Pokemon Detective Pikachu

POSITIVES…

  • If you’re a fan of Pokemon, then this movie is clearly made for you.

  • If you have no knowledge of the world of Pokemon, there are still a lot to like about this movie.

  • All the pokemon references and easter eggs; as well as the pop culture stuff, are all very fun to see in general.

  • Kudos to the SFX team for bringing Pokemon to life on the big screen.

  • Detective Pikachu himself is super cute, and Ryan Reynolds voicing him is just so very entertaining.

  • Pikachu’s chemistry with Tim; played by Justice Smith, works really well, and is one of the main driving force to go through this movie.

  • The “solve the mystery” premise in itself is pretty solid, and should keep your attention.

  • Best scenes of the movie for me involved a mime character, and a set piece involving a forest.

  • The humor is generally good, and adds greatly to the entertainment factor.

  • There’s a plot reveal conceit regarding a certain character throughout the movie, that really amused me in how they tried to handle it.

  • This reminded me of a time when I was much much younger, being amazed and wowed in seeing the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” live-action movie in theaters way back in 1990. I think in a similar way, Detective Pikachu might be thought of just as fondly by today’s young generation, 30 years from now.

NEGATIVES…

  • Despite some creative plot reveals and whatnot, there’s a certain simplistic, predictable, and basic feel to the story telling, that constantly reminded me at how this movie is really still primarily catering to kids below 17 Years old.

  • There’s nothing in this movie that could truly be considered “challenging” in terms of what it brings new to the table.

  • A lot of those plot turns and reveals are purely in the realm of coincidences, and conveniences, as well as constantly using shorthand to explain away the world building and the character developments.

  • Speaking of which, Lucy Stevens; as played by Kathryn Newton, needs more development to her character. Some will argue that every character; short of Pikachu, general needs more time spent in the character development department.

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Long Shot

POSITIVES…

  • As a movie that is a romantic-comedy, with socio-political commentaries, plus a mismatched couple premise, I found this to be perfectly fun and a crowd pleaser.

  • We all know Charlize Theron is a great actress, and it’s no exception here, but it’s always nice to see her do comedy.

  • Seth Rogen is…… Seth Rogen. He does what he does best.

  • The chemistry between Theron and Rogen here is solid, and the two of them are what makes this movie work as well as it does.

  • Rooting for this odd-pairing of a couple is what got me super invested with this movie.

  • It also has a good supporting cast, from June Diane Raphael, O’Shea Jackson Jr, Alexander Skarsgård, to Andy Serkis (who I didn’t even recognize!).

  • Boy II Men makes a fun cameo appearance.

  • Plus the movie soundtrack is also really good. My kind of jams.

  • The humor in this is definitely a lot of fun, and there were in fact several scenes when I actually laughed-out-loud.

  • Has just the right amount of comedic crudeness and steamy stuff.

  • I liked the thematic messaging of this story as well, which even includes some lessons that I was pleasantly surprised to see in this movie.

NEGATIVES…

  • The thematic messaging isn’t to everyone’s liking, and it does hit you over the head multiple times with no subtlety.

  • There are several unbelievable plot points that might make or break this movie for you.

  • Story is generally predictable, and follows very familiar plot tropes.

  • Certain characters are as cliche as it gets.

  • Like with many comedies, there’s that particular lull in the story where things get really serious. While not completely saying it’s a negative by itself, I kinda wanted to just have a laugh all the way through until the end.

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Avengers: Endgame

POSITIVES…

  • Really felt like a Love letter tribute to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

  • Gave us most of what we wanted to see.

  • Gave us surprises that we liked seeing.

  • Overall story moved at it’s own pace, as it wasn’t afraid to slow things down, and then speed things up when needed.

  • I’m sure it was technically long as it was a 3 hours movie, but it sure didn’t feel like it to me! I could have stayed for another hour if it demanded me to.

  • The main characters gets to really shine here, and does a great job of giving a fitting spotlight to the original core Avengers.

  • Doesn’t skimp out on the drama, and there are tons of great development given to the characters.

  • The chemistry between the cast just felt perfect.

  • So many fun character moments.

  • There were some pleasantly surprising cameos!

  • Action adventure sequences are expectedly entertaining and exciting.

  • Visually, it was expectedly good to watch.

  • That MCU humor is still very much present, and I will always welcome that.

  • THAT FINAL HOUR WAS JUST WOW !!!!!

  • Amazing crowd pleasing moments.

  • Emotional and heartbreaking in all the right ways.

  • After watching the movie, you can finally relax in trying to avoid spoilers.

NEGATIVES…

  • There are some convenient plot developments that kinda shows the seams in the writing a bit, and breaks that suspension of disbelief at times.

  • One character in particular doesn’t seem to get a proper treatment at all, and was more of a plot device.

  • You’re going to wish some of those cameo characters have more prominent roles.

  • Some of the visual effects do look a little flawed at times.

  • There are some major plot point scenarios that some people may not completely agree with how they are resolved (or are not resolved) by the end of the movie. Will definitely get you to talk about them though.

  • It doesn’t have those typical MCU mid-credits and end-credits sequences, and there will be people that will be very disappointed by that fact.

P.S….

  • Thank You to Jon Favreau, and Robert Downey Jr, for jump starting the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

  • Thank You to Joss Whedon for bringing together the Avengers and introducing Thanos.

  • Thank You to Writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, plus Directors Anthony and Joe Russo, for wrapping up an unprecedented ambitious cinematic experience that was over 10 Years and 22 movies worth in the making.

  • Thank You to Kevin Feige for overseeing the whole thing.

  • Thank You to Disney and Marvel Studios for allowing this to happen.

  • Thank You Stan Lee. ‘nuff said.

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Teen Spirit

POSITIVES…

  • Best scenes are easily the sequences when Elle Fanning sings. Seems like the most care were put on those parts of the movie.

  • This movie knows how to do montages. I really like the montages, especially in scenes that feel like music videos.

  • The general style of the movie looks good.

  • Zlatco Buric is the most interesting character in this story.

  • I should emphasize the fact that I like the pop songs sung in this movie. I’m a sucker for movie musical genres, so that in itself makes me want to see it through until the end.

NEGATIVES…

  • It’s a good thing I liked Elle’s singing voice here, because the character she plays is severely underwritten. I just could not warm up to her at all throughout the whole movie. It’s like she’s just a walking cliche of a stereotypical moody teen who wishes they were successful in life.

  • The tone of the movie surprisingly feels drab and unenergetic. For a movie with a title of “Teen Spirit,” I was hoping for it to be more spirited. It doesn’t have spirit. No. No. No spirit.

  • You’ve seen this singing competition underdog story before, and it simply does not add anything new to the genre. If anything else, it actually took things out of the premise by relying on plot short cuts. It’s like the movie is painfully aware that we know all the typical plot tropes already, so it doesn’t bother writing them into the story. Hey writer-director Max Minghella, it’s not our job to fill in those holes.

  • All the sub-plots in this movie also kinda went nowhere. Since they are of the cliche variety, I’m sure we’re supposed to just know where they were going anyway.

  • Due to the lack of care in telling the full story in an engaging fashion, the movie feels like it’s just going through the motions, and in turn also feels a bit unbelievably fake. Pandering. Manipulative. Wish-fulfillment. Those things too.

  • MOVIE! You can’t just get by with the fact that Elle Fanning can act, sing, and look pretty in this. Give us more than what was attempted here!

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The Curse Of La Llorona

POSITIVES…

  • Linda Cardellini is good in this, and perfectly plays the audience surrogate to what happens in this movie.

  • Raymond Cruz is a welcome addition to this cast, and gives this movie that extra oomph to make it better than it probably deserves to be.

  • The cinematography and camera work here is excellent.

  • Best thing about this movie are the jumpscare set pieces, and there are several of them. While there’s a predictability to them, I think they earn their jumpscares anyway, due to how effective and clever they were.

NEGATIVES…

  • The demon-ghost character of La Llorona herself is hardly developed or interesting at all.

  • La Llorona in this is relegated to just be the plot device to provide the jumpscares for this movie.  It’s a waste of her character.

  • Some have argued that this movie is also just cultural appropriation of a Latin American folklore legend.

  • While there are some smart things that the characters do, there are far more stupid things that they still do.

  • I like my Conjuring Universe movies to have that bit of feeling realistically grounded despite the supernatural elements, and this one fails at that in many ways.

  • There’s one particular scene, when one of the characters is doing the most incredibly stupid thing that I ever saw in the movie. I wanted to jeer at the screen for such a facepalm worthy scene.

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Missing Link

POSITIVES…

  • To no surprise, the incredible visuals achieved by the stop-motion animation work by Laika are simply amazing to see in this film.

  • The plot progression itself is simple and straightforward, and yet the story was also very clever and insightful in many different ways.

  • I liked the fascinating characters, and the talented cast that voiced them.

  • With this being sort of a buddy-road trip premise covering the adventures of Mr. Link and Sir Lionel Frost; Zach Galifianakis and Hugh Jackman respectively, The chemistry they have is just excellent! I was entertained quite thoroughly.

  • The thematic messages of the movie itself is also something I can totally stand behind.

  • There are some nice plot surprises and enjoyable action set-pieces, that I thought was just awesome.

  • I was entertained from beginning until the end. What more could you want?

NEGATIVES…

  • This style of movie and it’s type of humor simply may not appeal to everyone.

  • Plot conveniences. While they don’t break the whole movie, they are still there.

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Hellboy (2019)

POSITIVES…

  • David Harbour as Hellboy is easily one of the best things about this reboot film.

  • Besides the main plot itself, the movie goes in so many crazy different directions, and that’s a compliment.

  • There are some good action set pieces that were fun to watch.

  • The monster design work is amazing in this.

  • Gotta say, the ultra gore and horror violence actually services this movie in all the right ways.

NEGATIVES…

  • That ultra gore and horror violence is going to turn some people off, because they are quite hardcore.

  • The CG work for the monsters aren’t always the best.

  • While the general plot, pacing, and direction of the movie are suppose to be exciting overall, somehow it just doesn’t feel like it.

  • The filmmakers clearly worked so hard here to make you care about what you’re seeing, but it took some effort to actually be invested with what’s going on with the movie. If you even get to that point.

  • Somehow, the most confidently good parts of the movie, literally happens in the last five minutes of it. That part was the fun kind of action-adventure-fantasy I’m feeling people were actually looking for, and not what came before that.

  • For a movie that adapted a comic book property, the majority of my theater audience left as soon as the end credits started, despite the fact there’s a mid-credits AND end-credits sequences. The movie they saw just didn’t make them care enough to bother I guess.

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Pet Sematary

POSITIVES…

  • Despite not being as flashy as modern horror flicks, this is a solid interpretation of the Stephen King novel, and a good remake of the original film adaptation.

  • The tone of creepiness and bleakness is done really well.

  • While the pace is confidently moderately moving, it successfully creates this build-up of tension, that leads the way into the incredible final act.

  • This film may have some effective jump scares, but there are some lingering quieter suspenseful scares that are probably even more effective.

  • The whole cast here is great in their roles. Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, John Lithgow, and Jete Laurence, all showcased some great subtle emotional acting when needed.

  • I dare say that I actually liked the direction and changes this adaptation made over the original.

NEGATIVES…

  • Changes from the book and from the previous film adaptation might irk some people.

  • Others might feel like it’s too much of a slow burn, and doesn’t “wow” you enough.

  • Some plot turns and reveals might come off as a little too sudden.

  • There is one character in the movie, that I think the movie could have absolutely lived without.

  • Depending on how you feel about it, conclusions to the many plot threads might not be satisfying enough.

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Shazam

POSITIVES…

  • Zachary Levi as the superhero Shazam is highly entertaining to watch in the role, and is a huge reason as to why this movie works the way it does.

  • Jack Dylan Grazer as Freddy Freeman is also highly entertaining to watch, and is a scene-stealer in his own right. The chemistry he shares with Zachary Levi is great.

  • Asher Angel as Billy Batson does a good job in keeping his character interesting to watch.

  • The rest of the cast; which includes Mark Strong, are all fantastic in their roles. Kudos to Faithe Herman for her delightful role as Darla.

  • As for the story itself, it’s combined mix of fun escapism, comedy bits, and appreciative themes, all helps keep you from losing interest. 

  • How much fun is it seeing Billy Batson learn how to use his superpowers? Very fun.

  • The surprises! There are several surprising plot reveals that I thought were awesome to see play out.

  • Got to love all the little Easter Eggs thrown in, like a certain nod to a giant keyboard; a la the movie “Big.”

NEGATIVES…

  • While entertaining in all the right ways, there is still a certain simplicity to this origin story, that borders on being a bit too predictable at times.

  • Although they are both technically the same person, there doesn’t seem to be that much effort by Zachary Levi and Asher Angel to keep up with that premise. It’s like they really are just two different characters. Kinda disappointing.

  • There is a specific plot detail that runs throughout the movie as a gag, that is clearly leading up to a conclusion. Never happens! Talk about a let down.

  • Some of the plot turns and some thematic resolutions seemed a little too awfully unbelievably convenient.

  • Your suspension of disbelief is required more times than not.

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Dumbo

POSITIVES…

  • Dumbo is a cute CGI character that earns my attention. They also did a good job making him fly.

  • Danny Devito is widely entertaining when he is on screen.

  • Alan Arkin is also widely entertaining when he is on screen.

  • When the movie is hitting all the right notes, it’s fantastic. A lot of that has to do with the parent-child-family relationship theme throughout the whole premise.

  • The main story connection between Dumbo and the Milly Farrier character, is one of the better plots that drives the movie.

  • Pleasantly surprised at the direction they took with the story of Dumbo, as well as some of the commentaries.

  • I actually appreciated the thematic messages of the movie, and was probably the main reason I wanted to see it through until the end.

NEGATIVES…

  • Despite some good ideas, the majority of the movie is filled with plot cliches, after plot cliches, after plot cliches.

  • Colin Farrell’s character is simply not that interesting, short of one significant plot device.

  • The way the story handles Eva Green’s character and story arc, is disappointingly haphazard.

  • Michael Keaton’s character is too much of a cartoon cliche to be taken seriously.

  • They must have thought they were pretty clever having Michael Buffer do a cameo…

  • The CGI elephants don’t always work on screen at certain times either.

P.S….

  • I didn’t see any bats or penguins easter eggs…

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