When Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides was released, I doubt anyone was more excited than I was at seeing the fourth installment of my favorite film franchise. By the time it ended, while I enjoyed the music, Geoffrey Rush’s performance, and Johnny Depp’s usual flapping, drunken demeanor, I wished the third had been the end. It was the perfect ending to the trilogy, you know? Sparrow singing “A Pirate’s Life for Me” to close the series just as a young Elizabeth sang it to open it seemed like a perfect, fitting finale. Alas, they ruined it with a fourth, nonsensical film (I’m still trying to figure out why Sam Claflin was even there to begin with), and so the need for a fifth and maybe even sixth was apparent. Not just for monetary purposes, but to fix what Producer Jerry Bruckheimer had clearly screwed up…and thankfully, Dead Men Tell No Tales cleaned up the disasterous fourth film WALL-E style.
Remember when these films were about street racing? The blockbuster action franchise has its eighth film now under its belt, and doesn’t appear to be stopping anytime soon. Once again bringing back the crew of the past films including Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson and Vin Diesel. Continue reading Movie Review: Fate of the Furious
From Ben Wheatley, the mind behind films such as Sightseers and Highrise comes the new comedy Free Fire. The film follows the story of a Boston arms deal gone wrong. After gun dealer Vernon (Sharlto Copley) supplies his buyers, Chris and Frank (Cillian Murphy and Michael Smiley respectively) with the wrong type of guns. Things turn sour fast. With such a simple premise, it leaves effectively an hour long shoot out, entirely set in a run-down warehouse. Continue reading Movie Review: “Free Fire”
Warning: Spoilers below.
Since the dawn of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there have been a great number of films in the action genre released with actual substance and character development. This year’s Logan marked the pinnacle of that perfect blend of action and acting. Of course, there have also been a few miscues on the part of MCU, mainly X-Men 3: The Last Stand and, on television, Luke Cage, which are still enjoyable, but markedly less well-made. Marvel’s most recent release, Iron Fist, manages to hit that rare middle target of a Marvel production: great character development with more than OK acting (especially from Jessica Henwick) and writing, but a near-complete failure to deliver the action, in both choreography and editing, to which the MCU fan-base has become so accustomed.
The Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers is a series that holds a firm place in the hearts of those who remember the original series when it aired. Despite the dangerously low qualities of acting and effects that would make anyone under the age of twenty scoff, another outing for the classic Angel Grove teenagers feels long overdue. After twenty years since any Power Rangers graced the silver screen, it’s a surprisingly welcome return. Continue reading Movie Review: Power Rangers