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The Hitman’s Bodyguard is directed by Patrick Hughes, and it stars Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, and Elodie Yung. When an international hitman is the only viable witness to a ruthless dictator’s crimes, it’s up to one of the world’s top bodyguards to keep him alive en route to the courtroom.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard was actually a surprisingly entertaining time at the theater that can make for a fun night out with friends. While it’s far from perfect, I believe the good definitely outweighs the bad here. It was funny, it had entertaining action scenes, and it was just an amusing, simple movie that you can have some fun with.
Let’s start with the humor. While The Hitman’s Bodyguard isn’t the funniest movie of the year, it still managed to get plenty of laughs out of the whole theater. The humor in this film may not be the wittiest, the most clever, or the most original, but it worked for what it was. The point of a comedy (granted, this is an action-comedy, but a comedy nonetheless) is to make the audience laugh. The Hitman’s Bodyguard succeeded at that. Most scenes featuring Salma Hayek in prison, in particular, were pretty funny. While occasionally it does rely on toilet-humor, annoyingly so, for the most part, there are quite a few laughs to be had in this film.
The action scenes also stood out as being very well shot. In its action scenes, The Hitman's Bodyguard was able to keep focus very well. It never became overly complicated to the point that you weren’t really sure what was going on. It was always very clear what was happening in the action and chase scenes, even though they could get quite complicated. At times, they reminded me of what you would expect to see from a film like Kingsman: The Secret Service. While they never got quite as violent as Kingsman, the action scenes here were still pretty bloody, so if that’s not your thing, this movie might not be for you.
No film is perfect, and The Hitman’s Bodyguard does have its flaws. Primarily, it doesn’t really handle emotional or romantic scenes very well. When they happen, as they do often in this film, they come off as cheesy and cliché. In addition to that, the musical score, which is mostly very good, also gets very formulaic in those scenes. At one point, an emotional scene is undercut with a joke at the very end, and the film actually used the sound of a record scratch when it did. While record scratches can work well if used right, it felt out of place and, to put it simply, distracting in The Hitman’s Bodyguard.
Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds definitely carry this movie on their shoulders. I actually find it hard to imagine any other actors playing those lead roles. I was concerned that all I would see was Ryan Reynolds playing the same character as Deadpool in this film. That’s his shtick, and I assumed he’d stick to it. Thankfully, his character was a little different from that. It wasn’t drastically different, but it was a little touch of a different flavor from Reynolds, which was a welcome change. I had the same concern about Samuel L. Jackson, but he also fit into his character quite well. Jackson surprisingly brought a lot of emotion and depth to his character, and he really made you empathize with this hit man, despite his attitude and all of the awful things he had done. Together, Reynolds and Jackson worked very well. It was apparent that the two of them were having fun together making this movie, and that translated onto the screen wonderfully.
At the end of the day, The Hitman’s Bodyguard isn’t an amazing film, but it was pretty enjoyable. This is the type of film that you can go see in the theater with a group of friends and have a really good time with. It’s pretty straightforward. The Hitman’s Bodyguard is exactly what you’d expect an action-comedy starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson to be, though that’s not a bad thing. If you enjoy these two actors then you’ll enjoy The Hitman’s Bodyguard. It's as simple as that. It might not be the type of movie you plan a day around seeing, but if you’re bored, it’s certainly worth your time.
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Atomic Blonde is directed by David Leitch, and it stars Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman, and Sofia Boutella. It tells the story of an undercover agent for MI6 as she is sent to Berlin during the peak of the Cold War. While there, she must investigate the murder of a fellow agent and track down a very valuable list that could change the tide of the Cold War.
Atomic Blonde may not be a masterpiece of a film, but it is a very enjoyable one that can provide a great experience in the theater. The film is directed by one of the co-directors of the first John Wick film, and that definitely shows through. This film has a lot of the same vibes that John Wick did. So in general, if you enjoyed John Wick, I think you’ll enjoy Atomic Blonde as well. Despite the stories being very different from one another, the two films almost feel as if they could take place within the same universe.
The most notable similarity between Atomic Blonde and John Wick comes in the form of the action sequences. Never in the film is it more obvious that this is a David Leitch film than in the action sequences. They were all so insane and over-the-top, yet they were executed in a way that the audience could follow everything that happened. There’s one sequence probably about two-thirds the way into this film that was particularly impressive. It very heavily involved a staircase, and the most notable thing was how it was all one continuous shot. If I had to guess, it was at least five minutes, probably close to ten in length. The fact that they managed to get that entire sequence in one shot, or at least hide the cuts well enough that it looks like one shot, is a feat in and of itself.
The soundtrack in this film was one of the most surprising things to me about it. The soundtrack in Atomic Blonde features the likes of Depeche Mode, David Bowie, The Clash, and Public Enemy. Pretty much every time a song came on in this film, I found myself really getting into it. The soundtrack to Atomic Blonde is probably one of the best soundtracks to a film I’ve heard since the first Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s a shame that it won’t get as much love Awesome Mix Vol. 1 since this film isn’t nearly as big as that one, but the soundtrack certainly deserves a listen.
Where this film faltered quite a bit was in its story. The story of Atomic Blonde was too complex and overcomplicated for its own good. At times, it actually became hard to follow because you feel like you’re missing details of the story. That would be okay if the film purposely left out details to keep the audience engaged, but at times if feels like Atomic Blonde just assumes you know certain things, even though you don’t. I understand the appeal of letting the audience figure out things on their own, but when you give them such little information to go on, it becomes more of a nuisance. In the final minutes of the film they do kind of break it down and explain everything, and when they did, it made more sense. However, that doesn’t deny the fact that the plot through the entirety of the film was distractingly complex.
Atomic Blonde and John Wick are the only two films released so far that Leitch has directed, and if you look at those two, it’s easy to tell that Leitch is certainly developing a visual style. He uses a very vivid color palette but often sets that against a bleak background. It creates a very strong contrast and is very interesting to see. His style works very well with Atomic Blonde. He frequently uses white neon lights and brightly colored spray-paint to give the audience information. It was different from most films, and it made this film a very cool film visually to watch. Leitch’s next film is going to be Deadpool 2, so I’m curious to see how much of his style will carry over into that.
Overall, Atomic Blonde was a very enjoyable film. It had a fun soundtrack, intense action scenes, and it is certainly a very interesting film to look at. The story does become a little too complex at times, but by the end, it does make sense for the most part. This film has a very similar vibe and tone to the first John Wick, so if you found yourself enjoying that film, you’ll probably enjoy Atomic Blonde as well. I would recommend Atomic Blonde if you're looking for just a fun action film to see in the theater. It’s well worth your time.
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Baby Driver is directed by Edgar Wright, and it stars Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, and Lily James. It tells the story of Baby, a getaway driver for a gang of bank robbers. He's constantly listening to music because it drowns out a constant ringing he has in his ear, and it helps him focus which is why he's such a good driver. When he falls in love with a waitress, he decides it's time for him to be done working with criminals, which as you'd expect, is easier said than done.
Baby Driver is the latest film from Edgar Wright, who has made quite a name for himself as a director. He's directed the likes of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Scott Pilgrim vs the World, all of which are highly stylized and have an almost sarcastic comedic tone to them. Baby Driver changes it up a bit. The tone of this film is more personal, but it still keeps that fun Edgar Wright style that we've all come to love.
Baby Driver, in my opinion, isn't just one of the best films of the year, it might just be Edgar Wright's best film yet. He brought something to this film that we've never really seen from him before, a touch of realism and emotion. Baby Driver had a very personal feel to it. Watching this film felt like we were watching Wright's creative train of thought unfold live on the screen. Wright's directing with this film makes it what it is, and incredibly fun time at the theater. Baby Driver is unique, well-paced, and it may even move you at times.
The soundtrack in this film was a vital element of it. All of the heist and action scenes move to the beat of the music. Which, on paper, sounds ridiculous, but it fit the tone of the film extremely well and served to amp up the incredible amounts of fun in this film. The soundtrack in the film is almost always playing. Save for a few moments, the film is constantly playing music. Which also, on paper, sounds absurd, but Edgar Wright makes it work astonishingly well. I found myself tapping my foot along to the soundtrack several times throughout this film. The soundtrack was infused in the DNA of this film, and at times, it even becomes central to the plot. If the soundtrack was only decent, this film wouldn't have worked nearly as well as it did. Thankfully though, it's stellar, and I'm fully expecting to be listening to it frequently from here on out.
The plot in the film was simple, but it worked well for what the movie was. It's nothing crazy new. A kid wants out of a bad situation so he can be with a girl. You've seen that before, but never like this. In Baby Driver, this old premise feels completely fresh and original. Baby Driver is unlike any film you've seen before. Films like this are why people go to the movies. Baby Driver has everything you want. It's a great summer film, it's not overly complicated, it features catchy music, fun characters, and a solid tone that brought the entire thing together.
The cast in the film gave wonderful performances across the board. The standout performance undoubtedly came from the lead, Ansel Elgort. He brought such a sense of personality to the character of Baby, despite that character being naturally quiet. He doesn't talk a whole lot, but he was able to convey vast amounts of emotion in a glance, and the dialogue he did have he delivered extremely well. The rest of the cast fit their roles really well. Kevin Spacey really brought his A-game in this movie, and he owned the screen every time he was on it. Lily James didn't have a whole lot to do in the film, but she gave a good performance when she could. Jon Hamm really showcases his talent in this film. He's already a well-known actor, but I think this film could take him to a whole new level.
The best thing about this film, by far, is Edgar Wright's style. Edgar Wright has a unique style of film editing. He often uses quick cuts and fading shots, but he uses them in new and creative ways. It's impossible to accurately describe Wright's style. It's so nuanced, and it brings a sense of subtle intensity to Baby Driver, and that's what makes it so great. Edgar Wright films are unlike any other films, and this one is no exception to that.
Baby Driver is unquestionably one of my favorite films of the year so far. Where it will actually fall on that list is yet to be seen, but I'll definitely be seeing it several more times. Even though the film has an all-star cast that gives great performances, the real star here is Edgar Wright. His style and sense of personality made Baby Driver what it was, a truly fantastic film that embodies everything that is the movie going experience. Please, see this movie. It's original films like this that keep the spirit of filmmaking alive.
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Transformers: The Last Knight is directed by Michael Bay, and it stars Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Duhamel, and Laura Haddock. It is the fifth entry in the mega-hit Transformers franchise. This time around, the transformers and humans are at war with one another, and the only way to stop it is to uncover a secret about Transformers and their history on Earth.
Transformers: The Last Knight left me speechless. For about five minutes after seeing this film, I could barely utter a word. However, it wasn't the same type of speechlessness that affected me when I saw, say, Inception. My inability to speak after watching Inception was caused by the pure awe over what I had just experienced. The speechlessness I had after watching the fifth Transformers movie was caused by my brain being so numb that I couldn't comprehend anything.
I don't even know where to start with this film. It's just so much worse than I was expecting it to be, and I was expecting it to be bad. Before I get too far into this rant/review, I'd like to point out that it's important to remember that all film is subjective. Everyone has different experiences and opinions about films. For example, I could barely find anything to like about Transformers: The Last Knight, but one of my coworkers also saw it last night, and they really enjoyed it. So, if you've been a fan of the films up to this point, you'll probably enjoy this film. However, that doesn't deny the fact that I thought this was one of the worst films I've seen in the entirety of the time that I've been writing on this blog.
Let's start simple, it's too long and too complicated. This film is two and a half hours long. That runtime can work for a film, but not very often. All it did for this film was drag out the awful experience of sitting in the theater and just being in awe at how a movie could be so bad. The plot was way too overcomplicated for a franchise like this. I struggled to write the short summary at the beginning of this article because I wasn't sure how to accurately describe the plot of this movie. It seems to be going in a million different directions. There are characters that they introduce and keep going back to that serve no purpose in the movie, they try to explain that Transformers have been on Earth for thousands of years (even though the public didn't know about them until recently), and then on top of that there's something about King Arthur and his knights and how they created a powerful weapon along with the Transformers. There are also several different subplots in the film that serve absolutely no purpose, and I'm even reaching for one to apply and coming up dry.
The acting in this film was some of the worst I've seen in a major blockbuster since Independence Day: Resurgence. Mark Wahlberg looks like he's doing an impression of Mark Wahlberg the entire time. Anthony Hopkins, who is one of the best working actors out there now, was in this movie for a paycheck. He knows it, we know it, and it really shows through in his performance. The rest of the cast in this movie was just sort of there. They didn't add anything to the film. Isabela Moner, who plays the pre-teen Izabella, was a big part of the marketing for this film. She was in all of the trailers, and they even released a trailer with her speaking in it that really pushed female empowerment, saying "You think I hit like a girl? Yeah, I hit like a girl". First of all, she never throws a punch in this movie, and second of all, her character added nothing to the movie. She served absolutely no purpose. She didn't have an impact on the story, or the characters, and she wasn't even there for most of the movie. At one point in the film, Mark Wahlberg's character even asks her "What are you doing here?", to which she replies "I don't know!", and I was sitting there like "I don't know either!".
This film has no sense of continuity with not just the rest of the Transformers franchise, but even within the film itself. There are so many things that happen in this film that are later ignored, and there are a bunch of other things that just happen randomly that made absolutely no sense at all. There is one great example I have, but that would be considered a spoiler so I won't discuss it here.
Transformers: The Last Knight often tries to have extremely emotional scenes. There are probably a dozen or so reasons why they never work, but I'll just give to the big ones. Firstly, they don't earn them. We're not attached to any of these characters, so we don't care about what they plan to do. Secondly, they happen way too often. There are probably half a dozen (at least) attempted emotional scenes in this film, and the only way you can distinguish them is because the music starts swelling melodramatically during all of them. Thirdly, even if the emotional scenes had been effective, they all would've been undercut. That's because each and every one of them gets interrupted by a bad joke that some character just has to say. Because of comedic relief, I guess.
Speaking of the humor, this film tries so hard to be funny, and it just falls flat on its face almost every time. I admit, there was once or twice I chuckled slightly. It was pretty much just a singular "Ha", and that was it. Aside from those one or two occasions, this film is not funny at all. There were so many times in Transformers 5 that I cringed because the jokes they were making were so bad. Also, I'd just like to point out that just because a robot is swearing, that doesn't make them "cool" or funny. Almost every single Transformer in this film is just swearing up a storm because they could. Even if it didn't fit the character at all, they did it anyway, because why not.
Right off the bat when this movie started, I found the aspect ratio to be extremely annoying. By that I mean the size of the screen was extremely bothersome. It's an odd complaint, I know, but hear me out. First of all, it was it too thin, which I can get over, that's not a big deal. What was so distracting about the aspect ratio in this film was that it kept changing. By my count, there were three different aspect ratios that it kept switching between. The only explanation I can think of is that a lot of the film was shot in IMAX, which is great if you're watching it in IMAX. Any other way, it's extremely distracting.
I could go on and on about how bad this film is, so I'll just briefly take one last paragraph to touch on a few little things. Why did Stanley Tucci play Merlin? What was the point of that? The Bumblebee/Optimus Prime fight was fun enough, but all of the other action scenes were just visual noise. At one point, a group of planes, just, crashes, for no reason. One of them hit something, and they all went down. The visual effects and sound design were neat, but those are the only actually good things I can think of about this film.
Needless to say, I was not a big fan of Transformers: The Last Knight. Congratulations Ghost in the Shell, you're no longer the worst film I've seen this year. Transformers: The Last Knight, embodies pretty much everything wrong with the filmmaking business today. It's like McDonald's, really bad McDonald's. It's bad for you and way too processed, but consumers spend tons of money on it, so they keep making it without regard for the quality anyway. I am still in awe at how a movie could be this bad.
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