Trailer of the Week!

This weeks trailer of the week goes to:

Coco (Trailer 1)

Now I know what you’re thinking, “I’ve seen this movie before, and it was called the Book of Life”, and you’re not really wrong. Coco comes to us from the heavy hitters that are Disney Pixar, who are known for a a laundry list of amazing films, so I think as much as this idea might seem to be taken, I think we have to give this film the benefit of the doubt that it will one of real quality.

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Coco follows a young boy, who find himself on the wrong side of the tracks after the annual Day of the Dead celebrations, putting him in a place where no living person has set foot before. The movie also uses a mostly hispanic cast of voice talent to lend  a lot of authenticity to this project. The movie is directed by two directors who have been main stays in many of the previous Pixar movie line up, getting their bump up to full time directors for Coco. Though this trailer is mostly an introductory teaser trailer, we can really get a scene for the visual style, and their take on the classic Day of the dead imagery, and is a slight departure from the generally more photo-realistic styles used in pervious Pixar films. Are you excited to see Coco, or think its just gonna be a Book of Life knock off?

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Review : Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Men Tell No Tales

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“Captain Jack Sparrow searches for the trident of Poseidon.”

When the first Pirates movie came out in 2003, it was a real surprise, partly because it had a real magic to it, and in large part because of Johnny Depp’s turn as Captain Jack Sparrow. And its the character of Caption Jack Sparrow, that has been the driving force of the pirates series ever since. Fast forward to 2017, and there has been a change in our beloved Captain, and not a change I like. This movie in particular brings to character to his lowest low, and relegates him to much more of a bumbling drunk that gets by solely on luck, when before Jack certain had his way with rum, but he was also always the most clever person in the room. The plot of this movie is there, and it makes sense mostly, but it also seems a lot more convoluted that it needed to be, and it felt like most of it really didn’t matter. There are even some characters in here, that just honestly didn’t feel like they needed to be, more would it matter if you cut them out of the movie. Javier Bardem’s Captain Salazar is a well done (looks wise) character, and he’s a lot of fun when he’s on screen and he certainly does bring a certain presence to the role. There are nice appearances from some of the original cast here also, but don’t look for them too much. All in all, Pirates 5 is a fun movie with some nice looking big set pieces, but it all feels a bit soulless.

Review Score : 5 out of 10

Review : Beauty and the Beast

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“An adaptation of the Disney fairy tale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love.”

Its no secret that the original 1991 Beauty and the Beast movie is a great movie. It was even the first animated movie to be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, so no one is disputing its quality. That means that the 2017 live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast has a head start on being a good movie, but it also has some really big shoes to fill. This new version of the movie is a hard one to review. For one thing, this movie has some new magic to it, and some that it loses. It has the benefit of modern technology that even allows a live action version of this movie to exist. That technology allows for this movie to be extremely lavish and detailed in its setting and environments with an attention to detail that traditional animation could have never achieved. That same modernity however robs the ability of it to truly have some of the moments of awe because we’ve simply seen them before. As much as the rolling hills of France looked amazing, I can’t help but know I’ve seen this scene before. This effect does come and go however, because some of the moments as much as I know them, are still a wonder to behold can actually be something new and different because of the actual acting that we can have here. This version of the movie also allows for them to pause on some of the more tender moments of the story, which does help add to the splendor and magic of this classic tale. All in all, Beauty and the Beast the modern retelling, is a real and true fantasy in most every way possible, and it does definitely bring to life this age old animation even it’s just short of being able to replace it and usurp it.

Review Score : 8.5 out of 10

Review : Doctor Strange

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“A former neurosurgeon embarks on a journey of healing only to be drawn into the world of the mystic arts.”

Doctor Strange is the 14th movie in the ever expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it brings for the first time, true magic and mysticism into the MCU. And it does this without fail and in some serious style. The look of the magic, and the way in which it was used was nailed 110%. They really sold that there was a physicality and a heft to using magic, and it wasn’t simply a point and spell situation. It also does extremely well to introduce and create these other, multiple dimensions and astral plains and the like. Part of that was because of the actors reactions to things they obviously weren’t seeing, and then the visual effects themselves were done spectacularly. This movie also does a really good job with the action and those action set pieces, and each characters choreography. The characters themselves were all very well played, and it was their commitment to their individual roles that really sold them and the story line here. Some people might find the villain here more of the same from the marvel villains thus far, and I both agree and disagree with that, but I can’t go to bat for it being an amazing villain either. We do however, get a look ahead at the probably next villain for Dr Steven Strange to combat, and that ones seems like a more likely candidate for a really memorable villain if we do indeed get a sequel about the sorcerer supreme. All in all Doctor Strange is very well put together movie with amazing visuals from top to bottom, but it maybe doesn’t get to the heights of movies like Cap 2.

Review Score : 8.5 out of 10

Review : Finding Dory

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“The friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish reunites with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way.”

Straight off, is this movie better than Finding Nemo? Nope. Is this a good movie? It most definitely is. Finding Dory does a good job at building on the story of the first movie, while also introducing some very good and very memorable new characters that for the most part actually out shone the call back characters in my opinion. So whats the problem then? Well problem maybe isn’t the best word, but this movie does struggle to deliver and story of the same scope and gravity of its predecessor. And thats the real story here, Finding Dory is good, but it almost always is grasping at the might and legend of Finding Nemo. This movie is totally worth your viewing however, don’t take what I’ve said as me saying you shouldn’t see this movie. The animation and new characters alone are worth I think the price of admission, Hank the octopus ESPECIALLY, is worth the trip to the cinema. This movie, like all Pixar movies, does well to tug on the heart strings when they want or need to, and tug they do, trust me. All in all, if you’re a fan of the original, just want to see this movie, or have younger ones who want you to take them, you really should go.

Review Score : 8 out of 10

Review : Alice Through the Looking Glass

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“Alice returns to the whimsical world of Wonderland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter.”

Alice in Wonderland came to the big screen 6 years ago, and now we have the sequel in Alice Through the Looking Glass…Why? So i didn’t have too much to say about the first Alice movie, and for this movie is even more so. That is to say, this movie basically made me feel nothing really, like nothing either side of the coin here. The movie is most definitely  gorgeous to look and it has some really nice production and set design that makes everything you’re looking interesting in that regard, but the movie itself seems empty. I’m sitting here honestly struggling to try and say what actually happened in that movie, because in all honestly, not much of anything did happen. And thats the kind of impression I think this movie is going to leave on most people, and that impression is apathy. I do think that this movie has to have been geared more towards younger audiences than the last Alice movie, and maybe that’s why it just doesn’t resonate with me, but I do think that is going to hold through for most people above the low teens. All in all I’ll say Alice Through the Looking Glass just kind of is, it couldn’t even sway me in one direction or the other to make this review seem more impactful.

Review Score : 5 out of 10

Review : The Jungle Book

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“The man-cub Mowgli flees the jungle after a threat from the tiger Shere Khan. Guided by Bagheera the panther and the bear Baloo, Mowgli embarks on a journey of self-discovery, though he also meets creatures who don’t have his best interests at heart.”

We all know the story. Little boy found in the jungle raised by animals and such and so on. The real question here is, is this new version worth the title,and worth your time. The answer, is a resounding YES. This incarnation of the iconic story, again this time by Disney, is absolutely stunning and truly ground breaking. Lets start with the terrific voice cast here, most notably Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Bill Murray as Baloo and Idris Elba as Shere Khan. And lets talk about Shere Khan for a minute because he is portrayed absolutely fabulously, and made intensely terrifying by the brilliant animation of him and the powerful yet understated voice work from Idris Elba. He recently voiced a character in the movie Zootopia to great effect, but here, he does a lot more acting with his voice and it really grounds and makes the character so much more compelling and believable. The rest of voice cast is also totally spot on and well done, and more importantly, they really do seem to fit their characters and help from pulling you out of the film. The other key to this movie is the digital animation that makes up about 99% of the film (nothing in this movie but most parts of Mowgli, is real, everything else and even him sometimes are cgi animations) and it is absolutely astounding in its realism and attention to detail. The story here is more or less what we’ve come to know, but it really is in the execution that this movie gains its stripes. I really can’t recommend this movie enough, and with the exception of a a scene of two that I don’t think this movie needed, its more or less flawless and a really great way to experience this story.

Review Score : 9 out of 10