HERE ARE YOUR MOVIES, 2019 STYLE
That title is a bit of a fib because some of these movies made their debut in 2018, but they are all still showing in theaters (with one exception that we’ll get to later), so I'm keeping the title. I'm not sure about you all, but I'm excited and hopeful for this year’s cinema experience. After a rather average display of films in 2018, I am left yearning for some good originals, less sequels, and at least a decent selection of horror movies. Enough about the past, let us discuss the films of the present. In today's review I've got a couple of blockbuster movies--both part of a series--one movie that I will rank as a Top-5 worst all time, and a somewhat confusing half sequel thriller that is worth a watch. I would also like to open up my reviews to criticism and your opinions. If you don't like my reviews, let me know why. First review of the year. Here we go.
BumbleBee is a spinoff of the Transformers series and know that some people believe that the Transformers movies are almost too much to watch at one time. Fear not, for BumbleBee breaks the overly stuffed, in your face style mold that encompasses the series. This film is the type of movie that you will want to go to the theater and see twice. Great performances from the entire cast. Who knew John Cena could act and act well in a serious role. Our protagonist, Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), somehow manages to convey a deep and loving relationship between herself and Bee, the shape shifting robot. The usual gross love story that comes along with every previous Transformers film is absent in this move, so there is another positive. Due to this film acting as a prequel, we also learn the origins of the metal creatures and the reason their planet is plagued with war. All around BumbleBee is a good movie with a good plot and good actors. Everybody would enjoy it, even those who despise the original series.
Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Seth's Smart Score: 8.8/10
D.C. comics is so close to mastering the art of a movie like their equal but better in most ways counterpart: Marvel. Everyone remembers watching The Justice League growing up, and if you don't that means your parents were probably too strict, and I'm sorry you missed out. Anyhow, Aquaman is an integral member of the justice league and one of the original five. However, the old blonde haired, dad bod, dolphin riding Aquaman is no more, for Jason Momoa in all of his shredded, tatted, glory is our new Aquaman. This movie is a people's movie. Maybe not all the critics liked it, but the audience Score is a screaming high 94%. This movie is a classic about the journey to finding one’s true identity. Betrayal, family squabbles, and grudges account for all of the conflict in this movie, and at times the movie can seem a little cheesy. Now let me state a fact. There is no man, woman, or child who when watching this movie, and sees Aquaman emerge from a cascading waterfall, in gold armor, clenching the staff of Poseidon, will not say to themselves, “Dang that's awesome.” It is awesome. The CGI is awesome, Momoa’s body and tattoos are awesome. Aquaman in itself is awesome. The movie has a few flaws, a few predictable moments, but it is a must see. Many of my friends scolded me for giving this movie as low a score as I did because they enjoyed it so much. Get up, go to a theater, see the movie.
Rotten Tomatoes: 64% (94% audience score)
Seth's Smart Score: 7.9/10
Holmes and Watson:
Terrible. Simply a terrible movie. I love Will Ferrel and John Reilly, and I'm mad that whoever scripted this movie cast them. It's not their fault. This movie is just bad. Don't go see it. Don't even watch it on Netflix if it shows its ugly face there. This is the movie no longer in theaters because it is honestly one of the worst films I've ever seen. I'm not gonna say anymore because this movie doesn't deserve it.
Rotten Tomatoes: 10%
Seth's Smart Score: 0.0/10
So here's the thing about Glass, it is rather confusing. Make sure you see Unbreakable and Split so that you understand all the characters and their relationships to each other. The film is entertaining, once again grabbing a high audience score, and I will always love seeing The Beast (James McAvoy) run/gallop through a field on all fours. Samuel L. Jackson once again delivers a very strong role as does Bruce Willis. There is nothing overtly wrong with this film, but it is just a rather disappointing ending to a trilogy started back in 2000. If you enjoy thrillers, I would recommend this movie. If you want to see the conclusion to M. Night Shyamalan’s trilogy, I would recommend this movie. If you just thought the trailer looked good and you're bored, I would recommend this movie. Otherwise, do not go see it. It is confusing and not thrilling enough to outweigh the confusion if you do not already know the characters. To be honest I was a little disappointed with this one.
Rotten Tomatoes: 37% (AS: 82%)
Seth's Smart Score: 5.8/10
Well that's it for the first reviews of 2019. Honestly these are some of the lower scores I've given, so I'm a little disappointed, but I'm sure as the year progresses the films will get better. I want to let y'all know I will be doing a special where I will summarize and rank all 19 of the Marvel movies. I'm doing this because the final film of Marvel’s phase four comes out in April: Avengers Endgame. So if you haven't seen all the movies, but you wanna go see the conclusion movie because everyone is hyping it up, just read my summaries and rankings and you should be good to go. Thanks!