Movie Review: Isle of Dogs

We’ll find him. Where ever he is, if he’s alive, we’ll find your dog.

Isle of Dogs is directed by Wes Anderson, it stars an ensemble cast featuring Koyu Rankin as Atari, Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson and more.

When all the dogs from the city of Megasaki has been moved to a nearby island. A young boy, Atari, is determined to find his pet dog Spots at all cost.


The Good

Much like Wes Anderson’s previous stop-motion movie, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Isle of Dogs looks incredible. The voice acting of the cast is of typical Wes Anderson movie, speaking softly with very little emotions but it works very well. To it’s credit it gave the dogs personalities and makes them endearing.

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Your five lead dogs are easily the best part of the movie, Bryan Cranston plays Chief, Edward Norton plays Rex, Bill Murray is Boss, Jeff Goldblum is Duke and Bob Balaban as King. Their interactions with each other and with Atari are great. There’s a lot of charm in their scenes and you can easily find yourself caring for these dogs.


The Bad

Unfortunately the second half of the movie is not as strong as the first half. Where the first half is all about Atari, his interaction with the five dogs and their journey within the island. The second half becomes less adventurous and more political.

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Greta Gerwig plays Tracy Walker who’s fighting for the dog’s and unfortunately she’s the weakest part of the movie, her arc comes of as uninteresting and dull. Sad to say she occupies certain parts of the second half of the movie and it drags the movie down a bit.


Rating

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Overall Isle of Dogs is still a fun movie, it has all the elements that you get from a Wes Anderson film, the quirky take on the characters, the cinematography and the voice acting it’s all there. Depending on the viewer if you’re a Wes Anderson fan you’ll definitely love this. Though it’s still good it’s not as good as Fantastic Mr Fox but still very enjoyable.

Good Bad 3.5/5
    • The Dogs
    • Overall Look
    • Weak Second Half
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Movie Review: Avengers: Infinity War (mild spoilers)

I hope they remember you.

Directed by the Russo Brothers the third installment of the Avengers franchise collects almost all the heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, MCU, to go up against the mad titan Thanos, played by Josh Brolin.

The Avengers Assemble one more time to defeat the Mad Titan, Thanos who aims to collect six infinity stones and wipe out half of the life in the universe.


The Good

10 years and 18 movies in the making Avengers: Infinity War is without a doubt the most anticipated movie of this year and boy did it deliver. This is the most ambitious project in recent history and to credit the Russo Brothers and the screen writers this movie is incredible.

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Josh Brolin plays Thanos the main villain of this story and they took their time fleshing him out. They gave him an empathetic backstory that makes him one of it not the best villain to date.

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A major highlight of these Marvel films is the humor and with all the seriousness and dread that’s revolving around the movie they still managed to alleviate some of it by having endearing and humorous interactions between our heroes. Whether it’s with Thor and Rocket Racoon or Peter Quill and Iron Man. These interactions are something fans would would gleefully watch and cheer.

The action sequences are spectacular and creative, it highlights some of the heroes abilities and it makes them even more interesting than they previously were. There are also certain dramatic moments that can get you more emotionally invested in these characters, Thanos included.


The Bad

The only glaring issue I have in the movie is it’s not a standalone movie. As mentioned above this movie have a 10 year history behind it and 18 other movies that accompany it, for someone to be fully invested, they need to have some prior knowledge about the infinity stones or previous marvel films.

There are minor issues as well, since the movie is huge in scope the story is divided into quadrants all leading up to one climax and some plot points take a little too long to resolve while other aren’t all that explored at all.


Rating

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Avengers: Infinity War is something we haven’t seen before the culmination of a 10 year project by Marvel pays off in a big way and it’s not afraid to push the limits in terms of superhero storytelling. With a huge cast to juggle the writers and the Russo Brothers manages to tell a story that’s clear and compelling. If you’re a fan of the Marvel movies there’s no reason for you to skip this film, it’s a must watch for a fan.

Good Bad 4.8/5
    • Josh Brolin as Thanos
    • Heroes Interactions
    • Deep Storytelling
    • minor plot points

Movie Review: A Quiet Place

A Quiet Place is directed by John Krasinski and it stars himself and his wife, Emily Blunt, also stars Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe.

A family is forced to live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound.


The Good

With 90 minutes running time, John Krasinski managed to direct a tight and very straight forward horror film which is pretty good. This movie had very strong performances from our four characters and kudos to John Krasinski for his direction as well.

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One of the stand out is Millicent Simmonds, who’s deaf in real life, she plays one of the children and she is great. Seeing as she doesn’t have any lines her actions and emotions are conveyed through her facial expressions and she does it incredibly.

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The creatures were terrifying and they blend seamlessly with the environment, the visual effects on them were impressive and no doubt would leave an impression to the viewers.


The Bad

The major issues are the convenient plot points, there are a few of them and at times they follow the same beats. There are also character decisions that are questionable and at times there are things that could’ve dealt with in smarter ways.


Rating

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Overall A Quiet Place is a very good horror/thriller movie, the actors were great and again John Krasinski deserves every credit he gets for acting and directing and even some screenplay writing. Emily Blunt is very good and even the kids were good too. The scares can be a bit predictable but most of the time they deliver. If you’re a fan of creature feature horror movies highly recommend to check A Quiet Place.

Good Bad 4/5
    • Characters
    • Creatures and Scares
    • Convenient Plot Points

Movie Review: Ready Player One

People come to the Oasis for all the things they can do, but they stay for all the things they can be.

Ready Player One is based on the hit novel by Ernest Cline, it’s directed by Steven Speilberg and it stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke and Ben Mendelsohn.

When the creator of the OASIS, James Halliday, dies. He announced that he’s left an Easter Egg within the OASIS and whoever finds it first inherits the game company.


The Good

Ready Player One is one of the most anticipated movie this year and for me, this movie did not disappoint. The movie is packed with pop culture references from the 80s up till present day and for many this may just be a gimmick. However majority of the time it works, some references are woven nicely into the story creating a generally fun movie.

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The visual effects were incredible, especially when our characters are inside the OASIS. Steven Spielberg does what he does best and creating a fascinating world where everything presented is plausible. Our leads have great chemistry and makes up for characters you want to root for.


The Bad

The movie does have some flaws, one major point of the story is the love story between Tye Sheridan and Olivia Cooke in a setting where this is unnecessary not only does this feels forced but it also happens in an unrealistic way.


Rating

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Overall Ready Player One is highly enjoyable from start to finish, it delivers with the pop culture references and it does it in a way that’s not too distracting nor obnoxious and at times it helps forward the plot. Steven Spielberg makes use of the CG effects very well and delivers a very exciting third act. Ready Player One is highly recommended.

Good Bad 4.5/5
    • The OASIS
    • Second Challenge
    • Exciting Third Act
    • Forced Love Story

 

Movie Review: Game Night

You’re like a double threat. Brains… and you’re British.

Game Night is directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. It stars Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Klye Chandler and Jesse Plemons.

Max and Annie holds regular Game Nights at their place but when Brooks, Max’s brother show up, he promises a Game Night they will never forget.


The Good

One of the biggest surprise of this movie is how actually good this movie was. It’s incredibly funny and this is Jason Bateman at his peak. His comedic timing is perfect and accompanied by Rachel McAdams they make a very comedic couple.

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One of the best part of the movie though is Jesse Plemons, as he steals this movie and easily becomes one of the best part of the film. The movie also had some very interesting cinematography from wide suburban shots that looks like a game board to a seemingly one shot take that keeps your eyes glued to the screen.


The Bad

The only real problem with this movie is the third act. It’s not necessarily bad but rather just a weaker part of the movie. It’s not as funny nor exciting but it leads up to a run of the mill comedy climax.


Rating

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Overall Game Night is an incredibly funny movie, the cast and were all likable and hilarious in their own ways and the movie had plenty of surprises to offer. If you’re looking for a fun movie to watch, definitely check out Game Night.

Good Bad 4/5
    • Hilarious
    • Jason Bateman & Jesse Plemons
    • Run of the mill third Act

Movie Review: Annihilation

It’s not destroying… It’s making something new.

Annihilation is the second movie by director Alex Garland and it’s based on a novel by Jeff Vandermeer. It stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Oscar Isaac.

Natalie Portman is a biologist who signs up on a mission to investigate the shimmer, a mysterious area where the laws of nature don’t apply.


 

The Good

One way to describe this film is it’s depressingly beautiful, the movie starts of with a scene depicting the events that lead up to the creation of the shimmer and once we get into the meat of the movie and our characters get into the shimmer it’s vibrant and colourful setting is wondrous to look at. Giving us a well used visual effects that benefits the movie tremendously.

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Our leads are also good with Natalie Portman leading them, you understand their motivation as to why they want to carry out this mission. The true beauty of the film however is it’s story elements, this is a thinking person’s sci-fi and it allows the viewers to fill in the blanks. Alex Garland, who directed Ex Machina, once again created a science fiction that allows it’s audience to soak in what they’re watching and leaves them to ponder afterwards.


The Bad

This movie is a slow burn which means we get plenty of slow moving scenes with very quiet dialogue. Also being a smart sci-fi movie I can see plenty of people being bored by this and not understanding what the movie is about and it’s completely fine.


Rating

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Though not as intriguing or fascinating as Ex Machina, Annihilation is still a solid sci-fi flick there’s a good mixture of suspense and mystery as well as some touches of horror. At times it’s beautiful but sometimes it’s disturbing, the visual effects were used to great effect and the acting is decent. This might not be some people’s cup of tea but if you like thinking science fiction movie this might be for you.

Good Bad 3.8/5
    • The Shimmer
    • Natalie Portman
    • Great Visuals
    • Slow Pace

Movie Review: Black Panther

What happens now determines what happens to the rest of the world.

Black Panther is easily one of the most anticipated movies of 2018. Starring an all star cast including Chadwick Boseman, Angela Basset, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Michael B Jordan and the list goes on.

Black Panther is set after the events of Captain America: Civil War, with the passing of King T’Chaka, T’Challa takes up the mantle of the Black Panther as well as the role of The King of Wakanda.


The Good

This movie came with an incredible amount of anticipation, with an all black cast behind and in front of the camera not to mention the first major superhero movie led by a black actor, this movie is ground breaking.

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Chadwick Boseman is great as both the Black Panther and T’Challa, however the movie is filled with more interesting personalities. From Lupita Nyong’o who plays a Wakandan spy to Letitia Wright who plays T’Challa’s sister and more importantly Danai Gurira who leads the Dora Milaje. These characters bring so much depth to them and makes you invested into their own story arcs.

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One of the most fascinating aspect of the film is Michael B. Jordan. As his story arc brings about a damaged character that you can sympathize with. You understand why he’s angry though his actions are extreme, you can feel his frustration. His role as Killmonger is easily one of the best villain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.


The Bad

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This film does have flaws, at times it’s predictable and the CG isn’t all that polished there are several scenes where the CG looks unfinished and it can take you out of the film.


Rating

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Overall Black Panther is an incredibly enjoyable film, it’s definitely one of the better Marvel movies. The characters, the story and especially the culture it’s representing makes this movie unique and special. Even with Avengers: Infinity War looming around the corner Black Panther manages to be it’s own movie and if anything makes you more excited for the next movies.

Good Bad 4/5
    • Terrific Action Sequences
    • Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger
    • Bad Ass female characters
      • Predictable Plot Points
      • Weak CGI at certain scenes