How many times and how many ways can Cinderella be made? Well, another installment is upon us. This one is an Amazon Prime Exclusive. It’s chocked full of famous and well-known actors and actresses and I am sure this was a fun vehicle for them to make.
Unfortunately, it’s not as good as it should be… Don’t get me wrong, they did change it up a bit in several areas. Also, this is primarily a Musical, so most of the dialog is in song. I am just no sure that this version needed to be told. Cinderella is a Classic!! This version tries to bring it into the 21st Century. I don’t feel that is needed. It could have been redone, just keep the Classic style in place.
I did find parts of the movie amusing. I also found parts of the movie boring.
Alas…There was some comic relief. I think children will find this version entertaining. From an Adult’s perspective the screenplay is disjointed.
If you have Amazon Prime, viewing this installment of Cinderella will not cost you a dime. Otherwise, it’s not worth the cost of a regular movie ticket.
This is a 2 Star Movie!!
What a nice surprise!! Marvel has expanded its Universe and it could not happen at a better time.
The back story for “Shang-Chi and The Legend of the 10 Rings” is on point! The story makes sense and everything ties together nicely.
Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) must confront his past, a past he thought he had left behind, but it comes and finds him in San Francisco. He is drawn into a web of mystery by an organization known as the Ten Rings. Shang-Chi soon finds out that his Father is behind the mystery and they must confront each other to move forward. The story unfolds from there…
The usual Marvel Universe effects are in play. The movie is chalked full of action, special effects, intrigue and great cinematography.
This is an excellent first installment of Shang-Chi. I can’t wait to see what comes next.
If you are a Marvel Universe fan “Shang-Chi and The Legend of the 10 Rings should not be missed. It’s only in theaters.
This is a 5 Star Movie!!
She’s Back!! “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” is a visual feast!!
After Maleficent’s goddaughter Aurora gets engaged to Prince Phillip, they each start questioning the complex matters of family. Aurora wants Maleficent to meet the King and Queen and do all of the things that a mother would do when her daughter gets engaged. Little does Aurora know her godmother already knows the King and Queen all to-well. Additionally the hatred between man and the fairies still continues. The story unfolds from there…
As I stated in my opening “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” is a visual feast. The cinematography, action and special effects are on point. There is a lot of new ground to cover in this second installment. There are many new cast members and you get a peek at what may be Maleficent’s back story.
The movie is quite enjoyable. It’s sad that it took so long for this sequel. It’s been 5 years since the 2014 Global Box Office hit “Maleficent” hit theaters.
The paid critics didn’t seem to like this installment, but I think it’s worth a look.
This is a 3 ½ Star Movie!!
If you just sit back and relax you will enjoy “Mortal Engines”. If you start to wonder, ask questions or think too hard, you won’t enjoy “Mortal Engines” because it doesn’t quite make any sense and the back story is very piece mill at best.
The story is set hundreds of years after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, a young woman Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar) holds the key to stopping London who has grown into a giant predator city on wheels. London devours other towns on wheels that come into its path. Hester soon teams up with Tom Nathsworthy (Robert Sheehan) who is an outcast from London and Anna Fang (Jihae) who is a dangerous outlaw. Together they try to stop London from destroying everything in its path. The story unfolds from there…
“Mortal Engines” is very entertaining if you don’t think too hard. There is lots of action, special effects and interesting cinematography. The problem is the back story is weak, some events don’t make sense and there is too much CGI.
“Mortal Engines” will be great on DVD or Cable.
This is a 2 Star Movie!!
$1 Billion Dollars and Counting. I cannot say enough Great Things about this movie!!
Earlier last week Black Panther surpassed The Dark Knight on the All Time Domestic List. Previously The Dark Knight had been my measuring stick for Super Hero Movies, Now it’s Black Panther.
“The Dark Tower” is one of Stephen King’s best-selling novels about the last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba) who continues to battle the “Man in Black” (Matthew McConaughey) to prevent him from destroying the Dark Tower, which holds the Universe together.
A young boy, Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor) has continued nightmares, visions and dreams about a “Dark Tower”, a “Gunslinger” and a “Man in Black”. He draws what he dreams. Jake’s dreams, visions and nightmares lead his parents to thinking that he needs to be placed in an institution. When the representatives from the institution arrive at Jake’s home, he recognizes them from one of his nightmares. Jake finds a way to escape his home and is able to evade them.
Jake on the run makes his way to an abandoned mansion he saw in one of his visions not realizing that inside this mansion is the gateway to where the “Gunslinger” and the “Man in Black” are located. Jake enters the gateway. The “Man in Black” realizes that Jake is the boy who holds the powers that he needs to use to topple “The Dark Tower”. The story unfolds from there…
Unfortunately the movie does not do the book justice. Although watching Idris Elba as a “Gunslinger” is a wonderful thing… He and his five o’clock shadow look good doing just about anything and Idris Elba is the bright spot in the movie.
“The Dark Tower” spends too much time at the beginning not giving you what you need to put everything in perspective. There is plenty of action and special effects. The movie spends most of its time being dark and mysterious.
I grew up a Stephen King fan and read almost all of his books. I did read “The Dark Tower” and I am disappointed that the movie does not represent the book better.
If you are a Stephen King fan, you may find “The Dark Tower” worth your time, but I suggest waiting for it to come out on DVD, Blu-Ray or Cable.
This is a 2 Star Movie!
Disney’s “Beauty and The Beast” is a “Live Action Visual Feast”!!
Belle (Emma Watson) goes in search of her father Maurice (Kevin Kline) after his horse returns to the village without him. The horse leads Belle through the forest to the castle where her father disappeared. Belle finds her father being held captive inside the castle. The Beast approaches, but Belle isn’t afraid of the Beast and offers to trade places with her father. The Beast doesn’t want to make a trade, but allows Belle to say good-bye to her father. Once she is inside the cell with her father she pushes him out and slams the door. The story unfolds from there…
“Beauty and the Beast” is an old animated story being told in live action with tremendous visual effects, beautiful cinematography and wonderfully updated music.
The movie is very entertaining and will hold your attention. The 3D aspects are very good. The cast is excellent with the enchanting servant voices being played by the likes of Emma Thompson, Ian McKellen, Stanley Tucci, Audra McDonald and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
This is a grown-up version of the classic tale, but can be enjoyed by everyone!!
This is a 3 ½ Star Movie!
“The Great Wall” is an Action/Fantasy set in 11th century China, two Mercenaries (Matt Damon and Pedro Pascal) from the west find themselves battling for their lives against a Chinese Military. They are soon captured, but once their captors witness their archery and weapons skills, the military command at the Great Wall needs their assistance to battle a super-natural menace who continues to try and scale the wall to get at them and their people. Meanwhile there is a stranded visitor (Willem Dafoe) who has been at the great wall for twenty five years. He states there is a treasure to be had and tries to convince the Mercenaries to help him steal it. The story unfolds from there…
“The Great Wall” is an action epic and visual feast. Matt Damon is the best element in the movie. It’s a shame that the story wasn’t put in proper context so that it was understood how the super-natural menace came to be and why it wishes to attack and destroy an entire nation and where did the supposed treasure come from.
Because the story as a whole is dis-jointed and unclear, it’s boring. If it weren’t for Matt Damon, the movie won’t be worth seeing. The 3D aspects are pretty good.
“The Great Wall” will be a great movie to watch on Blue-Ray, DVD or Cable.
This is a 2 ½ Star Movie!
“A Monster Calls” is based on a best-selling novel by Patrick Ness. The story is about a 12 year old boy, Conor (Lewis MacDougall) who has a lot on his young plate. Conor is dealing with his terminally ill mother (Felicity Jones), a mean, unsympathic grandmother (Sigourney Weaver) and if that’s not enough Conor is being bullied at school. To cope with all that is going on, Conor tries to loose himself in his art.
Soon Conor finds an unlikely ally when a Tree Monster (Liam Neeson) appears at his bedroom window at 12:07am. This time turns out to be significant because at 12:07am just about every night the Tree Monster appears doling out advise, stories and wisdom. The Monster helps give Conor courage to face the truth and deal with all of the events in his life. The story unfolds from there…
Although dark at times “A Monster Calls” has some eye pleasing visuals. The special effects are really good. The story is very emotional and moving.
This is a 4 ½ Star Movie!
I am ending the year with one last review…
“Moana” is a delightful, heart-warming and entertaining animated movie. If you haven’t seen it, you should.
The movie is predictable, but refreshing because there are some twists and turns in the story that were not obvious.
“Moana” is about a young Pacific-Islander girl, Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) who against her Father’s wishes goes out on a dangerous mission across the Pacific Ocean to save her people. There are many obstacles along the way, but none of them deter Moana.
The CGI and special effects are tastefully done. The cinematography is excellent. The story and the characters are very endearing.
“Moana” is a movie for the entire family regardless of age.
This is a 5 Star Movie!