MPR Rating: A
Based on some decent reviews, we decided to watch ‘John Wick’ last night. I was a bit skeptical, but I have to admit that I was rapt from the moment the movie started, until it was finished. For a one-off Keanu Reeves movie, it really did well to maintain a gritty yet sleek look, and had a bunch of action. I like that it had a quick ramp to the action scenes, and just kept going and going until he finished his job. The beginning wasn’t origin, it was exactly what we needed to know to understand his thoughts and emotions that drove him to feed his vengeance. Overall I give it an A. We watched it again tonight and enjoyed it the second time around as much as the first time. That says a lot about a movie in its own.
I would recommend to see this if you haven’t yet. If you’re not a Keanu fan, watch it with an open mind and try it anyway, you may be surprised.
MPR Rating: B+
I enjoyed the story; wasn’t expecting how it developed. It was a nice surprise. The animation was fluid and very nicely done. It had a “How to Train Your Dragon” feel when it came to the male characters, and I specifically liked the Scottish/Irish accents and overall appeal. Being of Scottish descent (the red beard, and able to drink like one) I was immediately impressed with the colors.
As for a children’s movie, I think that taking my 4 year old could have been a mistake. There were some darker, scarier parts that I wasn’t expecting for her to see. With that being said, I think it was a good mix of happy-feel-good, love, laughter, and a hint of danger.
Overall, I give it a B+, because in the end it’s still not something I would rank up with some of the bigger titles that we know today. But, it has it’s own unique feeling and story that doesn’t deserve a worse grade.
MPR Rating: B-
We’ve all heard of the game, and to fabricate a movie about the game seems a little far fetched. I guess there could be worse things to write about, or they’ve run out of decent script ideas. Then again, I’m no script writer so I can’t really hold a candle to the writers. However, there are certain plot holes that can obviously be picked through. For instance, how alien ships can travel through millions of miles of space, have advanced technology, exo-suits to help protect them from the sun, unparalleled targeting systems, and a giant force field. Even with all that, they can’t fly and just take us out with their seemingly unlimited arsenal. I especially didn’t like how the alien warships hopped from spot to spot in the ocean. Not saying that I was rooting for the aliens, but come on. And what were the purpose of those round things with tails? I don’t remember that being in the game.
My biggest complaint about the movie though, besides the somewhat weak script and plot, is how similar the feel is to the latest Transformers movies. When seeing that it was different studios, I was hoping that maybe it would have a different feel. Perhaps it was my mistake for immediately thinking it would be similar to Transformers, but that was planted when seeing the previews. Plus the sound effects were very “transform-ery.”
It had it’s moments though. The explosions were good, full bodied, and appropriate. I liked how the alien canister missiles were shaped like the little pegs from the board game. And a few cheesy, but expected lines like “You aren’t gonna sink our battleship!”
Overall, with the light script, weak plot, and decent explosions, I give it a solid B.
MPR Rating: B-
When I was a kid, watching trucks, cars, boats, and airplanes transform from their vehicle mode to robot mode was absolutely mind blowing and awesome. I would sit and watch for hours, retaining nothing more than the sound effect and the transformation from one form to another. Then playing with those toys, creating my own little scenarios and making that awesome transformation sound.. It was the life.
MPR Rating: B-
After seeing the previews for this movie, I couldn’t wait to see it. The story seemed so strong, and my mind was already plugging the holes of how the plot would unfold. Yet, when I watched the movie I was sadly disappointed with the story-line. By no means that I’m saying it’s a “bad” movie, but I was expecting to give it high marks, but I just couldn’t. There were a few elements that were just so unrealistic, granted a movie a about a pill that unlocks your brain is a little far fetched, but still. I would still recommend seeing it, but don’t get your expectation up there like I did.
MPR Rating: B
Ok, so I know I’m little (actually a lot) late, but I just saw this movie. Overall, I give it a B, but I’m not really here to write a review about the movie, at least tonight. I wanted to point out a few elements that could have made this an Assassin’s Creed movie. The scaling of the walls, the jumping from rooftop to rooftop with guards chasing. The standing on a perch while the camera did a 360 degree pan of the city.. little things like this instantly had me thinking about the game. I mean, even the little details like the white cloths (which in the game signified where a good run starts.)
I’m not complaining, just pointing out. As for the story, his father gets killed and he seeks revenge (like the game) (which is also a general basis for many movies.. so I’m not really sure I can use that one in this case – but it’s still there.) He kills corrupt people of power, much like the game.
In all honesty, I think they could have changed a few names in the story and pulled off an Assassin’s Creed movie with a time element twist. Not to mention, in the game, the time element resides in the “Animus”. So, time travel/time alteration is still there.
Just a few points to think about. Have a different opinion? Let’s talk about it!
For me, it’s got to be Back to the Future.
1. It’s got great script writing, obviously. But the fact that Part 2 arrived 4 years later, and picked up EXACTLY where 1 left off is just sweet as hell. You only get about 3 minutes of back story and that’s it. Same with #3. It’s impressively superb.
2. Even with a casting change from Claudia Wells to Elizabeth Shue for role of Jennifer Parker; it was almost seamless. I’m not saying that it’s not obvious, but Shue was able to deliver the lines and mimic mannerisms of the original that she was a great replacement.
3. It’s the ultimate science fiction, coming of age, underdog, comedy, serious movie I’ve ever seen.
4. The Timeline. Back to #1, the timeline stays consistent throughout the writing. Going from ’85, to ’55, to 2015, to Alternate ’85, back to ’55, then 1885 and finally ending in ’85. The writing stays consistent, and almost impossible to poke holes in. If you can find some, bring them up – let’s talk about them.
Check out this artwork for the movies, it’s pretty interesting the way the artist portrays the timeline: Here
Great movie about a couple of friends that create a device that can suspend small objects in mid-air. But what they don’t realize, at first, is the true potential of the device on a larger scale. Enjoy this indy film shot right here in DFW (Las Colinas) on a budget of 7k. Truly a great piece of work for such a small budget.