Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

I finally had an open weekend so I could see this 2nd installment of the Fantastic Beasts series. Here is my take…

At the end of the first installment Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) is captured by the Magic Congress of the USA. Grindelwald escapes during a transfer. Once this is discovered many people put together plans to try and recapture the evil Wizard. The story unfolds from there…

The first half of the movie was hollow and confusing. The continuation from the first installment was almost non-existent. There should have been more back story tied in. There is a lot more star power in this installment and that alone makes the movie worth seeing. The last half or should I say the last 35 minutes of the movie is where everything happens and everything comes together. What you see in that 35 minutes makes it almost worth what you went through to get to that point.

The best aspects of the movie are the cool special effects, the cinematography and the costumes, especially what the women are wearing. The movie is long, but it does move quite quickly once things pick up. The door is left open for a 3rd installment. If you are following this J.K. Rowling series, then don’t miss this 2nd installment.

This is a 2 Star Movie!!

Ant-Man and The Wasp in 3D

“Ant-Man” is funny and silly, nothing like “Infinity War and Black Panther” where there is an emotional investment in the characters.

This second installment of the “Ant-Man” franchise sort of picks up where he left off in the first installment, but also including “Ant-Man’s” appearance in “Captain America: Civil War”.

Currently Scott Lang (Ant-Man) (Paul Rudd) is under house arrest. He has two days left and he will be free, but Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and his daughter, Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) need the Ant-Man’s help.
“Ant-Man” has a dream about Hank’s wife Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) who went missing after a mission some twenty years ago. Hope somehow removes the ankle bracelet from Scott and gets him out of his house without the local authorities being alerted.
On another front there is someone from Hank’s past who could use his help but doesn’t ask the usual nice way. The story unfolds from there…

“Ant-Man and the Wasp” has several small back stories that come together nicely to provide context and intrigue for this installment. The movie is funny, silly and interesting simultaneously. The cinematography and special effects are great. “Ant-Man” shows more range in this installment which makes his character a bit richer.

There is a small dead spot in the movie and that’s what keeps it from being 5 stars. It’s definitely worth viewing if you are a Marvel fan.

This is a 4 Star Movie!

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom in 3D

More Dinosaurs… It’s been over three years since the last installment “Jurassic World”. The town, village and area were destroyed by the Dinosaurs that were in containment there during that time.

Fast forward to today the land is mostly a jungle where the Dinosaurs that survived feed on themselves. Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) are approached to mount a rescue to save the remaining Dinosaurs from extinction. Owen wants to find “Blue” his lead Raptor who has been missing since the fallout started in “Jurassic World”. A team is assembled and they all head to the island, but a volcano erupts and causes a stampede. The story unfolds from there…

“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom lacks punch and dynamite. The story is just ho-hum. There are a few laughs and you will find yourself rooting for the Dinosaurs at times. The bad guys are just plain boring. There are a few twists and turns, but those are not enough to make the movie edge of your seat entertainment.

A bit more thought should have been given to this installment. This installment is by far the worst one. That in its self is very disappointing.

This is a 2 Star Movie!!

Solo: A Star Wars Story in 3D

The “Hans Solo” story is Ok, but it’s not the usual Star Wars blockbuster we have come to expect.

This episode is a new adventure starring Hans Solo. In a far-away galaxy Solo must constantly deal in daring escapades trying to escape trouble. He lands himself a job as a copilot but that too falls futile. Solo ends up dealing with the deep dark criminal underworld where he deals with a gambler to win a ship that he needs for a job. This sets the course for several criminal encounters that Solo has to maneuver around. The story unfolds from there…

The story starts off slowly and drags. It takes over 50 minutes for things to heat up and get interesting. Once the events get going it’s an enjoyable movie. There are plenty of crazy stunts, lots of action and beautiful cinematography.

Please do not expect the usual Star Wars Blockbuster. You will be disappointed. This is a Ron Howard production. It is pretty good.

This is a 3 Star Movie!!

Avengers: Infinity War in 3D

The Avengers and all of their Super Hero allies have their hands full. This is one of the most complicated and deadliest missions they have ever been faced with. They must all come together and fight as a total united front if they expect to be victorious.

The Avenger’s arch nemesis Thanos is on the move and wrecking-havoc across the universe. He and his warriors are destroying communities everywhere. Thanos is after the 6 jewels that collectively will give the owner the utmost power. He will have to battle several of the Avengers and their super hero allies to gain the jewels. Thanos is aware of this and starts his fight by coming to earth. The story unfolds from there…

The 3D aspects of the movie are excellent. It was awesome to see the Avengers and their Super Hero allies come together. They each have their own stories and the movie was able to bring everything together nicely.

The cinematography and special effects are awesome. There is plenty of action and intrigue. There is even some comic relief. This installment is part one. There will be a part 2 and this installment ends perfectly to allow part 2 to take over.

If you are a Marvel Universe fan, “The Avengers: Infinity War” should not be missed.

This is a 4 Star Movie!

Rampage in 3D

A Space and Science project involving DNA goes all wrong. That is the premises for Rampage.

A gentle Silverback Gorilla named George who resides at a zoo, a wild Coyote in Wyoming and a Crocodile all become the unwilling recipients of a DNA sample that crash lands in various parts of the US from a Space Satellite Shuttle that was heading to Earth but exploded upon entry to Earth’s atmosphere.

Primatologist Davis Okoye (Dwayne Johnson) has a bond with George and can communicate with him. Davis attempts to calm George when it’s obvious that something has gone terribly wrong. The Authorities sedate George and attempt to transport him to a secure facility. Davis is also brought along.

The company who is involved with the DNA project attempts to cover their tracks once it’s determined that the DNA samples have crash landed back on earth. They have their own military personnel at their disposal and dispatch them to find and kill the Coyote.
But things go terribly wrong. The story unfolds from there…

Every year these types of movies make their way to the big screen.
This one is actually pretty good. Dwayne Johnson always does well in action movies. “Rampage” will appeal to the younger set because there are large animals running wild in the big city and Dwayne Johnson and the military are coming to the rescue.
The cinematography is great. There was even some comic relief.

If you like these types of movies, check out “Rampage”.

This is a 3 Star Movie!

Pacific Rim Uprising in 3D

It’s been 5 years since the 2013 Pacific Rim installment although the movie plays it as if it’s been 10 years.

Jake Pentecost (John Boyega) the son of the legendary Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba) who gave his life in the first installment to save humanity from the monstrous “Kaiju” must find a way to move away from the criminal element after abandoning his Jaeger Pilot training.

A worst threat to humanity is about to make it’s self-known and Jake’s skills as well as current Jaeger Pilot Cadets in training must get ready to fight the battle of their lives. The story unfolds from there…

This is a classic case of the second installment is not as good as the first. There is action, special effects and some cool cinematography, but the back story to setup this installment is weak. It appears that the movie just wants to get to the dueling robots instead of providing an appropriate lead-in. The movie running time seemed longer than 111 minutes. John Boyega is the highlight of the movie.

“Pacific Rim Uprising” is a perfect movie for the “Bad Movie Club”. 😊

Wait for it to come out on DVD, Cable or Blue Ray.

This is a 2 Star Movie!