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Shazam Fury of the Gods Review

I’ve never been a huge fan of the DC movies, especially now since it looks like the universe is going to be redone, but out of them all I think I enjoyed Shazam the most. So, going into Fury of the Gods I was cautiously optimistic. And just like the first movie, I think I’ve ultimately decided it’s an okay movie, not great but okay. It had funny moments, cliché moments, and some stupid moments. All of the good and bad basically equaled out to have the movie land in the middle ground. In other words, I had fun watching the movie but I won’t feel compelled to watch it again.

I do want to mention as a huge fan of Greek mythology my favorite part of this movie was of course the Greek mythology all throughout the movie. Specifically the mythological creatures and even more specifically the unicorn. Those unicorns were so cool looking that it made me super happy seeing them. So with all the good and the okay in this movie I would give it a 6 out of 10.

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65 Review

I was pleasantly surprised by this movie. I went in expecting nothing more than a guy fighting dinosaurs with futuristic weapons but instead, I got a shit ton of jump scares and even a little bit of heart. Throughout the entire movie, I was constantly on edge not knowing when the next dinosaur was going to show up. And even when it was obvious a dino was going to pop out it still got me every time. What else got to me was my desire for Mills and Koa to survive. Before going into the movie, I had tried to prepare myself in case it wasn’t a happy ending, but as soon as I learned Mills had a dying daughter all that preparation was destroyed. I just couldn’t stop myself from hoping for the best.

Now, while I had fun watching the movie I was a little annoyed by the fact that they were actually on Earth and not on an Earth-like planet. Making it be the actual Earth just makes me start thinking about the wreckage left behind and what would happen if people found it. Which is stupid I know but I wish it was a different planet so that I would be stuck on that thought. I also wish they had some more recognizable dinosaurs, especially since it’s supposed to be Earth. I know we can’t be 100% sure that dinosaurs look like how we think, which can allow for some creative dinos in a movie like this, but I would have liked to see more dinosaurs that I knew. All in all, I think this movie was pretty okay and would give it a 7 out of 10.

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The Vault(2021) Review

After scrolling through Netflix, I came across this movie and decided to give it a chance. Overall it was an okay movie, but I still feel conflicted about it. What made me the most conflicted was that no matter how hard I tried I just couldn’t suspend my disbelief in this movie. Normally, I’m pretty good at doing that but for some reason, I just kept questioning everything. Like if Moreland had a legitimate salvage business why didn’t he get permission to salvage, why was MI6 interested in a treasure hunt, why did this salvaged treasure go to the most secure bank in Spain first and not just a normal museum, if they’re so serious about the safety of the bank why wasn’t there any security protecting the actual weight system? These are the biggest problems I just couldn’t get past.

My other problem with this movie is that they seemed to try and combine a heist movie with a treasure-hunting movie. Which is a great idea but it just fell short this time. I’ve noticed that heist and treasure-hunting movies have one really big distinction. With great heist movies, it’s perfectly fine for the only motivation to be greed but with treasure-hunting movies, it’s much more complicated. In all of the best treasure-hunting movies, the main character is motivated by more than just greed. Usually, it’s something like the wish to preserve history(Indiana Jones), or more commonly they are just trying to finish what a loved one started. And The Vault pretty much ignored what could be called the “right” motivation when it comes to the treasure. If they had made the goal of the movie to just rob the bank then I think the movie would have been a lot better. But instead they added that long-lost treasure part, without adding the good guy motivation, so it gave off the greedy bad guy vibe instead of the much preferred good bad guy vibe. All in all I’m very conflicted if this was a good or bad movie so I’m giving it a 5 out of 10.

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Champions Review

Champions is one of those movies that don’t need a long-winded review. Because it has the two most important parts an inspirational sports movie should have, heart and comedy. When you have an abundance of heart in a movie it really helps to have some comedy to lighten the mood. Besides that, there were two more details that stuck out to me in this movie. First, I think Woody Harrelson was a perfect fit for Marcus. Having an actor that fits the character is extremely important and Champions excelled at that. Secondly, I liked the fact that they included a variety of people with disabilities, they didn’t just show the same type of person over and over again. It was a great way to show how all disabilities are different.

Now I do have to say that as much as I enjoyed watching I’m not hugely enamored with the movie. I think that’s mostly due to sports movies being one of my least favorite genres. I just can’t love them even though they are really good. So, I would have to give this movie a 6.5 out of 10.

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Throwback Thoughts: Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole

Randomly I heard the song Kings and Queens yesterday and then started to think about the Guardians of Ga’Hoole movie again so I wanted to share some thoughts. Before I get into the movie I do have to say up until yesterday I thought I had read and owned all the books only to find out that there was another one(at least it was a prequel so not that big of a deal that I haven’t read it). I also want to state for the record that the whole concept of owls with armor, let alone a war against a tyrant is mind blowing. But back to the movie, whenever I think about this movie, I have 2 main thoughts. The loudest is of course how beautiful the movie is, the animation is amazing! I haven’t watched it in a while, but I still believe that the animation still stands up to today’s standard. It toed the line perfectly between looking real yet still looking like an animation.

My other thought is that I feel like this was one of my first moments of “the book was better”. It was one of those movies where they picked and chose parts from multiple books and mish-mashed them into one movie, which ultimately just lessens the impact of certain parts. Like how Metal Beak is actually Kludd in the books instead of them being separate characters. What was a huge emotional moment in the book was less of a big deal in the movie. But even though I remember being disappointed about the changes at the time I still think the movie looked perfect.

Oh, I almost forgot, but I’m also pretty sure the owls having the metal blades over their talons is the main reason I want to buy every single metal finger claws I see. They’re just sooooooo cool!

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The Lost Patient Review

I came across this movie randomly on Netflix and thought it sounded intriguing, plus I love finding new foreign films to watch. But man, was I disappointed. This movie was depressing, boring, and weird(and not in a good way). There were so many things wrong with it, first is that it was not a compelling watch at all. My attention kept getting pulled away to more interesting things around me, which is a big problem when you’re watching a movie with subtitles. Second, although some of the details added were important to the plot, it all still felt so random. I just kept saying to myself “why the fuck was this added” because it never felt like it added to the plot.

Now, this next complaint is a spoiler FYI, but I’m not a huge fan of amnesia movies that make you care for the mc only to switch it around and make them the bad guy at the end. I’ve come across quite a few movies/shows like this and some can pull it off but this one did not. Instead of being this unexpected twist, it was pretty predictable, which made it a boring “twist.” But that pales in comparison to the number one reason I disliked this movie I hated the ending. It was one of those endings that felt so abrupt, almost like a cliffhanger but without the knowledge that it will be fixed later. To me, the movie didn’t feel like it wrapped everything up it just felt like it ended right then and there. There was absolutely zero satisfaction at the end so I have to give this movie a 3 out of 10.

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Live-action HTTYD

So, I want to not be excited about them doing a live-action How to Train Your Dragon because, like many other people, I think they are going a little overboard with remakes/live-actions. But I just love HTTYD soooooo much that I get excited just thinking about more to come. Especially when I hear that the original director is also going to be doing the live-action I just can’t help but feel that little nugget of excitement grow.

Now, on the more realistic side, I believe that there is one thing that will make or break this movie. Yup, you guessed it, CGI. They need to get the perfect combination of cool, scary, and cute to knock this movie out of the park. Since it’s “real” I don’t think they can look as cute as they do in the animation, but they also can’t look creepy. It’s going to be a very fine line that they will have to tread for people to be happy. But if they are successful in doing that I feel like everything else will fall into place.

Besides the CGI, I’m also a little nervous about the casting of Hiccup. I will fully admit(only because I know that a bunch of other people are the same) that I had what I like to call a “cartoon crush” on Hiccup when it first came out. And because of that, I’m not sure how my emotions will handle seeing a real version of Hiccup particularly the fact that I’m not sure how old they’ll make him. Will he be age appropriate for me to still have a crush or will I have to squash that crush very quickly? I can see them making Hiccup and his friends either 14 or in their early 20s. Either way, I need to know sooner rather than later so I can prepare myself.

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Throwback Thoughts: Astro Boy(2009)

This won’t be a classic review because I really just want to talk about this movie. A few days ago a friend and I were trying to find something to watch and we both admitted that we actually really liked Astro Boy. For 2 girls in their late 20s, Astro Boy is definitely not the type of movie you’d expect us to watch. Now, you might be wondering what is it we liked about this movie and I think the thing that we both agreed on the most was that its animation was really good for its time. I would even say that its animation has even held up to this day.

But while we both liked the movie one of my favorite parts about rewatching old cartoon movies with a friend is pointing out the silly details that kids’ movies have. Like how we both couldn’t stop picturing Dr. Tenma as Nick Cage, luckily that wasn’t a problem when we were kids. Or the fact that Astro is never going to be able to change his shoes because, for some unknown reason, Dr. Tenma decided to make him with permanent boots. Also, our confusion at why all the kids on the surface world had normal proportions but Astro was super thick. And don’t even get me started on the fact that the President was so obsessed with having a super military even though they aren’t even at war?! Now, don’t misunderstand me these details don’t make the movie bad, they instead add onto the nostalgic fun of watching an old cartoon by allowing you to point them out with friends.

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Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania Review

Like many other people, I also heard about the mixed reviews for this one, and for the love of me, I honestly don’t know what some people didn’t like about it. Was it one of my new favorites? No, but to me, it was a perfectly fine new addition to the MCU. It had good jokes, was a good length, and had a really creative setting; what more do you need from an Ant-Man movie?

I think the only thing that kept me from enjoying it to the fullest was that I knew going into it that this wasn’t going to be the end of Kang. Which kind of dulled the importance of the movie. So it ultimately made a movie that should have felt like a big deal into only a semi-big deal. Even though I wasn’t hugely impressed by it I still had fun watching it in theaters and I think that’s the most important factor so I’m giving it a 7 out of 10. Not great but pretty good.

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The Volcano: Rescue from Whakaari

I don’t normally watch documentaries, but I’ve been really lucky with the few that I have because they’ve all been great and The Volcano was no exception. Despite being a little reluctant to watch it at first, I got completely immersed in the story right away. As many could guess, the personal accounts, footage, and photos made everything feel personal to me even though I live on the other side of the world. I never even knew about this story till I watched this movie but still the director was able to get me so invested in the story. While watching I remember having the feeling of “oh shit I need to get on my plane/boat and help” even though I 1) don’t have a boat/plane, 2)live on the other side of the world, and most important of all 3)this happened years ago. I take that as evidence enough that this is an amazing documentary.

What made this documentary special was that it felt so real watching it. I didn’t feel like I was watching a lesson, I felt like I was living this terrifying moment with the victims. I would catch myself crying after one word because this movie was able to make me feel immersed in the story. Honestly this movie is 10 out of 10 and I without a doubt recommend everyone should watch it.