Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – Trailer vs. Movie #30 (-11.4)

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

The trailer that I watched for this movie is below:

The last good pirates movie was released in 2006 ‘Dead Men’s Chest’ and unfortunately that is still the case.  ‘Dead Men Tell No Tales’ is a movie that tries to recapture what was good about the first movie, attempting to return to the routes if you will, but gets lots in it’s own story trying to get there.

As was the problem with the last two Pirates films, there is way to much story here to tell for the length of the movie and all plot lines ultimately disappoint and feel empty without any character development for new characters that are introduced.

I am a huge fan of Javier Bardem, but his character never gets the screen time that he needs.  I want to know more about him.  There is a brief moment that talks about why he was chasing pirates, but the character is never given the chance to expound on it, to give the audience a reason to love or hate the character.  He feels like a throw away villan.

There is another plot line in the film that is not talked about in the trailer at all, and really what the movie is really about.  This story line again isn’t given enough time and feels almost like a after thought.

The trailer does a good job hiding the real plot of the movie, but probably gives away too much about the antagonist.

I may watch this again if its on TV, but I probably won’t be purchasing this movie.

(10/10 is a perfect rating)

7/10 – Movie Rating

8/10 – Trailer Rating

End Credit Scene? – Yes

 

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Alien: Covenant – Trailer vs. Movie #29 (-12.1)

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

The trailer that I watched for this movie is below:

 

After the disappointment of Prometheus I had hope that the next installment of the ‘prequel’ Alien films would return to the classic Alien formula, i.e. Alien and Aliens.  Alas I was disappointed.  I was really hoping for a return to suspense and scares.  There is only 1 sequence in the entire movie that tried to do that at the very end of the film.

There is one sequence in particular that just didn’t make any sense to me at all and you could spend the whole movie yelling at the characters how stupid they are for making the choices they do.

The trailer was very well done here.  There is nothing given away to the main plot of the movie or anything else.

Ultimately I think its a ok popcorn movie, but it’s not one I am going to buy on Blu-Ray or digital and may never see it again.

  (10/10 is a perfect rating)

7/10 – Movie Rating

10/10 – Trailer Rating

End Credit Scene? – No

 

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword – Trailer vs. Movie #28 (-8.2)

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

The trailer that I watched for this movie is below:

 

King Arthur is the surprise of the year for me.  I am a big fan of Guy Ritchie (Snatch, Sherlock Holmes), but watching the trailers I didnt give this movie any credit at all.  I thought it would be a very cookie cutter, predictable film.  Boy was I wrong!  The movie starts with a bang and never lets go.

This is the second movie for Charlie Hunnam this year and I have been more and more impressed by him as a actor.  As in my review of his previous movie Lost City of Z, Hunnam was great in the TV series Son’s of Anarchy, but seemed to struggle on the big screen.  I think its clear that Hunnam has hit his stride.

Guy Ritchie turns the typical medieval story on its head with a in your face sound track, quick edits and witty dialogue.  I’m not a huge fan of the fantasy genre because of typical pitfalls with dialogue and situations, but Ritchie manages to avoid the cliche situations and banter that can be a turn off.

If you get a chance to see this in the theater, go see it.

The trailer in this case doesn’t give away as much as you think it does.  My initial impression of the trailer was this was going to be a rock and roll story with very little to give.  While the music does stay the course in the movie, the story moves around much more then you think it might.  Much of what you see in the trailer is actually pretty early in the film or you don’t see it in context so you have no idea what it is.

(10/10 is a perfect rating)

10/10 – Movie Rating

8/10 – Trailer Rating

End Credit Scene? – No

 

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – Trailer vs. Movie #27 (-7.8)

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

The trailer that I watched for this movie is below:

Guardians of the Galaxy is a fun popcorn movie to start off the official summer movie season.  If you liked the first movie there is no doubt you will like the second, though the tone of the second movie is quite different from the first.

Director James Gunn takes the 80’s and cranks up the volume to 11.  There are so many pop culture references in the movie I lost track after a while.  So many that it may have been more of a crutch then a help.  I felt this mostly during one of the big fight sequences when video game culture is used to explain attack patterns of one of the antagonists, felt pretty cheesy.

There are very few of these instances in the movie though.  It just made Guardians a great movie and not a amazing movie.

The trailer in this case doesn’t give away anything about the movie.  Keeps all of the antagonists in the dark perfectly, shows humor and draws in the crowd just like it should.

 

(10/10 is a perfect rating)

7/10 – Movie Rating

10/10 – Trailer Rating

End Credit Scene? – Yes (5 of them)

 

Born in China – Trailer vs. Movie #26 (-8.2)

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

The trailer that I watched for this movie is below:

 

Born in China might not be for everyone, but if your someone that loves watching animals and discovering new places around the world then this is the movie for you.

Born in China follows three different groups of animals around China with a particular focus on mothers and their children.  It’s a very entertaining movie and I would recommend it to anyone that was interested in the genre.

The movie is incredibly well filmed and does a great job getting into areas that you would never be able to see normally.

The trailer does a good job in just setting up the movie, but doesn’t give away anything at all.

(10/10 is a perfect rating)

8.5/10 – Movie Rating

10/10 – Trailer Rating

End Credit Scene? – Yes

 

The Circle – Trailer vs. Movie #25 (-7.6)

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 Circle is not entirely what you would expect it to be from the trailer.  I expected it to be a more thrill / suspense movie, but instead its more of a movie that asks questions about society drama.

Unfortunately the questions that are asked are never really answered.  If you expect to see a lot of Tom Hanks and John Boyega you will be disappointed.  This movie does make me wonder though how Tom Hanks would be as a real villain.  Hes not that here, but there are flashes of it.

Karen Gillan does a great job with what little she is given in the movie, but her story really doesn’t go anywhere or make sense by the final act.

Emma Watson talks about being afraid of unfulfilled potential in the trailer and this is what The Circle is.  Big name cast with a lack luster story with no where to go.

(10/10 is a perfect rating)

6/10 – Movie Rating

7/10 – Trailer Rating

End Credit Scene? – No

 

The Fate of the Furious – Trailer vs. Movie #24 (-8.6)

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 not been a big fan of Fast and the Furious since first movie in the series, but have watched all the movies to date.  Currently the series doesn’t resemble the original in any shape in anyway.  The only thing connecting the two is the characters and the name.

The last 3 movies in the series have been pretty bad.  Takes fast cars and scantly girls with guns and randomly generate a story.  No surprises because everything is given away in the trailer and certainly in the running for the worst movies of the year each year.

The Fate of the Furious does change the formula very slightly.  Its actually not a horrible movie.  Everything is given away in the trailer, except why Vin Diesel’s character  Dominic Toretto has turned on his “family”.  All the large set pieces, car chases and the final scene of the movie is shown in the trailer.  Yes you have basically seen the movie.

If you sit back with some popcorn and leave you brain at the door, this is actually a entertaining movie surprisingly.  I wouldn’t rush out to go see it, but its a solid rental or if you have a free ticket for the theater.

(10/10 is a perfect rating)

7/10 – Movie Rating

1/10 – Trailer Rating

End Credit Scene? – No

 

Their Finest – Trailer vs. Movie #23 (-9.6)

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

The trailer that I watched for this movie is below:

Gemma Arterton has one her best roles to date.  She brings the character of Catrin Cole to life giving the period piece a wonderful charm.  Bill Nighy also does a great job with his character Ambrose Hilliard being the comic relief, but more importantly a big heart to the movie.

You could compare this movie to Hidden Figures, but I think this movie is better in how the story is presented and making you feel more wrapped up with the characters emotions and direction they are going.

The only negative thing with this movie is it might be hard for you to find a theater showing it.

The trailer does give away some of the character plot points particularly with the main to players in the movie.

If you can find it in a theater go see it.

(10/10 is a perfect rating)

9/10 – Movie Rating

5/10 – Trailer Rating

End Credit Scene? – No

 

Sleight – Trailer vs. Movie #22 (-10.6)

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

The trailer that I watched for this movie is below:

 

Sleight is a movie that doesn’t know what it wants to be.  Is it a movie about street magic, gangs, super powers?  Unfortunately because it tries to be too much it fails at being good at any of them.  Sleight is one of those rare movies that I didn’t see the trailer before going to see the movie.  I only read a very brief synopsis.  I wouldn’t say I had high hopes for the movie, but just the synopsis did intrigue me.

I really wish the movie would have just stuck with the magic and gangs for the film instead of going off on a tangent that really turned me off at the end of the movie.

The trailer does give away too much about some of the more super natural aspects of the movie unfortunately.  That was the part of the movie that I really didn’t enjoy, but it was better for me not to know it was there.

I think this is going to be a watch on Netflix / Rental for me not in the theaters.

(10/10 is a perfect rating)

5/10 – Movie Rating

5/10 – Trailer Rating

End Credit Scene? – No