The Lost City of Z – Trailer vs. Movie #21 (-9.7)

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

The trailer that I watched for this movie is below:

Charlie Hunnam gives his best movie performance to date in Lost City of Z.  Based on the book of the same name the true story of explorer Percy Fawcett has a lot of heart.  The movie is slower paced, even in the action sequences, but there is a sense of how dangerous exploration in a unexplored 1920’s Amazon jungle would be.

I did struggle at the beginning of the film not seeing Hunnam as the actor from Son’s of Anarchy, but it shows the strength of his acting in this role as I quickly was pulled in and no longer saw him as the TV actor.  I was never able to do that for Robert Pattinson however.  While his acting was good, the attempt to hide him behind a beard almost made it harder not to think about the sparkly vampire.

The trailer does a good job in only showing what the viewer needs to see to become interested in the movie.  Everyone already knows Hunnam is hunting for the lost city so its not a give away, but the trailer does not give away the struggles that accompany the explorer.

(10/10 is a perfect rating)

8/10 – Movie Rating: A exploration movie that gives

9/10 – Trailer Rating:  It’s hard not to give away anything in a trailer for a movie like this, but why everything happens and the sub plots are not given away in the trailer.

End Credit Scene? – No

 

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Free Fire – Trailer vs. Movie #20 (-10.7)

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

The trailer that I watched for this movie is below:

 

Take a young Quentin Tarantino and combine him with a early Guy Ritchie and you get Free Fire.  Some will argue it’s bad to be able to make this comparison because director Ben Wheatley draws so much from these two directors, but I say it makes for a very enjoyable movie and that’s what I care about.

The premise of the movie is very simple, gun deal gone wrong.  There are no good guys in this movie.  But how things go down is what makes this movie very fun to watch.  Every character has their own agenda and the development of each characters story is a ride.

The trailer surprisingly doesn’t give away much here.  As simple as the story is it would be very easy to give away why things go wrong.  The trailer does a good job of hiding this and shows just enough to give a good representation of what the movie feels like.

One of my favorite films of the year.

(10/10 is a perfect rating)

9/10 – Movie Rating: A very enjoyable movie.  I had a lot of fun watching.

9/10 – Trailer Rating:  It’s hard not to give away anything in a trailer for a movie like this, but why everything happens and the sub plots are not given away in the trailer.

End Credit Scene? – No

 

The Zookeeper’s Wife – Trailer vs. Movie #19 (-9.8)

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

The trailer that I watched for this movie is below:

The Zookeeper’s Wife is a good movie that fails to capitalize on the emotional ride that the story tries to set up.  The story is set in Warsaw Zoo 1939 just prior to the German Blitzkrieg.

The story is compelling given the time frame and circumstances, there is rarely a payoff given the stakes.  One might try and compare this to Schindler’s List, but this isn’t in the same ballpark.  I did really enjoy the movie and think it is worth watching for anyone that is even minor interested in the subject, but this could have been a great movie instead of a very good one.

The trailer does a pretty good job of hiding most of the minor story plots that make the journey of the movie interesting.

(10/10 is a perfect rating)

8.5/10 – Movie Rating: A very good movie that fails to be great.  Definitely worth the watch.

8/10 – Trailer Rating:  Not much is given away about where the story is going.

End Credit Scene? – No

 

Boss Baby – Trailer vs. Movie #18 (-9.4)

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

The trailer that I watched for this movie is below:

Boss baby is a movie that has a appeal to a very limited audience.  Unlike other animated films (i.e. Shrek, Toy Story, Cars)  this movie is not for a wide audience.  I feel like anyone over the age of 12 really won’t enjoy most of this movie.  There were some fun parts but overall the movie just felt like it didnt have a heart.

The trailer actually didnt give away that much.  I didnt even show the main antagonist which is a shocker.  Some of the story is given away, but nothing more then is needed in a trailer.

I think this is a OK rental or catch on TV, but I wouldn’t go out to the theater to watch it unless you were really excited to.

(10/10 is a perfect rating)

6/10 – Movie Rating: Not a bad movie, but depending on the age group not a very good one either.  In the end it felt like this movie fell flat with little heart.

8/10 – Trailer Rating:  Not much is given away about the main plot or antagonist, but a lot of the best moments of the movie is show.

End Credit Scene? – Yes

 

CHIPs – Trailer vs. Movie #17 (-8.5)

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

The trailer that I watched for this movie is below:

 

 

Where to start…this is a bad bad movie.  Nothing really else to say.  My pick for worst movie of the year so far.  I would recommend anyone watching it.

Everything is given away in the trailer and really if there were any good or funny parts you have already seen them.  The trailer gives away the plot, the bad guys and the gags, except for one that is probably in the red band trailer (yep, just checked that out).

CHIPs is a really bad, unfunny episode of Reno 911 and that hurts because I really like Reno 911.

(10/10 is a perfect rating)

1/10 – Movie Rating: This is a really bad movie, don’t watch it in the theater, rent it or on anywhere else.  

1/10 – Trailer Rating:  Everything of the plot and all the good jokes, if you want to call them that, are in the trailer.

End Credit Scene? – During the credits there are some outtakes kinda, but you already saw these too because they are in the trailer…

 

Ghost in the Shell – Trailer vs. Movie #16 (-9.2)

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

The trailer that I watched for this movie is below:

 

I have a feeling I am going to be one of only a few Ghost in the Shell fans that enjoyed this movie.  Fans will gripe about how the story was changed, how the true “essence” of the Manga was changed, etc.  I get that and can understand where you are coming from, but all that being said I really did enjoy this movie.

First off the visuals, effects and cinematography were really well done.  There were a couple moments in the movie that effects were not up to par with others, but overall the world was brought to life.  The acting wasn’t bad, but it also not great, though there were a few kinda cringe worthy line deliveries.

I was happy with some of the fan service that was given in the movie.  Some iconic scenes were taken from the original anime film though changed to fit the story.  My biggest problem with the movie is it didnt take the story far enough but this is also my issue with the original anime film.  I would have really liked the director to explore some of the themes introduced in the film further.  How technology effects our lives, how dangerous can technology be if used incorrectly, how is a individual identified.

Overall though I did have fun with this movie and would recommend it, even though I am in the minority here.

(10/10 is a perfect rating)

7/10 – Movie Rating:  Solid Sci Fi action film that is enjoyable to watch, but doesn’t go far enough to be a great film.  Fans of the 1995 anime may be disappointed. 

5/10 – Trailer Rating:  The majority of the trailer doesn’t give away anything until the last 10 seconds. This last 10 seconds does ruin a lot of the plot.

End Credit Scene? – No