John Wick: Chapter 2– Trailer vs. Movie #9

As is typical with all my posts, please be aware there are possible spoilers.

The trailer(s) that I watched for this movie are below:

 

Chad Stahelski and Keanu Reeves bring us back to the world of John Wick and they do it this time with as much action and style as the first, maybe even more.  Walking out of the theater I thought this movie was just as good as the first film, its hard to say that about many sequels.

The audience is given a further peek into how the John Wick world works, but not a large one.  New rules are introduced as well as new hierarchy.  Unfortunately not a lot of time is spent on this, I would really love more about what exactly is happening.  Why do assassins work the way they do? Why does it seem like there are so many?

The action is again world class.  Gun battles that go on for days, not really days but they aren’t short either.  I feel like the plot is more meaty in this movie then the last, but I’m still begging for more.

If your a fan of the first one then why haven’t you seen this yet.  If your a action fan in general this is a must see.

(10/10 is a perfect rating)

9/10 – Movie Rating: I wanted more and more from this movie.  A great sequel to the first one and just as good.

7/10 – Trailer Rating:  The trailer doesn’t give anything away about the plot of the movie, but shows a lot of the big action sequences.

The Great Wall– Trailer vs. Movie #8

As is typical with all my posts, please be aware there are possible spoilers.

The trailer(s) that I watched for this movie are below:

Walking into this movie I wasn’t sure what to expect.  The movie was given pretty poor reviews overall so I didn’t have high hopes.  However I was actually surprised by this movie.  This is a beautifully shot movie and the opening 30 minutes of the film is everything that you could want from it.

This is very much a Chinese style of film.  Much closer in spirit to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon then a traditional American blockbuster.  The movie has style that it never lets go.  While the ending is a interesting battle scene, how we get there is a bit of a mystery that stops this film from being great.  I feel like there is 15-20 minutes of film that was just cut out.  Since there is a large jump in story that doesn’t make any sense.  Maybe there will be a directors cut Blu-ray.

The trailer to the film doesn’t give away any story at all, just shows some of the action, but there is actually a lot of action that it doesn’t show at all, and thankfully none of the ending either.  This is a decent popcorn film, but it was close to being much more.

 

(10/10 is a perfect rating)

7/10 – Movie Rating

10/10 – Trailer Rating:  The trailer doesn’t give anything away about the plot of the movie.  Also doesn’t show any of the climax of the film.

Blog Introduction

Note (6/11/17) – I have changed my method for my rankings.  Instead of a 1-10 system, I have decided to rank the movies based on if you should see it in the theater, at home, or not at all.  There will also be a best of 2017 section for the top 10 movies of the year.  Each movie will still be ranked from first to last, but will no longer have a number associated with it.


 

I’ve been debating about starting a blog for a while now, but coming up with something that was worth writing about and convincing myself to do it have been a struggle.  First off, I LOVE MOVIES.  Its a huge passion of mine.  I love going to the movie theater and being entertained.  Nothing makes me more satisfied then going to the movies and watching something that is everything I wanted to see or something completely unexpected that made me think about what was behind the movie.

The purpose of this blog is three things.

1.  One thing that really drives me crazy is watching a movie trailer and feeling like I have seen everything there is to see for the movie.  All the funniest jokes have been said, the best action scenes have been revealed and worst, the entire plot of the movie was spoiled.  My original thought for this blog is to watch the trailer and then compare the movie to the trailer, did I see the entire movie in the trailer or was the trailer done well enough to get me excited but it didn’t spoil it for me.

2. English and writing are not my strongest points.  I want to use this blog to try and be a better writer.  Does writing a blog on a semi-frequent basis help me accomplish that?  There will definitely be times, and you have probably seen them in this blog already, that my writing is just complete garbage or my english is crap.  Its a work in progress no doubt.

3.  This is the least important, but there will be mini reviews of each movie as well.  Can I write a good review?

This blog may never be read by a single other person but I’m looking at this as a passion project.  In 2016 I saw 43 movies in the theater, and 29 in 2015.  I have a lofty goal of seeing 100 movies in the theater this year.  I don’t know how easy or difficult this will be, but I feel like there are a lot of good movies that come out each year that I never see.  When award seasons come out there are so many that are nominated that I didn’t see and I want to see if I can change that.  That being said I am already behind in my quest.  Its Febuary 26th and I have only watched 7 movies this year, I should be closer to 20.

If you are reading this, thank you.  Please be patient with me but hopefully this will be a fun and relieving journey

-Kent

 

The LEGO Batman Movie– Trailer vs. Movie

As is typical with all my posts, please be aware there are possible spoilers.

The trailer(s) that I watched for this movie are below:

 

The LEGO Batman movie is a spin off from The LEGO Movie  (2014).  If you are a fan of comic books, LEGO, or have a pulse this movie is for you.  There are plenty of call outs for Batman geeks, 9 fully voiced villains, and a ton of pop culture references.  This movie is packed to the gills.  This is probably the movies biggest fault.  There is so much in this movie that it barely gives the audience any chance to catch its breath.  It goes and goes and goes.

This is a seriously fun family movie that everyone can enjoy, as cliche as that sounds.

9/10 – Movie Rating (10/10 is a perfect rating)

10/10 – Trailer Rating:  The trailer doesn’t give anything away about the plot of the movie, but still gives enough about the movie to get fans excited about it.

Lion– Trailer vs. Movie

As is typical with all my posts, please be aware there are possible spoilers.

The trailer(s) that I watched for this movie are below:

 

Lion is the perfect example of why giving away the plot of a story in the trailer may not really matter.  The journey of Saroo (Sunny Pawar, Dev Patel) is not about getting lost and then finding your way home.  Its about what happened along the way.  The trailer in this case successfully gets people in the door, and then the movie will thoroughly entertain them.

This is the first film Sunny Pawar stars in, playing the younger version of Saroo Dev Patel’s character, and what a way to make your debut.  Without the performance by the 8 year old this film fails.  Dev Patel also turns in a great performance, but it all hinges on the story build up from the stand point of a young Saroo.  Rooney Mara also shows up with a great performance helping keep the emotion in the film.

The film is +80% subtitled so if this is something that you cannot deal with then this is not the movie for you.

Unfortunately this movie is very tough to find in theaters at this point, I personally traveled about a hour to a theater that still had it.  If you can find it online to rent I would definitely suggest it.

9/10 – Movie Rating (10/10 is a perfect rating)

5/10 – Trailer Rating:  All of the plot points are in the trailer, but the emotional journey you go through getting from A to B back to A is well worth the watch.

Fifty Shades Darker – Trailer vs. Movie

As is typical with all my posts, please be aware there are possible spoilers.

The trailer(s) that I watched for this movie are below:

 

 

Every year I do a list of the movies I hated or movies that were a big disappointment for me.  This is currently on top of the list of movies that I hated.  While I have seen Fifty Shades Darker, I didn’t hate the movie.  It was mildy interesting, but not a great series to begin with.

The plot isn’t good at all.  Reasons for Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) to get back with Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) are pretty laughable.  And how she stays with him throughout the movie in a very mentally abusive relationship is beyond me.  There is no character development at all.

This one isn’t worth the time watching it even if on Netflix.

1/10 – Movie Rating (10/10 is a perfect rating)

7/10 – Trailer Rating.  While the trailer does show a lot to someone that has seen the movie, it doesn’t really give away anything about the plot other then Anastasia and Christian get back together.

The Founder – Trailer vs. Movie

As is typical with all my posts, please be aware there are possible spoilers.

The trailer(s) that I watched for this movie are below:

 

The trailer for The Founder gives away the basic story of the movie and its pretty easy to guess how the movie starts, the middle and how it ends.  What it doesn’t show, and why the film is still worth watching, is the struggle of Michael Keaton’s character goes through in making this empire happen.  The detail of what Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton) was thinking while trying to make a name for himself an what lengths he would go to in making a buck.

The cast ensemble did a great job of building up this sandbox for Director John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side, Saving Mr. Banks), but aside from the three main characters, Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch, there were no real memorable performances.

8/10 – Movie Rating (10/10 is a perfect rating)

3/10 – Trailer Rating.  The trailer gives away a lot.  What it doesnt give away is small details on how Michael Keaton’s character, Ray Kroc, gets from point A to B.

Hidden Figures – Trailer vs. Movie

As is typical with all my posts, please be aware there are possible spoilers.

The trailer(s) that I watched for this movie are below:

 

Hidden Figures is exactly what you would expect from the movie after seeing the trailer.  Nothing in the film will surprise you at all.  That being said I think this is still a very good movie worth watching.

Performances by Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe are all very well done and having additional supporting cast from Kevin Costner and Jim Parsons really helps elevate the story and struggles that director Theodore Melfi is trying to tell.  Kisten Dunst channels the same character as Bryce Dallas Howard did from The Help.

You could probably say that this movie is very much like The Help in many respects.  The Help is a better film, but if you did enjoy it you would enjoy this one as well.  The Help feels like a more personal story about the struggle of African American women, while Hidden Figures feels larger and about how women in general can struggle when trying to get into the “man’s” world.

8/10 – Movie Rating (10/10 is a perfect rating)

3/10 – Trailer Rating.  The trailer gives away most of the films plot points.

Split – Trailer vs. Movie

As is typical with all my posts, please be aware there are possible spoilers.

The trailer(s) that I watched for this movie are below:

 

This movie is the type of example of why I made this blog.  The trailer gives away nearly everything in this movie.  There are no surprises or unexpected plot twists in the movie, which is very disappointing since this is the best M. Night Shyamalan film since your last favorite movie of his.  I didn’t say which movie it is best since because M. Night films are very subjective to people.  For me it would be the best one since Signs, but a lot of people would say Unbreakable or The Sixth Sense.

James McAvoy has a amazing performance here and that alone is worth the price of admission.  His ability to shift into the difference characters giving each a unique personality is very good.  I do which that they would have shown more of the 23 different personalities.  The movie spends most of its time with only a handful.  Relative newcomer to the scene Anya Taylor-Joy does a great job helping suck the audience into the story.

The story is good, but if you watched the trailer then you already know what it is walking in.  There are definitely moments when supporting characters, Claire and Marcia, make some very cliché, horror movie type decisions that make you question what M. Night was thinking when writing them.

Overall I think this is a decent movie, but only one because of the performance by McAvoy.  Without that its very forgettable.

7/10 – Movie Rating (10/10 is a perfect rating)

2/10 – Trailer Rating.  The trailer gives away almost everything in this movie.  There are no surprises outside of the trailer.  Small bit of M. Night Shyamalan fan service in the last 15 seconds of the film that was unexpected.

Get Out – Trailer vs. Movie

As is typical with all my posts, please be aware there are possible spoilers.

The trailer(s) that I watched for this movie are below

Get Out isn’t a movie that I typically would have gone to see after seeing the trailer.  My first impression of the trailer is the movie is a semi-horror film.  Based on the movies the director, Jordan Peele, previously made…hold that thought.  This is actually the first film directed by Jordan Peele.

In the trailer the production company Blumhouse makes you believe that this film has connections to Insidious, The Visit, and The Gift.  This is why someone would think this film is a horror film.  While there are elements of horror in the movie, I would characterize this movie more of a suspense/thriller film.

The trailer does give away the first 2/3 of the movie, no real surprises for the set up to the climax, but where the film goes after that is unexpected.  The motivations of the Antagonists are not as straight forward as you would expect from the trailer.  While I did have one of the major plot points figured out while watching the movie it wasn’t given away in the trailer.

There are scenes in the trailer that did not make the final cut of the film.

While this isn’t a movie that I ever would have made a effort to go see because of the genre eluded to in the trailer I am very happy that I did see it.  Its a movie that makes you keep thinking “what the hell is going on here”.  I do wish that the movie would have tried to keep me in the dark a little longer because I did end up figuring out what was going on before the reveal the real point of the movie was successful in keeping the audience guessing.

There was only one instance in the movie that made me disappointed with how Daniel Kaluuya’s character “Chris” figures out how to get out of a situation.  In all this is a movie that I would recommend for people to go see.  The acting was good, the cinematography was forgettable, the director did a good job building up the story and suspense.

8.5/10 – Movie Rating (10/10 is a perfect rating)

6/10 – Trailer Rating.  The trailer gives away a lot, but not the major points at the end of the film.