Kong: Skull Island – Movie Review

The King of all beast returns to the big screen in this new, epic, action packed adventure. Starring Emmy winner Tom Hiddleston, Oscar winner Brie Larson, and big screen favorites such as Samuel L. Jackson, and John C. Riley, along side this epic movie monster, the movie certainly doesn’t lack when it comes to its casting choices.

The movie had the potential to be very dark, and it does have its fare share of darker moments; however, with brilliant cinematography, which was only enhanced by the stunning location the movie was filmed, your first introduction of skull island makes you believe your in a tropical paradise rather then an island that overs up death around every corner. Unfortunately, the film doesn’t let you think that for long, offering up skull crawlers, spiders as tall as trees, and giant ants that sound like… birds? And as monster movie lover, you wouldn’t want it any other way.

However, if the monster madness gets a little too much at time, the film does over up its fair share of comedic relieve, with a large majority of the laughs coming from Riley, as well Thomas Mann, who plays one of the soldiers in the film. Even Hiddleston’s more stern character offers up a few laughs along the way.

The movie begins with the crew believing they are taking a quick expedition of discovery, because of the dishonesty of John Goodman’s character. They soon learn, that their discovery involves a giant gorilla, as well as other giant beast who intend to make them they’re permanent source of food if the crew make to the other side of the island to meet up at a rendezvous point in three days. However, with the group separated, and deadly creatures at every turn, the task isn’t a simple as they’d originally thought.

Overall the film does what its supposed too. It is fantastic monster flick, but it offers up more by giving you characters that you like and want to see survive, as well as offering up villains that appear in both beast and human form. The cast does incredible working together considering the wide range of actors, and the film manages to over up an interesting story, alongside the epic of amount of monster action. However, the films most important goal was to set up the future film involving a battle between films two most iconic monsters, Kong and Godzilla, and if were going to compare the two new films, lets just say at this point, i’m team Kong all the way.

 

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Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, and John C. Riley in Kong: Skull Island

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Shea Whigham in Kong: Skull Island

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Thomas Mann and Tom Hiddleston in Kong: Skull Island

 

 

Point Break – Old School Favorites

We all have guilty pleasures, and the original point break is definitely one of mine. Starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze, the film is nothing short of cheesy. That doesn’t change the fact that for some reason I absolutely love it. The movie is filled with awful one liners that you just can’t help but love, as well as sappy romantic moments. The thing that makes this movie great however, is the action. Filled with epic surfing, car chasing, bank robbery, and sky diving scenes, some of them not including parachutes, the action in this movies doesn’t disappoint, especially given the time period the film was released. I definitely encourage you to watch this movie if you get the chance, you might actually enjoy it.

The Accountant – Film Review

Where do I even begin with this movie! It isn’t very often that I highly encourage someone that they need to go see a movie, but with this one that is exactly what I’m doing. As of lately it is very rare that Ben Affleck gives a bad performance, and this one is no exception. This is without a doubt one of the best films of the year and I guarantee if you see it you will not be disappointed.

Affleck gives an incredible performance as Christian Wolff, a math genius who is a freelance accountant for some of the most dangerous people in the world. While Wolff starts uncooking the books for a new client it isn’t the money count that starts to rise, but rather the body count.

This movie manages to be very intelligent while also action packed. It gives you a lot of information in a way that makes it easy to understand, while also managing to not be boring. The movie also has several plot twists that keep you intrigued and a performance from Anna Kendrick that is much better than I expected it to be. As well as great performances from J.K. Simmons, John Bernthal, Jeffery Tambor, and Cynthia Addai- Robinson.

 

 

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Suicide Squad – Film Review

Being one of the most highly anticipated films of the year, its safe to say that Suicide Squad had a lot to live up to, the question is however, did it? The answer, kind of. Was the film bad, absolutely not. Was it the greatest film DC Comics has ever put out? No. Let me explain.

First off, I will say this. Every actor in the film impressed me. Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Jared Leto, and the rest of the cast all gave good performances. It was script and the story its self that I was not as impressed with.

First off, the opening. Was it necessary, probably. And I actually kind of enjoyed it because it was something different. My issue however was how long it was. I understand that there were a lot of characters and that we had to be given their backstories, well at least the casual movie goer who didn’t know them did. So in this case I will forgive them for the excessively long introduction, I just don’t want to see it again.

Second, the ending. I felt like the movie was going great up until the climax. The fight scene at the end was really cool, I just feel like it was rushed. I feel like the transition to the climax was a little forced and I would have liked to have scene more between the time they got off the wrecked plane and when they completed their original mission.

Here’s what I did like, Margot Robbie. She was amazing as Harley Quinn, and gave the best performance in the entire movie. She did a great job of going from psychotic to intelligent, and managed to make her character to look very selfless at times, and obnoxious and rude at others. Her sharp delivery of her lines was great, and enjoyed every moment she was on screen, and after leaving the movie all I could think was I want more Harley Quinn.

Overall I did enjoy the movie, there were just a few details that I didn’t, but were certainly not enough to make me completely reject the film. All I can say is that if you are a movie snob, this isn’t for you. However, if you enjoy a quirky action packed film, with great music, and fun performances, this movie is one you should definitely watch.

 

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Jai Courtney, Margot Robbie, Will Smith, Karen Fukuhara, Joel Kinnaman, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and Jay Hernandez star as Marvel’s Suicide Squad in the film adaptation of the comics, directed by David Ayer.

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Margot Robbies brings Harley Quinn to live in Suicide Squad 

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Joel Kinnaman, Margot Robbie, Will Smith, and Jai Courtney star as Rick Flagg, Harley Quinn, Deadshot, and Captain Boomerang, in David Ayer’s 2016 Film Adaptation of the beloved comics

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The Sucide Squad sticks together to protect Rick Flagg in the 2016 film adaptation of the comics

 

 

The Shallows – Film Review

I’m going to start my blog with one of the best films of the summer, ‘The Shallows’. The Shallows stars Blake Lively as Nancy, who while surfing on a secluded beach late in the afternoon finds herself in the middle of a great whites hunting ground, and after finding safety on a set of rocks a far swim from shore, has only hours to find her way off before the tide rises and her shelter is overtaken by water.

Its been a long time since a film has scared people away from the beach the way Jaws did. And after several Jaws remakes and the horror that was Sharknado, we finally found one. This movie will have you on the edge of your seat from the moment Nancy enters the water to the very end. I actually had to sit in my car for a few minutes before I could drive home because my heart was beating so fast. The movie is paced incredibly well, and is a solid ninety or so minute film that never feels like it is dragging. The scenery in the film is gorgeous, with the stunning shots of the beach almost making you forget that it is also a hunting ground. Almost.

The best aspect of the movie however, has to be Lively’s performance. After learning that she used the same acting coach as her husband Ryan Reynolds did for ‘Buried’ another great film that is carried entirely by one actor, I was very intrigued to see this, and Lively did not disappoint. There is one scene in particular were you don’t actually see what her character is looking at but rather are given hints of just how horrifying it is based only on Lively’s facial expression.

My only issue with the film was the look of the shark towards the end of the movie. There were times when the sharks behavior made it seem a little bit like b-rated horror flick. Aside from that however, the shark still manages to be terrifying every time you do get a glimpse of it.

Overall this film is an absolute thrill ride that keeps you guessing until the very end, with a likeable character that you want to root for, as well as incredible shots that make you both want to go to the beach, as well as never step foot in the water ever again.

 

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