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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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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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The Hangover Part III Review

Alrighty then, now I am going to review The Hangover Part III. I can’t believe I am typing these words. I actually had NO intention of watching this films at all, but when I was at the cinema yesterday I needed to something to pass the time but also coincide with my screening of Mud so The Hangover Part III was the only option. So went into this film with no expectations whatsoever and in the end it was alright, but hell that isn’t saying much really.

The premise for this film is as follows:

“In the aftermath of the death of Alan’s father, the wolfpack decide to take Alan to get treated for his mental issues. But things start to go wrong on the way to the hospital as the wolfpack is assaulted and Doug is kidnapped. Now they must find Mr. Chow again in order to surrender him to the gangster who kidnapped Doug in order to save him.”

The story in this film isn’t exactly standard fare, there is a different focus this time. This time rather than “the hangover happens, we lost a person, let’s go find them!” its “okay our friend’s been stolen and we can’t get him back unless we find the crazy chinese guy who stole someone’s gold, let’s go!” There are a lot of similarities and connections¬†to the last two films, but because of the change in formula it doesn’t really feel like a Hangover film, there is an actual hangover within the film, but it is definitely not the main focus.

Now its time to talk about the characters of The Hangover Part III. Firstly Bradley Cooper¬†as Phil Wenneck, he was still the cool and sort of level-headed one of the group. Phil had some cool moments but it was continuously hard for me to imagine Bradley Cooper in this film after seeing Silver Linings Playbook.¬†Ed Helms as Dr. Stuart “Stu” Price was alright, he seems to be the character who gets fucked over in each of these films and I think the same rule applies to this film, some of his scenes were funny while others weren’t. Then there’s Zach Galifianakis as Alan Garner who played a slightly different if somewhat similar role as he did in the previous films. Alan really is the heart and soul of these films because he’s had most of the laughs, screen time and crazy happenings go down in this life, so it is kind of annoying to see this different and arrogant version of the character in this film. Eventually we see some more of his previous qualities come into play later on in the film but it’s just not as good as it was before, he’s still very stupid by the way. And course we have to talk about Ken Jeong as Leslie Chow. Now Chow has been noted as one of the annoying character in this film series due to his crazy antics and high-pitched voice. For me he was alright in the first film, but then he got really weird in the second film, here he is just as loud and annoying as before and I guess I didn’t like him as much because I prefer Ken Jeong as Ben Chang in Community. Also even though Justin Bartha¬† wasn’t in the film that much due to kidnapping it was still good to see his return as Doug Billings.

Heather Graham as Jade serves a purpose for the sake of the plot but isn’t that memorable in the film. Jeffrey Tambor as Sid Garner was good, he was good in the film and that’s all I have to say about that. And lastly¬†John Goodman as Marshall was great and one of the best characters in this film. Goodman makes a for a great villain in films and it definitely worked in this film as he was intimidating

In conclusion The Hangover Part III¬†was surprising better than the last film and definitely did something different from the basic formula¬†which I appreciated. But for all the changes the film makes, it’s still¬†part of a film series that should have just been one standalone film in the film place. At this point I’ve seen and laughed at funnier things so yeah this film kind of feels pointless and reestablished the fact that the comedies are the genre I have the least amount of fun with in the cinema.

Rating: 5/10 (Unless you’re a fan you’re not gonna care about this film)

So what did you all think of The Hangover Part III? Did you think it was a return to form after the second film or do you think that this film was just as bad? 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 May 29, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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