Review : Jurassic World – Fallen Kingdom

“When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen and Claire mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event.”

Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom in many ways, goes both backward and forward in the stylings of the Jurassic Park and World movies we’ve gotten so far. The first Jurassic World was like the blockbusterfication of the franchise, and Fallen Kingdom takes some of that, but then also tries to take the movie back to its Jurassic Park roots in its philosophy and horror beats. It’s starts off in the future of the end of Jurassic World, but quickly shows that much of the movie will be in a more suspenseful and stripped back styling of the original. A lot more tension, much more of a horror feel to certain events, and less mass dinosaurs, more meaningful dinos. This movie also did well its advertising to mislead where it was really taking the story, so for that I was greatful, as it lead to some nice set pieces I had no idea were coming. I think also the film makers knew creating the same spectacle over and over wasn’t possible, and that they would have to adjust the narrative to fit. The story here is both smaller and yet still broader, as the main narrative is a small self contained story, but it has much larger over arching implications going forward. Those larger story points were also established well, as they didn’t seem just shoe horned in to allow for a third film. Part of the cast is back here, and you do miss some of those who have been left out, but the new additions do a good job also, it just would have been nice to have some of the more memorable characters from the previous film here too, but maybe they will return in the third movie. All in all, Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom isn’t any better or worse than the first Jurassic World, it’s just different, and how you feel about it is likely up to which camp you find yourself in more. If you’re spectacle over subtle, you might prefer the former, if you’re suspense over sensation, you might prefer the latter, but if you just like dinosaurs, you likely enjoyed both.

Review Score : 7 out of 10


Review : Baywatch


“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 : Suicide Squad


“A secret government agency recruits imprisoned supervillains to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for clemency.”

To address the Elephant in the room, no this movie isn’t as bad as all those early reviews said, but it isn’t amazing either. So this movie really is a mixed bag. On one hand, this is genuinely the first time we get to see these kind of adaptations of some fan favourite characters, and seeing that in itself is a great thing. They also don’t hold back on the weirdness and strangeness that make a lot of these characters so compelling. Most everyone here really does a good job with their individual characters, and through one way or another we get deeper looks into most of the cast, and why they may be the way they are. This movie however isn’t without problems or faults. The biggest of those being the storytelling, not the plot, but the way David Ayer seeks to tell the story itself. That narrative execution can get pretty messy at times, giving the movie a very cut and jump feeling at times, where some scenes seem to just come out of no where and just as quickly, are gone again. When the movie is set on its path its fine, it when it takes some of it detours that it can get sloppy, which is really a shame because it keeps this movie from truly living up to its full potential. All in all, its still worth a look, especially if you’re a fan of these characters and are interested in seeing them come to life on the biggest screen.

Review Score : 7 out of 10

Review : Star Trek Beyond


“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

Review : Independence Day – Resurgence


“Two decades after the first Independence Day invasion, Earth is faced with a new extra-Solar threat. But will mankind’s new space defenses be enough?”

Just like the story of this movie, twenty years ago, we got one of first true big summer hits in Independence Day, and now we have its long awaited and maybe not so much wanted sequel. ID2 gives us a look at what today might look like if such an event really occurred, and we were able to take advantage of that technology. It brings back most of the original cast, with one glaring absence…Will Smith. The break out star of the first film for one reason or the other isn’t in this film and his absence is absolutely felt. Jessie Usher plays the son of Will Smiths character, and while you can say he looks the part, he truly lacks the charisma of Will Smith and that command that he would have on screen. I’m also not sure I full understand Liam Hemsworhts’ character in this movie. Like his behaviour and motivations don’t always line up, in my mind at least. This movie is also much bigger than the first movie, but somehow it doesn’t seem to have same scope as the original movie. That movie really made the threat seem world wide, and world ending, and here while its literally and physically bigger, it all seems so much smaller, like everything was next to each other. All in all Independence Day Resurgence is a very average, very middle of the world movie, that seems even a bit less average trying to follow up the original.

Review Score : 5 out of 10

Don’t Miss It!

Kubo and the Two Strings:


Rooney Mara, Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Ralph Fiennes and George Takei are just some of the talent lending their voices to this up coming animated action, thriller, adventure movie from Laika Entertainment, the people who brought us movies like ParaNorman, The Box Trolls and Coraline.


Kubo and the Two Strings looks to take us on a whirlwind asian inspired adventure full of music, magic and wonderfully strange and beautiful characters. Staring a young boy named Kubo, with certain magical abilities and a supporting cast of warrior beetles and guiding monkeys. Laika is known for their distinctive and beautiful and painstaking stop motion animation and hand made character puppets, that give their work not just a unique and signature look and feel, but also helps them stand out in an animation world dominated by 3D computer animation.


Kubo looks to hit theaters later this year, and hopefully make a big splash with critics and audiences alike. If you’re a fan of animation, and want to see more than just the typical, then make sure and give this movie a look in a cinema near you. If you’re just a fan of original stories and unique story telling, Kubo and the Two Strings should be just the kind of movie that you don’t want to miss!

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Review : Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Out of the shadows


“As Shredder joins forces with mad scientist Baxter Stockman and henchmen Bebop and Rocksteady to take over the world, the Turtles must confront an even greater nemesis: the notorious Krang.”

Megan Fox is hot, things explode, everything is ridiculous, all facts about the brand new TMNT: Out of the Shadows. Now I know many of you are probably wondering what I really expected from this movie, and honestly, not much. The first movie I honestly enjoyed more than I though I would, and I was hoping for similar from this movie, and more or less I was let down. From the very start, this movie is absolutely over the top crazy. Every, and  I mean EVERY character in this movie is an absolute caricature of themselves and what they could be. There isn’t any of the heart that the first movie had. The plot is more or less just excuse after excuse for action set pieces, which would be fine if the scenes seemed impactful or fun, but they weren’t. The movie itself moves at this break neck pace, that does nothing to help with any of these problems. All this movie is concerned with, is making sure Megan Fox always looks good (and she does so congrats there), and making shiny things explode and telling all its actors to shout all the time about any and everything.

Review Score : 3.5 out of 10