All you really need to know about this movie is that it is intense. Before watching this movie I knew the rough outline of what happened but I didn’t really know any details. And boy was I floored by the details. This movie did a great job of telling this story, the actresses and actors were amazing. But what made this movie such a good true story movie was that even though I knew the outcome I was worried, stressed, and even a little bit afraid that the story was going to fail. I had to keep saying to myself “don’t worry they succeed and he gets taken down”. This is a good mark of a successful true story movie if it can take you out of reality enough that it’s almost like you’re reliving events for the first time even though you know the outcome.
The most powerful choice this movie made was the use of hotel hallways. The fact that they could make scenes with nothing but an empty hallway exude such a strong feeling of overwhelming pressure and helplessness was impressive. This movie is a prime example of how to make a “based on a true story” movie and it full deserves a 10 out of 10.
I’ve been thinking about this idea for a while now after hearing the song again at work so I want to share with you my rough outline for what I think is an amazing idea for a movie.
Sk8er Boi- adult and younger
Ballerina- adult and younger
Jock- adult and younger
So, the movie opens up with a mid to late 30’s punk guy in a music studio who we will dub Sk8ter Boi. He’s trying to write a song but it’s not quite working out(the viewers would recognize some of the tune for Sk8ter Boi) then in comes Punk girl. She clearly knows what he’s trying to write about so she offers her help by saying “Maybe I could help you figure out this block if you tell me the whole story from the beginning?”.
Flashback– early 2000’s(movie will primarily take place in flashback time)
Okay, first some background for the flashback. It’s summer before senior year and Sk8er Boi and Ballerina go to the same fancy private school for gifted children and such. Like it has curricula to prepare the kids for futures in everything from STEM, the arts, and even politics. Ballerina is of course there for ballet and Sk8er Boi is there for music(he’s a prodigy duh). Now I can’t decide if I want him to be just a plain scholarship kid or make it more complex. By complex I mean the idea I had is that he’s also a rich kid but all of the other students think he’s a “poor scholarship kid(you know classic mean kid stuff)” because he, of course, dresses in punk/skater clothes. So, they’ve been going to school together for a while but they never interacted before because their clicks never interacted obviously. But over the summer they bump into each other somehow and then start hanging out on the down low and then on the even more down low they start dating. Then school starts and then both agree to keep their relationship a secret even though Sk8er Boi clearly doesn’t seem that into the idea of hiding it. Throughout the school year, we see the couple continue to see each other secretly while Sk8er Boi is being bullied mainly by Jock(whose is doing the curriculum for future politicians) and Ballerina ignores it. There’s a little bit of that “I want to stop it but I’m afraid of what my friends will think” coming from Ballerina but ultimately she doesn’t do anything(red flag). There could also be a scene where Sk8er Boi invites Ballerina over to his house and that’s when she learns that he’s actually also rich. Which then causes Ballerina to be like “if you’re rich why don’t you tell people, then they’d leave you alone(treat you as an equal)” and Sk8er Boi says something along the lines of “because I don’t care what they all think, plus after I graduate I’m not going to take any help from my parents”. I think it would be important to specify the fact that he loves his parents and vice versa, he just wants to go off on his own and make it the rest of the way on his own merit. Which makes Ballerina nervous after hearing that Sk8er Boi basically is going to be a starving artist after high-school. After that Prom starts getting closer and Sk8er Boi asks Ballerina to go with him and finally make their relationship public and Ballerina agrees only if they meet at the prom and not go there together. So, then it’s the night of prom and Sk8er Boi gets there all excited only to see Ballerina is actually the date of the main Jock/bully and they have an almost Carrie-like situation where the rest of the popular kids are laughing at Sk8er Boi for thinking that Ballerina would actually go to the Prom with him (during all of this Ballerina is behind Jock looking sad/apologetic/embarrassed).
Now, it’s back to modern time again in the same studio a few hours later and Punk girl is like “ok how about you make the song…” and it then switches to a grown-up Ballerina in a big fancy house with a baby. On the wall, we see photos and such of her and her husband(Jock) who has become a congressman. After putting the baby down for the nap we see Ballerina go into the kitchen where a laptop is open with an article on it talking about Jock’s campaign for president right next to a tabloid paper that shows Jock soliciting a prostitute. She then listens to a voicemail from Jock claiming the article is a lie and that he and his team are working on it (she’s angry and clearly doesn’t believe him). Then she turns on the tv and something like TMZ or Entertainment Weekly is talking about Sk8er Boi’s sold-out concert. Which then she calls her friends and it turns out they have an extra ticket that she can use. Most of the concert is a montage until it gets to the last song where Sk8er Boi brings out his fiancée (Punk girl) to help him sing a song about a girl he used to know. And I imagine that song would be a more ballad-like duet version of Sk8er Boi. Now the movie could either end there or there could be a scene after that where Ballerina and her friends get to meet Sk8er Boi backstage. The friends would be all happy and excited acting like they also weren’t part of the bullying while Ballerina is once again looking sad/embarrassed because unlike her friends she knows that the song was about her. She then proceeds to apologize to him about everything and then there’s a big pause before Sk8er Boi forgives her and gives her a hug where he whispers in her ear that she deserves better than Jock. During all of this Punk girl is standing off to the side distractedly talking to some of the friends while she’s actually watching the confrontation between Sk8er Boi and Ballerina. And she’s smiling because she knows Sk8er Boi is finally getting the closure he deserved.
So, that’s my very rough outline of a movie based off of Avril Lavigne’s song Sk8er Boi. I hope it’s not too confusing to read.
Wakanda Forever was a perfect and worthy sequel. I enjoyed it just as much and maybe even a little bit more than the first. As usual, it had amazing acting, CGI, and music so I’m not going to bother talking about the obvious. But there are 2 specific things I do want to talk about. First is of course Shuri’s journey throughout this movie. She was already pretty fun, to begin with, but seeing her go through this emotional journey gave her character the depth that she needed. Shuri went from being the fun, smart aleck, younger sister to a strong warrior.
Now, the second thing I want to talk about is Namor of course. More specifically I want to talk about how I enjoyed the fact that for 90% of the movie Namor was a straight-up villain. I would say there were only a few moments where I felt where he was coming from, but then he immediately said some stupid-ass villain stuff and I was like “oh yeah never mind you’re bad bad not misunderstood bad”. I can’t help comparing him to Killmoger whose movie did a good job of making you feel conflicted about him. While in Wakanda Forever it did a really good job of making sure Namor was seen as a villain. Sure he might have had a “good and noble” motivation but he just kept saying and doing very bad things. And that felt very refreshing for me, after watching a bunch of movies with a bunch of complex villains who you can’t help but wonder if they were right. You know sometimes you just want a bad guy who’s a bad guy and nothing more.
So I feel like this movie gets a nice and solid 8 out of 10.
I liked the first movie, but I enjoyed this one way more. That’s probably because Sherlock is more present in this one. I think Sherlock being in this one more helped make the movie better for multiple reasons. The first and I think least impactful reason is that I just plain like Sherlock so I enjoy it when he’s around. But the more important reason was that having Sherlock around showed the viewers how different Enola is from her brothers. By having the comparison between Sherlock and Enola up front and center it allowed us to see that Enola is still learning and growing up so we get more of that coming-of-age story(and who doesn’t love a good coming-of-age story?!). I also feel like it helped make Enola look “better” in a way since we could see how much better she is at making meaningful connections to other people compared to Sherlock(who we all know has very limited people skills).
This brother-sister bond just makes the crime-solving part of the movie that much better because it adds that bit of competition to it. Although if you’re like me you end up rooting for both of them and can’t decide if you want Enola or Sherlock to figure out the mystery first. All in all, I would give this movie a 7 out of 10, I thought it was pretty good and I would like to see more of the siblings together(and maybe even throw in a little bit of Mycroft).
This movie had me crying almost the whole time, which is high praise for a highly emotional movie like this. Danielle Deadwyler was amazing in this movie as Mamie. Her acting was so good that I felt like I was experiencing everything with her and not just watching a movie. Not only was the acting top-notch but the score was perfect. It enhanced every scene excellently, whether the characters were feeling sad, angry, or worried the music helped give the emotions even more weight.
Like most movies based on true stories that I end up seeing I didn’t really know that much about the story beforehand. So, because of that I usually don’t like to say whether a movie like this is accurate or not but there’s just something about this movie that makes it feel accurate. It just gives off that feeling that they put effort into making this movie as truthful as they could be. Which makes this a perfect “based on a true story” movie, informative yet highly emotional and I would give it an 8 out of 10.
I don’t have much to say about this movie, so this review will be pretty short. Basically, this movie was perfectly fine and there was nothing wrong with it. But for some reason, I can’t quite put into words I wasn’t really that into it. That might be due to the fact that I thought it was going to be more comedic but turned out to be more serious. Which semi disappointed me because I was looking forward to some really good laughs. But more likely it just wasn’t my cup of tea(it was for sure my moms cup of tea though).
I feel like the best way to explain how I feel about this movie is by saying that it was one of those movies that I don’t regret seeing in theaters but would definitely not pay to see again. But it was a pleasant change of pace from the movies I usually watch so I’d give this movie a 6 out of 10.
As a lover of werewolves and all things supernatural, I was very excited for Werewolf by Night. And let me just say I was not disappointed. I was a little worried a first because I’m not the biggest fan of black-and-white movies but it fit really well with the whole feel of the movie. I’ve seen a lot of people saying that it has that classic monster movie feel and I totally agree. While I really enjoyed the action, my favorite part was Jack and Ted’s relationship!! They were the cutest best friends ever, and I can not wait to see more of them together.
Now, sadly for my 2 complaints. Number 1… I wish it was longer!!!! That’s not really a complaint I just really wish that I had more because it was a super fun movie. But now time for my real complaint, the werewolf. First, I feel like I need to explain that I’m very picky with what my favorite type of werewolf looks like so that’s why I had a small problem with Werewolf by Night. Basically, I like my werewolves to be more wolfie, you know…longer snout, tail, the works. So, I’m not a huge fan of the more hairy human werewolf but I usually learn to love it when the characters and story are good enough. Which this one is! So, all in all I give Werewolf by Night a solid 9 out of 10 and I can’t wait to see where else the supernatural side of the MCU is going!
Here are another 3 reviews for the better late-than-never saga.
Not to be cliché, but Bullet Train was a wild ride that I enjoyed every second of. The best way I can think of to describe Bullet Train is that it’s John Wick meets a comedy with a dash of a whodunit. Which all combined into a super entertaining movie that I give an 8 out of 10.
The Woman King
This was another really good movie! My 2 favorite parts were the costuming and the fight choreography. I always love seeing different costumes in movies and shows set in the past, they always look so cool. But what I enjoyed, even more, was the fighting especially since I felt like it was realistic. They didn’t make the characters perfect or unbeatable which made it feel all the more real to me. So, I gave this movie an 8 out of 10.
Rom-coms aren’t my usual go-to genre, but I enjoy them as much as the next person. Bros is a classic rom-com, it’s got all the laughs and even more of the feels. And I can’t wait to see more rom-coms like it. So, I give it an 8 out of 10.
I feel conflicted with this movie because, on one hand, I had a lot of fun watching it in theaters while on the other hand, I’ve been enjoying the more serious MCU movies more than this one. So, I both liked and just a teeny bit disliked it. My only, but pretty significant, problem was that there were too many jokes. It was constantly one joke after another, which is fine for a plain old comedy, but for a movie that is also trying to go over some serious stuff, it’s a little much. Almost any serious moment is basically forgotten because it’s overshadowed by funny. While Love and Thunder is definitely not in my top 10 MCU movies I do think it’s a good addition. I feel like it makes a good palate cleanser you know, after watching some sad/darker ones you get to watch a nice cheery one.
I also reluctantly feel like I have to mention the one thing that people would not shut up about with this movie…the CGI. I hope I’m not the only one here but I did not give a shit about “bad” CGI. I don’t know if I’m just easy to please when it comes to special effects but Thor was completely fine to me. Sure when people posted stills on Twitter they looked pretty fake but not once did I notice anything that looked like shit when watching the movie. And I like to think that that has something to do with the fact that movies are meant to be watched when they’re playing not when they’re paused.
So, all together I would give Thor Love and Thunder a 7 out of 10. Good but not my favorite.
Due to a massive amount of procrastination, I am very late for these reviews so I thought I might as well give a little blurb for each movie. Because as you know better late than never!
The Bad Guys
This was one of those kids movies that is good but also falls into the sad trope that kids movies don’t need to be complex or too detailed. I had fun watching it but afterwards I just kept wondering/wishing they would have done a little world building. Specifically why were there only 7 anthropomorphic animals in the whole city and why was no one mentioning that?!?!?! So because it was an okay just lacking on the explanation I would give it a 6 out of 10.
Jurassic World Dominion
I know a lot of people didn’t like this movie but I say fuck that! I enjoyed it so much! I love all of the new types of dinos that they brought in that we haven’t seen before. I also really enjoyed the little nods to stuff from the other movies. All around I thought it was a perfect wrap-up of the Jurassic era. So I give it a solid 9 out of 10.
There’s not much I have to say about Lightyear except that it was a very good movie. I can’t really remember any flaws to it and I thought all the nods to the Buzz toy were cool. Because of that, I’m giving it an 8 out of 10.
Biographies are always one of those things that I’m not sure I have the “right” to review since most of the time I don’t really know the actual story of the person, so I can’t say if it’s accurate or not. But I’ll try anyways I’m split on this movie because it was very interesting (if true) but it was extremely long for a biopic. But the length was the least of my concern, the biggest thing I wished they did was focus more on young Elvis. So really I’m not sure if I liked it or not so I’m giving it a 5 out of 10.