story going on. I was passingly aware of the story beforehand, I had never sat down and read up on it or anything, but to see it fleshed out was enthralling.

Its a great history lesson. Even if you aren’t a fan of the music, there is no reason you should not be a fan of the film and the way it has presented what times were like.

The movie goes from documentary to bio-pic and back. What I mean by that is you see a lot of gritty, serious reality of the time period and then you might get a scene that feels more like a movie.

I’m really not comfortable saying anything in the movie is really dramatized. From we know about police conduct at the time to how rappers party to how they all went their own way felt very genuine.

The performances are all terrific. It focuses on Ice Cube, Eazy E and Dr. Dre, and all three leads are phenomenal. They each have a terrific scene at the start of the film introducing you to their situation and it sets the tone so well. The best performance to me came from Ice Cube’s son playing Ice Cube. From the little things like mannerisms to the impressive range he showed despite never having acted in a movie before is astounding.

There are some great cameos towards the second half of the movie where you get a bit of a glimpse into the rappers from the early 90’s that also came to prominence.

It is paced very well and there is some terrific humour to help break up the movie at times when its dealing with some real serious subject matter. I can’t recommend the movie enough.

Previously:

To come this summer/year:

  • Hitman: Agent 47, August 21
  • Pan, October 9
  • Goosebumps, October 16
  • James Bond: Spectre, November 6
  • The Peanuts Movie, November 6
  •  The Martian, November 27
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens, December 18
  • Before We Go, September 4 (or something?)

Summer Movie Reviews: Now With 100% Tom Cruise

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation 4/5

I’m happy that Tom Cruise is back and making good movies. He’s been doing well with Mission Impossible and the criminally underrated/under-appreciated/under-everything-ed Edge Of Tomorrow: Live. Die. Repeat.

However… this was legitimately good. Not like best movie of the summer good, but definitely top five of the summer good.

I’m a sucker for spy/espionage movies almost as much as I am for heist movies.

A lot of nuts stuff happens that makes you go “That’s nuts and is unrealistic!” but at the same time you find yourself believing it because Tom Cruise is basically a super hero when he is Ethan Hunt.

Fun fact: I’ve been watching these movies since the first one and always thought his name was Ethan Hawke.

There is some real neat cinematography. There are excellent practical effects and stunts. There are lots of swanky setups/payoffs.

The plot is simple enough and you’ve seen it before in spy movies. There is a secret spy organization that is evil and the good secret spy organization needs to stop them. And its really fun to watch because it keeps hitting you with swerves and surprises.

There is a real snazzy opera scene. A thrilling underwater scene. A woohoo car and motorbike chase. The climax involves some awesome non-action. Its hard to dislike anything because its so much fun.

I also think that this one is the funniest of the series. The humour isn’t hitting you over the head, but its more dry delivery of lines and some visual gags. I like that.

Go see it. Tom Cruise does real good Tom Cruise-ing.

Previously:

To come this summer/year:

  • Straight Outta Compton, August 14
  • American Ultra, August 21
  • Hitman: Agent 47, August 21
  • Pan, October 9
  • Goosebumps, October 16
  • James Bond: Spectre, November 6
  • The Peanuts Movie, November 6
  •  The Martian, November 27
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens, December 18
  • Before We Go, September 4 (or something?)

Summer Movie Reviews: Now With 100% More Henry “Archer” Cavill

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. 3/5
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Henry Cavill is literally the spitting image of Sterling Archer. It is almost distracting when you watch the movie. The characters even tread on similar personality territory. Dang, even their hair is the same.

Anyway, moving on to the movie. I really liked it. I had a lot of fun watching it. I enjoyed the style and the visuals of the film. There is some really excellent cinematography in the shots.

I’m also a sucker for spy movies, whether they are like this, the Bourne movies, The Winter Soldier, etc. Love it.

It really picks up steam as it goes, especially after a bit of a swerve leads to an enthralling torture scene. Yup.

The movie goes from light-hearted spy shenanigans to darker, more serious scenes surprisingly well. There is some great tension building as well as some very dry humour, which is generally my favourite, to break things up.

Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer have a good dynamic with each other. I don’t know if its by design, I think it is, but Hammer and Alicia Vikander never seem natural together, but that adds to their… relationship?

Overall, its a little uneven, but its worth a watch. It isn’t perfect, but not everything can be Inside Out or Mad Max this summer. It’s a great date/night out movie.

Previously:

To come this summer/year:

  • Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, July 31
  • Straight Outta Compton, August 14
  • American Ultra, August 21
  • Hitman: Agent 47, August 21
  • Pan, October 9
  • Goosebumps, October 16
  • James Bond: Spectre, November 6
  • The Peanuts Movie, November 6
  •  The Martian, November 27
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens, December 18
  • Before We Go, September 4 (or something?)

Summer Movie Reviews: Now With 100% More Fantastic Plops

Fantastic Four 1.5/5

One of my favourite things about the Fantastic Four is that in the Marvel Universe, and the Fox Marvel Universe, is that citizens celebrate people like Spiderman, Captain America and The Fantastic Four (all super powered heroes) but hate the X-Men because they have powers that are weird.

Moving on. There are certain comic book characters I splooge for. There are even fewer villains I splooge for. Dr. Doom is one of those villains. He is so evil it is so cool man he is so evil yes so evil.

Did you know that at one point in the comics he did a big long thing to be granted one single wish. Is it kill Reed Richards? Is it rule the world? Nope, it is to eliminate his conscious so he can reach ultimate evil potential. Like rip the head off a baby and eat it like an apple level of evil.

Unfortunately, none of this happens. The movie almost really never happens.

Its a shame too, because the cast is generally charismatic and this is still the best movie of Marvel’s first family we have in ways. But, it just plops.

It makes me really sad. I quite liked the characters and the actors, but the story plops. The pacing plops.

There is stuff that is done right. Characterization to a degree. Enough of the evil military thing but without it getting into the “too” ridiculous territory. It has a good movie in there somewhere with a bit of editing and adjustments (if they were to reshoot/rewrite parts). It plops all over.

Its like the movie has this conversation with you

Movie: “Build build build build…”
You: “Okay this is cool. I like it!”
Movie: “Build build build build…”
You: “Okay, still invested.”
Movie: “The end bye for now see you later alligator”

It goes straight from “Oh that’s quite good” to “What the f*** is that?” which is probably the result of rumoured studio meddling because this has shades of Wolverine Origins.

There is some really interesting stuff they could have done, but they didn’t. And there is tons of uninteresting stuff they did, but didn’t have to.

There weren’t as many lame jokes as I expected. No “Gosh Reed, you sure try to stretch yourself too far!” or “Johnny, you’re such a hot-head!” etc.

Its a shame that this movie is going to get dumped on by critics and viewers leading to poor receipts because its better than, or at least equal to, a lot of money-factory garbage like Transformers or Grown Ups.

Its better than The Amazing Spiderman 2, in ways. I like how they tried to justify Dr. Doom’s costume and the outfits the team wore in general. I liked watching Dr. Doom murder people.

But, it just plopped.

Previously:

To come this summer/year:

  • Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, July 31
  • Straight Outta Compton, August 14
  • The Man From U.N.C.L.E., August 14
  • American Ultra, August 21
  • Hitman: Agent 47, August 28
  • Pan, October 9
  • Goosebumps, October 16
  • James Bond: Spectre, November 6
  • The Peanuts Movie, November 6
  •  The Martian, November 27
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens, December 18
  • Before We Go, September 4 (or something?)

Summer Movie Reviews: Now Unfortunately With 100% More Adam Sandler

Pixels 1.5/5

Well this is a movie.

It has the greatest premise of all time. Its amazing. This could have been Ghostbusters meets Independence Day.

It isn’t funny often. The jokes miss. The visuals are neat and looks great. Visual gags are even good. But the written jokes are dry farts.

Maybe the only good performance is Michelle Monaghan. But thats even stretching it.

Outside of the big action scenes, the movie is crazy disappointing.

I’m going to be curious to see how much money this makes. I keep thinking that all these movies where Adam Sandler just mails it in have to eventually get to the point where no studio wants him anymore, but it just hasn’t happened yet.

Previously:

To come this summer/year:

  • Fantastic Four, August 7
  • Straight Outta Compton, August 14
  • Hitman: Agent 47, August 28
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens, December 18

Maybe to come this summer/year:

  • Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, July 31
  • Goosebumps, October 16