Life– Trailer vs. Movie #15 (-7.7)

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:

Life is exactly the movie I was expecting to see even if the trailer didn’t give away the plot completely.  And I need to give it credit here, it would have been so easy to show more.  But maybe there was a reason to not showing more.  The trailer infers so much that its pretty easy to imagine from the trailer was is going to happen in this movie.

I have a hard time liking this movie.  Its honestly hard to put my finger on what exactly is bothering me.  Maybe its the ridiculous was the movie starts, how the movie gives you a set of rules and then continually breaks them at the most convenient times, the changing roles of the characters (I’m a doctor, or wait now I’m the pilot).   I had a hard time not being pulled out of the movie by something ridiculous happening on screen and trying to get back into it.

Ignoring the crazy start to the film, this movie is actually pretty good for the first 1/2 – 3/4 of the run-time.  Life works very well as a suspense movie, much in the vein of Alien.  No one really knows whats going on and have very few options to figure out a way out.

Once the movie becomes a monster flick however, the film goes downhill fast.  I did want this movie to be good, but there is too much here that can’t be ignored.

 

(10/10 is a perfect rating)

6.5/10 – Movie Rating:  Even thought there is nothing surprising in the movie at all I think its still a solid showing trying to drive at being a better person if ultimately falling short.

7/10 – Trailer Rating:  The trailer gives away a lot of the story ultimately leaving little surprise left in this movie.

End Credit Scene? – No

 

Power Rangers– Trailer vs. Movie #14 (-8.7 at this point I should have seen almost 9 more movies to hit 100)

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:

 

I was never a fan of the 90’s Power Rangers television show.  I was in high school during the shows original run and wasn’t really the target audience, more of a Dragon Ball Z guy.  My knowledge of the TV show and its characters is pretty limited.  This movie for me was more of a curiosity rather then expecting a good movie.  There were some aspects of the movie that surprised me and others that I got exactly what I was expecting.

First off I was surprised by some of the acting in this movie.  If you look at the movie before the Power Rangers actually become Power Rangers its actually not bad at all.  The 5 actors actually do a decent job in portraying high school kids in trouble and their adventure in discovering who each other are.  However, This is where the enjoyment ended for me.

Once the final act of the film starts, then this movie just falls apart.  The movie is largely a pain by numbers movie anyways, but it just gets worse.  Goes from using nice color pencils to using crayons.

Unfortunately, as much as I really go like Elizabeth Banks, she is dreadful in this movie.  Whether she just phoned it in because this was a contract obligation, or was really limited by the director / script, it was just awful.  The movie would have been better served just by getting a better suited actress for this role.

On to the trailer.  The trailer gave away EVERYTHING.  There was no surprised, no nothing that was left out of the trailer.  The best jokes, the best action, it was all there.  Even things in the trailer that may have been interesting, like romantic relationships, gone.

While I didn’t hate the movie, it just wasn’t anything special.  The movie honestly belongs in the 90’s with other completely predicable action films.

(10/10 is a perfect rating)

5/10 – Movie Rating:  Even thought there is nothing surprising in the movie at all I think its still a solid showing trying to drive at being a better person if ultimately falling short.

1/10 – Trailer Rating:  The trailer gives away a lot of the story ultimately leaving little surprise left in this movie.

End Credit Scene? – Yes

 

Before I Fall– Trailer vs. Movie #13

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:

Having never read the book that this film is based on,  written by Lauren Oliver (2010), I cannot say how close the film is to the book.  I feel though that the movie is a huge opportunity missed to make the film from good to great.

The trailer leaves very little off the table in terms of story.  If the trailer were only the first part there could have had a lot left over for the movie viewer.

This is the first film that I have watched with lead actress Zoey Deutch.  I was impressed with her range and her ability to carry the movie.  I do look forward to see where she goes from here.  

I really wanted this movie to take me and surprise me.  Explain what was happening, though I do have my own theories.  Deutch’s character does evolve and change throughout the movie and some of her background comes out.  I just wish that other characters background would have been more thoughtfully looked at.  Ultimately the end of the film felt very anti-climatic.

 

(10/10 is a perfect rating)

7/10 – Movie Rating:  Even thought there is nothing surprising in the movie at all I think its still a solid showing trying to drive at being a better person if ultimately falling short.

4/10 – Trailer Rating:  The trailer gives away a lot of the story ultimately leaving little surprise left in this movie.

End Credit Scene? – No

 

Beauty and the Beast– Trailer vs. Movie #12

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:

 

 

Beauty and the Beast is not a one for one copy of the original animated classic, but it follows much of the same story.  If you enjoyed the animated film then its very likely that you will enjoy this movie as well.  Emma Watson does a great job as Belle, capturing the essence of the character from the animated movie.

The trailer does give away nearly everything, but honestly this is very close to the original movie that chances are you already know exactly whats going to happen in the movie.  I don’t think the trailer giving away the story is going to ruin anything for anyone.  And if it does, what planet have you been living on?

There are a couple of additional songs and scenes in the movie, but I don’t feel like these added much to the overall story, but felt more like this is going to be a really short film if they aren’t added (the animated film was 84 minutes long).

If your looking for more of a re-imagining of Beauty and the Beast (i.e. John Favreau’s Jungle Book) this isn’t the movie for you.  However I do think that fans would have disappointed if this was the case as the original film was so beloved that any major changes may have received backlash.

One slight disappointed for me personally is during the famous ballroom scene.  This is where the original film shinned.  The big bold moves from the camera through the ball room were all but removed in this version.  The dance didn’t feel as grand or climaxing of the relationship to me.

(10/10 is a perfect rating)

8/10 – Movie Rating:  If you are a Disney fan at all this is right down your alley.  New songs and parts of story didn’t really add much.

3/10 – Trailer Rating:  The trailer gives away nearly everything, but chances are you already knew the whole story anyways.  The trailer does not give away any of the added songs or scenes.

End Credit Scene? – No

 

Kong: Skull Island– Trailer vs. Movie #11

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:

 

Kong is a fun popcorn movie with lots of action and a easy to follow storyline, but unfortunately that is about as far as this movie goes.  As far as King Kong movies go, I would say this is probably one of the better ones that I have scene.  Much better then the Peter Jackson version given to us in 2005 in my opinion.  Where the Jackson movie tended to bog down, Skull Island feels as though the story is moving somewhere, aside from one sequence.

The trailer gives away the basic plot and nothing really new is introduced into the story.  The trailer does not give away some of the larger “battle” sequences though.  The trailer does capture the tone of the movie well.

This film does fill like its just a introduction film that has no real consequences for its characters.  There isn’t any background or character development here.  Also in the movie there are statements made of why they are doing things that simply don’t make any sense and are ignored 5 minutes later in the story.

I think Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson do a ok job given their characters don’t have any room to do much in the film.  Samuel Jackson is the character with the most motivation for his actions in the movie, but even this is pretty slim.

All in all I didn’t hate the movie, but I also don’t have a reason to love this movie.

(10/10 is a perfect rating)

7/10 – Movie Rating:  A great popcorn flick, but nothing more than that.  

5/10 – Trailer Rating:  The trailer gives away the basic plot and nothing really new is introduced into the story.  The trailer does not give away some of the larger “battle” sequences though.

End Credit Scene? – Yes

 

Logan– Trailer vs. Movie #10

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:

Logan is a fantastic if not exhausting final ride for Hugh Jackman as Wolverine.  Director James Mangold (The Wolverine, 3:10 to Yuma) finally took the PG-13 gloves off the fan favorite and gave fans what they wanted, a realistic look at the character.

While yes, this is an R-rated Wolverine, it’s not a movie where there is violence just to have violence.  Mangold could have easily just let loose and had action scene after mindless action scene, but instead, he gives time for the characters to build story and let the audience feel what it was like for them in the moment.  The best parts of this film are Logan and Professor X (Patrick Stewart) interactions with each other.  After all these years together finding out what their relationship has become and who they are when all the chips are down.

My biggest criticism of the film is the lack of a compelling villain.  While there is a reason for story to progress, via the entrance of an antagonist, after finding out where Logan is to start the film I feel that the villain does little else to really drive the story.  Pierce (Boyd Holbrook) and Dr. Rice (Richard E. Grant) do very little in the film other than continue the chase.  I wish there was more development of their characters to make them more compelling.  Most of the reasons for the chase are given to use through other secondary characters.

Another reviewer (Matt Neal) called this “The Dark Knight of the X-Men universe”, I would, for the most part, agree with that statement.  This movie is not nearly as good as The Dark Knight, but it’s clearly one of the best X-Men movies ever made.  The movie takes us emotionally where no other X-Men movie.  This is a must watch for any comic book fan, but more importantly any movie goer this year.

 

(10/10 is a perfect rating)

8.5/10 – Movie Rating:  Logan is easily the best Wolverine movie to be released and my second favorite X-men movie of all time (behind X-men 2).

7/10 – Trailer Rating:  While the trailer does give away the basic plot, it doesn’t give away any of the details that would spoil the movie.