Author: moviedude

Suicide Squad (2016)

 Warner Bros. and DC Comics are on a rocky mountain top this year (2016). First, “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice”, while successful, did not prove to be a hit for the two companies. Now, it seems like these two giants are coming off the slope with their latest effort “Suicide Squad”, a mash up of bad guys and gals trying to save the world. And how does the final product end up? Eh, it’s entertaining to say the least. While not as disappointing as “Batman v. Superman” was, “Suicide Squad” offers up some some unique promise, but falls short on a few things. The government is looking for some bad people, to do some good work; in turn, these bad guys, will get time off in prison. Led by Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), she plans on creating a suicide squad that will do this sort of thing. This team includes: Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Diablo (Jay Hernandez), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), and Katana (Karen Fukuhara). Together, this team of bad guys, must take down a witch known as the Enchantress (Cara Delevingne) before she destroys the world. Also, Harley is in connections with the notorious villain The Joker (Jared Leto), who does everything in his power to win her heart back. There are numerous words to describe “Suicide Squad”, and good is...

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016)

 The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has gone through some major changes over the course of nearly 30 years. And two years ago, audiences got a taste of a reboot of the franchise, courtesy of Michael Bay serving as producer. However, that film was met with negative reception, and yet, it was a box office success. Now, we have a sequel: “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows”. And it is slightly better than the original, but not by much. There are problems with this sequel, but the film is just stupid enough, that one doesn’t have to take it very seriously. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” is better then its predecessor, but the damage was already done. The story has our four ninja turtles, Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael, protecting the city of New York from bad guys at night. This all changes when their arch nemesis Shredder teams with scientist Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry) creates two new mutated animals for the turtles named Bebop and Rocksteady, but also a portal that could bring forth alien lifeforms to destroy the world. Can the turtles stay out of the shadows, or will evil prevail? “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” is a bad film, but it’s not the worst entry in this franchise. In fact, there are some redeeming factors. For one thing, all...

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The Angry Birds Movie (2016)

 Video games today have now moved from home consoles, to phones. And one of the most popular games that people play on their phones is a little game called Angry Birds where one pulls cartoonish birds to attack pigs. So, someone at Hollywood decided to make a movie based on this popular game. And, it’s just as stupid as it sounds. While there are some good things about this, the film definitely caters to a much younger audience, but for adults, the experience will be intolerable. “The Angry Birds Movie” is basically what it promises: a cartoon that is based off of a popular video game that no one is going to take seriously. The story has an island of birds all living happy and peaceful lives. Except for one named Red (Jason Sudeikis), who basically doesn’t care about his surroundings. He also has anger issues, and is sentenced to attend anger management classes with Chuck (Josh Gad), Bomb (Danny McBride), and Terence (Sean Penn). Red doesn’t care about this, until a group of pigs come from a far away island. Led by Leonard (Bill Hader), the pigs might have a more sinister plot than the birds assume. Only Red and his cynicism must stop the pigs and their evil ways before it’s too late. “The Angry Birds Movie” is somewhat bad, but most of the time, it is...

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The Jungle Book (2016)

 In 1967, the Walt Disney Company released an adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book”, and while not exactly staying true to the source material, it’s still considered its own product. The movie is also remembered as the last film Walt Disney supervised before he passed. Now jump ahead to the 21st Century where modern digital technology has improved quite a bit, and now the Disney Company has decided to remake this beloved animated film in live action. And the result is that it’s good. There are definitely some problems for sure, but the movie is entertaining. This new 2016 remake of “The Jungle Book” may be an improvement over the original, and is a swinging fun romp. As for the 1994 remake, it will get its due. The story has a young boy named Mowgli living in the jungles of India with all the animals present there. Everything seems to be going just fine until the villainous Shere Khan shows up. Now with his life in jeopardy, Mowgli must use his wits in order to survive the harsh jungle landscape. What makes this new version of “The Jungle Book” so different than its animated counterpart, might surprise a lot of people. For one thing, the story is actually an improvement over the original; there’s more darker and intense moment present, and there are some reasons as to why...

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Ratchet & Clank (2016)

 Movies that are made about video games usually tend to under-perform for the studios; both critically and financially, these movies do not live to meet expectations. Usually, these video game adaptations are done in live action, but what if there is the possibility that a video game movie is done in animation. Enter the film “Ratchet & Clank”, an adaptation of the video game series of the same name. And the final result is… eh. Having not played the games, one might go in blind without doing any previous research on the subject, and you will see that this is just a generic science fiction movie like most films of that genre. There are some good things about this film, but the bad more than outweighs the good. “Ratchet & Clank” is an interesting adaptation, but it seems to get lost in its own universe. The plot of the movie is a retelling of the first video game; but it introduces some new viewers to this strange and bizarre world. Ratchet is a lombax- a sort of bobcat-like creature- who wants to join the Galactic Rangers, who are like interstellar police. Ratchet is determined to join, despite the leader, Captain Qwark, being a narcissistic jerk. One night, Ratchet then witnesses something falling from the sky, and goes to investigate. A small little robot, whom Ratchet names Clank comes out...

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