Review : Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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“When Jacob discovers clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and times, he finds Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. But the mystery and danger deepen as he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers.”

Miss Peregrine’s is typically Burtonesque styled film, but other than that, it doesn’t truly know what it is. The film does a great job to build up both a sense of tension and to really fill out its weird world, but after it takes the time to get there, it then jumps all over the place. The tone is probably the things that suffers the most here, as it is constantly shifted in ways that seem out of place and disjointed. There is even one scene in particular in which a certain battle happens, but it happens in both a setting and to some music that just didn’t match, and made it all feel odd and out of place. On the positive side, the costume, set, and character designs here are all top notched and unique, and they give the movie its own look and style. All of the actors here certain go all in, and that does make and break some of the performances here (some being too over the top). The world itself the movie creates is a good and unique one, and it itself acts as a character on its own. Also Asa Butterfields character seemed a bit lame by the end of the movie. He has his ability and what not, but there are some little things that seemed to be done totally on purpose to hint at something more from him, that just never came. All in all I think Miss Peregrine’s is a missed opportunity to truly be the Tim Burton’s X-Men as it was being called, and in the end is a bit of a disappointment.

Review Score : 5 out of 10

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Review : The Magnificent Seven

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“Seven gun men in the old west gradually come together to help a poor village against savage thieves.”

What do you get when you combine the star and director of Training Day, Star Lord, Kingpin and a few other well known faces? You get a movie with a lot of mass appeal, a lot of action, some surprising heart, but maybe doesn’t quite get up to the levels of all the talent involved. To be clear, this movie is a lot of fun and is definitely worth seeing on the big screen. Even for those who aren’t huge fans of westerns, this movie is much more of an ensemble character piece reflecting the famous story it emulates than it is a strict western. The seven come together to quickly and maybe too conveniently for some viewers, but there is a fine line between to soon and too late with the director erring on the side of too soon here. The characters themselves are all great, they don’t each go through any kind of real character arch, but truth be told, they don’t have to in this movie. Denzel Washington being the title character here does see him have the most to do, but he his most certain a professional at what he does. He brings a real gravitas and a grounding to the team of strays as they are referred to in the movie. All in all, The Magnificent Seven is a good ole fun time in the cinema, with some great and charismatic actors.

Review Score : 7.5 out of 10

Review : Bazodee

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“A chance encounter between Anita and Lee, shakes up both of their worlds and leading to new sensations and a whole lot of bacchanal.”

Bazodee tries to blend the worlds of romantic comedy, Bollywood style musicals and a mix of acting and musical talent. Does it work? Kind of. So before I get to the things I like about this movie, I want to address the two biggest problems I have with it. The first I’m sorry to say, is that while Machel Montano is probably the greatest entertainer to ever come out of Trinidad and Tobago, he is no actor. The biggest issue with this is that there are occasions where the movie tries to build certain things up, but when they are put on his acting, they fall down. The second thing that held this movie back for me was the absolute lack of sympathy for the actual love story between the title characters here. Anita’s soon to be husband is portrayed literally as the perfect man in every manner from his looks, to his job, to his affection and attention to Anita, and as such, it is really hard to go with her and support a lot of the decisions she makes.The times when this movie does break out into song and dance, the movie switches over to a very obviously voiced over, studio sang audio track that keep taking me right out of the movie. It was the sound mixing in particular that was the issue, it keep making it feel like these character who are supposed to be in real life, were all of a sudden lip syncing to some track, as opposed to sounding like there were still in their environment and with those emotions. My problems aside, there is enjoyment to be had here. As expected the music in this movie is very good, and there are some nice change ups to songs we know and love to help fit the movie and make them a bit more relevant to the story. There are also a lot of laughs to be had, and some of them are pretty good ones too. All in all, Bazodee has some stand up and some fall down areas, and these falls do keep it back from being as fun and exciting as I think it could have been.

(Also, i don’t know if it was just me, but there was this one light that was over the table they would use in Shakers that annoyed me for some reason, no idea why, lol.)

Review Score : 6 out of 10

Review : Hands of Stone

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“The legendary Roberto Duran and his equally legendary trainer Ray Arcel change each other’s lives.”

Hands of Stone isn’t so much a boxing movie, as it is a cautionary tale about life and who we are as people. It tells the story of legendary and famed boxer Roberto Duran from the time he was a boy in his native Panama, through his rise as a boxer, to his infamous “no mas” fight and even after. The cast here does a good job of portraying these characters as people, and thats why i say this movie is more a cautionary tale than a boxing movie, because a lot of this movies focus is on those people and their emotions, as opposed to putting the highlight on the boxing itself. It does also make branches out into the life and story of famous trainer Ray Arcel, and again the acting here is good, but sometimes it seemed like unnecessary deviations. This makes the movie seem fresh, but it also makes the boxing scenes a bit lack lustre. The movie also has to delve quiet a bit into the politics of the time, because they played a huge part in who Roberto was as a man, but those parts of the movie can be hit or miss in their execution. The real beating heart of this movie is truly its best aspect, and thats the acting, and it really is well done and what will make or break this movie. If you’re a fan of boxing, and a person like Duran, then you should definitely see this movie, and also if you’re a fan of the cast.

Review Score : 7 out of 10