Movie Night: Fantastic Beast & Where to Find Them

fantastic-beasts-IMBd Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3183660/

Rating: PG-13

Synopsis:  The year is 1926 and Newt Scamander arrives in New York after a world-wide excursion looking for magical creatures. When several creatures escape from his suitcase, his journey becomes a lot more complicated than he wished, and ends up causing trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds. With the help of a No Maj, an ex-auror and her sister, Newt recovers the missing creatures and helps solve a series of bizarre and deadly magical occurrences that have been plaguing New York.

Review:  First off, let me say the tone of is movie is somewhat dark and deserves the PG-13 rating and was quite surprised by the tone and might be too scary for a younger audience; especially the final scenes.

Many reviews said the movie was slow, but I disagree. It wasn’t full of action the whole time but good story telling is a combination of both. I loved the special effects, and the magical creatures were fun as always. It would be nice if there was a sequel to this movie, picking up where this one ended and possible continuing with the hidden sub-plot (which doesn’t reveal itself until the end). Or perhaps that is what will happen? A second series in the magical world of J.K. Rowling?

Overall, if you’re a fan of the Harry Potter books, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Oh, and hats off to the set creator who fashioned the headquarters of the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA) in DecoPunk!

 

4 out of 5

Movie Night: The Great Wall

the-great-wallIMBd Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2034800/

Rating: PG-13

Synopsis: When a mercenary warrior (Matt Damon) is imprisoned within the Great Wall, he discovers the mystery behind one of the greatest wonders of the world. As wave after wave of marauding beasts besiege the massive structure, his quest for fortune turns into a journey toward heroism as he joins a huge army of elite warriors to confront the unimaginable and seemingly unstoppable force. Written by Watch_Movies

Review: This movie caught my attention when I saw the trailer. It’s an interesting movie that keeps you not only entertained, but interested. The cinematography and location were incredibly beautiful with just the right amount of 3D effect. The plot moved along at a good pace and it was shorter than most movies of the same genre. It stayed in the ‘now’, and didn’t get muddled down with characters going on about their past or what brought them to the wall. Best of all, this movie had a strong male and female lead that DIDN’T FALL IN LOVE. Oh, there might have been an attraction, but it wasn’t a focal point in the movie. These people were at war, and the movie focused on that.

This movie does what it was meant to do; entertain and make you forget about the ugliness of the word for a few hours. The cinematography and costumes alone are worth it.

5 out of 5

 

 

Movie Night: Central Intelligence

centralintelligenceTagline: Saving the world takes a little Hart and a big Johnson

IMBD Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1489889/

Rating: PG-13

Synopsis: Calvin Joyner was voted Most Likely To Succeed, but twenty years later, he’s an accountant in a mundane job. Worried about how people will perceive him at his upcoming high school reunion, he connects with an old classmate Robbie Weirdicht who goes by the name Bob Stone now. Calvin agrees to meet him and is surprised by how much Robbie/
Bob has changed. They become friends but Bob has a dangerous secret; he’s in trouble with the CIA and Calvin is torn between doing right by his new friend, or doing what’s right for the CIA.

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Review: I love Dwayne Johnson movies. He and Vin Diesel are my guilty pleasures.

Central Intelligence is a nice bit of foolery with some truly funny moments. It’s one of those movies that probably won’t be remembered for anything special – except maybe the ending at the school dance. It was more entertaining than I thought it would be, which was a surprise in itself. I kept waiting for Mr. Johnson’s character to become ‘ungoofy’, but I guess that is the way the character is meant to be.
Over all, a nice flick for a Saturday afternoon.

4 out of 5.

Movie Night: Dr. Strange

dr-strangeTagline: The impossibilities are endless.

IMBD Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1211837

Rating: PG-13

Synopsis: Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in New York City’s Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilising a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Written by Marvel

 

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Review:

One thing I will say for Marvel, they know how to do movies (excluding The Hulk. Please Marvel, don’t make any more Hulk movies), and Dr. Strange fits right in with the latest big budget adaptation of the comic.

One of the things I liked about this movie was the characters quick acceptance of the metaphysical world. There was no long, drawn out inner conflict of what he believes to be true, or brooding acceptance until something bad happens. Dr. Strange accepts almost immediately what is going on around him, allowing the story to move forward without being hung up on personal beliefs. Also, there is no romance; not with the ex-lover or the main female lead. There is a small spark, but that’s as far as it goes. Again, refreshing. Speaking of female lead, Tilda Swinton is incredible in this movie. Not once did her character succumb to the ‘I’m just a weak female who needs a man to fix this’ bullshit. Her character was strong in every sense of the word without being condescending when the truth about her was revealed.

This movie is a wonderful addition to the ongoing Marvel story arcs, and I’m pretty sure we’ll be seeing more of Dr. Strange in the future (Ragnarok anyone?).

 

5 out of 5.

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