“Happy Death Day 2U” REVIEW

Plot Synopsis:

Tree Gelbman discovers that dying over and over was surprisingly easier than the dangers that lie ahead (IMDb).

Review:

I was a huge fan of the 2017 film “Happy Death Day”, it was an innovative way to do a slasher film by implementing the “Groundhog Day” formula- thus making it comedic at the same time. Going into this movie, I was really worried because I was afraid that this movie would tarnish the first one- but surprisingly, this one is a bit better than the first one.

Part of the reason why this one is a bit better is because this movie implements another genre in this film: Sci-fi. I can’t tell you how it uses that genre, but if you watch the trailer, you can come up with a guess- and it actually freshens up the film by expanding the story. I also liked that there were some innovative ways characters were killed in this film.

Another thing I liked about this movie, is that it starts with Carter’s roommate, Ryan, as the loop happens with him. Meaning that anyone can be affected by the loop that affected Tree in the first one.

Part of the charm of these films is the subtle messages that’s in the film. In the first one, it was about the stuck-up Tree learning to be a better person. And in this one, Tree is thrusted into a situation where she’s stuck choosing between two hard choices, each with their own consequences.

The only negatives I have with this movie is 1) we gotta stop referencing “Back To The Future” with these time travel movies… there’s more time travel movies out there. Plus, I already saw a movie that referenced “Back To The Future” last week, so this is becoming an epidemic. And 2) just like in the first one, the killer has a pretty petty reason for wanting to kill his victim. I rolled with it in the first one, but for this film- I just wasn’t feeling it.

There’s a pretty entertaining stinger in the middle of the credits, so I recommend staying for that.

Grade:

I’m gonna give “Happy Death Day 2U” a 8.5/10 or a B+

I liked this film a lot, but those negatives bothered me too much from giving it anything higher.

“Ant Man & The Wasp” Movie REVIEW

Plot:

Scott Lang is grappling with the consequences of his choices as both a superhero and a father. Approached by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym, Lang must once again don the Ant-Man suit and fight alongside the Wasp. The urgent mission soon leads to secret revelations from the past as the dynamic duo finds itself in an epic battle against a powerful new enemy.

Review:

Coming off the cusp of Infinity War, I knew this film was gonna be more light-hearted, especially with how Infinity War ended… I think everyone needed a laugh.

Paul Rudd once again does an amazing job as Scott Lang, AKA Ant Man, and it helps that he has the demeanor of a good buddy of yours who occasionally screws something up.

Hope AKA The Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) is once again another badass female character in a Marvel movie, but what makes her character special is the fact that she’s in tune with the technology in the movie better than Scott, and shows him his true potential, if he wasn’t always messing up.

There’s two villains in this movie: Sonny Burch (Walton Goggins) and Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen) Sonny was just a typical thug villain, and Ghost was the villain I enjoyed the most. She’s a sympathetic villain that isn’t exactly doing the right thing, but you understand where she’s coming from once you learn her backstory- plus it doesn’t hurt that the actress playing the character is insanely attractive to me.

One of the highlights of this film to me is the interaction between Hank Pym (Micheal Douglas) and Bill Foster (Laurence Fishburne) because those are two character that absolutely hate each other, and seeing the roast-fest was highly entertaining to me.

Now comes one of the negatives in this film that I didn’t address, Michael Peña, I have no gripe against him personally- but his character in this film annoyed the hell outta me. I know he’s supposed to be the comic relief, but cracking bad puns and hollering at the top of his lungs isn’t funny to me- if you can tolerate his character, then you’re a stronger person than me.

Another issue I had with the film is the fact that if there’s so shrinking of growing in this film- then there’s nothing really going on with the film.

Now, listen to me because I’m trying to help you here…. there’s two post-credit sequences in this film. The FIRST one is the one you’ve been waiting for that helps connect to Infinity War. The SECOND post-credit sequence is something that’s shown in the trailer, and offers nothing to the film. The reason I’m telling you this is because I know your time is precious, and I don’t want you wasting your time on something meaningless.

Grade:

Ant Man isn’t really a superhero that I’m a big fan of but I found myself enjoying it for the film it’s supposed to be, so I’m going to give this film a 7/10 or a C.

Deadpool 2 Review

Plot:

Foul-mouthed mutant mercenary Wade Wilson (AKA. Deadpool), brings together a team of fellow mutant rogues to protect a young boy of supernatural abilities from the brutal, time-traveling mutant, Cable.

Review:

As a huge fan of the first Deadpool movie, I was very excited to see what they were gonna do with the sequel. But I’m gonna be honest, I think the first Deadpool movie is better, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that this one isn’t good.

Now it’s time for my formula of what I liked, and what I didn’t like….

The positives for this film are, it’s extremely funny- if you don’t laugh once, or at least chuckle- then you’re either easily offended, or you just have no sense of humor. The action in this movie is amped up to 10 and there’s some cool action sequences that are an improvement upon the first film. I thought the X-Force character, Domino was a cool addition to the film, she’s funny and a complete badass- and I loved how stylish her ‘lucky’ powers are filmed and used. Speaking of the X-Force, I won’t go into it too much- but I absolutely loved how they were used in this film. It’s so hilarious and unexpected that I feel like I should praise the film for deciding to do that, it might be a slap in the face to hardcore comic book fans, but I feel like the team did their job. The fourth wall breaks are amazing, and the mid-credit scene was so meta- I loved it.

Now let me get into the negatives:

The kid that Deadpool is trying to save from Cable, I honestly felt no attachment to. Some of the CGI was a bit spotty in my opinion, I appreciate what they were trying to do- but I felt like they were being a bit over zealous. As much as I liked Josh Brolin’s portrayal of Cable, I felt like the character lacked any personality and he seemed like a cardboard cut-out that was put in the film. And my final critic is I wasn’t too fond with the main story of the film, I felt like the story in this film was weaker than the first Deadpool movie’s story. The first Deadpool was focused on one thing start to finish, and this one seemed to be all over the place in my opinion.

Grade:

As much as I wasn’t a huge fan of the story on this film, I had a lot of fun! I laughed a lot, I enjoyed the action. The references were great, and there’s some cool surprises that caught me off guard.

So with all that being said, I’m giving Deadpool 2 a 7.5/10 or a C+

Now hold on, hold on! I know y’all are probably upset that I gave it that grade, but it’s honestly a fun time, you know what, forget it- I stand by my grade.

“Truth or Dare” Movie Review

Plot: Olivia, Lucas and a group of their college friends travel to Mexico for one last getaway before graduation. While there, a stranger convinces one of the students to play a seemingly harmless game of truth or dare with the others. Once the game starts, it awakens something evil — a demon which forces the friends to share dark secrets and confront their deepest fears. The rules are simple but wicked — tell the truth or die, do the dare or die, and if you stop playing, you die.

Review: Normally I like to lead in by keeping y’all guessing on whether or not I liked the movie I saw…. But I can’t in this case. Y’all have seen the trailers for this, so y’all know this is a bad movie. The surprising thing about this, is it’s unintentionally hilarious!!

Here’s all the things bad about the movie: none of the characters are likable, the stupid Snapchat face isn’t scary- it’s goofy looking to the point I laughed out loud in the theater every time it popped up, the rules to the game make no sense, how the game kills people is laughable, the origins of the game coming to life is completely absurd, and how to stop the game is so convoluted. And on top of all that, there’s every single horror movie cliche: stupid jump-scares, doing research on the ‘antagonist’, the old person who has all the answers, and a open-ended conclusion that makes no sense- and it’s only there for a possible sequel.

Look, I normally don’t do this- but guys…. PLEASE don’t see this movie. At least not in theaters, if you have to- just rent it for a beer and pizza night.

Grade:

I’m giving “Truth or Dare” a 6/10 or a D.

The only reason why this movie isn’t an F like “Winchester” is because I actually get some unintentional laughs in this movie- and I couldn’t in “Winchester” because that movie was SO BORING!

Trust me, I’m trying to help y’all here!

If it helps, I was literally the only person in the theater!

“Best F(r)iends” Movie Review

Plot:

A drifter encounters a quirky mortician and both learn a lesson about friendship and loyalty.

Review:

Tommy Wiseau’s film “The Room” is one of my all-time favorite guilty pleasure films, along with Nicholas Cage’s “The Wicker Man” so trust me when I say seeing Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero again on screen in theaters was an opportunity I wasn’t gonna pass up!

When the film opened up with Greg’s character, Jon, passed out on the ground sporting a beard and wearing a blood spattered white t-shirt, I knew I was in for a wild ride.

As far as the filmmaking goes, I will say that this was done more competently than “The Room” as far as the directing and cinematography of the film, and for those of you who want classic quirky lines from Tommy, you get plenty of those… there are a lot of lines that Tommy’s character says that had me and the whole theater dying.

To say this was a unique movie experience would be an understatement. If you’ve already seen “The Room” then you know what you’re getting yourself into. If you’re not a fan of weird, quirky movies- then you should probably avoid this like the plague.

Grade:

I’m giving “Best F(r)iends” a 7.5/10 or a C+

I can’t wait to see Best F(r)iends Volume 2 in July!