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: Power Rangers

It’s Morphing Time!!

Power Rangers is the latest film adaptation of the 1990s popular TV Show
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, It’s directed by Dean Israelite and stars Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, Rj Cyler, Ludi Lin, Becky G and also features Elizabeth Banks as Rita, Bill Hader as Alpha 5 and Bryan Cranston as Zordon.

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When five teenagers stumble an alien spaceship due to an explosion at a mining facility, they soon find out that this is fate as they are chosen to be the Power Rangers and together they have to stop an ancient evil from destroying the planet.


The Good

One of the most pivotal aspects of the power ranger series is the five rangers themselves and in this movie we’re fortunate to have a likable bunch for our protagonists. They’re all given personalities and are also given good back stories, we see them grow from strangers to friends and though the dialogue between them is cheesy but it works.

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Our veteran actors are also great Bryan Cranston as Zordon wasn’t as goofy as expected but rather a serious entity that contributes to the rangers’ growth. Elizabeth Banks as Rita is also decent giving the rangers a menacing villain to deal with.

The movie surprisingly has a lot of serious and dramatic moments especially in the first half and it makes you appreciate the direction that the movie takes, there’s also a decent amount of humour in it and as cheesy as they are, it’s for the movie’s benefit.


The Bad

The movie has a large amount of flaws, one of which is the blatant commercial for a product. And though product placements are usually seen in movies, they managed to halt the movie and give a nice little commercial for a product and it becomes a recurring occurrence for the second half of the film.

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Another issue is the CGI, as expected this would have a giant robot fighting a giant monster. Unfortunately the CGI on these effects aren’t great, and for the most part the designs looked lazy, especially on the giant monster.


Rating

Overall this was a surprisingly fun film, if you’re a fan of the initial series. This is not for everyone, it’s a film made for specifically the fans. That said, this is a competent movie with decent direction. Our five protagonists are likable and none of them are annoying and Bryan Cranston as Zordon is great.

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However the blatant product placement and the bad CGI dragged this movie down a notch. And though it’s irredeemable at the end of the day it’s a Power Ranger movie and you’re bound to have Power Rangery sequences no matter how cheesy and goofy they are. If you’re a fan of the series there are plenty here to love than to hate, if you’re not, you might want to give this one a pass.

Good Bad 3.5/5
  • The Power Rangers
  • Bryan Cranston as Zordon
  • Good Mix of Humour and Drama
  • Product Placement
  • Bad CGI

Movie Review: Kung Fu Panda 3

I’m not trying to turn you into me, I’m trying to turn you into you

-Shifu

Dreamworks is back with one of their strongest animated franchise with Kung Fu Panda 3. With now having a trilogy, does the third film live up to it’s predecessors in delivering a solid film to form a solid trilogy?

Po has been training under Shifu’s tutelage for quite some time now. However Shifu feels that he’s got no more to teach the Dragon Warrior therefore the student has to become the teacher. While he also tries to reconnect with his biological father, Li (Bryan Cranston) and also face a dangerous threat the Spiritual Warrior, Kai (J.K. Simmons).


The Good

It goes without saying that Kung Fu Panda is one of the most beautifully animated franchise that’s ever made. And in Kung Fu Panda 3 it carries this same accolade, as this film was beautifully done. It’s gorgeous to look at and the animation of the characters felt genuine. The fight choreography between the animals themselves is still top notch.

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The movie itself is humorous, it’s very charming the interactions between Po’s adoptive father and his biological father is adorable and very fun to watch. Speaking of Li, Bryan Cranston is great in the movie, he sounds like he’s having a lot of fun and in return forms this great chemistry with Jack Black’s character.

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The Bad

Now along with Po the rest of the crew is back, The furious five are still voiced by the same actors/actresses who voiced them on the first film. Now that’s great but they don’t have much to do apart from Tigress who plays a small role in the film.

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The villain is probably my least favorite Kung Fu Panda villain. As he’s not given a decent backstory and though the film shows that he’s an incredibly strong opponent you just don’t care for him all that much. He doesn’t feel threatening and he makes jokes several times which makes it hard to take him seriously. That said he’s got a pretty sweet theme song.


Rating

Despite it’s flaws Kung Fu Panda 3 is still a solid film. The story itself isn’t great but it’s not bad either, there’s a lot of positive message to be taken from the movie, a lot of it is motivating one’s self and for a kid’s movie it’s a solid film. Probably the lesser out of all the three film however, it makes then Kung Fu Panda as a whole, a great trilogy.

Good Bad 3.6/5
  • Gorgeous Animation
  • Po, Li and Mr. Ping Relationship
  • Final Fight Scene
  • Lame Villain
  • Underused cast