“A Wrinkle in Time” movie review

Plot:

Meg Murry and her little brother, Charles Wallace, have been without their scientist father, Mr. Murry, for five years, ever since he discovered a new planet and used the concept known as a tesseract to travel there. Joined by Meg’s classmate Calvin O’Keefe and guided by the three mysterious astral travelers known as Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which, the children brave a dangerous journey to a planet that possesses all of the evil in the universe.

Review:

I knew going into this movie that I’m probably not the targeted audience for this film, and I was fine with that- but I thought it was a bad sign that the film opened with a video package from the director saying that the film is for people with child wonderment, and I took that as a sign that the studio had absolutely no confidence in this film.

Is this movie weird and trippy? Definitely! And I was rocking with it for the first half of the film because I was getting used to it… it’s just that last half that gets so absolutely bizarre and so nonsensical in the sniffing glue type of way that I felt myself getting lost in the film. There’s two movie tropes I absolutely cannot stand that this movie uses, and those tropes are ‘love is the answer, love conquers all’ and that Evil is nothing but a black cloud with tentacles and a deep voice. The reason I hate those tropes is because I find them lazy, and it was especially lazy here. The actors weren’t terrible, so I’ll give them that. But like I said, this isn’t a film made for me.

Grade:

I’ll give “A Wrinkle in Time” a 7/10 or a C. I didn’t love the movie, but I didn’t hate it either, it’s kinda Middle In The Road for me.

The Strangers 2: Prey At Night

Plot:

Mike and his wife Cindy take their son and daughter on a road trip that becomes their worst nightmare. The family members soon find themselves in a desperate fight for survival when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park that’s mysteriously deserted — until three masked psychopaths show up to satisfy their thirst for blood.

Review:

As a fan of the first ‘The Strangers’ film I was highly disappointed by this film. It’s been 10 years since the original came out and I feel like this was a bit of a step back. The main characters are lifeless and unlikable, there’s barely any tension, and there’s some weird shots of scenes that go on way too long. For example, the camera focuses on a mailbox with a smiley face on it for about 10 to 15 seconds, which would’ve been fine for about 5 seconds. Another issue I had is the fact that it shows the killers in the background too much where it would’ve cool a few times, but it’s overdone. Like I said, I’m really disappointed. Oh, and to top it off, that ending was so horrible I audible shouted “Wait, what?!” I was so baffled that they ended the film that horribly.

Grade:

You’re better off just watching the 2008 ‘The Strangers’ film, because this really wasn’t necessary.

I’m giving ‘The Strangers 2: Prey At Night’ a 6/10 or a D

Black Panther

Plot:

After the death of his father, T’Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king — and as Black Panther — gets tested when he’s drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people.

Review:

I only have a few complaints, so I’m gonna get those out of the way because this was a really good movie!

So to start, Micheal B Jordan’s character, Eric Killmonger appears in the beginning of the movie and does something…. but then disappears for 30 minutes before showing back up. I loved his character, but I completely forgot about him until he showed back up, and I felt like he should’ve been in the movie more.

My other complaint is I felt some of the stuff that happened in the third act of the movie felt a bit convenient to me.

And that’s pretty much it. I liked T’Challa’s struggle on transitioning from a warrior into a king, I liked that Killmonger was a very sympathetic villain and you understood where he was coming from. All the female characters were complete badasses which isn’t something you see a lot, and I felt like the African lifestyle was portrayed well in this movie!

Grade:

Finally got a good movie after a train of bad movies early this year, lol.

I’m giving Black Panther a 8/10 or a B+

Winchester

Plot:

In 1906 Sarah Winchester, the heiress of the Winchester repeated arms company builds a house with rooms that have no apparent rhyme or reason to them other than to keep the spirits that were killed by the Winchester rifle at bay. A doctor is sent to the Winchester mansion to check on the sanity of Sarah Winchester to see if there really are ghosts, or if she’s gone insane.

Review:

Y’all know I’m a huge horror movie fan, and there’s nothing I like better than a really good scary movie….. which is why it pains me to have to review the movie like this. I have to be honest, because it would be a disservice to me and all of you not to say how I really feel about this movie.

This film is really boring, it took all my willpower not to fall asleep during this film. All the ‘scary’ scenes are nothing more than jumpscares that are just lazy in my opinion. I’ve seen a hotel room be scary and effective (1408), how they dropped the ball with the ultimate spook house like The Winchester Mansion is beyond me. But the ultimate crime this movie commits is throwing a plot twist near the end which I felt was unnecessary, besides the fact that the directors also did ‘Jigsaw’ but in that movie I understood why it was thrown in… not this one.

This movie really let me down y’all.

Grade:

I hate to do this, but I’m giving “Winchester” a 5/10 or an F. It’s the first F I’ve given and I’m sure it won’t be the last (*cough* 50 Shades *cough*)

Maze Runner: The Death Cure

Plot: Thomas leads some escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to the questions that the Gladers have been asking since they arrived in the maze. Review: Right off the bat, I’ll tell you that this is better than The Scorch Trial, which is all I was asking for. The action is great, there’s some emotional moments, and the stakes are the highest they’ve been. It’s not entirely perfect and there are moments I rolled my eyes at, but I did get a lot of enjoyment and it does end the series fairly well. Grade: I’ll give The Death Cure a 7/10 or a C

Insidious: The Last Key

Insidious: The Last Key is the fourth entry in the Insidious franchise and is a prequel in the Insidious storyline, but a sequel to Insidious part 3 (The timeline is a bit confusing)

In this entry to the series, Elise gets assigned to an investigation that’s in Elise’s childhood home- but little does Elise know that the entity that lives in her house is the same spirit that she released as a kid.

Review:

I thought some of jumpscares were effective, I thought the backstory of Elise was heartfelt, and I really liked the design of the new demon named Keyface.

That’s all the positive things I can say about this film, and I felt like this movie is the weakest in the franchise. I wasn’t a fan of the comic-relief sidekick characters, and I didn’t really understand the motivation behind Keyface (and I was disappointed we didn’t get a backstory to the demon.)

The small connections to the first movie was pretty cool, but there’s still some unanswered questions that this movie leaves, and I’m not sure if we’re gonna be getting another movie to answer them.

Grade:

So with all that being said, I’m gonna give this movie a 6/10 or a D