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The summer movie season is just around the corner, and that means that there will are a lot of holidays coming up that we’ll all forget about until the week before. There’s always a few films that come out to capitalize on these holidays and make a quick buck. The latest victim? Mother’s Day.
Mother’s Day stars Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Kate Hudson, and Jason Sudeikis. It tells the stories of several different families as they approach Mother’s Day while they each deal with it and celebrate in their own ways. So is this movie good? Should you see it?
I’d like to start by saying that I have the utmost respect for Mother’s Day; it’s a great holiday. The Mother’s Day movie? Not so much. Don’t get me wrong this isn’t an absolutely terrible film. It’s not the type of film you sit down to roast with your friends. It’s a bad film in the sense that you may half-heartedly watch it once and then forget about it.
Let’s start with the cast. On paper, this film has a great cast. Jennifer Aniston has won a Golden Globe, Kate Hudson was nominated for an Oscar, Julia Roberts has won an Oscar, and Jason Sudeikis has been nominated for several awards. However, it’s painfully obvious that this film was mainly just a paycheck for all parties involved. Each actor/actress in this film gave at best mediocre performances that you’d expect out of a film like this.
The plot in this film is really where it struggles. It tells several different stories at the same time with characters from separate plots meeting up every once in a while. It’s not a bad storytelling method. Some of the best films and TV shows are told in such a manner (e.g. Game of Thrones, Pulp Fiction). However, in this film, none of these plotlines worked because A) They weren’t that interesting, and B) You didn’t care about any of the characters. Had either of those things happened, this would’ve been a good film. You can be interested in any story if it’s well written, even if the characters are boring; and vice versa you can enjoy a poorly written film if you’re interested in the characters. Since neither of those goals was met in this film, it’s just a boring two hour film about boring two-dimensional characters. The film as a whole has some sweet moments in it, but they would have been so much better had the rest of the film been on that level.
The worst part about this movie is that it’s very easy to see that almost nobody truly cared about it. You can easily tell that this was an idea a studio head came up with just to make a quick buck. It’s a cash grab. It’s not a bad thing, almost all movies are cash grabs in their own way. This one is just very evident about it. You couldn't feel any love or real effort put into the movie. It didn't really have any soul to it.
Boring films can be partially forgiven if they’re funny. Mother’s Day just isn’t really that funny either. There are plenty of jokes within the film, but a vast majority of them either fall flat or are just uncomfortable. There were a couple moments when I did chuckle a bit. That being said, all of those chuckles were in a scene where someone was doing stand-up comedy. It wasn’t anything to do with the plot, somebody was literally on a stage telling jokes, some of which were funny. Outside of that comedy club, I didn’t really laugh at all. It was more just awkward sitting.
Mother’s Day is not a good film. It’s boring, it's dreadfully long, and it’s not funny. All of the actors gave decent performances but nothing too commendable. It has some nice moments within it, but they’re short lived. The several plots were poorly written and predictable, plus, you didn’t care about any of the characters. I cannot recommend Mother’s Day. If you’re going to pay to go to a movie this weekend, see The Jungle Book. Or Zootopia. Or even The Hunstman for all I care. Just don’t waste your time with this one.
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Within the past few years, live-action takes on classic fairy tales and literature have subtly started to gain popularity and momentum within Hollywood studios. These films have come and gone with tons of buzz, yet when you think of what’s currently trending in the movie sphere, live-action fairy tales don’t immediately spring to mind. Yet, within the past five years alone we’ve seen Pan, Cinderella, Into the Woods, Maleficent, Snow White and the Huntsman, Jack the Giant Slayer, Oz the Great and Powerful, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, and Red Riding Hood. Plus, we just saw The Jungle Book, and The Huntsman: Winter’s War. But don’t forget later this year we have Alice Through The Looking Glass, and Pete’s Dragon; and next year is the Beauty and The Beast film starring Emma Watson!
Finally, to add onto all of that, Disney just announced a couple days ago NINE new live-action films, a majority of which are based on classic Disney films and fairy tales! So what are these nine films you may ask? Well, here they are as well as my brief thoughts on a few of them.
Here’s the full list of confirmed films
Who would’ve thought that we’d see a film based upon Disney’s most notorious puppy-hater Cruella de Vil? Certainly not, anybody really. Oh, and did I mention that Emma Stone is playing the titular role? Yeah, that’s happening. While it’s hard to get excited about a movie based on Cruella de Vil, you can’t deny that behind that veil it actually looks like it could be an interesting film.
With Emma Stone starring Cruella, it will certainly generate some buzz. Also, Kelly Marcel is writing the screenplay. Don’t worry if you don’t recognize the name, I didn’t either. Marcel has previously been responsible for writing two big movies; Saving Mr. Banks, and...Fifty Shades of Grey? So to sum it up, this is a film about Cruella de Vil starring Emma Stone written by the same person who penned the screenplay for Fifty Shades of Grey. Yeah, that definitely sounds interesting, to say the least.
I don’t know why Disney has an obsession with creating feature films based upon their theme park rides, but it’s an odd one. They’ve only really succeeded at it once with the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Their most recent attempt, Tomorrowland, was a bit forgettable. However, their new film based upon Jungle Cruise might break that streak.
The film will be written and directed by the duo John Requa and Glenn Ficarra (Focus). However, the reason most people will be excited for this is because it stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The Rock is one of the few actors out there that has a legitimate box office draw. People love The Rock, so it was a fantastic idea adding him to a project like this.
A live-action iteration of Dumbo is something nobody really asked for, but now that Tim Burton is attached to direct, everybody is significantly more interested. A Burton directed Dumbo movie may potentially be one of the strangest things to come out of Hollywood in a while. However, it could also be one of the best.
The film is supposedly going to feature some new key human characters that “parallel Dumbo’s story”. This is a film that could really go either way. I can imagine outcomes where this film is a complete failure and a huge success. While this film may not be at the top of anybody’s hype lists quite yet, Disney definitely has our attention.
A Wrinkle in Time
Ok, to be honest, I have neither read A Wrinkle in Time nor heard the story before. However, that doesn’t mean I’m not excited for the film. Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time will be written by Jennifer Lee, known for her work on Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen, and Zootopia. Also, the film will be directed by Ava DuVernay. After her fantastic directing for the critical hit Selma, DuVernay was a director that every studio wanted in their pocket. Now it finally looks as if she’s chosen her next project. Having her attached to the project is reason enough to be excited for A Wrinkle in Time.
It’s actually kind of surprising we haven’t gotten a live-action Tinker Bell movie yet. Tinker Bell is one of the biggest properties that Disney owns. Everybody knows Tinker Bell, and there are so many kids out there that love the animated films and TV series. Now that it’s officially happening, it’s only a matter of what kind of movie it’ll be.
One thing that will definitely help this new Tinker Bell film is the casting of Reese Witherspoon. Witherspoon, who was nominated for an Oscar for the film Wild and won for Walk the Line, definitely brings some much-needed credibility to this film. Parents taking their kids to see this movie might actually be interested because of her. So, once again, a fantastic choice by Disney.
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Magnificent Cowboys, Magic Marvel, and…McDonalds? Here are the latest movie trailers You Need to See!
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As the summer movie season draws closer and closer, we’re starting to get trailers for the rest of the films coming out later this year. This year’s film slate seems to get more exciting with each new trailer, so here are the latest movie trailers you need to check out!
Three weeks ago, I’d heard nothing about The Founder, besides the name and the fact that it was about McDonald’s. Then we received the poster for it at the movie theater I work at, and I noticed it had the name Michael Keaton on it. My excitement level skyrocketed. Then the trailer dropped, and let’s just say if I could go back in time and add this film to my 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2016, I would.
This trailer is awesome! It starts off great with a Ray Kroc (Keaton) breaking the fourth wall and talking directly to the audience. From that point on, it gets even better. It starts feeling like a lighter-toned film that might be a fun time, but slowly throughout the trailer it becomes more serious. By the end, you’re wondering if you even like the guy that this movie is about, which is fantastic. The story is written the way it should be, it shows the dark side of this man. He wasn’t a nice guy, he was a businessman.
Michael Keaton looks like he gives another amazing performance in this film. In the past few years, Michael Keaton has become one of my favorite actors. I’ll go see whatever film he is in just because he’s been hitting home-runs so much lately. Think about it, the past two films to win Best Picture at the Oscars have starred Michael Keaton in a leading role. That’s not a coincidence. If this film is as good as it looks, who knows? Maybe it’ll be three…
This first official trailer for Doctor Strange is the definition of a teaser trailer. It doesn’t give you too much of the story, yet it gives you just enough to catch the audience’s attention and get people excited. This movie looks nothing like anything Marvel has done before. In fact, it doesn’t even feel like a Marvel film, it simply feels like a sci-fi/fantasy movie.
While we didn’t get a lot in this trailer, what we did see though looked great! Everybody online has been saying that this film looks like the Inception of the Marvel Universe, and deservedly so. The visual style shown in this trailer is very much that of Inception. Which isn’t a bad thing, as long as they aren’t blatantly copying it. While I can’t say that this trailer has me jumping up and down with excitement, it did its job. It was a good teaser, and I can’t wait to see more.
The Magnificent Seven
When this trailer for the new Magnificent Seven film dropped online, it seemed like everyone was freaking out about how brilliant it was. Personally, I thought it was a good trailer. Not terrible, not fantastic. Just like the Doctor Strange trailer, it was a good teaser. They gave you the very nitty-gritty of the plot and showed some cool action sequences. That was about it.
I do have one hesitation about this film, and it’s one that I never expected to have. I wasn’t a big fan of Chris Pratt in this trailer. I thought he really stood out, and not in a good way. It seemed like the entire trailer was building one tone, and then Chris Pratt was off on his own little planet being Chris Pratt. Don’t get me wrong, I love Chris Pratt, and I’m a huge fan. However, I didn’t think he worked in this trailer, and I hope that he fits the tone of the movie. At this point, it is a little concerning.
I guess these past few weeks have just been the perfect time to release a teaser trailer. Because surprise, surprise, here’s another one. Confession time. I’ve only seen one of the Bourne films, and that is the first one. After seeing this trailer, I really feel the need to watch the rest of them so I’ll be completely caught up when this film comes out.
Jason Bourne looks like it could be one of the standouts of the summer, similarly to the way that Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation was last year. They gave almost no plot in this trailer, so there isn’t much to talk about there. However, all of the action sequences look amazing! Let’s just hope that there's a good plot and writing to go along with them. I think adding Tommy Lee Jones was a great idea, because you can never go wrong by adding a good actor to your cast. Tommy Lee Jones is one of those actors that gives a great performance in almost (I’m looking at you Batman Forever) every movie he’s in. I’m sure that Jason Bourne will be no exception.
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Fantasy is considered to be one of the main pillars of fictional storytelling. However, big-budget fantasy films have had a less than stellar track record. Other than the Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter, no fantasy film franchise has successfully cemented its place in pop culture. That being said, there are many that try.
The Huntsman: Winter’s War stars Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain, Charlize Theron, and Emily Blunt. It’s a semi-sequel to 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman. As war wages between Freya and Ravenna, queen sisters, Chris Hemsworth, and Jessica Chastain train to fight alongside Freya, the Ice Queen. When they fall into a forbidden love, they must decide to either follow orders or do what they believe is right. So is this a movie you need to be rushing out to see?
The Huntsman: Winter’s War is the type of film you watch once, enjoy it, and then forget about it after that. You don’t really need to go out of your way to see this movie. If it interests you, you’ll probably have a really fun time with it. Otherwise, this is the film you see on TV that you decide to sit down and watch because you really have nothing better to do.
That isn’t to say that this is a bad film. No, I believe that this is actually a good film. You can watch this film, and have a fun time with it. It has romance, comedy, drama, action, and pretty much whatever anyone would want out of any specific genre of film. However, when you take all of those things and throw them together in a very uninteresting and predictable plot, it can get to be a bit lack-luster.
By far the best thing in this film is the cast. Chris Hemsworth once again shows that he can be a really good action star, he just needs that one film outside of Marvel to make that really click with audiences. The rest of the lead cast consisting of Jessica Chastain, Charlize Theron, and Emily Blunt, also did very good jobs in their respective roles. However, just like the film as a whole, it felt as if there was more that could have been done to make them more compelling and interesting to the audience.
There were several characters in this film that were really hit-and-miss, particularly the dwarf characters. Some of their scenes and jokes were hilarious, but for the most part, they were awkward and boring. They didn’t really add much to the plot, and it’s painfully obvious they're just the comedic relief.
There are moments of this film that are actually very interesting and original, but then they get washed away when the film immediately becomes a by-the-numbers cliché modern fantasy film with too many “twists” to count. Honestly, I don’t know how many times the “this character isn't actually dead” card was played, but it was too much. Also, why was Liam Neeson narrating this film? Was there any point to that? It stood out. A lot. And not in a good way…
I applaud the creativity in the design of the film. Visually, this film was very intriguing and engaging. All of the individual creatures in this film felt as if they had their own stories to tell. There were some very bright and vibrant colors in this film that worked really well. Because of this, when everything turned to ice around Freya (a character’s name I had to look up because it’s so forgettable) it really created a much-needed sense of atmosphere.
The Huntsman: Winter’s War is a decent film, but it’s not something that I’m going to strongly recommend you go out and see. If you really have nothing to do this weekend, take a small group of friends. There is fun to be had in all of its ridiculousness.
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