Review : Baywatch

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“Devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchannon butts heads with a brash new recruit, as they uncover a criminal plot that threatens the future of the bay.”

Baywatch the movie 2017 is here to signal the start of summer, and beach bod season, but its also supposed to make us laugh so does it? Yes and no, what we have here is a tale of two movies, or rather two directions. This movie is rated R, and it should be, and I feel like when its doing its rated R stuff it flounders, but when it does the PG-13 stuff, its genuinely funnier. The raunchy bits of the movie while I can see their appeal, just seem a bit lazy here, you know, going for the cheap shot. When the movie is more heartfelt and orthodox in its humour, its definitely funnier, and even more entertaining. All the cast here is great, even though some of them like Alexandra Daddario have smaller roles than I would have imagined, while some of the smaller roles like Yahya AbdulMateen II’s police officer are pretty well done, and feel impactful. This movie also feels double sided in its visuals. It goes from having some of the most fake fire I’ve ever seen in a movie, to having some stunning tracking and action shots of the cast when they have their full Baywatch moments. All in all I think this movie is a bit of a mixed bag, but with a 69 (that has to be on purpose right?) million dollar budget, I think it has a good chance of making enough to get a sequel, which with the potential from this movie, has the chance to be better.

Review Score : 5 out of 10

Review : Get Out

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“A young African-American man visits his Caucasian girlfriend’s mysterious family estate.”

My word… what a movie. So first off, Get Out does present itself as simply as that tag line suggest, but thats merely the surface, and these waters run really deep. I can only say so much about the plot itself in this review, because I really don’t want to give anything away, that being said lets really get into it. This movie I see categorized mostly as a Horror, and it is, but I think it really works as a Horror, a Thriller and a Mystery. This movie is also extremely subtle in its build up, in both its acting and its directing. It perfectly builds tension to such a high strung level that when it does inevitably snap, it really does sting. The movie also does an amazing job of using real life issues that people have, and turning them into something even more sinister. A perfect example of this is the way the film uses “micro aggressions” that are already a bad thing, but adds another layer of of intrigue and deviousness to it, that you really only see in retrospect. Get Out also does a really great job at exploring the truly layered concepts and issues that are race relations in our current time. There is a real attention to detail in this movie also, that gives this movie a lot of replay value, and a lot “oh shit that’s what that means” kind of moments. Get Out is honestly like nothing you’ve likely seen before. All in all, Get Out isn’t just an amazing directorial debut from Jordan Peele, its an all together amazing movie on all levels and deserves all the attention and money.

Review Score : 9.5 out of 10

Review : La La Land

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“A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles.”

Do they make movies like this anymore? I guess every now and then they do. And I’m so glad they made this movie. La La Land, to me at least, from all stand points is as perfect as a movie can be. Its production is 100% on point, its directing is subtle when it should be, but perfectly directional when it needs to be. It set design and costuming  is perfect. The acting and singing and dancing is wonderful to behold. And most importantly, it all fits and works together as a whole. Emma Stone isn’t the greatest singer of all time, but the way her vocals are used here fit perfectly, and really make her stand out when she needs to. There is no one that does RE-acting better than Ryan Gosling, and there is probably no one more multi talented. The man can act, he can sing, he can dance, and he did some amazing piano work for this movie also. Enough can’t be said also about the chemistry between Emma and Ryan, they’ve done it before, and they’ve done it again here. La La Land is a real once in a so often kind of movie. Yes it is a musical, and if thats not your cup of tea then you probably aren’t going to be as high on this movie as I am. But even if you don’t like musicals, and you see this movie, and it doesn’t at least strike up some kind of nostalgia, and some kind of feelings in you, then maybe you’re dead inside, but if you’re not, you need to do yourself a favour and see this movie.

Review Score : 10 out of 10

Review : Office Christmas Party

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“When his uptight CEO sister threatens to shut down his branch, the branch manager throws an epic Christmas party in order to land a big client and save the day, but the party gets way out of hand…”

Project X meets any Christmas movie ever, and you get Office Christmas Party. This movie checks all the boxes yes, but not always satisfyingly so. There is a solid and funny cast here, at least individually, but they don’t always add up to something greater than individual talent. Like, theres potential here, but the movie gets there sometimes, and not other times. It does get there enough times to keep you chuckling throughout the film yes, but it also never gets to the real peaks it could to get those real belly laughs. And thats the real let down of this movie, you can keep seeing the potential, and you get close to it a few times, just close enough to keep you going. All in all there really isn’t that much to say about this movie. Its a pretty simple premise, and it has solid acting for that premise, and while its not the most predictable movie of all time, you can guess where its going. If you like these actors, or you want something to scratch that Christmas itch, then you can check this movie out, but keep your expectations low.

Review Score : 6 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 : Sausage Party

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“A sausage strives to discover the truth about his existence.”

Simple premiss, solid execution, but this movie is a great example of it would have been better without the trailer, but without the trailer no one would see it. If you’re like me, and the trailers for this movie had you rolling across the floor, then you will enjoy Sausage Party, but you will feel somewhat let down I think. To be clear the movie is funny, and does have funny moments, but a lot of them have already been seen, and there is also just a lot of connective tissue in this movie that just isn’t super funny. This movie is also most certainly rated R, and it goes everywhere you think it could and beyond. At points that raunchiness seems a bit forced just to push the envelope, but at other times it fits perfectly with the sick and twisted world created for these walking, talking and everything elseing grocery items. The movie does make great use of its soundtrack and those songs come in at perfect times. They also do well to play on popular stereo types and some good play on words action. All in all, Sausage Party I’d say is a success, and is funny, but if you’re going in there with high expectations like I was, be prepared for a let down.

Review Score : 6.5 out of 10

 

Review : Star Trek Beyond

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“The USS Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a new ruthless enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.”

Since the beginning of these new Star Trek movies, people have been drawing a line between those who watch the movie as either fans of the old school Star Trek, or those new to the franchise. And in that separation, was an idea that you had to be one or the other, and this movie really does prove to us, you can be both. Above all of these last three Star Trek movies, I think I can safely say two things about Beyond, that yes it is the best of the franchise and that yes it blends the old and the new the best also. I can also safely say, I think this is the most FUN I’ve had at the cinema so far for the summer, and that fun is what’s going to impress new comers to the franchise, while the movie does also give fans of the older series a lot to see and feel. This movie also gives us the best look yet at the classic interpersonal relationships that we knew and loved from past Star Treks, while also portraying them in a manner that people, even people who’ve only seen this third instalment can understand and appreciate. If you get the chance, this is most definitely movie you should give a chance, especially if you want to have a good time. Grab some pop corn and enjoy this one.

Review Score : 9 out of 10

R.I.P Leonard Nimoy & Anton Yelchin