Transformers 5: The Last Knight – Trailer vs. Movie #40 (-7.9)

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, Transformers 5 is not a good movie.  Please please stop making these movies.  From a really bad plot line, scene to scene continuity problems, bad acting and even not so great CGI in places this movie is a mess.  Don’t go see it, even if your a huge fan of the series I feel like you walk out of the theater disappointed.

The trailer doesn’t give away everything, but comes close.  I will also say that the trailer is a little misleading. Optimus Prime is not in the movie as much as the trailer makes you think he is in it, he is actually on in the final act.

This is supposedly Michael Bay’s final Transformers film, but looks like its not the last in the series, based on the end credit scene.  This movie just isn’t worth your time, go see something else.

Watch in the theater? – No

Watch at home? – No

I watched the trailer, have I already seen the movie? – Yes, kinda

End Credit Scene? – Yes

 

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Cars 3 – Trailer vs. Movie #39 (-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:

Cars 3 is what Cars 2 should have been, well at least in spirit.  Cars 3 is probably the last film in the Cars universe and does a ok job of wrapping up the story of Lightning McQueen.  The first part of the movie tries to justified why Lightning McQueen’s career is coming to a end and thus the reason for the movie.  Unfortunately this part of the movie is very slow and not that interesting, actually I fell sleep for about 10 seconds.   Thankfully the second part of the movie is much better, but not enough to recover it completely.

If you are a fan of the series then I would say its worth watching at some point.  If you really love the series then go ahead and watch it in the theater.  The trailer does give away most of the plot, there is a bit of the plot that effects the ending of the movie that is not completely relieved.

With the blunder that Cars 2 was this is a ok way to end the series, but ultimately a bit of a disappointment compared to the original Cars.

Watch in the theater? – Maybe

Watch at home? – Yes

I watched the trailer, have I already seen the movie? – Yes, kinda

End Credit Scene? – Yes

 

My Cousin Rachel – Trailer vs. Movie #38 (-6.7)

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

The trailer that I watched for this movie is below:

My Cousin Rachel is a slow burn suspense film, but not in the way you would expect or what the trailer would lead you to believe it is.  The suspense is more with the audience then the film itself.  There is always this sense something is off, but you don’t know what it is.  Are the characters telling you the truth, is there some sinister plot at work, is there something that’s not being shown?

The film is a well done period piece with solid acting.  The draw back for some viewers might be the slow pace of the film that never, even at the climax of the film, speeds up.

The trailer gives away all the major plot points, but only adds to the a bit of suspense for the audience.  The movie is very much like reading a book, regardless of how fast the action or story is moving you can only read so fast, bit by bit and piece by piece.

Watch in the theater? – Yes

Watch at home? – Yes

I watched the trailer, have I already seen the movie? – Yes, kinda

End Credit Scene? – No

 

Megan Leavey – Trailer vs. Movie #37 (-7.7)

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

The trailer that I watched for this movie is below:

 

Unfortunately the trailer gives away all major plot points in the movie, but this movie is still more then worth going to see in the theater.  The movie has tons of heart and keeps you involved throughout the film.  Kate Mara does a great job here.  Mara does take some flack for being the same character in every movie, but this role fits here perfectly.

I really don’t want to talk about what is in the movie because you already know too much, but if you get a chance go see it.  You will be more then happy you did.

Watch in the theater? – Yes

Watch at home? – Yes

I watched the trailer, have I already seen the movie? – Yes, kinda

End Credit Scene? – No

 

The Mummy – Trailer vs. Movie #36 (-8.4)

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 biggest problem with The Mummy is it’s nothing special.  It’s not a bad movie, but its not the thrill ride that the trailer wanted to make you think it was.   The movie hits most of the marks you want from a summer popcorn movie, but there is never any sense of consequence or unpredictability.

Universal has this grand plan for its “Dark Universe” including The Bride of Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, The Wolfman, Van Helsing, etc.  This movie fills more like the prologue for the next movie rather then the huge kick off point for the universe.

I did enjoy myself, but its nothing that I am going to be raving about.  If your a fan of the Brendan Fraser movies then there is probably something here for you to like.  There is some very brief attempt at humor as was in its predecessor. If you are on the fence about this one, wait for it to show up on Netflix or Redbox.

Watch in the theater? – Maybe, if a fan

Watch at home? – Yes

I watched the trailer, have I already seen the movie? – No

End Credit Scene? – No

 

Underworld: Blood Wars – Trailer vs. Movie #35 (-8.0)

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 feel like i am a broken record, another sequel to a movie franchise that I liked at one point,  forgets what made the franchise interesting in the first place.  I actually feel exhausted after Underworld, it was pretty difficult getting through it.  From the bad action, incomprehensible plot,  to the need to constantly have the film so dark it was hard to see many of the scenes.  I don’t recommend watching this movie, even for a fan, its just not good.

The trailer does hide some of the plot, but not much.

(10/10 is a perfect rating)

1/10 – Movie Rating

4/10 – Trailer Rating

End Credit Scene? – No

 

Wonder Woman – Trailer vs. Movie #34 (-8.7)

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

The trailer that I watched for this movie is below:

 

Wonder Woman is the movie that DC fans have been looking for.  And is plenty here for fans to like.  Wonder Woman takes place during WW1 ‘The war to end all wars’ and is a origin story.  Historically origin stories do get a bad wrap, generally being under whelming, but Wonder Woman bucks that trend, for the most part.

There are a couple stretches that Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) does seem to struggle with.  But it for the most part is easily over looked.  The story is pretty straight forward and thankfully the main antagonist is not exposed during the trailer, though do enough research on the internet and the main villain is who many suspected.

I did have some problems with the way Chris Pine’s character, Steve Trevor, never seemed to figure out what Wonder Woman was and there is a constant nagging at her.  Even though she just threw a armored car across the road, he still thinks she is in constant danger.

This is the one that everyone wanted, now hopefully Justice League can deliver next.

The trailer shows enough of the action and only gives away enough of the plot to give you a interest in the movie.

(10/10 is a perfect rating)

9.5/10 – Movie Rating

10/10 – Trailer Rating

End Credit Scene? – No

 

Gold – Trailer vs. Movie #33 (-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:

Gold is a film that I really wanted to like.  From the trailer it had a story I could get behind, Mathew McConaughey is a actor that I really enjoy and it seemed to have everything going for it.  The problem is in the execution of the story.

McConaughey transforms into a middle age man desperate to hang on to the past going for broke with his last penny.  The movie just can’t get out of its own way to let the story go.  The pacing at times can be dead on, but there grind to a halt seconds later.  The director tried to tell a story within a story by moving forward and backward in time, but this only becomes confusing the the audience trying to figure out when in time a particular scene is.  The director is trying to be clever trying to hide the climax of the movie, but loses the audience along the way.

The trailer gives away the majority of the plot, unfortunately.  Having scenes and dialogue that may have helped the movie, that are not in the movie at all.

(10/10 is a perfect rating)

6.5/10 – Movie Rating

4/10 – Trailer Rating

End Credit Scene? – No

 

XXX: Return of Xander Cage – Trailer vs. Movie #32 (-10.5)

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

The trailer that I watched for this movie is below:

 

The first XXX film was passable.  For 2002 it was something new and exciting.  Huge stunts, fast cars, and explosions made for a fun ride even if the acting wasn’t the greatest.  Fast forward 15 years later and that is all gone.

XXX 3 is just a big disappointment for a franchise that at one point looked like it might be a X-Games alternative to James Bond.

Watch the trailer and you have seen every major stunt and action scene in the movie.  The acting has gone down hill and the story just becomes a mess.  Watch is closely and you realize, SPOILER ALERT, that the bad guy at the beginning is actually a good guy by the end of the trailer.

(10/10 is a perfect rating)

3/10 – Movie Rating

1/10 – Trailer Rating

End Credit Scene? – No

 

Edge of Seventeen – Trailer vs. Movie #31 (-11.5)

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

The trailer that I watched for this movie is below:

 

Before I get into the review I need to talk about one issue I am running into with my goal of 100 movies in the theater in 2017.  While I am still 100% focused on watching 100 movies, I will need to alter the rules.  Seeing 100 movies in the theater will not be possible for me.  Between work, home life, and relaxation I will not be able to get to the theater enough.  What I can do however is still watch 100 movies that came out this year or very late 2016.  I have already broken the 2017 rule with watching Lion early this year and still plan on focusing mostly on 2017 movies, but there were a few late releases last year that I felt needed to been seen. Edge of Seventeen is one of those movies.

Edge of Seventeen is a modern take of a classic coming of age film.  Hailee Steinfield (True Grit) plays a awkward seventeen year old with little going for her and nothing ever seeming to go her way.  Steinfield takes the role and kills it making it very easy to feel everything she does, heartbreak, betrayal, sadness and fear.

I’m not going to go into the movie much more then that because I do not want to give it away, but it is one you should have on your radar to watch if you get the chance.

The trailer actually doesn’t do a great job expressing what this movie is.  There are some glimpses into the heart of the movie in the trailer, giving away one major plot point, but overall doesn’t show this movie as what it is.

(10/10 is a perfect rating)

9/10 – Movie Rating

7/10 – Trailer Rating

End Credit Scene? – No