Black Panther-Movie Review

Image result for black pantherApart from having a record-breaking box office weekend, it is quite easy to dismiss ‘Black Panther’ as yet another superhero movie, but once seeing it on the big screen, you soon realize that it’s much more than that. Instead of just that, the audience is given a picture that emphasizes all the notable features of being African. The movie is mysterious in nature as not only do you get a variety of deep characters with a captivating villain, you also have a movie where a majority of the cast and minds behind it are African-Americans.

A striking element of Black Panther was the astonishing chemistry between all the actors and their performances. Each character managed to have its own independence in nature and played pivotal roles in the flow of the movie. Nakia, who is played by Lupita Nyong’o is the love interest of T’Challa but has her own mind and character build that focuses on herself as a human being. She isn’t left to the part of solely the “love interest” (as most movies tend to do) operating only to enhance the protagonist but rather defines herself in her own way.

Black Panther, goes beyond merely giving character independence, but represents a variety of characters who each have a special skill or interest. Throughout the movie, multiple strong female characters are shown. The film also has exciting villains, Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) and Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis) who have their own reasons for what they do. Killmonger is a villain that enchants the audience and helps create a story with emotional values. Klaue, however, is a deplorable pick of the crop villain that the audience is used to. Which worked interestingly that Killmonger ended up killing him, showing his predominance as the main villain. I was immensely disappointed that they killed off Klaue, one of the greater Marvel villains and he didn’t live to see the second half of the movie. Kinda sad. 

Chadwick Boseman, who plays the role of Black Panther, appears to be very constricted in his actions. But it’s because of the enduring personality that adds weight to the story and makes the audience cheer for him to the very end. Our modern society lives in an age where people of color and minorities are struggled to represent on screen and in the media. And so a quite intriguing area of the film is the way they recognize a few South African languages on screen in a superhero movie. Black Panther includes numerous scenes where conversations in South African languages take place and it brings an unbelievable pride in it.

Kendrick Lamar and the Weeknd also deserve credit for their spectacular contribution to the film. The car chase scene would not have been the same if not for the soundtrack composed by these two artists. It gives you a hype feeling, heart racing and puts you in the shoes of the characters themselves.

The moments in which the camera shows Africa outside of Wakanda, and then zoom into the city itself, make Wakanda feel like a futuristic version of what South Africa could look like. Yet, in the back of your head, you understand that it’s just a fantasy movie, but the imagination that it brings is undeniable. There is but one critical acclaim I have of the movie, and that is of the scarce action sequences. I expected more action from the film, but scenes in which inhabited action was marvelous. Director Ryan Coogler has done a remarkable job giving the audience a different kind of superhero movie. One that makes a statement, one that makes a  stand on society today. And I’m sure it’s needless to say that the Marvel Cinematic Universe will nothing but benefit from this splendid making of a film. I would genuinely end this movie with a 10 out of 10. Congrats to the represented cast for crafting an amazing movie. 

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GeoStorm-Movie Review

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In 2019, hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, droughts and every other form of destruction gave the world quite the situation to take care of. The world’s scientists came together to do something about it creating the “Dutch Boy” an interlocking net of thousands of satellites that surround the planet and counteract the destructive weather. Jake Lawson was the genius behind the design of the ‘Dutch Boy’ but he’s not the easiest guy to get along with and so they fire him and put his more politic brother, Max, in charge. Everything goes just great for three years until strange incidents begin to occur, a freeze in the desert, lava uproar in Hong Kong, and a scientist getting sucked out into space. Max has only one recourse: He’s got to call Jake back in for help. He’s the only one who really knows all the ins and outs of this orbital computer system. If anybody can fix this, it’ll be him. And hopefully Jake can fix it before…the Geostorm occurs.

See, that’s nice and all and the title even has a nice ring to it, but the movie just ended up being a little too cliche. The dialogue was a little tacky, and in all honesty, once I got to the climax I was like ‘Haven’t I seen this movie before?” Of course, the answer was no but at that point I was skeptical, the moment where Jake fought Dustin or something, the spunky British kid it was all Deja-Vu for me. I was kind of hoping for there to be more destruction during the movie but in the end, there wasn’t all that much. The movie ended with them rebooting the ‘Dutch Boy’ which would shut it down temporarily. However, doesn’t that mean for a brief minute, huge storms and natural disasters could occur, at least when ‘Dutch Boy’ wasn’t counteracting those elements? But the reboot seemed to happen instantly and an ‘all’s well that ends well’ kind of thing.

If even one pivotal character in the movie died, there could have been more density to the movie. But on top of the other cliches in the movie, all the ‘good’ characters you started with in the beginning lived to the end. There was that one super talented spy-like female, the nerdy little girl who’s into technology, (We all know in our modern age that’s not how it works), and then lastly the cocky and arrogant genius who can’t seem to learn social skills. It’s Armageddon all over again.

However, on a positive note, I really liked the climax part of the movie, you can never seem to do a car chase wrong and director Dean Devlin did that perfectly. And the plot twist at the end where Dekkom, (Ed Harris) turned out to be the villain and nearly shot Max in the head. Overall, I thought the movies visual effects and action sequences were great, aside from my critique of other things I was quite entertained by this film. Really I don’t think you’ll lose anything watching this movie just be prepared to see some same old same old cliches but the movie is enjoyable as a whole. I give this movie a 6/10 rating.

Thor Ragnarok – Movie Review

Image result for thor ragnarokWho doesn’t love a comedy filled action flick? I mean the critics ate up Guardians of The Galaxy, they absolutely loved it. Perfectly timed punchlines, well thought out jokes and ironic moments even non-marvel fans understood. So Taika Waititi took bits and pieces from that, and has fabulously presented us “Thor Ragnarok.” A comedic action flick, with a dire lack of consistency. I was honestly disappointed at the end of the movie for the lack of cliche.

Yes, I said it. I missed the cliche. Most people rant about how a movie is too cliche and how the plot was quite predictable. This movie was so out of place that it kind of defied that standard. Introduced to the villain early in the movie, you think “Oh yes! Finally, a Marvel movie that consistently focuses on the villain.” But in the end, Marvel pulls its old “I got ya there!” and directs the attention back to Thor, and a lot of unnecessary characters… Although I’ll have to say that Korgs interjections are absolutely hilarious, it’s unexplainable the amount of comedic quality he contributed to the movie. And his voice-well you watch the movie and see for your self.

Dressed in skin-tight black gear and sporting a twisting, spiked headdress, Hella looks like Taika Waititi saw Maleficent and said “I want her. But MARVElous!” Sorry, I had to squeeze in that joke. In her first encounter with her brothers, she demonstrates her intense power by destroying Thor’s hammer and banishing him to a distant universe while she sets about wreaking havoc to Asgard.

Asgard is one of those places that, was made to be destroyed. And Waititi was given the challenge with fulfilling Ragnarok yet still make it a “happy ending” Hugs and kisses friendship galore! I’ll let you be the judge of how well he succeeds, since as far as I’m concerned, the less time spent on Asgard, the better.

At any rate, it’s quite frankly for the better that Hella is free to wreak havoc on Asgard while Thor and Loki are stranded on Sakaar, which is sort of an intergalactic trash dump where heroes are forced to compete in elaborate gladiator battles. To explain further would spoil certain surprises that the audience I’m sure would enjoy. Needless to say, the GrandMaster ideally rules Sakaar and forces Thor to fight…a familiar opponent. Shortly after, Thor, a Valkyrie, Loki, and another friend…escape through the Devil’s [insert word here] to Asgard.

I truly felt that this movie was kind of dancing around everywhere, without a consistent plot line. Beautifully crafted and hilarious, but a work in progress like the other Thor movies usually are. This particular movie lost the Shakespearean quality that Chris Hemsworth’s past movies have had. And I can’t believe I’m saying this but even the Stan Lee cameo was frankly irritating and seemed forced… which was another setback. The comedy was forced in numerous places, and the director tried so hard to make this a comedy film that he had to squeeze all the gory violence into the last half hour.

In the end, this movie was sadly a disappointment, a failed attempt at a Guardians of the Galaxy knockoff and a quite forced “comedy” film. In the end, my ratings shouldn’t directly impact your thoughts so I’d suggest you watch the movie yourself before taking any of my critique to the head.

 

Inside Out-Movie Review

Image result for inside outEmotions here. Emotions there. Emotions a little everywhere. Wait what? That’s exactly how I felt after watching a pretty bad movie-Inside Out. I mean if I were to tell you how I’m feeling I’m a little happy, sad, angry, disgusted, and what else is there-fear or something?

I personally was not fond of this movie because it just didn’t have anything that “excited” me. In Toy Story, there are close scenes where characters almost get killed.

In Cars, it’s a thrilling race movie about how a car who lost his way regains his glory. In Up, the characters are stranded hundreds of miles away from home. In this? Well I mean…OH NO, NOT SPINACH PIZZA!!! Crazy right? Although I’m sure an emotion fan favorite was Anger, we sure love reckless bald dude smashing things up into flames, don’t we? YIPEEE! If you are expecting praise in this review you will be absolute, extremely, exceedingly, exceptionally, tremendously, extraordinarily, mightily, terrifically, remarkably, particularly, intensely, and acutely disappointed.


The general story of Inside Out is about a young girl named Riley who moves out of her hometown of Minnesota all the way over to San Fransokyo, Tokyo. Oh wait is that a different movie? Aaargh, I get these gosh darn Pixar knock offs so mixed up! She is a happy fifth grader who acts like she was born yesterday and still acts goofy with her parents.


Naturally, problems are sure to arise with a personality like this and such a drastic movement. Bringing up a plethora of emotions such as I can’t believe I’m doing this…happiness, sadness, disgust, anger, and fear who all control Riley’s brain like a zombie via mission control! It’s the Power Rangers all over again!
However, the voice-casting in Inside Out is great. There’s a certain interrelationship between certain emotions that support the dynamic voices given by the cast. Which I have to admit is the one upside of this movie.

The movie revolves around the world inside her head, stacked with emotions and memories stuffed inside balls. This is just ridiculous but I’ll keep going. These balls glow with whatever emotion the memory is about, a happy memory is a gold, a sad memory is blue, such and such. And there are of course the relatable memories that you can’t get out of your head. Lastly, there are core memories that rely on the strongest of her experiences which create personality islands. Riley’s islands are goofball, honesty, family, friendship, and hockey.

These emotions make Riley who she is, and when they get destroyed, life inside her mind also gets worse. This leads to a correlating story between Riley losing herself and who she is and the emotions inside of her bringing her back.

But the ending was okay I guess, after a quite frankly boring “adventure” in her brain they retain the core memories and they all lived happily ever after. THE END I give this movie a two-star rating. Don’t get me wrong, I personally just didn’t like the theme of a parallel story. And especially in the excitement less way it was projected. This movie was just like a “meh” for me.

Ratatouille-Movie Review

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Out of all the amazing blockbuster films, Pixar has created, Ratatouille among few others are brandished at the top. It’s just one of those movies where the main character is so unique as opposed to the others in his community. From the start, Remy had been gathering vegetables, reading cookbooks, understanding the importance of certain ingredients, and he’s just a rat!

He just doesn’t feel comfortable ravaging the garbage or eating stale leftovers, he wanted to be something much more. He wanted to be a chef. No one else understands him, his father can’t accept his son’s different way of thinking. And his brother can’t relate either but he lets Remy be himself. Living in an old lady’s kitchen for the majority of his time, he watches his idol chef Gusteau cook splendid meals and learns from his ways.

And Remy truly believes he had Gusteau’s full support in his dream to become just like him. Until everything flips over, and his entire family gets separated from him. Eventually, Remy meets an amateur chef and becomes best of friends. He secretly helps him how to cook such as telling how much ingredients to use and how to cook them. The Head Chef, however, gets eerily suspicious and joins ties with a food critic to overthrow the entire restaurant. Until the critic actually gets a taste of Remy and Linguini’s (the amateur chef) food, reminding him of his homely past.

In the end, I absolutely loved the movie, didn’t find anything wrong with it. Beautiful characterizations and artistic shots of the city just blew me away. This movie is fantastic!

Toy Story-Movie Review

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Getting replaced, a recurring fear in many instances of the world. Whether it be someone replacing your post in office, replacing your grand title as “best friend”, or even being replaced by a newer toy.

Toy Story plays on the last of the three: an adventurous cowboy getting replaced by an intergalactic space ranger. The main reason this movie was adored by such a large group was that of the relatable messages it stored. It was the kick starter for Pixar’s film business and even went on to get nominated for the Oscars.

It gave kids the idea to treat everything as if it’s living, with care. Woody and Buzz Lightyear are by far one of my favorite animated characters of all. The computer graphics were outstanding and were on par with the creatively written dialogue. The story begins as Woody organizes a meeting for all of the toys, leading a quick to debrief on their situation.

Suddenly, this “newer and better” version of him strolls down the hall acting like a hard nosed cop, bent on thwarting some evil space conqueror. The other toys go heads over heels for him throwing Woody out of the big picture. Andy begins to give Buzz all the more attention and our favorite cowboy get’s extremely bitter.  

He handles the situations in a quite sarcastic way choosing not to accept his new fate. Once Woody and Buzz get lost, the story really begins. The two toys conflicting opinions take them to the house of a creative yet evil eight-year-old who likes murdering toys. He amputates pieces of the toys and connects different toys together…it’s kid Frankenstein all over again. The voice casting was brilliant for this movie.

Tom Hanks and Tim Allen performed outstandingly, Tom as Woody and Tim as Buzz. Who would have thought that there are people whose voice just happens to suit an animated space ranger toy with an evil nemesis/father? Overall, the story is just great with relatable themes and entertaining characters. So much adventure and I just straight out loved it.

The Lion King-Movie Review

Image result for the lion kingThe Lion King is a retelling of the Shakespearean classic “Hamlet,” however it is told in a modern perspective. The story is set in Africa, most of the major characters being Lions. Simba, a mere lion cub is tricked into thinking he killed his father and runs away from the mantle of future king. Mufasa’s (The King) unprecedented death throws off the entire kingdom and his senile brother overtakes the throne.

Simba adventures through the forest making new friends in a meerkat and warthog. Surpassing difficulties, romance, and powerful fights, Simba takes the throne back and rules the land peacefully. THE END.

But that doesn’t mean it’s a perfect movie, it’s a few loose screws from there but it’s a movie beyond its time. The way the story unravels is authentic and execution of the dialogue is oh so wonderful. However, gratuitous humor deprives the movie’s indefinitely serious atmosphere. And the romance elements didn’t quite work well either. It drew the audience’s attention away from the thrilling fight sequences and confrontation scenes.  

The movie is one of Disney’s greatest accomplishments, and as far as I know, the first Disney movie where a character’s death was portrayed. The Lion King is principally memorable because of its originality and its avoiding of many cliches that drown Disney films. The morals of the movie are pretty simple, don’t worry about anything and learn from the past. Which also adds the sense that it’s a movie even adults will enjoy. Featuring numerous scenes of despair and death, the film highlights much about the Circle of Life and when there is a beginning there is an end. Plentiful perspective shots and brilliant camera movement makes the audience feel part of the 2D world as well. Nice Job Disney!