WALL·E (2008)

” Just needed someone to look after you, that’s all. “

Left alone on a planet, a trash compacting robot searches for meaning in an endless loop.  In a sea of meaningless nostalgia, Wall-E fantasizes about companionship and a sense of belonging.  His adventure leads him on a quest for love and to preserve hope that Earth will once again be inhabitable.  Wall-E provides a vision of a post-consumerist world, neglected and void of any responsibility.  It does this through vivid dystopian landscapes and social commentary that, at times, seems closer to reality than fiction.

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Zootopia (2016)

It is hard to imagine that a crime thriller about prejudice, corruption, and the viral spreading of misconceptions, is above all else a family-friendly animated adventure comedy.  Zootopia brings a beautifully exotic world to life in a way that we are accustomed to expect from Pixar, not Disney.  For the adults, the film is an overt allegory for intolerance and how fear can be used as a weapon, and for kids it is a story about perseverance and never letting others hold you back from achieving your dreams. Continue reading “Zootopia (2016)”

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

I was a little nervous going into this film.  With the resurgence of Star Wars films in the last 17 years there has certainly been some ups and downs and more downs than ups.  I enjoyed the recent addition to the saga, but was unclear as to how this film was going to fit in with the Star Wars story.  My initial impression was that this film would be the first part of a new trilogy, but I am glad that this is a standalone piece that fits in spectacularly with the original trilogy. Continue reading “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)”

Little Prince, The (2016)

The Little Prince is a creatively reimagined retelling of the original novella, written by Antoine deSaint-Exupéry.  While not a direct adaptation, Osborne still succeeds in capturing the essence of the 1943 tale that is engaging enough for children and thoughtful enough for adults.  The film blends together a modern narrative, in the 3d animation format, and an interspersed recollection of the story “The Little Prince”, in stop motion. Continue reading “Little Prince, The (2016)”

Deadpool (2016)

Ryan Reynolds has yet again found a bombastic, confident character that relishes every moment of screen time.  To be honest, I found his style tiring right away when I first saw him in National Lampoon’s Van Wilder.  There is just something about his smug and arrogant demeanor that is hard to watch.  Luckily, his tiresome foibles epitomize the role of Deadpool. Continue reading “Deadpool (2016)”

Last Airbender, The (2010)

The only reason that I am writing this review is because I needed to set a standard for my lowest rating.  In general I do not plan to write too many reviews that bash films without any constructive criticism.  A tremendous amount of time and work goes into movies and sometimes they just do not work out.  This film is an example of, possibly, the poorest execution of a film in recent history.   Continue reading “Last Airbender, The (2010)”

Jungle Book, The (2016)

I was a little nervous going into this film, as I grew up on the cartoon.  I was pleasantly surprised to find out that they stayed true to the original cartoon with only a few changes.  Favreau was able to capture the essence of the film as an escape from the hustle and bustle of society and to remember to take time for yourself and enjoy life. Continue reading “Jungle Book, The (2016)”

Suicide Squad (2016)

I am not 100% sure what I was expecting when I went in to this one.  I had a good idea from the trailer that it was going to be full of cheap, gimmicky laughs and overdone, bland action sequences.  That turned out to be wishful thinking.  I wanted to enjoy it as the concept of a villain cast is much more appealing, or at least refreshing, than just another good guy action flick with little to no turmoil or struggle.  Unfortunately, DC relied too much on the antihero theme, explosions, and corn ball lines instead of character development.  I suppose I should have set my standards to generic blockbuster action flick, but I was hoping to get a little more out of it.  The biggest impact this film had was introducing people to Harley Quinn in a cinematic way and setting the stage for the most popular Halloween costume. Continue reading “Suicide Squad (2016)”

Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

Like most animated pictures these days there is a story aimed at children that also has a subtext for adults to follow.  In this story Kubo is challenging his elders to consider paradigm changes that were initiated by his parents.  Societal views are always evolving and the only way to ease the constant transition is to be compassionate and forgiving. Continue reading “Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)”

Stand by Me (1986)

There are so many good adventure flicks of the 80’s and this is one of them.  Based on The Body, by Stephen King, Stand By Me is the tale of four boys on an adventure to find a dead body.  As most coming-of-ago movies do, it tells a story of growth and companionship.  The film is a snapshot of life where kids are both learning who they are and challenging themselves to be better.  The cast could not be better with Wil Wheaton as the shy, guarded kid, River Phoenix as the strong and understanding one (despite coming from a family of criminals), Corey Feldman as his usual loud mouth character (only this time with an abused background), and Jerry O’Connell as the chubby kid.  Each character is vividly different from one another and each actor is able to embody their role to a tee.  Rob Reiner, in his prime, created a fun and dramatic story that at first glance would not seem to appeal to an older audience.

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