Vice

Not on my original “Watch List”, “Vice” became a late entrant.

“Vice” is a depiction of Vice President Dick Cheney’s life starting from college up to and including his time as the Vice President of the United States.

The movie starts in 1963 in Casper, WY where Dick Cheney (Christian Bale) is having a rough time in college. He then ends up working as a Telephone Pole climber who repairs phone lines. In 1968 Dick Cheney gets his act together and enters into Political Life as an intern. During his internship this is where he meets Donald Rumsfeld (Steve Carell). Cheney’s connection with Donald Rumsfeld wets his appetite for Politics. Moving along the movie touches on the following Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan and then in 2001 with President Bush and Obama’s election in 2008.

The main focus is the events and administration’s decisions that occurred after 9/11. The story unfolds from there…

The movie is not bad, but it does not focus in one area too long and that can cause confusion with the viewer. There is a lot of skipping around so you have to pay attention and sort of put the pieces together yourself.

I like Political-based movies when they are done well. “Vice” is just ok. I wanted to view it mainly because of the cast playing the roles. I wanted to see what they would do with what they were given. Needless to say it was interesting and also a bit dry.

This is a 2 1/2 Star Movie!!

Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween

“Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” is a continuation from the first installment, the 2016 hit that lasted two weeks at number one.

I actually did not find this installment as funny as last years. This installment is quirky, silly and a bit dull. The funniest parts of the movie include Madea, but Madea is not in every scene. I have to say that this Madea installment is no-where near as good as any of the others that Tyler Perry has made. While the movie will not scare you, you should be afraid to see it.

No Stars!!

Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween

Halloween is approaching and the movies that usually open about Halloween fall into one of two categories, either the movie is scary or stupid. Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween falls in the stupid category.

There was a small amount of comic relief, but not enough and what did appear was a bit insulting. I like Tyler Perry and think he is very talented, but this is the worst “Madea” movie he has produced.

It’s Halloween night and Madea receives a call from Brian (Perry) to come over and “Baby sit” her teenage granddaughter, Leah (Lexy Panterra). Madea arrives with her husband Joe (Perry), Hattie (Patrice Lovely) and Aunt Bam (Cassie Davis). Brian needs to return to work and he does not want Leah to go to a Halloween Party at a nearby Frat house. Leah has other plans and eventually sneaks out of the house without anyone knowing she’s gone, but soon Madea discovers Leah is not in the house. All hell breaks loose…The story unfolds from there…

Without Madea and her antics this movie would be a total waste. The acting for the most part was horrible. The comedy relief wasn’t what it needed to be. I laughed briefly, but found most of the movie to be stupid, rude and insulting.

Tyler Perry should go back to the drawing board and make a “Madea” movie that is really funny and has some good acting. “Boo! A Madea Halloween” was not on par with any other Madea movie to date!!

This is a 1 Star Movie!

Gone Girl

“Oh My Gosh!!”, “Gone Girl” is jaw dropping good!! The mystery of it all is insane!! The plot and story are out of this world crazy!! The movie is based on the best-selling novel by Gillian Flynn.

“Gone Girl” is about the ups and downs of a modern marriage. On their fifth wedding anniversary Nick Dunne (Affleck) finds himself contacting the police because he comes home and finds what appears to look like a struggle of some kind took place in his home and his wife is missing…The story unfolds from there…

Straight away it looks like “Been there done that”, but WAIT!! It’s like a made bed that you decide to unmake. As you remove pieces of the bedding the picture starts to come together and oh what a picture it makes.

“Gone Girl” is excellently executed, a slow churning suspense mystery with plenty of intrigue. You will be on the edge of your seat. The performances of the actors are superb.

This has to be the best Suspense/Mystery/Thriller I have seen in a while…

If you like Suspense/Mystery/Thrillers, “Gone Girl” is your movie.

“Gone Girl” is definitely a must see!!

This is a 4 1/2 Star Movie!!

The Single Moms Club

“The Single Moms Club” is about five women of various financial means who each have something in common. They are all single Moms. Their children all attend the same prestigious academy. The Mom’s are either divorced or the divorce is pending or in one Mom’s case she never married.

The movie takes you through the trials and tribulations that the five Moms deal with from parenting to dating to their individual job/career situations. Their first meeting is at the academy where their children are on the verge of being suspended. After meeting to discuss the situation, they decide to form “The Single Moms Club”. The story unfolds from there…

The movie is light-hearted and at times quite entertaining. The problem though is that some of the acting is very weak. Nia Long is strong, beautiful and her acting is very good, but I cannot say that for some of the other actors in the film. Think of “The Single Moms Club” as a two hour sitcom. You can easily classify this movie as a “Chick Flick”.

Alex Cross

Based on a James Patterson novel series, Alex Cross (Tyler Perry) a detective/psychologist for the Detroit Police Dept finds himself and his team which consists of his long time friend Tommy Kane (Edward Burns) and police detective Monica Ashe (Rachel Nichols) trying to catch a ruthless, sadist serial killer who goes by the name of Picasso.
They play a deadly game of cat and mouse trying to stop what is to be believed as an assassination attempt on a European industrialist who resides in the suburbs of Detroit. Alex Cross must find a way to get inside Picasso’s head so he can get one step ahead of him because that is the only way Picasso is going to be stopped. The story unfolds from there…
The plot and story are choppy. There is no cohesiveness. Tyler Perry does not make a good transition from comedy to suspense thriller. The Character Alex Cross does not come across as ruthless as his character is in the James Patterson novels. This is what makes the movie just ok.
The movie is not as bad as the paid critics indicated although it’s definitely not as good as the previews made it look. Tyler Perry should stick to the “Madea” character. He is very good at that and not so good when there is a need to be ruthless and cunning.