‘Incredibles 2’ Review

Jack-Jack, you the real MVP.

So last night was a first for me. As I walked into the theatre, it was the very first time I had done so alone. Yes, when you wait 14 years for something you really can’t sit around and wait for people to tag along. I needed to see this opening night, this was a long time coming. Pixar knows that they made us all wait a lifetime. There’s even a tiny PSA at the beginning thanking everyone for being so patient. You never see that with a long awaited sequel. And I’ll say that it was worth the wait.

Brad Bird once again writes and directs what will ultimately be the best action movie of 2018. How can the best action movie be animated you ask? Well first off, you need to check this out, and secondly animated features can pull things off only live action movies can dream of. There are just some really incredible – no pun intended, action pieces, and that’s just gravy for me. The Incredibles is a superhero movie, but it’s about more than just violence and action, at the heart of this movie, it’s about family. I like to think of this movie as a combination of Mr. Mom meets Unbreakable. Where you have Mr. Incredible trying to be the super Dad at home, while Mrs. Incredible is out trying to save the world. Remember in this world Superheroes are outlawed and when Winston Deavor (Bob Odenkirk) comes up with a plan to change the way society sees Supers, he picks Elastigirl to be the face of his project. The Unbreakable part comes from the villain Screenslaver causing disasters to make our heroes come out from hiding. Look the first Incredibles had such a memorable villain in Syndrome, with Jason Lee doing incredible voice work for the character. He was such a strong villain because of how personal he was to the story. He represents kind of nerd culture today, where you can become so obsessed with something, that you’ll do anything to have it be apart of your life, and when expectations fall short, or things don’t go the way you want them, well all hell can break loose. It would be really hard to follow that up, so I’m not shocked I wasn’t blown away by the villain, you see the twist coming a mile away, but ultimately this movie didn’t need a strong villain to be great. It needed a good story, and be more about the evolution of our characters, because remember this movie literally takes place right after the events of the first one. That’s what we get, the progression of this family, and learning what it means to be a Superhero family.

Once again the voice acting is spot on, with everyone chipping in. They add a bunch of great new voices to the cast, and this time around we get a lot more Frozone, which everyone wanted to see. The animation has come a long way in the last 14 years, and it really showed when they were showing off Frozone’s powers. But more importantly for when they were showing off Jack-Jack’s powers. He steals the entire movie, and when they released the first teaser trailer way back when, you knew that would be the case. He’s so cute and adorable, and has so many unique and hilarious powers, he keeps you engaged and laughing every time he’s on screen. Jack-Jack is a baby, but he’s a powerful and pretty independent one. He has a scuffle with a raccoon that was probably the highlight of the movie for me. He loves watching the Twilight Zone and eating cookies, and I was so happy they really showcased him in this film. It’s a great way for quick laughs just not for the kids, but for the adults as well. Dash and Violet are great again, Dash didn’t really have a lot going on in this, most of the time it was him trying to figure out his math homework, which I thought was a total letdown. I feel like he was the only family member who didn’t progress in this. Violet is trying to over come boy problems and figure out how to get someone to notice you, funny because her powers involve her being invisible.

I just had a ton of fun watching this, again Pixar knows what they are doing, and unlike their previous Pixar sequels, this didn’t feel unnecessary. It just felt right, and I think making it take place right after the events of the first movie made it feel like it belonged. Nothing was shoehorned in, and nothing felt rushed. Everything just kind of fell into place, and it was just like waiting a long time for part 2 of something you knew should be two parts. Now do I think this should be a trilogy? Yes I do. But I want it to end right. We don’t need another 14 year gap between movies, this is going to be a box-office juggernaut, but surely they must have some sort of idea of where to take this thing. There’s so many laughs to be had, great action sequences, a ton of heartfelt moments and overall a really great Pixar movie. Bring the family, bring a date, or pull a me and go alone. I know for a fact you won’t be disappointed.

Check ya later.

Nate’s Movie Tour Reviews – Incredibles 2 = 93/100

Live Action ‘Dumbo’ Trailer

You would think, an elephant with giant ears would terrify kids.

So the ultimate creep that is Tim Burton is brining Dumbo to life. As per usual he didn’t disappoint on the creepiness factor. In fact, I can’t believe they are doing this story in live action because it’s so insane. Clearly it will probably differ vastly from the animated version we are all used to, but still.

Where are my talking crows at? You’re not going to show them off in the teaser trailer? I think they dropped the ball on that end. And how about his little mouse friend? These are things I want to see and make sure are going to be present in this adaptation.

The cast looks great, the visuals are simply stunning, Disney is going to pump out smash hit after smash hit with these live action adaptations. It’s still so far away yet it looks this visually stunning, just means this promises to be quite the spectacle.

Check out the trailer below and see for yourself.

‘A Star Is Born’ Trailer

Do not take your significant other to this movie, unless you want a baby.

Like seriously Bradley Cooper? You’re just adding incredible vocal skills to your resume. He sounds like the combination of Jesus and Fergie. Who knew this guy had chops like this? Mix in the fact that he’s going to be directing this, and my god. What a crazy week for movie trailers.

I heard about this, knew very little about the project, I was even skeptical about if in fact he was using his own vocals. Toss in Lady Gaga, who was born to play a role like this and I think we have a pretty big success coming out in October. The next Walk The Line if you ask me. Everything about this looks like Oscar bait, performances, directing and especially song. Dave Chapelle looks to be in rare form here, could snag himself a best supporting role. If this plays out as well as the trailer, Cooper and Gaga could see themselves with nominations as well. Looks emotional as hell, with great acting and I’m sure Cooper will deliver on the directing front.

Probably my favourite trailer of the week.

‘Mortal Engines’ Trailer

We got the biggest bomb of the year folks! This is one steaming pile of hot garbage.

I really do hate being that guy who rips things to shreds. A lot of hard work goes into making any movie. Hundreds of people put a ton of time and energy into each project, but sometimes you just need to tell it like it is. Mortal Engines STINKS, I haven’t seen the movie, but my god that trailer told me everything I need to know.

Two words come across the screen, Peter Jackson and that immediately gets you going. This man is responsible for the Lord of The Rings, turns out he’s not directing, not a good start. They want to suck you in with thinking he’s heavily involved, he’s not. He might have been responsible for getting Hugo Weaving to star. This seems big and bold, something he is known for, but it doesn’t really have any of the Peter Jackson DNA on it, at least in my mind. The concept seems pretty cool, but unfortunately the execution looks just terrible, sad really.

I feel like I have seen this movie a hundred times over the last decade. Some rebellious kid wants to take down some evil organization all on her own. Only for them to be recognized as the symbol of hope. I just can’t do it anymore. This has all the makings to be a massive flop, let me reiterate, this will be a massive flop.

See for yourself.

‘Bumblebee’ Trailer

The Transformers franchise is like that ex that you keep going back to, thinking this time it will be different. This time it actually looks to be different.

The joys of being transported back in time. I remember sitting down to watch the first ever Transformers movie and being blown away at that time. The franchise as gone onto making terrible sequel after sequel. You know, more explosions, terrible plot, awful dialogue and absolutely zero heart. Where did the movie that I watched so many years ago go to?Well it appears that director Travis Knight is bringing us back to the beginning because Bumblebee looks like a ton of fun. The Transformers franchise appears to have had a heart replacement, because this trailer makes me feel something inside. Everyone loves Bumblebee, he’s the reason why I keep giving this franchise my money, so it only makes sense to make him his own solo movie. Set in everyone’s favourite decade, the 80s we are getting B’s origin story and I’m all in. We even get our first look at Starscream, the villain of the movie. Not sure if John Cena was in the trailer, because I have a hard time seeing him. Movie looks great, can’t wait and really hoping for an Optimus Prime cameo. Autobots roll out. Check ya later.https://youtu.be/fAIX12F6958

‘Widows’ Trailer

Hold on to your butts. Here’s the best movie of 2018 people.

Steve McQueen is back and he’s not messing around. My lord if that trailer doesn’t get you fired up, well I don’t know what will. This movie has been gaining a to of Oscar buzz already – Viola Davis for best Actress, this looks to be a potential lock for best picture and director as well.

Coming off 12 Years A Slave, McQueen comes out swinging and it appears he has hit a grand slam. ARE YOU SEEING THIS CAST?! I thought the Golden StateWarriors has a stacked roster, my god, I don’t even know where to begin. The premise of wives finishing off what their dead bank robber husbands started is pretty incredible and based off the book by Gillian Flynn, who wrote Gone Girl. This has all the makings to be special. Gone Girl turned out incredibly and I don’t see why this can’t as well.

Check out the trailer and see for yourself. You won’t be disappointed.

‘Deadpool 2’ Review

Here’s the thing. Ryan Reynolds was born to play Deadpool, but I felt like this was a pretty big drop off from the first.

So you know when you go to a restaurant and you eat the absolute best meal of your life? Then you to back to that exact same restaurant eat the exact same meal, but it’s just not the same feeling? You’re shocked, you were ready to be blown away again, you’ve had this exact same dish before, but for some reason, things seem different. Well this is how I would sum up Deadpool 2.

I remember back in 2016, sitting down to watch Deadpool and from the very opening credits I was laughing so hard and I was hooked right in. Not only was it such a financial success, the move itself paved the way for future comic book movies for years to come (like Logan). It simply changed the game, so it’s no surprise that it only took 2 years for FOX to pump out the Deadpool sequel. So as I sat down, things were oddly familiar, the opening credits poke fun at the James Bond openings, but I just wasn’t laughing quite like I did 2 years prior. It just felt shoed in. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. I get it, these are Deadpool traits and they are what made the first so unique and ground breaking. I just didn’t want a repeat performance the second time around.

This time it’s a family story, this movie is all about the family dynamic and what it means to be a family. I’m serious, the whole meaning of the movie is finding out what it takes and what it means to belong to some sort of family. Wade and Vanessa want to put a bun in the oven but when tragedy strikes, Wade must place his heart else where and learn to be part of a new family; the X-Men. Along the way he attempts to create his own team, X-Force, which obviously goes horribly wrong, but a sequence involving said X-Force was one of the highlights of the movie for me. Don’t get me wrong, I had some fun with Deadpool 2, but now waiting days to write my review, I view the whole movie as forgettable. It just seemed so jumbled and all over the place, it’s a movie excuse to set up the future instalments in this franchise. They even make jokes alluding to this very thing, but it just seems so poorly put together. Yes, they introduced Cable (Josh Brolin) who did a fine job. He’s a great character but he really didn’t add anything special to this movie or universe. I want to explore his character some more and him and Reynolds have terrific chemistry together, so that at least is a positive but overall, Cable was a serious meh for me. The person who steals the show and is by far the best part of this movie is Domino (Zazie Beetz) I dont even wanna imagine this movie without her in it. She steals every scene she’s in, the way the movie portrays her super power of being lucky on the big screen, was incredible. It’s without doubt the best part of the entire movie and the sequences when they are displaying her powers were just special in my mind. She has some serious potential in this universe and I can’t wait to see where they take her from here.

Yes, there are a ton of little Easter eggs and references, they allude to a ton of world building but it didn’t add much. You can only make the same joke so many times before it runs dry and stale. The villains are sub-par at most. I think that’s the weakest part of the movie, and why I think the third act falls flat on its face. I’m just kind of disappointed by the movie. I know the effort is there, I love all the people involved, just something seemed off this time around. I think it’s because we’ve already had the experience. So when you try pretty much do the same thing over again, it might not stick and land as well as the first time around. This is just my opinion. I know people are going to love this movie, I just really didn’t. I want to keep seeing Deadpool and exploring the new characters that were introduced. But I think they need to seriously consider the future of this franchise and make sure the next one is a fresh take on this material. You can’t possibly get away with doing the exact same thing three times in a row. Fans won’t stand for that. You can go in so many directions that you need a good writing team and idea for the third.

Overall I found Deadpool 2 to be kind of a mess. I just felt like they tried to hard to build a universe for Deadpool rather than just make a great second installment. There is so much potential here because of how brilliant Reynolds plays the character and they want this to succeed. But maybe they rushed into the sequel, remember it took over a decade to get the first, great things take time. I still think this universe and the future of Deadpool has an insanely bright future. This was just unfortunately a miss-step.

Check ya later.

Nate’s Movie Tour Reviews – Deadpool 2 = 76/100

‘SkyScraper’ Trailer

Dwayne Johnson, you got a metal leg! – Forest Gump voice

The trend of me liking anything with Dwayne Johnson rolls on! The newest trailer for SkyScraper, his version of Die Hard is fast approaching and it looks like a good old cheesy fun time at the movies!

Seriously though, I’m so down for Dwayne just reinventing old classics and putting a new spin on them and churning them out year after year. Like perhaps a Speed remake? Or how about a new spin on Point Break…wait that already happened, I’m sorry i reminded you of that.

So it goes like this, Dwayne has a really bad day working for the FBI, a bomb explodes leaving him without one of his legs. But as he puts it in the trailer, it was the best thing that ever happened to him because it led him to his wife and eventually the birth of his children. So when they are residents of the worlds tallest building, well you know things are going up shit creek real fast. That’s exactly what happens and it’s up to dear old Dwayne to save the day. No this will not be the next Die Hard, but it looks like a fun night at the movies. DJ always delivers with entertainment and he’s a box office goldmine these days. This will attractive an audience and looks to be half decent. Cheesy, yes. But I’m looking forward to DJ killing a whole lot of bad guys in hopefully some pretty unique and awesome ways. Plus it has one of Canada’s national treasures, Neve Campbell!

Overall the trailer is so-so, but I know I’ll see it opening weekend.

Check ya later.

‘Mowgli’ Trailer Drops.

We are getting another live action Jungle Book movie, and I’m okay with it.

Everyone needs an origin story these days. Even Mowgli the little guy from The Jungle Book. Yes we are only a few years removed from Disney’s massive success that was the live action adaptation of this beloved child story, but this time Andy Serkis is taking the reigns. I’ll be honest if this was any other person, I would be concerned but the master of motion capture has my attention.

I know it’s tough to follow in the footsteps of the previous incarnation, at the time it was one of Disney’s highest grossing movies, critics and fan rejoice at the home run that Jon Favreau provided us with. So Andy has some pretty shoes to fill. But with him behind the scenes and the all star roster he has put together, this has the makings to be great. It will be so difficult to top the previous one, but this time around they are going dark and really digging into Mowgli’s origin.

They needed a fresh take on the subject matter, perhaps no signing no dance routines, more serious and grounded and that is kind of WBs bread and butter. I’m not going to write this movie off because the trailer didn’t absolutely blow me away, can’t be to critical and harsh on teaser trailers. This has all the makings of being a fun ride at the movies with some serious potential upside.

Take a look for yourself!

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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Trailer Will Rock You

See what I did with that title? Get it? Queen, will rock you….

This whole thing looks amazing and that’s even without Sasha Baron Cohen playing the lead of Freddy Mercury. Oh what could have been. That was a match made in heaven. But in drops Rami Malek, Mr. Robot himself and I have to say, he’s doing a fantastic job.

I’m a big fan of Queen, well who isn’t? So when I heard they were making a feature length film based on Freddy Mercury I was quite intrigued. It kind of sat in production hell, but they ultimately found their Freddy and their director – Dexter Fletcher.

Movies about music or musical icons can be tough to pull off. You really need a rest performance to carry a movie such as this and I think we are going to get one. Rami will be the anchor of the film and a ton of weight will be placed on his shoulders. If people don’t buy into him and his portrayal of Freddy Mercury then the movie will not succeed. From what we see in the trailer I don’t think that will be the case, it seems he has totally bought into this role and immersed himself into the embodiment of Freddy himself.

Plain and simple if they do a great job incorporating Queens music into the film, and it translates well onto the big screen, I think this will be a home run. Check out the trailer below and see for yourself!

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