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Review: Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom

Posted July 10, 2018 by Rowena in Reviews | 2 Comments

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)
Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda
Director: J.A. Bayona
Release Date: 22 June 2018
Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 2:08
Movie Type: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Three years after the Jurassic World theme park was closed down, Owen and Claire return to Isla Nublar to save the dinosaurs when they learn that a once dormant volcano on the island is active and is threatening to extinguish all life there. Along the way, Owen sets out to find Blue, his lead raptor, and discovers a conspiracy that could disrupt the natural order of the entire planet. Life has found a way, again.

This week’s Tuesday $5 movie was for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and it was another fantabulously enjoyable movie. Not even the entire row of tweens that sat in front of us that were rude, loud, disruptive and got on my hot damn nerves from the time the movie started until the very end, could ruin my enjoyment of the movie. It was that much fun for me. I enjoyed the dinosaurs so much and even though my heart hurt for that long neck dinosaur, I still liked the movie.

The human stuff in this movie was a lot more interesting than the last one and the dinosaurs were off the chains great. It was good to see Claire and Owen back in action again and I was surprised with how much more I liked Claire this time around. Owen was still the same goofy but dinosaur caring person that I adored in the last movie so his addition to this movie was great for me.

My favorite part of the movie was Blue comes to Owen and Maisie’s rescue. What a smart dinosaur Blue was and he’s my absolute favorite thing about these movies. I loved Baby Blue and Grown-up Blue is just as great for me. The bond he has with Owen is real and I enjoyed seeing them together again.

The action and the dinosaurs really made this movie for me. I laughed, I got mad and then I rejoiced throughout this movie so overall, it was a solid movie in my opinion. The characters were charming and there were plenty of them to like and seeing what Claire wanted to do for the dinosaurs was sweet. Seeing her and Owen try to right the wrongs of the humans to give these dinosaurs their freedom was something that I could get behind. From beginning to end, I was invested in what was going on and while there were some parts that I thought were cheesy or flat out dumb, I still enjoyed the movie and would recommend.

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My Rating

4 out of 5

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Review: Incredibles 2

Posted June 27, 2018 by Rowena in Reviews | 6 Comments

Starring: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, Eli Fucile
Director: Brad Bird
Release Date: 15 June 2018
Rating: PG
Run Time: 1:58
Movie Type: Animation, Action, Adventure

While the Parr family has accepted its collective calling as superheroes, the fact remains that their special heroism is still illegal. After they are arrested after unsuccessfully trying to stop the Underminer, their future seems bleak. However, the wealthy Deavor siblings of Devtech offer new hope with a bold project to rehabilitate the public image and legal status of Supers, with Elastigirl being assigned on point to be the shining example. Now having agreed for now to stay at home to care for the kids, Mr. Incredible finds domestic life a daunting challenge, especially with baby Jack-Jack’s newly emerged powers making him almost impossible to manage. However, Elastigirl soon has her own concerns dealing with the menace of a new supervillain, Screenslaver, who is wreaking havoc with his mind control abilities. Now, Elastigirl must solve the mystery of this enemy, who has malevolent designs on the world with the Parr family and friends key targets of this evil.

Every Tuesday, my family chooses a movie and heads to AMC’s $5 Tuesday movies and last weeks movie was Incredibles 2. I’m not even going to lie, I’ve been looking forward to this movie all freaking year and I’m happy to report that it was everything that I hoped it would be and a little more.

So, we’re back in the Parr’s world and they’ve come to terms with their superhero powers but they have to keep everything under wraps because superheroes are illegal. They’re staying in a motel and trying to figure out their next move after an undercover superhero save goes bad. They need to get back to work, the kids need to get back to school and they need to find a more permanent place to live. When ElastiGirl is offered a superhero job that will help change the world’s view of superheroes, ElastiGirl goes to work and Bob becomes a stay at home Dad.

Most of the movie is set around ElastiGirl trying to save the world without making a huge mess and Bob trying to figure out how to be there for his kids and handle the home life. Their worlds are flipped on their heads because Helen is usually the one that stays home with the kids but I really enjoyed seeing the two of them figure things out as the movie progressed. Seeing Bob realize that Helen’s Mom gig is hard was funny and it was heartwarming to see him develop relationships with his kids. And seeing Helen kick ass at every turn was fantastic.

I loved seeing everyone again and it’s hard to pick a favorite because I adored them all…well, except for the bad guys.

Jack Jack seriously stole the movie though. He had me laughing in every single scene that he was in and finally seeing what his powers were was freaking great. I loved seeing Violet again and seeing her be a hormonal teenager was great fun, especially seeing Bob deal with that on top of Dash’s commo core Math problems and his overall billy bad ass tendencies, it was all just one laugh out loud moment after another and I was so here for it. When the movie ended, I was super happy with the entire thing. I loved seeing the Parr’s kick ass again and take down the bad guys. I loved seeing FroZone, meeting the new Supers and just everything. I really enjoyed this movie and highly recommend.

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My Rating

5 out of 5

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Movie Review: Iron Man

Posted April 5, 2018 by Rowena in Reviews | 4 Comments

Iron Man (2008)
Starring: Robert Downing Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Leslie Bibb, Clark Gregg
Director: Jon Favreau
Release Date: 2 May 2008
Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 2:06
Movie Type: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Tony Stark. Genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist. Son of legendary inventor and weapons contractor Howard Stark. When Tony Stark is assigned to give a weapons presentation to an Iraqi unit led by Lt. Col. James Rhodes, he’s given a ride on enemy lines. That ride ends badly when Stark’s Humvee that he’s riding in is attacked by enemy combatants. He survives – barely – with a chest full of shrapnel and a car battery attached to his heart. In order to survive, he comes up with a way to miniaturize the battery and figures out that the battery can power something else. Thus Iron Man is born. He uses the primitive device to escape from the cave in Iraq. Once back home, he then begins work on perfecting the Iron Man suit. But the man who was put in charge of Stark Industries has plans of his own to take over Tony’s technology for other matters.

It’s been years since I’ve watched this movie so because I couldn’t remember a damn thing about it, I re-watched it to kick start my Marvel Movies Project and while I enjoyed it, the Iron Man portion of the Marvel movies will never be my favorite.

The movie starts off with Tony Stark living it up and not having a care in the world. He’s a rich party boy who cares only about what’s in front of him and not much else. He’s also a genius that makes high power military grade weapons and sells them so he’s got fans but he’s also got haters. Things take a turn for Tony when he’s getting ready to speak at a weapons presentation and he’s attacked and wakes up in enemy lands with a car battery attached to his heart. Seriously.

This is probably only the second time that I’ve watched this movie and I’ve got to say that I enjoyed the movie a lot more this time around than I did the first time. Tony Stark and Pepper Potts were a lot more fun this time around and seeing Tony trying to do right by everyone was so rewarding when he finally got into that Iron Man suit and started doing what he was meant to be doing.

The actual story for Iron Man isn’t that original but Robert Downing Jr. did the role justice. He was the perfect Tony Stark and his humor brought a lot of enjoyment to my viewing of this one. I enjoyed the slight romance between him and Pepper and I enjoyed seeing him take the bad guys down so I’m glad that I went back and watched this one. I liked this movie fine but I just like the other movies more. Now, I’m even more excited to watch the rest of the movies.

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My Rating

3.5 out of 5

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Movie Review: Black Panther

Posted March 29, 2018 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Black Panther (2018)
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o
Director: Ryan Coogler
Release Date: 16 February 2018
Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 2:14
Movie Type: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

After the events of Captain America: Civil War, King T’Challa returns home to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country’s new leader. However, T’Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne from factions within his own country. When two foes conspire to destroy Wakanda, the hero known as Black Panther must team up with C.I.A. agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Dora Milaje, Wakandan special forces, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war.

I’m not going to lie, Michael B. Jordan is the main reason that I went to see this movie. I love that guy and have since he played Vince on Friday Night Lights, so I try to support anything that he comes out with and so I planned to watch this movie with my daughter Brenna.

So the week that this movie came out, I went with Brenna, my 15-year-old nephew Chase and my 8-year-old nephew Luke. Chase, Brenna and I didn’t know much about Black Panther, what the movie was about but it was getting a lot of hype so we were game for whatever. At the theater, we sat in this order: Brenna, Luke, Me, Chase. In the beginning of the movie, Brenna was confused on who was who and what was happening and she didn’t know how to ask me without bothering Luke, who was all into the movie.

So there we are, watching the movie and Brenna is trying to get my attention. She wants to ask me questions about what is going on. Taking pity on her, Luke leans over and begins to fill her in.

This is what I hear of their whispered conversation:

Luke: “You see that guy? He’s Black Panther. He’s the main character and the protector of Wakanda. There’s where he lives and the boy you and your Mom like? He’s gonna find out who he really is and he’s gonna turn bad.”

Brenna: “Oh, how do you know this?”

Luke: “Because I like this stuff!”

Ha! I will say that by the end of the movie, our whole group was lit. The movie was fantastic. The story, the characters, there wasn’t a part of the movie that we didn’t love. Killmonger’s story low key broke my heart because, goodness, had he known the truth or if anyone had come back for him, how different would his life have been? Gah, still…this movie was so freaking good.

The acting was phenomenal, the casting was oustanding and the story itself was well written. There’s much to recommend this movie and if you haven’t seen it yet, fix that pronto because this is the best movie that I’ve seen in a while.

Can I also mention the perfection that is Lupita Nyongo’s skin? I remember whispering my awww at how flawless her skin was and Lukey responded next to me, “I know, right? She has no pimples!” Haha, I seriously love that kid.

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My Rating

5 out of 5

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