Not What It Seems! ‘Happy Death Day 2U’ Review

Happy Death Day 2U is the direct sequel to 2017’s sleeper hit horror/slasher film Happy Death Day.  The film garnered a lot of praise for having similar beats to the Scream franchise, but with a Groundhog Day time loop aspect.  In Happy Death Day 2U they move back to the same well in hopes to draw just as much praise and success as its predecessor. Does it work as well as the first?

No, no it doesn’t. Not to say that the movie is bad.  Spoiler for the review, I’m giving it a passing score (barely).  However the film seems to have lost its luster that the first movie had. Also, this movie is not what its advertised as.  It is not a horror movie.  This movie is more of a comedy/sci-fi movie with some slasher moments sprinkled in here and there. So don’t go in thinking you’ll get some jump scares similar to the first, because you won’t.

The worst aspect of this movie is its writing, the script is a mess.  It tries very desperately to stay a Groundhog Day type of movie, but blending in Back to the Future Part II, but it just comes across as several jumbled story lines that make no sense.  It is not shy about pointing this fact out either, in the first 30 minutes of the movie one of the characters just comes out and says “this is like Back to the Future Part II.”  It is also very obvious that the film makers had no idea how to start this movie.  It seems like its going to follow a different main character in Ryan Phan (Phi Vu), who was more of a time marker than an actual character in the first movie.  But then it switches suddenly back to Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) as the main lead.

Now, there were some parts of the story that I did enjoy, and once they were fleshed out I was finally able to get on board with where this movie was taking me.  Unfortunately, it is a spoiler to discuss.  So just know, there are some surprises to be had.

Rothe still brings an amazingly strong performance to her character.  This is a huge positive for this film – just like in the first movie.  She is able to bring a performance that balances comedy, horror, and a couple of heart-breaking moments.  When she needs to be scared, I believed that her character was scared.  When she needed to be funny, I laughed.  And when she needed to bring the feels, I got a little teary-eyed.

Overall, I left the movie not completely disappointed, yet I was not satisfied.  There’s just enough in there for me to like the movie, but I did not get what I was looking for in a Happy Death Day sequel.  I did not get a horror movie, nor did I get a film with smart writing.  The film felt rushed.  I do believe that there is an excellent movie to be had somewhere in here, but it needs a lot more polish before being able to find it.  I do hope there is a third movie, one that can bring the same luster the first one had

Happy Death Day 2U gets a score of 6/10.

Have you seen Happy Death Day 2U?  Did you see the first one, and what did you think of it?  Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion out of it.

The New ‘Pet Sematary’ Is Shocking

Paramount Pictures has just dropped a new trailer for the new adaptation of Stephen King‘s celebrated horror novel Pet Sematary.  The trailer shows some significant changes from the source material, so if you’ve read the book, or have seen the previous adaptation, you’re still going in blind.

The duel directors Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer come together to depict the story of a doctor, played by Jason Clarke, and his family who move to rural Maine and discover a mysterious burial ground.  When tragedy strikes, the doctor turns to his new, and unusual neighbor, played by John Lithgow, setting off a series of terrifying events. The film also stars Amy SeimetsJeté Laurence and Hugo Lucas Lavoie.

Pet Sematary will first premiere at SXSW in Austin, TX before hitting all theaters on Apirl 5, 2019.

What did you think of this trailer?  Are you planning on seeing this film?  I know I am.  Leave a comment below and let’s make it a discussion.

‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Trailer Drops!!

One of the most anticipated movies that is set to come out this year has dropped its international trailer! Check out this new trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home.

There is no official word, yet, on if this film takes place between the events of Spider-Man: Homecoming and Avengers: Infinity War or if it is a direct sequel to after the upcoming Avengers: Endgame.  However, it is speculated that it will place as a direct sequel to Avengers: Endgame.

According to a synopsis put out by Sony, Spider-Man: Far From Home shows the next chapter of the Spider-Man: Homecoming series! Our friendly neighborhood Super Hero decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European vacation. However, Peter’s plan to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks are quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks, creating havoc across the continent.

Spider-Man: Far From Home is set for a release date for July 5th, 2019.  What do you think of this trailer? Are you looking forward to a new Spider-Man movie?  Leave a comment below and lets make a discussion about it.

‘Detective Pikachu’ Trailer Has Dropped!

This week is the launch of a new Pokémon game, and with it we got a first look at Pokémon Detective Pikachu, with the lovable electric mouse being voiced by Deadpool himself, Ryan Reynolds.

Along with Reynolds, Pokémon Detective Pikachu stars Kathryn Newton and Ken Watanabe and is directed by Rob Letterman who is best known for writing the animated movies Monsters vs. Aliens and Shark Tale, as well as directing the first Goosebumps film in 2015.

I’ve known about this movie coming on the distant horizon for a while now.  I’ve been very negative on the idea of making a live action Pokémon movie, I’ve been even more pessimistic on Deadpool being the voice of Pikachu.  So when I heard that a trailer had finally dropped for this film I was ready to rip it apart.  And after viewing this trailer I can say with full certainly that this is a pretty good trailer – I liked it, shockingly!

The world that they have built with a noir type of atmosphere really works for this Pokémon world.  The jokes in the trailer landed and the voice of Ryan Reynolds coming out of Pikachu’s mouth is surprisingly funny.  The look of the Pokémon also way better than I could have imagined. I now have to publicly admit that I will be seeing Pokémon Detective Pikachu.

Now, a great trailer does not mean a good film.  All it means is that they hired the right people to put out good advertising.  I may still get my chance to destroy this movie.  Or I may end up really enjoying it – either way I win.

Pokémon Detective Pikachu will be in theaters on May 10th, 2019.

What did you think of this trailer?  Were you like me in doubting this project but liking the trailer?  Or are you still not sold?  Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion out of it.

 

 

My Review of the Indie Film ‘Twin Cities’

Twin Cities is an indie film/drama that metaphorically and practically demonstrates that those of us who have experienced tragedy or depression have our own ways trying to find inner peace, whether that be in expressionistic writing,  drugs, everyday conversation, or religion.  Twin Cities is in many ways a modern Greek Tragedy with characters that are hauntingly compelling yet relatable.

The film is written and directed by Dave Ash – still new to film-making but not a director or writer to sleep on. Twin Cities demonstrates many marks of pure genius in its script as well as in Ash’s directing.  This is not a perfect film, it’s biggest flaw being the editing but that will be touched on later.  However, if you can follow the many threads that this film weaves you will end at a very thought provoking conclusion.

Full disclosure: my initial thoughts on Twin Cities were not positive.  The story goes to places that were unexpected and that, frankly, I was not prepared for.  Some of the editing choices make the film hard to follow, especially at the beginning.  However,  after giving myself ample time to digest the content placed before me is when I began to see the genius in the film’s writing and acting.

The way in which this story is told is very gutsy; gutsy in a way that could either make or break the film.  It took me a day or two before I really began to understand what Ash was going for.  There are some metaphors presented that require deeper level thinking and one big one that suddenly and unexpectedly turns the majority of the movie into one big allegory.  It is at this daring moment in the storytelling that some will either appreciate Twin Cities for what it accomplishes with compelling narrative or be turned off completely – labeling the film as “pretentious.”  After mulling the film over I admittedly I fall in the camp of admiration. Continue reading “My Review of the Indie Film ‘Twin Cities’”

My Review of a Killer Queen Biopic, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

Check out the Podcast Review Below!

Bohemian Rhapsody is a biopic that chronicles the years leading up to Queen’s incredible, and legendary, performance at the Live Aid 1985 concert.  The film is directed by Bryan Singer, and stars Rami Malek in the leading role as the legendary front-man Freddie Mercury.

First off – this movie was a lot of fun to watch.  I anticipate seeing it at least once more before its run in the theater comes to an end. It’s not perfect by any means – bad mistakes, it’s made a few.  However, if you are in the mood for a fun 80’s binge then the mistakes can be easily overlooked.

From the opening scene you know that this movie is going to be love letter to the band, and to Freddie Mercury.  Malek plays the role of Freddie Mercury to pure perfection.  He commands every second of screen time given to him, just the way Mercury commanded such a presence when on stage, and in his personal life.  It is almost as if Mercury was resurrected from the dead and performed in his own movie.  The energy that Malek is able to bring to the stage performances are amazing.  He also nails being able to play Mercury in the quieter moments of the film as well – truly an Oscar worthy performance.  Continue reading “My Review of a Killer Queen Biopic, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’”

Director Ridley Scott Is Working On ‘Gladiator 2’

In a world where Hollywood seems eager to mine every successful property for reboots, spinoffs, and sequels, we shouldn’t be surprised that this happened.  According to a report by Deadline director Ridley Scott has begun the process in developing a sequel to academy award winning, and beloved 2000 film, Gladiator.

According to the report Scott will continue the story in Gladiator 2 with Lucius, the son of Lucilla, who was the nephew of Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix).  In the 2000 film, Lucius and his mother Lucilla are saved by Maximus (Russell Crowe) and in doing so this act left a very strong impression on Lucius.

Now, while many would be quick to think this sounds terrible, don’t do it.  This story is better than what Scott was rumored to be doing with the property a few years ago when he was planning on resurrecting Maximus (spoiler alert for the 18 year old movie, he dies), and continuing the story with the original gladiator, Russell Crowe once again in the leading role.

So, yea, could be worse.  However, is it needed?  We will have to find the answer to that for ourselves once the movie hits theaters.  At this time there is no expected release date.

What do you think of a Gladiator 2? Will you go out and see it, or no matter what going to avoid it?  Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion out of it.

It’s Confirmed! ‘Bad Boys 3’ Is Officially Happening

It has been several years since the last Bad Boys movie came out – 2003 to be exact! Now, 15 years later the 3rd installment of the film has been officially announced.

Today Will Smith took to his Instagram account to enthusiastically announce that, “It’s Official. Bad boys 3 is happening, it’s official.”  You can check out the Instagram post below.

The journey for Bad Boys 3, officially titled Bad Boys for Life, has been extremely rocky up until now.  There have been rumors of this film getting the green light for years; we’d hear progress, then nothing, then progress starting again, and then nothing.  However, back in May, Sony announced that Bad Boys for Life  would finally get a release date of January 17, 2020 but his was only after the film had been pulled from the release date calendar for nearly a year, so many, including myself, were skeptical.

In fact just last year, star of the franchise Martin Lawrence was asked to comment on any progress with the Bad Boys for Life project where he said the following:

I don’t think we’re going to get one, not the way everything’s turning out.  Will is off doing another movie, and I don’t think it’s going to happen.  I’m there, I’m ready right now. If they wanted to do it, I’m ready, but I don’t have control of that. That’s the studio’s decision.”

Thankfully Lawrence was wrong because the pieces seem to be coming together.  The latest script for the film is being penned by Chris Bremner who did The Wedding Ringer and is being directed by Adil El Arbi and Balall Fallah.

 

Christopher McQuarrie Working On The ‘Top Gun 2’ Script

Anybody that follows actor Tom Cruise for any amount of time will learn that he loves to work with people who he has worked with in the past, and it has happened again.

Writer and director Christopher McQuarrie has been brought in by Cruise to touch up the script for Top Gun 2. These two have worked together on many projects, 10 projects to be exact, with great success such as Mission: Impossible – Rogue NationEdge of tomorrow and Jack Reacher.  All films to be considered Cruise’s top movies of the last 2 decade.

It was announced a few months ago that due to small behind the scenes issues the project was pushed back a full year.  Once word of McQuarrie’s arrival broke many speculated that he could be stepping into a more directorial role.  However, sources close to the production have confirmed that McQuarrie is on hand strictly for the script and will not be taking over any directing duties.  The film is not in any Danger Zone.

Top Gun 2, or its official name, Top Gun: Maverick, is directed by Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski.  And has assembled an ensemble for the sequel that consists of Val KilmerJennifer ConnellyMiles TellerJon HammEd Harris, and Glen Powell.

Production is still underway, and is set for a release date of June 26, 2020, where it is sure to take your breath away.

What do you think of Christopher McQuarrie joining the production?  Are you looking forward to a new Top Gun movie?  Will there be another volleyball scene?  Leave a comment below and let’s make a discussion out of it.

 

 

Will Smith Animated Trailer For ‘Spies in Disguise’

It has been a very long time since we saw Will Smith animated movie, and the long wait is over! Today we got our first look at the new animated movie from Sony and Blue Sky production, Spies in Disguise.

Spies in Disguise is helmed by first time directors Nick Bruno and Troy Quane.  Adding their voices alongside Smith is Karen GillanTom Holland, and Rashida Jones.

From the very short amount of information given in this trailer, it still looks awesome.  It is about time we got Will Smith back into an animated role, his voice as a Pigeon is perfect.

Spies in Disguise will open on September 13, 2019.

What did you think of this trailer?  Will you be seeing this movie in a year when it comes out?  Leave a comment below and let’s make it a discussion.