From producer James Gunn, the filmmaker behind “Guardians of the Galaxy” brings you “Brightburn” basically copying the origin of Superman and adding a little “what if” to it. Now I’m not breaking my No Spoilers rule here by telling you it’s a what if Superman, as a kid, was a full-on sociopathic killer because the previews made that perfectly clear. So, I’m game, because it could be fun, right?
*The MEAT* Well the best part of this story was the premise and that was stolen from Superman’s origin. Kind of just went *Downhill* from there.
*The POTATOES* Elizabeth Banks does the best acting job in this film, by far. Jackson A. Dunn plays the super-powered boy that we are supposed to be afraid of, but unfortunately, he just did not scare anyone with his performance. Which is a shame, because they really should have found a creepy kid for this role.
*The Verdict* Yeah, this movie just is *Not worth your money or time* And I must say the ending was pretty lame and very uneventful. The nerve of the creators of this film even tried to set up more rip-off sequels down the road. For that, I do hope “Brightburn” fizzles and is later found at the bottom of the $4 buck DVD bin in Wal-Mart someday.
*John Wick* was a smaller Hollywood movie that was the dreamchild of a former stuntman in the movie industry who just wanted to choreograph a whole movie full of fight scenes. But he came up with a real cool story about the underground world of assassins too. It turned out to be a fantastic movie and a big hit. That was 5 years ago and like all big movie hits, we get sequels.” John Wick 3: Parabellum” is the latest, I do expect a good time because I love the John Wick world.
*The MEAT* Parabellum, in this movie, comes from a longer Latin phrase that means “if you want peace, then prepare for war” And that’s all John is trying to do, the deeper he goes the more fighting and complex it all gets, but it is a unique world that is explored and that’s why the story is *Pretty Cool*
*The POTATOES* Keanu Reeves is good and so is Halle Berry in a supporting role. But make no mistake, this movie is not about great acting, but all the actors do a *Good Job* at selling their characters on screen. Especially Ian McShane, I love his work in everything. (Anybody else looking forward to the new Deadwood movie in 2 weeks?)
*The Verdict* If you love action, senseless violence, and beautifully choreographed fight scenes with more kills and head shots that you can count? Then this is a great movie to watch on the big screen, especially in a Dolby theater, because it is a *BLAST* I definitely liked it more than “John Wick 2” but not as much as the first one. But hey, “John Wick 1” was a game changer.
Ps. I have to say that the big knife fight scene alone was worth the price of admission. It was awesome!
After the epic “Avengers: Endgame”, it was time to tone things down a bit this week and see something more down to earth. So, I chose “The Long Shot” because the previews made me laugh and maybe it could be fun too.
*The MEAT* The story is *Typical* as your usual misfit falls in love with someone who is out of his league love story goes. I was expecting a more political statement due to today’s political climate, so I was glad to see that there was not much of that.
*The POTATOES* Seth Rogan plays a good, Seth Rogan again, so you know what you are getting there. Charlize Theron is great as usual and totally gets into her character like she always has for all her roles. Because of Charlize, I will give the acting a *Good* grade.
*The Verdict* If you are looking for a decent date movie with a little bit of raunchy, then this is for you. “The Long Shot” will certainly entertain you, but you can wait for it to hit pay-per-view or even Netflix in a few months. Its *Not a Must See Now* movie for sure, but it is worth your time someday.
I was not alive in the 60’s, but I often wondered what it must have been like to witness the renaissance of new super hero characters that kept hitting the comic racks on a regular basis that introduced new worlds of imagination and adventure. Could you imagine discovering Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, X-Men, Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, the new Captain America, just to name a few? Well we just had that experience with this last 11 years of Marvel movies. It was a bold idea, something never done before where they fire off a series of rockets and plan on all of them coming together at one point and exploding. And that one point is *Avengers: Endgame”
*The MEAT* The story is the conclusion of 11 years, 22 movies, countless characters and it is *Perfect* I don’t want to elaborate one bit, so I will just say” bravo” to Anthony and Joe Russo for this Fantastic movie.
*The POTATOES* Everyone, and I mean everyone is back to play all our favorite characters again. And the acting is *On Point and Fun*.
*The Verdict* *Go see this movie!!* Period, nothing else to say. I was expecting *Great* heading into “Endgame” and it was better than that. I cannot wait to see it again next week.
So now let the debate start with what is the best movie franchise. Because I would have to say, Marvel. I just don’t see something like this ever happening again.
Hellboy is a very interesting and cool character from the comic book world. Hellboy combines History, Fantasy, the Paranormal, the Devil, King Arthur and even Nazis. So, the story possibilities are endless. But I am weary of another reboot of a franchise they got right the first time around. Judging by the negative reviews and poor box office so far, I am very curious as to what they did to this awesome character in the new movie “Hellboy”
*The MEAT* The story is right out of the comics that’s starts off with a mystery and takes you on an adventure through the Hellboy world, with plenty of action and humor along the way. Overall, I will say it was *Lackluster* because I was expecting more to tell you the truth.
*The POTATOES* David Harbour is the new Hellboy and he is pretty good, but not as good as Ron Perlman’s Hellboy in the previous movies. Daniel Dae Kim and Milla Jovovich are good too, but its Ian McShane who I love to see in almost anything. For that I will give the acting a *Pretty Good* overall.
*The Verdict* Guess I am weary of Reboots of late, so I wasn’t impressed with this new “Hellboy” either. Now it was entertaining and had its moments but not worth seeing on the big screen. I would recommend waiting to *See this one at Home*. Its not as bad as the critics are saying.
DC films latest attempt at bringing their characters to screen is “Shazam”. And by all accounts it looks, different? Which is okay with me because I welcome any new ideas or spins to the Super-Hero movie genre right now. But, the preview does look goofy.
*The MEAT* The story is *Very Good*. I’m impressed that they took an almost eighty-year-old character with many origins and reboots, then made him fresh and different for today’s generation. I think “Shazam” captured what it would be like to be a boy with superpowers perfectly. A very clever and different Super-hero movie for sure.
*The POTATOES* Zachary Levi plays a real good kid in this movie. But it’s the young actors, Asher Angel, Grace Fulton and especially Jack Dylan Grazer that steals the scenes and makes this movie *fun*
*The Verdict* “Shazam” was surprisingly *Good and Fun*. I do recommend seeing this film in theaters with the whole family because it works on all levels, especially appealing with the young crowd, while having a lot of humor for adults too. Another win for DC.
Disney is on a mission to live action all their classic cartoons. I thought “Jungle Book” was pretty good and they did an excellent job with “Beauty and the Beast” so next up is “Dumbo”. But, can the visionary master, Tim Burton, make one of the oldest Disney classics relevant and entertaining in today’ world?
*The MEAT* Of course the story has been updated for today’s politically correct world, after eighty years, a lot of changes were needed. They also took out the songs and talking animals to which maybe wasn’t the best of ideas. While Burton’s vision was spectacular as always, it just wasn’t enough to save this film from its overall story that was definitely *Missing Something*.
*The POTATOES* As much as I am a fan of Michael Keaton, and love watching him perform, I am also equally not a fan of Colin Farrell. Sorry, I just don’t see why Colin is still a leading actor in Hollywood. But anyways, Eva Green and Danny DeVito do a *good job* in this film.
*The Verdict* “Dumbo” just *Did Not Entertain* me like the old classic cartoon did. But I wasn’t the only one because I saw it in a theater full of kids and they were bored and restless during most of the film. For that main reason, I cannot recommend this film. Save your money for “Aladdin” and “Lion King”, I’m hoping Disney does better with them.