Thursday, April 25, 2019

Holmes & Watson

Rated PG-13
1 hour 30 minutes
Starring: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly

I saw the previews for this movie and thought it looked absolutely horrible!!!  I’m still not quite sure why I watched it, but I’m glad I did!  It’s dumb.  It’s ridiculous.  It’s just one stupid thing after another!  It only has 3.7 stars on IMDB.com and won some Razzie Awards this year.  Even with all that, I still liked it.  I liked it a lot!  Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly team up to play Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson solving mysteries.  It’s a total parody of Sherlock movies and is full of hilarious satire and mocking everything about them along with current day issues, too.  I’d say it’s what I like to call “smart” dumb humor.  Maybe I had low expectations going in, but that’s still better than being let down by something that’s “supposed” to be really good.  I still can’t believe I liked it so much.  It was just a goofy, fun movie!

Library Link: Holmes & Watson (DVD)


Replicas

Rated PG-13
1 hour 47 minutes
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Alice Eve, Thomas Middleditch, John Ortiz

In this movie, Keanu Reeves plays a scientist that has been working on cloning and trying to preserve the human mind on a computer just like you would any other data.  Just as he’s getting close to a breakthrough, his wife and kids are all killed in a car accident.  Lucky for them, he’s there to “download” their mind and thoughts to be able to load them into new bodies he is able to grow for them.  Of course, not everything goes perfect and there are things he hadn’t thought about ahead of time.  You might think it all sounds a little far-fetched and hard to believe – that’s because it is!  This wasn’t a great movie, but it wasn’t the worst, either.  I actually did enjoy it once I was able to suspend disbelief and just go with the story.  If you like Keanu Reeves  and just want a movie that’s interesting and a little different, you might like this one.

Library Link: Replicas (DVD)


Thursday, March 28, 2019

Aquaman

Rated PG-13
143 minutes
Starring: Jason Momoa, Nicole Kidman, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson

Aquaman is a visual sight to behold!  This movie takes us to underneath the seas like Star Wars took us to galaxies far, far, away.  I liked Aquaman.  It didn’t take itself too seriously so if you’re looking for a dark gothic adventure like Batman – you’ve got the wrong comic hero.  But can I just say, Jason Momoa is a macho, kick butt superhero!  Even though the movie is a little too long.  A little too fishy in characters. A little too many side stories . . .you get a good history of who Aquaman is, who his parents are and what happened to Atlantis.  The movie has lots of action sequences and fun one-liners. Jason Momoa’s character and Amber Heard, who plays Mera, have a lot of chemistry.  If you watch this film, grab your popcorn, prop your feet up and get ready for some fun entertainment.  Will there be a sequel?  I’d bet on it!  Will I go see it? Absolutely!

Library Link: Aquaman (DVD)


Aquaman

Rated PG-13
2 hours 23 minutes
Starring: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Patrick Wilson

Growing up, Aquaman was one of my favorite superhero characters.  This is definitely NOT the Aquaman I grew up with!  He’s better!  He’s actually tough and has a sense of humor and seems like a good guy to have around in a bad situation.  Jason Momoa plays the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, but not everyone is happy about this because his mother is the queen of Atlantis and his father is from the land.  Eventually, he realizes he is the “chosen one” and tries to prevent the ultimate war between the worlds of the ocean and the land.  I wasn’t too sure about some of the cheesy lines and dialogue early on, but that wound up being one of the things I liked about the movie.  I’ve seen it twice and liked it much more the second time.  I think Aquaman is going to continue being one of my favorite superheroes! 

Library Link: Aquaman (DVD)


Thursday, March 14, 2019

Green Book

Rated PG-13
2 hours 10 minutes
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali

To say I was captivated by this movie doesn’t even begin to capture how I felt watching this film!  I can see why it won the Academy Award for Best Picture this year.  The story follows an African-American classical pianist that is going on tour through the Deep South in 1962.  It was a very dangerous time for him to be doing this, so he hires an Italian-American bouncer to drive him and be there to handle any situations that might arise.  Their journey lasts 2 months and winds up being very eye-opening for both of them, to say the least.  The movie was based on a true story and said they remained friends for the rest of their lives until they died within months of each other in 2013.  This was another one of those movies that I can’t stop thinking about and I’m sure will be with me for a long time.  I truly enjoyed it!

Library Link: Green Book (DVD)


Monday, March 11, 2019

Crazy Rich Asians

Rated PG-13
2 hours
Starring: Constance Wu and Henry Golding

How fun was this movie?  The actors in the movie were fun!  The music was fun! The storyline was fun! 

You may not be familiar with the actors in this film, but don’t let that stop you from watching it.  Constance Wu (from Fresh Off the Boat) plays Rachel Chu, an American born Chinese professor.  Henry Golding, plays her love interest, Nick Young. Rachel and Nick are in love, but unbeknownst to her, he comes from a very wealthy family in China.  He takes her home to Singapore for his best friend’s wedding and to meet his mom and the rest of the crazy family.  She has no idea until they arrive how very rich his family is and how very cultured into the Chinese traditions his mom is.  As the movie progresses we find out that things are not as “nicey nice” as they seem.  Nick is the most eligible bachelor in Singapore and Rachel ends up becoming the target of a mean girls’ club and a family that doesn’t see her as “up to their” standards.  Nick and Constance must decide if their love is worth going against the family’s heritage and customs or move forward with their marriage regardless.

I found it to be enjoyable, warm and romantic.  Good for any girl’s night or an escape from the hum-drums of life.

Library Link: Crazy Rich Asians (DVD)

Bohemian Rhapsody

Rated PG-13
2 hours 14 minutes
Starring: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton

I really liked this movie!  I agree with what Eric had to say about it.  I didn’t know much about Queen or Freddie Mercury other than the music that was played on the radio in the 80s.  I loved the performance that Rami Malek gave as Freddie Mercury.  I really felt like him and the other actors hit the nail on the head as Queen!  People were talking “but that’s not him really singing!!”  Of course not, he’s an ACTOR doing an amazing job and I saw him as Freddie Mercury and I wanted to hear the “real” voice belting out “We are the Champions” or “Bohemian Rhapsody.  I got goosebumps as I watched the group’s most popular performance at Live Aid.  You really felt like you were there and by this time you knew Freddy was dying from AIDS.  This movie may not be for everyone.  But it’s one I’ve already seen three times and will watch again because it was entertaining and told the story behind the success and the pain of the making of Queen.

Library Link: Bohemian Rhapsody (DVD)