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QUICK REVIEW: Ride Along 2

Howdy people of the internet, time for another review and today I’ll be talking about Ride Along 2. Now I had no intention of seeing this film because it was sequel no one asked for and from the trailers it looked like the first film again just with a slighty different story and set of characters. But when my friend invited me along to see it I said “Fuck it why not?” And now I’m gonna give you my thoughts on this sequel.

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The story for the film can be described as the following:

“As his wedding day approaches, Ben heads to Miami with his soon-to-be brother-in-law James to bring down a drug dealer who’s supplying the dealers of Atlanta with product.”

I was actually going into this film ready to shit on it, but it was better than I expected, just a bit haha. This film was basically the same as the last film in the sense that there’s a lot of the same jokes, scenarios and story beats repeated and some of it is tolerable and some it just felt tiresome. I didn’t really care for the story, it wasn’t that engaging, I was just looking for laughs and to my surprise this film actually had me laughing. The humour in this film is pretty ridiculous and stupid, but once I got into the silly nature of the film there were several points where I actually laughed and was having a good time.

When it comes to the cast they’re fine. Ice Cube and Kevin Hart are the same as the ever were as Detective James Payton and Officer Ben Barber, while some of their personal situations have changed, Cube and Hart are pretty much just being themselves again. Sometimes it worked and sometimes I felt like rolling my eyes a little. Ken Jeong as A.J. felt similar to some of his previous roles that he’s done, but it didn’t stop him from being pretty fun at certain points. Also Olivia Munn as Maya Cruz, besides being super gorgeous Munn’s performance felt a little wooden and I didn’t really by her playing this tough lady cop and Benjamin Bratt was fine as Antonio Pope, he was charming and sneaky. And finally Bruce McGill was fine as Lieutenant Brooks and Tika Sumpter still looked hot as hell as Angela Payton-Barber and it was nice to see more for her in this film.

In conclusion Ride Along 2 was much better than I expected considering the negative reviews I’d seen online beforehand, while I won’t be watching it agin anytime soon, it made me laugh and it wasn’t a complete waste of time at the cinema. If you’re a fan of the first film or Kevin Hart then you’ll have fn with this, but for everyone else I would probably say skip it.

So have you seen Ride Along 2 and if so what did you think? Be sure to comment below and I’ll see ya on the next film review, laters! ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2016 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Month of Superhero Film Reviews 2: Catwoman

Howdy people of the north, south, east and west, and welcome to Day #30 of Month of Superhero Film Reviews 2! During this month I‚Äôll be reviewing of some of the best, average and worst comic book adapted films. So, on the final day of this epic blog series I have saved the best for last, today I am of going to talk about one of the most disgusting films in the history of superhero films, one that everyone has tried to forget for years and is just tragic piece of film in general… Yeah, it’s Catwoman.

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Oh this film, yuck. I have never had the misfortune of seeing this film up until now because I was smart enough to stay away. I’d seen clips on TV, saw the trailers in the cinema way back when and watched the Nostalgia Critic’s review pretty much cementing my need to stay away. But with this blog series, I knew I would have to go the dark places to find some bad films and this is one of the most popular. I do wonder if it’ll be worst than Spawn or X-Men Origins: Wolverine because those are pretty much my most hated comic book films. People wish me luck! ūüėõ

The story can be summed up as the following:

“A shy woman, endowed with the speed, reflexes, and senses of a cat, walks a thin line between criminal and hero, even as a detective doggedly pursues her, fascinated by both of her personas.”

The story is horrible. It’s like the filmmakers wanted to keep some of the original Catwoman elements but create something new, but I feel like the ran with the new ideas too far and created something so far-fetched that the end result is beyond what anyone was expecting. This film is weird, confusing and because of its random nature the level of realism is lost because there feels like there’s no rules. The whole ‘cat’ aspect was taken way too far; from the intro credits to the history lesson from Ophelia to Patience’s character habits in general, it was too literal and quite painful to watch. The whole story felt like a joke, a sick, twisted and awkward joke, and while there was some humour to be found it was because I was laughing at the film and not with it.

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Now let’s talk about the cast. Firstly there’s Halle Berry as Patience Phillips/Catwoman. Man, where do I begin? On the one hand there’s Patience, a person who would give Clark Kent a run for his money as the most clumsy, boring and insignificant person in existence, this girl’s life made me want to cry because of how frail and innocent she was. But then there’s Catwoman, damn, this girl is crazy, she’s sassy, aggressive, full of puns, cat-like tendencies and feels the need to be sexy all the time, which doesn’t always work considering some of the dialogue she’s spouting out. Berry is so cheesy, weird and embarrassingly bad in this role that is almost impossible to watch. Whether it is terrible dialogue, battle poses, her overly sexual walk or those strange cat tendancies, it makes me cringe. And I don’t think I could continue without mentioning her costume, the Catwoman costume; it’s impractical, ridiculous and leaves nothing to the imagination, but I have to say that Berry looks good in it. But seriously, that is no superhero/anti-hero costume, that’s a¬†dominatrix outfit for sure.

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Benjamin Bratt as Detective Tom Lone was alright, he was charming and fun at times, but other times his character was so dumb and silly that I couldn’t like him that much and his character only seemed to be in the film to be a love interest for Patience. Sharon Stone as Laurel Hedare was pretty bad, at first she’s not too bad, but the over-acting comes in later on and it is so hard to take Stone seriously with some of her dialogue. Lambert Wilson as George Hedare, wow, if you want the definition of a typical, clich√© and cartoonish bad guy for the audience to hate, look no further. George is a douche and has no redeeming qualities and so when you see him giving our main character grief you’re just waiting for her to get take him out. Frances Conroy as Ophelia Powers was really hard to take seriously because of how strange her character came across and finally Alex Borstein as Sally was quite fun, sure she was pretty annoying at times but for the most part I found her funny.

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Now let’s talk about the presentation. Visually the film is terrible. One of the things that jumped out at me immediately was the overuse of CGI, it is used for most of the scene transitions when moving around the cityscape, would it have cost the filmmakers that much just to film these locations in real life? It would have made the film look a less like a video game. Also the CGI used for Catwoman during her “Spider-Man” moments was so bad, it was blurry and unpolished and some of those actions would have been much better if there was a stunt person doing all the work instead or if these crazy superpowers weren’t included in the first place! Oh and I have to mention the action scenes, they aren’t good. The choreography goes from being lazy to completely random and stupid, there’s no sense of realism, logic or awesomeness involved. The two moments that stand out to me as especially bad was the introduction of the Catwoman outfit (the attention to ass and breasts was clearly appealing to the male audience) and the horrible basketball scene, oh man, that was an endurance. As for the soundtrack by Klaus Badelt, it frigging sucks. I don’t know this guy was thinking when he put this film score together but it is one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. The score is full of sassy and highly sensual music elevated by women singing in the background and it is incredibly cheesy, off-putting and awkward. I feel like the soundtrack was crafted with the fact that Patience was black and the music was a representation of her darker/sexier side, but it doesn’t work, its hella lame, frustrating and cringeworthy. This for me was easily the worst part of the film.

And lastly how does it compare to the comics? My Catwoman knowledge is kind of sketchy but even I can tell that this is not the character I remember from the comics. Besides bearing the name Catwoman, having her whip and love for shiny jewelry, everything else is brand new and doesn’t have any proper connection to the Batman mythos.

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So to conclude Catwoman is just bad. I understand a need to create something that is new and different for audiences who have been acquainted with the character for so long, but this is not the way to do it. With a bizarre story, bad acting and incredibly awkward tone and setting, this is one of those films you sit and reflect on just to try and comprehend what you just saw. It is not the worst film I’ve ever seen in the superhero genre, but it is not one that should ever be watched unless you like the game of torture.

Rating: 2/10

And with that reviews done, that’s all 30 reviews done and dusted! GAME OVER SON! ūüėÄ So have you been unfortunate enough to have seen the atrocity that is Catwoman and if so what are your thoughts on it? Drop me a comment and let me know your thoughts yo!

I just want to say thank you to everyone all commented and liked the posts in this series, it was a lot of work and I can say it was pretty difficult to stay consistent, but hell I got through it. I would like to personally thank Sidekick Reviews and Tim the Film Guy for their contributions, you guys rock! Well now it’s time to get back to the regular content, until then peace out!

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Despicable Me 2 Review

Alrighty then, time to review another animated film that I’ve been looking forward to and this one¬†comes in the shape of Despicable Me 2. Initially I was never interested in Despicable Me, but after watching it a few months ago I converted to being a fan, the first film was a lot of fun and trailers lead up to this sequel seemed promising enough as well. Now I watched Epic and was pretty let down by that film, so I’m hoping that this film will be more entertaining yo. So I went to see it today and you know what it was pretty damn awesome and I’m gonna tell you why in this review.

So the story in this film involves¬†Gru, as he is now out of the villain business and is experiencing life as a father to Margo, Edith and Agnes. However Gru’s life is changed when he and his minions are recruited into an Anti-Villain League¬†to take out an evil supervillain who¬†causing¬†havoc¬†elsewhere. So Gru along with his new partner, Lucy must get to the¬†bottom¬†of this plot before things get out of hand.

I thought the plot in this film was great, I like how this film continues the great material that it gave us in the last film but presents some new and interesting elements that keep it fresh and interesting. it was wonderful to see Gru¬†transition¬†from his former villain role to his life now where is going through the ups and downs of being a father. This film is very much for the kids and doesn’t quite have the universal appeal that you’d find in a Pixar or to some degree a Dreamworks film, nevertheless this is a still fun little tale that has more pros than cons.

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When it comes to the characters all of the cast old and new turn in some lovely performances.¬†Steve Carell is still great as Gru, offering great moments of humour, strangeness, sarcasm and also emotion too.¬†Miranda Cosgrove also makes a lovely return¬†as Margo, in this film there’s a few new things going on in her world and I like how her character was handled.¬†Dana Gaier ¬†is still fine as Edith still being a¬†tomboy and all that jazz. But my favourite is still¬†Elsie Fisher as Agnes, her character is one of the most adorable kids in any film ever and that continues in this film, Gaier does a great job in making this character so¬†likable¬†through her voice.

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Kristen Wiig¬†was nice as Lucy Wilde, while a bit over-the-top and weird at times I did like her as an addition to this film series. She was a great partner/love interest for Gru and the two had some nice chemistry together. Also¬†Benjamin Bratt¬†was jokes as Eduardo Perez/El Macho, such a strange yet hilarious character with loads of charisma and stand-out moments.¬†Russell Brand¬†also does a good job again as Dr. Nefario, I wasn’t expecting his storyline to unfold in the way that it did but he was still good in the film and Russell Brand continues to sound nothing like himself in this role which is still surprising to me.¬†Ken Jeong as Floyd Eagle-san, is great, his role is small but definitely worth of a few laughs.¬†Steve Coogan¬†as Silas Ramsbottom, he was good but not nearly as¬†utilized¬†as much as I’d hoped.¬†Mois√©s Arias as Antonio Perez, is pretty jokes, while¬†Nasim¬†Pedrad as Jillian is this crazy chatterbox full of funny moments in the film and lastly¬†Kristen Schaal as Shannon was great, she reminded me so much of her character¬†Hazel Wassername¬†in¬†30 Rock¬†it was unreal.

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As for the presentation it was firing on all¬†cylinders¬† Visually the film was fabulous, the last film already looked great, but I think I noticed a lot more¬†shininess, detail and a very vivid colour scheme in the art and animation. I love the way this film looks. And the soundtrack is also wonderful,¬†Pharrell Williams¬†and¬†Heitor Pereira¬†return o craft the music for this film. Pharrell is still doing his thing bringing in some of the songs from the previous film while introducing new ones with¬†“Happy” being my personal favourite, and Pereira’s score for the film is still is good as ever having the right tone and emotion for¬†each¬†moment in the film. And I also have to mention that I loved some of the film’s choices of songs from real life that they inserted into this film, some it was perfect.

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In conclusion¬†Despicable Me 2 is a great follow-up to the previous film, it’s basically more of the same material except with new scenarios and obstacles that need to be tackled. I didn’t expect to like the film as much as I did but by the end I was just in a very happy place and I knew that this was gonna have to be one of my favourite films of the year. Before watching the film I saw that this film was being¬†received¬†pretty well and I can see why so many people loved it, this film is just pure fun and I recommend it highly.

Rating: 8.5/10 (A great fun film full of humour and great animation)

So what did you think of Despicable Me 2? Are you fan of the films or are you not swayed by its charms? Whatever your thoughts drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo! ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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