IT – Trailer vs. Movie #64 (-5.3)

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 lot of nostalgia toward the TV movie original IT.  I remember getting together with friends and watching this over the course of my high school days maybe a half dozen times.  It’s not a great movie, lots of issues with the special effects, acting is not good, but with all that we had a great time watching the movie and getting scared by the “PG” horror film.

Fast forward 27 years and a re-imagined IT makes its debut and what a debut it is.  Gone are the corny effects and insert kid actors that can really hold a scene.  Tim Curry’s Pennywise was by far the high light of the original, Bill Skarsgård lives up to the past and creates a even creepier entry with his own version of Pennywise.

I have never read the book so I cannot say how true to the source material it is, but if I compare this to the TV movie, there are a lot of familiar scenes and themes.

This is definitely one to see in the theater.

 

Watch in the theater? – Yes

Watch at home? – Yes

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

End Credit Scene? Kind of

 

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A Monster Calls – Trailer vs. Movie #63 (-6.0)

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

The trailer that I watched for this movie is below:

 

A Monster Calls is not the movie you would expect from the trailer.  From the trailer I expected to see a coming of age movie the boy (Lewis MacDougall) has issues with bullies and calls upon a monster to help him.  This is not that movie.  The movie is actually a very emotional movie that covers some very serious topics.

Lewis MacDougall does a great job as the lead in this movie and is terrific.  Felicity Jones and Sigourney Weaver also are fantastic in this film.  This is a movie that none went to see in the theater, and that’s really unfortunate.

This movie is out of the theaters at this point, but go find it on Netflix or HBO and watch it.

Watch in the theater? – Yes

Watch at home? – Yes

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

End Credit Scene? No

 

Ingrid Goes West – Trailer vs. Movie #62 (-5.7)

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

The trailer that I watched for this movie is below:

Ingrid Goes West is a movie about how far down the rabbit hole someone or society can go with obsession over social media.  Does the constant need of showing everyone that they have the “best” food, hotel, and sunset view cause a unhealthy need for others to enter into a one upmanship.  Where does the need for sharing and liking stop?

Ingrid Goes West is one of the better social media films showing how far this obsession can go, but I think it doesn’t go far enough, failing to really explore the world and the characters it builds.  There are a could instances that the movie goes right up the edge with the possibility of something really interesting happening and then backs off and ignores the possibilities that it was even there.  Because of this the movie is good, but not a great film.

Chances are this is the first time that you have seen, or better yet recognized, lead actress Aubrey Christina Plaza.  Plaza is great in her role as the quirky girl that can’t leave well enough alone, letting her obsessions lead her around without any concern for where it might take her.

The trailer unfortunately does give quite a bit away here.  The first part of the trailer was good, but then the last minute gives away the goods.  You basically know what the movie is about and where it leads.  I think despite this it’s still a movie worth watching in the theater.

 

Watch in the theater? – Yes

Watch at home? – Yes

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

End Credit Scene? No

 

Patti Cake$ – Trailer vs. Movie #61 (-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:

Patti Cake$ is great indie film with a lot of heart and is a film everyone should see.  That’s not to say the film doesn’t have its flaws, but they are easily overlooked.  Relative newcomer Danielle Macdonald shines in her role, leaving everything on the screen.  This will not be the last time you see Macdonald on the screen, setting up even a possible run at the Oscar this year.  

The rest of the cast does a incredible job here as well. Mamoudou Athie and Siddharth Dhananjay also do a stand-up job creating characters that help drive the story.  There is the obvious similarity to the Eminem film 8 mile, but the film brings just as much energy and heart along with the different journey the characters take.

The trailer does a good job of not giving away much but just enough to show you what the story is about.

Short review here because I don’t want to give away any spoilers.

Watch in the theater? – Yes

Watch at home? – Yes

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

End Credit Scene? No

 

Close Encounters of the Third Kind – Trailer vs. Movie #60 (-7.4)

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

The trailer that I watched for this movie is below:

 

It had been over 20 years since I last saw Close Encounters.  Long enough that I didn’t remember all the details, but not so long that I forgot the movie entirely.  Close Encounters is classic Steven Spielberg.  Spielberg directed this movie shortly after Jaws arguably at the beginning of the greatest period of classic Spielberg films ending in 1993 with Schindler’s List.

Close Encounters is a hard movie to characterize.  It wants to be a family friendly film, but I remember it scaring the crap out of me when I was younger (similar to E.T.).  It’s not a thriller film, rarely is the audience uninformed of what is going on in the movie.  Sci-Fi is the “best” fit, but most of this film focuses on Richard Dreyfuss’s characters psychological break after his close encounter and his struggle with family and wanting to figure out what’s happening to him.

Dreyfuss really excels in his role bringing emotion and vulnerability when needed.  Interesting note is Dreyfuss was not Spielberg’s first choice for the role.  Notables Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman, Al Pacino, and Gene Hackman all turned down the role as well as Jack Nicholson unable to clear up his schedule for filming.  Dreyfuss was able to talk Spielberg into casting him while filming Jaws.

The trailer for the 40th anniversary gives away most everything.  While watching the movie there is a short preface movie talking about the making of the movie with Spielberg and various actors talking about the movie.  This also is heavily laced with spoilers.  It is assumed that you have already seen this movie.

If you really liked this movie or thought you might want to see it again, I would say see it in the theater, if not then chances are you don’t want to watch it at home either.

Watch in the theater? – Maybe

Watch at home? – Yes

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

End Credit Scene? No

 

Birth of the Dragon – Trailer vs. Movie #59 (-7.3)

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

The trailer that I watched for this movie is below:

Birth of the Dragon is a Bruce Lee Biopic that is not about Bruce Lee.  Sure there some decent fight scenes, even if at points they become very cheesy, and there is dialogue with Bruce Lee, but this is not a film about Bruce Lee.  This is a film about his student Steve McKee played by Billy Magnussen.  I have no idea of Steve McKee is even a real person.

The trailer makes you believe that this is a story about a fight between Bruce Lee and Wong Jack Man over Lee teaching white students Kung Fu.  The reason for this fight is talked about twice in the whole movie, at the start of the film there is a epigraphs that states this all happened before Enter the Dragon and Jack Man wanted to stop the teaching of whites.  It is mentioned one time during the movie by Bruce Lee that Jack Man’s journey to America may be because of this.  That’s it.  Teaching of whites is never mentioned by Wong Jack Man in the film at all.  The fight also is NOT about this conflict.The movie revolves around Bruce Lee’s student Steve McKee.   McKee falls in love with a Chinese girl that is held captive by the Chinese Triad and wants to free her.

The movie isn’t that good.  The acting for the most part is pretty poor and the fight scenes, while they can be entertaining at times, are pretty cheesy and cliche.

The trailer doesn’t give away much because it makes you think the movie is about something it isn’t.

This is a movie that maybe you should watch on HBO or Netflix, but don’t go out of your way to see it.

 

Watch in the theater? – No

Watch at home? – Maybe

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

End Credit Scene? No

 

Annabelle: Creation – Trailer vs. Movie #58 (-5.8)

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

The trailer that I watched for this movie is below:

 

This is a prime example of a type of movie that I would never have seen if I wasn’t trying to get to 100 by the end of the year.  That being said this is not one of the movies that I would consider to be a “found” gem.

The story is nothing very original.  The acting for the most part isn’t great.  The movie relies a lot on jump scares and aside from a few instances fails to build much tension or suspense.

I can only recommend this movie to someone that really loves horror movies or The Conjuring universe.

The trailer shows some of the better  scenes, but doesn’t give away all of the plot.

Watch in the theater? – No

Watch at home? – Maybe, Very big maybe

I watched the trailer, have I already seen the movie? – Basically

End Credit Scene? Yes

 

Hitman’s Bodyguard – Trailer vs. Movie #57 (-6.8)

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

The trailer that I watched for this movie is below:

 

There are some pretty fun action sequences in Hitman’s Bodyguard, but that’s about it.  This is a unsurprising action movie with a very generic plot and nothing much else.  Much of the movie Ryan Reynolds might as well have been wearing his Deadpool mask because that’s the way he delivered his lines for the whole movie.

Action was good enough, but can we please get some atleast somewhat beliveable explosion CGI.  And how many times does the CGI helicopter need to fly by the CG camera to make it shake?

If you really want to see this one, see it at home.  The trailer gives away most everything.

Watch in the theater? – No

Watch at home? – Maybe

I watched the trailer, have I already seen the movie? – Basically

End Credit Scene? No

 

Wind River – Trailer vs. Movie #56 (-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:

Wind River is a fantastic movie.  Screen Writer Taylor Sheridan knocks it out of the park again with a smart story that keeps the viewer engaged.  This is also Sheridan’s directorial debut and I am excited to see what comes next.

While there isn’t anyone that I would point to that did a amazing job acting, everything is good enough never to distract from the story and that is all that is needed.  Wind River is only a limited release so most people will not have the opportunity to see it in the theater, but if you get a chance go see it.

The trailer does a decent job setting up the story without giving away any spoilers.  Watching the trailer after there are definitely scenes in there that could have given something away, but you wouldn’t know that till after.

Watch in the theater? – Yes

Watch at home? – Yes

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

End Credit Scene? No

 

Logan Lucky – Trailer vs. Movie #55 (-8.3)

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

The trailer that I watched for this movie is below:

Logan Lucky is one of those crazy off the wall films that at times doesn’t make any sense whatsoever but works despite its flaws.  You get exactly what you want to see if you liked what you saw in the trailer, but the trailer does give away some of the best moments.

Channing Tatum is a actor that is really good in the right role, and this is one of those roles.  He and Adam Driver make a fun one, two combo with a very different role for Daniel Craig.  The entire cast comes together really well to make up for some of the story flaws.

This reminded me a lot of Ocean’s 11, you could call it the Hillbilly version.  Worth watching for sure.

Watch in the theater? – Yes

Watch at home? – Yes

I watched the trailer, have I already seen the movie? – Kind of

End Credit Scene? No